Monday, April 23, 2012

ZeroWater Review & Giveaway!

Can you taste a noticeable difference between bottled water and your tap water? Have you ever stopped to think about what makes it taste different? If you haven't stopped to think about why your water tastes different, now may be the time to do so. Total dissolved solids (TDS) are what you are tasting in your water. TDS include inorganic substances such as salt, metals, and other elements that are present in your drinking water. They can come from both natural deposits and man-made sources such as road salts, old piping, leaves, ect. So, just how can you prevent yourself from drinking these dissolved solids? You have a couple of options. You can either purchase expensive bottled water or buy a ZeroWater filtration system.

ZeroWater offers a variety of water filtration products to meet your everyday needs at an affordable cost. Using a 5-stage Dual Ion Exchange filtration system process which has traditionally been utilized in commercial water purification, ZeroWater is able to remove virtually all of the dissolved solids that traditional filters leave behind. ZeroWater is certified to remove many contaminants including lead, mercury, chromium, aluminum, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, iron, and zinc. They are the only filtration pitcher certified for lead reduction by NSF as of 5/14/2010. For as little as 50 cents a gallon you can have ZeroWater filter and produce purified quality water right at home.

I was excited when a 10-cup ZeroWater filtration pitcher arrived at my house. As I took it out of the box, two features immediately caught my eye. I noticed that a TDS tester was included with the pitcher so that you could measure the total dissolved solids in your drinking water. I also noticed that the pitcher has a spout on the bottom to make it a little easier to pour the water in your cup. I proceeded to wash all the parts as recommended so that I could begin to filter my water and taste the difference. Assembly of the pitcher was a breeze as all you have to do is screw in the filter into the lid. Make sure the rubber seal is in the correct place so that your tap water does not leak through to the filtered water. Then simply remove the lid and pour water straight from your tap into the reservoir and wait for the water to filter through to the pitcher. This process takes a little time to complete as the water travels through the filter. Once the pitcher was full it was time to do a little experimentation with the TDS tester.

For my experimentation I filled 5 cups all the way to the top with water from various sources. I then dipped the TDS tester in the cups of water. The electronic water tester produced a readout on the screen telling me how many parts per million of dissolved solids are present in my water. The higher the reading meant there were more solids present. The very first cup I tested was filled with ZeroWater. The TDS tester came back with a perfect score of 000! I then tested the tap water that comes out of my kitchen faucet. That water came back with a TDS reading of 234. Yikes! Next up was the water that I have actually been drinking which is filtered through my refrigerator. The reading on that water for total dissolved solids was 216. This was better than my kitchen faucet but still much higher than the reading ZeroWater produced. I then decided to test bottled water from a very well recognized company. I do not wish to name the company in this post but I was expecting a reading similar to that of ZeroWater. I was surprised when the reading for the bottled water came back at 027. I guess even expensive bottled water still has TDS. My final cup of water that I tested was from an outdoor faucet that ran through a water hose. I wanted to test this water because at some point in our live we have all probably had water from a water hose. This is especially true if you play sports. I know coaches and trainers fill up those gigantic 5 gallon coolers with water from water hoses. The hose water that I tested produced the worst reading at 272. Makes you think twice about where you get your water from...

Perfect 000 TDS Reading
TDS reading of 234 in my kitchen

TDS reading of 216 from my filtered fridge
TDS reading of 027 from bottled water

TDS reading of 272 for an outdoor water faucet

As I tasted each of the cups of water it is remarkable how much better the cup of ZeroWater tasted from all the others. Even the difference between ZeroWater (000) and the bottled water (027) was noticeable. The difference between ZeroWater and what I had been drinking was like night and day! I will never go back to drinking water filtered through my refrigerator again. I use ZeroWater for everything now. My coffee in the morning tastes so much better and the sodas that I make with my SodaStream taste much crisper now. I highly recommend the ZeroWater filtration systems.

You may be wondering how long your ZeroWater filter will last. ZeroWater recommends changing your filter once the reading is 006. The higher the TDS reading of the water you are filtering, the fewer gallons you will get before needing to replace your filter. Below you can see how many gallons of filtered water you should get based on your TDS reading.

If you would like to check and see what the TDS readings are in your area you can enter your zip code on ZeroWater's TDS Form to see readings other people have recorded in your area. You might be surprised to find out what you are drinking.

ZeroWater is generously giving Chunky and Monkey MD a water filtration pitcher to give away to one of our followers! Simply enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. If you are not lucky enough to win the pitcher and still want to purchase one, ZeroWater has given me a code to share with you to use to receive $15 off a 10-Cup pitcher when you purchase on the ZeroWater website. Use the code: blog15 (all lower-case) when you checkout.

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Disclaimer: We were sent a ZeroWater 10-Cup Filtration Pitcher for review purposes. No other monetary compensation was given. All opinions are our own and may differ from yours.


  1. we have well water that the landlord never tests

  2. I would love to win this b/c my reading was 273 in my area - so this would be great to have!

  3. More clean water! :)

  4. I want to win to have clean water, especially for my puppy who has bad allergies

  5. This can be very useful to remove everything unneeded from our water, I would LOVE to win it!

  6. I'd like to have clean COLD water!! The water from the faucet doesn't get very cold in Florida!