The Sawyer Squeeze is an innovative water filter that differs from typical pump models. It previously won our Best Buy award, but was de-throned by its little brother, the Sawyer Mini. The Mini is less expensive, much smaller and lighter, and easier to drink from than the Squeeze. Rather than pumping water through hoses like most other filters, the Squeeze is a compact filter that screws right on to a small mouth bottle and allows you to drink right through it, giving it one of the fastest treatment times of any other option we evaluated, unless you need to treat large quantities of water. If that is the case, the Sawyer Squeeze is not ideal, because squeezing water through the filter is tedious. It has many desirable features for a hiker or backpacker: simple to use, long lasting, small, and lightweight. The filter comes with three collapsible bottles of different sizes for the user to customize their water collection options or to allow them to gather a large quantity of water at once. Since it only weighs 2.7 ounces for the filter, it is a very enticing water treatment option for backpackers, rivaling Aquamira Water Treatment Drops since it doesn't use chemicals. It even competes with the SteriPen, except that it does not treat for viruses like UV treatments. The drawbacks are that it is awkward to drink from, the flow is not fast for squeezing water into pots or someone else's bottle, and it is difficult to collect water from small, non-flowing sources. It lasts for a million gallons, making it the most economical water treatment option.
Sawyer has confirmed that they have updated the SP131 Sawyer Squeeze filter for 2016. It now comes with a mesh carrying pouch and a cleaning coupling.