Think about how you and where you would use a water bottle with a filter. Maybe you want to use it everyday, or perhaps just occasionally, when hiking, etc. Or maybe you want one to be prepared in case of emergencies.
Next, decide if you want a leak-proof water bottle with filter or a tumbler with a filter.
Best water bottle with filters:
- LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with LifeStraw Filter
- GRAYL Legend Trail Water Filter
- Brita Water Bottle with Filter
Best water tumbler with filter:
Best Water Bottle with Filter Review
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with LifeStraw Filter
This is the all-around best BPA-free plastic water bottle with 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. Capacity: 23 ounces
LifeStraw is an industry leader, known for quality products. Their 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. Best feature: 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 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.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
They also offer an essential item — the filter on it’s own. This small filter, just 2 ounces, will also eliminate 99.99% of parasites and bacteria. One filter can filter 1,000 liters of water! It’s an affordable and lightweight, portable option, just in case. You won’t need iodine tabs or batteries or anything to eliminate toxins from any freshwater source. This is truly a must-have item but know that this is just the filter, not the water bottle too.
Keep it in your car, bring it when RV-ing, hiking or camping or keep it as part of your emergency-preparedness planning. It’s small and inexpensive but can be absolutely invaluable and possibly lifesaving should you ever need to use it.
Best Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Filter
GRAYL Legend Trail Water Filter
We really do love stainless steel bottles and were happy to try this water bottle from GRAYL. Best use: The office and traveling, hiking, camping. Why: I like that I can change out the water filter to a water purifier to use when adventuring outdoors in nature, though it is a bit heavy at 19 ounces (empty). It will work with any freshwater source. It would be great to take when traveling internationally. GRAYL removes many chemicals and heavy metals as well as 99.99% of viruses, waterborne bacteria and protozoa. Capacity: 16 ounces
We love it because it offers great filtration and water purification (if you change it to a water purifying filter). It does a great job of filtering silt and particles that you wouldn’t want to drink whether they are harmful or not. If you want a stainless steel water bottle with filter, this is the best one to get.
You can take this 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! 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 because I don’t go on super-long hikes, but I wouldn’t have my son bring it backpacking with Boy Scouts.
Grayl also offers a lightweight water bottle with filter made with BPA-free plastic.
Best water bottle with filter — other favorites
Brita Water Bottle with Filter
Best use: The gym, for toting around town, and for your kids at school. 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. Capacity: 20 ounces or 24 ounces
We like Brita products as Brita is a long-time recognized name in water filtration for the home. 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.
Great for kids at school water fountains
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. Who knows how often places service their water fountains, so this is a great bottle to choose if you or your kids refill at water fountains at school, the gym, at work, etc.
These Brita water bottles filter out lead, chlorine, and other contaminants for fresher tasting water. They come in a set of two. My kids use these in the hotter months during the school year, and say they are easy to refill at their school’s water fountain.
We love products made in the USA and Bobble bottles are. 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. Capacity: 18.5 ounces
The Bobble with water filter is meant to filter tap water, and they do an excellent job of filtering water to make it free from chlorine and other common organic contaminants.
It comes in a wide range of colors. The filter lasts for 300 bottle refills. Plus it has a recyclable carbon filter.
Bobble Bottles are so fun, cute and colorful, I always get a compliment when I use one of the two I own.
Best water tumbler with filter
ZeroWater Portable Filtration Tumbler
This tumbler isn’t leakproof but we love it all the same. 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. Capacity: 26 ounces
The ZeroWater Portable Filtration Tumber is affordable 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. You wouldn’t want to take this hiking, etc. Otherwise, we love it. It quickly filters water in 5-stages to remove 99.6% of dissolved solids.
Note, this is a water filter for a tumbler. It beats other brands filters for tumblers for eliminating the contaminants typically found in tap water, including:
Pesticides: removes 14 common, known pesticides
VOCs volatile organic compounds: removes these as well
So many times you don’t know if a filter is still working and effective. Best feature: 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
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 filtered water bottle for personal water filtration
There are many filtered water bottles to choose from, but these remain our favorites. You will be glad you have it whether you use it everyday or are looking to use it just occasionally. If you are looking for the best portable water purifier for travel or for several people, there are many great ones as well.LIFESAVER Systems 4000 Ultra Filtration Water Bottle
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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:
- Where you will be using it most often
- Where you will be sourcing the water
Then you will be able to choose the best water bottle with filter. Some will be more practical for you, depending on where you see yourself using the water bottle most often and where you will be sourcing the water from.
Learn about why stainless steel water bottles are better than plastic and how to choose the best one. Checkout our Yeti Rambler Tumbler vs Ozark Trail Tumbler review