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BRITA Flow Cask 8.2L $51.10 + Delivery ($0 C&C) @ BIG W

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This is a pretty huge discount for the water dispenser, maybe lowest price so far.
Possible to price match at Officeworks: https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/brita-flow...
Other Brita products are also on sale: https://www.bigw.com.au/search?text=brita

UPDATE 1:
Don't forget to check your email from everyday rewards. I got a 1000 bonus point offer (spend at least $50)

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  • +5 votes

    Have had one of these for 12 months.
    We use a lot of filtered water in our house and this has been a fantastic time saver not having to fill up the regular jug all of the time.
    Built well, no leaks or other issues so far.

    • +2 votes

      Thats good, we have a huge fridge so this seemed a cost effective solution to cold filtered water. Do you fill it with a jug or remove and fill?

      • +2 votes

        We fill with a jug, usually just opening the fill sliding door on the lid. The top filter section holds approx 3L.

      • +2 votes

        I love mine too, I've had it a couple of years and have had no issues. I tend to remove and fill before bed when it starts getting low.

      • +1 vote

        We keep a Style XL 3.6L on the bench, for filling the kettle and tepid water drinkers. Refill the cask (for cold water and SodaStream) from the Style jug, so only use one filter per month.

    • +2 votes

      We have one too. My main issue is that it develops great algae, and needs to be completely cleaned every so often.

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        We clean ours with the monthly filter change.

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          Same, though sometimes we let it be for more than a month. But something to keep in mind for others - it's not just a matter of change the filter and you're done.

  • +50 votes

    I just drink straight from the hose

    • -9 votes

      Try this, it might change your habit and you may have a healthier life!

      • +13 votes

        Only if you try the hose

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      I been drinking from hose and since then I feel like a Superman

  • +2 votes

    nice. i refill the 1.8L one like 3 times a day.

    • +2 votes

      Polydipsia

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        Get endocrine to see

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        Even though they're "1.8L" or "2.4L" or whatever you generally still need to refill them every 1-2 glasses of water.

        This one genuinely holds a lot more

      • -2 votes

        Probably diabetes

  • +1 vote

    Ordered one, thanks OP.
    Was talking to my Home Minister about replacing our Jug with this just yesterday!

  • +1 vote

    i got a BRITA jug it left some black particles (carbon)on the filtered water,
    anyone have the same experience or i just got a defected product ?

    • +8 votes

      I think you are supposed to submerge and shake the cartridge first under the water (check the instruction) to clean up the residual black particles. And also throw away the first or second batch of the filtered water.

    • +1 vote

      We havn't had that problem with ours. You have to make sure you run water through the filter before use though. If you didnt do this, that could be the problem.

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      prob a faulty filter…
      just change the filter..
      it might have black particles on the first few runs..

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      been using for more than a year now, changed filters on time, no issues so far.
      Might be one-off.

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      It won't hurt you, people used to clean their teeth with soot.

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    Are the on tap filters any good?

    • +2 votes

      Filters don’t last very long, looking at reviews. Plus you don’t need to filter everything coming out of the tap (really you don’t need to filter anything unless you enjoy the taste, hard water is perfectly healthy to drink. Might be useful if you have really shitty pipes)

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        There is a switch you can choose filtered water or regular water. Don't have to filter everything come out of the tap.

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        Usually there is a switch on the filter so that you choose whether to use filtered water or not. But the flow of the filtered water is just too slow for me. You end up waiting for a long time to wait for the water..

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      best thing we bought in a while, they are great imo. We had jugs but the tap on filter much more convenient.

  • +1 vote

    isn't the water in Australia one of the cleanest in the world ? why do u need filters ?

    • +2 votes

      ask Adeldaide or Sydney (from a few years back)

    • +4 votes

      Taste. Chlorine is good for health and safety but doesn't taste good.

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        Just returned from Hamilton island to Sydney…..I prefer the tap water here (with more chlorine? ;))……

    • +2 votes

      Same comment when air purifiers where being posted… Water here is better than in many developing countries but that's not really a benchmark worth considering…

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      I was totally fine drinking tap water in Sydney, but after moving back to Perth the water tastes super chlorinated here. I'm sure it's completely clean but it's just the taste that gets me.

      • +1 vote

        It depends where in Perth you are. I'm in Dianella and the water from the tap has a strong chlorine taste, my sister lives south of the river in Coogee and the tap water there is very drinkable.

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          Hah yeah I'm in Dianella too actually. Wonder why the water here is treated more heavily than other areas.

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          Yeah Vic Park water is shite, quite palatable in the Kardinya / Freo area

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      In other countries where the water isn't as clean. Filters don't do anything, you need to boil the water before drinking. So when do you ever need filters?

      • +1 vote

        boiling doesn't remove heavy metals and dirt.

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          O sorry, I know. My post was more like a sarcasm thing because the guy was saying how Aus tap water is really clean but then if the tap water isn't clean you have to boil it. So from his logic you never need filters. I actually use the filters lol

      • +1 vote

        TLDR: Filtering and boiling do different things to help make water cleaner.

        Boiling water kills microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses, making the water safer to drink in countries that don't supply safe water. However it does not remove all hard particles.

        Filtering the water removes particles down to a certain size but won't remove all of all the dangerous microorganisms nor kill them - some could even live on in the filter.

        In Australia the water is treated and shouldn't contain dangerous microorganisms, although you still get some safe particles which affect the taste of the water. Some of those particles are added in by the water company in order to prevent dangerous microorganisms to start with e.g chlorine

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      The water here is (usually) pretty damn clean all things considered, but it still has additives which help make/keep it safer to drink before it gets to your tap. For many people these additives won't make it taste as nice, as would pushing it through potentially many KM of underground pipe followed by whatever pipes and taps your house use which can change the taste further. Even small amounts of particles that are completely safe to drink will change the taste.

      I don't mind drinking tap water, filtered for taste, but if I had the option between the two I'd take filtered rainwater instead. Straight from mother nature in one of its purest forms, barring any acid or rain dust caused by bushfires and pollution. Rainwater tastes better again and that's not placebo, tap water vs rainwater is fairly easy for me to taste the difference in a blind test and I've tried many times.

  •  

    my offer was 2000 points for a $40 spend with an additional 2000 if you buy online.

    I started to use a similar thing to this after learning that the local water supply is supplemented with recycled industrial water pumped from a mine and yeah they're super convenient compared to a smaller jug.

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      If you're with Suncorp you could use rewards gift card for extra 5% off.

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    All stores in the South side are out of stock for CC

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    Serious question… Does anyone know if the tap on these is wide enough to dispense liquid with small particles in it?.

    I will be having a spare fridge in the future and want one of these in it to dispense nuoc mam (Vietnamese dipping fish sauce). This sauce will have small chunks of diced garlic and chili in it.

    I want it so that if I dispense this sauce into a bowl, the chunks will not clog the tap.

    • +3 votes

      Your fish sauce must hit different if you need a whole 8.2L of it haha.

      Anyway, probably not a good idea. It’ll really gunk up the opening after a while. Then you gotta remove the fish sauce, clean it out, put it back. Might be better off just putting it in large bottles.

    • +5 votes

      $51 for a plastic container with a spout seems incredibly expensive, could get a lot cheaper. People buy this for the filtration which you definitely don't want.

      Assuming the chunks don't simply settle to the bottom they would definitely clog the spout though, and filling it would be a nightmare. There are dispensers for juice/cocktails with a little tap on it that would be better suited.

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    Question, do you have to use a filter? I thinking of using it for my cold press coffee?

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      No, you can take off the upper layer that hold the cartridge and it becomes just one big container.

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    How much for replacement filter

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      Also, are they the same ones used in Brita water jugs (they look slightly different).
      And another thing to consider is the height, Big W page states it is 22.4cm tall; just measured my fridge and I would have to loose a whole shelf which is a deal breaker, can someone confirm the height as my maximum shelf gap is 20.5cm. TIA

      • +2 votes

        Just measured 21.9cm.

        • +1 vote

          Thanks for taking the trouble Togsy.

      • +2 votes

        Just got the cask, it only fits MAXTRA+ filters, NOT the older plain Maxtra filters. Most of the jugs fit both older style and newer plus filters. Unfortunately I might return this because I still have a ton of older style filters left which don't fit. They don't have the two grooves on the side the plus filters have. This cask has been designed with two fins that stick out and fit the newer maxtra+ filters only.

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    Just price beaten with Office works, Got another 5% off from my local store.

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      You can buy the 6 pack filters for slightly cheaper, so you end up getting 7 filters + cask for around $93?

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        i got $96.6, $51.10 for cask, $45.50 for 6 filter, how did you come up $93?

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          haha oops. 5% gift cards.

  • +1 vote

    Measure your fridge shelf gaps before buying it.

    I've got the old version which was 20cm tall, the new one is 22.4cm. The max gap on the shelves in my LG fridge is 21cm. So the only spot you can fit the bigger unit is the top shelf, which is ok but means you have to pull it out to fill it (the lower shelves you can slide it out a little and top it up, the top shelf it needs to come out more than halfway). Which again would be fine if the lid didn't leak, but the lids leak. So you pull it out fill it up then waddle back to the fridge with 4L of water in it trying not to spill it all over the kitchen floor.

    Or in my case spill 1L out of it then spend the next 10 minutes mopping it up.

    I did suggest using the garden hose to fill it in the fridge, but the wife told me I was being ridiculous so we took it back and went back to the old model that had cracked lid.

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    thanks OP

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    Gee here I was going to the tap for a glass of water all this time when I could have been locking myself into a never ending ecosystem of disposable products.

    • +1 vote

      Wait til you taste Voss and show everyone the cool bottle

  •  

    Lots of BRITA/Water experts in here…. does anyone notice the difference, in regards to taste, between the BRITA filter types?

    BRITA MAXTRA+ Pure Performance filter cartridge
    https://www.brita.com.au/water-filter-system/water-filter-ca...

    BRITA MAXTRA+ Limescale Expert filter cartridge
    https://www.brita.com.au/water-filter-system/water-filter-ca...

  • +1 vote

    Has anyone got the issues that green algae grow in the casks or jugs?

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      Used to happen to my water filter due to sunlight (not even direct). I covered it and problem solved

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      Yep, the jug we currently have, it sometimes have algae on the side of the filter and also we can see some tiny dots at the bottom of the jug.

      Looking now at trying the BRITA On Tap System Advanced instead. it is also on special for $68.60 (Save $29.40) + free delivery

      https://www.bigw.com.au/product/brita-on-tap-system-advanced...

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      Keep out of sunlight and wash it about once a month.

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    Thank you OP

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    I have one of these. I feel like it needs legs to lift it higher off the table. Otherwise you will need to have the container at the edge of the table to get water.

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    Does anyone know if this filters out fluoride?

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      No, it doesnt. Only RO filter can remove fluoride from water.

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    Called up Officeworks for a pricematch/beat.

    Got it for $48.54 delivered. Had to call their 1300 number line as the stores weren't picking up.

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      how did you get free delivery?
      did you order other items too, officeworks is usually >100 for free delivery.

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        Not sure how I got free delivery. She said that normally it has to be at least $55 but she just gave it to me. Not going to complain. hahaha

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    Do Kmart filters work for these?

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    These are cess pits for bacteria:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LObbHbx_2fY

    • +1 vote

      They tested growth when the filter is not kept in the fridge which will limit bacteria growth.

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    Does anyone know how this compares to the older Optimax jug? Is it the same thing with difference aesthetics? https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tXQySHGwYtY/Uf94w7JO9HI/A...

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      Yeah would like to know too, have one of these at home and love it. Might be good to have one inside, and one outside the fridge.

  • -1 vote

    Brita are well known for their rather rudimentary filtering capabilities. If you really want filtered water, don't bother with Brita.

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      Have any recommendations and links?

      • -1 vote

        Just Google for twin filter system and you'll find specialist shops that sell counter-top and under-sink systems. If you want chilled water, just fill a jug with filtered water and stick it in the fridge. Look for filter cartridges from reputable companies that are made in the USA. Also Google for the effectiveness of Brita filters and you'll quickly discover how ineffective (and expensive) they really are.

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          You can buy Brita cartridges everywhere. You can't beat that convenience. Do you actually have one or two products that you personally use?
          If other competitors are better in terms of price/performance, no one is buying Brita and it wouldn't be that popular.

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    FYI

    “Filtered water is way tastier, because it removes 99% of those awful chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and trihalomethanes in it (try spelling that one without Google Dictionary). So you’ll have tasty water with less chemicals on tap at all times!”

    “Filtered water has been scientifically proven to remove a significant number of chemicals from your water, including 99.9% of the chemicals. Testing from the Australian Water Quality Centre has certified that it can remove chlorine, chloroform, herbicides, pesticides and trihalomethanes, amongst other things.”

    “Many taps that you can purchase could also be leeching lead into your drinking water, which is highly toxic to infants and pregnant women.”

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      Interesting they don't report on any plastics leeching into the water after the filter… Mmm tasty clean plasticised filtered water…

      • -1 vote

        They use special plastic that doesn’t leech…

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    I think Costco has these on special around the same price, but once a year if I'm not mistaken.
    Alas. no stock near me