*This product was gifted. Working alongside brands to bring reviews does not mean that I have been biased towards the product and my reviews contain the same pros and cons that any other product review would.
Drinking bottled water is something many of us are guilty of. Sometimes we get caught short and don’t have a reusable bottle with us or sometimes we’re just out and about and desperate for a drink. Whatever the reason for drinking bottled water, it’s definitely time for us to start thinking more responsibly about the amount of plastic we use, and switching from bottled water to a more sustainable option is easier than you may think.
Many plastic water bottles don’t even make it to the recycling bin.
We all know that buying bottled water is bad for the environment, but did you know that it takes around 1.5 million barrels of oil annually to manufacture the bottles that are demanded globally? In fact, according to 2022 statistics, a million plastic bottles are purchased across the world each minute of the day and around 90% of these won’t be recycled. Instead, they’ll be thrown in the rubbish bin to sit in our landfills for the next 1,000 years. If they don’t end up there, the plastic will end up polluting our oceans, destroying marine life, damaging the environment, and killing marine animals.
Switching to a more sustainable option is easy and cost effective.
These statistics are insane, but there are measures that we can take to start minimising the pollution effects that drinking bottled water creates. Here at Lukeosaurus and Me, we strive to only review and recommend products that we truly believe to be beneficial to our readers. Reducing our plastic consumption is something that is relevant to everyone, therefore when I was asked if I would be interested in reviewing the ZeroWater advanced filtration water jug, I was curious to find out whether it would make a significant difference to my habits.
How I hoped the ZeroWater filtration pitcher would help me.
When I was approached about the ZeroWater filtration water pitcher, I was immediately drawn to it for a number of reasons. I wanted to find out if the ZeroWater pitcher was a viable and sustainable option for my lifestyle.
Firstly, I don’t drink enough water. I am not a regular purchaser of bottled water and I do much prefer to drink tap water where possible, however, we happen to have particularly hard water in my area and I do find that sometimes the taste can be quite off-putting.
Secondly, because of the hard water in my local area, I wondered if using filter water when boiling my kettle would help to prevent limescale buildup in my kettle and therefore improve the appliance’s longevity.
And lastly, I wanted to test the product out for myself to see if the ZeroWater filter did a good enough job with my tap water to make it taste like fresh, delicious filtered water that I could not only enjoy, but recommend to bottled water lovers as an alternative.
Would it live up to my expectations? Let’s find out.
ZeroWater Advanced Filter Water Pitcher Review
In the UK, tap water is considered safe to drink and many people go about their lives making tea and coffee, squash, smoothies, and normal glasses of water from the treated water that comes straight out of their taps. This water has been treated to ensure it’s safe to drink – it stands to reason that it would therefore contain chlorine (to sanitise) and other leftover dissolved solids. The ZeroWater filter promises to filter tap water and remove virtually all dissolved solids to ensure a pure tasting and refreshing source of water.
Sophisticated 5-stage filtration system for great tasting water.
The ZeroWater filtration system boasts that it can remove 99.6% of dissolved solids from our tap water; this is over double the amount of filtration that other leading brand water filtration systems currently offer.
Aside from obviously filtering out dissolved solids that we would definitely consider undesirable, this filtration system also made the water from my tap taste just pure, fresh filtered water. Gone was the usual taste of chemicals and limescale that I was used to (and hated), and instead, was a delicious and refreshing drink.
As I mentioned previously, I really don’t drink a lot of water. One of the things I wanted to see with the ZeroWater pitcher was whether or not it would encourage me to drink less squash and coffee, and opt for water instead. I can definitely say that not only did it encourage me to drink more water, but also my kids…and even my husband! The children started calling it ‘magic water’ and scrambling to pour themselves water, and my husband who I have rarely seen drink water unless bottled (and even then, only if there’s no other choice) chose to drink pints and pints of the filtered water.
Using the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) Water Tester
One of the intriguing things about the ZeroWater pitcher that really sold it to me was the TDS metre. TDS stands for Total Dissolved Solids and let me tell you, I was shocked when I used the metre to test my normal, unfiltered tap water. I expected there to be a few dissolved solids in there considering the way water is treated and how it travels through pipes to our homes, however, I was blown away by the number on the scale.
This made me think though. There’s no way a filter can remove that many dissolved solids.
I was wrong! After I tested the normal tap water, the water had finished filtering through the ZeroWater pitcher and it was time to test it. As you can see in the pictures, the filtered water came out with absolutely NO dissolved solids in the water at all.
As you may have guessed, testing my water with the TDS became slightly addictive. According to the instructions, you can use the TDS metre to judge when it’s time to change the filter in the ZeroWater pitcher. When the TDS metre starts to show 006 or above, it’s time to start thinking about getting a replacement to ensure you’re still getting the best filtration possible.
What about design and usage?
Design wise, the ZeroWater 1.7l pitcher has been specifically designed to fit in UK refrigerator doors. It’s also very easy to fill up and assemble and the water does filter relatively quickly considering the number of layers of filtration the water must go through before you can pour it to drink it. The instructions that come with the water pitcher are very thorough and easy to understand and come with diagrams too so it was quick and easy to set up. The pour is really great on this jug too, so much so that my children (4 and 9) are able to pour themselves a drink without supervision.
What are the cost variations when using a ZeroWater filtration pitcher over purchasing bottled water?
As well as being bad for the environment, purchasing bottled water is also a very expensive habit. On average, a 500ml bottle of water will set you back around 55p – obviously, brands will vary and some can cost much more. If you’re drinking a few of these each day, you’re looking at spending about £2 per day on bottled water, this adds up to £60 per month. £60 that has been spent on nothing but bottled water!
ZeroWater did the maths and worked out that for 500ml of water, it’ll cost around 8p. That means that if you’re meeting your recommended quota of 2 litres of water per day, you’re only spending 32p.
1 bottle of water – 55p.
2 litres of water from ZeroWater – 32p.
ZeroWater offers a great method of topping up reusable bottles for work, school, and days out, therefore making it an excellent alternative to using plastic bottles.
Here’s some essential information about the ZeroWater pitcher:
- The ZeroWater 7-cup water filter costs £29.99 from ZeroWater.co.uk
- 7-cup capacity = 6 cup pitcher + 1 cup in reservoir
- Immediate pouring ability
- Slim, space-saving design and lightweight
- 26cm handle to spout, 12.5cm width, 24cm height
- Box comes with: 7-Cup Ready-Pour™ pitcher, ZeroWater Ion Exchange water filter, Water quality meter that provides a digital measurement of dissolved solids in your water, Pamphlet
Overall Thoughts on the ZeroWater Water Pitcher
When I received my ZeroWater jug, it was well packaged and came with everything it was meant to, however, there was a small crack in the base of the jug. I did worry that it would affect the use of the ZeroWater pitcher, but thankfully it seems that was only superficial and I, therefore, had no issues using the water jug. I would say that the material does feel like it would be quite brittle and it probably wouldn’t survive being dropped, so do be careful when handling it. The filter is also quite heavy in comparison to the jug which could contribute to the jug shattering or cracking if dropped from a height.
With that being said, I wanted to know if the ZeroWater pitcher would encourage me to drink more water at home and it certainly succeeded! Not only did I start drinking more water because I enjoyed the taste of pure, filtered water, but I noticed that my children and even my husband started to drink more too. I mentioned that the limescale build up in my kettle was frustrating for me. After switching to only using filtered water, the limescale is obviously no longer an issue and I don’t notice any scummy floating bits on my teas and coffee anymore!
If you struggle with the taste of tap water, or you’re looking for a sustainable alternative to plastic bottles, I would definitely recommend looking at the ZeroWater pitcher!