How to Use a Water Filter Pitcher on a Daily Basis?

Author: Jason Hollow - Published: 2022/08/12 - Updated: 2022/12/22

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Using a water filter pitcher allows you to get clean drinking water without the hassle of more complex filtration systems, and one of their best features is the simplicity with which they can be used.

If you just bought a new water filter pitcher or want to learn how they work, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, you’ll learn how to set up your new water filter pitcher and use it on a day to day basis.

So, here is our guide on how to use a water filter pitcher!


To use a water filter pitcher do as follows:

  1. Upon unboxing, remove the pitcher’s contents, including any plastic wrapping and set them aside.
  2. Use a sponge and warm water to wash the jug. With the exception of the filter cartridge, clean all other components with a mild dish detergent.
  3. As directed in your handbook, prime the filter element.
  4. Insert the filter.
  5. Add the feed water reservoir.
  6. Fill the reservoir with cold water.
  7. Close the lid.
  8. Watch for the water to gradually drip down to the bottom of the pitcher.

Setting Up a New Water Filter Pitcher

Water filter pitcher setup is very straightforward, but you must follow the instructions carefully.

To fill your water pitcher, you will need to unpack it, clean it, and prime and install the filter cartridge.

It is important to note that some steps might differ depending on the pitcher you use. Refer to your user manual or manufacturer instructions if you don’t recognize a step in this article.

To get started, you should remove the pitcher from its packaging. The instructions and the filter element should be removed from inside the jug and set aside for later. Take the plastic wrap off the pitcher and dispose of it.

Washing the Pitcher Jug

Place the jug in a sink in order to clean it. Using a sponge and warm water, clean all pieces with a light dish detergent. Use a clean hand towel to dry them.

Filter Priming

Remove the pitcher’s filter from its package. Then to prime the filter, hold it under running cold water for at least 15 seconds. Alternatively, let the filter element soak in cold water.

Now the filter is ready for use.

Filter Installation

Install your filter by removing your pitcher’s lid grabbing it by the top. Match the groove on the filter with the notch on the bottom of the reservoir. Then once they are aligned, push the filter in.

First Use

After removing the lid and putting the filter in place, fill the reservoir with cold tap water.

Water will gradually fill the bottom of the pitcher. You can drink it when the water has trickled past the filter to the bottom of the jug. Filling the pitcher completely may require more than one refill of the reservoir.

How to Use a Water Filter Pitcher on a Daily Basis

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Water filter pitchers are extremely easy to use. There isn’t a lot of difference between using one and a normal water jug, except: the filter needs time to work before you can drink the water.

To make the most of your water filter pitcher every day, follow these tips:

Fill with Cold Water Only

Bring your filter pitcher to the sink when it runs out of water and removes the lid.

Fill the pitcher with cold water all the way to the top. Let it filter slowly into the bottom of the pitcher. Once the reservoir is half full, fill the pitcher again as high as possible. Once the pitcher has been filled twice, it should be full of filtered water.


Filter jugs can be left on countertops but keeping them in the refrigerator keeps the water cool and fresh for longer. In addition, the water from the pitcher is at its freshest during the first two days, so be sure to use it within that timeframe.

Filter Replacements

As a rule of thumb, you’ll need to replace your pitcher water filter once every 1-3 months, though depending on how often you refill the pitcher, you may have to do it more frequently.

Refer to your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s instructions for the specific life duration.

If your filter needs to be replaced, you should follow these steps:

1. Take Out the Used Filter Cartridge

Before installing a new filter, you must remove the old one. Take the pitcher lid off and set it aside. Unscrew the filter by reaching into the reservoir. Throw away or recycle.

2. Prepare the New Filter Cartridge

Take the new pitcher filter out of its packaging. Place it under running water for 15 seconds. Do not use hot water for priming!

3. Insert

Using the notch on the pitcher, align the filter groove and push it in place.

4. Resetting the Filter Life Indicator

There is no need to perform this step for all filter pitchers, only those with a filter timer.

After you’ve changed the filter element, hold the timer button for five to ten seconds and release it when you see it flash.

You can use a capped ballpoint pen if you have trouble holding the start button with your fingers.

The Benefits of Water Filter Pitchers

Beyond getting filtered drinking water, a water filter pitcher offers many other benefits. These include improved water taste, portability, affordability, and convenience. Let’s take a closer look at each in turn:

Clean Drinking Water

Water filter pitchers are a good way to treat the water that comes from your neighborhood’s water source. If you live in an area that has a shared water source, you can remove a significant amount of toxins and make the water more appealing to drink by using a water filter pitcher.

Despite not being dangerous in small doses, certain pollutants become problematic at high concentrations.

Better Water Aesthetics

In addition to making your water safe and clean, water filter pitchers also improve its taste and smell.

However, this will differ based on the individual’s preferences and the quality of the water filter cartridge. Do your research before shopping!


Most households choose pitcher water filtration because it is often less expensive than other types of water filter systems.

You can expect to pay anywhere between $50 and $90 for a good pitcher that will last a lifetime. Additionally, you can take advantage of frequently available bundled offers, where two or three filters are included with the pitcher and should last for up to 1 year.

Portable and Lightweight

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Safe drinking water is not just a necessity at home. Often, owners bring their pitchers when they travel or purchase another one to use in office buildings with poor water quality.

There is no alternative that offers the same level of convenience and practicality as water filter pitchers do.

Compatible with Most Refrigerators

Water filter pitchers fit well with most refrigerators, which is one of their best features. As far as the filter jug is concerned, it isn’t much different from a regular water jug.

No More Bottled Water

You can pre-filter large amounts of water to use later, giving you access to a reservoir you can use at any time.

There are pitchers on the market that can hold up to 18 cups of water, so you don’t have to purchase bottled water constantly, as you will have more than enough water for daily use.[1]

You can also buy reusable bottles and refill them yourself using your water filter pitcher.

Testing the Quality of Your Water Supply

When using a water filter pitcher, it is a good idea to have your water tested at least once, so you know how many toxins are in it.

This information not only assists you in choosing the right pitcher model for the job but also shows you which one won’t be able to handle the contamination.


It’s easy to use a water filter pitcher – all you have to do is unbox it, clean it, and install the filter once primed.

Refilling the pitcher is also super simple, but it does take a bit of time.

Buying a water filter pitcher is a good idea because they offer a convenient and affordable way to get clean drinking water wherever you are.

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Meet Jason Hollow

Jason Hollow Jason is the founder of Water Masterz and head of content creation. After six years in the industry, he has tremendous knowledge and first-hand experience on all things related to water treatment.

His credo: Not a single American should have to drink unhealthy water at home.

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