Do you remember your mom’s pitcher? I do! And today you will learn about pitcher perfect – how to choose best infusion pitcher.
Year after year, I and my brother were drinking fruit water from the best pitcher—the “Bubble.” It is how we named it because it was round with exaggerated spout. We loved our Bubble! It had striking ripple pattern. What a beauty!
If you decide to mess with homemade detox water recipes from my prior post, the next logical question is how to choose a pitcher.
Or maybe you want something different?
Mason jug, carafe jug, borosilicate glass, hand-blown, heat-resistant, with a lid, without a lid, stainless steel, air-tight, infusion insert?
Let’s start our quest. But first – why my review?
1. Should You Trust My Review? Get Facts!
With thousands of products out there, your head will spin. What have I spotted during my “investigation?”
“Mimicking” products and counterfeit, contradicting facts, goodies with false claims and, of course, fraudulent reviews of unverified customers or those with incentives for a positive spin.
So, next time you decide purely on what they say is “best,” be careful!
I have decided to ask my friends, co-workers and rely on common sense and my “investigative” skill.
I don’t go randomly through the products or reviews. Reverse engineering is my method and first – I study the overall topic and possible issues. Then I break my findings in small pieces and “investigate” all pros and cons separately.
When the situation is clear, and all “ingredients” and facts are on the open, I start putting everything back together. I logically connect dots and build a “case.” Of course, my “Nexis” is as far as I can stretch, but I do my best. Sometimes a simple turn or discovery requires hours of research. My style is to educate and give all the facts that you choose wisely.
I will share with you what I will spot out and the best part – you don’t have to spend your valuable time!
Let’s review how to choose the best infusion pitcher – your modern “Bubble” with a know-it-all attitude.
2. How to Choose: Material Means Safety
For me, the #1 criteria in the pitcher are the material because it means safety. After all, you don’t want to drink detox water and follow other best detox practices only getting more “bad” stuff. True?
Glass, borosilicate glass, plastic, acrylic, or Tritan? Which one would you choose?
First, if it is plastic and BPA-free – that’s good. All manufacturers jumped in a BPA-free wagon to please us. But label “BPA-free” nowadays is not enough. Hundreds of other estrogen-mimicking chemicals can be damaging to your endocrine system.
So, PLASTIC AND BPA-FREE PLASTIC IS OUT!!!
I bet if you have to grab pitcher off the shelf just by touch, you will go for glass. And rightly so!
- Glass is safe since dangerous chemicals aren’t leaching to your drink.
- Glass is easy to clean and maintain. It is safe to wash in hot water.
- Glass is odor-resistant and doesn’t absorb any flavors.
- Pitchers our of glass look very classy and elegant
One big PROBLEM – it requires TLC since it’s very fragile. So, watch out for those barbecue guests!
I’ve mentioned few times borosilicate glass in one of my prior posts while writing about Pyrex glass for your other detox needs. In short, there are two versions of Pyrex glass—soda-lime silicate (tempered version) and borosilicate glass, the highest quality Pyrex. It is very resistant to thermal shock and therefore it is more money and challenging to get.
It is preferably that lid, ice and fruit inserts or their parts are made from food-grade stainless steel #304 (also known as 18/8 stainless steel.)
Made In China
Because of questionable manufacturing practices and requirements for quality in China, I will not buy any products made in China with a rare exception if a Chinese company is a partner with an established American or international brand. It is my personal preference. How about you?
3. Tritan – a New Frontier in Safe Plastic? “EA-Free!”
There is a new generation of BPA-free plastic – Tritan by Eastman Chemical.
As Chris Killian—a VP for specialty products—stated in one of his interviews, Tritan was designed to be “a tough, clear, high-temperature, chemically resistant and also dishwasher-resistant product.”
Tritan plastic looks like glass, but it is shatter-proof! Dream for all moms out there! You would appreciate that feature if you’ve ever broken your favorite vase or a wine glass.
What problem do you face after washing your plastic stuff (Zero Water Pitcher, anyone?) They became stained and look very “abused!” Sounds familiar? What a pain!
Tritan supposedly has a look that is clear and maintains its appeal and brilliance for years to come.
As of safety, Tritan is not only BPA-free (bisphenol A), but it is BPS-free (bisphenol S) and free from other harmful bisphenols. Third-party labs tested Tritan and found it is also free of any estrogenic activity (EA) and androgenic activity (AA).
In short, Tritan boasts:
- Glass-like appeal
- Stain resistance
- BPA, BPS, EA, AA-free
What’s not to like?
→ NOTE: Get your Tritan from Eastman’s partners only!
4. Capacity, Design, Price – What’s Your Pleasure?
Wait. There is more!
Large capacity is a pitcher of 2 Quarts (2 liters) and up. You can get around 7-8 servings depending on the size of the glass. Ideal for two people. You can always buy a pack of 2!
On average, the classical glass pitcher can be from 50 to 90 oz.
Airtight lid – allow for mixing and shaking. You can place a pitcher on a side—a special bonus if you have a small refrigerator.
Stainless Steel lid with filtering function – no infuser needed. Or you can have stainless steel inserts for ice, fruits, and tea.
Since we are hunting for a pitcher and infuser bottle for everyday use and not as a wedding gift or luxury glassware, let’s keep the price under $50. It should be affordable, shouldn’t it?
Now, let’s get to the fun stuff – choosing your “Bubbles.”
5. Libbey Yucatan Glass Pitcher Hand-Blown in Mexico
Have you ever heard of Libbey Glass Company? Do you have any glassware at home with Libbey, Inc. stamp?
I was amazed to know that it is an established American brand in glassware since 1818!
Libbey is famous around the world for its traditions, innovation, and international impact on the glass making industry.
Well, will we find your Bubble here?
How about Libbey Yucatan Glass Pitcher?
It looks like my “old” Bubble and has the same classic ripple pattern. Wow! I remembered it was so cool to the touch.
- It is the center of the party!
- Perfect for chilled detox fruity water and frozen drinks
- Huge capacity – 86.9 oz
- Hand-blown in Mexico
- Classy, timeless design
Do you know that Mexico is very famous for hand-blown glassware? How about over 500 years of glass making master craftsmanship? Some “lungs” those people have! Wow!
If I get hand-blown glassware, I only want it “Mexican” blown.
Since it is hand-made, you might see some “imperfections”—small bubbles or seams. Those bubbles can expand with extreme temperatures, and your pitcher will crack. So, don’t pour a hot drink in your pitcher.
Glass requires care and hand-wash. Not dishwasher safe!
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.5 x 10.3 inches; 3.02 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- ASIN: B0767PG537
- Item model number: 5941
6. Grosche BALI Borosilicate Water Infuser Pitcher Canada
When I bought the Grosche BALI Water Infuser Pitcher, I didn’t know what a fantastic company it is—a company with a great mission and an inspirational story. Please watch the video.
With Grosche BALI Water Infuser Pitcher, you don’t need infusion inserts! Just pour water, add ice, lemon, lime, and mint. Voila! You’ve got my “Mojito Way” detox water.
Why should you buy BALI?
- BOROSILICATE glass handmade jug – durable and heat-resistant
- Easy to pick it up and carry when full
- BPA and lead-free
- Large capacity – 51 oz (1500 ml)
- 18/8 Stainless steel (also known as type 304) filter infuser lid with double side opening (for fast and slow pouring)
- Silicone base – assure stability and keep bottle secure
- Fits your fridge door
Choose GROSCHE! It is a perfect answer to a question of how to choose the best infusion pitcher.
Your next cup will change a life!
7. Grosche COPENHAGEN Borosilicate Glass Double Walled Infuser Bottle
Travel? Long commute? Tired of Styrofoam cups?
COPENHAGEN Double Walled Glass Infuser Water Bottle is YOUR CHOICE!
Why should you buy COPENHAGEN bottle?
It is modern, sleek, and practical. Perfect for infusing tea and fruit detox water on the road.
You will get:
- BOROSILICATE glass bottle
- Stainless Steel infuser – two pieces (longer – for tea and smaller – for fruits or tea bag)
- Bamboo lid with a stainless steel interior
- NO PLASTIC PARTS
- Protective neoprene carrying sleeve
The double-wall will insulate your drink and keep it cold or hot longer. Want extra durability? The answer is annealing – heat treatment and cooling the glass for one or two days. It makes COPENHAGEN the safest bottle. Proof? Pour in boiling water. You will see it.
Wow! Could it get any better? We’ve got your best infusion pitcher in a bottle!
→ MY EXPERIENCE: I bought this bottle and I am so glad I did! I have a long commute and love to sip my tea (without “paper” odor!), hot broth or my detox lemon water. COPENHAGEN has a sleek look, and it’s so cool to bring it for an executive meeting.
I LOVE GROSCHE and it’s perfect for a gift!
8. Takeya Tritan Airtight Pitcher USA-made
Takeya is an American company based in California. It has 55 years of Japanese tradition in innovation and sleek design.
Why Takeya Tritan Airtight Pitchers?
2 Quart pitcher is perfect for one or two people. Need more capacity? Get a pack of two!
Both options boast attractive features:
- Airtight: leak-proof, you can shake a drink
- Tritan: durable, odor and stain-resistant, withstand
- hot or cold temperature
- Handle: BPA-free silicone, assure no-slip grip
- Design: sleek and compact, perfect for your fridge
- Ideal for: detox water, juices, smoothies, and ice-tea
→ MY EXPERIENCE: I got a pack of 2 as a gift four years ago, and both pitchers look like new after daily use. I bought another pack of two 1-Quart pitchers for the office: one is for lemon water and another for mixing protein drinks. It is easy to handle and easy to clean.
Takeya Tritan Airtight Pitcher Pack of 2
Takeya Tritan Airtight Pitcher
The Best Infusion Pitcher: Set the Record Straight
So, we’ve got a new Bubble and it is PITCHER PERFECT!
Let’s breeze through.
You have the best options for glass, borosilicate glass and Tritan pitchers of different design, capacity, functionality, and best use cases. We dismissed plastic and acrylic products, and anything made in China.
Geography—the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Japan—is crucial due to stringent requirements to quality, design and established manufacturing traditions.
What should you remember?
- Borosilicate glass cannot be cheap! It is hard to get the real deal.
- Tritan – it is “unbreakable,” safe and kid-friendly. So, drink outdoor without sacrificing the experience of elegance. Or if it’s spring break time, don’t sweat – get a Tritan pitcher and let your kids experience all the fun stuff.
Well, which one “blinked” your lights?
Ideally, you should have a classic glass pitcher if you don’t have it already like Libbey Yucatan Glass Pitcher, Grosche BALI Borosilicate Glass Infusion Pitcher and one or two Takeya Tritan Pitchers for mixing, shaking and any other “abuse.”
Did I forget Grosche COPENHAGEN Infuser Bottle?
Well, now you know how to choose the best infusion pitcher.
Have a little attitude and as I always say, “Choose wisely.”
I invite you to enlighten us with your thoughts. Leave them below.
Founder of Detox Generation
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