The Aquasana Active Clean Water Bottle uses an integrated filter to turn plain tap water into delicious drinking water on the go. It comes in 3 different versions:
All Clean Water Bottles feature a silicone sleeve for protection and better grip.
We also have a plastic spout for “easy dispensing” (more on that in a bit) and a carrying loop which allows you to hook the bottle to your bag, for example. Don’t worry, all materials are 100% BPA-free. This also includes the filter housing.
Please note: Aquasana Active Clean Water Bottles are to be used with cold municipal water only!
What are the contaminants that will be removed? A combination of adsorption, mechanical filtration and ion exchange take care of:
Each CWB filter cartridge lasts 80 gallons or the equivalent of 600 bottles.
There are three additional aspects that we appreciate:
For one, it’s the independent third-party lab testing according to NSF Standard 42 & 53. This guarantees that the filters actually do what is being claimed, and that is removing those nasty contaminants listed above.
And while doing so, they will preserve all the naturally occurring healthy minerals in your water, such as calcium and magnesium.
Lastly, we like that each bottle is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
What do we mean by setup? Only that you have to soak the filter for 3-5 minutes before use.
After soaking, you can simply attach the filter to the lid by pressing it firmly into position.
Now you can fill your bottle with cold tap water. But make sure to leave about 1.5″ of space to the top. Screw the lid tightly on and you are good to go – easy!
If the filter appears dry at any point re-soak it before use for optimum flow.
Except for the stainless steel version, Aquasana Clean Water Bottles are dishwasher safe. Just remember to remove the filter and sleeve before washing, which by the way you can also do the old fashioned way with soap water and a brush.
The insulated bottle has to be hand washed. Warm water and dish soap is fine, but stay away from cleaners that contain bleach or chlorine.
When you are done, air dry with the lid off.
Washing the filter is not advisable at all and really not necessary as long as you remember to replace it every 3 months.
You can find the Aquasana Active CWB manual right here.
The two biggest issues are the fact that water takes like forever to come out of the Aquasana Active bottle and that the silicone cover will leak more or less every time you take a sip.
Seriously, the flow rate is acceptable at best and you need to apply strong suction to get enough water when you are really thirsty. As for the leaking, we assume this is caused by the cap that does not seal properly so water drips from the rim.
You might also hear an irritating whistling sound while drinking – not appropriate for every working environment.
And both the glass and plastic versions are too large to fit standard-sized cup holders, unfortunately. At the same time, it would be nice if the insulating steel bottle could hold a bit more water.
Our next complain is that the filter does not secure well on the lid. Chances are that some water will simply bypass it and come out unfiltered (and contaminated). It’s also quite possible that the filter comes loose and sinks to the bottom. So you have to be extra careful when handling your bottle.
What’s more, unless you want to re-soak the cartridge, it needs to stay wet all the time. But how is that even possible?
Our final issue is the high price tag of the replacement cartridges. Granted, you only pay a fraction of the cost of bottled water, and yet still about $15 per piece seems a bit over the top.
H2O filtered through an Aquasana Active Clean Water Bottle tastes better than drinking right from the tap. In fact, most of the times it tastes natural, fresh and clean! The filter takes care of lead, cysts, bacteria and most importantly chlorine.
The bottles are pretty, comfortable to hold and great if you are on the go. However, there are a couple of issues like the slow flow rate and the leaking that can make everyday use challenging.
The initial price tag is reasonable but replacement filters feel a bit overpriced. Thus our verdict: 3 stars!
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This completes our Aquasana water bottle review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!