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The Best Survival Water Filter – And How to Make the Right Choice

Trying to choose a survival water filter can be tough and confusing. You need to consider type, what the filter can treat, how easy it is to use, flow rate, cartridge rate, durability, and portability.

Don’t worry.  We’ve done the research for you.  Here’s what you need to know and the best survival water filters for each situation.

Best Survival Water Filters – Quick Reference

  • Best Overall: MSR Guardian Purifier
  • Best For Bugging Out: GRAYL Geopress
  • Budget Pick: Sawyer Mini
  • Best Tabletop: Big Berkey (Black Filter)

Head here for detailed reviews on the best survival water filters written by Diane Vukovi.


May 8, 2022

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Media Mentions from Primal Survivor

Primal Survivor offers practical and sensible advice to help you become more independent and self sufficient in your daily life. We will also help you prepare for the unexpected offering tips on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Planning.


Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell