Welcome to our Brita Longlast Filter Review. We’re fresh on the heels of our epic Brita vs PUR vs Zero Water Comparison, and we still have everything Brita fresh in our minds. During our analysis, we learned everything there is to know about the Longlast filter, and now we’re sharing additional details of what we found with you in a complete article.
At first glance, the Brita Longlast filter appears to be a superior option compared to the Brita Standard filter, but is it? That’s what we’re going to answer in this article, and I promise that by the end, you’ll know for sure if the Longlast is a good choice for your home.
In our review, we’ll see what makes the Longlast different from the Standard, determine whether the clogging & slow issues are the truth, investigate current customer reviews, and wrap up by going over how to reset the filter.
Let’s start with the specs.
Brita Longlast Water Filter vs Standard
The key differences between the Longlast and Standard are:
- The Longlast filter lasts 3x longer than the Standard
- Brita’s Longlast filter removes up to 99.5% of lead
Everything looks great, right? Now, let’s watch the filter test video…
Is the Brita Longlast filter slow? Does it get clogged?
When we first encountered the Longlast filter during our Brita vs PUR vs ZeroWater investigation, we thought, Great, Brita finally made a filter that’ll last longer.
Then, we dug deeper, and we found a lot of reports like this:
The video says it all. Reviews of the filter being slow and/or getting clogged are widespread. They even appear on the Brita website, and the gentleman in the video said he bought his from Target.
We believe this is a quality control issue and/or design flaw that Brita has yet to iron out. If you’re lucky enough to get a functioning filter, then it does work wonderfully. However, getting a functioning filter is a definite dice roll.
According to Brita, the problem stems from air bubbles getting caught in the filter, which makes sense. Another interesting point that he makes in the video is that the ports are on the side of the filter instead of the bottom.
We found an additional report written by a person with a slow filter. He said that Brita sent replacements instead of offering a fix.
Current Longlast Filter Reviews
Since Brita is still selling its Longlast filter despite the negative reports, they can’t all be duds. We dug deeper into the most current reviews to see what people with functioning Longlast filters had to say:
- One person who’s happy with the Longlast filters provided several edits to their review, with the latest update in April. In their latest update, they said that Brita fixed the problem. The Longlast filter does move slower, however, it’s not filtering super slow as shown in the video above. The reviewer reported a filtering time of 15 minutes per liter.
- Another guy, who wrote a 2019 review, had nothing but good things to say about the Longlast filter. According to him, it does filter slower, but it’s not getting clogged or becoming unusable. He’s also happy to know that he’s removing lead from his drinking water.
- Strangely enough, there are very recent reviews going in the opposite direction. People are now having problems with water flowing right through the filter too quickly. It appears to us that Brita has a quality control issue here, or they’re selling the filter while still testing the design.
- A lot of owners recommend sticking with the Standard Brita filter and steering clear of the Longlast.
- The last issue we want to point out is the short filter life reports. We came across reviews written by people who said the filter stopped working after 1 – 2 months. Since the filter is supposed to last 3x longer than the Standard filter [40 gallons or 2 months], this is certainly bad news.
How to Reset Brita Longlast Filter
Depending on which model of pitcher or dispenser you own, there are several ways to track the filter life of the Longlast filter. Several newer models include a Longlast filter option on the electronic filter indicator as pictured in the screenshot below (source Brita.com):
If you don’t have a model with the Brita Longlast filter indicator, there’s a sticker included with the Longlast filters. It has three holes, and the idea is to use it with the Standard filter indicator and each time the indicator reminds you to change your filter, you move the sticker over one hole.
Once you finish the third hole, it’s time to replace your filter. It’s wishful thinking on Brita’s part to think this method will work consistently, but it’s better than nothing.
The third option is to sign up for Brita filter reminders on your phone. Follow the instructions on the package when you receive your filters if you prefer the phone option.
We can’t recommend the Brita Longlast filter with confidence due to the widespread negative reviews. Even a lot of the most recent reviews on the Brita website are negative.
Hopefully, Brita fixes this problem soon because the people who received functioning filters are happy with the quality. What we do like most about the Longlast filter is that it removes lead, and Brita filters are legit.
Brita is one of the few companies that sells WQA-certified water filters in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standards. The problem with the water filter industry, in general, is that it’s not tightly regulated, which gives dubious companies the freedom to make far-fetched claims about what their filters can do. A lot of companies claim to be in accordance with NSF/ANSI Standards via “independent” lab testing, yet they fail to post these “independent” water quality test reports.
The bottom line is Brita is a trustworthy company, but they have an obvious quality control and/or design problem on their hands with the Longlast filter. We recommend steering clear of this filter until the positive reviews become more consistent.
What did you think of our Brita Longlast Filter Review? If there’s anything you’d like us to add, let us know in the comments section below.