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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Zuvo Water Filtration System Review AND Giveaway (CLOSED)

I remember my mother always exclaiming that well water was the best tasting water she had ever drank and while I was growing up, we lived in several rural areas where well water was all that was offered. I never really thought much of it...after all, I was just a kid and tried my hardest not to drink water. Fast forward a few years and now I'm all grown up (well, mostly)and water is a staple! I drink it all the time and love nothing more than a tall glass of refreshing ice water with a bit of lemon squeezed in it on a hot summer day!
 
Where we live now we are not able to get the treated city water and therefore, I am back once again to drinking well water. It's not bad and although sometimes I can taste a bit of an aftertaste, most the time I don't taste anything at all. However, even though I don't taste anything wrong with our water, doesn't mean that it's been filtered properly through mother nature before it reaches our tap. In fact, one night, I had a prime example of this. I turned on the water to the tub and planned on taking a soaking bath before going to sleep. While the water was filling, I went to the other room to pick out my nightgown and when I returned the water looked "funny". I emptied the tub and refilled. Same result. The water was brown. I'm not talking a little cloudy...I'm talking DIRTY. I immediately called my husband to the bathroom. "What is THAT?", I asked him (after all, aren't husbands responsible for anything that goes wrong in the house?) and he says to me (as if it is no big deal)..."yeah, it was like that when I took my bath earlier". Mouth drop. Huh? He took a bath in that? How does one take a bath and get clean when the water is so dirty? He tells me further: "It's what happens when you live out in the country and it rains hard". Seems I must have forgotten about this fine detail of well water.


He was right though and in a few days the water was back to normal. I've not experienced it since, but we haven't had a whole lot of rain our way lately either. It did get me to thinking about what exactly is in that water and whether or not it was safe for drinking. Therefore, when I seen the Zuvo Water Filtration system, I had high hopes as it looked promising toward making our water safe for drinking.


The Zuvo Water Purator uses a unique system that includes a five step process to delivery great tasting CLEAN water!



Step One: Ozonation--As water comes into the system, the Zuvo generates ozone that is mixed with the incoming water. This helps to treat any foreign matter or contaminants thus improves the overall flavor of the water. This oxidation process is accomplished without leaving any pesky chemical residues behind.

Step Two: Ultraviolet Light--Ultraviolet light floods the ozone saturated water which reduces microorganisms.

Step Three: Photo-oxidation-- UV light and ozone combined cause photo-oxidation which in return creates oxidizers that are released into the water to further treat it.

Step Four: Filtration with lead removal--The water then cycles through the Class 1 Particulate Reduction Filter, which in return reduces chlorine, lead and particles, which improves taste and flavor.

Step Five: Post-Filtration UV--As the water passes through the Class 1 Particulate Reduction Filter it is once again exposed to the UV light ensuring the water is clean, healthy and great tasting!


When the ZuvoWater Purator arrived, I was so excited to try it. For a few days it sat in the box while I waited for my husband to install it. I thought it would involve hard work and lots of tools, but one afternoon I decided to tackle the installation process myself. It was a breeze! Since the Zuvo fits nicely on the countertop, all I had to do was unscrew my current faucet end and screw on the Zuvo's diverter valve. They also include an attachment piece to use if your faucet end is the wrong size for the connector. Then, I simply plugged it in and turned on my water!!! Immediately, it was a whirlwind of water building up in the Zuvo, looking much like a mini tornado in a glowing tube! Simply amazing! By Zuvo's recommendation, I let the water run for five minutes before attempting to drink the water. (The longest five minutes EVER because I was really excited to taste the difference).

The first thing I noticed was CLARITY. I could actually see thru the water filtered by Zuvo, wheras the water that came straight from my tap was a little cloudy. This really excited me and then I really couldn't wait to taste it. I tasted it much like someone tasting wine would do...sniff, swirl, sniff, sip!!

"What did it taste like, pray tell..."

Well water on the left, Zuvo water on the right
Well, it tasted a bit like...hmm, well...water (minus the "well"). It tasted clean and without the aftertaste. NO metal taste, no anything. Just plain water like I would get if I drank bottled water! I thought it was simply me wanting this so bad to be a good thing, so I volunteered my two children to taste. I didn't let on which one was Zuvo water, but both of them knew right away. When I asked my son how he picked the Zuvo water, he says "cause it doesn't look funny". How great is that!! As soon as my husband got home from work, the children made him do a "taste test" as well, and he too picked the Zuvo water. There has to be something to it and even though I can't really test the water like a pro, I can go by majority rule that it does SOMETHING to make our water test better!

I like the fact that I can use Zuvo with the filter it comes with for up to 6 months (or 500 gallons of water) and that the UV light bulb will last approximately 7-10 years. Not only that, but I love how it reduces the need for bottled water. One filter does the equivalent of purchasing all of these:
Zuvo versus Bottled Water
Zuvo versus filtered Pitchers

The Good: I love the fact that Zuvo is Earth-Friendly. My children love it because it is fun to use! They love seeing the UV illuminate while in use and it makes them want to drink water! This is unusual for them because it is normally a big fuss to get them to drink water at all. I also like the fact that it can remain attached to my water spout without me having to do anything special to run water that is not for drinking. To turn on the Zuvo water, I just pull out the button on the side of the connector and out comes great filtered water! When I no longer need it, I simply push the button back in and regular water comes out from the tap.

The Bad: Although the Zuvo system does not take up much counter space, the connecting hose does get in the way! I've found myself fighting with it many times. However, if a person has a plug-in beneath the sink, the Zuvo can be installed under the sink with the optional adapter. Another thing is that I am a little uneasy drinking the water that has been saved in the Zuvo filtration tube after the filtration process. Something about drinking the stagnant water makes me a bit uncomfortable (but it is safe to drink as it has already been filtered). Zuvo does suggest putting a day's worth of filtered drinking water in a pitcher to put in the fridge. The water pressure is a bit low when dispersing the Zuvo filtered water. Other than that, I think Zuvo is worthy of recommending and believe that all the benefits definitely outweigh the small inconveniences mentioned.

Where to Buy: The Zuvo Water Purator can be purchased from Zuvo's online store or through many online merchants. For a list of merchants, go here: Where to Buy.

Now here is the fun part! The wonderful people at Zuvo have offered one lucky reader a chance to WIN a Zuvo Water Purator for themselves!!! That's a $300 value for free!!! This makes me excited and I hope it does you as well!

This will be one of my biggest giveaway events yet, so I am going to try to make it as easy as possible for you to win and have many bonus entry opportunities!!! Plus, there are several ways to be able to enter DAILY! Read below for more details!!

How to Win: Complete the mandatory entry first and then enter as many bonus entries as you desire (as permitted below). The mandatory entry must be completed before any bonus entries will be considered valid!

For all entries, please make sure your email address is visible on your profile or posted within your comment. Those entries without an email address will be disqualified. 

Mandatory Entry:  Visit Zuvo's website and tell me something you learned about the Zuvo Water Purification System that is not already mentioned in this review.  

Bonus Entries:  In order for the bonus entries to count, the mandatory entry requirements must be met first.
  1.  Follow me via Google Friend Connect.
  2. Follow me on Twitter  
  3. Follow Zuvo on Facebook to show your support
  4. Grab my new button and place on your blog (link me to where to find it)
  5. Enter any other of my giveaways (ONE ENTRY EACH)
  6. Add my blog to any current blog linky or giveaway linky (let me know which one- ONE ENTRY EACH)
  7. Share with me a product that you would like to see reviewed. Link me to the website and you earn an extra entry! You can do this once daily, but must be a new product each time! (DAILY)
  8. Tweet/Retweet about this giveaway (DAILY) -Copy/Paste the following:
Enter to #win a Zuvo Water Filtration System valued at $300 @uniquecritiques: Go to http://tiny.cc/quqkz to enter! Ends 8/31

ENDS: August 31, 2010 Midnight (Central time)Open to U.S. Residents aged 18 or older. Void where prohibited by law. For all the Rules and Regulations, Disclosures and Disclaimer, visit the Legal page. 

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!

FTC Guidelines require that I disclose that I received the Zuvo Water Filtration System free of charge for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received. I am in no way affiliated with Zuvo aside from this review. I have received permission to use the photos within. The opinions herein are my own honest opinions. Other opinions may vary. Zuvo has graciously offered a water filtration system as a giveaway to one lucky reader of this blog and therefore Zuvo is responsible for giveaway fulfillment.

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I tweeted again today :)
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I tweeted again
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I learned that you should not see any difference in your electric bill but if you do it should be very little.

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that it will not show a difference in my electric usage

http://twitter.com/achrissmile/status/22235307759

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Daily Tweet http://twitter.com/eyzofblu63/status/22235405561

I learned that while the Zuvo system does use electricity, it uses so little that there should be little to no impact on your electric bill.

I follow you via Google Friend Connect.

I tweeted today
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Tweeted this! https://twitter.com/xocaisgood/status/22311762623
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I tweeted
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I would love to win this prize.

Tweet~http://twitter.com/xocaisgood/status/22408816104
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Learned that there is very little change to my electric bill :)

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I tweeted
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I learned that filters should be changed at approximately the 500 gallon point, or 6 months, whichever comes first.

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I tweeted
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I learned you can buy from Amazon.

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GFC Follower

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Zuvo Facebook fan

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I just entered your CSN giveaway

Tweeted! https://twitter.com/xocaisgood/status/22566578063
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They give a lot of money to charity.

Zuvo only used 2 filters a year

their profits go to Hippo Roller

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I learned that you can purchase it on Amazon. thanks for the chance!

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Filters should be changed at approximately the 500 gallon point, or 6 months, whichever comes first.

Following your blog publicly as Louis on Google Friends Connect

following you on twitter at rosidentevil

I like Zuvo Water on FaceBook (Louis Here) :)

here is my tweet
http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/22588344457

I tweeted
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Daily Tweet http://twitter.com/eyzofblu63/status/22609249722

Wow - I learned that it is better than the pitcher I'm using now because it uses filters less frequently. I hadn't even given that a thought!

OK - I got that 503 error when I hit submit .... so if this comment shows up as a dup, that's why.

I follow you with gfc

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I follow you on twitter - bsw529

I follow zuvo on facebook - barbara wright

I learned that in the long run Zuvo is cheaper than bottled water

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(sigh.. and one more 503 error.... make that TWO more)

I learned that zuvo donates 5% of production to needy communities. Cool!

The Zuvo site talks more about ozonation; I learned that the bottled water we buy in the grocery has been treated with ozonation. Thanks.
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Follower on GFC.
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Follow Unique Critiques on twitter@akds33.
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Like Zuvo on facebook. Thanks.
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I learned that even though it has a UV light in it, it won't hurt your eyes. All of the UV energy is soaked up by the water.
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GFC
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Twitter follower @xbeautifulcoma
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Tweet
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you only have to change filters every 6 months or 500 gal.
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I follow you on GFC
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I liked Zuvo on FB
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I learned that even bottled water is not safe as chemicals can leach into the water from the plastic

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I learned that 1.5 million tons of plastic waste is made from bottles each year

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Follow you on GFC (katybaby)
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it will show a diffrence in my eletricity bill

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like zuvo on facebook maja mezas

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I learned that zuvo uses UV light to filter toxins from the water.
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I follow you on gfc.
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I entered your csn giveaway
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there is little noticeable difference to my electric bill

Thanks for the giveaway...currently the Zuvo Water Purator is not rated for reduction of arsenic in drinking water.

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I learned this nifty device needs only two recyclable filters a year, sweet!

GFC Follower: Brian E.

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I like Zuvo on Facebook. SalanderServant

Tweeted the giveaway here. http://twitter.com/Fatally_Flayed/status/22673704638

Zuvo will send you an envelope to recycle used filters.

The Zuvo Water Purator uses only two filters each year-and they even help you recycle them.

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It can be installed under the counter if you so choose it!



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tested for lead ty.
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I learned that the eyes or skin is not harmed by the UV rays because the materials and water absorb them

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follow google friend

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follow you twitter

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follow zuvo fb

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I would like to see you review the kitty litter cabinet at csn stores

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http://www.csnstores.com/Classic-Pet-Beds-CLC-R-CPB1017.html

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Over time, Zuvo costs a fraction of what you'll spend on bottled water or pitcher filters.

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