Chemical Water Treatments

Brands

Potable Aqua
Aquamira
Katadyn
MSR
PUR
Polar Equipment
Aquatabs

Genders

Men's

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 and above

Recent Chemical Water Treatment Reviews

Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

rated 3 of 5 stars Convenient, light, fast enough. But how antiseptic is it? I have used these drops for several years, and I have never gotten sick in the wild. But that does not prove they actually kill germs; I might simply have been lucky.  Knowing that, I'm worried about the absence of any claim by Aquamira that they are effective against germs —bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Before purchasing my second kit, I threw away the packaging from my first purchase. This time, I read the packaging carefully. There… Full review

Aquamira Water Treatment Drops

rated 5 of 5 stars Great for lightweight with no taste. I started using the pump filters and after many years went looking for something lighter and went to the Steripen which is great. That however you have to rely on batteries. Then it was the tablets for the absolute lightest thing out there, but ugh the taste was awful and you had a 30 minute wait time. Then I found these drops and several of my hiking friends now use them. I carry 3-4 little pre-made (that morning) capsules that are ready to drop into my coke… Full review

Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets with P.A. Plus

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Less weight than a filter, and won't plug up. I took these along on a backcountry elk hunt in 2010 as a backup to a filter water bottle. I am sure glad I did. the filter bottle was a disappointment. The two-part tablets delivered good tasting water with no ill effects. I would fill my Camelbak and water bottles from a small creek, place in the appropriate number of tablets, and wait about 1/2 an hour or more then put the neutralizer tablet in. The taste of the water was good, and after 7-days had… Full review

Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets

rated 5 of 5 stars Light, easy to use, safe for long term use. Safe for long term use. Easy to use; one tablet per litre, let sit for 30 minutes. No aftertaste but sometimes a bit of odor when you first open the water bottle. Approved and used by: NATO, WHO, Unicef, International Red Cross, Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Oxfam. Full review

Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Light, safe, easy to use Stable, easy-to-use water treatment option that purifies using chlorine dioxide. Effective against viruses, bacteria, giardia, and cryptosporidium. Not much of an aftertaste at all. Some slight chlorine odor when chemicals are working on contaminants, but hardly noticeable in clean water. Dwell times range from 1/2 to 4 hours depending on water temperature. I carry two x 1 litre jugs and switch from one to the other as needed, leaving one to work while I'm drinking the other. Full review

Aquamira Water Purifier Tablets

rated 4 of 5 stars Way back when I hiked in the White Mountains I didn't treat the water at all. These days I wouldn't think of not treating and I haven't felt like putting out the $75+ dollars for a water filter.  I always carry these tablets, even on day hikes. They weigh nothing and are an easy safety net in case I get stranded. On backpacks nowadays I am always with a larger group so, should I not be able to wait for the four hours, I could always borrow someone's filter. Haven't had to do that yet.  I don't… Full review

Potable Aqua Chlorine Dioxide Water Purification Tablets

rated 3.5 of 5 stars This is the ultimate in light gear. The fact that you have to wait 4 hours to kill cryptosporidium is a little bit of a pain in that I always have to be sure to have enough drinkable water handy. This means I usually carry more than some others (during hot weather I'll carry 4 liters).   I have thought of getting a pump but since I now only go backpacking with a group someone always has one anyway if I really got stuck. There is a slight smell (very slight, some people don't even smell it) but… Full review

Potable Aqua Iodine and Taste-Neutralizer Tablets

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I love this stuff. I have used it forever and never had an issue. It's easy, cheap, light, simple and pretty fast. Don't let rainwater into the bottles of pills and you will be just fine. I have used this in water where I could SEE things swimming around and lived to tell the tale (after the treatment they had stopped swimming). I never had much issue with the taste of the tablets but with the second tablet the iodine taste disappears. A half or quarter of the taste neutralizer tablet works as well… Full review

Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets

rated 4 of 5 stars This product is wonderful for weight reduction and as prior noted, tearing the foil is difficult and can cause loss of tablet parts on the ground. The taste is not all that bad, what keeps from giving 5 stars is the foil packing and the weight time for fast water replacing on the trail is really limited so one must plan according to the next source, a larger container for camp is necessary as this is not a fast bottle fill on the trail device. For that I carry a few iodine tabs, the larger Platypus… Full review