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10 BEST PORTABLE WATER FILTERS OF 2023 – REVIEWS & TOP PICKS

Written by Pete Ortiz

Portable water filters need to be more than just compact and lightweight. They also need to be reliable and durable for easy transportation without worry.

The best ones will also be versatile, giving you several ways to use it, depending on your situation.

Unfortunately, they can also get pretty expensive. So, it’s not realistic to purchase several and see which ones you prefer, which is why we’ve scoured the stores to find as many portable water filters as we could. Then we put them through the wringer to see which ones were worth their salt.

The following ten reviews compare ten of the best, but only the first three earn our recommendations. Find the full list here.

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January 10, 2023

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Pete Ortiz

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Pete has been working in the trades since high school, where he first developed a passion for woodworking. Over the years, he has developed a keen interest in a wide variety of DIY projects around the home. Fascinated by all sort of tools, Pete loves reading and writing about all the latest gadgets and accessories that hit the market. His other interests include astronomy, hiking, and fishing. As the founder of House Grail, David's primary goal is to help consumers make educated decisions about DIY projects at home, in the garage, and in the garden.

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