What’s Better Than Your Tap Water? Filtered! BRITA MAXTRA+ Water Filter Review and Giveaway

What’s Better Than Your Tap Water? Filtered! BRITA MAXTRA+ Water Filter Review

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We all know that we need to drink water throughout the day to maintain good health, but that doesn’t mean that we are all making sure that we consume sufficient amounts. Personally, I’ve noticed that the amount of water I drink during the winter pales in comparison to how much I drink during the warmer months…and I wonder why I’m more tired and my skin is drier at this time of year! Duh!

So, to help me to remedy this situation and up my water-intake, I decided to take up a recent offer to review the BRITA Fill and Enjoy Aluna water filter jug and the BRITA MAXTRA+ Universal water filter. Not only would having a nice cold container on hand in my fridge help me to remember to fill my glass regularly, the added bonus of having my drinking water potentially cleaner and fresher tasting was an offer too good to pass up.

4 VERY Good Reasons to Consider Using a Water Filter at Home

Of course, we live in a country where many of us take the fact that we have access to clean water in our homes for granted. You only have to travel to a popular holiday destination like Bali to know how lucky we are to be able to drink water straight from our taps. However, that doesn’t mean that by the time our water travels from the water treatment plant to our taps, it hasn’t picked up a number of heavy metals, chemicals and other impurities.

Better Taste

It stands to reason that filtering out chemicals from our water supply will have a positive effect on the taste. For example:

Chlorine is a chemical used in water treatment plants in Australia to reduce bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms to ensure drinking water quality. Whilst it is not harmful, the overwhelming scent makes water unpleasant to drink.

Limescale build up is a common occurrence affecting those living in moderate to hard water areas such as Perth, Adelaide and parts of Queensland. Whilst this isn’t harmful to our health, hard water often results in an unpleasant smell, taste and mouth feel when drinking.

Better for Your Family’s Health

Heavy metals such as lead can leach into water from pipes, solder, fixtures and faucets (brass) and fittings. Some pipes are fitted with lead-based solder in homes built prior to 1986. The amount of lead in your water also depends on a number of factors including: how long the water stays in the pipes, the age of the pipes, and water acidity and its temperature.

Filtering the water you drink can also rid your water of other impurities that are introduced between the water treatment plant and your home. For example, one of the most common issues with aging pipes is corrosion (also known as rust). Usually it forms a sediment that settles on the bottom of the pipes or by changes of pressure particularly if there has been work in the area.

Of course, the water that we drink may have none, someor allof the impurities mentioned above, and we wouldn’t even know. So, investing a small amount of money into a product that can further purify the water that we drink and cook with can never be a bad idea, can it?

Prolong the Life of Your Domestic Appliances

Limescale builds up in appliances such as kettles and coffee machines. When the water is heated the minerals in hard water settle on the heating element and create a build up over time. This causes the appliance to work harder to heat the water, and eventually the heating element is destroyed and the appliance fails to work. Filtering the limescale from your tap water before you use it in your kettle or coffee machine will prolong the life of the appliance.

Environmental Sustainability

Having a water filter system at home means that you can save money on buying plastic bottles of water, and limit their negative impact on the environment.

  • A single use plastic bottle that makes its way into the ocean can take 450 years to breakdown!
  • By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean
  • Every day in Australia, we use 10 million plastic bags, throw away 2.7 million takeaway coffee cups and use enough bottles and cans to stretch over 4000km (that’s the whole way across the country).

The Brita MAXTRA+ Limescale Water Filter can filter the equivalent of 250 water bottles before the filter needs to be replaced, making it a more sustainable and cheaper way to hydrate.

BRITA Fill and Enjoy Aluna Jug and BRITA MAXTRA+ Limescale Water Filter Review

Although the BRITA Fill and Enjoy Aluna jug comes with a BRITA MAXTRA+ Universal water filter cartridge, I was also sent a BRITA MAXTRA+ Limescale Expert filter cartridge to review.

The new MAXTRA+ Limescale Expert filter is the premium filter in the range and is specially formulated to suit those living in areas with moderate to hard water where the quality of drinking water and appliances that can be affected by limescale build up. It promises to remove 50% more limescale than the standard MAXTRA+ filter.

The filter contains Micro-Carbon pearls that are especially designed to effectively absorb chlorine chemicals whilst Ion-Exchange Pearls protect against limescale build up as well as reducing heavy metals such as lead and copper.

I must admit, I’m not always one for reading the instruction manual before using a new appliance or device. But, in this case, I made sure I read and followed the instructions to the letter so I could be sure of getting the best result from it. It’s a good job that I did too, as it wasn’t as simple as popping the water filter into the jug and away you go.

  • The cartridge must first be immersed in cold water and shook gently to remove any air bubbles.
  • The filter is then fitted into the hollow of the funnel in the jug and pushed down. I really liked that this was simple and easy to do, and attaches firmly.
  • To activate the filter the jug must be filled twice with water and allowed to run through the filter. On the 3rd filling, the jug is ready for use.

The jug holds 2.4 litres and fits snugly in to the door of my fridge so it’s ready to fill up my glass or kettle at any time, and I don’t need to worry about one of the kids knocking it over inside the fridge.

I also love that I can run it through the dishwasher. A word of warning though (passed from my friend to me, and now on to you): don’t wash the filter in the dishwasher with plates with spaghetti bolognese remains on them. Her filter came out looking a tad on the orange side…although she said it still worked fine.

The Verdict

I’ve been using the BRITA jug for a little over a week now and I love it. I’m definitely staying much more hydrated throughout the day and it has given me peace of mind knowing that the water I am giving to my family is fresh and chlorine free, and the love of my life (my coffee machine) will be reaping the benefits of being limescale free!

At just $27, it represents a very affordable and convenient solution for people who are concerned that their water supply may contain chemicals, heavy metals or other impurities.

GIVEAWAY: Win Your Family One of Four Brita Water Filter Prize Packs

Includes:

  • The Marella jug
  • A two-pack of MAXTRA+ filter
  • A two-pack of MAXTRA+ Limescale filter
  • An active bottle
  • A vital bottle

Total Prize Pack Value = $112

For your chance to win simply complete the entry form below!

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46 COMMENTS

  1. I’ve never had the opportunity before to taste the difference in Brita water. I’d love to enjoy water that tastes BRITA and is BRITA for you, especially now the weather is warming up and we will need to stay hydrated!

  2. My Family’s health is important to me, drinking the cleanest water possible would be made so much easier by winning this great prize.

  3. I’ve really made an effort to increase the amount of water my kids and I are drinking ( not always an easy task with kids) but, not knowing what impurities are in our tap water I’m not sure “how” good for us this actually is. This Britta pack would bring me peace of mind knowing that we are getting the best possible benefits from clean filtered water and that my efforts are actually worth it!

  4. A Brita pack will reduce our plastic bottle waste
    Filtering out impurities, better taste
    Sustainably effective all around
    Love, convenience & affordability to surround.

  5. I was brought up on Brita Water Filters and would like to keep the clean drinking water tradition going for my children

  6. We’re on tank water so would love to reduce the amount of bottled water which is bad for the environment and have Brita filtered instead.

  7. Our Government’s water filtration leaves a lot to be desired because of a strong chemical smell and taste.
    Not desirable at all

  8. I only want the best for my family and by reducing chemicals throughout the body by using Brita is a good start!

  9. So my kids can overcome their impression that unless it comes in expensive bottles, water looks cloudy and tastes horrible (like in our country town!)

  10. We really would love to win this pack. I just chucked out our old cheap water filter. I am now buying water from the shops.

  11. I need to drink more water,tap water is yuk & bottled is expensive to buy,having Brita filter jug would be the best.

  12. With 2 awesome water drinking kids in the house plus mum and dad filtered water is by far better than what comes out our taps.

  13. Simply for peace of mind that my family are drinking the cleanest water possible without buying it in bottles. Great motivation to drink more too!

  14. My kids love the filtered water at my sisters. They fill it up and watch the Jug trickle through the ‘magic water’. Apparently it tastes like sunshine. I’ve been meaning to buy a Brita but we’re saving for our first house and unfortunately it’s on the want, not need list. The kids say they need it and I’d love to win it for them!

  15. Not once did I think about the negatives of unfiltered water so this Brita pack could be a life changer if I won.

  16. My partner will only drink bottled spring water which is expensive! I am hoping Brita purified water will mean will can now drink from the tap!

  17. With extra blood cells pumping through my body, I’m always so extremely thirsty I’d love to keep hydrated with Brita throughout my pregnancy. While on the GO and at home.

  18. I would love to own a Brita. I moved recently and the water on tap has been a bit sketchy . I would never let myself or my family drink it straight from the tap honestly . I use it for bathing and cooking when its boiled pretty much . We go through alot of water bottles and even that,some are sketchy to how clean they really are. A brutal would be a total money saver for one and a great addition for this momma and her family!

  19. I never knew water
    Could taste so clean
    Without a hard taste
    And the smell of chlorine
    Forget bottled water
    Brita’s keeping the world green!

  20. I have sensitive to chlorine and I’m looking for a new filter to make it easier to drink enough water each day and to also give my kids as pure water as possible.

  21. My husband and I love our water. It is so important to drink lots of water. I think that filtered water is best.

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