Meet the Amazing Berkey Filter Family
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Did you ever meet an amazing person and you thought "Gee, they must come from a great family"?
And then you meet the family, and it turns out you were right!
Sometimes products can be kind of like that. You try one product and have a good experience with it, so you decide to try out another member of the "family".
And guess what? Another positive experience!
That's what happened when I bought my first Berkey water filter. (It was the Imperial Berkey, by the way. That's it to the right, sitting on my kitchen counter.)
I was so impressed that I wanted to check out some of the other members of the Berkey family of water purification products. Next I tried the Berkey shower filter and then the Sport Berkey water bottle.
It didn't take long for me to become a fan of all things Berkey.
I've already written about some of the Berkey products on my blog. But in this post I want to introduce you to all the great products made by Berkey.
It's a brief overview, and there are links to articles that go more in-depth, if you'd like to learn more.
So come along, and meet the Berkey family.
If there's one member of the family in particular you're most interested in, you can skip that one in the quick navigation below. Otherwise, just keep scrolling to read about all of them.
One note before we get started - for each of the products, I've included links so you can check the price at both Amazon and Berkey Filters. The prices can fluctuate, and sometimes there are special deals that run for a limited time. That's why I don't post prices. It's easy enough to find out what they are, though. Just click on the links.
Berkey Water Filter Systems
Stainless Steel Countertop Filters
Without a doubt, the best known Berkey offering is their stainless steel countertop water filter. In fact, that's the first Berkey product that I bought.
There are five different sizes of the Berkey filter to accommodate small to large groups of people.
You can also add more filters to most of the units, which will speed up the time it takes to filter the water.
Each black Berkey filter is good for 3,000 gallons, so that means you can filter 6,000 gallons of water with one pair of filters. That's going to last you a long time.
What's really great about Berkey filters is that you can put any kind of water in it except for salt water. You can put tap water in it, or you can dip water out of a pond and put it through the filter, if you want.
It's that powerful.
All of the countertop models are compatible with the Berkey fluoride filter, too. You can read more about that below.
So here are the five stainless steel Berkey models, from smallest to largest, along with a few specs. They all look identical except for the size, and they all work in exactly the same way.
The Berkey Light is a lightweight plastic version of the stainless steel models, and it works in exactly the same way.
You can add the optional fluoride filters to it, too.
It's made of high quality BPA-free plastic, which makes it lightweight and easy to transport. This makes it ideal for taking to outdoor events, camping, or just to have on hand in case of an emergency.
And since it's transparent, you can easily see the water level to know when it's time to refill it.
There are a couple of other differences between the Berkey Light and the stainless steel systems.
One is the lid. Instead of stainless steel, this one is made of cloth.
Another difference is the built-in stand that makes it easy to fill up a cup of water without having it at the edge of the counter.
If you'd like to read my in-depth review of all the Berkey countertop filter systems, please see The Berkey Water Filter Ultimate Buyer’s Guide.
Specialty Filters by Berkey
Berkey Fluoride Water Filter
Some people don't mind having fluoride in their drinking water. Others want to remove it.
I know I did after I learned about the potential health problems caused by water fluoridation.
One advantage of Berkey water filters is that you have the choice of whether to filter out fluoride or not.
The Black Berkey filters that come with the systems don't remove fluoride. But you can buy optional PF-2 fluoride filters that reduce fluoride, arsenic, MTBE, and other heavy metals.
They just screw right onto the bottom of the Black Berkey filters, making it a two-step process.
These need to be replaced after 1,000 gallons. That's about every six months for most people.
Check the price of Berkey fluoride filters at Amazon here.
Check the price of Berkey fluoride filters at Berkey Filters here.
Sport Berkey Water Filter Bottle
Sport Berkey is a portable filter in a water bottle. It uses the same technology as the Berkey countertop systems, so you know it's effective.
I like using it when I travel because I never know what's in the water or how it's going to taste when I go somewhere new. The Sport Berkey makes the water safe to drink and makes it taste great!
The filter is attached by a tube that hangs down in the bottle. As you sip on the straw, the water is drawn up through the filter.
It holds 22 ounces of water, and it's good for 640 refills or 100 gallons. That's if you're using treated municipal water.
If you're using water of questionable quality - like from a stream - it's good for 25 gallons or 160 refills.
After that, you just replace the filter.
I was so happy with my Sport Berkey that I wrote an article about it, which you can read here.
To check the current price of the Sport Berkey at Amazon, click here.
To check the current price of the Sport Berkey at Berkey Filters, click here.
Berkey Shower Filter
Berkey makes a shower filter that reduces chlorine, bacteria and odors. It also reduces the growth of mold in the shower.
A massage shower head is included, and it's super easy to install.
After one year of use, or about 20,000 gallons, you will need to replace the filter part. You can keep using the shower head.
The Berkey shower filter was one of my top four best shower head filters picks. You can read about it in this post.
Go Berkey Portable Water Filter
Here's another small portable water filtration system that's great for travel, camping, and emergency preparedness.
Like the countertop Berkey filters, it's made of stainless steel. But at 2.4 pounds, it's lightweight and easy to take with you.
It holds one quart of water, and it can filter up to one gallon of water per hour.
To use it, you put one Black Berkey filter element in the top chamber and then fill it with water. The filtered water drips down into the bottom chamber.
There's no spigot with this system. You lift off the top part and pour the filtered water out of the bottom chamber.
It's so small that it can't accommodate a fluoride filter.
The diameter measures 4 inches, and the height measures 14 inches while it's in use. For travel, the two parts nest together, so then it's about half the height.
When you order a Go Berkey, it's actually going to come in a kit.
The Go Berkey Kit includes the Go Berkey, a Black Berkey filter, and a Sport Berkey water bottle. All that along with a vinyl carrying bag that has compartments to hold everything.
And sometimes you can even get it bundled with a Black Berkey filter primer (more details below).
Having the primer makes it possible to prime the filter when you're not near a sink. This is important if you're using it outdoors.
You can check the price and availability of the Go Berkey Kit at Amazon by clicking here.
And check the price at Berkey Filters by clicking here.
Accessories for Berkey Water Filter Systems
In this last section, I want to introduce you to some of the accessories that Berkey offers for their filtration systems. None of them are necessary, but they can make your life a little bit easier!
Water View Spigot
The glass Berkey Water View Spigot allows you to see how much water is left in the bottom chamber of the countertop filter.
Without it, you have to lift off the top chamber in order to see into the bottom chamber. That can be a bit of a pain in the neck, especially if there's a lot of water in the top.
I've lived for 8 years without it, but I've often thought it would be nice to have.
Oh, and if you're going to get one, make sure you get the right size to match your filter model. It's not one size fits all!
Using a filter stand gives you an extra 6 inches of space to place a cup under the spigot.
The Berkey filter stand is made of stainless steel, and it has rubberized feet to keep it from skidding across the counter.
Again, it's a convenience, but not necessary. But if you don't want to have to put your system right at the edge of the counter, you might want to buy one. And if you do, make sure you get the right diameter stand to match your filter.
Stainless Steel Spigot
When you buy a Berkey countertop filter, it comes with a plastic spigot. Although it's BPA-free, some people still don't like it.
If that's you, you might want to get a Berkey Stainless Steel Spigot. It's made to fit all of the Berkey systems.
Another reason to go with stainless steel is for its longevity. Although I have to say that I've been using my plastic Berkey spigot for 8 years, and it hasn't failed me yet.
You can check for the price and availability of the Berkey stainless steel spigot at Amazon by clicking here.
Or click here to check it out at Berkey Filters.
The Berkey Maintenance Kit is nice to have on hand so you don't have to go scrambling for small parts if you need them.
Here's what you get in the kit:
- 2 Scotch Brite scrubbing pads for cleaning the Black Berkey filters
- plastic spigot
- hole plugs
- wingnuts and washers for the Black Berkey filters
- replacement knob for the lid
- priming button
- red dye for testing the filters
- instruction booklet
There are separate kits for the stainless steel units and the Berkey Light. Be careful to order the right one.
Black Berkey Primer
The final member of the Berkey family is also the newest.
The Black Berkey Primer was designed to make priming the Black Berkey filters easier and less messy.
Before you use the filters, you have to prime them. That involves forcing tap water into the filter to saturate it. I have never successfully primed a filter at the sink without spraying water all over myself.
So the Black Berkey Primer is a very welcome addition to the Berkey lineup.
All you have to do is attach the primer to the filter and then hold the primer under water while you squeeze it with your hand.
It's not very expensive, and it's totally worth it!
By the way, the primer can only be used with the Black Berkey filters. The fluoride filters have to be primed the messy way.
Well, there you have it - the entire family of Berkey products! I'm pretty sure I didn't leave anybody out.
I invite you to check out my other posts on individual Berkey products for more details. To get started, I'd suggest starting with my Berkey Water Filter Buyer's Guide.
And if you have any questions about Berkey products, feel free to ask in the comments below and I will do my best to answer.