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Have you been considering purchasing a Berkey Water Filtration System and you are looking for an honest review from someone that has used one for a while? I hope that this article will aid you in your decision-making process!
The Berkey Water Filtration System
Over the years I’ve had many different kitchen tools and appliances. Even a George Forman Grill has graced my countertop at one point. I’m sure many other homemakers out there understand this issue….there is just something about kitchen tools and appliances that draw us in.
If it can help us, wonderful! If it saves time, great! If it saves money, even better!
But it seems like, after a while, the newness fades and the appliance or tool falls to the back of our cupboard or drawer, only to be pulled out again during spring cleaning to be placed in the yard sale.
I have one staple in my kitchen that has stood the test of time. It’s durable, saves us money, helps improve our health, and we’ve taken it to every single home that we’ve ever lived in. From the small farmhouse and even into the RV. I really, truly love this thing and if I had to only have one “tool” in my kitchen, this would be it.
What am I referring to? My Berkey Water Filter of course!
I learned about Berkey about 10 years ago, around the time that I began the Little House Living website. I had been searching for different things that would help us in a self-sufficient lifestyle and I’d heard so much about the Berkey that I had to try it.
What can the Berkey do that other filters can’t?
A Berkey Water Filter removes greater than 99.9% of lead, arsenic, iron, mercury, chlorine, BPA, chloramines, Pharmaceuticals, Petroleum Contaminants, Methylcyclohexane-methane, Pesticides, Heavy Metals, Coliform and e-Coli, Atrazine, Fluoride, plus many more. (You can see their full lab results here.)
Over the years, we’ve had many different types of water…city water, well water, rural water, and we’ve used the Berkey with all kinds. I myself have trouble with some water, especially when we are traveling, and I am allergic to chlorine so having safe water is a must. Even after traveling all over this summer and having water from various cities, wells, or just about any source, I did not have a single stomach ache from the water that we drank after it was filtered through our Berkey.
There was one point during the summer that we had to use some of the worst well water that I’ve ever seen. Depending on the day, it was either grey or yellow. It stained our shower within 2 days and I had to constantly keep up with cleaning in the camper just to try and keep the orange glow out. However, any water filtered through our Berkey System was crystal clear and tasted wonderful.
How does a Berkey Water Filtration System Work?
The Berkey contains 2 chambers, an upper and a lower. The upper chamber contains 2 black elements to filter the water. Any water that needs to be filtered is poured into this upper chamber.
The lower chamber contains filtered water. The water is filtered through a gravity drip system and no electricity or batteries are required.
A set of 2 elements will filter roughly 6000 gallons of water before they will need to be replaced. That means if you drink 2 1/2 gallons of water per day (average for our family), the filter set will last about 6 years. If your system seems to be slowing down in the meantime, you can clean your filters using a gentle scrubbing pad and then re-priming the filters before use again. You will also want to clean the upper chamber of your Berkey about once a month, especially if you have very hard water.
About the Berkey and Its Practical Application
We keep our big Berkey water filter right next to our dining table in our dining room for easy access during mealtimes. I also use the filtered water from the Berkey in any baking or cooking that I need to do. We have extremely hard well water here at our new home and it tastes and smells perfectly clean after being filtered by our Berkey Water System.
The Berkey is made from high-quality stainless steel and only weighs a few pounds when empty (The Royal Berkey is 8 pounds.) It comes with an easy to use spigot. The Royal Berkey can filter 4 gallons per hour with the standard 2 black elements (double that with 4 elements but only 2 are required for proper filtration).
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I took the top off my Berkey Water system and took a pic today. The one of the bottom is the before…yes our extremely hard water really is that gross 😳. The one on the top is the water after it goes through the filter. Seriously, these are amazing. One of the best purchases we ever made! Https://bit.ly/BerkeyFiltersLHL #aff @berkey_filters #berkeywaterfilter #wellwater #berkeyfilters #berkeylove
We have a Big Berkey (2.25) gallons for our family of 5. Of course, I bought it when we were a family of 2 and we didn’t need so much water so things have changed a bit now but it still works very well for our family. On occasion, we do have to fill it more than once a day. A Big Berkey would be perfect for a family of 4 if you have more family members, I would recommend the Royal Berkey (3.25 gallons).
The Berkey comes with a 2-year manufacturer warranty but when purchased through The Berkey Filters Store, it is extended to a lifetime warranty on all the new full-size stainless steel systems.
I hope that this berkey water filter review helps you make an informed decision about Berkey Water Systems. It truly is one of my absolute kitchen must-haves and I know that it will be for many years to come.
Want to get a Berkey Filtration System of your own? Little House Living readers can use the coupon code LHL to get 5% off your purchase! Just head over to their website and enter the coupon code at checkout.
Do you have a Berkey or is it still on your wishlist?
Please note, Berkey has not paid for my opinion of their product. Any thoughts or opinions on the Berkey system are totally my own, based on experience. We honestly love this system and know you will too.
This post on the Berkey Water Filter was originally published on Little House Living in November 2018. It has been updated as of January 2023.