Whether I’m at home or on the go, I struggle to stay hydrated throughout the day. You see, I work from home, but my remote job doesn’t stop me from going out and seeing the sights. I like to stay active. And in any healthy lifestyle, drinking enough water is essential. The key item that has helped me stay hydrated is a great reusable (and refillable) water bottle. And as an added benefit, reusable water bottles reduce plastic use and have a positive impact on the environment.
Of course, there’s a downside here: you’ll need to keep that water bottle clean. After all, you don’t want your bottle to become a haven for bacteria. Many reusable water bottles are dishwasher safe, so tossing them every once in a while to clean them can totally help. However, there is a better way to ensure your drinking water is always fresh and clean: using a self-cleaning water bottle. Obviously, self-cleaning water bottles take the responsibility of cleaning off your shoulders. And most importantly, it ensures that the water you drink is free from impurities.
Self-cleaning water bottles use UV technology to eliminate waterborne microbes and keep them out of your drink, regardless of the water source. It’s different filtered water bottleswhich use various mechanisms to trap pathogens and sediment.
The biggest difference between filter water bottles and self-cleaning water bottles is that the UV technology used in self-cleaning bottles does not remove dirt and sediment. So while the bottles can kill viruses, bacteria, and other microorganisms that can make you sick, they won’t be filtered. heavy metals or other particles as a real purification system would do. However, they are still better at ensuring you have clean water than traditional water dispensers or single-use plastic bottles.
For this reason, I decided not to test these self-cleaning water bottles outdoors. Instead, I used tap water to find out which self-cleaning bottles lived up to their claims. I also drank most of my water at home or at the office. So, what is the best self-cleaning water bottle? You’ll find my thoughts below. Ditch your plastic water bottle and start drinking from almost any water source with reckless abandon using your own personal water purification system.
THE CrazyCap bottle has two water purification modes: normal mode and “crazy mode”. According to CrazyCap, normal mode kills up to 99.99% of contaminants and is suitable for “low to medium contaminations,” such as those from public water fountains and faucets. Crazy mode, on the other hand, kills up to 99.9996% of contaminants and is suitable for “medium to high contaminations”, such as those coming from lakes and rivers. The normal purification cycle takes 60 seconds and the crazy purification cycle takes two and a half minutes.
The CrazyCap also has an automatic cleaning function, which activates six times a day for 20 seconds. CrazyCap claims that this periodic exposure to UV-C light prevents microbial growth and odors, and it seems to work: after three days of use, I didn’t notice any odors or films inside the bottle. Additionally, the purified water from the CrazyCap bottle tasted significantly better than tap water.
The CrazyCap bottle is thinner than the others on this list, which I liked. It fits in the cup holders in my car, as well as the mesh cup holders in my gym bag and backpack. It’s a bit larger than the Larq and Mahaton, so you might have trouble fitting it into the top rack of your dishwasher.
Personally, I think the best thing about CrazyCap is that you can buy just the cap, which the website says fits many different water bottles, perhaps something you already own.
On a single filtered water bottle charge, the CrazyCap will last up to two months, but only if you let it clean automatically. Manually starting the self-cleaning water bottle’s purification cycle affects this charge time, although CrazyCap doesn’t specify to what extent.
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THE Bottle of Larq also has two purification modes: normal and adventure. Normal mode purifies up to 99.99% of pathogens in 60 seconds, and adventure mode purifies up to 99.9999% of water in three minutes. It may not seem like a big difference, but 0.0099% water filtration can make or break water coming from a stream or other natural source.
You can activate the UV-C purification light whenever you want by pressing the button on the top of the bottle, but Larq also comes alive every two hours for 10 seconds. cleaning ride a bike. I didn’t notice any funky odor or film inside the Larq bottle after three days of constant use of the self-cleaning bottle.
Larq, however, was the only one of the three bottles that didn’t taste significantly better than my water. It tasted slightly cleaner, but I probably couldn’t tell the difference if someone blind tested me.
The Larq bottle is made from vacuum-insulated stainless steel and keeps your drinking water at a cold temperature for up to 24 hours. It’s sleek and aesthetically appealing – my only complaint is that there’s no groove or curve to fit your hand. You can always buy the practical product travel pouch to resolve this problem.
A single charge on the Larq can give you up to two full months of use, provided you send it through three to four cleaning cycles (in normal mode) per day. If you use adventure mode, the charge will last up to 12 days.
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