Wednesday, April 04, 2012

ZeroWater Means 100% Pure Water and Zero Chemicals

When I was a kid, I hated drinking plain water. Our small town's tap water always tasted of chlorine with a slightly metallic aftertaste. My mom would push me to drink water instead of sugary drinks, but drinking our water felt like a punishment rather than a healthy choice.

It wasn't until the rise of filtered and bottled water that I found myself willing to drink plain water and even like it. As an adult, when I bought our first refrigerator, I made sure to pick one that featured a filter for our water dispenser. Convincing our kids to drink water, however, has proven to be almost as hard as it was for me. My oldest is sensitive to the slightest change in tastes, and she often says water tastes "icky" to her.

Even with filtered water, I often worry about just how filtered it really is. Does the filter really remove all chemicals, minerals, and other trace particulates? It may taste better, but is it really pure?

I recently was invited by Mom Central to try out the new ZeroWater 10-cup filter-pitcher. This pitcher is like many in that it has a filter reservoir built in to the pitcher to filter the water before it reaches your cup. But that's about where the similarities with other filter-pitchers ends.

ZeroWater's patented 5-stage water filter system is the only system certified to meet the Food & Drug Administration's standards for Purified Bottled Water. That means you can count on crisp, great tasting water every time. And if you're not sure if it's really removing all dissolved solids in your water, ZeroWater includes a laboratory-grade TDS (total dissolves solids) tester to prove just how well it works.

The pitcher is sleek in design and fits well in my side-by-side fridge. Not only can you pour a glass of water from the top of the pitcher, but there's a handy push-button spout at the bottom of the handle if you don't feel like pulling it out of the fridge. (Or have kids who have trouble lifting a full pitcher.)

Back to the lab-grade TDS tester for a minute: this thing is so much fun, and a little scary. I of course wanted to see just what kind of difference was made between water from our tap and the ZeroWater pitcher. Could it really remove all dissolved solids?

First, I tested water straight from the kitchen faucet:

283 ppm (parts per million)

Then I tried water from my built-in fridge filter. (Note: the filter needs to be replaced, so I'm not too surprised that there wasn't much of a difference.)

200 ppm - not much better!

Finally, I poured a glass of water from the ZeroWater pitcher and tested it:

Yep, it says zero. I checked it twice!

OK, I'll admit I was surprised. I was not expecting it to read zero after the other two were so high. As for the taste? Perfect. It tasted like...nothing, just as water should taste. Cool, refreshing, and no hint of aftertaste. Even my older daughter is willing to occasionally drink water now. It's a work in progress with her, folks.

(By the way, you'll find yourself using that water tester everywhere. I've even tested water at restaurants with it. I have yet to find anything under 100ppm.)

My only complaint? The pitcher takes longer than other filter-pitchers to filter the water. If its empty, I fill the reservoir, then wait about 3-5 minutes, then fill it again, place the top on and place it in the fridge. The reservoir and filter take up a lot of space in the pitcher, so I often need to refill it frequently because I like to drink a lot of water.

Overall, I really like the ZeroWater pitcher. The design is great, the water tastes fantastic, and I have peace of mind knowing that this is the purest water I can provide to my family. The included tester is both fun and informative.

You can find the ZeroWater pitcher at Amazon and several other national retailers, including Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Home Depot, Meijer and Fry's. You can also save 30% off a 10-cup ZeroWater pitcher at the ZeroWater site with the special coupon code MC30.

ZeroWater also has a Facebook page where you can find out more information about their products.

Giveaway!

Want to try ZeroWater for yourself? I've got a ZeroWater 10-cup filter pitcher to give to TWO lucky readers!

To enter, visit the ZeroWater site and enter your zipcode to get your free TDS reading for your area. Once you get your reading from the free TDS lookup tool, come back here and leave a comment telling me what the results were. Be sure to include your email address so I have a way to contact you if you're selected as a winner. One entry per person.

This giveaway is open to US residents only and will be open until Monday, April 9 at 11:59pm EDT. After that time, two winners will be randomly selected and contacted by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond or alternate winners will be selected.

Good luck!

Full disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate.

52 comments:

Dawnie Mom said...

We have well water, and it's amazing what gunk comes up with it! I have to buy bottled water every week (we refill our gallons!)

According to the website, the # was 016, but I seriously doubt the accuracy!

dawniemom@gmail.com

Julie said...

Ours was 298 love to win thanks
aunteegem@yahoo.com

sottovoce said...

The area nearest my home registers at 425! Thank you.
jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

wildcat32 said...

My TDS reading was 138.

monster6236 at gmail dot com

Cindy M said...

Our TDS Reading is 310 for our area code.
writer61@yahoo.com

clc408 said...

My reading is 541.

Email is in my profile

Sue C. said...

The TDS score closest to me was 399 - yuck!

EMMAHORTON said...

HORTON111@AOL.COM

THE READING IN MY AREA IS AROUND 210

Chisum Crew said...

365 here! ICK trinitygsd at yahoo dot ocm

Anonymous said...

My reading was 396!!
rierie11booger (@) yahoo.com

Renee B. said...

The reading by me is 213
reneebruno777 at gmail dot com

Tamar said...

My area has no reading.
tamarsweeps at gmail-dot.com

Douglas Houston said...

My TDS reading was 298

ddx155 at gmail.com

kyl neusch said...

213

Karen said...

229 in our area :(

ktgonyea at gmail.com

herroyalpieness said...

216 herroyalpieness@mail.com

Caryn said...

Mine is 269

caryn9802 at yahoo dot com

mverno said...

they have no reading for my zip
mverno@roadrunner.com

wildcat32 said...

The reading for my area is 138.

monster6236 at gmail dot com

koddabear said...

My reading was 759 Yikes

Daniel M said...

says ours it 97 - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Brenda said...

i am inbetween a 97 town and a 235 town.. so i have no idea what i really am

Jessica said...

210!

jessicaahays at hotmail dot com

smilekisses said...

187 in my area.
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

Juleemm said...

It says they don't have a reading for my area. I have well water so I am sure its not good.

juleemm2003 at yahoo dot com

Michelle Hagewood said...

210 the reading for my area.

boylaneely at hotmail dot com

Scott D said...

210 for 24019

contestscott33 at gmail dot com

Hotsnotty2 said...

Its 69, thanks for the chance!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

ferriz said...

we are 263.

ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Maria B. said...

our TDS is: 156
(Maria Balmeo)

Thanks,
riadeliza823(at)ymail(dot)com

calvad said...

My reading is 42. calvad at aol dot com

kathy pease said...

my TDS Score is = 295
kathypease(at)gmail(dot)com

Betty C said...

No reading for my exact zip code but nearby it is 320!!
willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

dmoniz said...

my closest one was 67 but we have two water sources nearby and not sure which one mine comes from

missrantsypants said...

240.

Melanie MOntgomery
clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

rebeccaeee said...

Oh awesome! Mine was 523 but my mom (who I would give the filter to) was 448. I should re-think this give it to my mom strategy and keep it for me! rebeccaeee at yahoo dot com.

hussagain said...

mine is 291

Suzie Williams said...

Ours was 263!

rachel b. said...

mine is 113

mightynaynay said...

My area has no reading.
mightynaynay(at)cs.com

faithfullyfrugal said...

My reading is 155

Thank you for the entry,

nikkidavissells at gmail dot com

Karen said...

My tds is 232. Thanks for the giveaway.

President(dot)peaches(at)hotmail(dot)com

jlafount said...

It was a 49 rating in town

elangomatt said...

The TDS reading closest to my home is 200

elangomatt at gmail dot com

beth ann said...

It is 100 in my area.
bepeee@aol.com

daveshir2005 said...

Mine is 164

daveshir2005@yahoo.com

Melody - Simple Life in Georgia said...

reading of 11
rader60@msn.com

Atreau said...

Ours is 430.

ATREAU at GMAIL dotcom.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...our zip code's TDS is reported as a whopping 844 !

senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

Breanne said...

266

/\Heather/\ said...

My area code reports a reading of 178.
heatherpooh (hotmail)

Stacy said...

On my way to pick up one! Our water is not pleasant...thanks for the post!