Water-filter bottles are a new favorite in the reusable bottle market, yet many don't fare well in professional and consumer reviews. Reviewers note that the bottles are cumbersome or the filter limits water flow. This isn't the case with the CamelBak Groove. Made of BPA-free Tritan copolyester, the Groove is rugged and durable. Like the Best Reviewed CamelBak Better Bottle, the Groove offers the company's trademark bite valve, which allows users to drink through a straw without tipping or squeezing the bottle.
On Amazon.com, the bottle gets more than 100 reviews and averages more than 4 stars. Reviewers like that the bottle is spillproof. Consumers seem to use this bottle primarily at the office or in other urban settings where water may not taste as fresh as their water at home. One Amazon.com reviewer notes that the CamelBak Groove may be too small for hikers or campers, though. While this bottle filters chlorine and bad flavors from water, it won't remove bacteria or other undesirables that may be found in natural water sources.
The CamelBak Groove may also be more versatile than competitors' products. As one reviewer says, the filter can be removed and the bottle can be used just like the CamelBak Better Bottle. This gives users the option to use the bottle for water or other beverages. Filters for this bottle need to be replaced approximately every three months or 300 uses, and replacement filters are available in two-packs (*Est. $10) and six-packs (*Est. $25).
While this review doesn't compare multiple products, McIntyre does offer an honest opinion of the CamelBak Groove's pros and cons. Though admittedly skeptical at first, she says the Groove succeeds where competitors have missed the mark. McIntyre says the filter doesn't slow the flow of water at all. The bottle's also easy to use and durable.
Review: Review: CamelBak Groove, Sarah McIntyre, Oct. 5, 2010
While most filter bottles don't get as many reviews as regular BPA-free bottles, the CamelBak Groove solicits more than 100 user-submitted reviews. In general, users are pleased -- the Groove averages more than 4 stars out of five. Some owners complain about the functionality of the bite valve, but most are very pleased with the convenience of this bottle.
Review: CamelBak Groove 0.6 Liter Bottle, Contributors to Amazon.com
This review aggregator finds 20 reviews of the CamelBak Groove, and users give the bottle 4.1 stars. Some Buzzillions reviewers found faults that others didn't; for example, leakiness and aftertaste were listed as cons here, though they weren't seen in other reviews.
Review: CamelBak Groove Filter Bottle - 20 fl. oz., Contributors to Buzzillions.com