What’s in your water? Anything you don’t really want to know about?
I wonder about that for myself. What you don’t know can’t hurt you, unless of course there are contaminants in your drinking water that could possibly…hurt you.
I like the new Hydros Water Filter Bottle because, at only $20, it protects you from the unknown. A filter in the water bottle itself filters out 90% of chlorine and also blocks contaminants found in drinking water, some that can make you feel sick or at least give you a sore stomach.
I should know — I just moved to a new area where the water is a little…weird. It doesn’t quite taste right, probably because of some additives to keep it safe. I moved from a country setting where water treatments are less common. Whatever it is, I feel good about using the filter on the Hydros at least to remove anything that is obviously not that safe.
Thankfully, it also fits nicely in a bike holder for a water bottle. The 20-ounce size is nice because I can fill it up more than a typical biking bottle, which is often about 30% less capacity. The company behind the Hydros claims the filter works five times faster than other filtered bottles. (Honestly, I have not heard of any other companies that filter on the bottle itself, although filtering a water carafe is common these days.)
The bottle is lower priced than I would expect considering it comes with one filter. A two-pack filter replacement set costs $11, but your mileage will vary when it comes to how long the filter lasts — it depends on your area and what you are filtering out. I have no idea what is in the water in my area, but so far the filter seems to be working fine after about 20 fills.
My test bottle is light blue, but there are three other colors including bright pink, gray, and green. I could see someone using this bottle for their daily hydration.
One minor gripe is that I wasn’t a fan of how you actually drink out of it since you push on one end to pop out the other side. I assume this is to prevent any leaking.
The worst thing that can happen with a water bottle on a bike ride is for the lid to leak or pop open, so what was slightly annoying to me might be a blessing to anyone who needs every drop of water they can get on a hot day. I liked the feature at the end of a long ride.
Now, about the cost. I thought $20 was reasonable for the filtration aspects, and the extra filters are not priced out of line at $11 for two. It’s really a decision about how much filtering you want to do for chlorine and other issues. (By the way, I don’t recommend drinking unsafe water — this product is cleaning up already safe water; don’t try drinking swimming pool water with it.)
Overall, it’s a smart product and, why not filter out the bad stuff?