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Brita Basic Faucet Water Filtration System In-depth Review

Brita is a household name synonymous with water filters. Here’s our hands-on review of the Brita Basic faucet-mount water filtration system!

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
The Brita Basic filter to the left, with its shipping box to the right against a blurry background.

Overall Verdict

The Brita Basic will be a decent faucet filter for most people. It’s affordable and capable of filtering out most of the problematic chemicals in tap water, such as chlorine. And while its flow rate could be better, it’s understandable for the price.

Design-wise, the Brita Basic can fit into any kitchen with its metallic appearance that looks quite premium. There were a few design issues, like how the filter can pop out of the housing without needing the user to depress the filter release button to the side. Fortunately, most of these issues are minor enough that most people can overlook them.

Things We Like

  • Relatively affordable.
  • Excellent chlorine filtration ability (nearly 100%).
  • Looks premium with its chrome-plated housing.
  • The routing valve’s handle is intuitive to use.
  • Comes with a filter change indicator.

Things We Don’t Like

  • The filter could be tugged out of the housing without depressing the filter release button.
  • Leaks during filtration, necessitating the use of plumbing tape.

Brita is one of the most reputable brands on the market when it comes to water treatment technology. Consumers highly rate the company’s filter pitchers. So, it stands to reason that another product line in their water filter portfolio — faucet-mount water filters — will do just as well, right?

Surprisingly, yes! The Brita Basic scored quite high among other top performers in our list.

Our review team has tested the Brita Basic faucet-mount water filter in our lab for a few weeks, and we’re quite happy with the result. This review will show you our observations and the test results of the Brita Basic filter in detail.

Key Specs

Filtering flow rate
0.7 GPM
100 gals
NSF/ANSI Standard 42, 53, 401
L5 x W2.2 x H5.2 inches
0.8 pounds

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Analysis and Test Results

7.6 Performance

Brita didn’t let us down with the Brita Basic filter. In our chlorine filtration test, the filter performed excellently and removed nearly all traces of free chlorine in the water.

Our only issue with this filter is its mediocre flow rate in filtering mode. Attached to our high-pressure faucet (2.2 GPM), the filter could only produce clean water at a rate of 0.7 GPM. If you’re used to faucets with high flow rates, the filter may be annoying to use.

6.7 Design

Our impression of the Brita Basic is that it’s a good-looking and well-built faucet filter. Its exterior is chrome-plated, giving it an expensive shine that fits right into any kitchen. However, do note that the filter is chrome-plated and is not made from metal.

There were a few design issues, such as the loose fit of the filter even when it was supposed to have been “locked” into the filter compartment. But overall, the design of the Brita Basic isn’t shabby (especially for the price).

8.9 Usability

The Brita Basic is very easy to install and use. Installation can be done in less than five minutes at most, even if you have a faucet with internal threading. Once it’s been installed, you only need to turn on the tap and switch back and forth between plain and filtered water modes as you see fit.

Maintenance is as simple as tugging the spent filter out of the compartment and replacing it with a new one. However, the Brita Basic comes with a low-capacity 100-gallon filter, so you’ll have to switch it out far more often than other types with 200 or 300-gallon filters.

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