The Brita disposable bathroom faucet filtration system is one of the many products out there that filter your water for a cleaner taste, not to mention the reduction of sediment, lead, and microbial cysts. There is also a kitchen version, but the bathroom version is great for when you need a quick drink and doesn’t want to use a cup for rinsing your mouth out when brushing your teeth. This bathroom version features a drinking fountain.
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It is also supposed to be better for the environment than those filter systems that require replacement filters. I got my bathroom faucet filter for free from one of the employees of one of the various Clorox companies (Clorox owns Brita, more on that later) who got it as part of a bonus, but wouldn’t use it because he already had one and doesn’t have the room in his house to keep extra things in it for a year at a time (the box is pretty big for the product and he gets one often enough). You, however, can purchase one of your own for around $25.
Brita, as one of the several companies owned by Clorox (the bleach company also owns Kingsford Charcoal, Glad, Hidden Valley, STP, KC Masterpiece, and I forget what else), is trying to go “green” by making products that are supposed to be better for the environment. Brita’s contribution to this effort is their disposable filter systems. How can a disposable product be better for the environment? That’s a good question that I personally haven’t heard a really good answer for yet. Brita’s answer is that this tiny system that is supposed to last a year is less wasteful than replacing filters every few months. I guess so, but there are many other features that I consider wasteful, the fact that you are throwing away the battery in it, for one. I will get to the rest of that later.
I get the box, and immediately notice the packaging. Nothing special about it really, just a Blue, green, and white box that is 7 inches (18 cm) wide, 9 ¾ inches (25 cm) tall, and 3 ¾ inches (9cm) front to back that has a big opening in the front that you can see the filter through. What I really notice about the packaging is that it is seriously too big for the product, which is only 4 inches (10cm) wide, 3 inches (7 ½ cm) tall, and just under 3 inches (7cm) front to back. A box with a closer fit would not only save packaging and shipping costs (smaller boxes means you can fit more into each load), but would also help the environment by using less packaging that usually just gets thrown away. This is one of those times where environmentalism can save money, a lot of money, in this case.
Installation is pretty simple, just remove the aerator from your faucet, screw on the adaptor needed (if your faucet needs one, they are included with the filter), and screw on the filter. As with many filters, after installation, you need to run water through the filter for 5 minutes to remove carbon dust in the filter and activate it.
The 50 gallon (189 liter) life cycle starts after you flush out the filter. The filter is designed to last one year using 16 oz (500ml) of filtered water daily, which is a lot of water. The filter is incredibly easy to use. To turn it on, just pull the small lever on the side of the filter, which you push to turn off. To use the fountain part, just push down on the lever at the top of the filter, which releases after you let it go, just like regular water fountains. The filter also has an indicator on it that tells you when the filter goes bad. When the filter is good, the little light is green, then turns a flashing red when the filter only has a few gallons use left. When it is time to throw away the filter, the red light stays on. I like the fountain feature on the Brita filter, because it reduces the use of cups-especially those tiny paper ones that so many people use in the bathroom.
However, there is one main issue I have with the fountain. When you turn the main valve to start the filter, the unfiltered water stops running, but when you turn on the fountain, the filtered water still runs out the bottom of the filter in addition to out of the fountain. The filtered water not coming out of the fountain should be cut off, but Brita decided to keep it running as a cheap way to regulate the water pressure coming out of the fountain. Because of this, perfectly good filtered water if flowing down the drain. This also reduces the life of the filter for nothing. So much for environmentalism.
The filter works well, and I believe that I actually got more water out of it than advertised before the filter went bad. You can really taste much better when using the filter, and it didn’t taste any worse when the filter started getting close to the end of its life. My water, when unfiltered smells like a pool, there is so much chlorine in it, and I’m surprised that it doesn’t turn my dark, brown hair to blonde.
Overall, the Brita disposable bathroom faucet filtration system is a fairly good product and I recommend getting one if you have the money to spend and want to filter the water in your bathroom.
The product itself gets would get 4 stars, except for the environmental claim, which gets 2 stars. Split the difference and overall, the Brita disposable bathroom faucet filtration system gets 3 stars.