There are many, many options out there for glass bottles with silicone sleeves. The Purifyou Premium is one of the newer options out there for this style. We tested the 22-ounce version. With many of the same issues we've seen in other glass bottles, the Purifyou doesn't quite measure up to our tried-and-true favorite, the Lifefactory Glass Flip Cap. The Purifyou bottle has a narrow mouth, making it difficult to clean and fill. Its lid design falls short of expectation and its price tag is too high to make it a reasonable investment. Because of these issues, the Purifyou bottle fell short in our performance comparisons. If you are looking to limit your water's contact with plastic materials, though, this model is a good option. The bottom of the lid is stainless steel, which is rare to find.
Purifyou Premium Glass Review
Cons: Difficult to clean, more challenging to fill, expensive, doesn't fit in most cup holders
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Our Analysis and Test Results
With a seemingly simple design, we were surprised to find so many complaints with the functionality of the Purifyou bottle. That said, it wasn't all bad with this bottle — we were happy with the lid and carrying handle, as well as the bottle's ability to shed lingering flavors.
Ease of Use
You might think that a water bottle was a fairly simple thing to design — it must have a bottom, 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 preferred the wide-mouthed Lifefactory with its smaller drinking spout integrated into the lid. 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 lid fit tightly and screwed on easily, which was something that we struggled with on the Lifefactory bottle. We also liked that the Purifyou had a carrying handle on the lid, which other glass bottles like the Soma lack.
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. We were weary after reading these reviews but had no problems with the Purifyou ourselves. This bottle faired almost as well as the Lifefactory in terms of durability, though we feel like the lid was made from less durable material than that of the Lifefactory. When dropped, the Purifyou did not break. For guaranteed durability, though, a stainless bottle can't be beat.
Ease of Cleaning
Though we already went into detail about the size of the Purifyou's mouth, we have to bring it up again in relation to the challenges we faced when trying to clean this bottle. The narrow mouth paired with the wide body makes it quite hard to reach into the bottom corners where gunk is most likely to build up. Comparatively, the Lifefactory has a wide mouth and a consistent shape throughout, which makes it much easier to clean, even without a bottle brush. If you are someone who cleans their water bottle frequently, be aware that bottles with tapered necks are harder to clean than those with a consistent shape. We ran into these issues with the Mira Cascade as well as the Purifyou.
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 than the Lifefactory.
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.
Like most glass bottles, the Purifyou is best used in an urban setting, though its relatively light weight makes it a good bottle for commuting.
Ringing in at $35, 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. For example, the Hydro Flask Standard is lighter, more durable, and costs the same. We felt like the Lifefactory was a much better deal, costing nearly $10 less than the Purifyou and working better overall.
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 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