Brita Ultra Max 18 Cup Dispenser with Filter

Last updated: February 4, 2020

Brita's 18-cup capacity is great for thirsty families, and the filter fits equally well on a countertop or in a compact corner of the refrigerator. There's no pre-soaking required with the filter, which is easy to install overall. Start pouring water even while the Brita is working to remove asbestos, lead and other impurities. We loved how handy this dispenser was during our testing — just fill it and go.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: The Brita 18 Cup Water Dispenser with Filter works hard but also quick enough for busy families.

In our analysis of 267 expert reviews, the Brita Ultra Max 18 Cup Dispenser with Filter placed 7th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Drink healthier, great-tasting water with this BPA free Brita 18 Cup UltraMax Water Dispenser. The extra large capacity makes this water filtration system perfect for busy families, sports teams and offices, while a new, sleek, space efficient design allows for convenient storage. A flip top lid makes refilling a breeze. Plus, just a glance at the filter indicator lets you know when it is time to change the Brita water filter. This filtered water dispenser comes with 1 water filter and delivers great tasting water in every pour.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

It has enough capacity for most families’ daily use; even young children can use it; it makes efficient use of fridge space; and it lets you pour water while the filter is still working.
The Brita filters are able to reduce up to 99% of lead, as well as asbestos, cadmium, mercury, and other contaminants. The long-lasting filter can be used on 900 standard bottles (16.9 ounces each) of water before it needs replacing.
It is designed innovatively to fit on refrigerator shelves and countertops making good use of those spaces. Moreover, this pitcher features a spigot which allows for easy pouring and a flop top lid for easier refilling.
It features a spigot water dispenser which does the job of channeling water from the water dispenser to your glass much more effectively, thereby reducing the amount of water wasted.
Brita filters bring out the best and advanced technology for an enhanced tasting and drinking experience. Its pitcher filters cut the odour and taste of chlorine whereby reducing cadmium, mercury and copper impurities which could otherwise cause health issues over time.
Despite its size, the Brita is space efficient and fits neatly on countertops and refrigerator shelves. Rather than being ‘pitcher’ shaped, it is designed like a cube and measures 7.25 x 14 x 8.75 inches. Setting up the Brita is easy, requiring 15-seconds of flushing before installation. A flip top lid makes refilling a breeze, and a helpful sticker indicator helps users keep track of their last filter change.
This Brita water dispenser and filter is BPA-free. It lowers chlorine taste and odor, while taking care of copper, mercury and cadmium impurities commonly found in tap water.
It is free of BPA and comes with a marker filter indicator which shows you to tell when it is the time to change your filter.
The Brita Large 18 Cup UltraMax Water Dispenser and Filter is extremely easy to install and doesn’t require you to pre-soak it. It is also made of BPA-free plastic and has a 40-gallon filter life which equates to approximately 300 16-ounce plastic bottles.
Can hold more water than pitchers, streams and bottles.
Thanks to the sleek design, the dispenser can sit on your kitchen countertop without taking up too much space. Alternatively, you can keep it on a shelf in your refrigerator if you prefer to enjoy cold drinking water.
Refill – The Brita Large Water pitcher is very easy to refill. You can easily refill the water dispenser from the flip top lid. Refiling is never been easy before.
We can easily remove the chlorine taste and bad odors from our water using this dispenser. It will effectively remove the bad taste and provide us with great tasting water.
Telling when the filter needs replacement isn’t hard, thanks to the included filter change reminder. The reminder is basically a helpful sticker that will let you keep track of when you last change the filter, enabling you to easily tell when it’s time to change it again.
Every two months the system will indicate for you to change the filter. Refilling process is very easy.
The concept of having a larger vessel containing more amount of clean filtered water is great, the handy spigot makes sure that the whole thing doesn’t have to be removed every time for each use.
Highly effective filter which can be used for 2 months or more than 40 gallons per filter.
The dispenser features a lovely spigot that allows you to fill the glass, bottle, or cup easily and enjoy whether in the office or outdoors. To make the dispenser even easier to use, it is constructed with an electronic gauge meter that helps to monitor the rate of filter use so that it can be replaced when used up.
Overall design is sleek and trim, with an easy to use and wide spigot for quick filling of glasses at the flip of the nozzle. It is also unobtrusive enough to fit most kitchen designs, coming in white or black colors for countertop use instead of refrigerated use. Flip top lid is easy to fill in either situation.
This item is a transparent dispenser which is stylish and functional. It comes with a strong tap with an easy to access tap.

What reviewers didn't like

Brita is heavy when it’s full.
Some users have complained about its durability.
One important thing to note about the Brita UltraMax model is that it isn’t dishwasher-safe and so you’ll have to have it washed by hand every now and then.
Limited filtration capabilities, cannot filter microorganisms
Unspecified certification.
The sink is a bit shallow..
Spout area may leak after a few months of use.
The upper reservoir (black piece) can be hard to take out. Without removing it, it’s impossible to rinse the whole unit to prevent bacteria and mold from accumulating in the bottom tank.
Hard to remove liner for cleaning.
In my opinion the main drawback that this dispenser has is that it would hardly fit in your refrigerators easily, most of them doesn’t have around 11-inches shelves. It also is quite difficult to carry because of those small handles on the top edges.
Water flows from the sprout can be increased for better use.
Filters: The primary issue is the size. They are rated for only 40 gallons, or a little over a month of use if you only fill it up once per day. There are mixed testimonies about whether the longer lasting ones also fit this model, but the fact remains that the default unit and the replacement cartridges are disappointingly short lasting and the cost will add up quickly over time.
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