Lifestraw Vs Grayl (Which is Best for the Outdoors?)

In this LifeStraw Vs Grayl showdown, I will decide which water filter bottle is better for the outdoors.

You will find out everything you need to know about the LifeStraw Go water bottle and Grayl Ultralight in this LifeStraw Vs Grayl comparison. I will use detailed comparisons to give you the best information.

Last year, I was hiking at Mount Rainer National Park with a few friends. There were breathtaking views all around me. The hike I was doing when I first got there was a challenging 12 miles trail.

About halfway through the hike, we ran out of the water, but luckily my mate brought a spare LifeStraw Go (review article).

That hike turned out to be excellent.

Today, there are many water filtration systems. So, in this showdown, I will compare two popular water filtration systems so you know which is best for you.

Let’s dive right in.

lifestraw vs grayl

Comparison of Water quality

When talking about water quality, the LifeStraw Go, and Grayl Ultralight are both very concerned about giving people the highest water grade possible. So, let’s see how the features differ

Firstly, LifeStraw Go is known for donating many straws and water bottles to poorer countries with harmful water. LifeStraw also has multiple awards for its survivor filter. Lifestraw carbon filter purifies the water to have the following:
  • Elimination of many common waterborne bacteria and protozoa
  • Significantly less odor, microplastics, and chemicals

On the other hand, Grayl is used by many people in Asia and Africa. Grayl takes water purification to the next level, providing very clean drinking water. It has been tested, and it purifies waters amazingly. However, there is a downside to this – you have to do more work and wait much longer. Grayl purifies the water to have the following:

  • Eliminating common bacteria, protozoa, viruses, microplastics, heavy metals, and chemicals.

The winner by a small amount is Grayl – Grayl is the best filtered water bottle. If you live in an area like the US., the LifeStraw Go is good enough. 

However, if you live in places like Mexico or Pakistan, where there most water sources have dirty water, you can’t take your chances. Grayl would be the right choice because it provides the best filtered water.

Comparison of durability

Durability may not be a problem for some people. Mainly because they aren’t clumsy, and they don’t get their things damaged or worn out commonly.

However, having durable water bottles means you can be clumsy and do some things that would get any common bottle damaged.

First, the LifeStraw Go has an exterior that is leakproof and made from strong Tritan. So, if you drop it on a rock, it won’t shatter into a million pieces. The mouthpiece is also made out of high-quality silicone.

In contrast, Grayl has an award-winning design and is made out of extremely durable Polypropylene. This material does not wear away, like Tritan, and can go through extreme heat for extended periods of time.

Unless you’re someone really clumsy and drops your water bottles into campfires, the LifeStraw and Grayl have the same durability. However, Grayl wins slightly.

Comparison of weight and size

Weight and size are a big deal to many people because not many want to have a heavier, bulkier load! 

First up, the Lifestraw Go is like a feather since it’s made from Tritan. This weighs an astounding 5.9 ounces! The LifeStraw Go is a little bigger, though, being 9.3 inches tall by 3.2 inches wide.

Secondly, Grayl is very light compared to many others, weighing 10.9 ounces. The Grayl is 9.5 inches tall and 2.7 inches wide, which makes it extra slim.

The winner here is the LifeStraw Go because it is significantly lighter and only slightly bigger than Grayl. However, if you really care about how big your bottle is, Grayl is the right choice.

Comparison of ease of use

Many people that I know don’t mind spending a couple of seconds and a little more work. Other people, mostly lazy or people who do really long walks like me, don’t like work.

First up, the Lifestraw is fairly easy to use with four steps:

  • Step 1: Fill the bottle by unscrewing the lid and scooping water in
  • Step 2: Wait 10 seconds
  • Step 3: Drink
  • Step 4: Empty the filter by blowing out the straw
Second up, the Grayl is also easy to use with three steps:
  • Step 1: Fill the bottle by unfastening the lid, taking out the container, and scooping the water
  • Step 2: Press down the container down to the filter.
  • Step 3: Drink
The winner is the Grayl water bottle by a bit.
lifestraw go vs grayl

Pros and Cons of LifeStraw

  • Everytime you purchase a LifeStraw Go, a child in need receives safe drinking water
  • It is light(5.9 oz), convenient, and easily transportable
  • It is Easy to use
  • The water bottle is large
  • It has an endless life of 1000 gallons with replaceable filters
  • This is a completely leak-proof and durable water bottle
  • Cheaper short & long term
  • This is made with durable BPA-free Tritan
  • Free returning
  • Amazon's Choice
  • Many color options

  • If you already have a LifeStraw, you can't just plug that in to this
  • LifeStraw Water is a little difficult to drink
  • You have to only use water and never any other liquids.
lifestraw vs grayl

Pros and Cons of Grayl

  • Rigorous purification to the safest water (Grayl water is great for 3rd world countries)
  • Made with extremely durable BPA-free Polypropylene
  • It's light (10.4 oz), very small, and very easily transportable
  • Completely leak and water proof
  • Many color options
  • Free returning
  • Donations are made to many charities for each buy

  • You have to only use water and never any other liquids.
  • It has a 40 gallon (300 use) filter lifespan with replaceable filters
  • More expensive

Personal Experience of Lifestraw & Grayl

I have been using the LifeStraw Go for 11 months and Grayl Ultralight for 8 months. I am a frequent hiker, camper, and fisher. So, I have used both of these very frequently.

When I first tried the LifeStraw a year ago, I wanted that water purifier. So, a short month after, I got it! It was nice to know that clean water went to children who needed them. To add on, since I live in the US., I haven’t had any major issues with it.

In fact, I really liked the LifeStraw Go after three hikes. The water I drank out of there tasted and smelled like regular tap water with no bad side effects. I haven’t replaced the filter since I got it, and the river, lake, and pond water I drink out of still tastes good.

I didn’t drink water out of the sewers or any extra dark water place that could contain viruses because I didn’t want to take my chances. However, I think it would be nice to have a sense of security when drinking water elsewhere.

I also thought that whenever I tried to drink out of it, I really had to suck the straw to get out some water. However, after the first suck out of the straw, it became much easier.

One time, I didn’t clear out the filters, and when I got a new load of river water, it tasted weird. So, I spat it out and cleared out the filters. Then after that, the water tasted normal again.

After that, a friend recommended the Grayl Ultralight to me. He said that Grayl Ultralight was better than LifeStraw – so I bought one.

I wouldn’t say I liked that I had to pay so much more, but I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Now that I had it, I actually felt more secure when taking another drink out of rivers, lakes, or ponds. For obvious reasons, I still didn’t want to drink sewage water.

The first time I drank with it, it took a little longer than the LifeStraw Go because I had to unscrew the lid, scoop water, press down hard for 15 seconds, and then wait an extra 15 seconds. The water tasted about the same and smelled a little better.

To be honest, I couldn’t really feel much of a weight difference between the LifeStraw Go and Grayl Ultralight. I liked that the Grayl was a little smaller because I already have a lot of stuff in my hiking bag, fishing bag, and camping bag.

I liked that I didn’t have to suck on a straw really hard. Instead, I could just pour it into my mouth. This saved me a bit of energy. However, what didn’t save me energy was when I had to press down hard for 15 seconds each time I refilled.

Overall, both the LifeStraw and the Grayl were great, but I felt like my experience was a little better with the Grayl – just for the sense of security and the water smelling slightly better. 

Lifestraw Vs Grayl Winner

Like most things, I can’t just give you a straight up answer. It depends. If you don’t mind the price and would like the ultimate water filter, then I would recommend the Grayl Ultralight. 

However, if you mind the price and live in the US (and don’t travel much), you should probably choose the LifeStraw.

I personally like the water smelling slightly better and a sense of security when filtering water. Even though I know that it’s very unlikely that I would find many chemicals or viruses in a mountain river or lake, I just like the sense of security.

However, if you don’t really mind these things and you know that the water you’re drinking doesn’t have any dangerous chemicals or viruses, and you want something cheaper than the LifeStraw is the way to go.

Thanks for reading, and I hoped you liked this LifeStraw Vs Grayl review!

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