Experts don't specifically review water filter dispensers, but the Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser DS-1800Z uses the same filter as the Pur pitchers. One professional review gives the Pur filter high marks for removing contaminants but a low rating for filter flow rate and clogging. The main upside to purchasing a water filter dispenser is its 18-cup capacity, which is what some households need. Owners say they like the convenience of the spigot and praise the taste of the filtered water. If you can get by with half the capacity, reviews recommend the Clear2O Water Filtration Pitcher (*Est. $25), which has an electronic filter-change indicator.
ConsumerReports.org evaluates the Pur 2 Stage Water Pitcher CR-6000, which uses the same filter as the Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser DS-1800Z. We read plenty of owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, Target.com and Drugstore.com.
At ConsumerReports.org, editors evaluate the Pur 2 Stage Water Pitcher CR-6000, rather than the Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser DS-1800Z. However, these two products use identical filters. Seven water filter pitchers are tested and evaluated for removal of lead and chloroform bacteria (as an indicator of ability to remove organic compounds and disinfectant byproducts). Editors pour a cabbage-water solution into the pitchers to assess how well each filter removes bad tastes. Separate ratings are given for the filter's flow rate and propensity to clog.
Review: Water Filters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser DS-1800Z has accumulated nearly 600 owner reviews at Amazon.com. Owners say they are largely happy with the taste and quality of the filtered water, awarding the dispenser mostly 4 or 5 stars.
Review: Pur DS-1800Z 2-Stage Water Dispenser, Contributors to Amazon.com
About three dozen owners have posted their opinions about the Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser DS-1800Z at Target.com. It earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners agree that their filter tap water tastes great, and many are longtime users.
Review: Pur 2-Stage Dispenser, Contributors to Target.com
The Pur 2 Stage Water Dispenser DS-1800Z receives an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from about 50 owners. Most owners say they are happy with the taste of the water, and some say they prefer Pur over Brita.
Review: Pur Water Filtration System,18 Cup Dispenser, Contributors to Drugstore.com