Brita Infinity Smart Water Pitcher ReviewBy John Davis - September 15, 2016
Just when you thought water couldn’t get any cooler, someone finds a way to take it to the next level. Brita, a company known for making water drinkable, has launched a Smart Water Pitcher.
So what makes it smart?
Unlike Ozmo, it can’t track your fluid intake and unlike Airo, it can’t fill itself up, but Brita’s filter is still smart. The pitcher is backed by Wi-Fi, which enables it to track usage and automatically order replacement filters for you using Amazon Dash technology.
One of the main arguments against using Amazon Dash is concerns over pricing. Amazon may be an excellent market place for many things, but inexpensive items can often be costly compared to buying them from a local store. The good news is that the Infinity Smart Water Pitcher uses the Infinity Filter, which is certified to filter 40 gallons of water and the replacement filter is currently selling on Amazon for $5.79. Seems reasonable, no? Also, so there are no surprises, the pitcher includes a Smart Indicator. You can use this indicator to see how “used” your filter is, when it reaches 36+ gallons, Amazon will send you a replacement filter before you hit the 40 gallon mark. And as another safety precaution, Amazon also gives you a “courtesy call”. If your pitcher places an order, Amazon will let you know and allow to cancel your order, so long as you do so within 24 hours.
The downside to all of this is that the filter isn’t calculating or weighing water. Instead, it is counting how many times you open and close the lid, rather unscientific. If you fill the container half way up, the sensor will still measure your efforts as a complete fill, and your filter usage data will be off.
How does the filter work?
The Smart Watch Pitcher retains the features that make Brita a good activated carbon filter. The pitcher is BPA-free and the filter uses coconut-based activated carbon and ion exchange resin technology to filter out contaminants such as:
And as if making your water less nasty wasn’t enough, Brita claims that one filter can replace 300, 16 oz plastic bottles. Hello Earth savings!
On the downside, the pitcher has an 8 cup capacity meaning it can hold approximately 64 ounces of water. So if you have more than one person living in your home, and everyone is drinking enough water to stay hydrated, you will be filling up your pitcher every day.
Should you order one?
While this all sounds fine and dandy, users reviews remain mixed. Common complaints include:
You must create an account with Brita in order to use the pitcher.
Some users complain that the pitcher leaks water from the handle.
That it’s easier to track water usage without the smart feature and cheaper to buy filters locally.
In my opinion, it’s not worth the hassle. Who really wants to troubleshoot their water pitcher’s WiFi connection? If the pitcher was smart enough to actually track how much water runs through the filter, that would be one thing, but paying a premium for a parlor trick seems a little frivolous.
If you want your own smart filter, you can order one for $44.99.
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