Product review – ceramic water purifier @ Biome (and 20% off sale)
Due to our drinking water being, ahem, less than desirable regarding certain additives, impurities and such, I’ve been on the lookout for a water filter for some time. I drink a lot of water as I believe it’s important to health and wellbeing but I’m not terribly keen knowing I’m also taking in some additional properties – for me, it’s not just about the actual intake of impurities but also the fact that someone else is controlling what goes into public drinking water, if that makes any sense. But don’t mind me, I grew up a hippie kid so I’m always questioning authority in some way!
In light of this, recently I purchased a ceramic water filter from Biome, an eco store situated here in Brisbane, Australia. I’m really happy with it and it feels fantastic drinking fresh, healthy water.
And Biome are offering 20% off all water purifiers until Wednesday!
Some things to note:
- The purifier removes 99% of impurities.
- There are loads of different colours and sizes (mine is a 9 litre in duck egg blue and is super pretty as you can see).
- It fits easily on a kitchen bench in a small kitchen.
- It produces clear, fresh tasting filtered water.
- My purchase is supporting an Australian, independent business.
- The purifier is low maintenance although it does require regular filling so will depend on your usage (please see update below).
- The water is filtered by a water filter candle inserted and fixed upright into the filter container by way of two washers, water is then poured into the filter container then filters into the body of the purifier ready for drinking.
- I received a spare filter candle with my order and replacements are easily obtainable from Biome.
- It comes with a removable base – I don’t use the base as it seemed a bit unstable and our purifier is placed high up; I had visions of it toppling over (we have a couple of clumsy people at our place).
- Before using the filter candle, it needs to soak upside down in a glass of water overnight.
- The filter candle needs replacing every 6 months (for some models it’s every 12 months and this obviously depends on usage). When replacing the candle you should also clean out the filter container and water container with a cloth and warm water (no soap or any other substance).
For those concerned about fluoride in their drinking water, you can also purchase fluoride reduction water filters from Biome. The ceramic water purifiers are manufactured by Southern Cross Pottery in northern NSW.
*UPDATE as at August 2014*
While the quality of the water is still great, over the past few months I’ve had problems with the filter candles filtering very slowly, at which point I followed the advice on Southern Cross Pottery’s website with no improvement. I got to the point where I had to do some research online (after receiving very little assistance from Southern Cross Pottery, the company who sold them to me, when I emailed them). However, I then found a site which recommends to clean the filter candles gently with a scourer every 2-3 weeks or so and I’ve found this helps a lot. I’m not sure if the issues I’m having are the fault of the filters themselves, our local water quality changing in some way, the colder weather or another factor, but it is something I felt potential water purifier buyers should know.
Disclaimer: All beliefs and opinions stated in this review are mine. I wasn’t asked to do this review nor did I receive any payment for it. For any readers who are concerned about additives in their drinking water, including fluoride, I would encourage you to do your own research before purchasing a water filter.