We believe that water filter pitchers offer a fantastic alternative to having large, expensive filtration systems installed in your households, or as a useful device to take with you on camping trips or holidays where you live in your own accommodation. A water filter pitcher is simply a pitcher capable of holding a large amount of water, with a built-in filtration system, usually an activated carbon filter that filters the water as you pour it out. You may already use some kind of water pitcher at home or in the office, but one that doesn\u2019t offer filtered water which is cleaner, safer and tastes better. In the following article, you will learn why they are a great purchase and see our shortlist of filtered pitchers, to help you make a decision on which one to go for. Our Top Picks Best Pitchers of 2020 Pitchers that are worth mentioning: Top 10 Products Please see below, a list of our 10 favourite water filter pitchers, along with a brief description and review of the products in question. It is our aim to provide some guidance for anyone looking to make a purchase in the near future, but who might be uncertain about which brand and design to go for. 1. Clearly Filtered Water Filter Pitcher We start off our reviews with the firm favourite of the team, the water filter pitcher by Clearly Filtered. This is a fantastic system that stands out by the quality of the water and high levels of filtration, with it removing over 98% of fluorides as well as a long list of harmful contaminants that runs to over two pages long. Nothing else comes close in our opinion to the quality results you get with this product. It is important to offer a balanced opinion where possible and there are some drawbacks that might be an issue for some. Firstly, the speed at which it filters water is slower than many on the market, in particular, pitchers from Brita, but given the quality of water it produces, then that is understandable. The other point to note is that it doesn\u2019t have a reminder or warning to change filters, so you need to just set a reminder somewhere else or notice the taste change. 2. Waterdrop Chubby Water Filter Pitcher A nicely designed product, with storage in mind as its slim dimensions, allows you to store it in the fridge door, making it a handy feature indeed. Combined with a nice wooden handle that compliments both the design and functionality, the team at Waterdrop have really put some focus into the ergonomics. Away from the looks and features, the filter system inside this water filter pitcher uses an interesting 7-stage technology, which removes a large number of harmful bacteria and contaminants including sulfur. This filter system lasts for approximately 200 gallons of water, which is a fair amount more than most pitchers on the market. Sadly, they don\u2019t provide replacement filters with the initial purchase, adding to the cost, but this is a minor annoyance for most. 3. Epic Pure Water Filter Pitcher Yet another water filter pitcher that claims to remove over 200 potentially harmful contaminants, with a rating from the manufacturer of 99.9%. So you can buy this product with confidence that you will get clean, healthy and nice tasting water as a result of your purchase. These filters work for around 150 gallons before needing to be swapped out, so we would expect you to have to change these every 3 or so months, depending on water usage. This is a great product that can hold 3.5 litres of water, a good capacity that will meet the requirements of a family, but be warned that the filtration process can be a little slow, due to the sheer number of contaminants that it removes. 4. Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher The Aquagear water filter pitcher is another quality product that really delivers on filtration and the need to provide clean and healthy water for your household. Not satisfied with the usual contaminants, this model will also tackle some of the harder to remove ones including fluoride and lead. The filters last around 3 months each, in line with some of the better pitchers on our list. A nice bonus with purchasing this pitcher is that the manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee, so in theory, if it breaks or a fault occurs, you can claim a new one from them. However, it is yet another pitcher that suffers from a slow filtering process, due to the same old issue of being so good at filtering out harmful contents. 5. Brita 10 Cup Grand Water Filter Pitcher The first on our list from the heavyweight of water filters, Brita. They have years of experience in creating filtration systems that provide high quality, clean water that is safe for your family to drink. In the case of this pitcher, they have delivered a design that allows for 10 cups of water and a warning system that tells you when exactly the filter cartridges need replacing. The Brita filter cartridges are relatively affordable and easily obtained, so you won\u2019t have any worries about finding a new one when the time comes. Perhaps our only complaint with this model is there have been reports of the lids not working too well, despite the stylish designs. 6. AquaBliss 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher This water filter pitcher has found its way into our top 10 because it seems to have tackled some of the key failings of other, more established pitchers on the market. Firstly, it doesn\u2019t take an age to filter the water before you can get a drink, taking only a minute or two to deliver a full pitcher of clean, healthy water. Furthermore, it has a digital system that counts down the number of days before a filter needs replacing. On the subject of filters, it offers all of the usual protection, reducing the amount of chlorine, sediment and other metals from the water. If you choose this model, do prepare for quite a heavy pitcher that isn\u2019t the greatest design, with a notable risk of water spillage if you\u2019re not careful. 7. Brita 36092 Metro Pitchers The next Brita on our list is the smaller relation to the 10-cup one further up. This pitcher has a 5-cup capacity, with a slim, functional design that allows it to be stored more easily in the fridge compared to a lot of its competitors. It will filter out many of the standard harmful minerals that you\u2019d come to expect from a Brita filter and indicate when a filter needs changing. Unfortunately, even for a small pitcher, this does suffer from the issue of slow filtering. It has been recorded as taking approximately 5 minutes to filter enough water for a full pitcher, so don\u2019t expect to use this in a hurry! Always remember to fill up and keep it in the fridge ready for use and then you will have no problems. 8. PUR LED 11 Cup Water Filtration Pitcher System We appreciate the work that PUR has put into this water filter pitcher because they have not only delivered a product that filters more contaminants than most, but it also delivers a storage size greater than most, with an impressive 11-cups. The filter will remove the standard contaminants but it does it in a far more efficient manner than some of its competitors, getting rid of more pharmaceuticals and other materials such as mercury. This pitcher has been built using BPA-free plastic, an added bonus, as well as having an LED light installed on the top to signify when you need to replace the filter. We found this model didn\u2019t do particularly well at softening the water, so if you live in an area with hard water, you may not see much improvements in that respect. 9. Brita Atlantis Water Filter Pitcher The final pitcher from the giants at Brita and its another small, efficient and effective offering from this manufacturer. It doesn\u2019t store a great deal of water but it makes up for that by offering a fast filling system so you won\u2019t have long to wait for clean, tasty water. Furthermore, it utilises the quality cartridge filters that Brita are known for, reducing and removing countless harmful contaminants from the water supply before you drink it. Filters can sometimes be tricky to replace but not so with this model, as there is a notification when you need to do so, easy to find replacements and clear instructions including video tutorials online. 10. DRAGONN Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher We\u2019ve chosen the DRAGONN alkaline water filter pitcher to show you next, primarily because it uses one of the most complex, effective filter cartridges that can be found on the market today. As the title suggests, it not only removes harmful contents from the water supply but also treats the water, raising the pH level. On top of that, it has a remineralisation feature which adds in important minerals to the filtered water, improving the quality and nutritional value of the water. All of this makes it a fantastic solution for anyone wanting to filter water but unfortunately, the cartridges may put some of you off buying it. This is because they don\u2019t seem to last particularly long, with reports showing approximately 1 or 2 months, depending on the water usage in your household. So they don\u2019t last too long but when they are working, boy do they work! Summary A water filter pitcher is a fantastic product to have in the house and a great solution for those who don\u2019t want a cumbersome water cooler or who simply don\u2019t have space or money for a large built-in filtration system. There are many pitchers to choose from out there and whilst prices do vary, the majority on our list offer high levels of filtration and protection from the potentially harmful contents of your water supply. Why are they so useful? The short answer as to why they are so useful to have is that they provide clean, healthy drinking water. In reality, there are so many more reasons why they are a great choice for any household to buy and to use. Health Let\u2019s start with the family - it can be tough getting children, and adults for that matter to drink enough water and so with a filtered pitcher, you can ensure they have clean, healthy water that tastes better. This is such a vital part of a healthy lifestyle and improving the wellbeing of everyone in the household, so something as inexpensive as one of these pitchers really does make a big difference. Cost These water filter pitchers are relatively inexpensive to purchase and maintain and yet offer fantastic cost savings over the long term. Imagine all of the bottled water that you will have purchased over the years, or bottles of alternative drinks that you buy because you don\u2019t drink the water from the taps. This gets reduced with a filtered pitcher. Environment Finally, we always want our readers to consider the environment when they make a purchase and these pitchers will help reduce the amount of plastic used, as you won\u2019t be buying so many bottles and also reduce wastewater. This is because certain filter systems will have water tanks that filter water but also waste a lot of water. With a pitcher, you only filter what you use in the filter. A great saving for the environment and your water bills. What contaminants do they filter? The carbon filters with water filter pitchers are an effective solution for protecting you against many of the harmful contaminants in the water supply. It is important to note that they won\u2019t be as effective as full filtration systems that you can install in your property, but they do target many of the key contaminants, including but not limited to the ones below: Chlorine Traditionally, chlorine is used by industry and governmental bodies to disinfect water supplies and other cleaning tasks. Whilst this process helps protect from certain problems, it does cause a noticeable change in the taste of water but also potential diseases. A water filter pitcher helps remove this as a result of its activated carbon filter trapping the chlorine. Volatile Organic Chemicals These chemicals are typically found in the majority of pesticides and herbicides used, so for those living in more rural areas, it can be a worrying issue when they get into the water supply. It is rare to have problems with this but if they are ingested, they can affect the health of people in the household. Giardia This is spread through cysts that survive in the water for months after infection, leading to people being ill for weeks after ingestion. The symptoms can include abdominal pain and diarrhoea and potentially more serious issues. Cryptosporidium This is another parasite that can be filtered out by the carbon filter and if it makes its way into someone, it has the ability to cause an illness called cryptosporidiosis, which affects the gastrointestinal and respiratory system. This will concern those with a less than normal immune system.