Pump and Gravity Water Filters

Brands

MSR
Sawyer
Platypus
Katadyn
Aquamira
First Need
Timberline
LifeSaver Systems
Coghlan's

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$500 and above

Recent Pump/Gravity Water Filter Reviews

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 5 of 5 stars Compact, lightweight, and field cleanable, the Katadyn Hike PRO is in the top three of my favorite pieces of backpacking/hiking equipment. It's reliable and tough and the cost is reasonable. The Katadyn Hiker PRO will take up more space in your pack than a Steripen, but it's a heck of a lot faster, tougher, your water will taste and look better, and it doesn't require batteries. My better half and I always take this filter with us, whether we're on a day hike or backpacking into the backcountry. Full review

Katadyn Base Camp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Not meant for day or thru hikes, but as the name implies, it's a really good gravity filter for base camping. Make sure you carefully seat the filter cartridge before screwing it in or you'll get leaks that have a tendency to run down the hose and contaminate your container. I hate pumping water, especially when base camping. Either you make countless trips to the creek/river/lake, or you spend a lot of time at water's edge filling as many containers as you have. The Katadyn Base Camp allows you… Full review

Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L

rated 5 of 5 stars So much easier to have this gravity filter at the campsite than pumping into water bottles. Great all around for filling water bottles and cleaning up. Details from manufacturer with comments following: Easy-to-use dry bag-style design provides safe, potable water for large groups, base camps and family camping trips -- Yes, it was good for family backcountry camping (three people) at one site. 6-liter water bag with roll-top and side-release buckle closure fills quickly and hangs easily; window… Full review

MSR HyperFlow Microfilter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The MSR HyperFlow is really great for filtering water on the go. The MSR HyperFlow is great for lightweight travel. It's quick, efficient, and easy to operate. It's very easy for one person to operate alone even with the pump action without contamination because MSR includes a bottle cap to screw right on your water holder and a clean side cover to always keep the clean side clean.  It assembles and cleans quickly and without tools allowing you to fully flush and dry the unit inside for long life. Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Two seasons of use, no issues and very happy with this filter. I've been using this filter for two seasons now and I have had no issues. It has always filtered clean, clear water and I have never had any issues with getting sick. The only thing that worries me is the amount of small parts that come with it; two hoses and multiple bottle adapters. I've read some reviews about how people have had the pump handle break or the hose adapter break. I haven't had those issues. I try not to be too rough… Full review

Katadyn Hiker

rated 2.5 of 5 stars When the Katadyn Hiker works, it does a great job of filtering water into various water containers for 2-3 people. Just be prepared with a backup plan for when it breaks unexpectedly. I've used the Katadyn Hiker the past 5 years on multiple backpacking trips to filter water in streams, creeks, and springs. According to Katadyn, this filter removes bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae,¬†spores, and sediments. It also reduces bad tastes and odors. In the past 5 years, I've never experienced sickness or… Full review

Sawyer Squeeze Filter

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight, compact, simple construction. Not suitable for all situations, or requires additional gear to make it a fully functional filtration unit. This filter works best for the average hiker/camper that will be near larger, flowing bodies of water that may require filtration. I do recommend this product to anyone looking for a small filtration setup that won't be in any dire/survival situations. I grabbed the Sawyer squeeze bag system on sale at Walmart on a whim. It was $19.99 so I figured… Full review

Katadyn Vario Microfilter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great pump for a single user or a small group. Love the screw-on water bottle connector. This is an awesome addition to your hiking / backpacking gear. It is good for a small group of 4-8 people but may be a bit too large for a solo hiker. The unit has two settings fast flow and slow flow (higher filter). The faster flow filters about 2 liters per minute. The unit is designed to screw onto wide mouth Nalgene bottles for a simple refill process. No holding the pump and bottle AND trying to work the… Full review

Platypus GravityWorks Filter System

rated 5 of 5 stars Great water filtration whether going solo or out with the family. Ease of use makes for a great value. I bought this water filtration system to carry in my pack when I have my wife and son with me. The ease of being able to hang your water while it filters itself and complete other tasks is a great value. The whole system fits nicely in my pack and is relatively lightweight, adding 10.75 ounces for the 4 liter kit that I bought. Some may say that's a lot, but my favorite mountain home in WV has… Full review