This $35 Amazon find lets you ditch filtered water pitchers forever
Written by Maren Estrada
The LifeStraw portable water filter is one of the most popular products on Amazon. It’s even more popular pretty much any time there’s a discount. Right now, for example, you can pick one up for just over $15 — that’s almost half off! If you do, you’ll be ready to go the next time you go hiking or camping, but it’s not a water filter for your sink.LifeStraw says that by using this great portable filter, you can turn just about any water you come across outdoors into potable water. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, that means the water will be safe to drink. It should go without saying that the LifeStraw is a must-have for anyone who wants to be prepared when hiking or camping.
But what about a good water filter for your sink?
When it comes time to return to civilization, so many people out there use pitchers in their houses. Believe it or not, these pitchers work just like the LifeStraw. Fill them up with tap water and it slowly passes through a filter system. Then the main reservoir below collects the filtered water.
But what if we told you there’s another option out there? And what if we told you that you’ll never have to wait for a pitcher to filter your water again? You should definitely check out the popular new TAP Water Filter from Sawyer, which is available right now at Amazon for only $35.
The best water filter for sinks and more
Plenty of our readers are undoubtedly familiar with Sawyer. After all, Sawyer is a leading brand that’s known far and wide for its water filtering products. Of all the things Sawyer makes though, this new gadget might be our favorite.
Just attach the TAP Water Filter to any threaded faucet in your home and you instantly have filtered water without having to wait for a pitcher to slowly run water through the upper chamber down into the main well. How good is this Sawyer model filter, you ask? According to the manufacturer, the TAP removes 99.99999% of all bacteria including salmonella and E. coli. It also removes 99.9999% of all protozoa like giardia, as well as 100% of microplastics.
Needless to say, it doesn’t get much better than that.
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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