Santevia Water Pitcher Review 2020 – Good or Bad Alkaline Filters?

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In our opinion, Santevia alkaline water filter pitchers are NOT meant for serious contaminant removal but for providing access to great-tasting alkaline drinking water. That’s because Santevia pitchers are neither tested nor certified to filter all the chemicals, heavy metals, VOCs, disinfection byproducts, and whatever else that might be lurking in our water supplies these days.

On a side note: The product we recommend for the most thorough filtration is the Clearly Filtered pitcher (detailed review here). It’s NSF tested to remove 230+ contaminants including chlorine, chloramine, lead, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, and PFAS.

But even if you’re an advocate of alkaline water – scientific literature on the topic is still slim – we would advise against buying a Santevia water filter pitcher considering their high price tag.

More on this later. First, let’s review Santevia’s alkaline water filter pitchers in detail!

Santevia Classic vs. Clearly Filtered

Santevia Classic Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher

Santevia Classic Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher

Price:$
# of Contaminants:1
NSF Standards:42
Filter Capacity:80 Gallons
Warranty:90 Days

Our Rating

Clearly Filtered Pitcher

Clearly Filtered Pitcher

Price:$
# of Contaminants:232
NSF Standards:42, 53, 244, 401, P473
Filter Capacity:100 Gallons
Warranty:Lifetime

Our Rating

Santevia Water Pitcher Review – Key Features

Santevia offers not one but two water filter pitchers, the Classic Alkaline Pitcher and the MINA Alkaline Pitcher. As the names suggest, both produce alkaline water with an increased pH (about 1.5-2.0 units) and enriched with healthy minerals. The goal: Providing refreshing water that tastes as if it came from a mountain spring.

What’s more, both Santevia Classic as well as MINA can hold up to 9 cups of water, they have the same filtration capacity (80 gallons), and they cost exactly the same.

So, where’s the difference except for the looks? Most importantly, the Santevia MINA water filter pitcher is tested and certified against NSF standards 42 + 53 for the reduction of chlorine (up to 99%) and lead (up to 93.5%), while the Classic is only certified for chlorine removal (up to 90%, NSF 42).

According to Santevia, the Classic also traps some lead, but no more than 50% which we consider insufficient. In addition to chlorine and lead, the MINA reduces

  • Cadmium by up to 93.0%.
  • Copper by up to 95.0%.
  • Mercury by up to 93.6%.
  • Manganese by up to 91.0%.

These reduction rates haven’t been certified by an independent lab, though.

Looking into things in more detail, we find that both pitchers use coconut shell granular activated carbon mixed with ion exchange resin. This filter media blend is responsible for eliminating the above water contaminants.

This is followed by an alkalinization/mineralization stage consisting of ceramic mineral balls. These balls add calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals to your water which creates a more rounded taste. And they raise the pH value to about 9.0 “so your body can thrive and stay balanced” (we’ll discuss the claimed health benefits of alkaline water further below).

Pros

More pros:

  • Filtering water with either of the two pitchers is quick. It takes around 2 minutes for a full pitcher of water to flow through – no long waiting times!
  • All Santevia products are 100 percent BPA-free.
  • The MINA is manufactured in Canada.
  • You can choose from different color designs.
  • There’s a 30-day satisfaction guarantee so you can return your pitcher if you’re unhappy and receive a refund.
  • Santevia supports organizations whose mission it is to bring education, farming, and clean water to 3rd world countries.

Setup

Before you can start using your Santevia water filter pitcher you need to go through the following steps:

  1. Wash the pitcher. Unlike the MINA, the Classic is not dishwasher safe so you have to wash by hand with a mild detergent. The electronic clock isn’t waterproof so be careful!
  2. For the Santevia MINA, flush the filter cartridge for 1 minute. Classic filters require rinsing for 3-5 minutes. This is to get rid of any excess carbon.
  3. Now you can assemble your pitcher by inserting the filter. Make sure to press firmly to create a tight seal.
  4. Run two full upper tanks of water through the pitcher and discard.
  5. Hold down the start/status button on the filter life indicator/clock.
  6. Done!

Video

How to use the Classic pitcher:

How to use the MINA pitcher:

Maintenance

As we said, one filter cartridge lasts for 80 gallons or 2 months, whichever comes first – pretty solid.

The countdown clock on the Santevia Classic water filter pitcher will tell you when 60 days have passed. Replace the filter and remember to reset the clock.

The Santevia MINA uses a similar device to indicate the filter status: Green light means the filter is still good. When you see yellow light be prepared to change soon. Red light means it’s time for a new filter.

You can also use Santevia’s Filter Ease service to receive an email or text to remind you when your filter has reached the end of its life.

Replacement filter cost? $18-20, or slightly less when you buy in bulk, depending on the pitcher version which is okay.

Manual

Classic Alkaline Pitcher manual:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0235/4433/2335/files/Classic_Alkaline_Pitcher_Manual.pdf?v=1583867038

MINA Alkaline Pitcher manual:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0235/4433/2335/files/MINA_Alkaline_Pitcher_Manual.pdf?v=1583867039

Cons

Very fast filtration isn’t necessarily a good thing. It’s probably why Santevia pitchers filter only a few contaminants, because contact time between water and filter media is too short.

We also wanted to discuss the alleged health benefits of alkalinized water which include feeling more energized, slowed aging, and improved acid-base balance. Well, clinical evidence is still limited and not all findings support the consumption of alkaline water. And while it seems to help with conditions such as acid reflux, some health professionals even discourage drinking alkaline water saying it’s a potential health risk.

Further reading:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313681

https://www.webmd.com/diet/what-is-alkaline-water#2

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/alkaline-water/faq-20058029

Other Issues

The manufacturer warranty covers only the first 90 days after purchase which is extremely short.

Furthermore, browsing through dozens of customer reviews we repeatedly stumbled upon the following issues:

  • The filters tend to leak carbon granules no matter how thoroughly you rinse.

Issues with the Classic:

  • It’s difficult to pour water without splashing.
  • Overall, the plastic parts are low quality.
  • The front flap on the pour spout falls off easily.
  • The auto-close flap on the fill port doesn’t open or close properly.
  • The filter falls out while pouring when the water is low.
  • The countdown clock stops working after a while.

Issues with the MINA:

  • The filter falls out and the lid falls off when pouring water.
  • The electronic filter life indicator stops working after a couple of months use.

Santevia Review: Our Verdict (+ What to Buy Instead)

Although there have been quality issues, most people enjoy the pristine taste of their drinking water filtered with either one of Santevia’s alkaline water filter pitchers. Especially the alkalinization feature seems to work well. Taking into account the comparatively high price it’s 3 stars from us!

Again, just don’t confuse a Santevia pitcher with other models tested and/or certified to remove a wide range of potentially harmful contaminants, because that’s not what you’ll get.

Alkaline water free from chlorine taste and odor and enriched with healthy minerals – yes.

Water that doesn’t contain VOCs, PFOA, chromium, chloramine, arsenic etc. – no!

If you’re looking for the latter you should check out the Clearly Filtered pitcher. It’s our top pick and tested against NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401, and P473 to remove 230+ water contaminants. It’s also built in the USA and covered by a lifetime warranty and a 1-month satisfaction guarantee. You can read our detailed review here if you want.

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About the Author Gene Fitzgerald

Gene Fitzgerald has been with BOS since the very beginning. She is head of content creation and has fully immersed herself into the home water treatment industry only to become an expert herself. Outside of BOS, Gene loves reading books on philosophy & social issues, making music, and hiking.
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