OH-ME-GA Dan wrote a review of MSR SweetWater Purifier System on April 14, 2010
Got one for a thru-hike on the AT 15 years ago, yeah, 15 years... and it's still working! (New filter elements obviously). Ive used this to siphon anything from clear spring water to mudwater from a trailside puddle and it's always produced clean good water; never got sick. I loved the old one so much that I got another for my wife's kit. Same old design, new colors.
I dont mean to be rude but I honestly cant figure out how someone could break the handle or any other part of this thing unless you handle it like a gorilla. It's not overly fragile nor tempermental. Follow the instructions and replace the filter as needed and yours should last as long as mine.