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Seychelle water filter pitchers outperform many other products on the market. Most importantly, they’ve been tested against EPA and two NSF standards to filter dozens of harmful contaminants that could be lurking in your water supply, and they have a long filter life.
But they’re not our favorites, simply because there’s a better option in the same price range: The Clearly Filtered. This pitcher is tested against NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401, and P473 to remove 230+ contaminants from water, most at higher reduction rates than Seychelle pitchers.
That said, let’s look into Seychelle water filter pitchers in more detail and find out where their strengths and weaknesses lie!
Seychelle Radiological vs. Clearly Filtered Pitcher
Seychelle Radiological Water Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||79|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53|
|Filter Capacity:||150 Gallons|
Clearly Filtered Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||232|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53, 244, 401, P473|
|Filter Capacity:||100 Gallons|
Seychelle manufactures 3 types of water filter pitchers:
Except for the single-filter version of the alkaline model, all Seychelle pitchers can hold up to 1 gallon of water in total. Half goes into the filtered water reservoir which takes about 7 to 8 minutes to fill.
What will be removed from your water? The ionic-adsorption microfiltration process reduces:
*This is only an excerpt!
The radiological pitcher also targets radium, cesium, uranium, radon, plutonium, and strontium.
It’s also important to note that Seychelle water filter pitchers do not filter bacteria, viruses, or cyst. Thus, they are to be used with properly disinfected water supplies only.
About Alkaline Water Health Claims
Advocates claim that drinking alkaline water can improve your digestion, strengthen your bones, slow down aging, and make you feel more energized.
We just wanted to mention that clinical evidence to support these claims is very limited at this point in time. There are even health professionals advising against the consumption of alkaline water as it might pose a health risk.
The Seychelle Radiological Water Pitcher – learn more on amazon.com
Before a Seychelle pitcher is ready to use there’re just a few step you need to go through:
As mentioned, the filters are good for up to 100-200 gallons or about 3-6 months, depending on which pitcher version you have. But it might happen that high mineral content shortens filter life.
Tip: It’s probably time for a filter replacement when the flow rate slows down considerably or you notice a change in water taste.
Cost? We would estimate around $100 per year for the regular filters, $120 for the alkaline enhancing filters, and $110 for the radiological filters – for a family of 2-3. Seems reasonable to us!
The regular and radiological pitcher versions share the same manual.
For the pH2O Dual Alkaline Water Pitcher manual, click here.
Seychelle filter pitchers have been thoroughly tested by independent labs, which is good. It’s just that not all achieved contaminant reduction rates are as high as we would have liked.
For example, nitrate was reduced to no more than 34-65%, cadmium to 36-43%, and nickel to 24-31%. If you compare this to the reduction rates of the Clearly Filtered, our go-to water filter pitcher which costs pretty much the same, the difference is substantial: Nitrate 99.3%, cadmium 99.9%, nickel 98%. Above that, the Clearly Filtered pitcher was tested to remove 232 contaminants in total.
Seychelle water filter pitchers are solid and remove a wide range of contaminants. In our opinion, they are not good enough, though, to justify their high price tags.
The Clearly Filtered pitcher traps pretty much the same contaminants as the best Seychelle model (Seychelle Radiological Water Pitcher), and then some. And it does so more effectively while also being more affordable.
Bottom line: 3.5 stars for Seychelle pitchers but we’d go with the Clearly Filtered any day (→click here for a detailed review of the water filter pitcher).
And that’s it for our Seychelle filter review. Questions? Ask away!