The Best Water Filters for Cleaner, Better-Tasting Water
Discover top-rated water filters for every purpose and budget.
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Many of us load up on bottled water as a way of avoiding tap water. This can get very expensive over time and it's also terrible for the environment. A better solution? Make the water we already have cleaner, fresher, and safer to drink — and that means getting a water filter. A good water filter will help rid that tap water of contaminants such as chlorine, lead, and dangerous chemicals. Plus, it'll make the water taste better.
Of course, there's tons of water filters out there, and they range in price and features in a big way. But there's also a range in what they can do, how they do it, and even where they do it. So once you figure out your needs, it'll be a lot easier to figure out how to find a value option in your budget.
Best Water Filters at a Glance:
Best Overall: APEC Water Systems ROES-50 Essence Series Top Tier 5-Stage Certified Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System
Best for Camping: Sawyer Products Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System
Best Portable: Brita 26 Ounce Premium Filtering Water Bottle with Filter
Best Faucet Filter: Brita Basic Faucet with Water Filter System
Best Tasting: BWT Magnesium Gourmet L0814334 Cartridges Water Filter
Best Under-Sink Filter: Home Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact Undersink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System
Best Filtering Pitcher: Epic Pure Water Filter Pitchers for Drinking Water
Best Shower Filter: Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System with Adjustable Showerhead
May 9, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan