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In our opinion, the Soma water filter pitcher is for people who care more about modern design than thorough filtration and broad contaminant removal. In other words, the stylish pitcher will certainly look great in your kitchen, but it’s only tested to remove 5 different contaminants.
So while we appreciate the company’s efforts to provide a product with a lower carbon footprint (Soma filters are made from 60% plant-based materials) and the fact that Soma supports community-owned water projects in developing countries, we still don’t recommend you buy one of their filter pitchers – unless you want to show off to your friends.
Instead, we recommend you go for the Clearly Filtered pitcher. Independently tested against NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401, and P473, it removes 230+ contaminants from water, including chlorine (99.9%), chloramine (99.9%), lead (99.5%), fluoride (96.9-98.2%), chromium-6 (96.9%), arsenic (99.6%) and PFAS (99.6%).
But more on this later. Let’s first review the Soma water filter pitcher with all its pros and cons!
Soma vs. Clearly Filtered Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||5|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53|
|Filter Capacity:||40 Gallons|
Clearly Filtered Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||232|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53, 244, 401, P473|
|Filter Capacity:||100 Gallons|
The Soma uses a mix of activated coconut shell carbon, charcoal, and ion exchange resin to filter chlorine taste and odor, cadmium, copper, mercury, and zinc from water. NSF certifications: Standard 42 + 53.
Other than that there’s not much to say expect that you can choose between a large 10-cup (80 oz.) and a smaller 6-cup (48 oz.) pitcher version.
The Soma Pitcher – learn more on amazon.com
Before you can start using the pitcher you need to soak the filter in cold water for 15 minutes. Rinse for 10 seconds afterwards. Now push the filter firmly into the pitcher and you’re good to go. Easy!
By the way, one filter lasts for 40 gallons of water before it needs replacement. Cost: $10 per piece and slightly less if you subscribe which is okay.
Sorry, no manual available online.
Like we said in the beginning, our biggest complaint is the Soma provides basic filtration only with no more than 5 contaminants removed as per NSF certifications. This might also be why it filters water so fast.
Above that, not everyone seems happy with how the filtered water tastes. Some people could still taste and/or smell chlorine.
And regarding the lower carbon footprint, in 2018, Soma mentioned to have moved the manufacturing of its pitchers and carafes to China. They wanted to do the same with their water bottles. Only the filters should continue to be made in the US. This doesn’t sound like the most eco-friendly business decision.
Other issues are design-related:
Personally, we consider both the cost for the large 10-cup pitcher and for the 6-cup version too high. Sure, using plant-based materials to some extent and donating to charity is very honorable, but the overall filtration performance of the Soma water filter pitcher simply doesn’t justify the price tags. 2 stars!
What water filter pitcher to buy instead? Our top pick is the Clearly Filtered. It’s tested to remove over 232 contaminants including chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, lead, bacteria, cyst, chromium-6, pesticides, herbicides, and chemicals like PFOA and VOCs – all according to NSF standards.
It’s also built in the USA with long-lasting filters (100 gallons) and covered by a limited lifetime warranty and a 30-day money-back trial period for peace of mind.
For more details, check out our full Clearly Filtered review here.
And that was our Soma review. Questions? Fire away!