Ratings Overview - Backpacking Water Treatment

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Platypus Gravity Works
Platypus GravityWorks
Winning our Editors' Choice award, the Gravityworks churned up some surprising results in our lab. Taking the lead in our side-by-side tests when compared to other water filters in our fleet, we...  read more >
$120

Editors' Choice Award
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90
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 10 of 10
10
The 2017 AutoFlow Gravity Filter
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter
A tough competitor with the Editors' Choice-winning Platypus GravityWorks, the MSR AutoFlow is so similar to Platypus' model we had a hard time deciding between the two. Both products are gravity...  read more >
$120

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88
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Gravity Camp 6L
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L
Gravity filters are so hot right now! The Katadyn Gravity Camp is the new kid on the block and we were pleasantly surprised with how it performed. This filter is the fastest of all the gravity...  read more >
$90

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85
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Sawyer Mini
Sawyer Mini
An unrivaled price-to-weight ratio in our extensive review, the Sawyer Mini takes the cake for our Best Buy award. It's inexpensive, lightweight, and small, making it the optimal option for...  read more >
$25

Best Buy Award
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84
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 6 of 10
6
Speed - 9 of 10
9
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Guardian Purifier
MSR Guardian Purifier
The Guardian is the latest and greatest from MSR and wins our Top Pick Award for the best filter for international use. The Guardian is the fastest of all the pumps we tested, the easiest to operate...  read more >
$350

Top Pick Award
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82
Reliability - 10 of 10
10
Weight - 2 of 10
2
Treatment Capacity - 10 of 10
10
Speed - 10 of 10
10
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Katadyn Hiker Pro Transparent
Katadyn Hiker Pro
We've taken another look at the Katadyn Hiker Pro this year and have gained some fresh perspective on this classic pump. One of the best-selling, lightest, fastest and cheapest of all hand pump...  read more >
$85

Top Pick Award
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79
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 6 of 10
6
Treatment Capacity - 8 of 10
8
Speed - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
MSR Trailshot
MSR Trailshot
The TrailShot is MSR's newest filter in its extensive line of high-quality products. We think the TrailShot is a versatile, easy to use product that we would bring along on many different activities...  read more >
$50

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77
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops
Aquamira Water Treatment Drops
Chlorine dioxide treatments like the Water Treatment Drops from Aquamira are one of the lightest and smallest water treatment methods, making this system perfect for an emergency water treatment...  read more >
$15

Top Pick Award
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75
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 3 of 10
3
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Sawyer Squeeze
Sawyer Squeeze
The Sawyer Squeeze is an innovative water filter that differs from typical pump models. It previously won our Best Buy award, but was de-throned by its little brother, the Sawyer Mini. The Mini is...  read more >
$50

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75
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 5 of 10
5
Speed - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Aquamira Frontier Maximum Filtration System
Aquamira Frontier Max
We were intrigued by this new product on the market from Aquamira. The Frontier Max is a super light filter unit that will work with most bladders on the market either by connecting directly into...  read more >
$60

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Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 5 of 10
5
Speed - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
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LifeStraw Flex
LifeStraw Flex
The Lifestraw Flex beat out the Katadyn BeFree this year as a versatile, lightweight trail running and backpacking option. It takes our Top Pick Award for this reason. It is an excellent choice when...  read more >
$35

Top Pick Award
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73
Reliability - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 6 of 10
6
Speed - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
Sawyer S2 Foam
We took the Sawyer S2 Foam Filter with us on a two-week trip to Mexico, where we knew the tap water was not recommended to drink. The S2 squeezed the heck out of many liters of water and kept us...  read more >
$80

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Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 7 of 10
7
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 5 of 10
5
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit
MSR Trail Base
We were intrigued when we saw this product pop up on the market. The MSR Trail Base uses the Trailshot filter unit and incorporates it with clean and dirty water bags to create a gravity filter for...  read more >
$140

Best Buy Award
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72
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Treatment Capacity - 9 of 10
9
Speed - 8 of 10
8
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
Katadyn BeFree 3L Filtration System
Katadyn BeFree 3L
We were excited to see that Katadyn brought the BeFree out in two larger volume bottle sizes. This time around, we took the 3-liter version out for a test drive. It is still so light and compact; it...  read more >
$60

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71
Reliability - 5 of 10
5
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 8 of 10
8
LifeStraw
LifeStraw
As the least expensive water treatment system in our entire review, the LifeStraw has some obvious appeal. For around $20 you can get a compact, lightweight, and simple system for treating water. It...  read more >
$20

100
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71
Reliability - 9 of 10
9
Weight - 9 of 10
9
Treatment Capacity - 3 of 10
3
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 7 of 10
7
MSR Aquatabs
Weighing in as an ultralight water purification method, the Aquatabs from MSR remain a great portable option. They treat against bacteria, viruses, and giardia cysts, but not cryptosporidium. These...  read more >
$10

100
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71
Reliability - 8 of 10
8
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 4 of 10
4
Speed - 3 of 10
3
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
Potable Aqua Iodine Tablets with Taste Neutralizer
Potable Aqua Iodine Tablets
If what you are looking for is a fast and inexpensive emergency water treatment, iodine is a time-tested solution. Unlike all pump-filters with the exception of the First Need XL, iodine treats...  read more >
$11

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70
Reliability - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 10 of 10
10
Treatment Capacity - 7 of 10
7
Speed - 2 of 10
2
Ease of Use - 9 of 10
9
MSR Miniworks EX
MSR Miniworks EX
For the frequent backcountry traveler, the MSR Miniworks EX is a long-lasting filter with the added benefit of cleaning chemicals and pesticides from water. It is on the heavy side for a hiker and...  read more >
$90

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63
Reliability - 7 of 10
7
Weight - 4 of 10
4
Treatment Capacity - 8 of 10
8
Speed - 6 of 10
6
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
SteriPEN Ultra
SteriPEN Ultra
This round of testing, we gave the SteriPEN Ultra a whirl. It is similar to other SteriPEN products in that it uses ultra-violet light to get rid of harmful microorganisms in your water. Different...  read more >
$100

100
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62
Reliability - 6 of 10
6
Weight - 8 of 10
8
Treatment Capacity - 4 of 10
4
Speed - 7 of 10
7
Ease of Use - 6 of 10
6
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Total 19 products tested