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CR Review: The Best Water Filtration Systems For Your Money

According to Consumer Reports Home Editor, Perry Santanachote, “most water in the U.S. is safe to drink, but it could contain compounds and chemicals that can make it taste metallic or salty, or even smell a little funny.” So, CR helped consumers find the cleanest, most refreshing glass of water on a budget.

The majority of CR-tested pitchers left water virtually odorless, but one in particular earned both an Excellent rating for flavor and smell. The Pur Ultimate with Lead Reduction PPT711W was given this highest accolade with the Pur Basic PPT700W and Brita Stream Rapids OB55 tied second with Very Good ratings.

“No one filter does it all. Most pitchers will remove chlorine and elements that leave a bad taste, but very few actually remove lead,” Santanachote said.

Only two of the pitchers tested by Consumer Reports tested boasted a lead filtering process, this is something you may want to be aware of as you are shopping for a water filter. Santanachote says the time it takes to get that clean, crisp-tasting glass of refreshment is also something you may want to consider when shopping for a water filtration system.

“The Brita Stream Rapids filtered one quart of water in just one minute and 15 seconds. In comparison, the lead-removing Pur Ultimate took nearly 15 minutes to filter a quart. It’s definitely a factor to consider if you have a thirsty household that goes through a lot of water every day.”

Cost is another factor. CR says to remember to replace your filter according to manufacturer’s guidelines, usually every two months or so, and that cost of these can range from $5 to $15 or more.

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About the Author: Aisha K. Staggers is a writer, lecturer, political analyst and literary agent. She appears weekly for “Staggers’ State of Things” on the Dr. Vibe Show. Her work has been published by Paper Magazine, AfroPunk, The Spool, GREY Journal, MTV News, HuffPost, Blavity, Atlanta Blackstar, For Harriet, New York Review of Books and a host of other first-run publications and syndicated outlets. Find her on Twitter @AishaStaggers. For more of her work, check out her page here!

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