Best Bet: Soma Glass Water Filter

Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine

It was at a dinner party back in 2011 that San Francisco entrepreneur Mike Del Ponte got fed up with his Brita pitcher and decided to dream up a more tableworthy take on the workaday water purifier. Created with Starbucks filtration expert David Beeman—and over $147,000 in Kickstarter funding—the machine-washable glass Soma ($49 at comes with a compostable filter made of biodegradable coconut-shell carbon, not to mention the extra incentive to actually replace it every two months: For an additional $50 a year, Soma will ship the refill cartridges to your door.