Although it's technically safe for consumption, you can easily find plenty of people who say that hard water wrecks their skin and hair, and that buying a shower filter alleviated acne, frizzy hair and even eye irritation. Even more people say that a shower filter helped with itchy and dull skin, and flaky scalps.<br> <br> <br> <br> I usually don't buy bottled water, and I don't have a faucet filter, so I often drink this tap water unaltered. I thoroughly cleaned each bottle and charged them overnight to ensure they were ready for testing. Then, I used each bottle for three days in place of my normal stainless steel reusable bottle. <br> <br> <br> <br> These shots I pulled were balanced though, with an extraction of 18.6%. The test beans I use are the same variety I employ for standard coffee makers -- Costco Kirkland Colombian. It's a medium dark roast, suitable for brewing espresso as well. <br> <br> <br> <br> Chris Monroe/CNET Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker<br> <br> A breeze to operate, the $49 Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers an easy way to steep and strain grounds at room temperature. The cold brew the Oxo Good Grips makes is consistently strong, sweet and with deliciously low acidity. To add an additional layer of filtration, Oxo Good Grips bundles paper filters that can aid the brewer's stainless-steel mesh reusable filter. If you want to make hot tea, the Good Grips can also be used as a tea infuser.<br> <br> <br> <br> The Larq, CrazyCap and Mahaton all use UV-C light to zap all of the major waterborne pathogens; they're all made of stainless steel; and they all have automatic cleaning cycles. On top of that, all three are super easy to use and they all have battery notifications so they'll never die without warning. <br> <br> <br> <br> Tyler Lizenby/CNET 1. Empty and clean the dustbin often<br> <br> Most robot vacuum makers say you should empty their robots' dustbins after each cleaning session. Both iRobot and Neato suggest this for their Roomba and Botvac models. iRobot even tells you to rinse robot bins with warm water, then to let it air dry.<br> <br> <br> <br> Start by removing your robot's dustbin from its body. Usually the bin attaches to a receptacle located in the back half of the machine. To remove, depress the release tab and pull the bin backwards (towards you). In most cases you'll have to undock the robot from its charging station to do this. <br> <br> <br> <br> Larq was the only one of the three bottles that didn't taste significantly better than my tap water, however. It tasted slightly cleaner, but I probably couldn't tell the difference if someone blind taste-tested me. <br> <br> <br> <br> Chris Monroe/CNET Filtron Cold Water Coffee Brewer<br> <br> Looking for an affordable way to make cold brew in big batches? The $40 Filtron Cold Water Coffee Brewer creates a full 36-ounce carafe of potent coffee concentrate that you can store in your fridge. Rich and tasty, the coffee concentrate you pour from the Filtron is of excellent quality. Just be warned: Its relatively complicated setup and large size demand lots of counter space. <br> <br> <br> <br> Tyler Lizenby/CNET Cold-brew coffee is strong, sweet, packed with flavor and much less acidic-tasting than regular hot or iced coffee. Those are just a few reasons why this delicious drink is so hard to resist. Your local coffee shop and restaurants know that too. They'll try to tempt you into paying exorbitant prices for it. Don't give into them. Making cold-brew coffee can be as easy as adding room-temperature or colder (not hot) water to ground coffee and letting it steep. Thanks to a growing number of home cold brewers, you can whip up a batch of your own kitchen cold brew in style.<br> <br> <br> <br> Tyler Lizenby/CNET Robot vacuums are incredibly convenient time-savers. They sweep your floors for you. They can toil away when you're not around, or when you'd rather just lounge on the couch. Unfortunately, they aren't entirely self-sufficient. Without regular maintenance, your vacuum won't tackle its chores as well as it should. Worse, it could stop running altogether.<br> <br> <br> <br> $56 at Amazon Runner-up for tap water<br> <br> Brita Premium Filtering Water Bottle<br> <br> Paige Thies/CNET Brita is known for its faucet and pitcher filters, but the company also makes plastic and stainless steel filtered water bottles. According to Brita's website, these bottles aren't intended for outside use -- they're intended for just tap water, like the Astrea bottle -- but this bottle also filtered natural fresh water just fine. The Brita bottle uses an activated carbon filter, which is extremely porous and pulls contaminants, such as chlorine and particulates. <br> <br> <br> <br> Espro Press P5<br> <br> One tried-and-true cold brew method for making cold brew is to use a French press, Should you liked this informative article as well as you want to obtain more details concerning Http://Gfxstock.Ir/User/EliseFlanagan5 - http://gfxstock.ir/user/EliseFlanagan5/ generously stop by the web-site. with the coffee steeping overnight. One drawback to these simple contraptions though is they tend to have poor filters. The result is often a gritty drink -- solid coffee grounds suspended in a liquid solution, especially if you don't have a coarse grind for your beans. The $60 Espro Press P5 tackles the gritty coffee grounds problem by using two stainless steel mesh filter baskets. The extra level of filtration helps the P5 create cold brew (or hot) that's wonderfully smooth and flavorful. However, the beverage the Espro brews isn't as concentrated as what other products make. Another detractor is the Espro's price. It costs twice as much as an ordinary French press.