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If you are looking for a Filtered Water Bottle for Hiking, Backpacking or traveling I have narrowed down the choice. In this Water Bottle with Filters review I’ll take a look at all the best on the market right now.

You don’t think very hard about water bottles. Generally, if they keep water in and other bits out, you’re quite happy.

However, your water bottle should be working a lot harder. The best water bottle will be able to retain your water, but it should also do other things like keeping the water cool and free from particulates or impurities.

To make sure you get the most out of your water bottle, I’ve put together a list of 10 excellent Water Bottles with filters for hiking.

Let’s take a look.

What are the Water Bottles with filters for Backpacking?


Water Bottles with Filters for Hiking Review


LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle

LifeStraw are well known in outdoors and survival circles. Their original product was a straw that allowed you to drink directly from streams and rivers.

With this product, they have built the straw into a bottle so that you can get fresh water on the go.

Starting with the superficial elements, it comes in a 22 oz and a 1l size which is great if you’re doing longer hikes. It also comes in quite a few different colors and designs, so you can choose one that suits you.

If we look at the filtration, you get a 2-part filtration system made up of a membrane microfilter and an activated carbon filter.

Combined, they filter out 99.999% of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics and reduce the presence of chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, and larger particulates.

The only downside to this bottle is the fact that it doesn’t do anything about heavy metals like lead and the mouthpiece can leak a little.

Water can leak from the bottle when pressure builds up inside the bottle. This can happen if the water gets warm in the sun.

Overall, a wonderful choice. It is an ideal Filtered water bottle for traveling, camping, and hiking and can manage natural water sources as well as tap water.

Pros:

  • Filters 99.9% of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics.
  • Can be used with natural water sources and tap water.
  • Sturdy and durable.
  • Can filter 1000gl before needing a new filter.

Cons:

  • Mouthpieces can leak.
  • Doesn’t filter heavy metals.
  • Replacement filters are costly.

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Lifestraw Water Bottle Filter

Epic Nalgene OG | Water Bottle with Filter

This is an American made water bottle and filter that can be used with tap water but not natural source water. You’ll need a different filter to use it in the wild.

The bottle comes in a range of great colors and designs which means you can add a bit of personality to your bottle.

Coming in 20 oz, 32oz, or 48oz sizes, this bottle is a behemoth. It’ll keep you hydrated all day long. The size makes it perfect for longer day hikes. If you pair it with the Nalgene Outdoor Adventure filter you can even fill it up from streams and rivers.

The everyday filter that is supplied works hard to remove up to 99% of tap water impurities. Presumably, this is mostly chlorine and calcium as it uses an activated carbon filter.

There is a bit of a design flaw with this bottle. The straw stops about 100ml from the bottom which makes it really difficult to get the last 100ml of water.

You could unscrew the cap and drink, but then the water wouldn’t be filtered. It’s annoying but not the end of the world. A good filtered water bottle for traveling or camping.

Pros:

  • Up to a huge 48oz capacity.
  • Range of colors and designs.
  • Can use adventure filters to drink from streams and rivers.
  • Removes chemicals like chlorine and calcium.

Cons:

  • Adventure filter sold separately.
  • Poor design leaves water out of reach.

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Survimate Filtered Water Bottle

This bottle can take some serious use and abuse. According to the manufacturers the filter is able to withstand a year of continuous use before it needs to be replaced. Think of all the hiking you could do in that time!

The filter is a 4-part construction consisting of activated carbon, medical grade hollow fiber membranes, and PP cotton. It can remove bacteria, protozoa, particulates, chemicals like chlorine and chloride, as well as microplastics.

The bottle is made from durable materials that can take a bit of a beating. This makes it ideal for outdoor pursuits.

The only real downside is how difficult it is to draw water through. There seems to be a bit of an odd connection between the mouthpiece and the filter straw which makes it difficult to suck up.

Pros:

  • Filter microorganisms, microplastics, and chemicals.
  • Long-lasting filter.
  • Durable and sturdy construction.

Cons:

  • Difficult to draw water through.
  • Some reports of a chemical taste.

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Purewell Filtered Water Bottle

This is similar in design to the Membrane Solutions bottle featured further down. It uses a filtration straw attached to the mouthpiece as the filtration system.

The filter has two parts, an activated carbon filter for removing chemicals like chlorine and chloride, and a hollow fiber UF filter that prevents most bacteria, protozoa, and microplastics from entering your body.

Made from hardened Tritan plastic, this bottle is BPA free and incredibly durable. It is shockproof and leakproof meaning you can chuck it in your backpack and forget about it.

In terms of handy features, there is a sturdy carry handle, a carabiner to attach to your bag, and a built-in compass on the lid.

There are a few reviews which claim that it is difficult to draw water through the straw. This is not unique to the Purewell bottle, but it is frustrating.

Pros:

  • Filters chemicals, particulates, and microorganisms.
  • Durable, sturdy, and reliable.
  • BPA free.

Cons:

  • Difficult to draw water through.
  • Only 22oz capacity, some of which is taken up by the straw.

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Brita Stainless Steel Water Filter Bottle

Brita is famed and loved for their water filtering jugs, so it’s natural to find them in the filtration bottle section too!

This stainless-steel water bottle is sleek, stylish, and functional. They have a built-in star with a removable filter. This allows you to draw water through the filter before it hits your mouth.

Unlike some of the other bottles we’ve seen, this one does not handle natural source water. It is only designed to be used with tap water.

This is because the activated carbon filter does not remove bacteria, protozoa, viruses, or microplastics. What it does do is filter out the chlorine, chlorides, and other chemicals that make your tap water taste gross.

As you’d expect from Brita, it does its job really well. The water tastes deliciously clean and fresh for the life of the filter.

The filters themselves are cheap enough to buy and last for about 2 months or 40 gallons. They come in a box of six, so they should see you through the year.

Pros:

  • Large 32oz capacity.
  • Keeps water cool for 24 hours.
  • Comes in a range of bright colors.
  • Filters out most of the chlorine in your water.
  • Cheap and easy to replace filters.

Cons:

  • Can’t be used with natural source water.
  • Doesn’t filter out microorganisms.
  • Some reports of leakages around the spout.

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Brita Plastic Water Filter Bottle

This plastic bottle is a cheaper option from Brita. It utilizes the same filtration system as it’s stainless-steel brother, but it’s easier on the wallet.

The bottle is made from BPA free plastic and comes in 5 different whimsically named colors. Including ‘Sea Glass’ and ‘Night Sky.’ It’s nice to have a choice of color, honestly. Many water bottles tend to come in just blue or black.

The other great thing about this bottle is that it comes in a 26oz size and a 36oz size. That’s an amazing amount of great tasting water to enjoy!

Like the other Brita bottle, this is not designed to be used with natural source water. It does not filter out particulates or microorganisms. The filter is designed to remove chlorine and other chemicals found in municipal water.

You won’t find this bottle in most serious hiker’s packs but for day trips and young hikers, they’re ideal. They are also great for day to day use at home, work, or in the gym.

As you’d expect from Brita, they do make the water taste a lot better because they remove a lot of the chlorine.

Pros:

  • Large 26oz or 36oz capacity.
  • Choice of 5 colors.
  • Great price.
  • Pack of filters is unbelievably cheap.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t filter out heavy metals, particulates, or microorganisms.
  • Handle is a bit of a weak spot for leaks and breakages.

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Philips Water GoZero Active Bottle

If you’re on a budget, this bottle is the way to go. The Philips Water GoZero Active bottle can be used for tap water or natural source water provided you switch out the filter.

You see, Philips have two interchangeable filters, one for tap water and one for natural source.

A cynic might say it’s a way of getting more money, we think it’s more about keeping production costs down.

The product we have linked to is the bottle with the tap water filter. This means that this bottle is great for shorter hikes, but not so good for multi-day hikes.

Luckily both the natural water and tap water filters are available cheaply and easily on Amazon. This means that you don’t have to go out and buy yourself two bottles. You can swap out the filters as you need them.

The bottle is squeezable to make it easier to drink. It also makes it slightly more resistant to cracking or fall damage.

There does seem to be a few issues with the fit of the handle. The strap sits below the cap and is held in place by the cap. However, if you don’t line the handle up precisely, you do get some water seepage around the cap.

Pros:

  • Interchangeable filters allow you to use both tap and natural water.
  • Filters indicate when they need changing.
  • Reduces 99% of the chlorine in the water.
  • Cheap price.

Cons:

  • Smaller 20oz capacity.
  • Leaks around the handle.
  • Filters can only handle 52 gallons before replacement.

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GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier [+ Filter] Bottle

This bottle might be ultralight in weight, but it is a heavy lifter in terms of the work it does on your water!

It does the full works on your water, filtering out particulates, chemicals, heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, and protozoa.

It’s the way that this bottle filters that makes it stand out from its competitors. Unlike most of the other bottles on this list, the Grayl does not use a straw filtration system. Instead, it uses a cartridge system.

The filter cartridge sits at the base of the inner canister. You fill the outer canister with water and then press the inner canister down and into the outer. The water is forced through the filter into the inner canister.

What’s great about this is you don’t have to use a straw to drink. The lid opens, and you can gulp down the water to your heart’s content.

What’s less great is the amount of force you need to apply to get the water through the filter. Some people find it excessively difficult to push the filter into the outer canister.

This could be because they need to replace their filter, or it could be the case that the system requires a fair amount of strength.

Overall, this is a great water bottle with a filter for hiking and traveling.

Pros:

  • Filters 99.9% of bacteria, protozoa, viruses, and microplastics.
  • Removes chemicals and heavy metals.
  • Doesn’t use a straw to drink.
  • Compact, lightweight, but durable.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Small 16 oz capacity.
  • Requires brute strength to work.

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Seychelle Rad/Advanced Water Filter Bottle

This thing is a powerhouse of a filtration bottle. Not only does it remove turbinates, chemicals, heavy metals, and asbestos, but it also filters out radioactive materials! That is incredible.

It removes up to 99.9% of bacteria, protozoa, and radiological contaminants. It also reduces the presence of lead, chlorine, arsenic, copper, mercury, and aluminum amongst others. This really is an all you could need filtration bottle.

You can drink as soon as you’ve filled it up meaning you have instant access to 28oz of clean and safe drinking water.

To help you drink more easily through the straw, the bottle is soft on the sides. This means you can squeeze the bottle to add more pressure without having to suck harder. It’s easier on the cheeks by far!

The downside to this bottle is the fact that it is incredibly difficult to clean. There are so many parts to the filter that taking it apart and reassembling it is pretty tedious. There are also some reports that the seal isn’t quite tight enough.

Pros:

  • Filters 99.9% of bacteria protozoa, and radiological matter.
  • Squeezable to assist with sucking.
  • 28oz capacity.
  • Filters out chemicals and heavy metals.

Cons:

  • Difficult to clean out thoroughly.
  • Seal between bottle and cap can be a bit loose.

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Membrane Solutions Water Filter Bottle

This bottle has a 4-stage filtration system that removes everything from large particles like sand and silt down to tiny microorganisms and invisible chemicals.

With a 22oz capacity it’s not the largest bottle on the market, but the fact that you can fill it up in every stream you pass through does make up for its smaller size!

This bottle is made from BPA free, food grade Tritan plastic. It is totally safe to drink from time and time again.

As for the filtration system, it performs excellently, filtering out 99.9% of bacteria, microplastics, and protozoa. It also removes chemicals like chlorine, chlorides, THMs, and VOCs. In essence, it removes all the nasty chemicals that are found in groundwater.

The high level of removal is awesome. You can literally see the difference in your water as you drink it!

What’s extra great about this bottle is the increased flow rate through the mouthpiece. In some filtration bottles you have to put a lot of effort and energy into sucking the water out. This bottle has made it easier by adding a small gas hole in the bottle top.

Pros:

  • Filters 99.9% of bacteria, protozoa, and microplastics.
  • Can be used for natural water sources and tap water.
  • Can filter up to 1500l before replacement.
  • Replacement filters are cheap.
  • Has a mini compass in the lid.

Cons:

  • Smaller capacity.
  • Filter takes up a lot of the already limited capacity.

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Water Bottles with Filters for Hiking Buyer’s Guide

When you’re buying a water bottle with a filter there are a few things you should be aware of.

Price

The price is what most people tend to focus on when they’re buying a water bottle.

Many people fall into the mistake of buying the cheapest possible water bottle available. This is because most people don’t think about the additional features available on top quality water bottles.

When you’re looking to purchase a water bottle with a filter, you need to pay a bit more for the filtration feature.

As a rough guide, $20 is the cheapest filtered water bottle that you can get. The cheaper options tend to have average quality filters and poor quality of build.

At the higher end, you can expect to pay upwards of $50 and sometimes as much as $125. These bottles tend to be survival type bottles that filter and purify water. This means that you can drink from natural sources as well as taps. Great in the backcountry or when traveling overseas in areas with sketchy water quality.

Natural vs Tap

An important thing to get your head around early on, is the fact that some bottles with filters are only designed to be used with tap water. This means that it is not safe to fill your bottle from streams or rivers.

Other bottles have more extensive filtration systems and built-in purification systems. These can be filled from rivers and streams.

If you’re planning a multi-day hike out in the wilderness, a filtration/purification bottle is going to be your best choice. Water Bottles with filters such as the ones on the LifeStraw Go and GRAYL Ultralight being among the best.

If you’re only doing a day hike, and you know you’ll be able to refill in a campground or town, you will be fine with any of the other water bottle filters in the review.

Types of Filters

There are a few different kinds of filters used in water bottles. Some are more effective against specific particulates and contaminates.

Activated Carbon – This is a really common filter material. It is essentially charcoal in block or particulate form.

Carbon filters are excellent at removing chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorides. They are also great at removing microplastics, lithium, and phosphates.

They do not remove waterborne bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms. Carbon filters are sometimes used in conjunction with other filters that do remove biological contaminants.

The main downside of activated carbon is that it doesn’t last very long before it needs to be replaced. Often as little as every 100 liters it needs to be replaced.

UV Filters – These are not as common because they are so expensive. They work by blasting bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms with UV rays. The UV rays kill the microorganisms, but they don’t remove chemicals or other compounds in the water. The Steripen is the best UV filters (review pending and will be added to this page soon). 

Ion Exchange Filters – These are primarily for home use water filters and maybe for people with RVs, not for hiking, but I thought I would mention them anyway. These filters use a positively charged substance like sodium to grab onto negatively charged chemical impurities like calcium and magnesium.

These filters don’t always remove harmful microorganisms or heavy metals. You need to check the manufacturer’s advice.

Longevity

Filters don’t last forever. Eventually they become so full of filtered chemicals, particulates, and microorganisms that they are no longer effective.

Ideally, you want to purchase a bottle that allows you to change the filter but keep the bottle. This will help you reduce waste and keep your spending down. Most of the water bottles in this review allow for a change of filters.

You also want to look out for filters with longer life spans. This will save you money if you’re a frequent user.

Lifespans are usually listed by the amount of water filtered in liters or in days. It’s important that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for changing filters to make sure your water is safe and clean. 1000 liters is considered normal and that should last most people on the average extended period in remote areas when traveling or hiking.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is stainless steel, plastic, or glass better for water bottles?

Water generally tastes better out of a glass bottle because it doesn’t pick up any of the taste of the steel or plastic bottles.

As you’d imagine, the major issue with glass is its fragility. Even hardened glass bottles can’t withstand the same amount of force as a stainless steel or plastic bottle.

The other thing to be aware of with glass bottles is that they don’t tend to keep your water cold or hot depending on the circumstance. They don’t really have particularly good thermal insulation, so your water will warm up in the sun or cool down in the shade. Leave the glass filtered water bottles at home and use either plastic or metal.

Steel bottles are much more practical. They will dent before they break, and they are great at insulating your drink. Some stainless-steel bottles can hold a temperature for about 24 hours! But they are heavy and can retain the metallic taste.

Plastic water bottles are the most common kind on the market. They can have a bit of a funny taste initially depending on the materials used.

If you are looking for a plastic water bottle, make sure you choose a BPA free bottle. BPA is a chemical that is found in a lot of industrial resins and plastics. Studies have shown that it can have a negative impact on human health.

Plastic bottles are great because they are lightweight, sturdy, easy to clean, and cheaper to make. They’re not as sturdy as stainless-steel bottles, but they definitely beat glass.

Can bacteria be filtered out of water?

Yes, it can!

There are lots of different ways to remove bacteria from drinking water. Tap water, for instance, is treated with chlorine to remove the bacteria, while home filtration systems use UV rays to destroy water.

If you want to be pedantic, you’d argue that the bacteria aren’t actually filtered. Instead, they are killed by chlorine, UV rays, or ozone. Either way, the end result is the same, you get water without bacteria.

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