Product Review: CamelBak RELAY Home Water Filtration Pitcher

The Ranting Reviewer does not get paid or receive any revenue from manufacturers or retailers of products reviewed. I occasionally receive products that I am asked to use and see what I think. I take a look, try them out and tell you all about them.

Recently, I was able to cover the 2014 International Home and Housewares show in Chicago as a media representative from the blogging community. While there I was able to spend some time at a number of booths and see some really interesting products. This product was being displayed at the show.

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A box from CamelBak? I wasn’t planning on going on a hike….

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Inside was the RELAY Home Water Filtration Pitcher. I can’t say that I knew they made home products.

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This rather compact pitcher is designed to hold 10 cups of water. There are dozens of water pitchers out there, but the RELAY turns the standard on its head. I’ll get to that in a minute.

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Like with any filter, you need to rinse/soak it the first time.

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The RELAY has two different filters, so when you are done soaking one side, turn it over and prep the second one. Why? I’ll get to that.

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The filter sits on top of the reservoir. Note there isn’t a big holding area for water waiting to be filtered. Every filtration pitcher I’ve had in the past had a large space for that waiting water? Why is that? Because they are too slow in filtering the water!

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The lid has a dial to let you know when to replace the filer. Set the dial for your current month and the last one shown is the month to replace the filter.

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Here is where the RELAY shines. Put it under your faucet and turn it on full. The water filters at the speed of your faucet. It is not filling up a holding tank while it filters, it is filtering all of the water at top speed.

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I’ve filled the pitcher very quickly.

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The space-saving design allows it to fit a number of places in my fridge.

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The RELAY is so quick because it filters when the water goes in and when it comes out.  Those pitches that double up the filtering when it goes in are slow to process the water. Those that double up when it comes out, are slow. By splitting the filtering into two phases, the water quickly filters each time.

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The water is clean, clear and delicious tasting.

My take: The RELAY pitcher solves a number of issues that have kept me away from filtration pitchers for a long time. It holds enough to make it useful (10 cups), it is relatively compact so it fits easily in the fridge, it fills and pours quickly and most importantly, provides great tasting water. My previous pitcher was huge and took up too much space. The one before that one required me to exert my very limited amount of patience while I waited for it to filter so I could add more (and wait more and add more and wait more….). The RELAY Home Water Filtration Pitcher is a great product and pushes the home filtration pitcher into the next level. You can purchase it here.

3 thoughts on “Product Review: CamelBak RELAY Home Water Filtration Pitcher

    1. If you navigate to the International Housewares Association, you can register as a media contact. While you can gain entrance to the show as a media member (provided you pass their screening), you still have to find your way to the show (and Chicago ain’t cheap!!!). While at the show, the vendors are primarily there to sell to buyers but you can make appointments to learn about their new products. Lots of interesting items!


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