May 27, 2017

Review of: The Big Berkey Water Purifier

Big Berkey Stainless Steel Water Filtration System with 2 Black Filter Elements

My wife and I have read reports of prescription drugs being found in drinking water. One of the tax return purchases we made this year was a water purification system. I have also heard some concerning things about fluoride in water. I don’t know if they are true but sodium fluoride, which is used in some municipalities to treat water, is one component used in rat poison. We decided to get a purification system that would take prescription drugs, fluoride and any of the other junk that is in our water out.

Side note: Fluoride might be fine topically as it is tooth paste, but I can’t see the benefit of ingesting it.

After plenty of research I settled on the Big Berkey. One of the complaints I have heard about the Berkey systems is the price. While true, there is a higher upfront cost, the filters last a LOT longer than some other popular pitcher type purifiers. Here is a water filter comparison chart. It shows the Berkey costing just 1.9 cents per gallon. The next closest is 9.6 cents per gallon.

•The Big Berkey can take four filters, but we opted to just put two in, mostly due to cost. Four would have increased the purification rate and extended the amount of water the entire system could purify before needing to replace the filters.

•The system is nice to look at; I mean who doesn’t like polished stainless steel? Mine is pictured below.

•Set up was fairly easy. If memory serves, there is an extra step or two to be done for the fluoride filters but nothing that requires rocket science.

•The biggest pro to me is knowing that we have pure water; no smells, no prescription drugs, no chlorine and no fluoride.

•The Big Berkey is a little slow. The fuller it is the faster it filters because more filter space is being utilized.

•There is another filter needed for each of the black filters if you want the fluoride removed. At least you have the option if you want it.

•Remembering to refill it..oh wait, that’s just me.

My Take:

I like the Big Berkey and happily give it 4 starts. I would give it 5 if the black filters removed fluoride.

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  1. I settled on the Berkey myself after much research. Not for everday since we have a well, but to have in case of an emergency. It filters out so much, possibly even radiation particles although it hasn’t been tested for that. My flouride filter came with it. I would like to get extra black filters. Last I checked those ran about $100 for a set of 2. Also, I went with the one with the see through container so I’d know how much was in it.

  2. Mike (Ret. A.F.) says:

    The berkey water filter Is my number one choice becuase of it’s capcity to filter more harmful particles than most other filters. Plus they last longer and filter more.
    I did try and go solar on water heating. Paid 6,000. to replace old water heater with a new solar one but, after 3 years unit started leaking inside the panel. The company,Fun in The Sun out of Orlando want to charge me 2,000. to replace it. I quess I’m going to try instant hot water system instead. 2,000. will pay for food for a year.

  3. james martin says:

    We have used this system for several years now. Would not be without it.

  4. Our family has been around the Berkey line for years, and quite honestly that is why we are now dealers. I have to agree that the looks of the stainless systems are great, and the taste of pure water is fantastic. Upfront costs are a little steep at first glance, but as you noted the cost per gallon over the life of the filters really helps that cost look better. If anyone is looking for a little more information on Berkey Water Filters , feel free to visit our site at and i would be more than happy to help you out!

  5. I have a crown berkey for my family and it works great. I did do my own research for the best water filter system. I was initially inclined to get a whole house system but ended up with buying the table top system. I highly recommend this one!

    • Chris Ray says:

      I’m glad you like it, I like mine as well. The one big advantage of a berkey over a whole house system is portability. I think staying put is the right call most of the time, but there could come a time when bugging out is needed, and knowing I can have clean water wherever I am gives piece of mind.

  6. I live in an area where the water quality is very poor. Therefore, I purchased a big berkey water filter. As you said the installation was very easy. Though the water flow is a little slow, it is not a big problem.

  7. I loved the Big Berkey we bought, until the top ceramic filters got mold spots on them. I read online that this happened to others also.I had it less than a year.This was very disappointing.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Sorry to hear you had problems. How long did it take to show up? Did you clean the filters before that time?

  8. I planned to buy one, but after reading your post, I decide to get one. I think the quality of their filters is better than other companies.

  9. John I don’t know that a pager is best because that only lets you coatcnt him. If you need to get word to him, go through the school or whatever adult he might be with. I was going to suggest the Jitterbug (that phone for old folks) because the original only had three buttons home, operator and 911, but the don’t make that version anymore. The Firefly is a kid phone with buttons for mom and dad and parental controls. Greatcall is from Jitterbug and is a onebutton calling device (like the old help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up) that also has GPS tracking for kids. Take a look at the LG Migo from Verizon looks like it might be a great choice.Current score: 0

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