Water Water Everywhere
User Pick: Seychelle Stainless Steel Filtration Bottle
The Issue: You're tired of hearing "don't drink the water" and paying up for the bottled stuff when you travel. Pesos are better spent on a poolside piña colada than on agua.
The Fix: The Fast Flow Stainless Steel Flip Top Bottle by Seychelle, a pick by ChickRx reader Kerri Bernstein, 28. This bottle has a built-in filtration system, cleaning your water whether you're at home or traveling abroad. We fell for the bottle too, as it makes drinkable water more accessible, saves you money and is good for the environment. Now that's a party for your mouth, pockets and conscience--and, be honest, you haven't been able to say that since before college.
Our reader Kerri loves this bottle for its convenience and ease of use. She says, "I would take this bottle with me all around China, where tap water isn't safe to drink. It's a hassle-free way to ensure I always have water around that is safe to drink when I need it most. And the lightweight bottle is especially great for the outdoors, especially when I go hiking in Europe and South America. It's a great alternative to other bottles that you have to fill in advance and lug around all day."
The Fast Flow bottle, which filters water as you drink, removes 99.9 percent of contaminants (making this the filtration bottle that removes the highest percentage of contaminants, compared to competing brands). According to Seychelle's website, this means you can use it to get clean, great-tasting water from rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, ponds and the tap in foreign countries. But this bottle doesn't only take the junk out, it also leaves the good stuff in, like calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Manhattan Integrative Medicine physician Dr. Jill Baron thinks the quality of this bottle's filtration system makes it a great pick. When relying on filtered water while abroad or drinking from streams, for example, she says you want to make sure it will filter out parasites, toxic chemicals, metals and Radon--something that Seychelle says it does.
Made of stainless steel, the bottle is non-leaching, lead free and BPA-free. And aside from being safe for you, it's also safe for the environment. The bottle provides up to 100 gallons of filtered water, the equivalent of buying 757 half-liter plastic water bottles (the standard size sold in stores).
If limiting the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfills isn't good enough for you (tisk tisk), then maybe the fact that you'll also be saving some dough is. The 27-ounce bottle is available for approximately $35 through Seychelle's site. The company estimates that it provides a gallon of water for only $0.29, while a gallon of bottled water would set you back anywhere from $1.29 to $7.57. So if you're traveling or tend to buy bottled, the Fast Flow bottle is a great option.
Word on the street is these are the same bottles Peace Corps members and Mormon missionaries use. And, if any of you've ever dated a Mormon (they're always sooo good looking), you know that they're one clean bunch.
This is not a product endorsement or recommendation on behalf of ChickRx. Please use your own judgment and consult your physician before using any new product.