Big Berkey™ Water Filter Review

One of the most important family water filters in today’s market is the Big Berkey

A big name brand that has grown even more so over the last few years, the Big Berkey is essentially a large, stationary water filter designed to filter through large volumes of water for an entire family.

In other words, this is not a small filter that you stow away in your pocket or bug out bag. Rather, this is a filter that you can set on your kitchen counter for your entire family to use.

In this review, we will cover the primary reasons you need a family water filter to begin with, what makes the Big Berkey filter preferable over its competitors, and the biggest pros and cons to the product.

Why Do You Need A Family Water Filter?

Do you really have to have a water filter, or is it just a device that would nice to have from time to time?

First and foremost…no, you do not absolutely have to have one if you don’t want it. That being said, investing in a family water filter is still a good idea, and for more reasons than one.

One reason to invest in a family water filter is for preparation for a major grid down disaster that would result in the water supply being shut off. In that event, you would have to turn to alternative sources in order to get more water. But drinking any water that is filled with contaminants, bacteria, or pathogens of any kind can be more dangerous than not drinking any water at all.

Furthermore, it’s possible that you never will be in a true grid down disaster scenario. However, that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of exposure to contaminated running water. We saw this most notably happen in Flint, Michigan.

Needless to say, you simply can’t take for granted that you will always have access to clean and fresh water every single day of your life. It’s important for you to take responsibility and prepare your family for the possibility that one day the only water you’ll have access to is water contaminated with heavy metals or bacteria.

You can take that responsibility by investing in a family water filter such as the Big Berkey.  So, why choose the Big Berkey over its competitors? We’ll answer that next:

Why Choose The Big Berkey™ Over Other Water Filters?

While the Big Berkey is not the only quality water filter on the market today, it still undeniably has a number of important advantages thanks to its design features.

Optimal Filtration

The Big Berkey uses the same system as other Berkey filters use: it consists of a set of black carbon filters, designed to filter out a wide number of different contaminants. PF-2 filters are also available in order to filter out fluoride.

According to Berkey, the Big Berkey water filter is capable of filtering out each of the following:

  • 100% of pathogenic bacteria and parasites
  • 9% of inorganic minerals
  • 9% of organic compounds
  • 95% of fluoride (when using the PF-2 filter)
  • 9% of viruses
  • 95% of heavy metals (lead, copper, cadmium, etc.)

Each black carbon filter for the Big Berkey filters up to three thousand gallons of water or more before you need to replace it.   You do need to clean each one at least once monthly (take note that each cleaning will only take a couple of minutes and can be done in your kitchen sink).

One of the biggest advantages to the Big Berkey water filter is the fact that it can easily filter out high levels of fluoride and arsenic. Both of these are notoriously difficult to remove from water (though again, make sure that you use the PF-2 filter for filtering out fluoride).

Filter Longevity

Another big benefit to the Big Berkey is the fact that it lasts a very long time (as was noted previously, it can filter through three thousand gallons of water before needing to be replaced).

Considering the fact that the average person should consume roughly a gallon of water a day, that means that each filter should last a typical family of four for at least two years, which is excellent and higher than several of its competitors.


Finally, the Big Berkey is also very portable for such a large filter. You can break it down into two pieces for easier transportation. And the installation process is incredibly simple, which stands in stark contrast to many other kinds of water filters.


In summary, for a family sized water filter that you can keep in your home it’s definitely one of the highest quality and most popular and reputable options on the market today.

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