Thursday, November 4, 2010

Filtrete Gives Families Fresh Air + Water and Saves You Money!

You know, I'll be honest. When I was approached to do this review I saw the brand name, Filtrete, and thought "air filters". I had no idea that the name I know, trust, and use when we battle our allergies branched out and is now offering a line of water filtration products for better tasting water.

Our allergies are killer. In fact, my son has had his share of hospital visits for his severe allergies (with asthmatic tendencies). Living in Florida, our heating and air conditioning is run by a central air handling unit. We only use Filtrete air filters, mainly because we've tried using all the other brands, and when we use Filtrete filters, I notice a change in our symptoms.

By helping to clean the air you breathe and improve the air quality in your home, the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M:

* Captures 94 percent of large airborne particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air as it passes through the filter
* Captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles than ordinary fiberglass filters
* Helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to warm your home this Fall and Winter

We've had the ability to try several different brands of water filters over the past two years. Many of them had expensive filters you need to refill often, one barely changed the taste of our water, and we resorted to buying a fridge with a filter in it that actually worked better (or just as well) as some of the bottled water we were drinking. Our biggest complaint from all of our filtration systems was that it took forever and a day to filter. What's the sense of filling a resivoir with a cup or two of water, coming back in a few minutes, and repeating unitl the bottom of the pitcher was "full", when you could just grab a bottle of water and go?? 

Yes, it's not eco-friendly, but bashfully, I admit, it's a lot easier. I've never found a good balance of good tasting water, is cost efficient, and is quick to filter. For on-the-go families looking to increase their water intake without the hassle of buying separate water bottles or bottled water, the Filtrete Water Station provides the convenience of bottled water without the cost or waste:

* Filters water directly from the tap into four reusable BPA-free water bottles in seconds and reduces sediment and chlorine taste and odor from tap water
* Bottles are dishwasher safe and feature a leak-proof cap, making them great for school lunches or soccer practice
* Provides the approximate recommended daily water intake – 64 ounces – and helps reduce up to 3,000 plastic water bottles worth of waste from landfills per year

I can honestly say that when we received our pitcher to review, that setting it up took a second. Once we turned the water on, (at about the same speed you would fill a cup of tap water), the water started filtering immediately. It is not like a "traditional" water pitcher because there is no resivoir to fill, the filter does the job it needs to quickly and easily so you can continue on with your life. The 12-cup water pitcher costs about $30 and the Filtrete fast fill refills only cost about $10 and are available online and at stores like Home Depot, Wal-mart, and Ace. 
To help busy families, Filtrete created Clear Advantages. You can register to receive seasonal e-newsletters featuring money-saving offers, air and water filter change reminders, better home living tips and more by visiting

You can also follow Filtrete Water Filtration Products on Twitter or like the brand on Facebook for healthier living tips.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received the water pitcher to facilitate my candid review.”


Laura November 05, 2010  

We only use Filtrete Air Filters too. I wish they were a little less expensive, but they do work the best so we buy them every month anyway!


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