okay, i cant not put my .02 in here, I dont actually own one of these but i do have a brita filter that i use sometimes. Im in college so this wouldn't work for me at all because of our sinks, but my brita works fine. idk how slow your pitchers took but mine is full in just a few minutes, and it does make a difference (our water comes out of the Monongahela river here near pittsburgh, not pretty) and if im refilling it its normally because i just poured myself a glass of water, which would mean i really dont need more just right that second. maybe im missing something but for all the complaints i really dont see the pros in this thing at all. but if someone can convince me i will buy one.
EDIT: after reading further reviews on here id like to point something out. if you will all follow me in a simple science experiment. if you grab a few perfectly clean GLASSES out of your cabinet (and i mean perfectly clean, run some distilled water through them a few times to make sure that theres no soap or anything left on the inside) take a bottle of distilled water, some of your filtered water, some tap water, and some bottled water, pour each one in its own glass, and tell me which conducts electricity better (take battery, put a wire from batt to lightbulb, lightbulb to water, water to batt, its simple) the distilled will not, and the tap or bottled should give you the brightest light, this is caused by the minerals in the water that give it taste, by taking everything out of water it not only tastes bad, it i bad for you (is works for some many things in life, if you dont like it dont eat it) your body needs some of those minerals and the fluoride that is added to water is to help your teeth (and yes, theres chemistry behind that as well, it works) the chlorine is to clean it from bacteria, and most treatment plants literally bubble it through the water, making sure that most if it does not actually dissolve. some one on here said that their water tasted like pool water, well then idk what pool you go to but they need more chlorine. i buy bottled water personally, i reuse the bottles too, usually three or four times before i grab a new one, a case can last me a semester (~15 weeks) sorry this is so long but its frustrating how ignorent people can be about water, not only is it a universal solvent (meaning that yes, it can cause plastics to "leech" some chemicals into it, but usually its not alot and they arnt harmful to normal healthy people) it also tastes best with a few select minerals in it. you are all probably the same people that use hand sanitizer 100 times a day, turns out thats actually bad for you too, it causes the germs to become resistant to the alcohol and then you are just creating super germs, it also can cause your immune system to become weak and then when you do get a germ, you get really sick. i wash my hands when i should (after the bathroom, before i eat, things like that) but im not obsessive, and guess what, i havent caught swine flu this year like everyone else. go me!! sorry this is so long btw.
Yes i Know my Capitalization and speeling are bad, im a scienteist so that makes It oK.