Filter replacement varies by usage
Some reviewers are complaining about the timer not working properly. If you read the description for the pitcher you'll have an answer to your question. I didn't and ended up contacting Mavea who explained why the timer on my pitcher ticked down to 0% after only 3 weeks of use. The timer is not simply a clock like you get with the Brita filter. Theirs is a dummy clock that ticks down 2 months regardless of how often you fill it. Mavea claims their timer is more sophisticated than that. It also factors in the hardness of the water and the amount of water you put into the pitcher. My city water is hard (14) and we refill the pitcher quite a bit...even though there's only 2 of us plus a dog in this household. I'm home all day and I drink a lot of water. The dog gets filtered water too in his bowl. :)
So that explains why the timer is not giving all of us the same information. I'd rather know my filter is nearing its usefulness than to not know and keep drinking water from it.
The extra filter keeps those nasty charcoal bits out of my water. I was constantly emptying the Brita pitcher to remove charcoal that had sunk to the bottom of the pitcher. Brita says that's Ok, you can drink the charcoal. No thank you, I'd rather my water pitcher not look like someone has been panning for gold.
The company that makes this Mavea pitcher used to own Brita. After they sold it to Clorox they proceeded to design a better product which turned out to be this water filtration pitcher. Another improvement was to make it out of BPA-free plastic.
Even though I'll have to buy more filters (3-packs) I'm still happy I switched to this brand.
Excellent Filter (usage details included)
With our use, refilling our Mavea Elemaris XL pitcher (full on top = about 2/3 full on bottom*), about 7 times per day, almost every day, we average about a filter per month, having bought and used 18 in the last 18 months. I do wish they came in a 6-pack, or more.
Our drinking water (unfiltered) tastes pretty bad. It's quite delicious now that we use this filter. No scientific tests yet (ordering a test kit soon), just a very picky palette and infamously sensitive nose. We're not quite sure how the "meter" measures hardness, volume, and length in use, but it lasts a reasonable amount of time for us (about a month), and we can taste the difference a few days after it gets to the 25% "line", so replacing the filter seems to come at an appropriate time. Since the meter uses three factors to determine filter "usedness", your mileage may vary.
*For more info about the Elemaris XL pitcher, please see my review posted under that product. (included because of the inherent "partnership" between the two products)
We like these filters because I have read:
- they are NSF-certified (yay!)
- they remove more contaminants than a Brita or PUR
- they have silver-infusion to help prevent bacterial growth (we keep ours on the countertop, so this is more needed than if we kept it in the fridge)
- and, they do NOT release little black carbon particles (ick!)
- and, we're happy they are recyclable. For further eco-savings, buy the three-pack (reduces carbon footprint of transportation in shipping); and, when they're used up, keep a stock of spent filters, to reduce the carbon footprint of sending just one back at a time. Or, better yet, find a store in your area (walking distance is best, of course) that will take yours and send them to be recycled along with others' filters.
With how great this pitcher/filter combination performs for us, it's difficult to drink tap water without it. So, I also wish they made a travel-sized version.
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Works in Brita MAXTRA pitchers sold in Europe
I bought this filter for my Brita Maxtra pitcher (NOT the classic cylinder Brita filter) that I purcahsed in Italy and used for one year there. Apon returning to the states, I was surprised to find out that Brita doesn't sell the Maxtra in North America. The Mavea Maxtra filter is clearly the exact same filter. It works perfectly in the Brita Maxtra pitcher and I couldn't be happier with the quality.
Tassimo beverage system filter
Great price and service. This model fits the Tassimo beverage system, and is much cheaper than the #106832 model.
Prefer Over Brita
I have had a Mavea pitcher for over 6 months. I had previously used Brita for a number of years. These filters feel and look more substantial, the water takes longer to pass through, no black particles or dust in water and I find the filtered water to taste better than water filtered through a Brita filter. I am sold on Mavea over Brita both on the filter and the pitcher.
This filtration system is so easy to use and the water pitcher is simply the best design out there, no comparison to any other brand. We have awful tasting water
and I have spent a lot of money on bottled water, got tired of lugging it around, my daughter bought this for me, after doing some research and I have had
nothing but a great glass of water from the 100% to the needing "new" filter reading. The pitcher is so easy to keep clean and I don't have to remove the cover every time I add water to the chamber, look it up yourself, great design!
Mavea is Greata
I bought these filters to use in our Mavea pitcher, one that replaced a Brita pitcher. We are very pleased with the Mavea pitcher and these filters. The Mavea pitcher has a timer similar in concept to the Brita timer that's affixed to the pitcher's lid. When I installed the last filter I marked the calendar and noted that it did last almost exactly two months as estimated by Mavea.
These Mavea filters are easy to install, last two months, are German made, and most importantly for us do not leave any of those annoying black particles in the upper water chamber.
And if that's not enough, these filters are also recyclable. Contact Mavea to receive a postage paid envelope in which to return your used filters. Find all the details at [...].
The european filter is here!
When we moved to the US, I brought my Brita water jug. It isn't an old one, so loathed to throw it out just because you can't by these particular filters in the shops ... but a quick hunt on OnlineShopDealer saved the day! These filters are for another make of water jug, but are exactly the same as the Brita ones we get in the UK - and they work perfectly!
Excellent pitcher, solid, nice to look at, clean water
So before I bought this I read all the reviews , even the bad ones , so I was prepared for leaking covers and all sort of problems.
I had only one. the pitcher top needs to be on correctly or it leaks, give it a few tries once it is on tight it does not leak. Water is clean, and the pitcher makes us feel rich.
Nice Filter. Go well with my Brita Pitcher
Nice Filter. It goes well with my Brita Pitcher. Just the price changed frequently...I guess I will only place an order when the price is relatively low.