Make Those 8 Cups a Done Deal With a Filtering Water Pitcher

Goodbye, lead and chlorine.

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We are, collectively, dehydrated. If you’ve been feeling guilty over not getting in your eight cups a day, you’re not alone: Research from 2018 showed that the almost 80 percent of Americans surveyed didn’t drink enough water. Then this year, the Water Quality Association put out a report stating 25 percent of households are very concerned about their water supply. Team Domino can certainly attest to that feeling. A quick poll of our editors reveals we all worry about what’s actually coming out of the tap to some degree—and then avoid drinking from it until we’re totally parched. All that to say, it may be time for all of us to invest in a water-filter pitcher. 

We’re talking heavy-duty, lead-and-chemical-filtering pitchers. If you work from home, keep one at your desk as a visual reminder to pour yourself a glass. If your office tap water leaves something to be desired, convince the powers that be to pick up one for the whole team. It’s a tiny change that can make you more productive and focused, and just feel better overall—and if the pitcher in question happens to look particularly striking perched on a countertop? Well, that’s just an added bonus. 

The Popular Kid 

Made with BPA-free plastic and sustainable bamboo, the SOMA 10-cup pitcher is definitely a crowd-pleaser for the eco-friendly shopper (including a few fans in the Domino office). It runs on a subscription system, so you can get prepaid filters—which are also made from mostly renewable materials—shipped to you directly, as often as you need. 

The Heavyweight Champ

If you’re looking for something more functional than fashionable, this LifeStraw option has all your bases covered. It protects against lead, mercury, chlorine, bacteria, microplastics, and parasites, and is made from dishwasher-safe glass. 

The Artisan Pick 

Handcrafted by master glassblowers, this borosilicate carafe is made with the same attention to detail as all of Fferrone’s instantly recognizable tableware, except this one has an über-utilitarian twist: It’s designed to fit a Brita filter. 

The Tech Whiz

Inspired by pour-over coffee machines, this contraption is a two-for-one deal. A coconut shell filter removes odors and tastes from tap water, while the two carafes are made for infusing your beverage with fruits, herbs, and vegetables. If you’ve been looking for ways to make hydrating more exciting, why not spice things up (literally) with ginger and orange? 

The Work of Art

This one may not be the most practical for a tiny kitchen, but if you have some space to spare (or need to serve an entire office), consider the Walter. It’s hand-painted in Brooklyn, so it looks like any other stylish ceramic, but inside, there’s a charcoal filter for fresh, clean H2O. Since each of the filters lasts for two years, you’re also cutting down on waste—just think of all the plastic bottles you’ll rescue. 

The Constant Companion

If you’re always on the go, check out this cork-topped glass vessel; it neatly fits in your fridge when you’re home, and the rest of the time it’s the optimal size to toss in your bag and sip from throughout the day. See that (100 percent natural!) piece of active charcoal? It removes chlorine and adds minerals.

The Time-Saver

One problem with some filter pitchers is that they can take eons to actually process the water, at which point you forget about the jug sitting next to your sink entirely. This blue-accented one eliminates that struggle; it can fill 64 ounces in about a minute. Incidentally, that equals eight cups exactly. Go forth and hydrate!

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Elly Leavitt

Writer and Editor

Elly enjoys covering anything from travel to funky design (tubular furniture, anyone?) to the latest cultural trend. Her dream apartment would exist on the Upper West Side and include a plethora of mismatched antique chairs, ceramic vessels, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases—essential to her goal of becoming a poor man’s Nora Ephron. You can probably find her in line at Trader Joe’s. You will never find her at SoulCycle.