I recently got a chance to try out the ZeroWater Pitcher, and I was very excited about this opportunity. My family has been considering getting a filter pitcher for a while, but we had yet to take the step because of the out-of-pocket cost associated with getting new filters.
My family does not like drinking the South Florida tap water, it is just that simple. It is safe to drink, but the taste is just horrible, and it even has a color to it….water is not supposed to have color, is it? So, instead of drinking our tap water, we have been using purified water from a machine at a local drug store. It tastes much better, and it does not have the aftertaste that our tap water has.
We pay $0.25 to refill a one gallon bottle, and we reuse our milk, lemonade and orange juice bottles for this very purpose. The downside is that once in a while, if a bottle has not been cleaned thoroughly enough, then we will get purified water with an orange twist. Refilling bottles is a bit of hassle, and and storing the 10+ gallon of water we go through every week takes up space, yet it is definitely cheaper than buying water at the grocery store, and it tastes a whole lot better than tap water.
One of the reasons, why we have not switched to using our own home filter is that we simply did not believe it was as good as the advertisements said. The other problem was that we feared that our out-of-pocket expenses would be high due to filter changes in addition to purchasing the filter itself.
When the Zero Water Pitcher arrived in the mail, I was still a bit hesitant about using it, because there was just something unnerving about trying something new which involved our water. It is actually very silly, because I grew up in the country side, and drinking tap water was all we did. Still, as soon as I moved to the city and tasted the chlorine in the water, I switched to bottled water.
After some debating with myself, I sat down and read through all of the Zero Water Pitcher information, and I finally felt comfortable enough to give it a try. The Zero Water Pitcher comes with a Zero Water Filter and an electronic TDS tester. I started out with testing the water that I had run through the Zero Water pitcher, and sure enough the result was 000 TDS. (Total Dissolved Solids in parts per million.) The FDA requires Purified Bottled Water to achieve a TDS reading between 000 and 010.
I will admit it, I was still skeptical, because it just seemed too good to be true. To make sure that it was not just the a broken meter, I then tested the purified water that we refill at drugstore, and the TDS result was 12, which is just above the limit of 010 that the FDA sets for purified bottled water.
Then I tested the store brand bottled water that we have in small bottles for trips, and it was 59. This surprised me!
Finally, I decided to go ahead and test our tap water, and it went to 186, on three different occasions. Their was also an obvious color change between our tap water and the clean, clear Zero Water, this was the first thing that really impressed me.
My family has only used the Zero Water Pitcher for a few days, but we are still amazed. Our only concern is how often we will have to change the filter, but I will get back to update this review after a while. Everyone in our family took the taste test, and Zero Water won big time. Our purified water from the drugstore came in a close second, but the bottled water from the store and the tap water did not score high with anyone.
My husband now fills up his water cooler with Zero Water twice a day, and my middle son comes to ask for some Zero Water quite frequently. As I am writing this review, I am actually sitting and drinking an ice cold glass of zero water. I have been won over, it tastes great, and I guess we are a filter family from now on.
Pros About The Zero Water Pitcher
- The water tastes crisp and clean
- The water changes color significantly after going through the Zero Water filter, and it ends up clear.
- No more hassle of dragging ten plus bottles back and forth for refilling.
- No more need to store all of the bottles.
- Clean, crisp and great tasting water is available, whenever we need it.
- One-hand Pull and Pour button spout that makes it easier to fill any bottle or cup.
- It helps improve the environment by reducing waterbottle use.
- It has a better TDS reading than our bottled water and our purified water.
- It meets the TDS reading requirement that the FDA sets for purified bottled water.
- I can order Zero Water filters in bulk through Amazon with free shipping.
Cons About The Zero Water Pitcher:
- It can only fit in our fridge door, which makes it difficult for my older boys to help themselves.
- It is quite heavy.
- Having the water run through from the depository through the filter can take up to five minutes.
- The cost of filters and the frequency of replacements is an extra expense.
About Zero Water:
Zero Water uses a patented ion exchange filter to filter the water, and it is certified to remove lead and chromium. ZeroWater filters produce the only filtered water that meets the FDA definition for TDS in purified bottled water. You can learn more about the Zero Water Facebook page.
Zero Water versus Buying Filtered Water.
According to the Zero Water calculations, our water use, and our tap water TDS measurement, my family would need to change the Zero Water filter every 2 1/2 – 4 weeks, and I am keeping my fingers crossed at we can make it to 4 weeks. My family loves the crisp, fresh and clean taste of the Zero Water so much that I just ordered an multipack of ZeroWater Filters on Amazon. Zero water is so good that I just do not want to run out, I do not want to switch back to filtered or bottled water.
Buying the filters is an extra costs, which I am not thrilled about. However after having tasted the Zero Water my family is convinced that the benefits outweigh the costs, and if we compare the cost per filter with what we would spend in refilling purified water, it is basically the same.
A 4 pack of Zero Water Filters costs $54.97, which comes to $13.47 per month. An 8 pack costs $88.67, or $11.08 per filter with free shipping. We usually spend about $12 – $15 on refilling our water at the drugstore (at $0.25 per gallon), but refilling and storing the waterbottles also takes time and space, so if the Zero Water filters will last my family a month, I’ll be very content.
Now, for those who actually buy the filtered or purified water bottles in the store, the savings will definitely be significant.
We have been using the Zero Water Pitcher for four days, and the TDS reading is still at 000, so I am hoping that this is a sign we will make it to four weeks.
5/5 - 3 Week Update: The TDS reading is still at 000! Yeah! I have continued washing and drying the pitcher every three days to ensure that no stale water ends up at the bottom of the pitcher, and the water still tastes great. Just like last week, I could not believe that the TDS meter was still at 000, so I tested our tap water again, and yes the TDS meter still works.
5/30 – 6 Week Update: The TDS reading went to 2 last week, and this week it is at 4. We have still not changed the filter, and I am thrilled about the filter time.
Buy The Zero Water Pitcher
You can buy the Zero Water pitcher at local retailers such as Target and Walmart, and you can also purchase it through the Zero Water website, or you can buy the ZeroWater Pitcher at Amazon. You can also get ZeroWater Filters on Amazon, which will reduce you per filter cost to as little as $11 per filter.
The Zero Water Pitcher comes with an electronic TDS meter and a Zero Water filter.
If you buy the 10 Cup Zero Water Pitcher from the Zero Water website, make sure to use this Zero Water coupon code: MC30, which will give you 30% off a 10 Cup ZeroWater pitcher.
Two (2) of Frugality Is Free’s readers will each receive a Zero Water Pitcher.
This giveaway will end Sunday May 6th at midnight EST.