Lifestraw Home water filter pitcher on table with vegetables

Isn't there a good quality water filter pitcher that's made of glass?

I've been asked this question a lot, and the answer always used to be no, none that I would recommend.

But now, I'm happy to say, there is a great quality glass water filter pitcher, and it's made by LifeStraw.


You might be familiar with LifeStraw. They've been making personal water filtration devices for years. Everybody in my family got one as a Christmas gift one year so we'd all be prepared for emergencies.

Well, they also make a pitcher style filter that you can use at home, the office, or wherever you want to take it. 

Unlike most other pitcher filters, the LifeStraw removes biological contaminants along with chlorine, lead and other toxins.

I was able to test one in my home, and I have to say that I like it. A lot.

Keep reading to learn all the details about the LifeStraw Home so you can decide if this is the right water filter for you.

If you want to do a quick check of the price and availability at Amazon, click here.

What are the key features of the LifeStraw water filter pitcher?

LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher

Glass Pitcher

Unlike most water filter pitchers, this one is made of glass. Not just any glass, though. It's shatter-resistant borosilicate glass, like beakers and test tubes are made of.

And it's a beautiful pitcher that'll look great in your kitchen or on the table.

The lid is designed so you don't have to remove it to fill the pitcher with water. What's more, it has a nice tight seal on it. That means the lid's not going to fall off when you pour filtered water into your glass.

With the filters in place, the pitcher can hold about 7 cups (56 ounces).

If you want to use the pitcher without the filter, you can do that, too. It'll hold about 12 cups (3 quarts). Just note that the lid doesn't stay on tight without the filter housing in place.

Overall, the dimensions are 11.2 x 6.4 inches. That's about an inch taller than most water filter pitchers. You might need to adjust the shelves in your refrigerator if you want to keep it in there.

Here's a picture I took of it in my fridge so you can get an idea of how much space it takes up.

2-Stage Filtration

Two separate filter components make up this LifeStraw system.

First is a microbiological filter that removes bacteria and protozoa from the water. It's actually a membrane microfilter with 0.2 micron pores. That's small enough to block organisms like E. coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium from passing through.

LifeStraw Home membrane microfilter

Membrane Microfilter

Yes, that means you can take this on your next camping trip. It takes out the bacteria and parasites commonly found in rivers and lakes.

The second stage is a carbon and ion exchange filter. This removes chlorine, lead, and some chemicals. (See the list a little further down the page.)

LifeStraw Home carbon + ion exchange filter

Carbon + Ion Exchange Filter

BPA Free

Some of the parts - the lid, filter housing, and some parts of the filters - are made of plastic. 

But, these are BPA free and US FDA food-safe compliant.

Color Options

You can choose between white and cobalt blue

However, that only applies to the lid and filter housing. The glass is always clear.

Which contaminants does the LifeStraw Home remove?

LifeStraw removes or reduces many, but not all, contaminants. If you're thinking about buying one of these, you'll want to know exactly which ones.

So here's a list of what it removes, according to the LifeStraw website:

  • bacteria and protozoa (99.99%)
  • microplastics (99.99%)
  • chlorine
  • lead
  • mercury
  • chromium-3
  • cadmium
  • copper
  • asbestos
  • pesticides (lindane)
  • herbicides (atrazine)
  • turbidity
  • bad odors

We only know the percentage reduction of bacteria, parasites, and microplastics. The others are not published.

I asked LifeStraw about independent lab testing on this product and was told that it maintains its own R&D and testing facility. So, there is no third party test data.

They do test against international standards, including EPA and NSF, but it is not NSF certified.

What does the LifeStraw Home not remove?

According to the manufacturer's website, it does not remove the following:

  • fluoride
  • chloramine
  • arsenic
  • nitrates and nitrites
  • beneficial minerals

It also is not effective in removing viruses. Viruses are much smaller than bacteria and would not be blocked by the LifeStraw membrane.

How long is the life of the filter?

The two filter components are replaced at different intervals. 

Each activated carbon and ion exchange filter is good for 40 gallons (150 liters), or up to 2 months.

But the membrane microfilter lasts for about one year, or 264 gallons (1,000 liters).

So, you'll need some way to keep track of when to replace each of them.

Replacing the carbon filter is simple. You just unscrew the cap from the bottom of the filter housing, take out the old filter, and put in the new one.

To replace the microfiltration membrane, you push the old one out of the housing and insert the new one. Again, it's easy.

Where can I get replacement filters?

The carbon plus ion exchange filter is sold as a single or in multipacks. You can also buy a full filter replacement pack with both the membrane and carbon filters.

Check the price of the carbon filter 3-pack at Amazon.

Check the price of the membrane + carbon filter at Amazon.

What comes in the box?

Here's what you get when you buy a LifeStraw Home:

  • pitcher
  • filter housing containing membrane microfilter
  • activated carbon plus ion exchange filter
  • lid
  • instructions
LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher

Is it easy to set up and use?

Yes! It could't get much easier.

Before using the LifeStraw Home for the first time, you should wash the pitcher and lid. Then you'll rinse off the housing with plain water and insert the carbon filter.

Fill the housing with water, give it a good shake, and dump out that water.

Now you can put the housing in the pitcher and fill it with water. Let it all filter through and discard that first batch. That just gets rid of any loose residue that might be hanging around from manufacturing.

And now it's ready to use.

Just add water, let it filter through, and enjoy!

How long does it take to filter water with the LifeStraw Home?

It takes about 15 minutes to filter the full seven cups.

Now, the housing only holds about 2 cups at a time, so you have to add the water in small batches. You can't fill it once, walk away, and come back expecting to have seven cups of filtered water.

Tip: It's a good idea to add more water every time you pour some out. That way you'll have a continuous supply.

Does it come with a warranty?

You may return the pitcher for a refund within 30 days of purchase.

It must be returned in the original packaging, and you pay the return shipping unless it was defective.

How does LifeStraw give back?

One great thing about this company is their commitment to helping provide safe drinking water for people in developing countries.

For every purchase you make, a school child will receive safe water for an entire school year. And when you buy a replacement filter, another school child will receive the same thing.

You can learn more about LifeStraw Doing Good here.

What are the pros and cons of this filter?

So, here's my take on the pros and cons of this filter, based on my experience and research.

LifeStraw Home Pros and Cons

The Good Stuff

  • Protection from bacteria and parasites
  • Strong seals; doesn't leak
  • Pours without dripping
  • Portable
  • Gives back

The Not So Good Stuff

  • Slow filtering
  • Doesn't remove chloramine, arsenic or fluoride
  • Rather tall for storing in fridge
  • Does have some plastic parts

Where can I buy a LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher?

You can check the price and availability at and

It may be available through other retail outlets in the future.

Verdict: Best glass water filter pitcher out there!

If you want a water filter pitcher and you've decided that you must have one made of glass, then the LifeStraw Home is your best choice.

I know of no other glass pitcher filter that removes as many different contaminants as this one does.

Just keep in mind that there are a lot of contaminants that it doesn't remove - like fluoride, arsenic, nitrite, nitrate, and chloramine.

If those are of concern to you, you should probably choose another brand, even if they aren't glass. In that case, see my review of this year's best water filter pitchers for some other suggestions.

Click here to shop for the LifeStraw Home at Amazon.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free LifeStraw Home water filter pitcher in return for my honest review. I have not - nor will I - receive monetary compensation from LifeStraw for this review. All opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the manufacturer and/or its affiliates, in any way.

Last Updated on July 2, 2023

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  1. I purchased a used glass Life Straw pitcher from a marketplace. I’m having a very hard time removing the old membrane as for one thing, an average adult hand does not fit down the housing. And pushing it out the other way did not work either. I’m thinking since the old filters that were left in there created a suction as they were still wet. Naturally, it’s easy to remove the bottom carbon filter as it’s accessible. So I’m thinking even when I get the membrane out, will I have to go through this every time the membrane needs to be changed? Luckily, it’s said the membrane lasts about a year.

  2. Hi there

    I'm hesitating between the Lifestraw pitcher and the new Aarke glass and stranless steel pitcher ….

    I wonder if you have an opinion on the Aarke?


  3. Please advise how to dispose of each of the filters when it's time to change them? Are we supposed to just put into garbage, or is there some way to recycle?

  4. Can you pour filtered water from the pitcher after you have topped off the unfiltered water compartment? I know other brands will spill all over if you try this.

  5. The home pitcher I have fills extremely slow. Can take an hour to fill. As mentioned it should take 15mins. Any suggestions?

    1. Hi, Catherine! Is this a brand new filter? Sometimes it takes several uses for it to start flowing more freely. If it’s not new, it might mean you need to replace the filter. The rate of filtration also depends partly on the quality of the water you put in it. The worse your water is, the longer it will take. If you still feel like it’s not working properly, I suggest contacting the manufacturer.

  6. Hello! Are you at all concerned about the p65 warning that comes on the filters for the Lifestraw Home? When I saw that warning, I reached out to the Lifestraw Support Team and received the following message:

    “As a company we take testing and compliance seriously. We are working to ensure compliance with California’s Prop 65 requirements and are actively reviewing and testing our products against the Prop 65 list of over 1000 chemicals. One such chemical that is present in a raw material used in the manufacturing process, acrylonitrile, is being tested for the LifeStraw Home and will be added to the warning label in the event it exceeds safe harbor levels, as required.”

    I’m still unsure about whether or not this product is worth keeping. However, I really enjoy everything else about it. I’m looking forward to your thoughts! Thank you!


    1. Hi Susanna! To be honest, I don’t give much credence to Prop 65 warnings. They label just about everything as causing cancer or some other dire consequence to strike terror in the hearts of consumers. Here’s a Newsweek article that sheds some light on the issue: Here’s Why Everything Gives You Cancer In California If you’re concerned about it and have a “better safe than sorry” philosophy, then you might not want to keep it. I personally wouldn’t let it keep me from using the product.

  7. Hello,

    Do you know if the filter contains coal tar coated carbon? One reviewer mentioned that. I’m concerned this is unsafe but am interested in purchasing the product.



    1. Hi Jennifer! Well, that’s a new one! It has activated carbon, which is almost always made from coconut shells and is quite safe. Would you mind sharing the link where you read that? I am curious who would say such a thing. You can send me an email if you’d rather keep it private. Contact link is at the bottom of the page.

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