We drink water ALL DAY! We used to use the pitcher but we were constantly filling it. This one we can refill every night and it's good for the day, unless it's ice cube making day, lol! Has it's own space designated in the fridge and we LOVE IT. I now use the pitcher container to refill through the top so it's super easy!
I love going to the fridge and getting water from my Brita dispenser. I have difficulty drinking water from the tap. Brita makes my tap water so pleasure to drink. I don't buy bottled water and I don't buy or drink sugary drink. My brita water supply all thirst and and liquid requirement for my body.
Hi everyone, this is just a little tip for those of you that are having a difficult time in taking the white insert out.
I don't know if many of you are trying to pull the insert via the side walls of the insert. The side walls are smooth and have no ridges on them so it is kinda difficult to get a grip on it. If you look at your dispenser and look at the back side of it, you will see a notch out. Take a small screwdriver or a butter knife and pry forward the insert. Keep in mind that you DO NOT HAVE TO EXERT THAT MUCH FORCE. Pry it forward until it "pops". Once it "pops" it will allow you to grab hold of it with your fingernails as well as the front side by the spigot. You'll notice that both front and back have a slight ridge to it, I'm assuming that the ridges are there to keep the insert from floating upwards when the dispenser if completely full. At this point it is very easy to slide up and out.
On a separate note, some have complained that the spigot leaks. That is also not a hard fix. You can go to any local hardware store or big box home improvement center and buy the flat rubber washers to have as a replacement. When you clean the unit, I would recommend unscrewing the spigot and inspecting the rubber washer. Sometimes you can get small pieces of debris stuck in it or it just may be worn. Fluctuation of temps will make the rubber contract and expand as well, which can cause leakage. Also clean the rubber piece with warm soapy water. Do not over-tighten the nut when replacing the spigot as this can stress crack the dispenser, hand tightening should suffice.
I hope this helps those of you who already have the Ultramax Dispenser and helps those that are looking to purchasing the unit.
And no, I do not work for Brita, Being in construction, I'm just one of those guys that likes to know exactly how things work and how they are built! Hahaha
There seems to be a lot of concern regarding the tiny black particles sometimes dispersed by the filters. The particles are activated carbon (also known as activated charcoal) and they're harmless. Interestingly enough, activated carbon is sometimes administered orally to poison patients in an emergency because it bonds to impurities in their digestive tract just like in a water filter. There's a good article posted by the National Institute of Health on the topic. Do a web search for 'activated carbon'.
I did some reading and I just thought I'd share the info. I have been very happy with the filters. The water tastes markedly better.--Jonathan.
Not sure what went on with other reviewers, but we've used the Brita water pitcher/filters for years and are very pleased with results. It says right on the wrapper that some initial charcoal particles will be present. And they are...in the top part, where water is refilled. The actual filter is a bit tricky to install - it has to line up in the slots perfectly or the water will not drain through the filter. Overall...I think it's a good value.