Experts say the Pur CR-6000 2 Stage Water Pitcher is effective at removing lead and organic matter, and blind taste tests give Pur pitchers top marks for the best tasting water. Although the filter isn't designed to treat water for any kind of bacteria, tests show that it does remove some coliform bacteria as well as common pharmaceuticals. The main drawback is that filters can clog quickly and even under optimal conditions, need to be replaced often -- about every 40 gallons. For more filtered water capacity, reviews recommend the 9-cup Clear2O Water Filtration Pitcher (*Est. $25), which features a filter-change indicator light.
ConsumerReports.org includes the Pur CR-6000 2 Stage Water Pitcher in side-by-side comparisons of seven water filter pitchers. TheGreenGuide.com relies heavily on certification data from the NSF, an independent consumer products testing organization. A review at TheKitchn.com includes no lab data, instead emphasizing features, convenience and taste. Naturally, the owner-written reviews at Amazon.com also focus on these factors.
In a comprehensive evaluation of water filters by ConsumerReports.org, the Pur CR-6000 2 Stage Water Pitcher is one of seven pitchers evaluated for water taste and removal of certain contaminants. Separate ratings are given for flow rate during the life of the filter and clogging.
Review: Water Filters, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
The Pur CR 6000 2 Stage Water Pitcher is named a best value" in the comparison chart in this buyer's guide -- based primarily on the NSF database of contaminants the two-stage filter removes. However, no other pitchers were included in the comparison.
Review: Water Filters, Editors of TheGreenGuide.com
Taste comparisons rank a Pur Flavor Option Water Pitcher, which is essentially the same as the CR-6000, higher than both a Brita pitcher and New York City tap water. Testers don't add the flavoring in the blind taste test, noting that the flavor packets contain preservatives and sucralose. In both rounds of testing, the Pur's "sharper, cleaner taste" was preferred.
Review: Thursday Giveaway: Pur Water Filter, Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan, Aug. 2007
About 90 owners review the Pur CR-6000 2 Stage Water Pitcher here, giving it mixed ratings that range from 1 to 5 stars on a 5-star scale. Some owners are satisfied, while others voice complaints about its durability and design.
Review: Pur CR-6000 2 Stage Oval Water Pitcher, Contributors to Amazon.com