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Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher

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Classy, Sleek Design and does the Job

  • Oct 3, 2010
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I received the Mavea Elemaris XL water filtration pitcher for review. Here are my findings:

I like the European design, very chic and designed to balance form and function. The 9 cup vessel has a large capacity, a non-slip base and convenient pour-through lid. Filters are ready to use with just two pour-through fillings which is suggested you use to water your plants.

The advanced Maxtra filter technology is advertised as such: improves taste of hot or cold drinks (they even have a video on their website to show this), softens water to make appliances last longer, and does not remove fluoride–not a plus for me as I do everything to avoid fluoridated water. Also, there is a filter recycling program offered at the Mavea website. The filter is advertised as an optimal mixture of carbon and ion exchange resin beads that work together to reduce contaminants such as copper and mercury. However, I tested for mineral content and got the same reading as with my tap water (we have a well).

One filter is said to last two months, and a meter on the top of the pitcher shows four bars that read from 0 to 100% so the user can know when to replace the filter. Filters can be purchased at many natural food stores or from Mavea. Amazon offers best pricing with their three-pack currently at $17.95.

The Mavea is tested to Water Quality Association standards to reduce chlorine and odor, heavy metals (mercury, cadmium and copper), industrial pollutants and agricultural chemicals.

On the downside: water is poured from tap into a vessel and must run through the filter which means one must fill the smaller reservoir several times to achieve complete filtration at full capacity (i.e. the 9 cups). This takes time.

It is recommended that water not stand in the vessel for more than two days. I am on my third fill and already the filter life reads: 100%, 75%, 50% and 25%, so I am not hopeful this filter will last two months, making cost a factor.

We live in a rural area and have our own well which we use for everything but drinking. For drinking and cooking, we purchase distilled water. The well water I am using for the purposes of review is not chlorinated, and except for high mineral content, is odor-free and relatively pure. Water from the tap and through the Mavea filter looks and tastes exactly the same. Whether the results are the same for you, I’m sure, depends on your water source.

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October 04, 2010
Great review Suzanne! It does look like the filter cost would add up, especially if it doesn't even last two months for you. We have the Nikken Aqua Pour and what I love about it is that I only fill it once a day and it gives me 1.6 gallons, I cook with it a lot and we drink it and make tea. The reservoir holds 2.6 gallons, so I can always have enough on hand. The filters are not cheap, but replacement is every 6, we usually keep them a lot longer (until the water starts tasting funny). :)
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