What Brita Misses: Filter Realities

Most of us know that Brita filters are capable of removing a handful of common tap water contaminants and improving its taste and quality.

But what CAN’T Brita remove? Which potentially harmful contaminants will remain in your water even after treatment with a Brita filter?

We’ve shared everything you shouldn’t know about what Brita DOESN’T filter out in this guide.

Fluoride None of Brita pitcher filters, nor Brita’s faucet filter or bottled filter, can remove fluoride.

Which Contaminants Brita Filters CAN’T Remove

Microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and protozoa are too small to be effectively removed by Brita filter pitchers, bottle filters, and faucet filters.


VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, can usually be removed by activated carbon filters. However, Brita hasn’t listed VOCs as a contaminant that can be removed by its bottle or faucet filters, or any of the Brita pitcher filters.


Chloramine is a disinfection chemical that’s used instead of chlorine in thousands of US municipalities. It has similar health concerns as chlorine, and it also affects water’s taste and smell.


Arsenic is a semi-metallic element that’s tied to a number of potential health risks, including cancer, developmental effects, and cardiovascular disease.


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