Last Updated: March 22, 2020
The Sawyer bottle weighs just 5.5 ounces and quickly filters dirty water.
It is one of the best alternatives to the lifestraw and the manufacturers claim that it filters water “as fast as you can drink it”.
The Sawyer bottle is made from durable BPA-free plastics making it as good if not better than the lifestraw products.
Sawyer Bottle vs Lifestraw
Sawyer Bottle Cons
Neither the Lifestraw nor the Sawyer bottle can filter chemicals or viruses. So they are useful for recreational hiking where the water you encounter is mostly chemical and virus free but they can’t handle anything more than that.
Sawyer Bottle Pros
The biggest value and advantage that comes with getting a Sawyer bottle over the Lifestraw is the cheaper cost and value for money. The Lifestraw Go bottle costs about $30. And the Lifestraw Go will allow you to filter about 264 gallons (1000 litres) of water with a 0.2 micron filtration. This is not bad at all you might be thinking. But now let’s consider the Sawyer. It is guaranteed to filter 3.7 million liters of water all while using 0.1 micron filtration. It will do this all for the cost of $50.
One BIG Problem: The Sawyer Bottle Flaw
The Sawyer’s wild lifespan claims and guarantees have come under criticism recently. The claims were put to the test but sadly did not live up to their promises. With this in mind, consider that the performance might not match up to the advertisement when you are buying this product. This is a shame because it really let’s down what is an excellent product when compared to what’s already on the personal water filter market.
Sawyer vs. Lifestraw Comparison Table
Sawyer Bottle: Final Thought
Despite its claims not quite bearing out, the sawyer bottle is still a good product. It is light, portable and at 0.1 micron filtration offers better water filtration.
Are you likely to encounter water that has been contaminated? Contaminated with chemicals or viruses? Then you will need to use a stronger form of water purification.
Do you drink a liter of water every day? If you do a $35 Lifestraw Go will last around 3 years. If you only use it for hiking trips and camping adventures then it will last you much longer. I also think the Lifestraw Go looks much better.
However, if you want that extra 0.1 micron of filtration and want your product to last for a longer period of time this isn’t for you. My final thought is that the Sawyer is not necessarily the best but still very good.