Water filters have two primary benefits: they can remove contaminates from tap water, and even change the taste, making it cleaner and crisper. The only problem? Installing one in your pipes can be expensive, not to mention a pain (and perhaps even impossible in rentals). But pitchers and faucet attachments are often unsightly, favoring utility over design. Which is why we've long been infatuated with the Soma pitcher, which brings the same benefits of other filtration systems in a sleek package. (So much so that we recently honored it in our round-up of essential home buys, the AT 50).
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We've long used the Soma pitcher at the AT offices and appreciate how green it is. The filters, which you should ideally replace every two months, are plant-based, made from coconut fibers. The handle, which gives it some of the Scandinavian edge we love, is forged from sustainable white oak. The rest of the carafe is crafted from high-quality, BPA-free plastic that's also shatter-proof.
When it comes to filtration, it is NSF 42 certified, which means it can remove zinc, chlorine, taste, and odor. As one of our in-office reviewers put it, "It makes me feel like I'm at a spa." It's an easy way to upgrade your water, whether for sipping or even making better-tasting coffee or tea. On top of all that, it all comes in a gorgeous, well-designed package — you won't be embarrassed to put it out on your dinner table. In fact, we think it will look great there.
The initial set-up, which includes a pitcher and filter, typically retails for around $40. But currently on Amazon, you can get it for $32. The smaller 6-cup model, which is ideal for dorms, small apartments, or people who live alone, is also marked down, from $30 to $23. When it comes to the best deal on filters, however, your best bet is to subscribe and save directly on the Soma website. There, you can get a year's worth for $60 (or $10 a filter) with free shipping.