Mavea Elemaris Water Filtration Pitcher and Giveaway

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Andrea Meyers - Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher, Ruby Red

Pitchers, faucet, and refrigerator filters have been in our homes for years. Our first home together had a well and the water had a really off taste, so we used large filtration pitchers to clean up the taste of the water. We’ve also had faucet mount and refrigerator filters, which work well to a point, but I think the faucet mount filters can get in the way when washing pots and other kitchen gear, and the water from refrigerator filters is always cold, which doesn’t help when you want to heat water for cooking and drinking. And we’ve never been fans of water delivery because of the expense or buying bottled water for drinking because of all the wasted bottles.

We’ve been testing the Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher for a couple weeks now, and it does the job well. It filters out the off tastes and smells our water has, and it’s handy sitting right on the counter ready to fill and use. The pitcher and filters are BPA free and all parts of the filters can be recycled through Mavea or at local drop off points, a big plus because I detest throwing away things that should be recyclable. My favorite handy feature on the pitcher is the automatic pour-through lid, which lets me fill the pitcher without taking off the lid. I don’t even have to touch the lid, I just set the pitcher under the tap and the pressure of the water opens the flip top, which automatically closes when the water turns off. I also like the soft grip handle which prevents slipping when I pour. We think it’s also a good looking design, though of course that has nothing to do with how it works.

Andrea Meyers - Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher, Ruby Red

The meter is a visual gauge for filter life. Mavea recommends changing the filter every 40 gallons of water, approximately every two months, which amounts to about 2/3 gallon of water per day. Performance varies depending on the quality of your water, and the manual states that hard water does reduce filter life, though we haven’t had it long enough to confirm that.

Andrea Meyers - Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher, Ruby Red

The Mavea Maxtra filter is  is the same filter used in some Tassimo home brewing systems. It is certified by the Water Quality Association for reducing  copper, mercury, cadmium, benzine, atrazine, simazine, tetrachloroethylene, and chlorine. Their internal tests also claim to filter limescale, though the WQA has not certified the product for limescale reduction. The Maxtra filter is also treated with silver to inhibit bacteria growth. (Source: product manual.)

Andrea Meyers - Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher, Ruby Red

The meter comes out easily for cleaning, which you should do on first use and before every filter change. Limescale can build up on the meter and on the pour-through lid over time, and Mavea recommends using a food-safe decalcifier to clean them. The manual states that you can expect about 5 years of life on the meter.

Andrea Meyers - Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher, Ruby Red

The Company

Mavea is the North American division of the German company Brita, which sold the rights to the original Brita water filtration line to Clorox years ago. ran an article about Brita and it’s reentry into North America, which provides more insight into the company and its strategy (Time – Pouring It On).


Mavea is offering an Elemaris XL Pitcher to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment telling us why you’d like to win the Elemaris pitcher and which color you would like, red or black. Please make sure your email address is correct so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner.


  1. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada. One entry per person, please.
  2. The giveaway closes at 10:00 pm EST on Saturday January 15, 2010. will select the winner and I will contact the winner immediately. The winner must respond with 48 hours and provide a mailing address for shipping purposes. If the winner does not respond within that timeframe another winner will be selected.
  3. I will announce the winner in this post once it’s official.

[Disclosure: I received a Mavea Elemaris XL pitcher to preview. Mavea has agreed to provide one pitcher as a giveaway prize and will ship the prize directly to the winner. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.]

The bottom line:

Pros: Large pitcher holds 3.5 liters, has a pour-through lid, is BPA free, filters are relatively inexpensive and recyclable, and the pitcher and lid are dishwasher safe.

Cons: The digital meter must be removed from the lid before washing, pitchers and filters not widely available in brick and mortar stores yet.

Price: Retail $39.99 for the XL pitcher (3.5 liters), $34.99 for the compact pitcher (2.4 liters), $7.99 for filter replacements.

Dimensions: 10” x 10-1/2” x 5-1/4” (25.5 cm x 27 cm x 14 cm)

Colors: ruby red, black, white

Materials: BPA-free plastic

Produced in: Germany

Warranty: 60 day money back guarantee

Where to buy:, Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods (select stores), Macy’ (filters only)

Company website:

[Disclosure: This blog earns a small commission through affiliate links.]


  1. Jennifer says

    I would like to win this pitcher b/c we are concerned about water quality and we have not been as good at using a filer in some time- please help:)

  2. Katie says

    We’ve been using a Brita system for a long while, and it works OK. I’m attracted to this because it’s BPA free. And I’d love a red one!

  3. Ali says

    I have been meaning to buy a filter pitcher for months now–this one has a great design. I’d like to have it in black (and am about to go comparison shop the different vendors…).

  4. Intisar says

    Oh cool, I am in desperate need of a new pitcher. Our old one has definitely seen better days. I would pick black, it will go with out appliances.

  5. says

    I would love a red one. I love how large it is. With the small one I have now, I can’t even fill the family’s dinner glasses without waiting for more to filter through. I also love the filter meter. I am terrible about remembering to change the filter.

  6. Hillary M. says

    I would love one of these pitchers! We drink a lot of bottled water at my house and try to re-use the bottles as much as possible. I would love to have cold, filtered water on hand – I think I would drink more!

  7. Heather says

    I would love, love, love this pitcher for my young son. He has had terrible eczema since he was born and he LOVES water. The problem is, our water is very chlorinated and full of who knows what else that causes his eczema to flare up. I love that it’s BPA free and that it comes in red!

  8. says

    That looks like it beats the pants off the cheapy Rite-Aid pitcher/filter we bought previously. Thanks for the thorough review Andrea, very helpful.

    Hmm, our kitchen is mostly black small appliances, but red would add a nice splash of color!

  9. says

    I would love to win this because I want to cut down on our bottled water consumption and I think this pitcher would help accomplish that.
    I would choose black if I won.

  10. Jen says

    I would love to win the water filter because the filter on our refrigerator is broken and I prefer serving filtered water to my little one!

  11. Sarah says

    Winning one of these pitchers would be great since I recently moved from a place where we had delicious aquifer water, to DC which has gross tasting water with lead in it. I would choose black!

  12. Shae says

    I’d love this, mostly because the water where I live could definitely be improved with a filtered pitcher like this! I love the red.

  13. Lunachique says

    We have horrible water at work thus terrible coffee at work. I’d love it if we didn’t have to have to rely on bottles all the time just to have good tasting water and have to settle for brackish coffee!

  14. Rachel Ozowski says

    I would love to win this pitcher, basically for the sake of my children’s health. With all of the chemicals in our water, it makes it difficult to know the culprit of such childhood diseases and diagnosis as ADHD and Autism. With all the information I take in on a daily basis, there is much proof to these types of chemicals affecting our children. I do not have the means to provide water filtration in our home. :( If I am chosen the winner, I wouldn’t mind having the black one. Good luck to everyone!

  15. Amanda Thompson says

    I would like to win this pitcher because the water at our house tastes funny and I’m worried about what might be in it. The color doesn’t matter to me. :)

  16. Amy says

    I would love to win this pitcher as it would hold much more water than my current filter pitcher and it looks so stylish! I would love to own a black pitcher.

  17. says

    Our last water filter broke when it was accidentally dropped and we’ve been drinking unfiltered water since. Would be great to replace it with a new model such as this in RED to spice up our fridge! Lane’ – at gmail dot com

  18. Teslaca says

    I love the red pitcher. And it holds a lot. I’ve been frustrated with smaller pitchers in the past. I’d love to have one of these to be sure my water is cleaner. I have very hard well water and there are all sorts of things in there that I don’t need to drink all day.

  19. Crissy Durst says

    I would like to win the black pitcher because my family and I have vowed to drink more water this year and make better choices. This pitcher would be a perfect way to start that off.

  20. kelly handlovitch says

    I really cannot even drink tap water anymore. Just an awful taste. My daughter is moving into her dorm and I would love to have one of these for her. Thanks for the chance.

  21. mike says

    id love to win this pitcher, the red one. id love to win it because the tap water does not taste good at all, at least in my area. i am concerned about the bacteria in the tap water that might make my family sick when drinking from the tap.

  22. Jessica W. says

    I would like to win because I cannot drink tap water. I’ve grown up with a Brita filter, but even now I feel like the filtration systems aren’t working as well as they should. So I resort to buying watered bottled, but that is getting expensive.

  23. NIcole says

    Because my son thinks our tap water is “yucky” and wants to always buy bottled water which I refuse to do.

    RUBY RED of course!

  24. says

    What a fabulous design! I would love to win this simply for the good looks! The digital meter is a convenient feature. If I win _ would love the red one please and thank you!

  25. Anita G. says

    I would love to win because I don’t want to buy bottled water any’s to pricey and to much of a waste. I would LOVE the Red one. Great pics by the way!

  26. Sarah says

    I would like to win this water filter because given that I am living in a college dorm, I do not have the purest water to drink. And since my new year’s resolution was to drink more water, the water here isn’t really helping. I would like RED; goes with my school colors 😉

    Thanks and keep up the great posting!

  27. Patty says

    I would love to win this product, our water system broke and my 2 little guys are complaining that the tap water tastes yucky!! Both boys agree the red one would be nice.

  28. Patty H says

    I would love to win this because the water quality in my area of NJ isnt good and I am forced to purchase bottled water which I hate to do. I want to be greener and this product would help tremendously.

  29. Christina Z says

    I would like to win the pitcher so I can drink fresh water I dont really like tap water been checking out filters.

  30. Robin Stauffer says

    I have just started my girls carrying refillable bottles to school and to there functions. They love the bottled water and the pitcher would be great to have. Thank you so much for sharing with us all. :)


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