Berkey is one of the top gravity-fed water filters that are available in the market. Sadly that it is not available in Iowa and California due to the banned imposed by the two states.
After a thorough understanding of the situation, we think that the banned is due to some regulatory request by the state which was unable to fulfill by Berkey due to hefty cost.
We believe that it is still a great piece of water filter which shouldn’t be missed. Let’s dive deep into the Berkey system and understand why we think that it is that great.
Great Quality Filter:The foundation of Berkey systems is made up of two separate cartridges, the Black Berkey and the Fluoride Filter.
Black Berkey: It is a microporous filter, which removes up to 99.9% on some of the contaminants that appear in the water.
It was independently tested in the EPA-approved laboratory against NSF/ANSI Standards 53 to ensure the quality of the filter is being achieved.
The Black Berkey is easily cleanable from time to time when the flow rate started to get low. This can prolong the lifespan of the cartridge.
Fluoride Filter: Although it is named as a fluoride filter, it can do better than just removing fluoride.
Besides fluoride, this system is able to remove Arsenic, which is one of the dangerous contaminants available in our water source. Apart from Arsenic, it removes MBTE and some other heavy metal ions.
The combination of Black Berkey and Fluoride Filter, Berkey is capable of filtering the list of top 20 major contaminations shown below.
For a more in-depth list of contamination that is filtered by Berkey, kindly refer to this list.
Besides the chemical contaminants, their filter also removes 100% of pathogenic bacteria. Generally, it is required to have a UV light sterilizer to remove the bacteria.
Variants And Sizes: There are different models of Berkey to cater to different needs. Take Berkey Go as an example, it is designed for hiking and traveling purposes with it’s small and compact size.
While the Crown Berkey is suitable for small offices or huge household as it container can store up to 6 gallons of water at a time.
One of the best sellers is the Big Berkey, which is having an ideal size of 2.25 Gallons that is enough for a decent size family of 4.
Replacement Cost: A pair of Black Berkey can withstand up to 6000 Gallons of water as suggested by Berkey. This is mainly due to the cartridge is cleanable
The Fluoride Filter is small in size. Hence, the lifespan is just about 1000 Gallons per pair or approximately 2 years for one set of replacement.
Annual Replacement Cost: $80
Lifetime Warranty: When you register your Berkey, you will receive a Berkey Care Lifetime Warranty instead of the standard 6 months warranty. However, this only applies to Travel, Royal, Big, Imperial, and Crown Berkey.
Bottomline: It is great to see how Berkey can build such a simple filtration system while still capable of removing so many contaminants. Although the flow rate might be lower compared to the rest of the system, it is a great system that you will never regret.
Otherwise, please visit our detailed review of this system.