Mavea Elemaris XL Review

Mavea Elemaris XL reviews portray this as the German sports car of water pitchers: sleek, fast (no presoaking to activate the filter), and safe (BPA-free). Mavea pitchers are manufactured in Germany, of course, and designed to look good on your dining table.

Mavea Elemaris XL reviews portray this as the German sports car of water pitchers: sleek, fast (no presoaking to activate the filter), and safe (BPA-free). Mavea pitchers are manufactured in Germany, of course, and designed to look good on your dining table. This one comes in black, white, eggplant, ruby red, and tangerine. Like a nice Audi or Mercedes, the Mavea Elemaris XL has some rather luxurious touches for a cheap water filter. There are rubberized feet to prevent scratching; a pour-through lid to make water refills quick and easy; and a microcomputer in the pitcher that tells you exactly when to change the filter, based on how long it has been in the pitcher, the volume of water that's been filtered, and how hard the water is. You might think that frills like this would come at a Porsche price, but the Mavea pitcher (starting at $35, Amazon) is comparable in price to options offered by well-known brands such as Brita and Pur.

The Mavea Elemaris XL has a capacity of nine 8-ounce cups of water. A five-cup Kompakt version fits in a refrigerator door. The filter is certified by the Water Quality Association to significantly reduce chlorine and unpleasant taste and odor. It also filters out other unwanted elements, such as heavy metals, agricultural chemicals and industrial pollutants. The claims certified by the WQA are atrazine, benzene, copper, and mercury reduction. The filtered water is also tested internally for hardness, in order to make sure the water quality is good for cooking and drinking.

Mavea Elemaris XL reviews on Amazon, give the pitcher high marks; two-thirds of reviewers award the product a full five stars. Fans like that the filter is easy to change and admire the slick, sturdy design. Despite the thought put into the look of the Mavea Elemarix XL, some reviews on the Williams-Sonoma website point out flaws. Users have found that the water spills out when pouring, for example, because of the wide spout. Additionally, some reviews mention that Mavea replacement filters are not as readily available in stores as more popular brands. The Maxtra filter cartridges can be recycled and start at about $8 for one and $18 for three.

Although the Mavea meter system must be removed and hand-washed, the lid is dishwasher-safe -- one more in a long line of perks that other cheap pitchers don't have. The Mavea Elemaris XL and its replacement filters may not be as easy to come by as our top picks, but many consumers will find them worth seeking out.

Jennifer Magid

Jennifer Magid has worked as a writer and editor in publishing and marketing for almost two decades. She has written for outlets ranging from InStyle magazine to Psychology Today and for a number of grocery and personal care brands. Jennifer is frugal by proxy: She is married to a certified ...

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