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Big Berkey Water Filter {Review}


Our family is thrilled to have been able to review a Berkey Water Filter over the last several weeks. Berkey water filters are definitely top of the line when it comes to filtering your water and can even filter pond water for you to drink should you need it!

What We Reviewed

For our family of five (soon to be six) we decided on the Imperial Berkey which holds 4.5 gallons of water. It retails for $310.00.

Our kids drink more water now because it is easily accessible for them versus our previous Brita water filter. We currently keep "the Berkey" as we affectionately call it on the counter, but I would love to get a stand for it so it could be off the counter.

The Imperial Berkey is made of stainless steel and comes with two Black Berkey purification elements (expandable to six), 2 chambers, lid, a spigot, rubber gasket base, and 4 blocking plugs. The Berkeys have an upper and lower chamber that operate using gravity to filter the water that is placed in them. Gravity forces the water through the filters into the lowest chamber which holds only purified water.   

To give you an idea of what a Berkey is capable of filtering, check this out:

"This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.
This system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance." 

Pretty incredible wouldn't you agree?? Now you know why I am thrilled to have a Berkey in our home. So thankful!!

If you're considering a Berkey here is a table that can help you make a decision based on the needs and size of your family. (The table is courtesy of Big Berkey Filters)



SystemRecommended #
of People
Holding Capacity
in Gallons*
Max Number
of Filter Elements*
Flow Rate**
(gallons/hr - full expansion)
Travel Berkey1-31.522.75
Big Berkey1-42.2547
Berkey Light2-52.7547.5
Royal Berkey2-63.2548
Imperial Berkey4-8+4.5616.5
Crown Berkey6-12+6826


My husband did a comparison between the Brita and the Berkey (as if you could really compare the two, but just so you know).

Brita
  • filter good for 2 months
  • 2 qt capacity
  • plastic
  • filters on sale for $3.50 each ($21 per year)        
  • hard for kids to use themselves (heavy when full)

Berkey  
  • set of 2 filters good for 6,000 total gallons (8 years at 2 gallons per day)
  • $107 for 2 filters - $13.38 per year for 8 years
  • slow to filter, but can speed it up by adding additional filters (comes with 2, can have up to 6)
  • option to filter out fluoride and arsenic ($54.95)
  • 4.5 gallon capacity (only have to fill every other day instead of multiple times each day)
  • must clean it once a month
  • stainless steel
  • easy for kids to help themselves

We love the Berkey but I thought it would be fun to ask our kids what they liked about the Berkey and this is what they said:


"I can drink a lot more water because it's much more fun than the Brita and I just really like it so much." --C. age 7


"The things that I like about the Berkey is that I can fill up my cup myself and I can have it go fast and quicker so that if we're in a hurry and I need more water in my cup I can just do it really fast. I just like it because it holds way more water than in the Brita. The Brita is just much harder to pour water into my cup." --C. age 5

With your purchase of a Berkey you also receive Free UPS Ground Shipping to the lower 48 states. However, they are not able to ship to California or Iowa due to EPA standards.


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