Review of the New Levoit Water Filter Pitcher
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In early January of this year, I received a request from the marketing department of Levoit to review one of their newest offerings, the model LV110WP water filter pitcher.
They sent me a sample, and I tried it out. In this review, you can read about what I learned to help you decide if you want to buy one of these filters.
I also made a video of me unboxing and using it for the first time. You'll find that near the end of the article.
If you'd like to do a quick check of the price and availability at Amazon, click here.
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What are the key features of the Levoit water filter pitcher?
Multi Layer Filtration
Water goes through several layers as it passes through the Levoit water filter:
- 1Upper Micro Net - This is a plastic mesh that blocks particles like dirt and rust.
- 2Silver Activated Carbon - Made from coconut shell, this reduces certain chemicals, bad odors, and bad tastes. Silver in the medium prevents the growth of bacteria in the filter itself.
- 3Ion Exchange Resin - These beads reduce certain heavy metals and limescale.
- 4Lower Micro Net - This final mesh filter removes any remaining particles that managed to make it through the other layers.
Filter Change Indicator
Instead of relying on your memory, you can let the filter change indicator tell you when it's time to replace the filter.
It's built in to the lid, and it tells you how many days are left as well as the remaining percentage of filter life.
Just press the start button before you use it for the first time, and be sure to reset it when you replace the filter. You can also pause the timer if you're not going to be using it for a long time.
There's no way to replace the battery in the indicator, so it's probably going to stop working eventually. It should be covered under the warranty, though.
Well Designed Pitcher
The pitcher itself has a lot going for it.
It's sturdy, easy to grip, and pours without leaking. The filter element also sits firmly in the reservoir. That means no unfiltered water can seep into the filtered water and contaminate it.
There's an opening on the lid, so you don't have to remove it to fill it.
All the materials are made of FDA certified BPA free food grade plastic.
It can hold 2.5 liters (2.6 quarts) of filtered water. There are liter marks on the side of the pitcher so you know how much you've got.
Flow Rate Control
This is a feature that I haven't seen in any other water filter pitchers.
The filter cartridge has two adjustable restrictor caps for controlling the rate of flow of water through the filter. You can set the caps for either a slow rate or a fast rate, indicated by minus and plus signs on the filter.
Here's how it went for me -
First I set them at the slow rate, and it took about 10 minutes for all the water in the reservoir to filter through.
Then I set them at the fast rate, and guess what?
It took the exact same amount of time - 10 minutes!
Maybe mine was an isolated case. But it makes me wonder if anyone from Levoit bothered to test it out.
You can also take the restrictor caps off altogether to make it filter extra fast. When I did that, it took about 7-1/2 minutes to filter through.
But it's probably not a great idea.
At a faster rate, the filter can't do as good a job because the water is in contact with the media for a shorter period of time. That seems to be defeating the purpose of filtering your water.
I recommend leaving the caps in place on the slow setting.
Which contaminants does the Levoit pitcher filter remove?
The manufacturer claims that the filter removes heavy metals, pesticides, suspended particles, odors, and 98% of chlorine.
Now, knowing the kind of filtration media is uses, that could very well be true. Activated carbon is effective for reducing chlorine, VOCs, tastes, and odors. And ion exchange resin does aid in the removal of heavy metals.
But there is no published lab test data to verify the claims about the filter's ability to reduce specific contaminants.
I asked a Levoit representative for third party lab test results on the filter, and she told me that there was nothing like that available.
All she could send me was certification data on the pitcher materials.
It's great that the pitcher materials are certified to be safe, but it's also crucial to know how effective the filter is in reducing contaminants in the water.
Without that data, it's impossible to say whether the filter lives up to the company's claims.
If Levoit ever releases independent lab test data on the filter, I will update that information in this post.
How long does the filter last?
Levoit filters last for about 60 days or 40 gallons - whichever comes first.
That's about average for lower priced water filter pitchers like this, but far less than the capacity of most of the best water filter pitchers.
So if you use a gallon or more a day, you'll be going through filters fairly quickly.
That rate of use also depends on the quality of the water you put into the pitcher. The harder the filter has to work, the quicker it will wear out.
You can click here to check the price and availability of replacement filters at Amazon.
What comes in the box?
Here's what you get:
- pitcher with lid and reservoir
- one filter
- bonus extended 1-year warranty card
That's everything you need to get up and running.
What are the pros and cons of the Levoit water filter pitcher?
- Sturdy pitcher
- Filter life indicator
- Water inlet opening on lid
- Doesn't leak
- Short filter life
- No lab test data on filter
Where is the Levoit water filter pitcher made?
It's made in China. This is clearly stated on the box.
Does it come with a warranty?
Yes, the Levoit filtered pitcher comes with a one year warranty.
You can also extend that warranty by one year by registering your pitcher within 14 days of purchase. A card with all the information is included in the box.
Where can I buy a Levoit pitcher filter?
Because this is a new product in 2019, availability is limited.
You can shop for it at the Levoit website or click here to check the price and availability at Amazon.
It may show up at other retail outlets in the future, but right now it's a little hard to find.
Verdict: Pretty good, with a caveat
There's a lot to like about the Levoit water filter pitcher.
It pours well, it feels solid, and it doesn't leak. The filter life indicator and easy fill lid are nice bonus features.
The glaring problem, though, is the lack of third party lab test data on the filter performance.
Without this information, it's hard for me to give it a hearty thumbs up. I hope that Levoit will come through and get the testing done and publish it in the near future.
If you'd like to check out some other options, please see my review of the best water filter pitchers.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free Levoit water filter pitcher in return for my honest review. I have not - nor will I - receive monetary compensation from Levoit for this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the manufacturer and/or its affiliates, in any way.