As time goes on and more consumers are toting reusable water bottles, there are more choices. Maybe we were on to something when we wrote our filtered water bottle review and about stainless steel water bottles. Now there are more water bottles with filters available than ever before. Water bottles with filters have also improved dramatically.LIFESAVER Systems 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottle
Best Water Bottle with Filter Guide
When buying a water bottle with a filter inside of it, there are a few important features to consider:
1) What is the water bottle made from? All of the water bottles we’ve featured below are BPA Free. Many people prefer stainless steel water bottles because they trust stainless steel more than unknown chemicals in plastic. (I always prefer stainless bottles or glass water bottles when available.)
2) What exactly can the filter filter? Does it only remove chlorine? Or also lead or other toxic chemicals? Note that the majority of water bottles with filters are for potable water, like you get from your sink or a drinking fountain. Before you fill your water bottle from a lake or stream, check whether it can be used to filter microorganisms and toxins. (And be sure to double check the claims and do your own research before taking risks with unclean water. If you’re going somewhere and you want to ensure you have safe, clean water, we recommend a Steri-Pen.)
3) How long will the filter last before you need a new one? There’s a big difference if a filter has to be changed after 150 uses compared to 300 refills.
Note, most of these are to be used with regular tap water, water cooler water, with dispensed water from water fountains, fast food restaurants, etc.
Best Water Bottle with Filter Review
Here are some of our favorites, in no particular order. Some of them are better than others, depending on where you see yourself using the water bottle most often and where you will be sourcing the water from.
Best BPA Free Plastic Water Bottles with Filter
ZeroWater Portable Filtration Tumbler
Best use: Taking it from your home to the office, around town, toting in your car’s drink holder, etc. Why: I like drinking from a straw in the car instead of tilting my head back — eyes off the road hazard — with the traditional water bottle.
The ZeroWater Portable Filtration Tumber is affordable, holds 26 ounces and can be used with or without the filter. The only downside to this for traveling is that it has a removable straw that doesn’t seal. Otherwise, we love it. It quickly filters water in 5-stages to remove 99.6% of dissolved solids.
It beats its competitors for eliminating the contaminants typically found in tap water, including INORGANICS like chlorine, nitrate and chlorite; METALS, including arsenic, lead, and mercury; over 14 PESTICIDES; and a huge list of VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
So many times you don’t know if a filter is still working and effective. What I love about the ZeroWater tumbler is that there is a color-changing indicator right on the filter so you know when it’s time to change it. This tumbler is sold on Amazon with the filter already included. There’s also an option to buy a set that comes with two additional filters.
LifeStraw Go Water Bottle with LifeStraw Filter
Best use: Great for hiking, camping, and traveling, as well as work and around town. Why: I like the option that you can drink water from a stream or pond in an emergency situation.
This water bottle filtration system eliminates 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and waterborne protozoan parasites. It holds 22 ounces of water, and the filter can be used to filter 264 gallons of water before needing to be changed. The filter will stop taking on water when it’s time to be changed, which is fantastic so you will know for sure when it isn’t working anymore.
The LifeStraw Go Water Bottle is one of the only water bottles with filters that we have reviewed that can filter water from ponds and streams as well as regular tap water. It’s light and it’s leak proof too which make it ideal to bring on hikes, camping, and while traveling.
I love how light it is when empty, just over 5 ounces. Like most plastic water bottles, this is hand wash only.
Bobble Bottles — Made in the USA
Best use: The gym, work and toting around town. Why: Easy to take with me. Can also take hiking and biking but need to have your own water source. You can’t use this to purify water from rivers and streams.
We love products made in the USA, and we love the Bobble Bottles with water filters. Again, these are meant to filter tap water, and they do an excellent job of filtering water of chlorine and other common organic contaminants.
It holds 18.5 ounces and comes in a wide range of colors. The filter lasts for 300 bottle refills. Plus it has a recyclable carbon filter, and remember, it’s made in the USA.
Bobble Bottles are so fun, cute and colorful, I always get a compliment when I use one of the two I own.
Brita Water Bottle with Filter
Best use: The gym and for toting around town. Why: These would be fine for work too but have a more sports-look to them. Also good for hiking because they are lightweight but you have to bring your own water, not source it from nature.
We like Brita products as Brita is a long-time recognized name in water filtration for the home. Their water bottles with filters are available in 20 ounce or 24 ounce capacity. One of their water bottle filters can filter the equivalent of 300 of the standard 16.9 ounce sized water bottles. They are made from BPA-free plastic.
I like that I can throw this bottle in my gym bag and not worry about it leaking. I typically fill it up at home and once again after my workout from my gym’s water fountain.
These Brita water bottles filter out lead, chlorine, and other contaminants for fresher tasting water. They come in a set of two.
Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Filter
GRAYL Legend Trail Water Filter
Best use: The office and travelling, hiking, camping. Why: It looks professional for the office. I like that I can change out the filter to a water purifier to use when adventuring outdoors in nature, though it is a bit heavy.
We really do love stainless steel bottles the best and were happy to find this water bottle from GRAYL. It is by far the most expensive on the list but we love it because it offers great filtration and water purification (if you change it to a water purifying filter).
This is the only water bottle with filter on this list that you can really take with you anywhere because you can change out the filter from the typical water filter — for tap water which is what these are generally made for — to a water purifier — one that and is meant to be taken when hiking, camping, etc. to purify your water.
Amazingly, it doesn’t leak! I have knocked this over and no water spills out. This is great for when I am carrying it in my bag for work or in my backpack for hikes. It filters 40 gallons of water before needing to replace the filter. The only downside is that this may seem somewhat “heavy,” even when empty. It’s not a problem for me but may be for some. It weighs approximately 19 ounces empty.
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We love the fresh, clean taste of water and like to feel good about using a reusable water bottle so using a water bottle with a filter is a good idea. Eliminate the dissolved solids and other contaminants and enjoy water again. All of these are great choices. When you consider first, where you will be using it most often, and second, where you will be sourcing the water, you will be able to choose the best water bottle with filter.
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