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5 reasons why I love my Berkey water filter

We used a water distiller in our house from 2004-2012, then we switched to a Berkey.
So I decided to make a little video about why I switched, and why I love it so much.
Here’s my Berkey water filter review:

If you can’t watch the video, here are the five reasons why I love my Berkey Water Filter.

1) It removes hundreds of contaminants: Bacteria and parasites, heavy metals like lead and mercury, VOCs and toxic chemicals like benzene, chlorine and chromium-6 (think Erin Brockovich), pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs and more, to levels higher than 99.99%.

2) The fluoride/arsenic filters remove 95% of fluoride and arsenic. The fluorosilicic acid your city puts in your water is a toxic waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry. It poisons your body, does not help your teeth and most filtration systems do not remove it.

3) It’s gravity fed! So it doesn’t need electricity or water pressure. You just pour water into the top chamber and it filters down into the bottom chamber, clean and ready to drink.

4) It’s portable. We take ours on vacation with us and it’s perfect to have in an emergency situation like an earthquake, hurricane, WWIII or a zombie attack. We will never have to worry about not having clean drinking water. This thing will even filter pond water!

5) It’s extremely economical. The Big Berkey (2 gallon model) costs about $250, which may seem like a lot of money for a water filter, but get this: The two Black Berkey filters inside will purify 6,000 gallons before needing replacement. If you drink 10 gallons of water a week, it will last you about 11 years at a cost of less than 2 cents per gallon. Most water filters need replacing after 3-6 months!

More Reasons
Berkey filters exceed EPA NSF/ANSI standards for filtration and thus are rated as water purifiers.

Berkey filters are even used to purify non-drinkable water in third world countries by relief organizations like UNICEF, the Peace Corps, Missionary organizations and the Red Cross.

In 2014, Berkey was rated #1 for contaminant removal by Natural News Water Filter Labs.

And the best part, the water tastes clean and delicious. You will definitely notice a difference.

Berkey filters come in different sizes from the cute little 1.5 gallon Travel Berkey all the way to the monster 6 gallon Crown Berkey.


We started with a 2 gallon Big Berkey, but eventually upgraded to the 3 gallon Royal Berkey, which is perfect for our family of four.

The Travel Berkey is great for dorm rooms too.

Note: The fluoride/arsenic filters are extra and should be replaced annually, but the distributor I recommend offers a 50% discount on them with the purchase of a Berkey system, plus FREE SHIPPING.

The Black Berkey purification elements have a two-year prorated manufacturers warranty.
The Berkey systems themselves and their components (stainless steel, etc) have a six-month manufacturers warranty. BigBerkeyWaterFilters.com will replace any replacement parts such as washers, nuts, etc over the life of the Berkey system ownership.

Their site has tons of FAQs, comparisons with other brands, test results, videos and more. Spend some time learning about it. Every question I could think of was answered there.

A few add-ons I recommend are the sight glass, so you can easily see the water level inside, the shower filter to clean up your shower water, and the travel bottle.

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  • Janine p

    Hi Chris
    i am researching water filtration. Have you heard of the Chanson miracle max? What is your viewon alkaline water?

  • Chris Pedersen

    Wait! You only have to replace the filters every 11 years? How can that be? We have a reverse osmosis system and have to replace the sentiment filter (first stage of filtration) every 6 months. It fills up with black “yuck” that would clog up the carbon filters in the next stages if not there. How does the Berkey avoid that issue?

  • Tina Bees

    Hi Chris I bought a Biocera anti oxidant alkaline water filter do you know anything about that or have I invested in something that is doing me no good what so ever?
    Kind regards Tina

  • Paula Daniels Roberts

    Hey Chris, I just bought this, based on your recommendation. I want to thank you for doing all the research. Choosing a good portable filter was way more involved than I thought, I appreciate this site so much! There is a great deal of misinformation, regarding filters as you rightly pointed out that can lead us all astray.

    • I’ve had this product for over a year now.. Love it. We even bought 2 sport bottles to take with us on vacation! I can’t drink tap anymore!

      My wife ordered a test through a private lab to test for Heavy Metals when we were trying to conceive because her mother told her that when she was a baby she cracked a mercury-filled thermometer when she was a baby.

      The results came back and she was actually HIGH in lead, the mercury was low!

      So glad to know we’re filtering those hard-to-eradicate metals out now!

  • Chris Wark

    Its the exact same thing with a different name on it.

    • light-time

      Thank you! Good to know. :) And thank you for helping some people critically reflect about the status quo! ;)

  • fryedm

    Thank you Chris for the info about your filtered water system. I should be enjoying good clean water in just a few days. It’s already on its way to my home! Thank You! Oh an also have a tower garden on its way. :)

  • Ellen

    Hi Chris, My new Berkey dispenses clear water initially. But when the filtered water is left to sit, especially if the temperature changes (like leaving a glass bottle of water in the car) the water turns very cloudy. My confidence in the quality of the water is low because of this. Memphis tap water does not do this. What am I drinking. I’m worried. Ellen

  • Mary

    Hi Chris, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and would first like to thank you for all of the information you have out there. I have since started juicing with the Champion and love it! I also purchased a Berkey which I was so excited to get. I previously had a small Cuisinart gravity filter system, but it was just like a Brita or Pur filter, just a little larger. I wanted something larger and that’s when I actually found you…when I was researching water filters. Having the water “purifier” as compared to the regular water “filter” to me was the selling point. It’s amazing…thanks so much for posting about it.

  • susanelizabeth

    I know this is an older post so I hope you will see this and reply. We just purchased our first Berkey and are still having to prime the floride filter. Water remained cloudy the first few times we primed. I was able to use the discount after giving your name, but, after reading more about it it appears this will end up being more expensive than using our distiller(broke a few wks back). We live on an extremely tight budget. We use up to 3 gallons of water a day so am wondering how often I will need to replace both kinds of filters: floride and the black ones. Also, for me, the system is way to complicated! I had to have someone else set it up as it’s way too involved for me! With the distiller I just cleaned it out monthly, replaced the tiny filter every 2 months. I also added minerals from Hallelujuh Acres to each gallon. Have you figured out how much it ends up costing your family, per yr after you replace the filters, every 6 months or so? Thanks, and God bless you for all you do!

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