Carbon filter pitchers are one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to eliminate harmful contaminants from your tap water. For years, I relied on my trusty Brita pitcher, but when it cracked, I decided to branch out. The folks at Mavea were kind enough to send me an Elemaris XL to try out. It’s attractive, effective, easy to use, and holds a lot of water. As we all know by now, it’s a good idea to avoid bottled water — it’s terrible for the environment and is often just tap water in disguise. A countertop carbon filter pitcher like the Mavea Elemaris XL is an excellent, sustainable way to avoid bottled water and make sure your water is healthy.
Mavea Water Pitcher Review : Elemaris XL
I’ve been using my Mavea Elemaris XL pitcher every day for a few months and I really like it. Here are my favorite features and the one downside I’ve found.
Removes Many Harmful Contaminants
As you know if you’re a regular reader, we’re all about healthy water and healthy water bottles. Tap water sometimes gets a bad rap, but the truth is, many of the harmful chemicals and pollutants in your water can be easily removed with an inexpensive carbon filter like the one in the Elemaris XL pitcher. The Mavea pitcher carbon filter reduces:
- Chlorine taste and odor
- Heavy Metals (mercury, cadmium, copper)
- Agricultural Chemicals (atrazine, simazine)
- Industrial Pollutants (benzene, tetrachloroethylene)
Holds 9 Cups of Water
I drink a ton of water every day and it’s a hassle to constantly have to refill a pitcher, so I appreciate that the Mavea Elemaris XL holds 9 cups (just over 2 liters) of water. It’s big enough to hold a lot of water, but not so big that it takes up too much space on the counter or in the refrigerator.
Easy to Refill
It may seem like a no-brainer for a water pitcher to be easy to fill up, but not all water pitchers are simple to refill. The Elemaris XL has a pour-through lid, which makes filling it up a cinch. It even has a flap in the pour-through area that automatically closes when it’s full. My recently retired Brita pitcher didn’t have this feature, and I’m really glad my new pitcher does.
Comes in 6 Great Colors
One of my favorite things about the Mavea Elemaris XL pitcher is that it comes in 6 fun colors: white, black, purple, green, orange, and red. I generally care much more about function than aesthetics, but I use my water pitcher constantly throughout the day, and it’s fun to see that splash of color in my kitchen.
Part of a Filter Recycling Program
It may sound crazy now, but for many years the filter pitcher giant Brita didn’t recycle their gilers. After successful lobbying by environmentalists, the company finally started to take back their filters in 2008. Fortunately, Mavea has a great filter recyclying program. They’ll even pay for shipping when you send your used filters back. Learn how to recycle your Mavea filter on Mavea’s website.
Downside: Price (Especially of Filters)
The one negative I’ve found with the Elemaris XL is that both the pitcher and the filters are a bit more expensive than similar items from other brands. I’m willing to spring more for a pitcher I really like, but the price difference in the filters will add up over time. The Mavea Elemaris XL is $34.95 on Amazon, while a similar Brita pitcher is $22.97. The Elemaris XL requires Mavea Maxtra filters, which costs about $7.30 each on Amazon and lasts for about 40 gallons. These filters are a bit more expensive than some other brands; Brita’s filter, which also filters 40 gallons, is about $4.85. Is price a deal breaker? I don’t think so. I really like the Elemaris XL’s features and, for me, they outweigh this one negative.
Interesting Tidbit: Why Haven’t I Heard of Mavea?
While Brita has become a household name, Mavea may not ring a bell. So why haven’t you heard of Mavea? The short answer is you have — sort of. There’s some interesting history with Mavea and what it boils down to is that Mavea is the current incarnation of the original BRITA brand. Clorox bought [lowercase] Brita in 2000, so current Brita products are owned by Clorox. The Brita parent company, though, retained its name — BRITA Gmbh — and now sells its American products under the Mavea brand. A confusing, but interesting, piece of filter pitcher history.
The Bottom Line
The Mavea Elemaris XL is a nice, solid carbon filter pitcher. It comes in great colors, is easy to use, and eliminates a number of harmful contaminants from tap water. The one downside is that it’s a bit pricier than some competitors, but I think the features outweigh the slightly higher price. Mavea’s Elemaris XL is an excellent alternative to bottled water and I would highly recommend it.
Another nice portable option is the LIFESAVER Systems 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottle
Glass Brita Pitcher
I’ve long been interested in finding a Brita pitcher made from glass. You can’t buy any glass pitchers with a built in filter in the United States, but Brita makes a version sold in the UK. You can buy the glass Brita pitcher on Amazon UK. While expensive, it’s the only place you can buy one, unless you’re headed to England.
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