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.
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.
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.)
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.
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. Time.com 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.
- Giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada. One entry per person, please.
- The giveaway closes at 10:00 pm EST on Saturday January 15, 2010. Random.org 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.
- 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
Company website: www.mavea.com