We’ve long relied on our Brita pitcher to keep us hydrated while sparing us the unpleasant taste (and potentially questionable content) of the water that comes from our kitchen tap: It’s a refrigerator staple and a real workhorse. That said, it’s important to periodically hand-wash the pitcher with mild soap and change the filter regularly so that your Brita system continues to remove contaminants and produce great tasting H2O. But how long do Brita filters last, exactly? We went straight to the source to find out everything you need to know about how and when to replace your Brita filter.
How Long Do Standard Brita Filters Last?
On average, standard ($40) and Stream Brita filters (i.e., the white and gray ones, $19) can be used for roughly two months (about every 40 gallons) before they need to be replaced. Fun fact: Any unused Brita filter that's been sealed in its pouch never expires, according to the brand, so it's not a bad idea to stock up so that you never have to worry about running out.
How Long Do Elite Brita Filters Last?
The Brita Elite filter (i.e., blue ones, $35) can be used for up to six months (about every 120 gallons).
When Should I Change My Brita Filter?
According to Brita, how often you should change a filter depends entirely on how much water your family goes through. (The time estimates listed are based on households who drink an average of 11 glasses of water a day.) Keep in mind that you don’t actually have to obsessively track your water consumption. All you have to do is activate the built-in electronic filter indicator on your Brita pitcher, which will also let you know when it's time to replace the filter.
Other times you should consider changing your filter are if it ever cracks or breaks. Be sure to always store it in a cool place to avoid having to immediately replace the filter if algae begins to grow. The brand also mentions that you may need to change it more often if you have hard water (which means H20 that contains high amounts of calcium and magnesium).