Consumer Reports thoroughly tested water-filter systems in 2007, and ranked the Clear2O pitchers as second best (after the more expensive Tersano, described below – Brita was third).

The Clear2O water filter pitcher

Good Housekeeping picked the Clear2O as one of its top eight products launched in 2007.

There is only one style of Clear2O pitcher, which the company says fills in 34 seconds. The pitcher’s filter is certified to reduce up to 53 contaminants (emphasis on parasites, asbestos, lead and mercury), and each filter will clean up about 50 gallons, it says.

The pitcher has a “quick-connect hose” to the tap and holds nine cups. It costs about $20, and filters are about $9 each.