A review of filtering water bottles.
June 28, 2011 § 17 Comments
Upon hearing of Brita’s new filtering water bottle, I pounced on my laptop to internet-ninja my way to the best version of the product. I am fully committed to reading customer reviews prior to purchasing… well, now that I think about it, anything. If you have a smart phone you can look up reviews of most products while you’re in a store, and if you don’t you can find a customer computer and do the same (this is true for more stores than I thought). I think it’s a pretty rewarding habit and relates to informed consumership overall. If you can afford to invest in and maintain a well-functioning water filter, DO IT. I’d have to write another post to cover the full rationale explaining why, but this little FAQ is a place to start, and here the carcinogenic effects of chlorine are discussed. I found those sources hastily, but their central points are well researched and generally true.
Drinking water often is undoubtedly essential to good health and municipal water is not reliable. We are obviously privileged to have access to the water that we have, and I do not mean to suggest that our water isn’t “worth drinking” and I definitely am not advocating plastic bottles of water. No. I’d take a questionable drinking fountain (bubbler, for you weirdos) over a plastic water bottle any day. If you’re not on that train yet, check out this article. Not convinced? Here’s another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another, and another. Anyway.
Usually which product is the best choice becomes clear fairly quickly, but I ended up spending more time sifting through reviews and websites than I normally need to on my quest for a filtering water bottle. Blog post time? YESSA. Here’s what I found:
1. Ecoflo’s stainless steel beauty.
Price: $40, Fluid capacity: 27oz BPA-free: N/A, but yeah
This bottle has only seven reviews on Amazon, but they are consistent, which is telling. This is a good option if you don’t need to drink from it often, because although it does it’s filtering job well — it’s too difficult to suck the water up. Appropriate for a day where you’d only be filling the bottle once anyway (although you could just fill a regular reusable bottle with filtered water from home) but probably not best for a person who drinks a lot of water throughout the day. Another con: you cannot return the product.
My verdict: Lazy lips, do not want.
2. Bobble’s shapely bubble thingy bottle.
Price: $7-$14, Fluid capacity: 13oz, 18.5oz, 34oz BPA-free: Yes
At first I thought I’d found The One, as Bopple’s option came with an average review of 4/5 stars from over 100 reviews. But upon digging into the 1-star reviews I came across several lamentations on the quality of the plastic, reports of breakage, and the reviewer ITguru wrote, “I bought this product base on this review and I did 2 simple test and they both failed. I checked the PPM and it only dropped .01. That means it’s not filtering anything. Then I did a test anyone can do. Add some dirt or salt. It should filter ALL of it and decrease the life of the filter, but still FILTER it. It failed dirt and salt all went through. FAIL product, nice idea. Save your money and just buy a normal water bottle as they are exactly the same.” I disagree with the very last bit…but, this reviewer, ITguru, has written positive 5-star reviews for two other products, so I gather that s/he isn’t around just to complain and, for me, that lends a teeny bit of credibility to someone who is otherwise a stranger. Too bad, because I liked the look of this one and the price worked.
My verdict: No workie? No buyie.
3. The Clear2GO Bottle.
Price: $10, Fluid capacity: 24oz BPA-free: Yes
The reviews on the Clear2GO are diverse, but some helpful points are reiterated if you read enough of them. Sometimes leaky, and sometimes requires squeezing for a successful sip. One group of people swear the thing doesn’t leak but is hard to drink from, while others report the opposite. I figure the bottles may not be produced consistently, or people are dumb. Both seem possible. You can’t find the product on the company’s website, but it is available on Amazon.
My verdict: Too unsure, do not want.
4. That Brita bottle you keep seeing an ethnocentric commercial for.
Price: $10, Fluid capacity: 24oz BPA-free: Yes
I’m not going to waste your time or mine: this thing leaked on too many people to be worth ordering. Read ’em for yourself here.
My verdict: Pffft.
5. Power Bottle USA’s 80s I’ll-just-pretend-it’s-ironic-design.
Price: $10, Fluid capacity: 20oz BPA-free: Yes
This bottle looks sort of lame in my opinion, but didn’t have any 1 or 2-star reviews, out of 19. And of the two 3-star reviews that were submitted, not much was said other than that it takes more effort to drink from than one would hope. After reading so many reviews of various bottles, I’m sure that any filtering water bottle is going to be harder to drink from than a non-filtering one. The company is proud to produce the bottles in the United States, if that means something to you (in either direction). The 4 and 5-star reviewers are adamant that the bottle is efficient, leak-proof, and worth the money. The website is sort of dated, like the bottle itself, so I’d order from Amazon.
My verdict: Maybe.
6. CamelBak’s awkwardly named Groove bottle.
Price: $25, Fluid capacity: 20oz BPA-free: Yes
Based on my experiences I feel comfortable writing that REI customers provide reliable reviews. They dig the Groove. I think this bottle is low profile, which I prefer, and I have solid long-lasting loving relationships with my two other Camelbak products. Most of the few customers who did report some dissatisfaction still responded “Yes” to REI’s Bottom Line question, “Would recommend this to a friend?”
My verdict: Yes plz.