Brita Marella Water Filter Jugs Review

Brita Marella XL Blue
Brita Marella XL

Brita Marella XL Water Filter Jugs are designed to filter tap water and reduce Chloride, limescale and some metals (lead and copper) from regular tap water, that makes your water much more healthy. Just fill the Jug with tap water and get much more better water in a few minutes. Brita Marella XL is an affordable alternative to bottled water.

Brita water filter pitcher do it by “Maxtra+” named activated carbon filter. Maxtra+ filter can be thought as the heart of Brita Marella XL. Brita Maxtra Filter Cartridges are the most important part of the jug and all the improvements and filtration is handled by it. Also Maxtra+ filter Cartridges are 100 percent recyclable.

Does Brita Water Filter Really Works?

Brita Marella water filter pitcher claims that, it converts regular tap water to great tasting water. But I’m not agree about the taste. Taste of filtered water is very near to regular tap water. Certainly not like a spring water. But it definitely reduce limescale in tap water. You may see it from kettle and iron. Almost no limescale after Brita Marella usage. As a result, that might prolong the life of appliances. I should also notice that tea and coffee gets softened and aromatic after Brita.

Marella Memo Display

Brita water filter pitcher has a “Memo” on lid that shows you percentage of filter usage and informs you to replace filter. You must change Maxtra+ filter cartridges every 4-weeks. Notice that, LCD memo lid is working as countdown for 4-weeks. It doesn’t count how much water is filtered. For this reason, I think, if you feel the taste of filtered water started to change, you must change filter cartridge. Brita recommends you change Maxtra+ filter Cartridge for every 150 liter of filtration or 4-weeks. Otherwise, if you don’t change cartridge for a long time, you get only regular tap water taste!

Brita Marella XL Memo Lid

Brita Water Filter Jug have a “Memo” on lid that shows you percentage of filter usage and informs you to replace filter cartridges.

How to Reset Brita Marella Memo Display?

When you change your Brita Marella Maxtra+ filter, you must also reset your LCD Memo Lid. LCD Memo Lid is actually a very simple LCD display showing the percentage of how much your water filter is used. It does not measure how much water is filtered. It is just a countdown for 4-weeks. It has % 100 75 50 25 labels and LCD level bars. When it reaches %25 level, actually you start to get bad tasted filtered water. When you get that bad/regular tap water taste, you should change your Water filter. After you changed water filter, resetting LCD Memo Display is very simple: Just push “Start” Button on the Memo Lid and your percentage level fills to %100. That much easy!

Although I did not meet but your LCD Memo Display battery might be finished or simply your LCD Display might be out of order. Solution is very simple: Order a new display from Amazon or nearest store. It is really cheap, around £4 – £5!

Brita Maxtra vs BWT Magnesium Filter Cartridge

After using Brita Maxtra+ filter cartridges for a few months, I see that, Maxtra+ filter cartridges really reduce limescale substantially but taste of the water is not as good as I expected. Yes, it is better that tap water but not too much. So, I started to search alternative compatible water filter cartridges and found it: BWT Magnesium Filter Cartridge.

BWT Magnesium Mineralized Water Cartridge
Brita Maxtra+ Compatible BWT Magnesium Cartridge

BWT Magnesium filter cartridges also filter tap water and eliminates lime scale, heavy metals and unwanted substances that impair water taste. In addition, BWT water filter cartridges enriches the water with Magnesium Ions and that improves taste of water. Also, I must admit that, BWT cartridges definitely soften water.

BWT Magnesium cartridge is compatible with Maxtra+ filters and can be used with Brita Marella or any other Maxtra+ compatible Brita jugs.

Bad thing with BWT Magnesium filters are their prices. Price of BWT filters are a bit more then Maxtra+, but not too much. I think it worth definitely.

Brita Marella XL Capacity

Brita Marella XL has 3.5 Liter capacity, but that doesn’t meant you will get 3.5L water each time you fill it. In each full tap water fill, you get around 2.0 Liter of filtered water which is produced in 2-3 minutes.

Brita Marella vs Elemaris

Brita MarellaBrita Elemaris
Push ButtonPlasticRubber
Fill Pointat Backin Middle
Plastic MaterialBetterFair
Capacity 2.4L2.2L
Memo LidCountdown for 4-weeksMeasures Hardness, volume and time.

Brita Marella Water Filter Review Summary

Brita Marella Water Filter Jugs are cheap and easy to use water filters for kitchen and rural area. When Brita Marella with maxtra+ used, tap water taste doesn’t change much but limescale filtration works great good. That might prolongs the life of appliances. Reduction of chloride and other heavy metals are also another bonus too.

Marella uses Maxtra+ Cartridges but taste of water does not change much when used Maxtra+. If your tap water taste is bad, (like mine) trying an another cartridge might be good for you. BWT Magnesium Cartridge is a good replacement for Maxtra+ Cartridge with better water taste. Beside, Magnesium makes water much more softer and preferable. Using BWT magnesium filters 5-6 months. So far, so good 🙂

Best thing with Brita Marella is it’s extremely easy to use. Just fill the jug, wait a few minutes and get highly improved water. Quick and straightforward. If you are living in rural area or having hard water, Brita Marella might be good, easy and affordable for you. Brita Elemaris XL is also a good jug of Brita, having better water measurement tools. But Marella is more recent and has better functionality.

Jug can be cleaned in dishwasher (except for lid).

Here, I must mention about one bad feature of Brita Marella: Changing the filter cartridge is a bit difficult. Removing the cartridge is very easy but, inserting the new filter cartridge and fixing it is a bit difficult. If you can’t fix it in a proper way, water infiltrate directly to the filtered water area. You may remove and re-insert the cartridge to properly install.

UPDATE: After using 3 weeks, I see that limescale decreased visibly but not fully. Little amount of limescale is seen in the kettle, but not much. That much of limescale is fine and tolerable for me.

Brita Marella Water Filter Jugs


Easy to Use


Reduce Limescale


Prolong Appliance Life


Budget Friendly



  • Easy to Use
  • Reduce Limescale
  • Reduce Chloride
  • Prolong Appliance Life
  • Alternative to bottled water


  • Tap water taste not changed

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