Since the discovery of its association with improved dental health, fluoride has been added into tap water all over the US. Recently, however, questions are being raised on whether the association can really be interpreted as causation. This is amid reports that residential dental hygiene has also improved where communal water contains no added fluoride.
At the same time, numerous studies have found that exposure to high levels of fluoride may affect your nerves and brain cells. Weighing the risks and benefits of this special mineral, many have come to the decision to get rid of fluoride in their drinking water.
Usually, a countertop filter, such as the Berkey system, is the go-to choice for fluoride filtration. When the family is small, or when space is an issue, however, a strong pitcher filter could be the answer.
In this article, we will look at the Aquagear water filter pitcher— one of the very few pitchers on the market that boast to handle fluoride— and see if it’d be the solution to our fluoride concerns.
Aquagear Fluoride Water Filter Review: Notable Features
The Aquagear features a five-stage filter that can remove contaminants smaller than 2 microns across. That’s one third the diameter of the human red blood cell, some of the smallest cells in the human body.
With that, it boasts to remove not only chlorine, chloramine, and fluoride, but also heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, chromium 6, and mercury. Interestingly, beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium are retained. Don’t be surprised when you don’t see a huge change in your water TDS (total dissolved solids) level— that’s not what this filter is designed to do.
The Aquagear is not certified by the NSF, but it is tested and certified by independent labs against NSF standards.
It can process 150 gallons of water. This translates to a lifespan of more than 3 months for a family of three, given that each person drinks half a gallon a day.
The Aquagear pitcher features a very simple design with a clear filtered water reservoir and a white upper reservoir and handle. All the parts are made of FDA approved food-grade materials.
The lid has a hole with an auto-flip cover on it, which allows for easy filling. That said, if your water need is particularly high, the constant re-filling may still be frustrating. As an 8-cup pitcher, it’s designed for use by an individual or a small family. It has a slim design and can sit comfortably at the door of your fridge.
The manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty for the Aquagear pitcher: whenever it breaks, they will replace it free of charge. Customer support is also promised within 24 hours of you reaching them.