Top positive review
Great product, but needs frequent replacement
November 17, 2017
Update, September 2019
I've been using this pitcher for over 2 years. The replacement filters seem to last for shorter spans of time. It is getting extremely expensive just to drink clean water. The quality of the filter is exceptional, but PLEASE, Aquagear, design one that can last more than 2 months without completely stopping. It goes from rapidly filtering to barely allowing a single drip through in 1-3 days once it starts slowing down. A drastic decline. I stubbornly use the device that is supposed to clear out the filter to no avail (they have never worked for me).
The filter that came with my Aqua Gear pitcher lasted a lot longer than this replacement. It works like a dream for a few weeks and then all but stops filtering. I live in Brooklyn so I may have an intense amount of junk to filter out of my water, but it seems crazy to spend $50 on a new one of these so often. I wish it worked a lot longer.
That said, when it does filter water, the taste, clarity and quality is completely noticeable. I can't even stand to drink tap anymore now that I know how good it CAN taste with this thing. So buy it, but be prepared to make the regular investment in replacing it. One more note: the company sends you a bag to recycle your old filters, so don't toss them.