Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System Review 2021

sawyer mini review

Updated on – Jan 12, 2021

The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System is among the best minimalist water purification system for any trekking enthusiast. Sawyer Mini filter weighs only 2 ounces, and can filter around 100,000 gallons of water.

Sawyer Mini kills up to 99.9999 percent of germs and filters out harmful chemicals. You can easily use it by attaching with a drinking bottle or pouch, and get the job done.

Sawyer Mini Review

Another best part is that you can easily clean it and is ready to use again in less than 5 minutes. Let’s dig deep into this beautiful water purifier.

Sawyer Mini Features and Specifications


You can purify up yo 100000 gallons of water non-stop. Sawyer Mini has a reusable squeeze 16 ounces pouch to store the purified water.

Sawyer Mini was tested with water containing 10 million parts of bacteria and one million parts of protozoa, but it amazed by providing clean, and safe drinking water.

The Sawyer Mini contains U shaped micro-tubes that allows them to flow through them and enter their micropores. These high pores facilitate faster filtration that eliminates the need to store water.

You can drink the water as soon as it is getting filtered, so there is no wait or delay.

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Package Contents


The Sawyer Mini package consists of a mini-filter cartridge, a 16-ounce reusable squeezing pouch, a seven-inch reusable straw, and a mini-filter cleaning plug. The filter also contains a user manual that will provide you instructions for usage as well as cleaning the product.

Buildup Quality 

The material used is a hollow fibre that makes the body of the cartridge which further contains a number of absolute micro-filtration tubes that have pores. These pores are very tiny and they do not allow bacteria or impurities to enter the purified water.

The straw and the attached bottle cap are made up of ABS (BPA free) plastic material; this makes it durable and non-resistant. Fiber walls of the filter and small diameter makes them stronger. The filter tubes are encased and secured inside a plastic encasement. 

The whole assembly is very compact and weighs up to 2 ounces.

You can easily carry in a backpack and you can use hydra line tube to consume water on the go. This tube has hose connectors connected to the filter cartridge.


The filter can filter up to 1000000 gallons of water and removes bacterias and protozoa like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholera, and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid). These are harmful and disease-causing bacterias.

Sawyer Mini is air tight to check pathogens entry through the air.

You can dip the straw attached with the filter in a stream, and it will provide you with clean water instantly. You can use the syringe provided to clean the cartridge and back flashing to restore up to 98.5 percent of filter flow.

You can easily clean and replace the cartridge, and then sanitize the filter.


Sawyer Mini is a budget-friendly filter because you can get Sawyer Mini in around 30-35 US dollars. The replaceable cartridge might cause you a little more, but it is worth the cost. Other cheaper personal filters do not provide additional benefits like hydra line and a straw.

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What We Liked

  • Compact, and fits easily in your backpack.
  • Weighs only 2 ounces
  • Absolute micro-filtration tubes provide safer and cleaner drinking water.
  • Instant production of clean water.
  • Removes disease-causing bacteria and protozoa like E. coli, Giardia, Vibrio cholera, and Salmonella typhi (which cause Cholera and Typhoid).
  • Air tested to check no pathogen entry in the filter tube.
  • Easy to clean
  • Comes with an attachable bottle cap, a seven-inch straw, a 16-ounce reusable pouch, and a hydra line.

What Could Be Better

  • A blow out valve to protect the pressure fluctuation in the squeeze pouch and prevent leakage.
  • Does not remove salt from saltwater, it should have a mechanism to salt as well as filter the saltwater.
  • The flow rate is very slow; it can be made faster.

Final Thoughts

Swayer mini is a good personal filter, that is lightweight and a must-have survival tool for trekking or hiking. The filter purifies water instantly and has versatile attachments that you can use to get purified water on the go. You can keep away the disease-causing germs and stay healthy during your trip.

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