Water, water everywhere, but is it safe to drink?

Drinking from beautiful glasses always makes the drink feel more special, even if it's purely water. Designer Tapio Wirkkala took inspiration from the melting ice in Lapland to create this beautiful Ultima Thule carafe for Iittala with coordinating drinking glasses.

The Ultima Thule's gorgeous bubble design base...

The trio is a perfect gift or a welcome addition to the home collection, available from Nordic Nest.

Following a more contemporary vibe the Acqua glass and matte stainless steel water carafe from Blomus is a classic glass decanter that holds a generous 1.5 litres. A smart, self-closing lid ensures that ice cubes stay in the carafe while pouring to keep its contents perfectly chilled. Using lemon or strawberries in the carafe is a brilliant way to add flavour to your beverage while also creating a colourful centrepiece on the dining table. The cleverly designed lid also makes the carafe highly versatile — if you're serving sweeter drinks, such as juice at a festive children's birthday party, the lid makes sure the drink is protected from wasps and other pests.

The Essence decanter (below) is part of Iittala's series designed by Alfredo Häberli.  With an elongated, tall design, the white and red wine series with accompanying champagne and drinking glasses gives an elegant touch to any occasion.

The tall and graceful Essence decanter

We've sneaked in this pretty Alveskog drinking glass from the Norwegian design studio Wik & Walsøe which will look gorgeous on seasonal, Christmas tables.

It's all very well having beautiful glassware, but what about the water we are drinking?  At the Bright Space Design studio, we had the pleasure to test the ZeroWater - from the only water filter brand that delivers the equivalent to purified bottled water into your home, and removes 99.6% of total dissolved solids (TDS). No other water filter producer comes close to the ZeroWater's five-stage ion exchange technology with its gravity-fed filtration system that matches the TDS levels found in purified bottle water. 

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute confirm that ZeroWater removes more total contaminants such as chromium, lead, hydrogen sulphide, aluminium, mercury and 99% of fluoride from water than conventional two-stage filters, such as Brita, which remove less than 50%.

We loved the laboratory-grade digital TDS meter which is included with the spacious 2.8 litre jug and can be used to test any water you want to drink.  The aim is to produce a “000” reading of your water quality and to change your filter when the reading displays 006.  Once the filter gets ‘old’, its performance drop off rapidly and the taste of the water changes back noticeably.

The 12-cup pitcher does need a large fridge, or you can leave it out on the counter and pour your  softened water from the tap dispenser direct, rather than lifting and pouring from the jug - very handy!

What about taste?  The ZeroWater removes virtually all chlorine, and you will notice the taste of the water transform to what is arguably the purest tasting drinking water. 

Watch Phillip Schofield on ITV's 'How To Spend it Well at Christmas' review the ZeroWater. 

The ZeroWater 12-cup pitcher costs £39.99.

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