I was given a Mavea water pitcher when I attended the Mavea Inspired Water Italian Supper Club at Cook in Philadelphia last month. I wrote about Cook, the intimate 16-seat, collaborative kitchen, when it first opened. It’s a wonderful space, and if you’re in the Philadelphia region, you need to check it out.

Those of us in attendance at the supper club were treated to a delicious 11-course authentic Italian dinner created by Chef Massimo Bruno. Philadelphia’s Alexis Siemons of Teaspoons & Petals served us tea at the end of the evening made with filtered water.

The evening was absolutely fabulous and a brilliant way to introduce food bloggers to a product. We weren’t told much about the Mavea water pitcher during the evening, but several of them were used during the evening and each one of us walked away with one.

My family has been using the pitcher for almost a month now, and we’re going to continue to use it. I’ve always been a tap water drinker, and while I thought about getting some sort of filter for our tap water, I never took action on it.

The water filter in the Mavea water pitcher made a surprising, pleasing change in the taste of our water. The best way to describe it is that it’s cleaner-tasting. Compared to non-filtered water, the filtered water tastes less like metal. We had never noticed the metal taste before.

What does the Mavea water pitcher do? It filters out various impurities using a four-step process through a changeable, recyclable cartridge.

  1. Intensive pre-filtration: The water flows through a fine mesh filter.
  2. Ion exchange filtration: The ion exchange resin reduces lime scale (carbonate hardness), cadmium, copper and mercury.
  3. Activated carbon filtration: The activated carbon significantly reduces substances that affect smell and taste such as chlorine, benzene, tetrachloroethylene, atrazine and simazine.
  4. Intensive final filtration: The special fine mesh filter retains the particle mixture.

One convenient feature that the Mavea pitcher has is a Smart Meter on the handle that lets you know how much use is still in the filter. After one month, our filter still has 75 percent of its life left. (We were on vacation for one week, so technically we’ve only been using it for three weeks.) I’m pleased with how long the filter is lasting. If it ran out in a week or two, the expense might be prohibitive.

Refills on the cartridge can be purchased on Amazon for a packet of three. This is an added expense, but it’s one that I’m willing to add to our budget because we all like the difference the filtered water makes. Even our coffee tastes better. Recycling Mavea cartridges is easy. They pay the shipping for you to send them back to be recycled.

For anyone who has been buying bottled water because they are concerned about the quality of the water from their tap, a water filter like the one found in the Mavea pitcher can actually reduce expenses. There are upfront costs for the pitcher (which comes with the first filter) and perhaps a few reusable bottles so you can take your water along with you, but eventually a water filtration system will pay for itself when it replaces store-bought bottled water. The environmental benefits of eliminating all of those one-time-use bottles — even if they do get recycled — would also be great.

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Drinking cleaner water with Mavea
After a month of using the Mavea filtered water pitcher, our food blogger's family is hooked.