I was lucky enough to be selected by Comeround (a company that links registered users to promotions and campaigns in exchange for feedback, free or reduced priced products and sometimes a small payment for your time). to try out the revamped Brita Fill & Go Vital Water Filtet Bottle (£23.94, currently on offer for £12.95 plus free delivery via Amazon UK). I did receive the product free of charge but this did not influence my review as I already use the older version and wanted one any to compare them and see how the bottle had been improved. Each pack includes a bottle, MicroDisc and instructions. Each disc can filter up to 150 litres of water, a refill pack costs £14.30 for 3 discs. The bottle is BPA free, holds 600ml of water and fits a normal size cup holder. It has a flip top lid, the mouthpiece/nozzle is pull out and the bottle is dishwasher safe.
The newer version looks slimline, refined and the branding looks sleeker, is instantly identifiable and fits in with the Brita brand. The older pink version's mouth piece is rubberised and gets dirty easily, mine is looking a bit worn and it felt odd when drinking from it until I got used to drinking from it. It also had a propensity to leak and drip if knocked on its side. The mouth piece on the newer version is plastic and the nozzle has to be pulled out to suck the water up so there is less chance of leaks due to this locking mechanism. The discs are not interchangeable. The old discs cost £9.99 for 8, but they only filter 20 litres per disc compared to 150 litres with a more expensive MicroDisc (£14.97 for 3). Both bottles hold the same amount of water.
The MicroDisc is easier to pop in than the original, as you merely unscrew the lid and place it in position. The original had a rubber holder, which is hard to grip if you have long fingernails or poor hand movement, that had to pulled out of the lid, filter disc placed in it and then the rubber holder pushed back into the underside of the lid which could then be screwed back onto the bottle.
As someone who does not gravitate to water as a drink, I still enjoy and think a portable filter bottle is a great concept and I like using mine. The original version had a few flaws that seem to have been ironed out by Brita and I think they are great for day trips, definitely a hospital bag essential or just to use around the house.
I recieved this item for free from Comeround, but this did not influence my opinion of the product.