Glug, Glug, Glug (Product Review)

I’ve changed a lot of things about the way I live over the past four years. Some are now part of my every day life. I do them consistently, enthusiastically, and in most cases, unconsciously. I eat healthy, wholesome foods about 90-95% of the time. I exercise regularly and eagerly. I’ve learned to delegate stressors to their proper places and am pretty much a walking bundle of positivity. Aren’t I amazing?

Yeah. Ask me how much water I drank last week. (That hissing noise is my pomposity balloon bouncing around the room. The air is rushing out so quickly, I had to put a paperweight so all the Very Important documents strewn across my desk don’t blow away.)

Despite my repeated efforts, I just haven’t built a consistent, sustainable, and effortless habit of getting in the generally recommended (though currently debated) 64 oz. of water per day. It’s certainly not an availability issue as Memphis has really good tap water originating from artesian wells, and I have a fancy-schmancy refrigerator with a filtered water dispenser in the door.

So if it’s not an issue of access, that leaves…well, me. My own habits. I’ve tried a variety of things and most result in short-term success, but then fall by the wayside after a few weeks. And then I try again. My one consistency is before, during, and after exercise, but beyond that I’ve been, at best, a consistent sipper. I keep a small glass of H2O nearby and sip from time to time. It’s been a hit-and-miss project, one I’m determined to overcome in 2011. If I can only figure out how…

*cue: orchestra music*

And then suddenly, like a mirage in my self-inflicted dietary desert, the PR folks from 3M Filtrete™ Water Products appeared in my inbox, asking me to review their water pitcher. Sign me up!

Filtrete Water Pitcher

It's pretty!

Features of the Filtrete™ Water Pitcher, according to 3M:
-Helps reduce sediment and chlorine taste and odor from tap water in just seconds.
-Filters and fills five times faster than traditional pitcher filters
-Holds more water in less space; filters into a 12 cup pitcher
-Filter lasts longer, filtering two and a half times more water than traditional pitcher filters (up to 100 gallons or for approximately three months)
-Filter housings are recyclable!

That’s a lot of features, but none that would appear to be helpful in getting the water from the pitcher to my parched lips. Like maybe an option for an IV attachment. Yeah, this is gonna work.

Huh. For whatever reason, it IS working. I’ve been guzzling water all week. I had to switch from my little sippy glass to a full-sized glass, because I kept having to hop up from my chair to get a refill!

When I think about the why of it all, this immediate success is probably a result of two things:
1) Taste – As I said earlier, Memphis water is good on its own or through my fridge door, but the water from this pitcher has a crisp and almost sweet taste–or maybe it’s a feeling?–in the mouth. I can’t get enough of it!
2) Convenience – I thought my door water was convenient, but when I compare how long it takes to fill my little sippy glass through the door vs. filling a large-sized glass from my pitcher–well, the difference was amazing. (Not to mention that the trickle-trickle-trickle sound from the door dispenser always makes me have to make another stop on the way back to the office.)

Possible negatives?
Cost. Currently priced at $37.99 with free shipping on Amazon, the pitcher might seem cost prohibitive to folks who aren’t paying for water or already have filtration systems. Plus, the replacement filters are around $15. Still, the cost may be well worth it you live in an area with water quality issues. And you would actually save money (and more positively impact the environment) if you’re buying bottled water.
Size. The 12-cup pitcher is nice for convenience, but for gals who have just pushed their muscles to the limit at the gym, the filled pitcher is heavy. :) Seriously, younger kids or older types who don’t have my fine muscular make-up could find it difficult to use the pitcher when it’s filled to the top. It would be nice to have a smaller version of the pitcher available.

I have no idea whether this pitcher functions better or worse than similar products, but I do like the way it functions for ME. Your mileage may vary. (While I typed this entry, I drained another glass.)

This concludes the review portion of this post. Now I’m curious: are you drinking your desired amount of water? Filters, bottles, or straight through the tap? Tips/tricks?

FTC hoopla: 1) I received a pitcher to use for review purposes without any expectation or promise of a favorable review. No other compensation was offered, requested, or received; and 2) Amazon links are through my affiliate account from which I earn a miniscule commission.

16 thoughts on “Glug, Glug, Glug (Product Review)

  1. Yes – you ARE amazing:) I struggle with water drinking too. What’s working for me right now is decaf tea. Flavored. Tastes better than water. And, keeps me warm, since it is colllldd here.

  2. I struggle on occasion with drinking enough water. But recently, I figured something out about myself that is making a world of difference. I sometimes mistake thirst for hunger. So now, every time I think I’m hungry, I drink something and wait 15 minutes to make sure it’s real hunger and not just thirst.

    I also had a recent experience where I nearly passed out at the gym from apparent dehydration, which taught me a big lesson about drinking enough.

  3. This is one area I’ve always considered myself somewhat lucky because water has always been my drink of choice. I like it and Tennessee must be a good place to be (we already knew this, didn’t we??) because the water on my end of the state is EXCELLENT!

    Getting enough is sometimes challenging – my strategy is not fancy, but it works for me. I have an ugly 64 oz. pitcher that I fill every morning and sit beside the sink with my glass beside it. The pitcher has to be empty before I go to bed that night, so I know I’ve had the needed amount. I also drink lots of coffee, sometimes hot tea and always drink water after walking or with meals eaten out, so I think I end up with considerably more than the 64 oz, but seeing the empty pitcher keeps me accountable. Simple, yes, but it works for me!

  4. A post after my own heart! WATER drinking is my number one demise. YES.. I can go days with only an inkling of what I need. I have been searching for that IV also. I thought 2 years ago when I gave up soda it would change but my THIRST switch just has been flipped yet…

  5. We use a big jug water cool. Our city water tastes almost like ‘tin’, if that makes sense. It’s about $8 each jug we get, and we go through 2 weekly. Wouldn’t take long to pay for the filter system you reviewed! Cheers, Rick

  6. Thanks for another thoughtful review. (You really do an amazing job with your blog.)
    Living here in Arizona it is impossible to get too much water & almost impossible to get enough liquids at all because of the insensible water loss from the dry air. I find that I don’t get enough liquids because I notice that I am often thirsty, oops. Certainly drinking liquids helps me keep full when I think that I need to eat and I’m not truly hungry.
    From a medical standpoint, there isn’t any scientific evidence for a set amount of water/liquids needed by the adult human because everyone requires different amounts depending on their activity levels, where they live, age, medical conditions, etc. If one drinks to stay not thirsty (listening to your body…) and assuming no other conditions need to be addressed, you are probably getting enough liquids. Americans probably rely too much on FOOD for a significant source of liquids rather than water or other non-caloric or healthier sources. (That last line was pure conjecture on my part.)

  7. Great review! I have a PUR filter on my faucet at home & I keep a water bottled filled at all times in the fridge. I used to hate drinking water & yes, I rather drink something else (coffee) BUT I just trained myself to do it…. and you can always flavor it with crystal light ice cubes or pieces of flesh fruit in there if that helps. I also by some flavored, no cal water from the store as a treat to sip thru at night….

    Soda upsets my stomach anyway so can’t drink it. Thank god I can still drink coffee! :-)

  8. Great review. We are SOOO lucky here in Vancouver, our tap water is just fine. I keep a big jug of it in our fridge. Have a great weekend Cammy!!

  9. I know I struggle with drinking enough water. I was spoiled before that I had a reverse osmosis system, and now I don’t in my new place. I use a Brita water filter, but it doesn’t quite taste the same.

  10. I love my water, but that’s because I don’t really drink anything else…the occasional ice tea, but that’s about it. Interesting post. We get our water delivered, even though we are supposed to have “the best” water in the world. Hey, I bought Rocco’s book today and he has you to thank for it. I can’t wait to read it! Love your recommendations, Cammy.

  11. Great review! I’ve never had much luck with home water filters, maybe because the city water here has such an odd flavor to start with. And yes, I can definitely taste the difference in water, even though my husband claims there IS no difference.

    I buy my drinking water in gallons from the dispenser at the grocery store, and I absolutely love the flavor of it. I always have a glass nearby. Not sure if I get 64 ounces a day, but it must be pretty close.

  12. It’s one of those things at which I tend to fail most of the time too. And I know that I feel better when I drink more water! Something I simply have to work at then!

  13. Water is the one thing I have been able to stick with for years. Two words. A Straw, which brings about three words. Mega Pee Breaks.

    I suck it down fast and it comes out just as fast. I pee a lot and often, but it is what it is. I try to get in all my water by about 5 p.m. or I’m up half the night still peeing.

    I’ve also graduated to a re-useable canteen that has a sucker spout (for lack of a better term) when I’m not using a glass with a straw. There is something about sucking the water down that makes it easier than sipping it over the edge of the glass. Semantics perhaps, but I notice a difference.

    Good luck.

  14. I am impressed by your first remarks about eating healthy and eating regularly. How long did it take you to get to a point where it comes naturally? The exercise comes easy for me but the healthy is what I struggle with. As far as water goes I carry with me at all time a 25 oz water bottle which I try to fill at least 3 times per day, I drink filtered water because the water in our part of the valley is awful! In the past if I drank anything else like soda I would forgo the water so I now make a conscious effort even when drinking something else. Thanks for the review.

  15. Yes, your review makes me want to go out and get one right now. But I have a Britta water pitcher, and I guess it works just fine. I do have water issues–well water–and come to think of it, when I got my Britta pitcher years ago was when I first started drinking a decent amount of water. To be honest, I don’t keep track of whether or not I drink 64 ounces, but I do drink quite a bit all day long, and I only have one diet coke a day. And I can’t have that until I’ve drank at least one large glass of water.

    There’s something I learned in nursing school that I never hear talked about. Your body will self-regulate if you don’t drink water. And then your thirst signals go away. So many times I will force myself to glug a big glass of water mid-morning, and then I find that my normal thirst signals will kick in. I don’t know why this isn’t talked about more often. You really can live for a very long time without drinking very much water on a daily basis. (I know someone who only drank one cup of coffee in the morning, maybe a 4 ounce glass of water during the day, and one cup of tea at night. And she lived for a fairly long time.)

  16. I just found our that my city (Pittsburgh) has one of the highest concentrations of hexavalent chromium in it’s tap water supply (the carcinogen made famous by Erin Brockovich). I have no idea if this fact is something I should be worried about–need to do a little research. I’ve heard that a reverse osmosis filtration system (like 200 to install) is the only thing that removes this chemical. I currently use a Brita pitcher.

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