Those of you who participated in our Get Fit, Have Fun: M4L Challenge a few months ago will recall that drinking water daily was part of our challenge. A rough estimate that we went by was taking your body weight, dividing it in half and that using that number to tell you how many oz. of water we should aim to drink daily.
A few weeks ago I was sent a Cuisinart water filtration system to test out and give my feedback on it. I was intrigued by this counter top system that dispenses 3 different water temperatures and holds 2 gallons of water at a time (they also have a model that holds 1.5 gallons). When it arrived my husband set it up. I asked him how the set up went and said that he needed to make sure to follow the directions very carefully. He said that It wasn't difficult but did take a bit of time (around 2 hours) from start to finish including the time it took for the initial 2 gallons of water to filter. After it was set up, it was simply a matter of refilling the water as needed.
After using it for a few weeks I feel like I have a good handle on the pros and cons of this purification system.
-I enjoy having the option of hot water at a moments notice. I use the hot water feature frequently for tea and instant oatmeal, hot cocoa, etc. In general, having the three water temperatures is very convenient.
-In comparison to a pitcher filtration system (such as a Brita) the amount of water stored at a time is much greater.
-In comparison to buying bottled water, over time, a system like this would more than pay for itself.
-Drinking filtered water tastes better, smells better and removes lead and over 2100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water, making it better for you.
-It frees up room in your fridge if you find that to be a downside to your Brita-type system.
-When the Cuisinart Filtration System is on it produces a low level "hummmmm" sound that some people may find distracting.
-When I hear this "hmmmmm" sound I find myself thinking of the energy that is being used by this machine. It does have an energy saving button and using this button does cause it to kick on less often or you can simply turn the power off when you are not needing the water to be hot or cold.
-If you have limited counter space you may want to take this into account when considering something that will take up additional room on your counter top (although compared to free-standing filtration systems that take up floor space this takes up much less room).
-The filters need replacement every three months (however, this is typical of water filtration systems).
To see some additional videos on this system feel free to check out these links:
*Thank you to Cuisinart for allowing me to try out this new product, it is always fun to see innovation at work!