ZeroWater vs Brita Water Pitcher Filters
TL;DR – ZeroWater vs Brita
Having said that, if you run on well water, the ZeroWater Ready-Pour is going to be the best pitcher for you due to its ability to remove iron and manganese.
These are the key features we used to compare the Brita Grand and the ZeroWater Ready-Pour:
|Brita Grand||ZeroWater Ready-Pour|
|Filtration Rate||5 mins per cycle||12 mins per pitcher|
|Filter Lifespan||6 months||1-2 months|
ZeroWater vs Brita Overview
All ZeroWater products use a 5-stage filtration system that incorporates activated carbon, KDF, and ion exchange technologies. ZeroWater includes a total dissolved solids (TDS) meter with every purchase, which gives you at-home readings of the amount of dissolved particles in your water.
TDS technically means all of the contaminants in water, but it’s also commonly used to describe the amounts of mineral salts like calcium and magnesium. While the TDS meter won’t tell you what specific contaminants are in your water or whether they’re present at harmful levels, it’s still helpful to get a snapshot of your water’s overall quality. 500 parts per million (ppm) of TDS is the EPA recommended threshold for drinking water.
Brita makes four different filters for their pitchers, and the Grand comes equipped with the Standard filter. We highly recommend changing the Standard filter out for the Longlast+ filter, which has a longer lifespan and filters more contaminants than the Standard. The Longlast+ filter uses a proprietary blend of filtration media including activated carbon as well as pleated fiber to purify water.
This model comes with an LED indicator light that tells you when it’s time to change the filter. Green means that the filter is still working at maximum capacity, yellow means that the filter is nearing the end of its life, and red means that it should be replaced.
|Brita Grand||ZeroWater Ready-Pou|
The Ready-Pour works better on heavy metals, while the Brita grand works better on organic contaminants like pesticide and herbicides.
Thanks to the KDF filtration media, the Ready-Pour is able to remove iron and manganese, which are two of the major contaminants in well water. Brita doesn’t work on either of those, so those consumers that are running off of a well may be better off going with the Ready-Pour. Both companies note that their products are only intended for use on water that has already been determined to be safe to drink, however, no matter the source.
Another notable feature of the Ready-Pour is that it reduces TDS, which includes hardness-causing minerals. While drinking hard water has not been associated with any negative health effects, if you use the Ready-Pour water for small appliances like your coffee pot you can actually extend their lifespans.
You can find out what contaminants are present in your water and in what amounts by getting a home water testing kit. These kits are helpful because once you know what contaminants are most prevalent in your water you can select the filter that best addresses them. Have a lot of heavy metals? Go with the Ready-Pour. Have more pesticides and pharmaceuticals? Go with the Grand.
Filter Lifespan & Durability
As the name would suggest, the Brita Longlast+ filter has an impressive lifespan for a pitcher filter. Depending on your water usage and the number of people in your household, you should only have to replace the Longlast+ about every 6 months, or 1,200 gallons. The Brita Grand comes with a 90-day warranty.
In comparison, ZeroWater recommends using their TDS meter to help predict the lifespan of their filters. If your water has a TDS rating of 051-200, which is average for US households, you can expect the filter to last up to 40 gallons – or about 1-2 months. ZeroWater recommends changing the filter out when the TDS meter reads 006 or higher. ZeroWater also has a 90-day warranty on their pitcher.
Brita Longlast+ filters have been WQA certified for NSF/ANSI standards 42, which means the aesthetic quality of water is improved, 53, which means that contaminants with detrimal health effects are removed, and 401, which means that contaminants with emerging health consequences are removed. In comparison, The ZeroWater Ready-Pour is NSF certified for NSF/ANSI standards 42 and 53.
The Ready-Pour also costs $32.99 for the pitcher, and it comes with one of the ZeroWater filters equipped. The replacement filters are also $29.99 for a 2-pack, but you can save some money by buying them in bulk. ZeroWater sells filters in a 2-pack, 3-pack, 4-pack, 6-pack, 8-pack, 12-pack, and 16-pack. The 16-pack is $149.99, which saves you $90 if you had bought the same number of filters in 2-packs.
Cost Comparison Over Time
Types of Models Each Company Offers
ZeroWater also offers six other pitchers as well as two Ready-Pour dispensers, two glass dispensers, and a water cooler filtration system. All of their products come with TDS meters.
Customer Reviews and Complaints Consensus
The ZeroWater Ready-Pour has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating with 16,628 reviews and 75% 5-star reviews. Only 6% are 1-star, and the main complaint is that the filters only lasted a few weeks for some customers.
Pros and Cons
Brita Grand Pros
- More contaminants verified removed
- 5 minutes per each filtration cycle
- 10-cup capacity
- Filter lifespan LED indicator
- 6-month filter lifespan
- 90-day warranty
- WQA certification for 3 standards
- 4.7 out of 5 star rating
- Lower cost over time
Brita Grand Cons
- Longlast+ filter not included
- Not ideal for well water
- Doesn’t work on TDS
- Some customers report a faulty lid and brittle plastic
ZeroWater Ready-Pour Pros
- Works better on well water contaminants
- Reduces hardness-causing minerals (TDS)
- 12 minutes to fill the pitcher
- 10-cup capacity
- TDS meter included
- 90-day warranty
- NSF certified for 2 standards
- 4.5 out of 5 star rating
- Bulk replacement filter packs available
ZeroWater Ready-Pour Cons
- Shorter filter lifespans
- Not tested for as many contaminants
- More expensive over time
- Some customers report very short filter lifespans
Both ZeroWater and Brita make excellent water pitcher filter products. The Brita Grand is best for those who want less maintenance and costs over time, but who run off a municipal water system. The ZeroWater Ready-Pour, on the other hand, is best for those on well water or who need to reduce the TDS of their water.
You can find out which filter will work best for your home’s needs by getting your water professionally tested. With certifications backing both products, however, no matter which one you end up choosing you can be sure you’re getting a quality result.