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Looking for the best glass water filter jugs & pitchers to cut down on plastic?
Water filter jugs & pitchers are a really affordable way to reduce common pollutants in tap water, such as chlorine & lead. However, most traditional filter jugs are made from plastic. For many people, plastic comes with it’s own health concerns, plus, of course, it’s not recyclable.
Thankfully, there are now some affordable glass water filter jugs (& bottles) available to buy (or try these eco friendly filters) that will help you cut down on plastic and provide you with cleaner drinking water.
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Our best glass water filter jugs & pitchers for 2023 are:
Best For Affordability: Dafi (2 litres)
Best For Reducing Plastic: pH Replenish (1 litre + alkalises water)
Best Eco Choice: Phox 2 (2.2 litres)
Best Medium Capacity: pH Restore (3.5 litres + alkalises water)
Best Larger Capacity: pH Recharge (8.5 litres)
Best Fridge Friendly: Soma (1.4 litres)
Best For Style: Aarke (2.4 litres)
Best For Smaller Spaces: pH Renew (1 litre + alkalises water)
Best For More Powerful Filtration: Lifestraw (7 cups)
Best For Ergonomic Design: Black + Blum (1 litre)
How To Choose A Glass Water Filter
Most glass water filter jugs & pitchers use a carbon based filter – these will reduce impurities such as chlorine taste & odour, as well as heavy metals such as lead. They’re also the most affordable.
When choosing a glass water filter, first think about the capacity you’re likely to need. Jug filters tend to hold between 1 & 3.5 litres. For larger capacity needs, consider something like a glass countertop system, such as the pH Recharge.
Another point to keep in mind is filter design. Do you want a stylish glass carafe for the dining table, a glass pitcher that fits in your fridge or a filter that’s free of plastic parts?
Lastly, don’t forget to consider the filter cartridge. Most are designed to last at least a month, but some claim to last longer. And if you’re eco conscious glass filters with refillable cartridge ‘pouches’ are also now available. These help reduce plastic filter cartridge waste.
Whether you want a practical glass filter jug for the fridge or a centrepiece for your kitchen, here are our best glass water filter jugs, pitchers & carafes.
Glass Water Filter Jugs & Pitchers Top Picks
1 – Dafi
Made From: Glass (plastic parts)
Filter Capacity: 2 litres (1 litre filtered)
Filters Out: Reduces chlorine & heavy metals
Good For: Everyday use/affordability
Further Details: Made from toughened glass, the Dafi filter jug provides a handy 2 litre capacity (1 litre filtered). It pours efficiently from the spout and it’s ergonomic handle makes it easy to use. A sprung top lid makes the filter easy to fill without removing the whole lid & abuilt in LED display light lets you know when the filter needs changing.
The Dafi filters use activated carbon to purify the water & in terms of the actual filter cartridges, the more you buy the cheaper they get, so it generally pays to buy in bulk. Especially if you tend to refill the filter more than once a day.
Whilst the Dafi glass water filter jug does contain some plastic parts (filter cartridge and filter housing, for example), this is typical with most glass filter jugs.
Suitable for everyday use, the Dafi glass water filter jug is an affordable option that’s easy to use.
Further Details: Similar in style & functionality to the Dafi, the PearlCo glass water filter jug is made from high-quality borosilicate glass. Again, it’s got a 2 litre capacity (1 litre filtered) and an LED display in the let you know when the filter needs replacing.
The non slip base should help keep the jug stable on your worktop and the filters typically last around 100-150 litres (depending on water hardness). For an average household, this means about once a month. The filter uses activated carbon to filter the water & any plastic parts (handle, filter housing & lid) are listed as BPA free.
Another affordable option for reducing everyday contaminants, such as chlorine & lead, the PearlCo is also compatible with Brita Classic cartridges.
Further Details: If you want to ditch the plastic, reduce contaminants and alkalise your water, take a look at the pH Replenish. It’s a glass water filter with absolutely no plastic parts (filter housing is stainless steel), plus it increases the pH of your water to make it more alkaline.
There’s no plastic filter either, just as replaceable filter bag, which is designed to last longer than other similar filters (an average of 106 days for 2 people).
The pH Replenish comes in two sizes (1 liter & 1.8 litres), so if you drink a lot of water, you might want to opt for the larger version.
With a price point similar to the Dafi & PearlCo, this is an affordable choice that will also alkalise your water, as well as add in extra minerals, such as zinc & magnesium. Plus it’s one of the few water filters out there that contains zero plastic parts.
Further Details: Plastic filter cartridges account for a lot of plastic waste every year (about 100 million go into landfill). Marketed as the world’s ‘most eco friendly water filter’), the Phox 2 water filter helps reduce this with an eco cartridge that’s refillable. Easy to use & maintain, a setup guide shows you how to dispose of used filtering granules and pour in new ones. Each cartridge pack should last around 45 days.
The Phox 2 glass water filter also comes with a choice of 2 filter packs – the ‘Clean’ Pack’, which reduces contaminants & softens water or the ‘Alkaline Pack’, which also adds minerals and electrolytes to the water, improving its PH.
With a capacity of 2.2 litres, the Phox 2 also comes in a little larger than other glass water filter jugs and the non slip base helps keep it in place on your counter top.
Whilst it does contain more plastic parts (listed as BPA free) than some other glass filters, once filtered, the water in a Phox 2 sits independently within the glass housing.
Further Details: If you’re looking for a glass water filter with a larger capacity and want to raise the pH of your water, check out the pH Restore. It holds 3.5 litres and its multi stage filter reduces a range of contaminants, including fluoride. It also improves the pH of your water.
The filter cartridge (plastic) also claims to have a larger capacity than other similar filters, with up to 360 litres per PH001 filter. The filter uses a multi-stage filtration (by way of filter beads), which filters out harmful materials such as lead & chlorine, whilst still allowing important minerals such as calcium & magnesium through.
If you like stylish kitchen appliances, it’s also got an elegant glass pitcher and the eco friendly bamboo lid is bamboo instead of the usual plastic. And whilst the filter housing is plastic, it is listed as BPA free.
With a price point not vastly above other glass water filter jugs, this is a good option to consider if you want a larger capacity jug that will still sit neatly on your counter top or table.
Further Details: One of the drawbacks of a water filter jug, whether plastic or glass, is the capacity it holds. If you drink loads of water, have a large family or want to use filtered water for cooking, the limited capacity of a jug might become a challenge.
This is where a glass countertop water filter can be an effective alternative, as they offer a much larger capacity – generally up to around 7+ litres.
Larger than traditional filter jug pitchers, countertop filters are freestanding filters that sit on your countertop. Rather than pouring the water out as you would with a traditional jug, you dispense water via a small tap (or spigot). Plastic or stainless steel spigots are available & usually interchangeable.
Again, countertop filters are often plastic, but for a glass option, take a look at the pH Recharge. With an impressive 8.5 litre capacity, the main filter housing is made from glass & the filter will tackle impurities such as lead & chlorine. The filter will also help raise the pH of your water, as well as reminerlise it with essential minerals such as calcium & magnesium.
Further Details: Designed to sit on fridge shelves, the stylish Soma glass carafe looks good whether it’s sitting in your fridge or on your dining room table.
Certified against NSF/ANSI Standard 53 to filter out contaminants such as for mercury, zinc and copper, as well as other heavy metals, the Soma filter is also certified to Standard 42 to reduce the taste and odour of chlorine.
Designed with sustainability in mind, the carafe is made from glass & the filter features coconut shell carbon in a plant based casing. Each filter should last you around 180 litres or approximately 2 months, depending on usage.
A smaller capacity, stylish option that will sit in most fridges, as well as look good on your table when entertaining guests.
Further Details: If you want a glass water filter with a decent capacity, no plastic parts & a refillable filter, the Aarke glass water filter ticks every box. It’s stylish too.
Made from glass & stainless steel the Aarke is an elegant design that would stand out in any designer kitchen (or in fact any kitchen!) And it doesn’t just boast style either – it’s also eco friendly, with it’s refillable steel cartridge. To get the most from your Aarke, simply pour the filter granules into the steel cartridge every 4 weeks (a dial on the lid reminds you when) & they’ll get to work reducing chlorine, heavy metals & limescale. All without the need for endless replacement filter cartridges.
At 2.4 litres, the Aarke also holds a decent capacity of water.
You’re also safe to wash it in the dishwasher & a silicone bumper on the base of the glass carafe will help protect from bumps & scratches.
9 – pH Renew
Made From: Glass
Filter Capacity: 1 litre
Filters Out: Reduces chlorine & heavy metals
Good For: Sleeker design for smaller spaces
Further Details: Very similar to the pH Restore the pH Renew is a great choice if you’re looking for a sleeker design. Most glass water filters are designed in a ‘jug’ shape, which can take up space, so if you’re looking for a glass filter that will sit neatly in a smaller kitchen, this carafe style filter could be the answer.
Awarded the Red Dot Product Design Award, the pH Renew’s slim design should also fit in most fridge doors.
Like the pH Restore, it’s got eco friendly refillable pouches, instead of plastic cartridges, which will also help improve the pH of your drinking water.
With it’s modern, sleek, anti slip design, the pH Renew is a practical choice for smaller spaces & most fridges, as long as the 1 litre capacity will meet your daily needs (or you don’t mind refilling).
10 – Lifestraw Glass Home Pitcher
Made From: Glass (plastic parts)
Filter Capacity: 7 cups
Filters Out: Reduces lead, mercury, PFAS, chlorine, herbicides & pesticides
Good For: More powerful filtration
Further Details: Lifestraw created their award winning water filter straw back in 1994. A powerful personal water filter that allows you to safely drink directly from lakes, rivers & streams, it offers protection from bacteria, parasites, microplastics, silt, sand, & cloudiness.
And whilst you might not be planning on taking your glass water filter pitcher camping with you, the Lifestraw Home uses the same technology as their water filter straws. According to Lifestraw this means ‘ The LifeStraw Home is the only water filter pitcher that removes bacteria & parasites in addition to lead, microplastics, PFAS (“forever chemicals”), and 30+ contaminants all while dramatically improving the taste of your tap water.’
The Lifestraw Home glass pitcher has two filter components – a membrane microfilter, which lasts 264 gallons (1 year) & an activated carbon + ion exchange filter, which lasts around 40 gallons (2 months). So you’ll need to weigh up the filtration benefits against additional filter costs.
Sleekly designed from high quality borosilicate glass, the pitcher certainly doesn’t compromise on looks & at 7 cups, it’s got a decent enough capacity for everyday use.
11 – Black + Blum Glass Carafe
Made From: Glass, cork & silicone
Filter Capacity: 1 litres
Filters Out: Improves taste & odour
Good For: Ergonomic design
Further Details: If you want to combine a plastic free charcoal water filter with stylish design, take a look at the Black + Blum glass carafe. Made from hand blown borosilicate glass, cork & silicone, this carafe won’t be leaving you with any plastic after taste.
It’s ergonomic design makes it easy to hold & pour & the smaller carafe design means it will sit in most fridge doors, if you prefer your water chilled.
At 1.1 litres it’s on the smaller side, but if you’re after a more minimalist filter, the Black + Blum carafe boasts an elegant style of it’s own.
The filter is in the form of a Binchotan charcoal stick, which sits inside the carafe. Used in Japan as a natural water purifier since the 17th century, Binchotan charcoal traps impurities inside endless tiny cavities reducing chlorine, mineralising the water and balancing the pH.
Glass Water Filter Jugs & Pitchers: Conclusion
Glass water filter jugs are an affordable way to avoid much of the plastic so common in most water filter jugs (and baby bottles), whilst also filtering out common everyday contaminants, such as chlorine and lead.
Popular glass water filter jugs available in the UK & beyond include the Dafi and pH Replenish. Larger capacity, countertop versions include the pH Recharge.
Generally listed as ‘shatter-proof’, glass filter jugs can still occasionally break – however much they’re toughened. So keep your filter in a safe place on your worktop, or in the fridge (if it fits), away from tiny hands.
For an alternative to glass, consider a stainless steel gravity filter such as the powerful British Berkefeld.