I bought this product about 4 months ago. The plain plastic water jug that we keep our water in now stays clean and doesn't smell. We used to have to replace it every couple of months, haven't replaced it yet. Water bottles, even kept in the car, don't smell after a day or two even. The only bummer thing is that the holder (near the faucet attachment) got bumped by a very large dish. It started leaking out the sides quite a bit, so I had to pull the base up with heavy duty tape and some rubber bands to keep the leak plugged. Works fine now, but I would have liked to see a tougher base, seeing as it is used in sink and would need to be around dishes.
Perhaps even a nozzle the put the filter up higher directly above the faucet, then had the filter spigot just to the side. It's a bulky base.