Purifyou Premium Glass Review
Cons: Challenging to clean and fill, durability issues, doesn't fit in car cup holder
Our Analysis and Test Results
Ease of Use
You might think that a water bottle is a fairly simple thing to design — it must have a bottom and sides, it is usually round, and it has a lid, right? Well, within each of these seemingly simple features lies a myriad of opportunities for imperfection. The Purifyou, unfortunately, suffers from a few of these issues. To start, the bottle has a very narrow mouth — only an inch in diameter. This can be nice for drinking, as it protects from spillage, but it also makes it harder to fill and even harder to clean. We found that the downsides often outweigh the benefits with mouths this narrow. We much prefer wider-mouthed bottles. We also struggled with the shape of the bottle. The Purifyou Premium is too wide to fit into cup holders, yet still has a fairly small carrying capacity, which has water-guzzlers like us rushing back and forth to the drinking fountain to refill it at an embarrassing rate.
All that aside, we do have some nice things to say about the Purifyou Premium. The silicone sleeve is nicely textured, and we liked that the new bottle has mL markers on the side, so that you can observe your hydration habits.
According to online reviews, the Purifyou has a pretty bad track record in terms of durability. There were many mentions of the bottom of the bottle breaking off at seemingly random times. Unfortunately, our drop tests proved these reviews right — as the Purifyou bottle was the only one that shattered upon impact. That said, glass bottles, in general, have a higher risk of breaking, so if this is a major concern, we recommend going with a stainless steel bottle instead.
This is the one metric where the Purifyou beat out the Lifefactory in our side-by-side comparisons. Though we had issues with the bottle's narrow mouth for other reasons, the design of the Purifyou actually makes it a lighter bottle overall compared to the hefty Lifefactory. The Purifyou weighs in at 13.5 ounces, while the Lifefactory weighs 18.6 ounces. This is a significant difference, which, paired with the secure lid of the Purfiyou makes it a better option for human-powered commuting.
Just like our kitchen drinking glasses, glass water bottles work well at not retaining flavors. The Purifyou is no exception. That said, we didn't fill this bottle with hot beverages, and those are the flavors that really tend to linger. When using this bottle strictly for water and occasional juice or mild flavorings, tastes did not linger after a few rinses.
The Purifyou is not cheap. We found this to be a high price, considering the product and its limitations. For the same price, many options exceed the Purifyou. Our Top Pick for Glass costs significantly less than this model.
We were not wowed by the Purifyou bottle over the course of our testing period. The narrow mouth, small capacity yet wide circumference, and price tag make it fall short to some of its competitors in the glass bottle category. The carrying handle was too small to fit our fingers in, yet it didn't make sense to clip a carabiner into and the mouth size was too small to facilitate cleaning. We were impressed by the bottle's durability and relatively low weight.
— Jane Jackson