Aug 12

Review- Berkey Water Filtration Systems


Big Berkey Water Filtration System

Name:  Big Berkey

Website:  www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com

Price:  $258

Overall Rank:  9 out of 10

Product Description From the Manufacturer

The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.

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 everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The Big Berkey 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.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with four purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height. Configured with four Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 7 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour.

Top 3 Ways Berkey Will Benefit Your Life

1.  Efficiency – Berkey Water Filters Remove the Bad, Leave the Good

  • Berkey water filter systems are far superior to other filtration systems because they remove harmful pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, and unhealthy chemical contaminants such as Chlorine to levels higher than 99.99%, while at the same time leaving in the essential minerals your body needs.
  • Did you know that over 60% of US municipal water is fluoridated? Berkey water filter systems also distinguish themselves from many other filtration systems by having the capabilities to significantly reduce fluoride and arsenic via the “PF” line of filters.

2. Affordability – Berkey Water Filters Provide a Great Return on Investment

  • Each durable Black Berkey Water filter will last up to 3000 gallons (6000 gallons per set of 2). This is much longer than the majority of water filter solutions on the market.
  • At 10 gallons per week, this equates to more than 11.5 years of healthy clean drinking water!
  • Including fluoride and arsenic reduction, 1 gallon of Berkey water costs just 7 cents!.
  • Stop and think how much money you could save by the simple reduction in bottled water purchases by regularly using water filtered by your Berkey water filter.

3. Versatility – Berkey Water Filters Purify Both Treated and Untreated Water

  •  Berkey Water Filter systems are capable of purifying both treated water (municipal/city water) and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds, and water supplies in foreign countries.
  • The micro-pores within the self-sterilizing and re-cleanable Black Berkey water filter purification elements are so small that pathogenic bacteria are simply not able to pass through them.
  • Due to the fact that the Berkey water filters do not require electricity and are portable, they become a lifesaver during times of flooding, loss of electricity, and other life threatening emergencies.

berkey-systems2Pros and Cons 


  • It does a great job of removing contaminants and chlorine taste.
  • Water tastes great and has no odor.
  • It can be used with any water, including lake or pond water.
  • It doesn’t take up much space and can be put practically anywhere.
  • With the optional fluoride filters, it filters out more than 95% of the fluoride in the water.
  • Some people consider it attractive.
  • It saves money in the long run.  The carbon filters last up to 10 years or longer depending on use, and the apparatus itself has a lifetime warranty if you purchase it here.


  • Set-up can be confusing and time consuming.
  • The spigot tends to leak if not tightened sufficiently
  • It doesn’t come with the sight glass spigot so you can see how much water is in the lower chamber.  It can be purchased separately (and is recommended).
  • Washers and wingnuts can be a source of frustration when setting up the system.

 Who is it for?

The Berkey products are for people who are concerned about both their health and the health of their families and environment.  The Big Berkey removes a significant amount of contaminants in any water, providing safe and clean drinking water for the whole family, including pets and plants.  It’s good for the environment by reducing the use of bottled water.  It’s also for anyone who wants to save money in the long run.


Berkey manufactures several different sizes to fit the needs of any family.


Customer Support

Although several customers had problems either with washers, spigots, or items being damaged in shipping, everyone expressed satisfaction with the customer service.  There are numerous companies that sell Berkey products, but I was particularly impressed with the comments about customer support at Big Berkey Water Filters.  In addition, it’s the only company I found that offers a lifetime warranty on the stainless steel tank.


The 3 most popular products are the Big Berkey at $258, the Royal Berkey at $283, and the Berkey Light at $231.  Prices appear to be set by the manufacturer because they seem to be standard no matter where you purchase it.  Big Berkey Water Filters offers 50% off one additional add-on product with the purchase of the filter system.  Shipping on orders over $50 is free.

Final Verdict

I would feel very comfortable recommending this product to a friend, like you.  I’ve looked into quite a few water filter systems and none of them is perfect.  This seems to be about the closest to perfect that there is at this time.  When I get my RV, I intend to take a Berkey with me wherever I go.

Name:  Big Berkey

Website: www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com

Price:  $258

Overall Rank:  9 out of 10

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