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LifeStraw Review

LifeStraw produces portable water filters that you can use to convert dirty water into clean drinking water.

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LifeStraw Review Table of Contents

LifeStraw Overview

LifeStraw produces different types of personal water filters for camping, survival, and home use. 


  • ADVANCED WATER FILTRATION. Protects against 99.999999% of bacteria (including E.coli, Salmonella), 99.999% of parasites (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), 99.999% of microplastics, as well as sand, dirt, and cloudiness

  • THOUGHTFUL AND SUSTAINABLE DESIGN. Ultralight and durable, the LifeStraw weighs less than 2 ounces so you can pack it anywhere without the need for electrical power, batteries, or replacement parts

  • MADE TO LAST. Long-lasting membrane microfilter will last from 2,000 to 18,000 liters of water (4,000 L is enough drinking water for an individual for over 5 years). 

  • RIGOROUSLY TESTED. Meets US EPA & NSF P231 standards for the removal of bacteria and parasites; BPA-free, chemical free

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LifeStraw Pros

"I drank from the most disgusting looking crevice filled with brown scum (see photo). I thought, this is going to be safe, but taste horrid. WRONG. TASTED LIKE THE FRESHEST SPRING WATER. Better than any tap."

"I've used these both in Iraq & Afghanistan. Works as advertised. Extremely reliable and genuinely safe to use filtration system. We now use it as a SOP to have one in everyone's ruck when we deploy! Semper Fi."

"I am going to keep this one simple. Recently I got stranded in the back woods of the Adirondack Mountains. I had ran out of water earlier on the first day and used this until I was rescued on the morning of day three. THIS WORKS, this helped save my life. If you hike YOU NEED THIS PRODUCT."

"The initial drink was a little tough. (Just need to get the water through the filter) But I would rather it be like that, so I know that the filter is doing its job. After that, the rest of the sips were easy."

"Its pretty compact, light weight & can be worn around the neck on its tether while day hiking."

"Water definitely tastes different, maybe even better? I never noticed any “bad” taste from my tap water before, but I can tell a slight distinction between the two now."

"I really like the fact that you can filter any water on the go, theres no real set up, just pour the water in and drink through the built in straw. Simple, you can take that nasty tap water from the sink if you have bad pipes or the city water is subpar and then have clean and good tasting water."

"After discovering that mine leaked, I was in South America and could not reply, return or exchange my LifeStraw Go. The 30 day warranty expired and I was unable to return this to Amazon. I contacted LifeStraw directly and customer representative, Tiffany asked me to send some information and a few pictures. Within three days of my initial contact with LifeStraw, a new replacement was sent to address and stop my leak. I've updated my ratings as my filter bottle no longer leaks and I have experienced exceptional customer service from LifeStraw."


LifeStraw Cons

"We followed the instructions from the video to soak it prior to first use but we could not get a single drop of water to come through it."

"Difficult to get meaningful amounts of water out of these and they seize up if you don’t clear the water shortly after each use."

"The only thing I will say it that you cannot use it in muddy or very dirty water because the dirt will immediately clog the filter making it impossible to suck up water."

"WHAT YOU WONT LIKE: some of you won't like that it's a little harder to suck through the straw then a normal water bottle; this is because you are sucking through a filter! It's going to be harder. If you are elderly or a child then this is probably not the water bottle for you."

"Only at the website do you find that if you are going to store it for a month or more, you need to rinse it in a bleach solution and then store salt water solution in it to keep the filter wet (salt prevents any mold or algae from forming). They say that if the filter gets completely dried out, then it can be difficult to get the product flowing again. I wish I had known this BEFORE I wet the filters."

"I've never had an problems drawing water through it. The only problem I've had is that despite constant use (I would fill it three or more times a day) and washing the actual bottle out, mold still found its way in to the filter itself, which sucks -- it was never left closed with water just sitting in it." 


LifeStraw Summary

Overall great reviews of the price and ability to turn nasty water into fresh tasting drinking water.

Very lightweight and easy to travel with.

Each of their products maintains and average of 4.5 to 5 stars. The main LifeStraw pen filter has over 75,000 reviews.

Overall good reviews if the product was defective or they made a mistake. The company seems to put the customer first. 

Most of the reviews state that it's hard to suck water out of all LifeStraw products. 

You have to rinse in bleach and store the filter in salt water after use to prevent clogging. Many people did not understand this and had their filters ruined.


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