Here s A Smart Water Pitcher because You re Too Lazy To Change The Filter

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The biggest difference between filtered water bottles and self-cleaning water bottles is that the UV technology used in self-cleaning bottles doesn't get rid of dirt and sediment. So while the bottles can kill viruses, bacteria and other micro-organisms that can make you sick, they won't filter out heavy metals or other particulates. 

Purification: What does the bottle promise to get rid of, and at what percentage? Also, how long does it take for the bottle to purify the water? Is there an autoclean function? I also considered how the bottle smelled and looked on the inside after three days of use. 

Andrew Hoyle/CNET Here's an almost identical shot taken with a Canon 5D MkIV and a 70-200mm lens. It's remarkable that there's such little difference between the two images. If anything, I prefer the iPhone's image for the way the reflections look on the front of the car. This is a great example of just how well a phone camera can compete with professional photography equipment when you take time to craft it.

Andrew Hoyle/CNET My next day's drive from Oban to the town of Balloch was estimated to take two and a half hours, even with the long detour I had planned. I knew there'd be plenty of photo ops along the way. As such, I took various small roads around coastal inlets and lochs to hunt for good photos. 

Andrew Hoyle/CNET Further down the road, I passed this tiny cottage. By climbing up a small hill nearby, I captured not only the cottage, but also the car as it faced the road curving away into the distance. The foreboding clouds certainly lend a sense drama and atmosphere that was absent on the first day when I had empty blue skies. 

The magical view from the top of Stac Pollaidh. I used the super wide lens to capture as much of the scene as possible, keeping the rock formations in the foreground. I tapped on the screen to expose for the bright sky since it's easier to bring up shadows in Lightroom than it is to rescue a blown-out sky. I love the different layers of light that can be seen as the landscape extends into the distance and the rays of sunlight that are visible up top. 

It's the perfect collapsible bottle for backpackers, campers and anyone who's tight on storage space. This Platy comes with a screw-on top by default, but you can always pair it with different Platypus soft bottle caps and straws.

The Larq, CrazyCap and Mahaton all use UV-C light to zap all of the major waterborne pathogens; they're all made of stainless steel; and they all have automatic cleaning cycles. On top of that, all three are super easy to use and they all have battery notifications so they'll never die without warning. 

How did I test these self-cleaning water bottles? 
I tested three UV-powered self-sanitizing water bottles -- the Larq bottle, the CrazyCap bottle and the Mahaton bottle (which is on Kickstarter, but is fully funded and already shipping products) -- using the tap water from my apartment's kitchen sink. 

$45 at Amazon Bonus! The Flow stainless steel water bottle
Our functional water bottle pick
the flow This water bottle was designed for the indecisive drinker. The stainless steel bottle from The Flow is toxin-free and insulated with a grippy rubber finish, and it comes with three different cap options. Choose from a straw lid, flip lid or carabiner (screw-top) lid, depending on what your day calls for and what beverage you're drinking (hot drinks like coffee go nicely with the flip lid).

$20 at Amazon Not recommended
Sediment remained in water
Lifestraw Go
Lifestraw Despite being one of the most popular water-filtering products on the market, the Lifestraw Go did not meet my expectations for filtering. The double-stage filtration includes a hollow-fiber membrane and a carbon capsule, yet this was the only bottle that produced water with particles after passing through the filter. That's not to say the Lifestraw Go isn't safe to drink from -- the particles were probably just sediment -- but it did produce a relatively strong mineral taste compared to the other bottles on this list.

$36 at Amazon Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle
Our glass water bottle pick
Lifefactory Glass is non-toxic, doesn't seep chemicals, and doesn't degrade over time, making it a great alternative to plastic. The body of this Lifefactory bottle is made entirely of glass, while the protective outer layer and flip-top seal are silicone. This wide-mouth bottle has a silicone sleeve that makes this bottle extra grippy (no broken glass!), and it's dishwasher-safe.

The only major difference between the three? The Larq and the CrazyCap both have two modes, while the Mahaton only has one. If you plan on using your self-cleaning water bottle with outdoor sources of water, you may want to opt for the Larq or the CrazyCap since they have overdrive modes that kill even more micro-organisms. 

You prefer bottled water but want to reduce your plastic consumption
To that end, I tested six filtered water bottles to find out which ones you can trust to provide you with clean, safe drinking water, indoors or out.   

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