Soma plant-based water filter review
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This 10 cup water filter pitcher is the largest model in Soma’s collection. It has received lots of positive reviews and ratings from customers with a majority of them being pleased with how the filtered water tastes and the decent holding capacity that the pitcher offers compared to the other Soma models.
Soma is one of the brands on the market that focus on designing eco-friendly water filtration systems. The company was established in 2012 and the main products they produce are water filter pitchers. In this article, we’ll share our complete review of one of their water filter pitchers and as well highlight some of the views from customers who have used it. Let’s get started.
Soma Pitcher Plant-based Water Filtration, 10 Cup
- New, improved filter reduces chlorine, mercury, copper and more
- Holds 10 glasses (80oz) of fresh filtered water
- Pitcher made of shatter-proof, BPA-free plastic
- Effective at removing chlorine taste and odor
- Removes some heavy metals like mercury and cadmium
- Decent pitcher capacity suitable for small families
- The pitcher is made of a strong, BPA-free plastic
- An attractive modern design that fits any kitchen
- Easy to set up and backed by a 1-year limited warranty
- Removes only 5 different contaminants – not ideal for well water
- Very difficult to take apart for cleaning
- The filter has a short lifespan and clogs often
- Spills water during the pouring process
- Many cases of mold build up inside the pitcher
This Soma water filter pitcher is quite an attractive unit. Its design and visual appeal would certainly look stunning on the table or counter of any kitchen. It’s available in two designs, black and white, both of which look great.
The entire unit is 10.5 inches high and 9 inches deep which is compact enough to fit in most fridges. It’s not heavy either – it weighs 5.1 ounces when empty and around 90 ounces when filled with water, so carrying it won’t be challenging.
The filter housing is sturdy and made from renewable materials while the filter itself is equally made using 60% plant-based materials. The pitcher is a strong BPA-free plastic that can hold up well for a relatively long time.
However, while the wooden handle design is beautiful, many users didn’t like it because it’s unfinished wood (untreated) – you can’t get it wet, otherwise, the grain rises making it uncomfortable to hold onto, plus it has splinters. You have to occasionally treat it with mineral oil which most found irritating.
The lid of the pitcher is not durable too. It breaks easily especially when removing it – it gets stuck requiring a lot of force to pull it out.
The Soma filtration system is certified to NSF standards 42 and 53. It’s not the most efficient out there but it’s pretty decent for cleaning up tap water that has low levels of contaminants. The filtration media is a combination of activated coconut shell carbon, ion exchange resin and charcoal.
It does a good job at removing chlorine taste and odor as well as some heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and copper. The vast majority of users applauded the overall reduction in chlorine taste and odor and agreed that the filtered water tasted much better.
However, there were a few who reported that the water had a plastic taste which took several months to completely disappear.
The pitcher of this Soma unit can hold up to 80 oz of filtered water which translates to about 10 cups. It’s not much but it’s enough to meet the daily water needs of a small family. Soma offers a similar but smaller 6-cup pitcher version which is an ideal option for one or two people.
The filtration rate is fairly fast. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes to fill the pitcher. However, it becomes slower with time, taking about 30 to 60 minutes.
Pouring the filtered water out from the pitcher is another problem as it tends to spill all over. It has a wide rectangular spout which makes the stream of water wider than most glasses/cups – much of the water ends up splashing onto the table or counter. It’s even worse when filling a water bottle.
There were also some complaints that the unfiltered water sometimes gets mixed with the filtered water when you tilt the pitcher during the pouring process. The filter housing fits snugly but doesn’t make a secure seal around the edges hence unfiltered water bypasses it.
The unit does come with an easy-fill lid though which allows you to pour water through for filtering without removing it or holding it open. The downside is that it tends to stick hence causing water to splash over the side – you have to manually open it from time to time by poking it down with a finger.
Set up and Maintenance
Setting up the Soma system is a breeze. You just need to push the filter firmly and securely into the pitcher. The filter needs to be prepped first though. You have to soak it in cold water for around 15 minutes and then rinse it for 10 seconds afterwards.
Taking the pitcher apart for cleaning is, however, very difficult. The filter housing fits so snugly that it doesn’t budge. It takes much more effort for it to come out. There are also numerous reports of molds building up quickly around the rim of the filter housing, and it’s hard to detach and clean.
Replacing the filter is easy but you’ll have to do it frequently because it doesn’t last long. One filter works effectively for only 2 months or after producing 40 gallons of filtered water. You have to rinse it often too since it’s prone to clogging.
Should you buy the Soma Plant-based Water Filter Pitcher?
If you have clean tap water but it’s high on chlorine taste and odor, then this would be a good option for you. It’s also worth considering if you reside in a dry climate and your water is low on contaminants. It’s not ideal for humid climates due to mold issues.