Questioning the Water Bobble
August 19, 2012 7:31 AM Subscribe
I've been using the Watter Bobble filter bottle, but I'm having misgivings about cost and hygiene. Mostly hygiene.
posted by carbide to Food & Drink (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been using the Water Bobble for a while, currently on my third filter. It seems like the perfect solution in some ways: €10/month is much cheaper than buying bottled water, and both my current home and main workplace have slightly metallic-tasting water that's been putting me off drinking it. (I usually drink tap water happily and this is an unfortunate coincidence.) The design of the bottle is good, it's very portable and refillable, and the light weight of the plastic is appealing too.
However, constantly using a water bottle that can't be sterilised is making me a bit worried. I clean it daily with warm water (hot melts the bottle) and washing-up liquid, rinsing well and flushing the filter a few times as well as cleaning the mouthpiece. I don't want to make myself sick via my water bottle, and this seems inadequate.
Second to that, there's the brand-name lifestyle marketing that makes me feel like I'm buying into snake oil. The carbon filter does seem to be fixing the taste issues (and I don't have space for a Brita filter etc), but I'm not sure if it's a €10 placebo.
- Have there been any reasonably credible studies or research done on water bottle hygiene? (I have some institutional database access so please feel free to link to journals.)
- Has anyone, faced with the same question, found a better solution?