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Purifyou Premium Glass Review

This narrow-mouthed glass bottle is easy to drink from, but difficult to clean and fill
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Price:  $35 List | $25.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Secure lid, flavors don't linger, very little plastic in lid construction, easy to drink from narrow mouth
Cons:  Challenging to clean and fill, durability issues, doesn't fit in car cup holder
Manufacturer:   Purifyou
By Jane Jackson ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 13, 2020
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40
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RANKED
#18 of 18
  • Ease of Use - 40% 4
  • Durability - 25% 1
  • Weight - 20% 4
  • Taste - 15% 9

Our Verdict

There are many options out there for glass bottles with silicone sleeves, but how many come with a timescale to keep you on track with your daily water consumption? Well, the Purifyou Premium does. Does this make the bottle more desirable, though? Honestly, this added feature did not really change our experience with this bottle enough to elevate its overall scores in our performance comparisons. We tested the 22-ounce version of the bottle and felt that its narrow mouth made it hard to fill and clean. We also had a few issues with the lid and figuring out whether it was secure or not. 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. 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. Unfortunately, this one shattered in our drop test.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Purifyou in all its glory on the East side of the Sierra.
The Purifyou in all its glory on the East side of the Sierra.

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.

The small mouth is easy to drink from  but hard to clean and sometimes tricky to fill.
The small mouth is easy to drink from, but hard to clean and sometimes tricky to fill.

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.

Durability


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.

Unfortunately and surprisingly  the Purifyou version we tested this spring shattered in our durability test. We've tested this bottle in the past and it passed the drop test  so it just goes to show that glass bottles  in general  run the risk of shattering  despite their protective sleeves.
Unfortunately and surprisingly, the Purifyou version we tested this spring shattered in our durability test. We've tested this bottle in the past and it passed the drop test, so it just goes to show that glass bottles, in general, run the risk of shattering, despite their protective sleeves.

Weight


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.

At 13.5 ounces  we were able to justify carrying the Purifyou bottle around to climbing areas and on hikes  despite its glass construction.
At 13.5 ounces, we were able to justify carrying the Purifyou bottle around to climbing areas and on hikes, despite its glass construction.

Taste


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 bottle has very few places where flavors can get trapped. This meant that it received high scores in our taste metrics.
The Purifyou bottle has very few places where flavors can get trapped. This meant that it received high scores in our taste metrics.

Value


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.

It's hard to really say this bottle is worth the price considering it shattered in our test period  but if treated with care  it is a simple and functional bottle.
It's hard to really say this bottle is worth the price considering it shattered in our test period, but if treated with care, it is a simple and functional bottle.

Conclusion


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