A Brita Water Pitcher: To Bring or Not To Bring To College?

While in college, either living in the dorms or off campus, you will always be looking for ways to save money. One of the biggest money suckers I can think of is buying cases of water bottles for times you are on the go.

My family and friends used to buy flats of these in high school. And, while it is great to drink water, it is not great to waste so much cash on a natural resource.

By the way, did you know that 1,500 water bottles are used every second in the U.S.? That is an extremely high number for something so small.

So when I got to college I brought a personal water bottle to fill up around campus at the fountains, at the soda and water machines, etc. However, it was not until my second year away at school that I discovered something great.

One night I was over at my friends apartment. They had made dinner and asked what I wanted to drink, and I requested water. Out of their refrigerator they pulled a water pitcher made by Brita, a company well known for reducing plastic consumption by making personal water bottles and filtration pitchers for your fridge.

Needless to say my mind was blown and I had to get one. Luckily enough for me, I live with these friends now and get the perks by being able to use their Brita filter. Here is what I found out after doing some research of my own.


The full name for the product is the Brita Grand 80-Ounce Water Filtration Pitcher. Just like the name says, it hold up to 80 ounces of water.

The best thing is that it does not matter to where you live, just pop the pitcher under your sink, fill it with cold water and allow it to filtrate for a few minutes. Then, the filtration system will have reduced about 98% of the nasties in the tap water, like; lead, benzene, mercury, copper, and chlorine. The filtration system gives is a fresh and crisp taste to, just extra perks.


The pitcher is heavy duty plastic and holds up really well. My roommates have had their pitcher for 3 years and it still looks brand new. There is a small graph at the top of the pitcher that shows how much percentage each individual filter inside of it has, so you have a warning when it is time to replace it.


This water pitcher works very well. It is important to note that you should not try to fill up the filtration cavity with water, and immediately go to pour it out. If you do this, the water that has not been filtered will dump out everywhere. Just plan ahead a few minutes and let it to its own thing.


The pitcher comes in a variety of covers. While the majority of the pitcher is clear, the handle and lid can be purple, white, red, orange, yellow, or green. Each pitcher comes with a 10 year warranty and take up no more room than a small watermelon in your refrigerator.

While I have only used this water filter pitcher, there is a similar product out there called PUR brand. It holds less water than the Brita, but it removes 99% of bad stuff from the tap. The pitcher only comes in one color, its partially clear to see the water, the filter cavity is blue and the lid is white. They run about $30 which is extremely comparable to the Brita at $28.

On Amazon.com customers reviewed both the Brita filter water pitcher and the PUR filter water pitcher. Both negative reviews included that the tops fell off easily when they went to pour. I have looked into this for the Brita pitcher. Just make sure after hand washing the pitcher, the lid snaps back into place. This will ensure that it will not fall off when you go to pour yourself a nice, cool glass of water.

Overall, this is a great product and despite some people being disgruntled by the lid situation, it is not bad enough not to by it. This pitcher will save you money and make your water taste great. In the end those are the top two things I want from my water pitcher. Happy hydrating!

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Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg

Kait Freeberg is a junior at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo pursuing a degree in journalism. At school, Kait can be found interviewing people or hitting the gym. As the Colleges Against Cancer president, Kait helps to fight cancer and she educates her peers on the disease. Apart from school she works two jobs, enjoys traveling, and cooking for her roommates.