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Are Water Filter Jugs Worth It?

Should you install an under sink water filter or opt for a water filter jug? If you are caught in the middle of a confusing pros and cons list, wondering which water filter solution is best for you, let us help. We’ll explain the differences between water filter jugs and under the sink systems so you can make an informed choice.

Water Filter Jugs:

How do they work?

Standard water filter jugs act like sieves. Tap water is poured into the top of the jug and trickles down through a filter into the main compartment. The filter component in the lid of the jug works to reduce or remove certain contaminants. Water filter jugs often contain activated carbon, which absorbs elements such as chlorine, zinc, copper, cadmium and mercury. Water filter jugs claim to either remove or reduce certain chemicals; these vary from product to product. Check the product specifications of each water filter jug for a list of what it claims to reduce or remove from your tap water.

Pros

  • Portable: their relatively small size allows you to transport your water filter jug easily around the house or workplace. As an alternative, there are mini water filter systems you can choose, that allow you to go camping for example.
  • Cheaper: the one off costs for water filter jugs are minimal, depending on the level of filter technology you opt for. However, remember to factor in the costs for replacement cartridges.

Cons

  • Hard to clean: the pitchers can get grimy from being constantly exposed, out on the countertop and frequently handled. They require cleaning inside and out, which can be a pain as they need to be taken apart to do this.
  • Limited capacity: unlike under sink filters these filter and hold a limited amount of water. Once used up, the pitcher needs to be refilled.
  • Waiting time: again, unlike filtered water coming straight from your tap, water filter jugs require patience. You will need to wait for the water to trickle through the filter before you can enjoy freshly purified water. Just like the last toilet roll, once you’ve used it up, refill the pitcher with tap water. You don’t want to be that person!
  • Cartridges: the average water filter jug needs its cartridge replaced as often as every 2 months. That’s 6 new cartridges a year you will need to buy.
  • Sustainability: also this means that 6 used cartridges per year will end up being thrown away.

Under Sink Water Filters:

How do they work?

Under sink water filters are attached to the water source under your sink at home. A pump then sends the tap water through the filter system and out through your tap. Unlike the water filter jug, you will then have freshly filtered water on hand as soon as you turn on the tap.

Again, as with water filter jugs, under sink systems vary. Each company’s product ranges claim to reduce or remove specific contaminants. So, you will have to do your research or chat to our experts to find the product that suits your needs best. Take the Pureau Water Filter and Softener as an example. It uses three different cartridges; one to lower levels of chlorine and heavy metals, another to prevent limescale and the third to soften hard water via ion exchange.

Pros

  • No cleaning: no jugs or handles to constantly clean
  • No capacity limit: the water is not stored as it comes straight through your tap
  • Instant filtered water: there is no waiting time for the water to filter through
  • Free cartridges: for 12 months you’ll receive a supply of free cartridges
  • Space saving: as the system is fitted under the sink, this means that your countertops will be free of clutter
  • Easy to install: you don’t have to be a plumber to install our systems and we’ll guide you through the process if you find it tricky

Cons

  • Price: unlike the water filter jug, the upfront cost is considerably more expensive. However point of use filters are a great alternative for smaller budgets
  • Not portable: you can’t carry it around with you but you can fill up water bottles if you are on the go
  • Needs cartridges: after 12 months you will need to buy some replacement cartridges for your chosen water filter system. We will send you helpful reminders, so you won’t be left without a replacement.

So, are water filter jugs worth it?

Both water filter jugs and under the sink systems have their advantages and disadvantages. The question is which suits your lifestyle, household size and budget better? Larger homes may benefit from a whole house water filter system. While a single occupant could opt for a point of use water filter under the sink or a water filter jug.

If this article has still got you sitting on the fence, we suggest chatting to our experts to discuss your personal needs in more detail.