When things go bad and the SHTF, many of use will need to bug out to another pre-determined location to escape whatever event is unfolding. I’m going to assume you’re got a go-bag or bug out bag ready for action and now you are looking for the best survival water filter to provide adequate and ample drinking water during and after the event.
Today we’re going to compare top 3 best water filters for survival, they are:
- LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
- Survivor filter
Before we do that, let’s take a look at the features you need to understand before choosing a water filter that will keep you alive.
Bacteria Filters Capabilities
Water filters are rated using microns, which is the rate at which sediment are filtered out of the water. The table below shows the various levels that microns are measures in:
|Beach Sand||100 – 2000|
|90% of all contaminents||0.5 – 2|
With a survival filter we want our filter to fall into the category of “90% of all contaminents” or 0.5 to 2 microns.
A water filter will only be useable for a limited amounst of contaminated water. What I mean by contaminated is anything from a body of water such as a stream, or pond, river or lake or even a small puddle.
As the filter is used, the tiny holes in the filter get clogged up which makes the filter less reliable. After so many uses, they will need to be replaced.
We recommend choosing a filter capable of filtering at least 1000 litres of water as a bare minimum, anything more than that is great.
Top 3 Survival Water Filters Reviewed
1. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
First up the LifeStraw. It is capable of filtering water and bacteria to 0.2 microns and it can handle up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water.
It is claimed to remove up to 99.9999% of all waterborne bacteria, rendering even the dirtiest water, safe to drink after one pass through the filter.
- Micron Level: 0.2
- Capacity: 1,000 litres
The Lifestraw is designed to be a ‘straight from source’ water filter meaning you drink directly from the pond or water source you have located. Some may find this off-putting having to get so close to a ‘less than desierable’ possibly stagnant water source.
If this is you, then I would consider the Sawyer which allows you to grab water in a pouch before filtering. That said, as a handy and compact survival water filter the Lifestraw is one of the best on the market.
2. Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
The Sawyer Mini can handle filtration down to 0.1 microns and it comes with a flush syringe which is to be used once your water flow rate starts to slow down from your filter. This allows you to back-wash the filter and clear out any debris and free up the ceramic filter inside.
- Micron Level: 0.1
- Capacity: unstated
This was the first survvial filter I purchased, primarily becuase I liked the idea of the backflush sytem and the design on this filter. The squeeze bags it comes supplied with (x2) are great for grabbing and carry water whilst on the go, which makes this suibtable for hiking as well as a survival situation.
What’s more is the Sawyer is so damn small and easy to slip into your pocket you barely notice it is there.
3. Survivor Filter – Reusable Water Filter
The Survivor Filter can filter down to 0.05 microns, so when compared to the lifestraw, which is rated to 0.2 and this is 0.05, it definitely has great filtration power.
It can also handle up to 1,000 gallons which is the same as the Lifestraw, however it is a little bit more expensive.
- Micron Level: 0.05
- Capacity: 1,000 gallons
Of the three survival filter straws on offer, the Survivor Filter has the best filtering capacity at 0.05 microns. Which means that 99.99% of all water born pathogens and bacteria are wiped out with this filter.
What’s more, the 1,000 gallon capacity (approx 3,800 litres) far outweighs the capacity of the other two.
When it comes to price, all three of these filters are on par with each other. It’s when we start to look at the micron levels and filtering capacity when things start to take shape.
Since Sawyer doesn’t offer a guideline as the the life span of their filter, but they do offer a back-flushing solution which does extend the lifespan, combined with the ability to carry water in the supplied pouches and not have to drink direct from the source. We give our top spot to the Sawyer Mini Filter.
2nd place goes to the Survivor Filter. If you’re looking for durability and sustainability then this is the one for you. It has both increased capacity so will likely last a little longer and also the bacteria filtering capabilities are greater.