Although we know how important drinking enough water throughout the day is for us, many of us still fall short. I am one of those people who doesn’t drink nearly as much as I should. It’s one of those things that I keep telling myself that I’m going to change.
I have been able to increase my water intake with a new product that I was given to test and review called the AquaTru Countertop Water Filter. I am excited to tell you about it because it’s really pretty cool.
About 50 billion bottles of water are bought each year and of those, up to 80% end up in a landfill. Are you surprised, even though recycling programs exist? I was a few years ago until I noticed how many water bottles I saw in garbage cans and how little my own neighbors recycle each week. Then there’s the cost. The cost of bottled water adds up quickly and it’s not cheap.
The AquaTru is a countertop water filter that filters out 128 different substances, unwanted chemicals, and other nasties from your water. More than your refrigerator filter, faucet filter, and pitchers. This leaves the water tasting just like bottled water without the aftertaste that some filtered waters can leave behind. You won’t even miss those little bottles of water and you won’t have to run to the store to restock.
While the AquaTru is a large unit, its shape allows it to fit nicely in the corner of my countertop. It remains out of the way but also easily accessible.
The AquaTru is an electric filter so you will need to find a spot on your counter that is near an outlet but that also gives you convenient access to a water source.
The AquaTru Countertop Water Filter comes with three filters to remove a wide variety of contaminants like sand, silt, chlorine, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) such as pesticides and herbicides, and up to 125 more potential contaminates. It also removes about 90% of fluoride from the water if that is a water additive that concerns you.
The unit is quite simple to use. The back container is for untreated water and it will filter into the front container which acts as either a spout or a pitcher. The pitcher holds about a gallon of water.
It takes about 13-14 minutes to filter an entire gallon of water, but once the initial filtration is finished the unit will filter as it goes. When you get a glass of water, the water will immediately begin to filter again to replace that glass of water in the pitcher. Once the back pitcher is empty (it will still be about 1/4 of the way full; this is normal) the unit will blink. Empty the pitcher and refill it to start over again.
*Note: we do sometimes have a hard time finding the sweet spot when refilling the back container so the unit doesn’t automatically reset. The instructions say to fill “just below the handle”, but there isn’t a line inside the container that shows you exactly where that is. When this happens we turn the machine off and back on again to reset it.
The spout is a great addition to the unit and I love it much more than using a pitcher. My only complaint is that the spout isn’t very high which means that only smaller glasses can be filled from the spout. In order to fill larger glasses and water bottles directly from the AquaTru, you will need to have the unit on a riser or at the edge of the counter.
One concern I had was how often the filters would need to be replaced and how much they cost. Given the size of them, I expected them to be quite expensive considering that our refrigerator filter is about $50 and we replace it twice a year or so. According to the AquaTru website, the main RO filter and the dual function pre-filter cost $20 and will last between 1 ½ and 3 years, depending on use and water quality. The final carbon VOC filter is $40 and will last about a year. Based on this, it will be no more expensive than our refrigerator filter and may even cost less.
Overall, we are very happy with the AquaTru Water Filter. The water tastes pure without any aftertaste at all. Even our refrigerator filter, which we thought tasted fine, has a bit of an aftertaste in comparison.
While this isn’t an inexpensive unit, it will pay for itself in no time when compared to buying bottled water. You can pre-order an AquaTru Countertop Water Filter at a discounted price directly from their website and they will be shipping by the end of July, or you can order in July for the full retail price.