Water filters are a great way to save money and eliminate single-use water bottles. Below are some of the best easy-to-use water filters for at home and on-the-go.

Having an easy-to-use water filter is a great way to eliminate the need for single-use plastic bottles. This article identifies some of the best filter options for at home and on-the-go.

In the future, we’ll go over more permanent solutions like under sink, refrigerator and whole house systems.

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On-the-go filters

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) is a great way to avoid single-use plastics. But you never quite know where your next fill-up will be, so having a portable filter is a must.

Water Bottle Filters

First up, Hydros has a simple filter and 20 oz. bottle system for $20. Hydros claims the filter reduces 90% of chlorine and 99% of sediment and filters five times faster than competitors. They also give 1% of each sale to nonprofits and conservation groups. Currently, they are supporting frontline healthcare workers through #FirstRespondersFirst.

If you’re looking for something more thorough, Epic Water Filters has “The Answer”…. literally. “The Answer” is a series of water bottle filters custom made for name-brand bottles like Hydro Flask, Nalgene, Hydro Cell, Takeya, Tru and Camelbak. These filters are American made and tested, and claim to remove 99.99% of contaminants from fresh or tap water.

For everyday use, stick with the classic Urban Filter. For filtering fresh water while hiking or camping, go for “The Outdoor Answer.” Epic also sells bottle and filter combos for $34 to $45 and they contribute to the Inland Ocean Coalition to give inland states and territories a say in ocean conservation.

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Filtered Water Bottle Filtration

If alkaline water catches your fancy, check out Santevia’s Power and Recovery Filter Sticks. Plop one of these 4 1/2 inch filters into any bottle or glass to remove chlorine, add minerals and increase the pH of your water. I have a recovery stick and I can honestly say it does remove the chlorine taste/smell of my tap water.

Medical professionals are still debating whether alkaline water has any meaningful health benefits. The Mayo Clinic seems to think there are few, if any. Regardless, an $18 Santevia filter stick is a hell of lot cheaper and less wasteful than alkaline water in a single-use plastic bottle.

Hiking and Camping Filters

As mentioned above, Epic’s “The Outdoor Answer” is great for re-filling your name-brand bottle with fresh water on a day hike.

For longer hauls, check out Waterdrop’s Water Filter Straw and Gravity Water Bag attachment. I can personally vouch for the filter straw after using it to purify 7 liters of water on backpacking trip on Mount Adams. The gravity bag is even more efficient.

This system is BPA-free and removes 99.99% of bacteria using coconut shell activated carbon fiber. It’s also lightweight and easy to pack and carry.

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Home Tap Water Filters

Let’s face it, not everyone’s tap water is up-to-snuff. And it makes no sense to install a permanent water filter system if you’re in a short-term housing situation. Nevertheless, there are plenty of options to filter your home tap water.

Pitcher Filters

If you’re looking for something quick, easy and borderline sexy, check out Hydros’ 64 oz pitcher and 40 oz carafe.

Like the bottle filters, these pitchers filter 90% of Chlorine and 99% of sediments and are BPA-free made from coconut shell carbon.

If you want more more color and style options, check out Waterdrop’s line of filter pitchers for $20 to $30. These pitchers have a 7-stage filtration system that removes chlorine, limescale, odor and heavy metals.

For more serious filtration and to remove fluoride, consider the Epic Pure Water filter pitcher that removes 99.99% of tap water contaminants, including fluoride.

UK-based Phox is the most eco-friendly pitcher option because it avoids single-use cartridges. Instead of a whole new cartridge, Phox will send just the filter contents for you to pour into a reusable cartridge.

Choose from alkaline refills for added minerals or the clean pack for simple filtration. Phox manufactures everything within a 50 mile radius of its HQ in Glasgow, Scotland. Yes, they ship to the United States.

And for the alkaline water aficionados, Vancouver-based Santevia has the MINA alkaline pitcher that works similarly to its filter sticks by removing chlorine and adding minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Again, the jury is out on whether this has any meaningful health benefits. However, if you’re on the alkaline-bandwagon, you might as well be riding plastic-free.

Faucet Attachments

Maybe you want to cut out the middleman and just put the filter right on your faucet. Not a bad idea.

Waterdrop has two types of screw-on faucet water filters: Activated Carbon Fiber (ACF) and Ultra-fitration (UF). Both are National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified and last for 320-gallons. The ultra-filtration model provides .1micron filtration that removes 99% of chlorine and heavy metals.

Waterdrop also donates clean water to children in sub-Saharan Africa through its Water4Smile program.

Countertop Filter Systems

If you have a larger family and you just can’t keep the water pitcher full, check out this countertop gravity water system for $199.99 from Santevia. The tank holds 10 L (2.64 gallons) and sit on the counter or be mounted on a stand. The filters remove “chlorine, fluoride, lead, microplastics, herbicides” and more. And — you probably guessed it — it increases pH and adds minerals to the water.

Santevia donates “100 days of clean drinking water for every MINA Pitcher and Gravity Water System sold” through ACTS for Water.

Let’s face it: bottled water is just the worst. As if the plastic waste isn’t bad enough; but the fact that the world’s biggest plastic polluters (*cough* Coca-Cola *cough*) are profiting off this public commodity really drives me nuts. And don’t even get me started on recycling

However, having an easy-to-use water filter is a great way to ditch single-use plastic bottles altogether.

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