The Brita Aqualux Pitcher is praised by owners and experts who say its electronic filter change indicator and flip-top lid make it easy to use. Reviews say its compact size also fits nicely in the refrigerator. This filter is certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) for reduction of chlorine odor and taste, copper, zinc, cadmium and mercury. However, one professional review found Pur to filter lead better than the Brita. Environmentally conscious consumers might be happy to know that Brita offers a filter recycling program for the filters that need to be replaced every month or two. In addition, the container itself is free of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in some plastics that's been linked to health problems. The company backs this product with a 30-day unconditional money-back guarantee plus a limited 90-day warranty.
ConsumerReports.org offers the most comprehensive review of water filters, including three pitchers. Editors compare water filters on filtering capability, flow rate, clogging and removal of bad taste. We also read an extensive review of the Brita Aqualux Pitcher at ConsumerGuide.com, were it is evaluated on value, performance, ease of use and features. We found reviews comparing Brita and Pur pitchers at AnnaAndKristina.com and TheKitchn.com. We also consulted nearly 60 owner-written reviews at Amazon.com.
The Brita Aqualux Pitcher is among three water filter pitchers in a comparison test of 27 water filters. Each filter is evaluated on how well it removes lead and chloroform bacteria (as an indicator of its ability to remove organic compounds and disinfectant byproducts). A cabbage-water solution is also employed to assess whether the filter can remove bad tastes. Editors also compare how quickly a gallon of water flowed through the filter and whether the filter's flow rate decreased or stopped before the manufacturer's filter life claims.
Review: Water Filters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2007
"The Shopping Bags" is a TV show on the Canadian W Network. The show's hosts compare four water filters based on lab tests and taste tests. One of the filters is the Brita Slim Pitcher, which uses the same filter as the Brita Aqualux Pitcher. They send filtered water samples to a lab along with unfiltered tap water and a bottled water sample. Lab tests find all four of the water filters successfully remove some metals and most coliform bacteria. Next, a wine-tasting group and the show's hosts participate in a taste test. The majority favors the Pur Ultimate on-tap system (now discontinued) over the Brita Slim Pitcher, Brita On Tap System and Kenmore counter unit.
Review: Water Purifiers, Kristina Matisic and Anna Walner, November 2007
Six water filters, including pitchers and faucet-mount systems, have single product reviews that don't all occur at the same time. The Brita Aqualux Pitcher receives a perfect 5-star rating and is designated a best buy. Editors applaud the "smart electronic change indicator, which reminds you when it's time to change the filter."
Review: Brita Aqualux Pitcher, Editors at ConsumerGuide.com
In a blind taste test, the Pur Flavor Option Water Pitcher (without the flavor added) is compared with an unknown model of an "old" Brita pitcher. We don't know whether the Brita Aqualux Pitcher's filter technology has changed since this 2007 taste test comparison. Testers prefer water filtered in the Pur during two rounds of testing.
Review: Thursday Giveaway: Pur Water Filter, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, August 2007
The Brita Aqualux Pitcher is one of several water filter pitchers reviewed here. It receives the highest rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 from about 60 owners, who say it's easy to use and the compact size fits nicely in the refrigerator.
Review: Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher, Contributors to Amazon.com