When Levoit reached out & asked if I’d like to review their new water filter jug, I jumped at the chance. It was perfect timing as I was just about ready to throw my old one out the window. I can happily report that this has far exceeded my expectations and it’s one I’d highly recommend if you want deliciously fresh, clean water for your household.
Unboxing & Overview
The standard jug comes with one cartridge. You can also buy the jug as a set with four cartridges to save money and keep you going for longer.
In the box you get : Your water filter jug plastic wrapped for hygiene and protection, 1 water filter to get you started, an instruction guide & a 2 year warranty card.
I hadn’t known Levoit were entering the water filter arena until they contacted me. I’ve previously reviewed their air purifier, which I was thrilled with, so I had quite high expectations for this product. Thankfully, it’s actually exceeded them.
You can also find out more or contact Levoit on the Levoit Website.
Key Features :
- 5 Layer Filtration for clean, fresh water
- Each filter lasts 60 days
- Large 2.5L capacity
- The jug adheres to health and safety standards and it’s made of BPA-free plastic
- Electronic filter replacement reminder display
- 2 year warranty and lifetime support courtesy of Levoit
After unboxing, you want to get the filter ready. Remove the ‘restrictor caps’ off the bottom. Fill your sink with cold, clean tap water and submerge the filter fully for 15 minutes. Take it out and rinse it under running water for 10 seconds. Put the caps back on and slot the filter into the jug, where it fits nice and snug, and you’re good to go!
As per Levoit, it’s worth noting that you may see some dust in the water when you’re soaking the filter or first using it in the jug. For this reason you want to filter the first 2-3L and discard them, but the dust is just the activated carbon (made of coconut shells) and it’s harmless to health.
The water filter itself is a crucial aspect of any jug like this. It needs to be efficient at filtering, value for money as you’ll be replacing them throughout the jug’s lifespan, and capable of delivering deliciously fresh water.
The Levoit filters are hardcore. They’re designed to be as effective as possible with their 5 layers of filtration, as you can see in the picture. These include: The upper micro net, 2 x silver activated carbon, ion-exchange resin and a lower micro net.
There’s another aspect that sets these apart from the crowd. They are designed to filter at a stable speed without slowing down or clogging. But you can also adjust the speed if you wish, by simply pressing the + or – on the restrictor caps at the bottom of the filter.
These are designed to remove all nasties, such as heavy metal (mercury, copper, aluminium, cadmium), any taste or odour of chlorine, and any teeny tiny impurities. The end result is clear, clean and healthy water.
These are 60 day filters, designed to filter around 150L of water. You can therefore expect around 2 months of use before needing to replace it. The electronic display on the lid will act as a guide for how long the current filter has left. As this will automatically tell you when the filter needs replacing, that’s one less thing to you have to remember!
I really like the transparent, colourless design. It’s a larger jug with greater water capacity, which I’m absolutely thrilled with and much prefer. Despite being larger, it looks modern and understated. Whereas some water jugs can seem tacky or flimsy being all plastic, this retains good quality, sturdy and sleek appeal.
Key statistics : Dimensions 27 x 14 x 25 cm. Capacity 2.5L. Weighing in at 1.27kg.
The jug itself is made from BPA-free, food-grade plastic, while the comfort grip handle makes it more practical to hold and use. The product is LFGB, FDA and RoHS certified so you can rest assured of its health and safety credentials.
Out With The Old…
Over the years I’ve had various water filter jugs, including one or two store brand offerings and numerous Brita and Aqua Optima options. The latter are leading brands in the UK, but I’ve been sorely disappointed of late with the quality versus the price. Recent problems have included a flimsy design with brittle plastic prone to cracks, a dodgy flip lid that got jammed when water was being poured, filters that were leaving black bits in the water, and water in the reservoir leaking around the filter into the jug so it wasn’t even being filtered.
In comparison, this is far more robust than what I’ve had previously. It filters the water very effectively and I’ve had no issues whatsoever to report. Pouring the water into the jug from the tap is easy and mess-free, as it pouring it from there into your glass or water bottle. In terms of price, it’s a little more expensive than some but it is, in my opinion, far better value for money considering how well it works and how long lasting I anticipate it being.
I’m really pleased with the larger capacity as I drink a heck of a lot of water and this saves me constantly running out and having to refill the jug. I’m also really pleased with the design and quality of the jug itself. It feels sturdy and robust, but still looks modern and sleek. It’s ergonomic to use and to hold, with a comfier handle to make pouring a little easier.
It’s super easy to get set up with the filter and once it’s in, it fits well with no leaks, which is a relief. The instructions provided with the jug are clear, straightforward and helpful, so there were no problems getting set up.
The only tiny downside? It’s about 2mm too wide to fit in my fridge door. Damn, so close! I had to get a little creative with re-arranging the fridge, but I’m actually quite liking the change. For this reason, I’d recommend checking the measurements of your door storage but don’t let it put you off because you may find that it’s a good excuse to re-organise your fridge and put the filter on a main shelf.
The taste test – This is an important one. While you might think all filtered water would taste the same, you may be surprised. Compared to previous filter jugs, this one takes the top spot. The water genuinely does taste that much fresher. I tend to use either a glass or a BPA-free bottle (here’s why BPA-free is so important) and the water in both is delicious. Ditto for tea when I’ve used the filtered water in the kettle in an effort to save limescale build-up. Makes drinking water so much easier when it tastes so good! Furthermore, healthy filtered water is eco friendly when you’re refilling a water bottle rather than buying countless single use plastic bottles over time. My personal recommendation, having bought a few myself, is a Super Sparrow bottle.
I like the press down opening to lift the part of the lid when you want to fill the jug from the tap. It works smoothly and it’s a large enough space to ensure you get the water where it needs to go rather than all over the top of the jug. It’s just a lever up affair, rather than pushing down to click it up, meaning there’s nothing to go wrong with the mechanism.
Filtering is a breeze, being quick and problem-free. When it comes to pouring, there’s a small flap over the spout; this lifts fluidly so you can pour at a consistent rate and it’s narrow enough for quite a precise pour, making it easier to refill the likes of water bottles.
For peace of mind, you get a two year warranty along with lifetime support from Levoit.
It’s a pleasure when you can review a product & feel safe in recommending it. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this and very impressed, both with the jug itself and the water filters. Clean & delicious water, easy to use, BPA-free and an eco-conscious option, excellent quality, robust jug, fantastic filters, and no problems to report, hurrah!
It gets 5 stars from me. I can honestly say it’s the best filter jug I’ve ever had! It’s a very worthwhile investment for yourself and your family, so it’s one I would highly recommend.
[ This is a collaborative post; I received the product for free in return for my honest review, which I have provided here ]