Saturday, September 7, 2013
False Economy: a Review of Great Value Water Filters
I have used a Brita for about twenty years now. We have two going all the time in our house (one in the fridge and one on the counter) and these filters make a discernible difference in the taste and quality of our well water.
I tend to stretch out replacing the filters longer than I should, though, because, well. . . the price! Even with coupons, Brita filters are not cheap! I don't know what they are priced around the country, but I generally pay about $16 for three filters.
Boy, was I wrong.
The filters did fit our classic pitcher just as they should; no problem there.
However, that was pretty much where the comparison ended.
The first filter I put in the fridge pitcher didn't actually filter the water. I don't mean that it let impurities get through. . . it didn't even let the water get through! The water stayed up in the well and wouldn't trickle down. I tried taking it out and putting it back in. I tried gently shaking it. I tried the initial soaking again. Eventually, I threw it away.
Okay, so now I've got two filters for $10 now. Still a slightly better deal than the Brita though, and I assumed it was a fluke.
The second filter I put in the fridge pitcher seemed to work. Good deal.
Then the counter pitcher stopped filtering, and did the same thing as the first fridge filter. This time though, it would sometimes drain and sometimes not.
By that time, the second fridge pitcher was beginning to act up as well, so, I just threw them both in the trash and bought a pack of Brita filters.
Which means that my experiment with Great Value filters eventually cost me about $8.60 a filter.
Buyer beware; don't make my mistake!
Note: This is my opinion. If you disagree, write your own review.
Further note: I've been accused of being in the employ of Brita. I am not, nor are any of my family or friends.