Stay Hydrated! A Run Oregon review of ZeroWater Filtration Pitcher & Tumbler and Hydro Flask

It's been super hot for running these past few weeks. Rachel and Matt were sent some products to stay hydrated. Make sure you stay safe out there! As an active individual, I have come to learn just how important water consumption is. I try to consume at least 100 ounces everyday, refilling my two water bottles over and over again. I noticed over time, however, that my water bottles would get a weird chlorine smell after prolonged use of the sink water at work, or a weird well water smell after prolonged use of the sink water at home. I know that sounds nit-picky, but this made drinking 100 ounces daily seem like more of a daunting task for me. This is why I turned to using a water filter pitcher to refill my water bottles. This is also why I was super excited to be able to try out a couple ZeroWater purification dispensers.

What is ZeroWater?

ZeroWater is a five layer filtration system that removes virtually all dissolved solids from tap water.

ZeroWater’s first layer of filtration, activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy removes the chlorine taste you are accustom to with tap water. The Ion Exchange stage removes virtually all dissolved solids that may be left over from public water systems or even leached into your water from piping such as Aluminum, Lead, Zinc, Nitrate and more. Three additional stages are included to remove other impurities and to ensure your water receives the appropriate amount of treatment time to deliver 000 dissolved solids. ZeroWater: Advanced water filtration.

If you were curious to know how ZeroWater stacks up against one of the top water filtration brands, Brita, the ZeroWater site gives you a side by side comparison of just how effective each brand is in removing contaminants. Comparison Chart

I received both the 8 cup pitcher and the portable filtration tumbler to try out.

Pros:

  • The pitcher has both a pour spout at the top as well as a push spout at the bottom.
  • The water filtration process seems to go by quickly after filling the top of the pitcher and the cup; the water tastes great in the end.
  • Filters can be purchased both online and in most retail stores.
  • You can recycle your filter cartridges. For every 2 full size filters returned with the Recycling Form, you will receive one $10 coupon code.
  • The filter used in the tumbler features a color change window that indicates when it’s time to change the filter.

Cons:

  • Right out of the bag, the top of the pitcher filter came off and I ended up with filter beads everywhere.
  • The filter for the pitcher was also much bigger than I’m used to, probably twice the size of the one’s I used for my previous water pitcher. Just keep this in mind if you don’t have much spare room in your fridge already.
  • The pitcher filter was also tricky to screw on; I needed to readjust it at least four different times because it would not seal properly.

Final thoughts:

The pitcher has really grown on me and I think the pros of the pitcher ended up outweighing the cons I had listed. I truly believe that the “issues” I had with the filter were due to my unfamiliarity with the product, as well as the challenges of reviewing something foreign to me. If I had known the size, I would have requested a smaller pitcher – so that’s not really even a negative. I also really like the idea of being able to recycle my filters and I also like knowing that I can find the filters at the local retail stores so I won’t have to purchase them online and wait for them to be shipped to me. As far as the filtration tumbler, I find that my familiarity with my vacuum insulated water bottles leaves this one in the cupboard more often. It’s not a bad product, just a personal preference is all.

ZeroWater offers pitchers in options of 6 cups all the way up to 23 cups and range from $19.99 to $39.99. The replaceable pitcher filters start at $29.99 for two ($14.99 per filter). The portable tumbler retails at $14.99, with two replacement filters costing an additional $12.99.

If you are looking for a top quality water filtration system, I think ZeroWater is worth giving a shot. In addition to the filter recycling program, you can also sign up for ZeroWater coupons, a $30.00 total value, using the Coupon Form.


Hydro Flask in “mint” and new Flex Cap.

Company: Hydro Flask was launched in Bend, Oregon…and focuses exclusively on delivering the world’s best quality and widest variety of high performance, double-wall vacuum insulated products. Each flask is made from high-quality 18/8 stainless steel and is stylish, lightweight, reusable and BPA-free. Hydro Flasks provide users the freedom to go anywhere with the assurance that their cold liquids will stay cold for 24 hours, and hot liquids will stay hot for 6 hours.

Matt (32 oz. Water Bottle – MSRP $39.95 (Amazon): For someone who actually drinks a bunch of water each day, it’s pretty silly that I have never had a Hydro Flask. I feel that Hydro Flask is the Levi’s of water bottles – with so many water bottles that are NOT Hydro Flasks are referenced AS Hydro Flasks because the design is so well-recognized around the globe.

It’s hard to really “review” a water bottle. What I can say is that I love it. I have had double walled jugs before that claim to keep beverages cool for X number of hours, but I have found it is rare it reaches that amount. One day last week, I filled it with chilled water in the morning and forgot to take it at work. Opening it up and taking a sip 12 hours later was still as cold as it started. Now that’s amazing right there. Additionally, this size is compatible with lots of their some additional lids, including their new flex cap – probably the best and easiest to carry one. The cap has “Honeycomb Insulation”, which is said to further lock in temperature. The strap on top is also sturdy, yet flexible and the stainless steel pivots allow the strap to move easily as well.

It’s hard to imagine that anyone would go back to any of my old plastic cheapo water bottles after getting their hands on one of these. There are all new colors in wide mouth bottles as well:

  • Cobalt
  • Lava
  • Graphite
  • Forest
  • Plum
  • Pacific
  • Mango
  • Kiwi
  • Tangelo
  • Citron
  • Mint
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