- Water, as always, tastes great
- Fresh appearance is pleasing to the eye
- Ergonomic soft grip handle adds quality to the feel
- Replacement time helps keep track of filter life
- Lid can fall off when pouring water into a glass
The Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher is one of the most popular filtered water pitchers on the market. Along with Pur’s pitchers, Brita pitchers are popular for customers who want to improve the quality, taste, appearance, odor, and general purity of their water but do not need (or want) to invest in more expensive in-home purification systems. Such purification systems work by filtering the water before it reaches the tap. Pitchers such as the Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher, however, are refilled using tap water, and then filter the water into a second, lower compartment before it is then poured into a glass for use.
The Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher comes with one pitcher and one filter. Filters should be replaced every 2 months of 40 gallons of water, according to the manufacturer’s instructions, for the best water quality. To help users remember to change the filter, this specific model has an electronic reminder on the lid. Simply press the button when you replace the filter, and it will count down to two months. Some users complain about feeling misled, having expected the filter alert to measure the amount of water they used and alert them when they reached the 40 gallon mark.
Once the filter is no longer in its ‘prime,’ it will start to pass water through slower and slower. This is because it uses a carbon filter, and the tiny pieces of carbon inside that filter work as magnets to attract and catch particles of many different kinds. Eventually, those particles build up enough that it is hard for water to pass through the filter. This is when it should be replaced. Replacement filters are more affordable when bought in greater number.
Many users appreciate the Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher’s updated design from previous Brita pitcher models, which were more rectangular and wider. The new design seems to fit better into refrigerators. The soft grip handle is also an ergonomic improvement over previous models. The lid can be “flipped” up to allow just for water to flow in (when refilling the pitcher), or the whole lid can come off when you need to change the filter. Many users, however, complain that the lid falls off too easily when water is being poured.
Bottom line: The Brita 42558 Aqualux Water Pitcher is a classic for a reason. It makes great tasting water that is clear, clean, and freed of sediment and a number of impurities that may be bad for a person’s health (and certainly impact taste). While the lid can sometimes fall off while the pitcher is pouring, the design is otherwise refreshing, easy to use, and visually appealing.