Which Is Better: Faucet Filter or Pitcher Filter?

Faucet Filter or Pitcher Filter

If you’re researching water filters, the first thing you’ll learn is how many of them are on the market right now. Indeed, when it comes to making your water tastier and healthier, there is no end to the number of systems you can choose from.

Some systems use basic charcoal filters and some use a chemical process that gets rid of the contaminants before they get to the water, but in the end, the question you’ll likely ask yourself is, should I choose a faucet filter or pitcher filter?

What Are the Differences?

Filters made to filter water can be attached to either your tap or to a pitcher, and the choice you make in the end has a lot to do with what you expect these water filtration systems to do in the first place.

If you want your water to taste better and nothing else, a pitcher with a filter system in it might be all you need.

These pitchers are effective, but do nothing to filter the water you bathe or wash clothes with. Still, if you want to clean your drinking water only, a pitcher is a good solution.

Both faucets and pitchers that clean water use filters that need to be replaced, so you’ll want to check the price of these filters so you can get some idea of how much you’ll be spending on them in the future. This alone could make a difference and help you decide which system to choose.

The good news is, most filters are very affordable, and the more expensive ones usually last much longer than those that cost less, so overall you usually don’t spend a lot of money on water filters.


How Much Room Is in Your Kitchen or Elsewhere?

When looking into a faucet filter or pitcher filter, you also have to consider the space in your home, particularly your kitchen.

A pitcher filter must stay cold to work, so it must be kept in the refrigerator at all times. Faucet systems are usually hidden away underneath a cabinet, so they won’t be taking up space where it counts.

If you decide on a pitcher filter, you have to make sure it’s going to fit inside of your fridge.

Another aspect to consider with a pitcher is that it sometimes (depending on the brand) takes up to 30 minutes for it to filter the water completely.

With a filter that is attached to your faucet, the water is filtered immediately. That also means that once you drink the water in the pitcher, you’ll have to fill it up again and wait once more for the recommended time period to elapse before you can enjoy clean water again. With most manufacturers, this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.

Other Considerations

Yet another consideration in the faucet filter or pitcher filter debate is the permanency of the filter you choose.

If you know you want the system to be permanent or long-term, a faucet filter is likely your best bet, especially because the pitcher filters take so long to provide you with the water you desire.

This doesn’t mean you can’t detach a faucet system if you need to; in fact, most of these systems are super simple to install and uninstall.

But, if you want all of the water in your home to be filtered and you want the system to be around a while, choosing the faucet filter is smart, even though a pitcher is usually much less expensive.

The choice you make is always personal, but the price, the time it takes to filter the water, and the permanent versus temporary nature of the installation can help you decide which system is best for you and your family in the end.

Jon Agarwal

Jon Agarwal works as an environmental consultant focused on water resources, and he volunteers his time for non-profit organizations. He lives in the heart of Melbourne with his beautiful wife, two sons, and three Persian cats. He particularly enjoys working part-time as it leaves him the time to work on his own writing and share his knowledge. Visit our About page to learn about the contributors of Healthy Buddys.

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