Winter is here, so the struggle to stay hydrated is on, unlike summer, when we naturally guzzle water to stay cool. But, if bottled water is filling up your recycling bin, and you want to cut down, think of investing in a good water filter – there are a bunch to choose from.

Here’s our guide to help you figure out which is best for your needs.

Know What You Need to Filter Out
Before you can purchase the water filter that best suits you, you need to know what you need to filter out of your water so you can buy the appropriate product. You can check consumer confidence reports for your area, or you can find information about getting your home tested on the EPA’s website.

Some common questions and answers:
Q. Are you trying to eliminate chlorine and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your tap water?
A. Carbon block filters are very good at removing everything from chlorine to styrene to benzene (known carcinogens) and more from your water.

Q. Are you looking for more than your run-of-the-mill water filtration system?
A. A reverse osmosis system with an activated carbon component can remove all the impurities a carbon block filter can, plus nitrates, fluoride, arsenic, and more.

Q. Do you want something portable or installed?
A. The level of commitment for water filters can range from a sports bottle all the way to professionally installed systems for your entire house.

Which Filter Model Is Worth a Big Purchase?
The APEC Water High-Flow Reverse Osmosis system is WQA Gold Seal certified to remove 99% of contaminants. Plus, you install it under your sink and use the provided dedicated faucet for filtered water, so you can have instant access to fresh, filtered water when you want it, or you can quickly use regular tap water if you’re washing up.

The Culligan FM-15RA Advanced Faucet Filter Kit removes, lead, chlorine, and other contaminants that may be affecting the taste of your water and preventing you from drinking enough. As an added bonus, it’s elegant looking and easy to install.

If you’re on the move, the Woder Survival Water Filter Bottle can provide you on-the-go filtered water. In addition to being great around town, you can even use it when camping or traveling abroad. As an added bonus, drinking just three of these a day would go above and beyond getting your eight daily glasses of water.

Don’t let unpleasant taste or poor municipal water prevent you from getting the water you need. With so many options available to you, getting clean, filtered water couldn’t be simpler.