LifeStraw Personal Filter Review

Access to clean drinking water is a priority no matter where you are – but can be less of a certainty when traveling through unknown areas, in the wilderness or less developed parts of the world. The Lifestraw is designed to be small, lightweight and inexpensive. It takes up almost no room in the backpack.
The only downside is the delayed response, and getting used to drinking water through a straw – but this is a small price to pay for access to clean water. When the Lifestraw Personal Filter came out it won many awards, Why? Because it packs a hell of a punch for such a small and cheap product.

Okay, so there are devices which are more hardcore at purifying water, but when taking into account size, weight and price – it is hard to beat the LifeStraw for your average camper, traveller or hiker.

Look at the picture above, that could be you! Living the good life, drinking from a dirty stream deep in the wilderness.


  • Effective against bacteria and protozoan
  • Requires almost no maintenance (a little but it is for easy, more below)
  • Very small and lightweight (making it ideal for hikers, travellers, campers or anyone that wants to travel light)
  • Does not add funny odors or taste to water
  • Reduces amount of sediment in the drinking water
  • High flow rate compared to similar devices
  • Does not require any batteries/recharging (will not go flat)
  • Long product life compared to similar devices
  • When Lifestraw cannot filter any more water, it will not allow you to suck water through it

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  • Product does not store purified water
  • Does not filter out viruses (this would only be an issue in certain areas, not North America or Europe)


    • Removes a minimum of 99.9% bacteria and protozoan
    • Reduces water turbidity by filtering particles of approximately 0.2 microns
    • Product effective up to 1000L of water purification
    • Drink directly from streams or from a wide-mouth water bottle



How To Use

The Lifestraw Personal requires some maintenance for you to get the most out of the product. When finished drinking, blow a breath of air back down into the LifeStraw to purge the remaining water out, shake, and recap. If you drink from murky water and the water flow stops, blow back into it to purge the water and mud from the filter.

PLEASE NOTE: This device does not filter chemicals, salt, viruses, heavy metals.

How does the Lifestraw Personal differ to the Lifestraw Family?

The Lifestraw Family is also designed to purify the water of viruses (the Lifestraw Personal is not). However the Lifestraw is exceptionally more mobile and cheaper than the Lifestraw Family (which is largely designed to be kept in one place).


Product In Use (photos)

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  1. November 24, 2014

    […] Does not filter as much water per life of the product as the Lifestraw […]

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