Monday, December 19, 2016

Zero Water Filter: Product Review

A few months ago I was asked to review the Zero water filter, and it seemed like timing could not have been more perfect. We were in the midst of our home renos, and had just found out the fridge we ordered didn't fit through our doors so it had to be returned. One of the key features I had looked for was a built in water filter/dispenser and ice maker, like our old one. While searching for a replacement, it didn't seem like I was going to find one with this feature that would fit our space, so this seemed like an ideal alternative. But we did end up getting a new fridge with a water filter. 

We are fortunate to live in an area with good water quality, so its not an issue of being concerned about what's in the water. But where ever you live, you may just not like how your tap water tastes.

In any case, I passed the Zero to my lovely neighbours who don't have a fridge with a filter and, until now, have been using a Brita. They have shared the following review:

-10 cup water filter pitcher
-comes with its own water meter

Five stage filter
Water meter holder on cap
Spigot on the back is a cool idea
Blue tint looks nice
Premium appearance

Slightly heavy
Spigot can get caught as you're putting it away in the fridge

Water meter testing:
Brita filtered water (last filter change date unknown): 159 TDS (total dissolved solids)
"Real Canadian" bottled water: 227 TDS
Tap water: 167 TDS
Zero water: 001 TDS
Black coffee (Cuisinart coal filter): 449 TDS
Black coffee with mocha Coffeemate: 485 TDS

  • Street price of product tested $47. Brita for comparison is $30. Zero water filters are $18 each or $55 for four pack. (Online-not sure if they're on store shelves.)
  • An extra $20 at the store gets you an evidence-based water jug with a number that only it can reduce, but gives you a hard time fitting it in the fridge and makes you feel bad about drinking coffee. In Kid tested taste testing, (not blind testing), an 11 year old and 9 year old each preferred the Zero water over tap or bottled water.

    Overall Rating
    : 3.5 out of 5 (They have a 6 cup version that would score a half point higher: 4 out of 5).

Wow, so I would say the crucial piece of info is that 2 picky kids preferred the Zero over tap or 
bottled water!  If you have a child resistant to drinking water, maybe this is the answer?!?

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