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7 best water filter jugs

Get healthy and hydrated by filtering out all the bad stuff

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Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. While we may take access to safe drinking water for granted, the taste and purity of that water is not as ideal as it could be.

Enter the humble water filter, which simultaneously improves the taste of what you’re drinking and makes it cleaner.

While some are just that — jugs with built-in filters — others are high-tech gadgets. Whatever your budget, here are the best filters on the market.

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Propur purifier, £259, WaterFilterShop 

This purifier is both a beauty and a beast. In stainless steel, it’s an attractive piece of equipment, and it’s also easily the biggest of the bunch, holding more than 10 litres. Unlike many others, it also offers fluoride and heavy metal filtration, meaning you’ve got the purest water possible. The only real downsides are that it’s big and bulky (though that’s necessary given the capacity) and expensive. 

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Wilko Aqua Advanced, £5, Wilko

At just a fiver it’s hard to argue with t he price, plus it holds 1.5 litres and is slim enough to fit into most fridges. A filter life indicator lets you know when it needs replacing, replacements cost £3.50. Okay so it’s not a thing of beauty, but it does the job at a brilliant price — another Wilko bargain!

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Zero water, £39.99, Amazon 

If you fancy yourself as something of a scientist, then you’ll appreciate this filter’s lab-grade digital water quality meter so you can check just how pure your water is. Another cool feature is the one-hand “push to dispense” spout which can be used to effortlessly fill any bottle or cup. Basic in design, but with some rather snazzy features for the price.

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Waterwise 4000, £269, Energise Your Life

This under-the-counter device is a water distiller rather than a filter, meaning it can justly claim to remove up to 99.9% of all bacteria in water, more than most filters. As for capacity, it can happily distill 6 gallons in 24 hours – more than 22 litres. It doesn’t store it though, so you’ll need to keep decanting if you want to stockpile. Not the most practical for day-to-day, but good for when utter purity is key.

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Bobble water jug, £9.99, Amazon

This stylish and fun-looking two litre jug uses an electro-positive carbon filter to instantly remove chlorine and organic contaminants from tap water. It’s clever, simple, functional and easy on both eye and wallet – a winner at the lower end.

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Brita XL, £23, Amazon

This in-fridge jug from Brita is a get-the-job-done sort of a filter. It’s not fancy or fun, but it it is functional with ‘Ion Exchange Pearls’ to reduce limescale, a shape that means it fits snugly in the fridge door, and a flip-top lid for easy refilling. All in all, it’s hard to grumble given the price.

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Soma, £59.95, Kooks Unlimited

This filter is unique in terms of how it looks and how it works. It’s made from coconut shell carbon which removes zinc, chlorine, mercury and copper, and also boasts a plant-based casing. Its wooden handle and curvaceous shape are sleek and Scandi looking. A great shout for the eco conscious who’ll enjoy the lack of plastic.

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Verdict: best water filter jugs

 If you’re wanting to get a serious filter, then the Propur could be the one for you – big, efficient and brilliant at its job. That said, it’s not at all cheap. If you’d rather spend a couple of hundred pounds on a holiday than a water filter, the Bobble Water Jug is a lower end jug that works well and looks good to boot.

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