After testing 33+ filters it’s time to answer… does ZeroWater remove fluoride?
To answer this I’m not going to depend on what ZeroWater tells us about their filter.
I’m going to buy and test one with a fluoride meter… this way we know for sure.
Does ZeroWater Remove Fluoride?
To figure out if ZeroWater filters can remove fluoride, I did two things.
Test my tap water for fluoride before filtering and then test the water after filtering… genius idea, I know.
So let’s get to the first step..
The fluoride meter registered 0.6 ppm of fluoride in my home’s tap water.
Now, while Brita filers were shown to not remove fluoride in do Brita filters remove fluoride – I do have slightly higher hopes for ZeroWater.
But let’s see what the fluoride meter tells us.
So, does ZeroWater remove fluoride?
According to the fluoride meter, the ZeroWater filter does remove fluoride. In fact, it took water that contained 0.6 ppm of fluoride all the way down to 0.0 ppm, virtually removing all fluoride from my home’s tap water.
This surprised me…
As it removed fluoride as well as a reverse osmosis filter or distiller. Both of which in does reverse osmosis remove fluoride and does distilling water remove fluoride, were able to take fluoride levels from 0.6 ppm to 0.0 ppm.
But before you head on over to Amazon and buy yourself your very own ZeroWater Pitcher (link to Amazon) let’s first find out if this is the best option for you, along with everything you should know about ZeroWater.
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Other Water Filters That Remove Fluoride?
Unfortunately many brands lie about their filters being able to remove fluoride.
So it’s great that Zerowater can.
But in case you’re considering a different brand or a different filter like reverse osmosis, distillers, or gravity-fed filters… it’s best you know which filters can and can’t remove fluoride.
So to help you avoid being tricked, I’ve taken the fluoride test results of 25+ filters and put them into one PDF.
And all you have to do is enter your email below and I’ll send the results straight to you.
Enter your email below to receive fluoride test results on 25+ water filters!
Now if you’re wondering which pitcher is the best out of all the pitchers I’ve tested, that’s an easy question.
The best pitcher that can remove fluoride is Clearly Filtered (way better than ZeroWater).
And it’s the best because it’s filters last longer than any other brand (100 gallons) and it also comes with a lifetime warranty.
Note: if you plan on buying the pitcher, you should buy from Clearly Filtered (link to their website) and not Amazon. The price you pay will be cheaper and shipping time is the exact same if not faster through Clearly Filtered.
But don’t get me wrong, Zerowater is still a good choice just not the best choice.
Now let’s continue with everything else you should know about Zerowater filters.
How Does ZeroWater Remove Fluoride?
When considering what is fluoride, it’s a very difficult chemical to filter.
For example, as shown in does boiling water remove fluoride, boiling water had no effect on fluoride content.
In fact, in order to remove fluoride, especially in a small size like a water pitcher, there needs to be multiple stages of filtration in order to do the job successfully.
In this case, water pitchers like Brita that are composed of 2-stages will fail to filter fluoride and several other toxic substances.
On the other hand, a brand like ZeroWater is composed of 5 stages.
This results in the water being filtered quite well.
Stage 1: Coarse filter screen, removes suspended solids such as dust and rust that make your water appear cloudy.
Stage 2: Foam distributor, removes additional suspended solids.
Stage 3: Multi-layer activated carbon & oxidation reduction alloy, removes organic contaminants; pesticides, herbicides, Mercury, Chlorine, Chloramine, and stops bacteria from growing
Stage 4: Dual comprehensive ion exchange resin, removes inorganic compounds i.e. metals, nonmetals and radiological contaminants.
Stage 5: Ultra-fine screen & non-woven membrane layers, removes remaining suspended solids, holds the resin in place.
Besides Fluoride, What Else Does ZeroWater Remove?
Fluoride is something you definitely don’t want in your water and thankfully ZeroWater can help with this.
However, there are many other contaminants you also don’t want in your water.
Here’s a graph comparing ZeroWater to Brita in filtration performance.
Clearly, ZeroWater outperforms Brita but…
That’s nothing special.
And when you compare Clearly Filtered to ZeroWater that’s also unfair (ZeroWater filters around 23 contaminants while Clearly Filtered removes over 230).
Possible ZeroWater Filter Problems
The good news is, all of these problems have easy solutions (which we’ll get to afterwards).
1. How Long Does A ZeroWater Filter Last?
This is a problem but it depends for who.
As explained in my guide on fluoride water filters, how much water you consume is one of the biggest factors when choosing the right filter.
Now each ZeroWater cartridge can typically filter anywhere from 25-40 gallons of water.
However this depends on the level of TDs (total dissolved substances) in your water.
The higher the level, the harder the filter works and the faster it gets worn out.
To find this out, you need to test the TDS levels of your water.
Thankfully a TDs water meter (pictured above) comes with a ZeroWater filter.
ZeroWater TDs Table
Once you have the TDs level of your water, match it with the “Quantity of Water Expected Per Cartridge” column.
This will show you how much filtered water you should expect before having to replace the filter.
|Water TDS Reading||Contaminants Level||Quantity of Water Expected Per Cartridge|
|002-050||Moderate||Above 40 Gallons|
|051-200||Normal Range for Tap Water||25-40 Gallons|
|201-300||Above Normal||15-25 Gallons|
|301-400||Very High||8-15 Gallons|
|401+||Extremely High||8 Gallons and below|
2. How Much Does It Cost?
Regardless of how many gallons you get per filter, most people run into the problem of replacing their filters often which get’s expensive, compared to other options.
For example, let’s say 2 people are using the filter and both drink an average of 1 gallon a day and a typical filter lasts them for 40 gallons (not likely, but let’s pretend).
In this case, a filter won’t last an entire month.
Best case scenario, the 2 people would have to buy around 18 filters a year.
Now, prices change but a filter costs me an average of $15, which equals to $270 dollars a year just for filters.
If you live alone this is somewhat reasonable but regardless, there are more wallet-friendly options for removing fluoride cheaply (with better quality).
More on that later.
3. How Fast Does ZeroWater Filter Water?
My ZeroWater pitcher filtered a full jug of water in exactly 5 minutes and 16 seconds.
However this also depends on the TDs levels of your water (mine was 170 before filtering, 0 after filtering).
The higher the level, the longer it’ll take to filter.
4. Can ZeroWater Be Used On Well Water?
We know tap water is not safe to drink but unlike well-water, city tap water is treated for microbiological contaminants like bacteria and viruses.
The problem here is that ZeroWater can not remove these contaminants.
Which means Zerowater can be used on tap water but it can NOT be used on well water.
It’ll remove the fluoride found in well water but it won’t filter the microbiological contaminants.
In order to do both, you can use any one of the three filters mentioned in the fluoride filters post, which includes Clearly Filtered, Berkey, and reverse osmosis.
Final Word – Should You Get A ZeroWater Filter?
Unlike other brands like Brita and Great Value, when it comes to ZeroWater it can and will remove all of the fluoride found in your water.
Giving you fluoride-free water you can use for a fluoride detox.
A great first step when you consider this will also help you reduce your total fluoride intake by reducing how much fluoride you consume alongside other sources:
- Fluoride In Tea (Search 329+ Teas)
- Fluoride In Kombucha (Search 33+ Brands)
- Foods That Contain Fluoride (Search 504+ Foods)
- Fluoride In Coffee (238+ Coffees Tested)
But as you can guess from what I’ve already said, there are many better options than ZeroWater.
For example, when it comes to water filter pitchers, Clearly Filtered is way better than ZeroWater.
Clearly Filtered removes 230+ contaminants (compared to ZeroWater only removing 23), can be used on well water, and it lasts longer (saving you money on replacements).
The same thing applies to the more expensive filters like reverse osmosis and Berkey.
So I’d strongly recommend you don’t go with ZeroWater and instead go with any of the other 3 filters.
But which one you choose is up to you, you’ll know which one is best for you.
And if you’re not sure, you can read the fluoride filters guide (link to guide) to help you decide.
Anyways, there you have it, the truth about fluoride in regards to ZeroWater.
ZeroWater does not remove microorganisms like bacteria.
However, if you’re getting your water from city pipes, the chlorine that has treated the municipal water has already removed bacteria and other microorganisms.
While for individuals who have well-water that is not the case and you’ll need to find another filter to remove the microorganisms.
Since ZeroWater filters are enclosed it’s quite difficult to unclog one. However, if you do find your ZeroWater filter to be clogged this also means it’s time to replace it.
Many of the things that will allow your ZeroWater filter to last longer are out of your control. The main and biggest factor is how high the TDs level of your water is. If you do want a filter that lasts longer, focus your attention to our filters article.
Yes, ZeroWater removes chlorine. For more information on what ZeroWater filters reference the chart above. It’s there that you’ll see the numbers for the filtration results of 26 different contaminants.
The best way to find out is to check Amazon (link to Amazon filter page) this will provide you with an updated and current price.
The harder the water the less water per filter you will have filtered. This means you’ll have to replace the filters more often. If your water is more on the harder side it would be better off going with one of the higher performing filters.
Yes, one filter is included. This does depend on the model and this may vary. However, the one we have recommended in the article does come with a filter.
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