Brita Tap Water Filter System

Last updated date: September 21, 2019

DWYM Score

7.8

Brita Tap Water Filter System

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We looked at the top Water Purifiers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Water Purifier you should buy.

Editor's Note December 19, 2019:
Checkout The Best Water Purifier for a detailed review of all the top water purifiers.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 267 expert reviews, the Brita Brita Tap Water Filter System placed 10th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Brita Complete On Tap Faucet Water Filtration System filters out odors and impurities for healthier, great tasting water in a sleek white finish. Brita is the world's #1 brand of water filtration. This complete faucet mount removes 99% of lead and reduces chlorine (taste and odor) and asbestos contaminants* commonly found in tap water It features an extra layer to trap sediments and smaller contaminates. One Brita water filter can provide up to 100 gallons of filtered tap water, replacing over 750 standard 16.9 oz. plastic water bottles, which cuts down on waste and saves money. This certified Brita water filter system attaches directly to standard faucets in five easy steps and includes a built-in filter indicator to signal the need for replacement after approximately 100 gallons or 4 months, whichever comes first. This model does not fit pull-out or spray style faucets. Get better taste on tap with the Brita White On Tap Faucet Water Filter System.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.1
13 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.2
4,266 user reviews

What experts liked

This is one of the cheapest water filter faucets we have looked at. It may be cheap, but it’s definitely not a bad filter either.Installation is very straightforward and it will fit the majority of kitchen faucets with ease.
- Water Filter Answers
Users can switch between three different spray options for different flow rates.
- Home Fix Planet
You will also love the way this filter has an indicator to show you the right time to make changes.
- The Z8
All of the faucet filters are easy on installation. For Brita, you just need to tighten the mounting collar towards the threads of sink faucet and that’s it.
- World Of Water Filter
Brita Basic On Tap Faucet Water Filter System attaches directly to your tap. This easy and convenient water filter system reduces chlorine taste and odor, lead and asbestos contaminants commonly found in tap water. It also removes 99.99% of cryptosporidium and giardia cysts, as well as featuring an extra layer to trap sediment.
- Water Filter Rating
This water filter utilizes Micro ban Antimicrobial protection that is built into the cartridge housing and the media, resulting in greatly prolonged filter life. The filter mouth itself is very easy to install and reinstall on most standard sinks and faucets.
- DrinkFiltered
Despite its compact size, the 1.00603E+13 filtration kit has advanced filter cartridges that can clean up to 100 gallons of water. This allows you to save a significant amount of money if your household operates on bottled drinking water. To put it in perspective, 100 gallons of water is equivalent to over 750 16.9-ounce water bottles.
- Amelie Broadway
The Brita On Tap Chrome Water Faucet Filtration System is convenient and easy. The water filter system attaches right onto a standard household kitchen faucet making the tap water fresher, cleaner and better tasting and in just seconds.
- iWater Purification
This is a BPA-free product for the environment-conscious, and even features a remaining filter life indicator so you know when to discard the filter. Installing is as simple as unscrewing the faucet aerator and screwing in the base of the water filter system until it clicks.
- KitchenFaucet Center
With the Brita Faucet, you will be getting a tasty water. The filter removes all the traces of harmful particles as well as bad odor. You will be getting clean and healthy water that will be safe for application.
- Waterpeek
Thanks to its great system, you can enjoy 100 gallons of purified water in just minutes.
- All About Water Filters
It has a highly effective filtration system that decreases asbestos contaminants, lead, giardia cysts, cryptosporidium, bad odor, and color as well as chlorine present in tap water. This promotes the health of the users and ultimately decreases medical costs that would have otherwise been used in seeking medical attention.
- The Water Softener
Convenient and easy to install, it attaches to the standard faucet. It reduces approximately 60 contaminants, such as chlorine (taste and odor), 99% of lead, asbestos, and benzene.
- Water Filter Mania

What experts didn't like

The exterior of the filter is made of plastic.
- Home Fix Planet
Not suitable for heavy contaminated source water. Recommended to be used on urban source water only.
- World Of Water Filter
Slow flow rate.
- Water Filter Rating
It fits onto standard faucets only. It will not fit onto pull out or other spray style type faucets.
- iWater Purification
The Brita On Tap Faucet Water Filter System is one of the best faucet water filters, but is not compatible with kitchen faucet systems that have a spray head attached to the spout.
- KitchenFaucet Center
Only for standard faucets not style faucets.
- All About Water Filters
Complaints about leaking.
- Water Filter Mania

An Overview On Water Purifiers

For many homes, a water purifier helps keep drinking water safe and can improve the taste of the water. They can come in a couple of different forms: gadgets that attach directly to a faucet or the more popular jug purifiers that incorporate a filter directly into a pitcher or other receptacle. In the latter versions, you simply pour water into the pitcher, and it trickles through a filter into a lower reservoir, cleaner and tastier.

Simplemost Media

How does it do this? In almost every case, personal water purifiers use activated carbon to filter impurities. Carbon is very effective at catching a wide array of particles through the process of adsorption, catching chlorine and other unwanted substances in its pores. You can expect carbon filters to remove particles measuring anywhere from 50 micrometers down to .5 micrometers (a micrometer, also known as a micron, being a mere one-millionth of a meter). You might find that measurement in the specs of a purifier or even in the product blurbs if it’s an especially low number.

Simplemost Media

While carbon filters are great at removing most toxic particles and organic compounds, they’re not so good at catching minerals. Mind you, many of the minerals you’ll find in water are beneficial ones that the body needs, like calcium and magnesium. Even so, some purifiers opt for a secondary filter that can catch bad minerals and leave harmless ones in the mix.

So how do you know what kind of purifier you need? Since even the most thorough jug filtration systems won’t break the bank, it can be easy to just choose the most powerful one. But purifiers with extra layers of filtering can take time to push that water through the system or need more frequent replacements — a big hassle for large families on busy mornings.

Kristin Forte/Simplemost Media

It might be best to find out what contaminants are in your water to begin with, and you can do that by getting a water testing kit. They can be obtained from most state or local health departments. The website of the Environmental Protection Agency has a handy list on its website if you’re not sure who to contact first. Those kits will tell you the kind of substances that might be making your water taste funny (like zinc and chlorine), and raise a red flag for harmful and potentially fatal chemicals like lead.

The Water Purifier Buying Guide

  • Jug purifiers are super convenient and simple to maintain, and you can even take them on a picnic. It can be easy to forget that they’re even filtering your water, unless that process takes awhile. And with more powerful, multi-stage filters, it typically will. The process of purifying a full jug of water can vary widely between brands and models — anywhere from a minute or so to ten minutes or more. That can be a pain for impatient kids on the way out the door to school, but the trade-off might be worth it if you’re extra health-conscious.
  • One sacrifice for the convenience of a jug purifier is the relatively frequent replacement of the filter. As activated carbon accumulates particles, it reaches a point where it can’t adsorb any more from the water. A filter change will get your filter cleaning again, and how often that should be done can vary. About two or three months is standard for most systems. It’s a good idea to price the filters before you buy, since frequent, pricey replacements can more than offset the savings from a cheap purifier.
  • Space is a big practical concern for purifiers. Most of them are designed to fit snugly on a refrigerator shelf, though some compact models can be small enough to slide into the fridge door. That’s great when there’s not a lot of room, but of course, you can expect to fill it up more frequently.