When it comes to clean drinking water for my family, I rely on the Big Berkey Water Filter. I made a statement in the Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaner Review that the Dolphin was one of my favorite purchases that I ever made on Amazon. Well, now I'm telling you about my most favorite…The Big Berkey!
Whether you're looking for an everyday solution for clean drinking water, to use when you're traveling, or to have for emergency and disaster situations, the Big Berkey delivers. Just look at the recent events over the last two years. When Hurricane Sandy devastated the New Jersey area, thousands were left without power and water. When the toxic chemicals were spilled into the Elk River in West Virginia…again, tens of thousands were left without clean drinking water. Events like these can happen at any time when you least expect it.
What I like best about the Big Berkey are the fluoride filters that can filter out fluoride and arsenic. There is a growing controversy over the long term cumulative effects of adding fluoride to municipal water supplies. I encourage you to spend 5 minutes and watch this video from from RT's Abby Martin.
Abby Martin takes a look at the 50 year long practice of water fluoridation in America, outlining adverse health effects and breaking the myth…
Big Berkey Water Filter Features & Benefits
- Purifies up to 3.5 gallons per hour
- Filter Life: Up to 6,000 gallons per set of 2 Black Berkey Water Filter elements. It costs only pennies per gallon!
- Holding Capacity: 2.25 Gallons
- Cleanable, Self-Sterilizing Filters
- High Grade 304 Stainless Steel
- You can use the Big Berkey to filter water from your municipal water supply, or untreated water from sources like lakes, streams, rivers, ponds, etc.
- No electricity required – The Big Berkey is gravity fed. You just pour your water into the top and it feeds down
- The Big Berkey Water Filter removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. The Big Berkey is so powerful that it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs.
- The white fluoride filters attach to the bottom of the black filters and will additionally filter out fluoride, arsenic, and other heavy metal ions.
- The Big Berkey Water Filter stands 19.25" tall and is 8.5" wide. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height. Configured with four Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 7 Gallons per hour.
- It's portable – take it on vacation with you. It's lightweight (when not filled with water!) and can be moved easily.
- It's quick and easy to breakdown, clean, and change filters.
What Are The Negatives About The Big Berkey?
Since we switched over to using the Big Berkey for all of our household drinking water, there are really only a couple downsides…
1) Using ice trays again. It is all too convenient to use the automatic ice and water dispenser on the front of the refrigerator. Unfortunately, we're yet to find an 'inline' refrigerator water filter that adequately removes fluoride and all of the other chemicals, bacteria, and pathogens to our satisfaction.
2) Cleaning the filters and chambers. The entire cleaning process is quick and easy, but the Big Berkey still needs to have regular cleanings. We normally clean the chambers out on a monthly basis and the filters when the water flow starts to slow a little bit. We use a ScotchBrite pad and water (no soap) on the elements. It only takes a few minutes. Total time to clean the chambers and elements is probably 10 or 15 minutes.
Whether for everyday use, travel, or to have in case of an emergency, the Big Berkey Water Filter can provide your family with clean and safe drinking water for only pennies per gallon! We use it, love it, and highly recommend it!
Click Here To Buy The Big Berkey Water Filter With 2 Black Filters and 2 Fluoride Filters On Amazon.com