Is Brita Safe Enough?

The question we often get goes something like this: “What do Brita Filters actually do?” or “What does Brita not filter out?” or “Are Brita products safe to use?”

When assessing whether or not Brita filters are safe, the tough answer to these questions are that No, Brita does not remove enough contaminants to be considered safe to use by our standards. These so called “Filters” are doing consumers a huge disservice by not providing water that is truly clean & safe to drink. Another easy way to put it is, "not all filters are the same."

But how can this be? One might ask. Brita is after all, sold in major retailers like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. How could they not be filtering out the bad stuff?


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It’s a very legitimate question and one we’re thankful consumers are starting to ask. While Brita is in the industry of water filtration just as the ClearlyFiltered  products are, the similarities seem to stop there. The difference really is the technology within the filter.

You see, Brita’s products use a very simple, cost-effective carbon filter which they claim makes tap water “taste better” by “reducing” chlorine and not much else. You have to ask yourself, how much “Filtration technology” can they cram into a filter that is 4 for $9.99? Their filters must cost them mere pennies to make. And that means you sacrifice which contaminants you are willing to put up with all because of the economies of what you are willing to pay. If you buy a cheap filter, you are getting a cheap filter.

Is a Brita water filter safe? The more important question is: how much is the health of you and your family really worth to you?

The problem with words like “filter,” “reduce” and “taste better” is they are intentionally vague, hence why companies like Brita use them to describe their products. They don’t mean much of anything but they sound really good. To illustrate my point: pouring water through a paper towel will “filter” it, but that doesn’t mean it’s been properly treated and ready to drink by any standard I’m aware of.

This is where our ClearlyFiltered products really stand out. Our filters are actually classified as water purification products which means they adhere to a much higher standard for water quality set by the EPA.

You can see in the chart below some of the main differences between ClearlyFiltered and the other leading brands.

 So whether you currently have a Brita pitcher, are buying replacement filters or are simply looking at the different options on the market we encourage you not to overlook the claims of each product very carefully. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference from actual claims and marketing spin. And as always, if you have any questions we’re just a click away!


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Posted on Oct 27, 2017 by frank

I am impressed with your tested results. I been using your pitcher filter for almost two years now. I only use it for morning coffee. Wondering if I need to replace the filter. 5000 gal. seems like it would take a long time before the filter needs to be changed. When adding tap water it filters rather quickly. I want to make sure to change the filter when it is the right time. Is there any danger in drinking the filtered water when the filter is no longer effective?


Posted on Jul 21, 2017 by Halli

What are your and the other pitchers’ claims for chlorine and chlorine by-products? That’s my main concern here in NYC.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 by Cathy

We love our clearly filtered water! I have two pitchers going constantly-water is life!!!

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