How Long Do Brita Filters Last? How To Replace Or Recycle Them?

Brita filter is an effective product that helps reduce heavy metals and impurities in your water source and improve its cleanliness. However, sometimes it is confusing to decide whether your Brita filter needs changing or worth throwing away. 

If you’ve thought about getting one, but your mind is getting boggled by questions like “How long do Brita filters last” this article is for you.

Overview Of Brita Water Filters

Brita filters eliminate pollutants from your water and must be replaced more often than other standard reverse osmosis drinking water systems, which just utilize a semi-permeable membrane for long-term filtration of dissolved solids and other contaminants from your water.

However, only Chlorine, Mercury, Cadmium, Benzene, Copper, Zinc, etc., that impair the taste and the odor of the water can be removed. Brita filters don’t ensure that your water is safe or healthy enough since they can’t remove salts and other substances. 

Moreover, the carbon in a Brita water filter serves as a breeding ground for bacteria. If you leave a Brita water filter in your dispenser for an extended period, it may acquire bacteria and make your water worse, not better as expected.

How Long Do Brita Filters Last? 

Typically, a Brita filter could last from 2 to 6 months, depending on the type of each filter. But in reality, there is no set time for you to know when to change them because there are numerous factors to consider regarding water filters. Yet, it’s lucky that you can recycle Brita filters. 

This post will discuss the factors that affect your Brita filters (water hardness, environment, dust,…). Also, it includes all the information and techniques you need to know to consider when yours should be replaced and ways to clean and reuse them.  

How To Know When You Need To Replace It?

If you haven’t updated the filter in several months (or years), it’s not doing its job as excellent as you may think. 

Furthermore, in the case of hard water, you may need to change your Brita filter more frequently since mineral deposits can accumulate and obstruct the filtration process.

According to their website, Brita recommends replacing their primary filter or bottle filter every 40 gallons or two months, their Faucet Mount Filter every 100 gallons or four months, and their long life filter every 120 gallons or six months.

So if you have many impurities in your water, you may need to change your Brita filter more frequently; it doesn’t matter which one comes first. 

How To Change Brita Filters?

In general, all you need to do is remove the used filter from your Brita water pitcher and flush the new filter with cold water for 15 seconds. After that, insert the filter into the pitcher, lining up the groove in the filter with the ridge in the water pitcher, and discarding the first three pitchers’ full/ filtered water because it will contain carbon dust. Then your filter is ready to use. 

Below is two types of most used faucets and how to replace the Brita filters from them.  

Brita Faucet Filter

When it’s time to replace the Brita faucet filters, there’s an easily detachable external filter to make it easier. 

  • Firstly, remove the tap’s lid with a screwdriver; Brita filters must be installed and fastened on the valve from the outside. If the interior of your sink or faucet has threads, all you have to do is screw on an adaptor before installing the filter. 
  • Next, take the bottom piece out of the package: line the screen’s collar with the lining of the faucet, then gently spin the attachment to better connect the filter system to the faucet. 
  • Then, check that the filter is securely attached by turning it with your hands and running the tap to see whether it is operating correctly. 
  • Finally, wait for five minutes for the water to flow. This will clean the carbon dust out of the filter and activate it. The green light on a Brita filter typically indicates that the screen is still functional, but the red light means that the filter needs to be replaced, which can take up to a hundred gallons. 

Three-way Tap Filter

  • First of all, carefully remove your three-way filter faucet and dispensers from the package in the first step. This one has additional layers because you replace the filter and the complete sink faucet with the Brita tap and hoses.
  • Remove the timer as well as the testing strip. Before you place the testing strip, make sure the faucet is turned on. 
  • Then, check the handbook to see what filtration setting you should use for the filter. Don’t forget to place the timer strategically in the sink cabinet where it will not get wet. 
  • After that, remove your present kitchen faucet; you should use a bucket beneath the pipes to prevent the water from running on the floor. 
  • Finally, you need to follow the instructions book, assemble all the Brita pieces, and check for a leak by running your tap. 

Here is a video showing you how to install a three-way Brita tap filter: How to install Brita 3 Way Triflow Taps and Water Filter Systems

How To Recycle Brita Filters?

It is so wasteful to throw your Brita filters after two to six months; you shouldn’t just throw away the water filter when it’s no longer effective. Fortunately, Brita is in a partnership with TerraCycle, which means you can quickly get it recycled. 

  • First, Brita water filters that have been used should be returned to Brita to be recycled through the Brita recycling program. 
  • After that, you can simply call Brita’s filter recycling service for information on which filters may be recycled and how to send your old filters in for recycling. 
  • Next, you can fill out a form on Brita’s recycling page then get a free shipping label from their email.

Generally, a new Brita water filter comes in a sealed bag to keep your new filter fresh and functional eternally. An unused filter cartridge that has been taken from its sealed pouch, on the other hand, should be steeped in clean water for 15 to 20 minutes before use to guarantee that the filter is adequate. 

Nonetheless, after you soak it in the water for 15 to 20 minutes and your filter still works well, there may be pollutants from the air gathered in the Brita water filter while you dry it. So pay attention!

If you open a new filter, but you are concerned that you should change or just clean and reuse it since your Brita water filter may not be safe to use, contact Brita customer service.


So now you know the answer to the question “How long do Brita filters last?” If you’re confused about when to change or just clean and reuse it, try following our advice to ensure your family life quality. Have a nice day!