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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  ⋅  May 8, 2018
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  • Ease of Use - 40% 5
  • Durability - 25% 7
  • Weight - 20% 6
  • Taste - 15% 8

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 overall volume of the bottle. We found it fairly difficult to drink out of the straw since water is being drawn through the system as you drink. All that aside, the LifeStraw bottle is unique in that it provides you with quality drinking water no matter where you are. The manufacturer claims that the bottle can filter water from any source safely. If filtered water is something that is important to you, this bottle could be a great one to use every day. It could also be useful on short day hikes where it could be refilled from streams along the way.

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Pros Replaceable filter, unique purpose, well-made, durableDurable, easy to carry, wide mouth for easy cleaning, lid insert for easy drinkingLight, durable, resists flavors, simple design, wide mouth makes for easy fillingSleek design, affordable, low-profile for filter bottleAffordable, insulates well, has interchangeable lids, portable
Cons Expensive, small capacity, can only be used with water (no other liquids)Expensive, heavyDiameter too big for cup holders, wide mouth makes it difficult to drink from when walking or drivingLimited 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 versatilityOur 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 pricedA bottle that is aesthetically appealing and effective at providing filtered water without leaks and other mishapsThis is one of our top ranking bottles because it's easy to use, just the right size, lightweight and inexpensive
Rating Categories LifeStraw Go YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Stainless Steel Fil... Simple Modern Summit
Ease Of Use (40%)
5.0
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Durability (25%)
7.0
10.0
7.0
9.0
8.0
Weight (20%)
6.0
2.0
8.0
4.0
4.0
Taste (15%)
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
Specs LifeStraw Go YETI Rambler 26 Nalgene Wide-Mouth Stainless Steel Fil... Simple Modern Summit
Body Material BPA-free Plastic 18/8 stainless steel Eastman Tritan co-polyester 18/8 stainless steel 18/8 stainless steel
Empty weight (oz) 10.0 oz 22 oz 6.4 oz 13.9 oz 12.4 oz
Volume (oz) 19 oz 26 oz 34 oz 20 oz 22 oz
Bottle weight (oz) per fluid oz capacity 0.53 oz 0.85 oz 0.19 oz 0.7 oz 0.56 oz
Mouth diameter n/a 3 in 2.5 in 2 in 2.25 in
Base diameter 3.14 in 3.25 in 3.25 in 2.8 in 3 in
Height 9.25 in 10 in 8.25 in 10.75 in 9.5 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 Bite Straw Wide-loop cap Loop-top screw cap Screw-cap with straw Screw Cap
Volume Options 10oz, Flex 18 oz, 20 oz, 36 oz 16 oz, 48 oz 20 oz 14 oz, 18 oz, 22 oz, 32 oz, 40 oz
Warranty 30 day return 3 or 5 year warranty Lifetime Guarantee for normal use 30 day Limited Warranty

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 lacks the ability to 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


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.
Photo: 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. We found the Camelbak Eddy+ to be much more effective as a comparable straw-style bottle. Of course, the Eddy+ does not have the filter component that the LifeStraw does.

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

Durability


In terms of durability, we found the Lifestraw to be in general a very durable bottle. the hard-sided, BPA-free plastic bottle saw no real damage throughout our testing period. We did not run into any issues with the filter either. According to their website, 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.

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.
Photo: 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.

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.
Photo: 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.

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.
Photo: Jane Jackson

Value


The LifeStraw is way more expensive than similar-sized plastic bottles. Of course, the bottle comes with a fairly high-tech filtration system, so it makes sense that you have to pay a bit more for this setup.

Conclusion


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. If you need a bottle that will be more versatile, the LifeStraw may not be the best option. It is difficult to drink out of, has a fairly small volume, and can only be used to hold water. It also filters water and makes it taste great! So it's up to you to decide whether filtered water is a priority or not.

Jane Jackson