Pump and Gravity Water Filters

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Platypus
Katadyn
MSR
Sawyer
First Need
LifeSaver
LifeStraw
Aquamira
Survivor Filter
Exstream

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Pump/Gravity Water Filter Reviews

Sawyer Squeeze

rated 4 of 5 stars I have used this on overnight backpacking and bikepacking trips, as well as big one-day loop hikes. It is fast filtering, and with a little practice/modification, you can get water from almost any source. This filter is fast, and can provide water for a group as the only filter. The most important thing to note is that the pouch is very challenging to fill, especially in moving/very cold water (sticking your hands in alpine streams can be frigid). The best way to solve this is taking a 1G ziplock… Full review

Katadyn Hiker

rated 5 of 5 stars On our second filter replacement, but this Katadyn (PUR) Hiker pump is still going strong after more than 20 years and dozens of trips. This filter just works! No fuss, it just keeps ticking. After dozens of multi-day backpacking trips in the mountains of central Idaho, it finally started to slow down a bit to the point that the input hose would crimp at the point of entry into the filter body. So, we replaced the filter and lubed the seals and plunger, and it felt like new and just kept on chugging. Full review

MSR MiniWorks EX

rated 2 of 5 stars Disappointingly slow, even after cleaning the filter. Okay for a soloist, but definitely too slow to be used by groups greater than two people. It is easy to clean, and the water comes out clear and without bad tastes. I researched water filters for quite a while, and must have just over-thought it all, and ended up overall pretty disappointed with the MSR MiniWorks EX. I really liked the idea of a ceramic filter that was easy to clean and wouldn't need to be replaced for a long time. So, ultimately… Full review

Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 4L

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super easy to set up, use, and take down. Set it and forget it. Packs really light! Only problem my team had was keeping the closure cap with the system. This filtration system was very effective in filtering water for six people for a three-day overnight camping trip up to Lake Lovely Water.  It took approximately 45 minutes to get 3 litres of filtered water to each member for their hydration packs (18 litres total) and it was easy and fast and we were able to ready our packs while we filtered. Full review

MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit is a versatile water treatment device with easy pump and gravity flow setups built in. It could conceivably replace your filter, bladder hydration system and a water bottle for many outdoor activities. A couple of reasons I haven’t switched permanently to this system include weight not suited to a solo hiker like me, initial taste issues (like many bladder systems), and an issue with the pump spout/cap. WAIVER:  This is not a recommendation for using or not… Full review

Sawyer Squeeze

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great light water filter for use for up to three people. Need to be careful not to drip dirty water into the clean container you are filling. Overall very easy to use the squeeze bottles that come with the product or I have also hooked up to a Platypus bladder for use as a higher volume squeeze bottle. Good for 1-3 people:I was one of the leaders of a 10-day hike with 15 people in the group and we were using Sawyer Squeeze filters. The filters worked great. The only issue was that the camp did not… Full review

Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 4L

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent filter, works fast. I have always purchased Cascade Designs (which Platypus is a part of) products whenever I can because of the excellent customer service and excellent products. They won't be the cheapest product around, but I have an MSR WhispeLite stove, BaseCamp pad, Vela HD quilt, and Platypus water filter. When I got this filter from Amazon it was missing the proprietary connection to one of the bags. I called Platypus on a Saturday and a very helpful (English speaking) person… Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Easy to use water filter for backpacking. Have owned and used since 2013. Love this filter. Very easy to use, especially when utilizing quick-connects for water bladders. Take very little time to set up and filter. There are several options available (pens, gravity bags, etc), but this has always worked well for me. Very user friendly. My one recommendation and caution is removing and effectively cleaning/drying the filter inside the unit after use. I didn't do this once and got a moldy filter. Full review

Katadyn Hiker PRO

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Just bought this as a primary water filtration system. Used it last weekend as we were camping/hiking Jones Mtn in the Shenandoah. The spring was located right by the cabin we rented. Now I wanted this for the easy pump (47 pumps = 1 liter) and that was indeed easy—NO STRUGGLE or EFFORT needed to accomplish this. And if memory serves it was about 47 pumps. Lightweight for its size. Separate stowage bag and also one of the ziplock "sandwich" type bag for the dirty (OR CLEAN, depending on what you… Full review

Top-Rated Pump and Gravity Water Filters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 2L
$100 - $625
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Katadyn Combi
$200 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Platypus GravityWorks Filter System 4L
$120
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (14)
Katadyn Pocket
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
MSR Autoflow Gravity Filter
$96 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L
$72 - $89
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sawyer All in One Filter
$60
user rating: 4 of 5 (51)
Katadyn Hiker PRO
$70 - $84
user rating: 4 of 5 (32)
Sawyer Squeeze
$40 - $49
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Katadyn Hiker
$70 - $74
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (42)
MSR MiniWorks EX
$72 - $99
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (30)
Katadyn Vario Microfilter
$90 - $97
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (23)
Katadyn Base Camp
$70
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (16)
MSR HyperFlow Microfilter
$100
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
MSR Trail Base Water Filter Kit
$140
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
First Need XLE Elite Canister
$61
user rating: 3 of 5 (3)
LifeSaver Jerrycan
$195 - $259
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
Katadyn Drip Gravidyn
$295
user rating: 2 of 5 (4)
Katadyn Mini
$82 - $109
user rating: 1 of 5 (1)
LifeStraw Mission Gravity Water Purifier
$120 - $144
Sawyer 4L Gravity Filtration System
$150
MSR TrailShot Microfilter
$50
Sawyer Water Filtration System 2 Liter
$90 - $99
Katadyn Siphon
$60 - $79
Katadyn Drip Ceradyn
$318
Katadyn Base Camp Pro
$80 - $99
Katadyn Expedition
$1,500
user rating: 4 of 5 (22)
MSR SweetWater Microfilter
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Sawyer Complete Water Filtration System 2 Liter
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Aquamira Frontier Pro Filter
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Survivor Filter PRO
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Sawyer Complete 4 Liter Gravity Water Purification System
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Sawyer Water Filtration System 4 Liter
 
Exstream Sungari
MSR HyperFlow Microfilter Prefilter Replacement
$25 MSRP
 
First Need Microlite
 
Sawyer Complete Water Filtration System 8 Liter
 
Reliance Gravity Water Filter
 
Timberline Filter
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Katadyn Guide
discontinued
 
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Water Filter
discontinued
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (4)
MSR MiniWorks
discontinued
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
MSR WaterWorks EX
discontinued
MSR WaterWorks II
discontinued
Katadyn Combi Plus
discontinued
 
Middleboro Water Camper's Micro-Ceramic Water Filter
discontinued
 
Platypus Gravity Filtration System
discontinued