Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle Review
Cons: Limited to water use only, small capacity
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Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle
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|Pros||Sleek design, affordable, low-profile for filter bottle||Durable, easy to carry, wide mouth for easy cleaning, lid insert for easy drinking||Light, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy filling||Affordable, insulates well, has interchangeable lids, portable||Inexpensive, passed our drop tests, easy to carry, easy to drink from, ergonomic design|
|Cons||Limited to water use only, small capacity||Expensive, heavy||Diameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or driving||Paint chipping after a few months of use, flip cap seemed to lack security||Narrow mouth makes it hard to clean by hand, heavy, inherently less durable than steel competition|
|Bottom Line||A bottle that is aesthetically appealing and effective at providing filtered water without leaks and other mishaps||Our favorite choice for daily use because of the size, shape, and ease of use in an insulated stainless steel bottle||A tried and tested classic, this model is versatile and reasonably priced||This is one of our top ranking bottles because it's easy to use, just the right size, lightweight and inexpensive||This affordable bottle's no-nonsense, ergonomic design wins us over for the top glass option of all we tested|
|Rating Categories||Stainless Steel Fil...||YETI Rambler 26||Nalgene Wide-Mouth||Simple Modern Summit||Ello Pure 20|
|Ease Of Use (40%)|
|Specs||Stainless Steel Fil...||YETI Rambler 26||Nalgene Wide-Mouth||Simple Modern Summit||Ello Pure 20|
|Body Material||18/8 stainless steel||18/8 stainless steel||Eastman Tritan co-polyester||18/8 stainless steel||Glass/ BPA-free silicone|
|Empty weight (oz)||13.9 oz||22 oz||6.4 oz||12.4 oz||18.5 oz|
|Volume (oz)||20 oz||26 oz||34 oz||22 oz||20 oz|
|Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity||0.7 oz||0.85 oz||0.19 oz||0.56 oz||0.93 oz|
|Mouth diameter||2 in||3 in||2.5 in||2.25 in||1.75 in|
|Base diameter||2.8 in||3.25 in||3.25 in||3 in||3 in|
|Height||10.75 in||10 in||8.25 in||9.5 in||10.75 in|
|Free of Materials||BPA-free||BPA-free||BPA, BPS and Phthalate Free||BPA-free||BPA-free|
|Cap/Lid Type||Screw-cap with straw||Wide-loop cap||Loop-top screw cap||Screw Cap||Screwtop|
|Volume Options||20 oz||18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz||16 oz, 48 oz||14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz||20 oz|
|Warranty||30 day||3 or 5 year warranty||Lifetime Guarantee for normal use||Limited Warranty||Lifetime warranty|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Our go-to for bottles with a built-in filter, the Brita Stainless Steel is an impressively sleek bottle, considering its purpose. We've found that filter bottle technology has improved leaps and bounds over the past few years, and the Brita Stainless is the pinnacle of this technological advance. We often forgot it had a filter in it, as its functionality isn't hindered by the filter. This bottle passed our hands-on tests with ease, plus it's lightweight, portable, and easy to operate. Brita claims that the filter in this bottle reduces chlorine taste and odor, as well as particulates, which our test results support. This bottle is not a suitable substitute for filtering water from a natural source. It is meant to be filled with potable water only.
Ease of Use
Because it has a built-in filter, this bottle takes a moment to learn. The challenge to operating this bottle is attaching the filter. We read a few reviews online where folks felt that the straw wasn't working, but we found that with proper installation, the filter and straw function seamlessly.
The installation and replacement of the filter is easy — a simple twist locks the filter in place on the bottom of the lid. The straw then operates with ease, meaning no unnecessary sucking is required. As with all straw-style bottles, there is always a tiny bit of water in the bottom that can't get slurped up by the straw. Similar to the filter, the lid itself screws onto the bottle with two full twists. The flip cap is obviously separate from the twist-on lid, which we appreciated.
This bottle, like most with a button-operated flip cap, is great for driving and other multi-tasking situations. The Brita Stainless was our favorite to use at the gym and while working, since it provides filtered water and easy one-handed drinking. Unlike other button-operated caps, the Brita is sensitive and always responds with one touch, another feature that majorly impressed us.
This stainless-steel bottle is extremely solid. We were impressed by not only the stainless-steel part of the design but also the plastic lid and flip cap. These components are typically the first to fail on otherwise stainless bottles, but the Brita inspired confidence. When dropped, it hardly received a scratch on this portion of the bottle. Plus, the hinge design on the carry handle is substantial and well-thought-out.
In terms of leaking, this bottle performed very well. Often, lids with flip caps will leak when shaken up. Though we don't recommend putting drink mix in this bottle (why taint your freshly filtered water?!), when we did for testing purposes, the lid didn't leak at all, even as the effervescent drink powder fizzed and expanded inside the bottle. Additionally, this bottle didn't leak at all when left on its side for a few hours.
You'd think that a bottle with a built-in filter, straw, flip-cap, and carry handle made from stainless steel would weigh a ton — think again. The Brita Stainless is on the lighter end of the spectrum among the stainless bottles we reviewed. That said, it has a fairly small capacity and small size overall.
We had no problem carrying this bottle around through our daily activities. It weighs under a pound; its weight-to-volume ratio is similar to the other top-ranked stainless bottles we reviewed, despite its additional features and functions.
Performing our standardized taste test on the Brita Stainless felt a bit blasphemous. We felt that this bottle is meant for water only — since it has a refillable filter designed for filtering chlorine tastes and particulates. We hated to think about passing drink mixes, tea, and other flavored beverages through the filter (especially since these filters have to be replaced regularly). That aside, we did perform our taste test on this bottle and found that flavors tended to linger in the straw, lid, and filter, just as we had suspected. This bottle has a fairly complex lid with plenty of nooks and crannies where flavors can get stuck. We didn't detract many points for this, though, as this bottle is only meant to be filled with water.
The bottle is meant to be cleaned by hand and the manufacturer doesn't recommend putting it in the dishwasher. We used a bottle brush to get into the bottom of the bottle, but the lid and straw were a bit more challenging to clean thoroughly.
We were impressed and surprised by the relatively reasonable price tag found on the Brita Stainless. In general, stainless bottles cost a fair amount more than their plastic or glass alternatives, but the Brita fell in alongside the average in all categories in terms of price. It is well made and durable and will surely last years. Unlike most bottles, though, this one has the added expense of purchasing replacement filters occasionally. The manufacturer recommends replacing the filter every 2 months or after 40 gallons of water consumed. The filters aren't too expensive and can be purchased in bulk, reducing the overall expense. Also, when ordered, the bottle comes with two filters to get you started.
The Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle gets our stamp of approval and is our favorite filter bottle. It is sleek and portable, weighing less than most stainless options out there, plus it conveniently fits in a universal cup holder. It is durable and more or less leak-proof, inspiring confidence when thrown in the bottom of a gym bag or a messenger bag on the daily commute. The easy-to-use button flip-cap had us hydrating with ease. Overall, this is a great bottle but is definitely designed for a specific use, limiting its versatility. We wouldn't recommend putting any other beverages in this bottle besides water to avoid extra wear and tear on the filter. For simple and straightforward hydrating, this is a great choice.
— Jane Jackson