06 April 2012

Review & Giveaway: ZeroWater Pitcher

Mom Central recently asked if I wanted to be a part of the ZeroWater blog tour. I REALLY wanted to!


I've never been fond of the water since we moved to this area, but last Summer it really took a turn for the worse when the county "worked" on our water pipes in the street. Since then, our water has had tons of things floating in it - sometimes our water actually is white! I've tried out several different water filters, even running it through one TWICE. It gets rid of some, but not all of it. I don't even want to think about what's in it. :( I'm changing out the filter at least once a month, even though it's recommended for every 6 to 8 weeks, since I know it's working a lot harder with our water - and it's expensive. Granted, it's cheaper than bottled water and still more environmentally friendly, but still. I don't know if you can see it well in this photo, but this is our water unfiltered:


Then again, I guess I should remind myself that others aren't even fortunate enough to have running water nearby. March 22nd was World Water Day, and it's a reminder to us living here that some people have to walk miles just to get a pitcher of water, and many folks have water that is contaminated much, much worse than anything we have here in the US.


Anyways, as part of the ZeroWater blog tour, I was sent the ten cup ZeroWater Pitcher to review. ZeroWater uses Ion Exchange water filtration systems that remove virtually all dissolved solids from tap water delivering pure tasting water. It uses a 5-Stage Ion Exchange water filter - the big name ones available at most stores only use one or two stages. It's certified to reduce both lead and chromium, both items that other filters can't. And unlike distilling water, ZeroWater uses no electricity.

Opening the box, I noticed immediately that it was bigger than our other filter pitcher. It also had a sleeker design, with a handy dispenser at the back of the filter. This is great for some folks, because you can turn the pitcher backwards on the shelf in the fridge, and use that to pour your water, instead of bringing the whole pitcher out. (You'll see why this is a good thing as I go on) I carefully hand washed the pitcher to get out those box crumbs, as I call them, and got my pitcher ready to assemble.

I was surprised at the size of the water filter. Here it is next to our other water filter:


Big difference, right? You can tell the ZeroWater filter has the five stages of filtering when you see that. I twisted the filter into the bottom of the reservoir and tighten it to make a seal. (FYI: If *new* filters are exposed to cold temperatures for prolonged periods (such as storing in the garage or a cold room during winter months) bring the filter to room temperature for several hours before passing water through it the first time)

Now ZeroWater gets part of it's name from the TDS meter it uses to show how clean the water it is. You simply place the meter (included with the pitcher) in the water for 15-30 seconds, and it will give you a digital reading of what it finds. According to ZeroWater, most water in the USA falls into the 051-200 range. I tested my water out: 104. Ouch! (I suppose it could have been worse?) Next, I tested out water from our "other" pitcher, using a filter that was about three weeks old. The number: 44! (I knew it wasn't removing everything!)

So I filled up the ZeroWater pitcher to let it filter through. It took around the same time as the other filter, and I'm sure it will start to slow down as the filter gets filled up with gunk like the other one, too. It might seem like a long time to others, but remember it has to go through all those stages in the filter. Make sure you keep it filled so you don't have to wait too long for a clean glass of water. Time to check the TDS water meter reading: 0! It worked! Yippee!

You need to check the rating of each filtered pitcher of water, because you change out the filters when the meter reads 006. Here's the thing I noticed when reading the paperwork that comes with the pitcher. The expected quantity life span of unfiltered water that falls into my range (104) is only about 25 to 40 gallons. A set of four replacement filters will run you about $55.99 according to the website. If you drink a lot of water (we use an average of 3-4 gallons a day between drinking/cooking), it could get expensive quickly. I guess it just depends on how bad your water is! (ours is so bad it's worth it!)

Now it's not that our water ever tasted horrible to begin with - a little funky, but with the other filter it made it drinkable - so for me, the ZeroWater filter cleaning up our water was fine. If you're not drinking your tap water because it tastes funny, the ZeroWater might or might not make it drinkable for you. Here's the thing: all our water, unfortunately, is different. What's in the water at my home might not in the water at your home. Some folks have a lot of iron in the water, for instance, and of course, if you have well water vs city water that's treated, again, there's a difference. All I can tell you is that ZeroWater cleared up my water so it's not white, and it tastes fine.

I told you way up there that there was a reason why it was great to have the spigot on the back of the pitcher for use in the fridge or the counter edge, and that's because the ZeroWater pitcher when full is HEAVY! I struggled to refill bottles when trying to pour with it. Small children and anyone with arthritis/carpal tunnel will have a hard time with it. I'm not keen on plastic as returning readers know, so I simply filled my glass carafe in the fridge with it and that made it easier for me to get a glass of cold water. (To be honest, unless it's the day before shopping, there's never enough room in the fridge for a pitcher anyways since I buy in bulk/large containers)

So after pros vs cons? I was pleased with the way ZeroWater worked for me. Like I mentioned above, it could get expensive so I'll have to see over time. (I've only been using it for four days as of this posting) If you have a large family, or drink even more water than we do, they do have a bigger countertop version that remind me a little of the Katadyn Gravidyn or the Big Berkey filters, only it uses 2 filters in it. (Again, it could get expensive?) There are several offers available, including coupons for both the pitcher and the filters, as well as a filter recycling program that will give you coupons in exchange for sending back your used filters. Unfortunately, you have to pay to ship them back to the company. (I'd like to see it free to encourage more people to do it and keep them out of landfills!)

The ZeroWater pitcher comes with one filter and one TDS meter, with a suggested retail price of $35. You can purchase it online, or via stores like Walmart and Target. Like I said above, there are coupons available - including 30% off a ten cup ZeroWater pitcher here using promo code MC30

Win it! TWO lucky readers are going to win a ZeroWater pitcher to see for themselves if it makes a difference in their drinking water! To enter, tell us if you're currently using a filter or buying water, and how you think ZeroWater would be better for your family.

As always, you can receive extra entries for:

-Subscribing to my feed OR following my blog
-Blogging about this giveaway with a link back
-Tweeting about this giveaway 1X (leave the link in your comment below or @psychotichouse)
Win a ZeroWater Pitcher! http://bit.ly/Htd2gk ends 4/12 @psychotichouse

That's four (4) possible entries! Giveaway ends April 12th at 11:59 PM PST, and please leave your email address in your entry or have it available in your profile. Continental US only, sorry :( Good luck everyone!! :)

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate.

106 comments:

Karen said...

We buy bottled water, but I would LOVE to switch to a filter system :)

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Douglas Houston said...

We are drinking straight out the tap, so any filter would be an improvement.

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Ruth said...

We have well water but sometimes it tastes funny (hard water), I'd love to try a filter with it and see if that helps.

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jusaweecatnap said...

We drink tap water. It's fairly clean, but very hard water--we're sitting on top of big lime deposits. You can see the lime deposits in our house, anywhere a little bit of water pools, around the faucets for instance. I'd like to have water that wasn't so hard. I did try a filter pitcher for a while, but, as you say, it gets expensive to buy those filters. I'm impressed by the five stage ion exchange system, and the meter.

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Anonymous said...

we drink water from the tap but it always has a funny taste. would love to have filtered water.

sweetsue said...

I generally just use tap water, but I would love to see if it tastes better filtered.
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bored2quickly said...

We buy bottled water because the water in our area is as bad as yours. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
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BethElderton said...

I don't like to buy bottled water. This pitcher would make it so easy to have filtered water.
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I OCCASSIONALLY BUY BOTTLED WATER...BUT WE MOSTLY DRINK FROM THE FAUCET

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Anonymous said...

We buy water & would love to have a filter so we can stop.
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redfuzzycow said...

we use a brita filter, would love to try zerowater

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kyl neusch said...

no filter, would like to try

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yazzynine said...

I buy bottled water for my family and have thought about buying this product. I would love to win one, i always feel guilty about using bottled water but i dont like taste of the water from our tap.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Your review was certainly interesting!
We have a water pitcher/filter yet we still notice a colour (and a line of grease!) so I am ready to try something new!
Please enter my name in the giveaway and thank you for the opportunity!
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Rubyfizzle said...

I currently use a Brita pitcher but a ZeroWater Pitcher would make my water even better!
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Amanda said...

Right now, we're drinking from the tap. It's not really that good.
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karenb834 said...

We buy bottled water I have thought about a filtering system because we live close to the lake, but can't afford it right now. I think this would something absolutely fantastic to try. Thanks so much

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cynthia said...

i go to the water store to fill my water jugs. this would save time and money!

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Chisum Crew said...

We would no longer buy bottled water - less money and less waste. trinitygsd at yahoo dot ocm

Sandra K321 said...

We don't filter our water. This would be good for us to have because my sons drink a lot of water for sports and I am always filling their water bottles.
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littlelatina said...

I'd love to win

Suzie Williams said...

We have a filter built into the refrigerator but it's really old and difficult and expensive to replace so we don't do it nearly as often as we should. I like the filter pitcher because I could fill it up with water at night and leave it in the bedroom. I think it would get us drinking more water!

Cricket said...

I've been drinking it straight out of the tap, too, but I know I drink more water if I have a filter system I like and trust.

Annette Doggett said...

I usually buy bottled water because our tap water tastes a little like metal.

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jlafount said...

We use a faucet mount filter

BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com said...

We buy water bottles and the zero water pitcher would help us save money because bottled water is expensive.
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smilekisses said...

I buy lots of bottled water. We have a well and I think this will save us money.
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Caryn said...

We currently use a Brita pitcher but just ran out of new filters

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April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

We don't have a filter, but I'd love to have one!

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Hotsnotty2 said...

I usually buy bottled water, I would love to win this to save some money, thanks for the chance

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Tamar said...

I am using tap for the most part but I have a newborn on the way and would totally benefit from this for the baby.
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Tyler said...

I want one of these.

ferriz said...

ive been drinking nasty tap water, or filling up water bottles with the filtered stuff at school. ours is terrible.

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Gala said...

we are using Britta filter but I'm not happy with a quality
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mverno said...

no don't buy water or use a filter we are on city water
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dmoniz said...

we buy the 24 packs of the 16.9oz bottles whichever is on sale but i think its a waste of plastic

Diane52 said...

We are currently using a special thing for the faucet, but it seems to run out to quickly! Our water has a strong chlorine taste.
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Donna said...

I drink a lot at night and get it from the faucet to not wake everyone and this would be great to have to fill up and keep by my bed at night. No wasting plastics and having five cups sitting out everyday just this and one cup.


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McKim said...

We currently use tap water. Our water is fine at home, but the water at work is awful. You can see things floating in it. I carry water from home to drink at work.

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Marie C said...

We buy water for two reasons. First, the city sometimes puts in so much chlorine that it reminds me of summers at the public pool. the other is that my son got fluoride poisoning from the tap water when he used it to make kool-aid. So a filter would be good for our health and cheaper than filling the water cooler with either spring or distilled water.

k. said...

We just drink water from the tap. At our old house we had filtered water. I'm sure the water would taste better and be better for us if we switched to a filter.

one frugal lady said...

we drink water from the tap at the moment, and after reading about zero water, I would love to try this!
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meredith m said...

im currently using a super old brita - I need to buy a new filter - so im basically drinking tap water
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missrantsypants said...

We don't have anything to make our water cleaner, so we opt for bottles but this will help me save money


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Andrea Henry said...

we use bottled because it is well water ...never had a filtered pitched so would like to try one.

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charles brown said...

We buy water. I think a pitcher would save money and get rid of floaties.

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Janice Black said...

bottled here and tap at office that tastes like bleach....

would like to see if this improves it.

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Julie said...

we presently use a pur water filter pitcher
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Ms Penny Pincher said...

We currently just use the tap but filtered water would likely taste better and be better for us!

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i CURRENTLY BUY BOTTLED WATER AND THIS WOULD BE GREAT SO WE COULD SAVE MONEY

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Kendra Gillilan said...

Would help as I have kidney stones
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Betty C said...

I am currently just using tap water but it really could taste a whole lot better.
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Karen said...

Zero water would be better because I wouldn't have to lug jugs back and forth to the refill station. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Gianna said...

Tap water here.. I would love to give this a try.

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Breanne said...

We have a brita pitcher but I'd love this since it removes more impurities

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Gaines7 said...

Hello, how are you? Thank you for this opportunity. We do buy water for health reasons and cooking. If we win the 'Zero Water Filter Pitcher', it would save us time and money.

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barblong said...

Currently we buy bottled water but I would love to switch to a filter system as it would be much cheaper.

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We buy bottled water. I think ZeroWater would be beneficial for our family because it would make our tap water safer. We wouldn't have to spend all the money we are spending on bottled water. garrettsambo@aol.com

/\Heather/\ said...

We currently buy bottled water for our cooler. I'd love to be able to drink water from our tap when we run out of a huge bottle of water.
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