Water is life. If there’s one thing every human being on the planet can agree on, it’s this very simple tenet. And if you live somewhere where the drinking water is less than perfect, you will probably want to invest in a third party filtration system. Nothing is more refreshing than a crystal clear, tasteless, chilled glass of pure water.
But if you’ve decided to get a filter, you’ll immediately run into a conundrum: which filter is right for me?
The two most popular water filter brands in America are Brita and Pur. They are trusted because they have been providing the freshest water through the most convenient filtration systems for years and years. However, there are some important differences to spot before deciding which one is right for you. That’s why we’ve compared these two water filter companies on the 4 most important qualities any home water filter must have.
The very first and most important metric by which we can gauge the quality of a water filter is simply how well it filters water. Which filter does a better job?
The National Sanitation Foundation, an independent international non-profit organization, has rated both filters based on how effectively they remove contaminants.
Brita filters remove approximately 94% of chlorine and 95% of lead. This is a pretty high percentage of removal, as a filter can never truly remove 100%. However, you want this number to be as high as possible.
Pur filters are rated to remove 97% of chlorine and 97% of lead from drinking water. While 2%-3% doesn’t seem like a big difference, it certainly can make a big impact over time (especially if the place you live has unusually high traces of contaminants in the water). This makes Pur filters considerably more effective than Brita filters are at removing contaminants.
Another huge plus for Pur filters is that they are certified to remove both cryptosporidium and giardia, which are pathogens that can cause serious intestinal diseases. If you live in a place with unsafe drinking water, this will be a very good reason to pick a Pur filter.
All in all, the superior choice is clear; Pur filters remove more contaminants than Brita filters and there, therefore, the better filter choice in terms of efficiency.
Something to note about the Pur filter is that it has a much more complex filtration system than the Brita filter does. This can be a double-edged sword, as it means that water takes more time to get through the Pur filter than it does for the Brita. If you are using the Pur tap filter, for example, you will certainly notice a restriction in flow speed with the filter on. If you generally prefer not to wait too long for your water, having a Pur can get a little frustrating.
In general, Pur filters are considered to be a bit higher quality in manufacture. Whether you’re comparing the tap filters or the filtration pitchers, you will find that the average customer review supports the idea that Pur filters last a bit longer and work a bit better. The pitchers are also better-designed to fit in your refrigerator or on your countertop, while Brita pitchers are sometimes known to leak or have design flaws. If you want the better quality filter, you will want to go with a Pur.
Another thing to consider is the variance in capacity and form these filters can have. Depending on your lifestyle, you’ll want to see which is right for you.
The primary difference in form is that both brands make three styles of filter: the faucet-mount tap filtration system, the pitcher, and the dispenser. Dispensers and pitchers sit on the countertop or in the refrigerator and all you have to do to replenish the water is pour water into the filter chamber, allowing it to filter down into the main storage tank. For the tap filter, simply affix it to the end of your faucet. It will come with a switch to turn the filter on and off, so you don’t waste your precious filtering on water you don’t intend to drink.
As far as pitcher and dispenser filters go, there will be a variance in size. The Brita pitchers come in 5 cup, 6 cup, 8 cup, and 10 cup sizes. The Brita dispensers are a whopping 18 cups.
Pur pitchers come in 5 cup, 7 cup, and 11 cup sizes and the Pur dispensers are also 18 cups. Pur pitchers and dispensers tend to have a better-designed shape to fit in refrigerators and on cluttered counters more easily.
If you’re looking for a particular type of filter, you should be able to find something that will suit your lifestyle from either company. Brita has a larger selection of pitcher sizes, but Pur has better-shaped pitchers and dispensers.
As far as price is concerned, these two water filters sell their products at pretty competitive rates.
Shopping around on Amazon, you can find the tap filtration system for Brita to be between $19 and $30. The replacement filters will usually cost $12 for one or $25 for two.
A Pur tap filter can be found on Amazon selling at between $26 and $29, with replacement filters costing about $11 for one or $18 for two.
If you’re looking for a filter pitcher, you will find the Brita pitchers on Amazon for approximately $17 to $25. Replacement filters for these pitchers cost about $9 for one, or $15 for three.
Comparable Pur filter pitchers on Amazon cost between $22 and $50, with replacement filters running $7 for one and $19 for three.
Altogether, the price ranges for these filter systems and their replacements are pretty similar. Pur costs a bit more on average, but not by a lot and you’re getting what you pay for in a more effective filtration system.
All things considered, the best water filtration system between Brita and Pur is the Pur. Pur faucet filters and pitchers are better-quality, more effective, and pretty much the same price. If you’re looking for the best home water filtration system on the market that won’t break your bank, you’ll want to invest in a Pur filter.