Pur water dispeners are better than Brita


I’m just about to purchase a water filter. I was thinking of getting the big momma 1.13-gallon tank (Brita Ultra-Max Dispenser). The easy-to-use dispenser would be nice to fill up water bottles or cups. And it’s so monster huge, I won’t have to be refilling the thing all the time. But then several different reviews said there was a problem with mold on this design:

Mold: If you do not let this filter dry within a maximum of two days, you will get mold. This mold will probably make you ill (sore throat) (Conversely if you look at it from another point of view – it will strengthen your immune system). To avoid this problem, the water dispenser should be washed every week at very least (to safe you should wash it more often). I have never had this problem with Brita’s other products


So I thought I’d go with the pitcher version (Brita Deluxe Water Pitcher). The biggest one i could find is this 80 ounce sucker. But then the amazon reviews were complaining about how the lid didn’t stay on, and so many people talked about how they spill water all over.


Some of the reviews for Brita said people should go with Pur, it’s better quality. According to the reviews for the Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser #DS-1800Z, there wasn’t anything significantly bad about this dispenser. In fact, there were even several reviews about how people used a Brita, and then found the Pur to be much better. So there you go, Pur is better than Brita.

Now which Pur to get?


I’m getting the Horizontal faucet chrome and the oval pitcher.

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Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

I have the Brita and I would rate it pretty high. I think people who complain about the lid not staying on aren’t snapping it into place. I’ve never had the lid fall off if I’ve snapped it on. Those Water Dispensers are HUGE! They would take up too much room in my refrigerator. If you don’t have anything in your refrigerator though, they might be a good way to go. You should wash any of these in hot soapy water at least twice a month. The mold in Chicago is that orangey-pink stuff. I’m sure most Chicagoans are immune to it in the very small quantities we might ingest, but you should clean it with bleach and rinse well with hot water. I have to say that I’ve been thinking about replacing my Brita. One of the reasons is filtration and speed. The Clear20 [I pronounce that Clear two oh, not sure if that’s right”> uses a solid block of carbon instead of the carbon granules the P r and Brita filters use, which means it can remove up to 5 times more contaminants. The real benefit to me is that the Clear20 processes water super fast. [If you’ve never owned a water pitcher before, waiting for the water to process can sometimes feel like forever”> drip drip drip drip “What about my LIFE!?” The Clear20 has a valve that connects directly to the faucet. This type of pressurized system forces the water through the carbon block, filters the water, and does it all in about 40 seconds. I m going to do some more research on how easy the Clear20 is to use.

Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

Here is a link I just found to the Clear20 website. http://www.clear2o.com/default.aspx

Tom Saaristo
14 years ago

The Clear20 filters are more expensive because they are solid carbon and filter more contaminants, but I’m not completely sold on the Clear20. You have to hook the valve up to the faucet which isn’t as easy as lift a lid and filling the container. The initial cost for the pitchers is about equal. The Clear20 site offers an Auto Ship option on the filters with free FED EX shipping. 1 filter is $15.99. I’ve been loyal to Brita through 2 pitchers now. I won’t switch to P r from Brita. I do kind of recall that when I was shopping for water pitchers I deliberately chose the Brita over the P r, but I don’t recall why now.

Erin Ellis
14 years ago

I have a Brita and I like it. I think I just dislike Pur because it filters much slower. Anyhow… The graffiti is from Charleston, SC – it’s all over downtown and Daniel Island. My friend knows who does it, but its a secret. And it’s not the only phrase. http://www.flickr.com/photos/oywiththepoodlesalready/ There is one that says: This is your father’s ipod. I want you to have it. And maybe one day, if its not broken or corrupt, you can give it to your son, if the earth still exists. Some are simple some are intense. I love them all.

14 years ago

I have the Brita Ultramax dispenser.. I’ve never had any issues with mold. I usually wash it out once every couple of months or so. I mainly use it to get rid of the chlorine taste. I think they put enough in the water here that mold is afraid to even consider going anywhere near the *filtered* water.

14 years ago

1. Slower filtration = more stuff removed. More time for the water to interact and impurities to bind to the filter. As a chemist, I am not convinced that a solid block could work better than granules, since granules have more surface area to bind impurities. 2. My small Brita pitcher gets the orangy mold on it. So does my cat water dish. And my shower. It’s Chicago water. My sister (the microbiologist) says it is pseudomonas and harmless. It sounds much grosser once it has a name :/ But black mold can be very bad. 3. Unless they state otherwise, filters are meant to remove chemical impurities, not sterilize the water–so any microorganisms in Chicago water will also wind up in the pitcher. 4. The larger the pitcher, the less often you refill it… the more time for stuff to grow in the (dechlorinated) water. To get around waiting on the filter for my small pitcher: if there is less than one glass of water left in it, I fill it before I put it back in the fridge. When I want water again, it’s full. Hope that helps! and PS- love the graffiti link!

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