By Andrew Liszewski
As I understand it, a Brita pitcher isn’t the most thorough water purification system you can buy, but the low price point and ease of use has made it quite popular. So while the Restore Clean Water System does appear to improve on the Brita’s design with the addition of a UV light that removes 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.95% of microbial cysts, the downside is that you have to plug it in for the light to do its thing.
The last time I checked, the inside of my fridge was devoid of any power outlets, so once you fill the Restore pitcher, which also has a carbon filter like the Brita, you’re going to have to leave it plugged in on your counter for the second step of the purification process. You can’t just fill it up and stick it in the fridge for the water to get cold. Now if the extra step with the UV light works as claimed the hassle could be worth it in the long run, but there’s the other issue of the Restore’s $99 price tag which is considerably more than even the most expensive Brita.