Top Rated Water Filters

I’ve heard a lot about Sawyer Mini water filters recently, which at first glance appear far superior to the Aquamira Frontier filters I’ve been a fan of for quite some time now. Since I like to research and review new things, I decided to see what I could find online about the various options. So, me being me, I started out by heading to the Water Filters Department at Amazon.com, where I then sorted by Avg Customer Review, and then skimmed through to find the top five bug out bag or get home bag sized water filters, as reviewed by customers. There was one in the top five from a manufacturer I’d never heard of, with nothing but 5 star reviews, which seemed just fishy enough for me to remove it from consideration. If you’re interested, that one can be found here. I’d be curious to hear from a real person what they thought of it.

Without further ado, here is what I found on the top rated water filters on Amazon.

Sawyer Mini
Starting at around $20, the Sawyer Mini is currently the highest rated water filter, with 4.7 out of 5 stars, and from it’s specs I understand why. Weighing it at only 2 ounces, and a size of 4″ x 3″ x 8″, it will filter up to 100,000 gallons of water, which is simply amazing to me. Beyond that, the 0.1 micron filter removes 99.99999% of bacteria and 99.9999% of protozoa. If it does what it says, I am in no way surprised that this is the most popular water filter at the moment. This appears to definitely be a contender.

Katadyn Pocket
First off, the Katadyn Pocket is expensive, currently selling for $275.92. On the plus side, it also has 4.7 out of 5 stars, has a silver impregnated ceramic element that’s been proven effective against bacteria and protozoa, weighs only 7.6 ounces, and is 2.6″ x 5.4″ x 1.5″. The replaceable ceramic filter element will filter 13,000 gallons, but that replaceable filter doesn’t come cheap at an additional $165. The biggest thing this filter has going for it, in my opinion, is that it appears to be very solidly constructed and has a lifetime warranty. While expensive, this filter would probably work nicely in a bug out bag or get home bag but the price and limited life of the element would cause me personally to shy away.

Lifestraw
Easily the lightest and smallest of the bunch, the Lifestraw clocks in at 0.3 ounces, and is a diminutive 1″ x 1″ x 9″. While also rated a solid 4.7 out of 5 stars, it does have some obvious disadvantages compared to the others in this list; namely that it only filters 264 gallons. If it was $5-7, I would consider that reasonable, however it is currently selling for $19.15. This puts the cost per filtered gallon at $0.07 – roughly 350 times more expensive than the Sawyer Mini. A couple more issues I have with it is that while it does have a 0.2 micron filter and filters out 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, it only filters out 99.9% of waterborne protozoa. Protozoa are just nasty enough, and in large enough numbers in some water, that I’m simply not comfortable with that level of filtering.

I know that Lifestraws have their fans – I personally have a Lifestraw Family in my preps (for now at least), and the Lifestraw is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars – but after looking at the facts, I’m not considering the Lifestraw as a suitable replacement anymore.

Sawyer PointOne Squeeze
I hadn’t ever heard of this one before, but I am familiar with the type of filter and must say that I find it quite intriguing. Weighing only 3 ounces, the basic system includes the filter, which is attached to 1 liter “squeeze bags”. You then attach the filter to the squeeze bag and, well, squeeze the water through the filter. Not exactly a novel concept, but the fact that you can also attach the filter to a regular water bottle is quite nice. Oh, and did I mention the 1,000,000 gallon manufacturer guarantee? Like the Sawyer Mini, this removes 99.99999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9999 percent of protozoa with a 0.1 micron hollow fiber membrane filter. For $34.99 I would definitely consider this a contender.

Katadyn Hiker Pro
I used to spend quite a bit of time backpacking and back then 1.3 pounds definitely was ultralight. However this is 2015, and other filters in this list are weighed in ounces. However, I must say that from the specifications, this looks like a nice filter. At $75, it’s quite a bit easier on the pocketbook than it’s big brother the Katadyn Pocket. Being that it’s cheaper, it’s also larger, measuring 7.8″ x 3.8″ x 8.8″. On the plus side, the 0.2 micron glassfiber filter media filters 300 gallons before it needs replacement, which is only $49.95. While this may be a very nice filter – and knowing Katadyn quality it most likely is – it’s not ideal for a bug out bag or get home bag.

Which One Should I Review?
I’m already planning on picking one of these up to review on the blog, but I wanted to give you a chance to vote on which it should be. Whichever has the most votes on January 31st, 2015 will be the one reviewed. If I don’t get any votes, I’ll just choose on my own. 🙂

Which water filter do you want to see a review of?

  • Sawyer PointOne Squeeze (100%, 2 Votes)
  • Sawyer Mini (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Katadyn Pocket (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Lifestraw (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Katadyn Hiker Pro (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 2

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