Brita 35530 Ultramax Water Filter Dispenser Review


  • Water tastes as good as advertised
  • Large reservoir holds 1.13 gallons at a time
  • Spigot is easy to use
  • Holds up well over time


  • Spigot may drip a little
  • Doesn’t filter out algae

Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser Review

The Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser is a 1.13-gallon water filter and dispenser designed to sit in the refrigerator or on a shelf or countertop. It pairs the filtering capability of Brita’s popular hand-held pitchers with the increased ease of use and storage capacity of a significantly larger reservoir. It is especially popular with people who use Brita’s filtering pitchers but find the need for frequent refills to be inconvenient.

The Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser is designed with two reservoirs. It is filled by lifting a lid off the top and filling the upper reservoir with tap water; the water travels through the filter and into the lower reservoir, where it is stored until dispensed through a spigot on the front. Some users report a small, occasional drip from this spigot, but most find it small enough to be inconsequential.

Customers generally praise the taste of the water from this dispenser. Its filter uses both a physical strainer (to catch sediment) as well as a carbon element which absorbs a number of impurities. The impurities that the filter removes and reduces include: chlorine, lead, mercury, zinc, benzene, copper, cadmium, and a range of sediment that can be found in municipal and well water.

The filter in the Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser is supposed to be replaced after 40 gallons of water or two months. (Some owners report using their filter for longer with no trouble, but 40 gallons / 2 months is Brita’s official recommended length for ideal performance.) The dispenser comes with a built-in sensor that alerts owners when two months have passed.

Occasional complaints include the leaky spigot, as well as a few isolated complaints of algae or mold growing in the tank. Brita says that algae is present in some water supplies, and that the filter cannot do anything about it. This product is recommended for use in the refrigerator (rather than at room temperature), and should be cleaned and refilled on a consistent basis (rather than let the water sit for long periods of time.)

Most owners report strong satisfaction with the Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser, for the quality of filtered water, the ease of use (especially compared to pitchers), and the longevity of the product itself, with many people using it for years with continued satisfaction and no problems.

Bottom line: The Brita 35530 Ultramax Dispenser is a large rectangular water filter and reservoir designed to be kept in the refrigerator. Holding 1.13 gallons, it filters numerous impurities (from metals to sediments and more). Occasional complaints are rare and uncommon, as most owners report high satisfaction with the Brita Ultramax for its good-tasting water, design, ease of use, and longevity.

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