Many of our readers routinely ask us for our opinion on what type of water filtration system is the right solution for their home. As always, our advice is that the best water filtration method for your home will always be based upon the requirements of your household.

Of course, you would be right in wanting a little more information to base your decision on which is what Drink Filtered is all about. In this article, we’re going to cover two very popular methods of water filtration to help you decide which is right for you and your family.

Fridge Water Dispenser

The Water Filter Pitcher

As the name suggests, this kitchen staple consists of a jug or pitcher which features a water filtration cartridge inside, that efficiently filters the water that you fill it with from your tap. Simply open the filling mechanism and add water until the desired level is reached, at which point you will see the water quickly pass through the filter cartridge and into the reservoir at the bottom.

This simple invention has literally transformed the lives of families across the world, providing quick and easy access to tasty and safe drinking water that is ready to drink in a matter of seconds.

Best of all, every water filter pitcher - whether in the form of a jug or a larger tank-based system - is able to fit inside any standard sized refrigerator, allowing you to chill your drinking water for an even better experience.

Each individual filtration cartridge is designed to last anywhere between 30 and 90 days depending on the manufacturer and your typical usage profile. Essentially, the more water that you use, the more frequently you will be required to replace the filter.
Your Average Water Pitcher

​The Refrigerator Water Dispenser

This method of accessing filtered water is slightly newer and is available to every household that possesses a fridge with an inbuilt water dispenser and ice making machine. Refrigerators such as Samsung's line-up feature the presence of a Samsung water filtration refrigerator cartridge that usually sits inside the internal compartment of the fridge, filtering both the water it dispenses as well as the water used for making ice cubes.

Your refrigerator will be plumbed into your homes water supply via the use of a simple piece of tubing which is routed through to the built-in filtration cartridge. Once installed, you are supplied with chilled drinking water on demand.

The filter cartridges utilized in refrigerators are designed to be replaced once they have filtered a predefined quantity of water. As a general guide, the average fridge filter will last for around 6 – 12 months before it requires replacing.
Water Filter Pitcher vs Refrigerator Water Dispenser

So, Which Is Right For Me?

The answer usually boils down to whether you already own a water dispensing refrigerator or not. If you do, and it performs to your satisfaction, there are few reasons to ‘downgrade’ to the use of a water filter pitcher.

If on the other hand you do not own a fridge with this capability, making use of a water filtering pitcher is one of the best ways to introduce filtered water into your household.

In addition, we find that water filter pitchers are perfect for use within a variety of environments where filtered water may be required. If you regularly go camping, own a motor home, vacation within remote wood cabins or work within buildings with poor amenities, a jug with a built-in water filter is worth its weight in gold, even if you don’t have a way to chill the water inside.


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