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Brita’s Faucet Filter sucks July 25, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tom @ 7:03 am

The knob gets stuck. Citations:


For a while it gave easy, clean tasting water, but it got harder and harder to turn the filter knob, and now, as you’ve read, its completely useless. Even worse since I had boughten their expensive replacement filter packs that will now be wasted.


The knob to switch between Brita water and tap water is also more difficult to turn than I think it should be. It feels awkward and I’m always afraid that just the movement of turning that knob is going to loosen the filtration unit even more.


I have a brita faucet filter. And the selector knob is getting harder to turn. If it gets any worse I will need to use a wrench.


I haven’t had too many problems with this system leaking or popping off, but the twist-knob on the side, which switches from unfiltered water to filtered drinking water, is terrible. It’s difficult to grasp when your hands are dry and strong, and if they are wet, or if you have even mild arthritis as I do, the tapered design is impossible. I have taken to keeping an old- fashioned bottle opener by the sink, fitting that over the knob and turning the handle in a wide arc, but this has now left little gouges in the soft plastic, so the knob is in worse shape than ever. I’m currently shopping for a replacement unit, and probably won’t buy Brita again.


The little turn knob was a little difficult for my girlfriend to switch, but I generally had no trouble.


Before it literally hurt my fingers trying to turn the tiny knob to turn the filter on and off – now it is a simple switch that moves like a breeze.

Seems the more expensive one has this fixed, so they know it’s a problem.

We’re on the second new filter housing since I moved in and every time the knob just gets impossible to turn. Looks gunky too. If they wanted you to use this and buy refills instead of new housings, they’d have installed a lever. It’s like trying to turn on an outside spigot with the handles removed. Just the little nut on a screw. Stupid.


8 Responses to “Brita’s Faucet Filter sucks”

  1. Benjamin Says:

    This knob is terrible. Does anyone has a solution how to fix this instead of buying a new product? I am considering to add some kind of longer piece of plastic attached to the knob for easier switching.

  2. Tom Says:

    I have the new one. In fact, I’m on to my second new one. It is appalling! Both on-tap filters have the same fault – when switched to filter, the water comes through filter and non-filter holes. Brita say it’s because water pressure in Australia is high. That is utter junk, there is obviously a design flaw in the tap that switched between filtered and non-filtered in this junk – it breaks! The old one, I had for years with no trouble at all. After two identical failures I’m giving up on Brita – they obviously haven’t tested this thing properly – so much for German engineering!

    • Niko Says:

      We have the same problem with the new look Brita filter. Water comes through both filter and non-filter holes, one lasted about an hour, the second about 2 days. The previous type never gave any problems. There is clearly a problem with the design on the new unit.

  3. Alex Says:

    I also have a hatred for all of the existing water filter contraptions. I made up my own. If you like it, give it a vote and maybe the guys at Quirky will make it.

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  5. disapointed Says:

    All of the above, but try to explain it to your mother, she keeps buying the damn things.

  6. disapointed Says:

    It’s true they SUCK!

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