Big Berkey; researching Water filters

Big BerkeyThe past several months I’ve been researching Water Filters.

In the past, I’ve used a few water filters, but wasn’t too thrilled with them. I’m not pleased with bottled water either, since I know in the long run it would be much cheaper to purchase a good water filtration system.

Once I purchase a water filtration system, I can add my own water to bottles. This way I can carry them along with me when I am out of the home. Another perk is that, it reduces my dependence of plastic/bottled water. I really like that, since it would be a cost savings not having to purchase bottled water again.

During my research for the “perfect water filtration system” for me, I decided to up my price range and look at acquiring a water filtration system that would last me a long time.

Distilled water filtration systems were out, since I don’t want to remove the minerals from the water. Why remove minerals that’s beneficial to my body? That does not make sense to me. The system that currently has my interest is the Big Berkey.

I know a few people that actively use this water filtration system, and they have all loved them.

Purifies up to 3.5 gallons per hour
Filter Life: Up to 3,000 gallons per filter element
Holding Capacity: 2.25 Gallons
Cleanable, Self-Sterilizing purification elements
High Grade 304 Stainless Steel


One of the best reviews I read was done by Jeff Pearce at Cooking God’s Way, I’ve included some of his points below…

Filters bacteria to a 99.99999% leve land viruses to a 99.9999% level.
Removes Lead, MTBE’s, and other heavy metals up to 95% levels.
Removes fluoride and arsenic. (see Is Chlorine In Drinking Water Safe?)
Removes chlorine. (see Fluoride In Drinking Water = Poison)
Easy to clean, and maintain unit.
Long lasting filters, (3,000 gal/black berkey filter).
Easy to assemble.
No plumbing needed to install.
Attractive look on counter.
Small footprint about the same as the average coffee maker.
Convenience of getting filtered water in the home.
Affordable price.

The only thing I need to decide is when I want to make the purchase. It’ll definitely be sooner rather than later. Once I do make the purchase, I’ll be sure to post a review about the product. I’m looking forward to this being in our household for a long time.

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We use filters here for the water we use in the house. First time seeing a stainless steel one – I’d like that. Ours plastic.
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Yet another thing I have thought about a lot lately!
This sounds like a goodie!
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I’m still trying to sort through how fluoride is treated and whether it is also removed by the standard black filters or requires an additional part/process with the Berkey.
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🙂 Well then what is the deal and what did you find out? To me it looked like they will take care of chlorine but to remove fluoride you had to add an additional filter to the Berkey. Sigh… yes I’m still buying 5 gallon bottles of distilled water.