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The Best Thirst-Quenching Filtered Water Bottles

No matter where you find yourself on a run, these filtered bottles promise clean, safe-to-drink water.

When you’re finished with a hot summer run, one of the first things you want to do is take a huge swig of water. Worst case scenario: Your bottle is empty, and the stream alongside the trail is the only source around you. What do you do? If you have a filtered water bottle designed for outdoor use, just dip it in the stream, fill it up, and you’ve got potable water.

Check out quick reviews below of our top five filtered water bottles, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options.

Even when you’re not running, filtered bottles come in handy. Hate the smell of the water that comes out of the communal fountain at your gym? Love hiking but always worry about running out of drinking water? Concerned about water safety while traveling? A filtered water bottle can grant you access to clean water nearly anywhere, at any time, so you don’t have to worry about bad tastes, odors, and contaminants.

With a reusable filtered bottle, you’re also making a positive environmental impact by avoiding single-use plastic bottles. Plus, filtered water bottles are an excellent alternative to disinfection tablets, which don’t do much to get rid of bad smells or tastes and can take nearly 30 minutes to fully clean your water.

Best for Trail Running

Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System

An absolute game changer when it comes to hydration on the run

Weight (straw): 2 oz.
Filter Replacement: ~100,000 gallons

OK, OK technically this isn’t a bottle. But, with a hookup for bladder systems and bottles, Sawyer’s Mini Filtration system is the best option for simultaneous hands-free running and hydrating, as well as protecting you against 99.99% of protozoa, bacteria, and cryptosporidium (salmonella, E.coli, and giardia, to name a few). Besides the filtration straw, the Mini Water Filtration System comes with a 16 oz. pouch, drinking straw, and a cleaning plunger. It’s one of the lightest filters you can buy—and best of all, it’s completely budget-friendly.

Read more from OK, OK technically this isn’t a bottle. But, with a hookup for bladder systems and bottles, Sawyer’s Mini Filtration system is the best option for simultaneous hands-free running and hydrating, as well as protecting you against 99.99% of protozoa, bacteria, and cryptosporidium (salmonella, E.coli, and giardia, to name a few). Besides the filtration straw, the Mini Water Filtration System comes with a 16 oz. pouch, drinking straw, and a cleaning plunger. It’s one of the lightest filters you can buy—and best of all, it’s completely budget-friendly.


Read more from Daisy Hernandez and her take on how to buy filtered water bottles here.

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May 6, 2022

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My only complaint is that eventually, backflushing won’t be enough. These can clog up after some time and no amount of back flushing will fix its low flow. I went through 2 on the AT. However, it will attach to Smart Water Bottles and most bladders!

Anna Hamrick

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Built for backcountry reliability and portability, the Sawyer Squeeze filter is our pick for the best portable water purifier.

Pete Ortiz
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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).

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