I'm not a fan of buying bottled water. Aside from all of the wastage and negative impact on the environment, it's often more expensive than a soft drink (not that I buy those either). I'm also not a fan of plastic bottles, especially the idea of them heating up from the sun and leaching chemicals into my drinking water. There is a place for bottled water though, such as when we go camping to remote places or if we are travelling to places that have questionable drinking water. In saying that, I have heard many stories from travellers who have witnessed bottles of water being filled up by a tap and then sold in stores. Scary stuff!
I went in search of something that would give me clean, safe drinking water, be good for our travels, durable and not plastic. I came across the Fill2Pure stainless steel water filter bottle after comparing a lot of different water filter bottles online. The Fill2Pure stood out to me as better than its competitors.
WHAT I LOVE
It's stainless steel. As I mentioned above, I avoid plastic where I can. It was quite a challenge trying to find a stainless steel water bottle with filtration, particularly in Australia. The Fill2Pure water bottles are made from #304 stainless steel and do not have any lining in them.
The filter and lid are made out of BPA free, non-toxic, food grade materials. Ideally, there would be no plastic used at all, but I don't think there are any water filters that exist that don't have some plastic in them.
There are different filters available for different circumstances. From a basic water filter for treated tap water to an extreme water filter which can remove radiological contaminants. There's even an alkalising filter which adds beneficial minerals into the water whilst filtering out contaminants. It's pretty impressive. It means that in places like Asia, you can fill up from any fresh water source and have safe drinking water. I remember hiking in New Zealand where there were crystal clear creeks that looked clean and safe enough to drink from, only to find a dead sheep a few meters upstream lying in the water. You just don't know what nasties could be lurking in the water!
The Fill2Pure water filters are the most lab and field tested water filters in the world. For the science nerds amongst you, they have all of their studies published so feel free to go nuts with some bedtime reading. I was also impressed to hear that they are the only water purifiers in the world that can purify water up to 99.99% as you drink. The water filters also remove around 90% of flouride too, which I am a big fan of.
Weird fact: Did you know that flouride is the only chemical added to water for the purpose of medical treatment?
There is no wait time as the water is filtered through the drinking mechanism and the filters don't expire. The purification quality doesn't reduce over time, it is just as effective as the first time you use it. What you'll notice is that the water flow starts to slow down over time and at that point you may want to replace the filter. As a guide, Fill2Pure says around 100 gallons / 378 litres. With a capacity of 725ml, that's over 500+ refills per filter. It's reassuring to know that even if I'm not in a position to replace my filter, my water quality will still be the same.
Aesthetically, it's a good looking water bottle. The hourglass shape fits nicely into your hand for a good grip and there is a carry strap which is removable.
WHAT I DON'T LOVE
To be honest, there's not a lot that I don't love about the Fill2Pure stainless steel water bottle. When you first fill up the bottle, you do have to suck quite hard through the straw. But once the water has travelled up the filter, the flow is pretty good. If you're a water guzzler instead of a sipper, you may find this a little hard to get used to. It's worth noting that when I read through customer reviews of this product, many people had mentioned that this water bottle flows a lot faster than other brands.
I'd also love it if there was a way to pull apart the lid so that you could give the mouthpiece a good clean. Or if there were small brushes provided so you could get into the straw.
*UPDATED: The mouthpiece does pop out so it can be cleaned. Just jiggle it from side to side until it clicks out.
Fill2Pure Water filter bottle tips
I've been using my Fill2Pure on a daily basis now for about a month and have a couple of tips:
The first batch of water tasted a little powdery to me. I've been using water filters of different forms for a very long time and know that this is quite normal with a new filter. It's not harmful but if it bothers you, just suck the water through the straw and spit out the first lot.
When you open the valve, it has to open all the way so it makes contact with the seal. You'll know if you haven't opened it properly because you'll be sucking air!
The Fill2Pure stainless steel water filter bottle ranges from $59.99 - $79.99AU with free shipping. It does sound like a lot for a water bottle but when you look at what it does and how long the filters last for, it's actually quite reasonable. If I drink 2 bottles of water a day, one filter is going to last me close to 9 months. That's pretty damn good. And it's way cheaper than buying bottled water.
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Head to the Fill2Pure website to find out more about their stainless steel bottles. There are plenty of other filtration options available and links to the USA and NZ store for international orders. I recommend checking out their Facebook page too as they have regular giveaways.
On the road and camping
Fill2Pure have a whole range of other water filtration options for travelling and home including water jugs. We've been using the mini Alkaline water filter jug which holds 750mls. It instantly alkalises water as well as filters out contaminants. Most water jugs just remove the aesthetics - taste, odour and chlorine. The Fill2Pure filter also removes dissolved solids as well as chemical, heavy metal and radiological contaminants. Unlike our water bottles, it doesn't remove viruses and diseases, such as giardia and cryptosporidium, so it can only be used with treated or chlorinated tap water.
It's small enough to pack into a suitcase and would be perfect in a campervan, RV or even on a camping trip. Late last year when we were travelling around Australia, we carried around a water jug in our suitcase. Buying water is expensive, not to mention the waste that it creates. The compact design is sturdy and easily fits into a fridge door. I also love that you can fill up the jug without having to take the lid off too. The small things right?
Go Green and stop buying bottled water
I'm really happy that I found this reusable water bottle. It's been so great for travelling. I love that I can go through airport security with it empty and fill it up on the other side. Keeping hydrated is so important when you are travelling on aeroplanes. It goes with me everywhere - to the gym, beach and on car rides. It might just be my new best friend!
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And remember that you can get 5% off your order by using the discount code snowchasers5
Thank you to Fill2Pure for sending us these water bottles. My review is honest and I would never endorse a product which I didn't believe in. If you happen to see me out and about, you'll see me carrying my water bottle around!
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Jen spends most of her time following Mick around the mountain, often unintentionally off jumps and cliff drops. Currently on a mission to prove that you’re never too old to try freestyle. Aside from snowboarding, a little obsessed about tattoos, CrossFit, saving animals, learning to play the guitar and clean eating. Web designer and digital marketing nerd.