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LifeStraw Go Review

This bottle provides filtered water on the go, but this also restricts its overall versatility
LifeStraw Go
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Price:  $40 List | $39.95 at REI
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Pros:  Replaceable filter, unique purpose, well-made, durable
Cons:  Expensive, small capacity, can only be used with water (no other liquids)
Manufacturer:   LifeStraw
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Mar 30, 2022
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 5.0
  • Durability - 25% 7.0
  • Weight - 20% 6.0
  • Taste - 15% 8.0

Our Verdict

The LifeStaw Go is a bottle designed for a very specific use. The bottle has a straw and integrated filtration system, which takes up a large part of the bottle's overall volume. We found it somewhat difficult to drink from the straw since water is being drawn through the system as you drink. All that aside, the LifeStraw bottle is unique in that it allows you to hydrate with quality drinking water no matter where you are. The manufacturer claims that the bottle can filter water from any source safely. This could be a great water bottle to carry on short day hikes where it could be refilled from streams along the way.

Editor's Note: This product review was updated on March 25, 2022, to give more recommendations on what we would buy.

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Pros Replaceable filter, unique purpose, well-made, durableWell-insulated, great carrying handle, easy to clean, stainless-steel strawSimple design, inexpensive, lightweightSleek design, affordable, low-profile for filter bottleAffordable, insulates well, has interchangeable lids, easily portable
Cons Expensive, small capacity, can only be used with water (no other liquids)Heavy, expensiveMade of plastic, doesn't fit in all cupholdersLimited to water use only, small capacityPaint chipping after a few months of use, flip cap seemed to lack security
Bottom Line This bottle provides filtered water on the go, but this also restricts its overall versatilityA thoughtfully designed bottle with an impressive feature set and works extremely wellThis bottle is recommended because it is simple, lightweight, durable and has a solid feature setA bottle that is aesthetically appealing and effective at providing filtered water without leaks and other mishapsThis is one of our favorite bottles because it's easy to use, just the right size, lightweight and inexpensive
Rating Categories LifeStraw Go Klean Kanteen TKWid... CamelBak Eddy+ Trit... Brita Stainless Ste... Simple Modern Summit
Ease of Use (40%)
5.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (25%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
9.0
8.0
Weight (20%)
6.0
3.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
Taste (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs LifeStraw Go Klean Kanteen TKWid... CamelBak Eddy+ Trit... Brita Stainless Ste... Simple Modern Summit
Body Material BPA-free plastic 90% post-consumer recycled 18/8 stainless steel BPA-free plastic 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel
Empty Weight 10.0 oz 20.1 oz 7.1 oz 13.9 oz 15.7 oz
Volume 19 oz 32 oz 32 oz 20 oz 32 oz
Bottle Weight per Fluid oz Capacity 0.53 oz 0.63 oz 0.22 oz 0.7 oz 0.5 oz
Mouth Diameter n/a 2.6 in 2.3 in 2 in 2.25 in
Base Diameter 3.14 in 3.6 in 3.8 in 2.8 in 3.5 in
Height 9.25 in 10.36 in 9.25 in 10.75 in 9 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, BPF free BPA-free BPA-free
Cap/Lid Type Bite Straw Screw cap, twist top Screw cap, flip top Screw-cap with straw Screw Cap, flip top
Volume Options 10oz, Flex 12 oz, 16 oz, 20 oz, 32 oz 14 oz, 25 oz, 32 oz 20 oz 14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz, 64 oz, 84 oz

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Go is a small volume bottle with an integrated filter. We had a hard time figuring out the best use for this bottle, as it is too small and cumbersome to use backpacking, and cannot filter large quantities of water. For short hikes near a water source, the LifeStraw is useful because it can be refilled anywhere. This means you can carry less water, and thus have a lighter load. The bottle is also useful in an urban setting where you may not have access to filtered water all the time.

Performance Comparison


LifeStraw Go water bottle - we found it difficult to suck water through the straw, since it is...
We found it difficult to suck water through the straw, since it is attached to a heavy-duty filter inside the bottle.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Ease of Use


The underwhelming score that the LifeStraw received in this metric is due to the difficulties we had drinking out of the filter-straw. The filter also takes up a ton of volume in the bottle itself, which reduces the overall capacity of the bottle drastically. You have to suck on the straw pretty hard to get water through the filter, which can get tiring after a while. When we had the bottle full of drinkable water (which we usually did), we often took the lid off and skipped the straw and filter altogether.

The LifeStraw is made up of three components, making it easy to take apart and clean. That said, bottles with integrated straws can be a challenge to keep clean in the long term.

Durability


We found the Lifestraw to generally be a very durable bottle in terms of durability. The hard-sided, BPA-free plastic bottle saw no real damage throughout our testing period, and we didn't run into any issues with the filter, either. LifeStraw recommends replacing the filter after 4000 liters (or 1000 gallons). The filter is the weakest point of this bottle, and it can be easily replaced.

LifeStraw Go water bottle - drinking filtered water from the lifestraw. the filter is a nice...
Drinking filtered water from the LifeStraw. The filter is a nice feature for road trips when you are filling up water without having the option of filtered water out of the tap. The LifeStraw eliminates this issue.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Weight


The LifeStraw is on the heavier side of the plastic bottles in this review in terms of weight. This high tech bottle weighs in at 10 ounces. The extra weight, of course, comes from the integrated filter, which weighs a bit on its own. This is a bit of a detraction because it also takes up a fair amount of space in the bottle, reducing the capacity. If you are set on filtering your water, then the weight is less of a concern, but it is something to be noted.

LifeStraw Go water bottle - the filter takes up a lot of space inside the bottle, reducing the...
The filter takes up a lot of space inside the bottle, reducing the overall versatility of the LifeStraw.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Taste


Because it has a built-in filter, it is no surprise that the LifeStraw Go gets a relatively high score regarding taste. The hollow fiber membrane and integrated activated carbon capsule filters bacteria and reduces chlorine and bad taste. Obviously, this bottle makes water taste good! The downside is that the bottle is only made for water, meaning you cannot put any other liquids in it. The straw can collect a bit of flavor, and if you are constantly filling the bottle with bad-tasting water, a slight smell can develop. The filter itself also traps flavor, which is another reason to only use water in this bottle.

LifeStraw Go water bottle - here, the lifestraw is shown next to the thermos intak. they are...
Here, the LifeStraw is shown next to the Thermos Intak. They are comparable in size, but the Intak has a larger capacity since it lacks LifeStraw's filter.
Credit: Jane Jackson

Should You Buy the Lifestraw Go?


The LifeStraw Go is a unique bottle with a number of positive features and a few downsides. If you are looking for a bottle with an integrated filtration system, this bottle is a great option, and it is not insanely expensive. However, it's not a very versatile option. It is difficult to drink out of, has a fairly small volume, and can only be used to hold water. If you think you will find yourself in scenarios where this bottle is useful, go for it. Otherwise, we might recommend more versatile options.

What Other Water Bottles Should You Consider?


Our favorite filter bottle from testing was the Brita Stainless Steel Filter Bottle, but it should be noted that the Brita is only for filtering impurities out of already potable water. If you don't plan to filter from streams but just want to make the local tap water taste better, we recommend the Brita, as it's much easier to drink from and is a great bottle overall. If you don't really need the filtration aspect but just want a good bottle to take into the backcountry (ideally with a separate filtration system), we recommend the classic and durable Nalgene Wide-Mouth.

Jane Jackson
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