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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.

21 Responses to Pur water dispeners are better than Brita

  1. Tom Saaristo April 25, 2008 at 5:22 am #

    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.

  2. Tom Saaristo April 25, 2008 at 5:25 am #

    Here is a link I just found to the Clear20 website.

  3. Matt Maldre April 25, 2008 at 5:59 am #

    Oh interesting Tom! You are such the master at this! The Clear2o pitcher is also available on amazon. However, Clear2o’s replacement filters are three for thirty bucks. Whereas Pur’s replacement filters are three for twenty bucks.

  4. Tom Saaristo April 25, 2008 at 6:07 am #

    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.

  5. Erin Ellis April 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    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. 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.

  6. Matt Maldre April 25, 2008 at 1:37 pm #

    Erin, ha! I thought that was an odd question once I hit submit. How could I ask WHO does it? But I like how there is a series to them. Anything that gets people to think. I’ve been meaning to do a little series with buttons. Every month I want to wear a button that asks a different question. Maybe to stir up some conversation. Or even just to get someone to think. Now I just need the questions! haha. I already have the domain. (although the website isn’t up yet). It would be cool if other people wore the buttons too. Maybe some sort of subscription thing where people can buy a year subscription, and they get a new button every month. The website would also be a place where people can answer the question of the month. 🙂 I just googled the phrases “do you really need any more stuff” “what are you passionate about” together in one search hoping to come up with a website that shows more photos of this person’s work. Nuthing came up. Searching each phrase on flickr didn’t come up with anything either. Looks like you are the sole documenter of this series, Erin!

  7. Matt Maldre April 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    OH wait! I found another one on flickr by doing a search for: charleston graffiti:

  8. Sparx April 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm #

    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.

  9. fragglecat April 28, 2008 at 12:45 pm #

    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!

  10. Matt Maldre April 28, 2008 at 10:38 pm #

    OH WOW! Great insight, cat. Forget that sold block stuff. It’s only for blockheads (sorry tom, you are not a blockhead, I couldn’t pass up on that pun.) Granules are Great… and Groovy. Good point on the smaller size too. I should go with the smaller size, cuz i really don’t drink that much water at home anyways.

  11. Tom Saaristo April 29, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    I’m not sold on the solid carbon filtering less than the granuals. That doesn’t make sense to me. Just because the water on The Clear20 is forced through the solid carbon via pressure doesn’t mean it will filter less contaminants than water that drips through granuals around which there is space. I will say that the granual filter and pitcher is probably a good choice for your first water pitcher. Even though I use filtered water for my coffee maker and to fill a permanent water bottle, I don’t drink more water than I did before the pitcher.

  12. Brad July 7, 2008 at 3:07 pm #

    If you don’t have room in your refrigerator for a pitcher, Instapure, the original faucet mount water filter invented in 1975, is a good choice for a NSF tested and certified system. Their F2 ESSENTIALS system is for Chlorine Taste and Odor, F5 COMPLETE removes 99.99% of microbial cysts, Giardia and Cryptosporidium, while their F8 ULTRA system provides maximum reduction of 53 contaminants.

  13. Sparx July 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    But.. will it blend?

  14. Matt Maldre March 11, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    It only took me two years to finally decide to get these water filters.

  15. Bobbie November 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Have had the Pur Stage 2 Dispenser for about 2 weeks now. Actually filtered faster than I thought it would after reading all of the comments. However, today it seems to have stopped filtering…or is it just taking longer. Looks like half of the water is just sitting in the top blue section…not moving down….or is it?

  16. going for broke? August 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    I was using the brita thingy on the counter and changing the filters as recommended but decided to see if mold collected in the collected water below the filter very quickly. So…I washed it all out, put i a correctly rinsed (THREE whole containers of water wasted) and then went on a weekend trip. When I came back, I drained, and YEP, there was BLACK covering evering inside, although not visible to the eye! I only saw it when I wiped every inside part south of the filter with paper towels. NOW I think I may know where all our sore throats were coming from!!!! Now I have a faucet mount PUR, but here’s the hinge: the filters are only lasting about before the blinking light turns from green to red. What 2 DO?????

  17. fragglecat August 8, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Could the fine black coating on the inside of the pitcher have been charcoal dust from the filter? So much stuff comes out on the first three rinses, but it makes sense for a tiny bit to still come out of a filter. I haven’t seen mold grow uniformly on my pitcher, but charcoal dust, yes.

  18. Matt Maldre August 8, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Good point Cat! I still need to buy a PUR or Brita filter. Oh wait. I’m gonna buy a PUR one.

  19. Mark August 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Brita filter systems DEFINITELY grow mold. I’ve found a green/black residue in mine, and the smell is unmistakable (using Ultramax filters). Chlorine soak did not help, smell was back in days. Now trying vinegar on all parts and even through filter cartridge itself. May have to go back to plain tap water and just leave standing for a day or so to outgas chlorine.

  20. Carol Krantz Webb January 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm #



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