ZeroWater Travel Bottle Review: Portable Water Filtration Tumbler

This travel water bottle with a filter gives you clean, great-tasting water on the go.

ZeroWater Travel Bottle Review


  • Holds 26 ounces of liquids
  • Delivers pure tasting water
  • Removes virtually all total dissolved solids and removes more pharmaceuticals and chemicals than Brita and PUR
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Color change filter shows you when it needs to be replaced


  • Cup can only be filled halfway while the water is being filtered. You’ll need to fill it, wait for the first half to filter, then add the second half to be treated.
  • Does not remove microbiological contaminants—you can’t use it with river water while camping, or in a country where the tap water is not safe to drink

How ZeroWater Travel Bottle Rates:

  • Usefulness: 5/10. This is a great product if you only want to use it to get great tasting water. It would be more useful if it removed microbiological contaminants.
  • Value: 8/10. Currently on sale for $13.43, the ZeroWater is cheaper than buying bottled water.
  • Portability: 10/10. The 26 ounces ZeroWater is great for travel—bring it through airport security (empty) and then fill it up at the airport water fountain to get around the liquids rule.
  • Cool Factor: 9/10. The travel bottle comes in blue or silver and looks sleek.

Final Verdict: If you rely on your Brita filter at home and buying bottled water on the road, the ZeroWater is a good alternative.

(Photo: ZeroWater)

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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