There’s SOMETHING in the Water! A Zero Water Filtration Pitcher Review & Giveaway

Our community water supply has been a huge issue for our family for almost 20 years.  I was pregnant with our third baby (now 19), when we moved here.  I absolutely love our community and consider it my hometown, but we were told on our first day here, that we should not drink the water, especially with me being pregnant.  Once a week, we made a trek to the city, 30 miles away and filled 8 to 10 three-gallon water jugs at the distilling plant.  We had a water cooler to flip them onto, in our kitchen, and even filled our ice cube trays at it.

Zero Water filtration pitcher

The Zero Water Filtration Pitcher I tested and the included TDS meter.

Several years ago, the city built a brand new water treatment facility and while many people started drinking the tap water, we had gone so long drinking distilled water, we were never able to break the habit.  Until we moved into a new home with a reverse osmosis filter system and a filter in the fridge, we continued to buy water.  We have been drinking city water, filtered by our whole house system for almost one and a half years, now, and we’ve been fine.  I can say with confidence that I don’t really think or worry about it anymore.  So, when the opportunity to review a Zero Water pitcher came up, I almost passed it up.  Then my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to test the difference.  There IS a difference.  At least the difference between tap water and the water from the Zero Water pitcher was significant!  There was even a small difference between the reverse osmosis filtered water and the Zero Water.


The filter needs to be attached to the opening in the bottom of the reservoir. It's a threaded attachment, so it's as simple as screwing them together and making sure the black ring gasket around the filter stays solidly in place, so you get a good tight seal.

The pitcher filtration system comes with the pitcher body, a reservoir that fits into the top of the pitcher, a lid, a filter, a testing meter and the easy to follow instructions.  I actually assembled it in a matter of seconds and the only thing you really need to be careful about is that the black gasket around the top of the filter is seated properly, so you get a tight seal between the filter and the reservoir.

Once the filter is screwed into the opening in the bottom of the reservoir, you just place the complete unit into the pitcher.  Then add tap water to the reservoir and allow it to drip down, through the filter and into the pitcher.  I actually filled the reservoir three times over a total of about 20 minutes to get a full pitcher of filtered water.

Zero Water

The filter is attached to the reservoir and the entire unit can now be placed into the pitcher.

The lid fits snugly on the top of the pitcher and it has a covered spout that opens itself as you begin to pour.  I love that feature.  I also like that there is a recessed area in the lid to snap the test meter into, when you are not using it.  I never have to worry about not being able to find it.  The meter measures TDS, which is Total Dissolved Solids.  Total Dissolved Solids is basically anything in your water that isn’t pure water.  That can mean minerals, salts, metals and any other suspended solids.  In the range of 000-001 TDS there are no known municipalities in the U.S. that have naturally occurring water in that range.  The range of 002-050 occurs naturally in only a few cities and can still have dangerous impurities, like lead.  Most water in the US will measure between 051-200 TDS.  There are other ranges up to 500+ TDS.

pitcher lid

The lid has a recessed area where you can snap in the TDS meter, for storage.

What were the TDS measurements in our area, when I measured using the meter with the pitcher?  Our tap water came in right at what I would consider the national average – 168.  The name “national average” doesn’t necessarily mean I think it’s super safe, it means it comes in within the range that would be expected in most US communities.  I was pretty impressed with our RO system which registered an 008.  While the process for filtering water with the RO system is pretty much the same as for the Zero Water pitcher, the water from the RO system still needs to travel through the water lines in the house and so will pick up some particles along the way.  That made sense to me.  The water from our Zero Water pitcher, drove that fact home, even more clearly.  It came in at 0 TDS.  That’s pretty amazing!


Testing the water to get the TDS reading. The meter starts at 000 and climbs for about 10 seconds until it lands on the reading. After testing the Zero Water filtered water and having a TDS reading of 000, I quickly did a test of our tap water, to be sure the meter was working.


meter test

Clearly, it was working. The reading for our water straight from the tap was 168! Oy!


My husband rarely drinks water, now, that isn’t from the Zero Water filtration pitcher.  He actually never allows it to go empty.  It produces crystal clear water with no “floaters”, as he calls them.  It tastes good and he is without a doubt, a bonafide convert.  Actually we all like it, but I mention him, specifically, since he is usually our biggest skeptic when it comes to water quality.  Our fifteen-year-old says he can actually taste a significant difference between the RO water and the pitcher water.  He’ll drink either, but for some reason prefers the flavor of the RO water.  Personally, I don’t notice much difference in the taste, between the reverse osmosis water and the water from the pitcher, but I love knowing that the water from the pitcher tests perfectly clean!

The other nice feature about the pitcher is that you can keep it icy cold in the fridge.  That’s another selling feature for David, since he doesn’t like ice in his drinks.  You can just pour cool, refreshing water straight from the spout or use the spigot in the bottom of the pitcher, to fill your glass.  That spigot option works really great for younger kids!  And lastly, I love that the filters can easily be picked up in stores that we are all used to frequenting, like Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Meijer and so many more.

pouring water

That spout cover on the lid fits snugly, to keep water clean, but easily opens as the pressure of the water rushes against it, while you pour.

You are going to love the convenience and peace of mind that comes from owning a Zero Water Pitcher.  Zero Water has been extraordinarily generous and I’m excited that all Busy-at-Home readers can get 30% Off a 10-cup Zero Water Pitcher for their family, by using the coupon code MC30 at checkout! That’s a savings of $10.50!  What a great deal!  And then…….Yup!  you guessed it — They’re also sponsoring a fantastic giveaway with TWO winners.  Each will receive a Zero Water Pitcher for their home! Be sure to enter before the deadline at midnight on April 15th.

The Giveaway is simple.  Go to and put your zip code into the “Check TDS Reading” form.  That will open a page with a map of your area and you will need to input your zip code one more time in the white box above the map.  The average TDS number for your area will pop up just below the graph, at the bottom of the page.  Leave a comment on this blog post, telling me the TDS number, where you live.  Click DO IT on the Rafflecopter form, then ENTER, and you’re done.  -OR-  You can also take advantage of the optional additional entries that you will have unlocked by entering.  Good luck!

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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater.  I received a ZeroWater pitcher and filters in order to test them in my own kitchen and conduct this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.


  1. Ellen B says

    mine says unknown? anyway that would be for the town water – we have a well which is probably worse because my landlord NEVER tests the water.

  2. Mary Beth Elderton says

    Mine is not so bad, but my son and daughter-in-law and grand-girls live in an area with 457! YUK!

  3. Shana says

    I tried it 4 times & no number ever came up. We live out of town & use a well, so I don’t think the number would be right anyway. It did show my state in the 200 area on the map though.

  4. says

    Mine says 122. But we always buy our drinking water because our tap water has visible “stuff” in it, like it leaves a visible film in your glass, and sometimes even sand, YUCK

  5. AnnaZed says

    It says 195, but seriously the water from our tap has visible stuff floating and spinning around in it and leaves a powdery film inside of tea kettle and all over dishes, so come on! (No) we don’t drink it, though I feel really guilty about the massive number of plastic bottles we generate. This could be a solution! I think I should buy two of them. One for the fridge and one for the counter.

    The Rafflecopter calls me ‘Margot’ since it is accessing my facebook where I am ‘Margot Core’.
    It’s confusing, I know.
    annazed10 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  6. sandy weinstein says

    my tds is 131 but it did not really show close to where i live, it showed my town, but the tds was a different town nearby….i have well water.

  7. Sherry says

    Our is 256. We don’t ever drink the water here – Not only does it leave a yucky, yellowish powder on the inside of my coffee pot, I’m convinced it causes a deterioration in the ability to think (it makes you STUPID!). Proof – we had very intelligent dogs when we moved here and within 3 years you could give them a once-familiar command and they looked at you with this totally puzzled look on their faces, wagging their tails. You could tell they WANTED to please you, they just couldn’t remember what the command meant. And I won’t go into the average IQ of the folks that have been raised here! I haven’t had a glass of unfiltered tap water in over 5 years and don’t intend to start anytime soon … Hope I win!

  8. Robin says

    I’ve tried and tried, and tried. Nothing comes up. Would love to win this, though. It would be great to keep on the counter in the upstairs bathroom so we’d have clean water to drink up there. Thanks for the opportunity to win this filtration system.

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