Filtered Water Bottle Review

filtered water bottle review


Filtered water bottle review – We get a lot of questions about stainless steel water bottles with filters, but until recently I hadn’t used a filtered water bottle review.

The folks at Eco Vessel were kind enough to send us a filtration water bottle to try out.

According to Eco Vessel, the blue water filtration bottle “removes up to 99.99% of pollutants.”

It’s also BPA-free, which I appreciate.

filtered water bottle review
filtered water bottle review

When to Use this Filtered Water Bottle Review

I would recommend using this bottle when you know you won’t have access to your own Brita or reverse osmosis filtered water which is why it is our top recommendation on this filtered water bottle review.

Hiking and Camping

This bottle would be great to use on extended hiking or camping trips where the water in streams is safe enough to drink, but might contain some pollutants.

I wish I’d had it when I was hiking in Patagonia.

The water there was fine, but even just removing the debris would have been a huge help.

Travel – Extended Travel

For extended trips where you’ll be traveling to places where the water is safe to drink, but potentially not tasty or totally clean, this filtration water bottle would be an excellent option.

At the Office

If your workplace doesn’t offer filtered water, this filtered water bottle would be a good choice for the office.

That way you can drink tap water and rest assured that the bulk of the pollutants are removed.

Working Out at the Gym

If you work out at a gym and are used to drinking out of the water fountain, this bottle is for you.

Fill the bottle up at the water fountain and drink it through the filter.

When to Choose A Filter-Free Bottle

For times you have access to filtered water, you won’t need to use this bottle.

And the filter inside makes it a little clunkier (and takes up space where water could be) so it’s not ideal for sports.

Everyday Use

If you’re at home or can fill up your bottle before you leave the house, you’re probably just as well off sticking with a traditional (filter-free) stainless steel water bottle.

Bike Ride

This bottle could work well for a bike ride, but I would prefer something a little less clunky with more room for water.

Travel – Short Trips

For shorter trips, especially those where you’ll likely have access to filtered water, you’ll probably want to bring a larger, filter-free bottle that you can refill.

How Does It Work?

According to the website, the Eco Vessel water filtration bottle uses an “Ionic-Adsorption Micro-Filtration system.”

I’m no expert on filtration systems, so I’m trusting that Eco Vessel’s system really does remove up to 99.99% of pollutants, as they claim.



I like the contoured shape, which makes it easy and comfortable to hole in your hand.

It also comes with a cloth handle and caribeener, which I suppose could come in handy.

Filtered Water Without Hassle

For people on the go, this bottle is ideal.

Not everywhere you go will have filtered water, but if you have your filtered water bottle, you can create your own low-pollutant water.

Stainless Steel (and BPA-free)

If you’re a regular Go Green Travel Green reader, you know we’re big fans of stainless steel water bottles because they’re lightweight and don’t contain the nasty chemical BPA.

One of our favorites is the Klean Kanteen, but their water filter isn’t quite as compact and integrated as Eco Vessel’s.


Not Made in the USA

Although the filter is made in the USA, the bottle isn’t.

That’s not surprising, though, considering we have yet to find a stainless steel water bottle made in the US.


Because of the filter inside, this bottle is a bit clunky, which might make it awkward for some athletic activities.


I would definitely recommend the Eco Vessel Blue Water Filtration Bottle to someone looking for an easy-to-use, compact filter water bottle.

The built-in filter makes it very portable and the contoured design makes it comfortable to carry.

I hope you find this filtered water bottle review helpful

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Stainless Steel Travel Mug Contigo Travel Mug Review

Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug


Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug – We’ve written a ton about stainless steel water bottles; but as the school year approached I began to consider how I was going to transport tea to school.

We had previously gotten rid of all of our BPA-infused travel mugs…we are now BPA-Free!

So, I explored my options and settled on a Contigo Travel Mug.

Contigo was kind enough to send a few of their Contigo travel mugs for review.

Here are my thoughts.

Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug
Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug

The Best Stainless Steel Travel Mug?

I would venture to say that the Contigo travel mug is the best stainless steel travel mug there is.

It has honestly revolutionized my life.


It’s leak proof.

Totally 100% leak proof.

So leak proof that I put it in my laptop bag (next to my laptop) filled with hot tea.

I’m not much of a risk-taker, and honestly it took me awhile to trust my Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug enough to be able trust it, but it really can be tossed in a bag and it won’t leak.

I do usually turn it up and down just to be sure it’s sealed.

Spill-Proof Stainless Steel Travel Mug

Not only does the mug not leak when I travel with it, it also is spill proof when I knock it over.


Besides the BPA-free stainless steel travel mug, Contigo also sells BPA-free plastic.

I use this to heat up water in the microwave at school to make my tea.

Probably not the best idea to put plastic in the microwave, but it works.

Stainless steel travel mug, Contigo  Insulated 

Did I mention it’s double walled and vacuum sealed?

During October, when we had unseasonable cold weather and snow, I filled my Contigo travel mug with tea heading off to school.

Two hours later (after waiting for the bus outside for a good while) the tea was still warm.

I love using my Contigo for tea, but if you’re looking for a tea-specific travel mug, you might want to check out Teas Etc.’s travel mug set.

For moretea-specific travel mug ideas, read this.

It wasn’t piping hot, but warm enough to comfortably drink.

Kids Sippy Cups

Contigo also makes their autoseal cups for kids!

Downsides to the Stainless Steel Travel Mug

My only negative thought about this mug is that it does retain smell or taste.

If you don’t wash it out right away it can really smell; we had to use a vinegar soak in it one after leaving coffee in it for a few days.

Also, since Kimberly drinks coffee and I drink tea, we’ve found that even with a good washing it still maintains the smell taste just slightly.

So, I would recommend that if you drink multiple hot beverages you get two.

Use one only for coffee and the other only for tea.

Alternatively, you could remember to wash it out every night and not leave it in the car for a week.

Would I Recommend It?

I would highly recommend Contigo’s Stainless Steel Mug for any traveler, student, or commuter.

It really will change your life.

Here’s what Contigo’s website says about their mugs:

AUTOSEAL® Stainless Steel Travel Mug (Vacuum Insulated) – Never spill another drop!

100% spill- and leak-proof travel mug uses exclusive AUTOSEAL® technology to prevent accidental spills.

Press the AUTOSEAL® button to sip, and release the button to automatically seal.

This self-sealing lid technology is combined with a double-wall, vacuum-insulated, stainless steel mug, providing exceptional temperature retention.

Beverages stay hot for 4 hours or cold for 12 hours.

Benefits of the AutoSeal:

Patented AUTOSEAL® lid is 100% leak-proof and 100% spill-proof.

Drinking made easy!

Press to sip.

Release to seal.

The AUTOSEAL® Stainless Steel Mug automatically seals between sips to ensure no spills.

Vacuum-insulated technology keeps beverages hot for 4 hours, and cold for 12 hours.

Contoured body makes this travel mug easy to hold and easy on the eyes.

The AUTOSEAL® Stainless Steel Mug will hold up to 16 oz. of your favorite beverage and fits most standard car cup holders.

Constructed with a double wall and stainless steel inside and out for maximum travel mug performance.

BPA free.

AutoSeal Specs

Volume: 16 oz.

Weight: 0.8 lbs.

Dimensions: 3.6”L x 7.9”H x 3.3”W

With go-anywhere style and convenience, this thermal mug features AUTOSEAL® technology for 100% spill- and leak-proof performance.

Double wall construction helps retain beverage temperature and prevents external condensation.

Other Stainless Steel Travel Mugs

If you’re not interested in a Contigo, we’ve heard good things about these Stainless Steel Travel mugs (though we haven’t tried any of them):

Thermos Nissan 12-Ounce Stainless-Steel Tea Tumbler with Infuser

No matter what you use it for, the Contigo Stainless Steel Travel Mug is a truly fantastic product.

It’s BPA-free, safe, and convenient.

I would highly recommend it for coffee, tea, or anything else you like to drink warm.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review BPA-free Bottles

Klean Kanteen: best travel water bottle for kids


Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle – It was just over a year ago when the BPA in water bottles information flooded mainstream media (though environmentalists had been warning about it for a long time) and we wrote one of our most popular posts:

How to Choose a Healthy Green Water Bottle.

We have also recently written about Best Stainless Steel Cookware Sets and why you don’t want toxins in your kitchen.

In that post we declared our love for Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel water bottle.

A reader recently asked me to go into further detail about the Klean Kanteen bottles including my likes and dislikes of their product.

Here’s the extended version of my review.

And please note that I received absolutely no compensation or freebies for this review.

Though I wouldn’t mind a free 40 ounce bottle or Wine Karafe…

I just feel strongly about their product and the need to be BPA free.)

Klean Kanteen: best travel water bottle for kids
Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: What I Love

Klean Kanteen is BPA Free

The number one reason I purchased my Klean Kanteen water bottle was because it contains absolutely no (even trace amounts of) BPA.

For more information about the dangers of BPA check out How to Choose a Healthy Green Water Bottle.

Klean Kanteen is Durable

My Klean Kanteen can be thrown around and the worst thing that has happened is some scratches.

In a year it still hasn’t dented.

And it doesn’t crack the way plastic might.

Klean Kanteen has No Lining

Some stainless steel water bottles are lined with a product containing a small amount of BPA.

The Klean Kanteen is not lined with anything.

Klean Kanteen is Dishwasher Safe

When I had a dishwasher (our new house does not), it was easy to put my Klean Kanteen in the dishwasher.

Now I wash it by hand, which is simple enough as it has a wide mouth.

Loop Cap

This may seem small and insignificant, but I really love the loop cap on my Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle.

It makes it easy to attach to bags for backpacking.

Klean Kanteen is Cool

Given that it’s stainless steel, it makes sense that the Klean Kanteen stays cool in cool temperatures (see needs improvement for my thoughts about warm weather).

Klean Kanteen 27 Ounce Bottle

We have an 18 ounce bottle and a 27 ounce bottle.

The 27 ounce bottle is the perfect size for day trips or traveling or just sitting on my desk.

Plus, it’s on the skinnier side making it easy to hold.

I find the 18 ounce bottle to be a little small for most activities.

I may some day invest in a large 40 ounce Klean Kanteen for tennis matches or events where I need a lot of fluids.

Klean Kanteen Sippy Cup

While we don’t have kids, someday when we do, they’ll be drinking out of these too.

I really appreciate that Klean Kanteen makes sippy cups.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: Wine Karafe

Wow, this has got to be the Greatest Idea Ever!

So great I decided it needed a heading of it’s own.

A wine carafe (or Klean Kanteen Karafe if you care for the alteration).

Shatterproof, portable, and drinking wine out of it would lead people to believe you’re just drinking water.

Well, except for the fact that it says Wine Karafe on it…

But it’s made to perfectly fit a bottle of wine, and the Klean Kanteen Wine Karafe is pretty.

I like the idea of packing a bottle of wine along with my bottle of water for a day hike.

Kimberly pointed out that you could just pour your wine into a water bottle, but having Carafe seems so much cooler.

Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle: What Needs Improvement

Klean Kanteen Sports Bottle Top

The sports water bottle top on the Klean Kanteen does not work well.

It makes a terrible high pitched squealing when you drink from it.

This is pretty embarrassing when you’re at the gym and everyone turns to look to see where the noise is coming from.

That said, it appears that the new sports bottle tops are different than the old.

If anyone has a new Klean Kanteen sports bottle top, I’d love to know if it works well.

Also, note that you can buy the tops separately from the main bottle allowing for easy changing depending on your activity.

Klean Kanteen Flavor

At first my Klean Kanteen left a very very slight metallic flavor in the water.

This only lasted for a few weeks and now it’s gone.

Perhaps it just needed a few more times in the dishwasher.

However, this is one of the biggest complaints that I’ve heard from others about their Klean Kanteens.

Klean Kanteen Heat

When it’s warm outside the Klean Kanteen gets hot.

Some people use the Built bags around their bottles.

I just throw some in some ice or freeze the water before I go.

Bottom Line Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

The bottom line is that I love my Klean Kanteen.

Despite my short “needs improvements” list, I wouldn’t give my Klean Kanteen stainless steel water bottle up for anything.

They seem to be a good company and I appreciate the Klean Kanteen commitment to the environment and my personal health.

Where to Buy Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle

I tend to buy everything on, including my Klean Kanteens Stainless Steel Water Bottles.

The prices there are competitive (and we get free shipping with Amazon Prime.)

While Klean Kanteens Stainless Steel Water Bottles are little pricey – they last forever.

Just refill it 18 and it’s paid for itself.

About Klean Kanteen and their Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Here’s a bit more about Klean Kanteen (quoted from their website):

Before anybody else was making stainless steel water bottles for personal daily hydration, before the current widespread concern about health and environmental issues in relation to plastics, we were cobbling together the first Klean Kanteen prototype from things we bought at the local hardware store here in Chico, California.

The first Klean Kanteen onto the market because we wanted to give people something better than plastic: a lightweight, re-usable, body-friendly bottle free of bisphenol A (BPA); a bottle durable enough to last a lifetime; an easy-to-clean, easy-to-carry beverage container for people of all ages; a bottle that keeps drinks fresh and clean-tasting no matter how many times you refill it; a simple design engineered for function in every way.

In those early days, we shared Klean Kanteens with folks we met at music festivals, environmental fairs, outdoor recreation events, and other sorts of groovy gatherings.

“Where can I get some more of these?” they’d ask. “I love my Klean Kanteen.”

Klean Kanteen has grown over the past five years from a tiny, upstart company to a leader in the stainless beverage bottle industry.

During this time, we’ve also taken significant steps toward lowering our environmental footprint through consideration and adjustments in every aspect of our facilities and practices.

Ensuring our office paper is 100% post-consumer content, providing hand and dish soaps that are fair trade and eco-friendly, using Energy Star-certified office equipment.

These are just a few of our earth-in-mind internal operations choices.

Our commitment to sustainability also extends to the very beginning of the production process; we’ve increased oversight and conducted third-party audits of factories making our products in China to ensure they’re meeting Klean Kanteen’s high environmental and fair labor standards.

In addition to including environmental and fair labor consciousness in our business practices, we partner with local, national, and international organizations to support efforts toward health, clean drinking water, and protecting the environment.

Klean Kanteen became a member of 1% for the Planet, committing to donation of at least 1% of our annual sales to non-profits working to protect and promote the wellness of this one great Earth.

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