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Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle Review

A bottle that is aesthetically appealing and effective at providing filtered water without leaks and other mishaps
Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle
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Price:  $30 List | $28.25 at Amazon
Pros:  Sleek design, affordable, low-profile for filter bottle
Cons:  Limited to water use only, small capacity
Manufacturer:   Brita
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 26, 2021
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 8
  • Durability - 25% 9
  • Weight - 20% 4
  • Taste - 15% 8

Our Verdict

We love the Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle for its sleek design, replaceable filter feature, and affordable price tag. This is a great bottle for folks who want to drink filtered water at work, at the gym, or even at home. It is easy to use, insulated, and easy to clean. We appreciate that the push-button flip cap actually works and doesn't leak at all in our tests. It is also easy to operate with one hand—great for driving or computer work. This is our recommended option for people on the go who are particular about the taste and quality of their drinking water.

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Pros Sleek design, affordable, low-profile for filter bottleDurable, easy to carry, wide mouth for easy cleaning, lid insert for easy drinkingLight, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy fillingStylish, well-insulated, easy to clean, simple design, durableLightweight, well-insulated, simple design, reasonable price tag
Cons Limited to water use only, small capacityExpensive, heavyDiameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or drivingHeavy, expensiveCarrying handle is an odd size, rim of bottle is a bit sharp
Bottom Line A bottle that is aesthetically appealing and effective at providing filtered water without leaks and other mishapsOur favorite choice for daily use because of the size, shape, and ease of use in an insulated stainless steel bottleA tried and tested classic, this model is versatile and reasonably pricedThis hip bottle is a simple, easy to clean vacuum insulated bottle with a narrow mouth and a portable sizeThis bottle offers the lowest weight among insulated stainless steel bottles that we have tested
Rating Categories Stainless Steel Filter Bottle YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask Standard Mouth GSI Outdoor Microlite 720 Tw...
Ease Of Use (40%)
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Durability (25%)
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Specs Stainless Steel... YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Hydro Flask... GSI Outdoor...
Body Material 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel Eastman Tritan co-polyester 18/8 stainless steel Stainless Steel, Polypropylene, Silicone
Empty weight (oz) 13.9 oz 22 oz 6.4 oz 12.9 oz 10.5 oz
Volume (oz) 20 oz 26 oz 34 oz 24 oz 24 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity 0.7 oz 0.85 oz 0.19 oz 0.54 oz 0.43 oz
Mouth diameter 2 in 3 in 2.5 in 2 in 2.25 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 11 in 9.3 in
Body Type Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional Hard-sided/traditional
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 Wide-loop cap Screwtop
Volume Options 20 oz 18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz 16 oz, 48 oz 18 oz, 21 oz 17 oz, 24 oz, 34 oz
Warranty 30 day 3 or 5 year warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use Lifetime 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.

Performance Comparison


This filter bottle quickly became one of our favorites for...
This filter bottle quickly became one of our favorites for day-to-day use.
Photo: Jane Jackson

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.

A easy to operate push button makes the Brita great for one-handed...
A easy to operate push button makes the Brita great for one-handed use. This lid design is leak-proof.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Durability


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.

We used this bottle for several weeks, taking it to the office, the...
We used this bottle for several weeks, taking it to the office, the gym, and everywhere life took us. It held up without an issue.
Photo: Jane Jackson

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.


Weight


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.

The Brita, though it has a small capacity, is very lightweight and...
The Brita, though it has a small capacity, is very lightweight and portable. This helped encourage us to bring it on day hikes and other excurisons.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Taste


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.

We didn't really like putting flavored drinks into this bottle since...
We didn't really like putting flavored drinks into this bottle since flavors impart on the filter.
Photo: Jane Jackson

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.


Value


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.

A fairly straightforward design (only three components) create a...
A fairly straightforward design (only three components) create a pleasant drinking experience for anyone focused on hydrating with filtered water.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Conclusion


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