Propur Water Filter Review: How Good is It?

I'll admit it. I'm partial to Berkey water filters. I've owned one for over five years and I've been happy with it. It's the only brand of gravity water filter that I knew about.

But recently I came across Propur, a newer brand that's giving Berkey a run for the money.

Propur water filter: how good is it?

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I noticed a lot of discussion about Propur in online preparedness forums. If preppers are talking about a water filtration product, I figured that I should pay attention!

So I decided to find out more.

I spent hours researching the Propur filter to learn everything I could about it. I looked at test results and specs and reviews by people who use it. And I was impressed.

In a rush? Get a great deal on the Propur Big at Amazon by clicking here.

There are several different sizes of Propur filters, but for this review I'm going to focus on the most popular one, the Propur Big. I'm going to talk about its effectiveness, how it works, and where you can get the Propur Big at a great price. 

Since it's very similar to the Berkey and Alexapure filters, I'll also cover some of the differences between them.

You can click on a question in the quick navigation below or just go on and read the whole review.

How does Propur water filtration work?

Propur water filter

The Propur Big is a gravity water filter. It consists of two containers that stack together. You start by pouring water into the top part, where the filters are.

Gravity pulls the water downward through the filters into the bottom container. There's a spigot near the bottom for dispensing the purified water.

There's no plumbing involved. You can set it on your countertop or on a table.

What is the Propur made of?

The container and the spigot are stainless steel. The filter element is granular activated carbon in a container of silver infused ceramic.

In case you're wondering about the silver, it's used because silver inhibits the growth of bacteria. You don't want bacteria growing on your filters!

Where are Propur water filters made?

The filter element is made in England. I was not able to find out exactly where the other components are made. I emailed Propur to find out. They told me that the system is "made from imported and domestic components and assembled in the US".

What does the Propur ProOne G2.0 filter element remove?

This is what impressed me the most about Propur. An independent lab tested the ProOne G2.0 filter element for all kinds of contaminants. The results show that the filter eliminates all or almost all of the following:

  • volatile and semi-volatile organic contaminants
  • heavy metals
  • pesticides
  • disinfectants and inorganic non-metallic contaminants (including chlorine and fluoride)
  • herbicides
  • microcystins
  • bacteria and viruses
  • radiological contaminants

As far as "good" minerals go, the filter reduces calcium somewhat (about 81%), but it does not remove any magnesium and only 2.5% of potassium.

Of course, it also takes out bad tastes and odors, leaving you with delicious fresh-tasting water.

Is the Propur water filter NSF certified?

Yes. The ProOne G2.0 filter meets the NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 standards for healthy drinking water. So you know your water is clean and safe.

It is certified to NSF Standard 42, according to the NSF website. Link here

What's the size of the Propur Big and how much does it hold?

It stands 21.5" high and has a diameter of 9.25". It has a capacity of 2.75 gallons. This makes it a good size filter for a small family or group of 2-4.

What other sizes of Propur water filter system are available?

The Propur stainless steel gravity filter comes in 4 sizes to accommodate different size groups. You can use this chart to compare the capacities and prices.

Propur Traveler

1 Person

1.75 Gallons

Propur Nomad

1-2 People

2.10 Gallons

Propur Big

2-4 People

2.75 Gallons

Propur King

4+ People

4 Gallons

Propur also makes a pitcher system that uses the same filter element, but in a mini size. It also has a removable infusion tube so you can infuse the water with fruits or vegetables if you like.

What does the Propur Big filter system include?

It comes with:

  • 2 stainless steel chambers.
  • stainless steel lid.
  • 2 ProOne G2.0 filters.
  • stainless steel spigot.
  • non-slip pad.
wire stand for Propur filter

You can buy a stainless steel wire stand for the system that raises it up by 5 inches. This makes it easier to dispense water into glasses and containers.

Check the price of the Propur wire stand at Amazon by clicking here.

Another helpful option is a sight glass spigot that allows you to see how much water is in the holding chamber. Otherwise, you have to lift up the top chamber to see how much water you have left.

Check the updated price of the Propur sight glass spigot at Amazon here. 

How long does it take Propur to filter water?

It takes 6 to 7 hours to filter 2.75 gallons with 2 filters. You can add a third filter to speed it up if you like.

It does take some planning ahead to make sure you have a steady supply. But after you've had it for a little while you'll figure out a routine that works for you.

Some people just fill it up at night and then in the morning they have a full container of water ready.

How long do Propur filter elements last?

Propur ProOne G2.0 FIlter

Propur ProOne G2.0 FIlter Element

The manufacturer recommends replacing the filters every 12 months. It's possible that they could last a little longer or they might wear out sooner than that. It  depends on the quality of the water you put in and how much you use it.

Propur vs Berkey: What's the difference?

Here are the differences that stand out to me:

  1. The Propur doesn't require additional fluoride filters like Berkey does. The ProOne G2.0 filter does it all. If your water isn't fluoridated then this doesn't really matter. If you want fluoride in your water, then you won't want to use Propur.
  2. You don't have to prime the filters. You just put the Propur filters in and you're ready to go. To me this is a big advantage. Priming the Berkey filters is not fun. I usually end up spraying water everywhere and soaking my clothes when I prime them.
  3. ​The top chamber doesn't have to be filled to the top to achieve the maximum flow rate. Berkey does.
  4. ​Propur comes with a stainless steel spigot. Berkey comes with a plastic one.
  5. The life of the filters is different. Propur filters last about a year. The black Berkey filters can last anywhere from 3-5 years, but the fluoride filters only last 6 months. Berkey filters can be scrubbed and reused for several years, but Propur filters must be discarded after one year.

I compared the test results with similar tests done on the black Berkey filter. There was little variation between the two. Berkey has a slight edge here, but to me the difference was negligible.

In most cases, we're talking less than 1% difference in total reduction of certain contaminants.

Note: If you would like more information on Berkey water filters, you can read my full review The Berkey Water Filter Ultimate Buyer's Guide.

Also see my infographic comparing the Big Berkey and Propur Big here.

Propur vs Alexapure: Which is better?

Alexapure and Propur are more alike than they are different.

They look almost identical on the outside, except that Alexapure has a plastic spigot, and the Propur has a stainless steel spigot.

The Alexapure filter is carbon block encased in a shell made of a hybrid ceramic material.​ So, it's similar to the Propur ProOne G2.0 filter.

As far as effectiveness goes, they are almost equal, except in lead reduction. Propur reduces lead by 100%, but Alexapure only reduces it 96.4%. This is significant, because there is no safe level of lead in drinking water, according to the EPA.

Because of Alexapure's weakness in lead reduction, I would say that ​Propur is the better of the two.

Alexapure is a little less expensive than Propur, but it doesn't have a warranty - only a 45-day return policy on unopened products. That seems a bit risky to me.

For more details on Alexapure and how it compares to Propur, Berkey and other similar filters, please see my review, Countertop Gravity Water Filters: Which is Best?​

How much does Propur cost? Where can I buy it?

You can always get a great price at Amazon, and you can usually get free shipping, too. The prices can change without notice, so I don't include prices in my reviews. It's easy enough to find out the current price, though.

 You can click here to check the current price of the Propur Big at Amazon.com. 

At last check, the price at Propur USA was a good bit higher than the Amazon price.

Does Propur have a warranty?

Yes. It comes with a 2 year warranty on the stainless steel parts. The filters have a 1 year warranty.

What do buyers say about Propur?

What Buyers Liked

  • Water tastes great
  • Easy to set up and refill
  • Filters water quickly

Didn't Like So Much

  • Takes up a lot of counter space
Wow! I have never tasted such clean water. It actually tastes like WATER --- not chemicals or other toxins. It is so refreshing and has definitely increased my daily use of drinking water and I have always only drank water, but other filters never really tasted that fresh or clean. If I could give this 10 stars, I would.

- Amazon reviewer CatLady, January 26, 2017 (link)

Does Propur make a shower filter?

Yes, Propur does have a shower filter in its line of products.

The Propur ProMax shower filter removes or reduces many contaminants including chlorine and fluoride. Please see What’s the Best Shower Head Filter?​ for more details.

Summing It Up

Propur water filter

I think the Propur water filter is worth considering if you're looking for a countertop water filter that removes every conceivable kind of contaminant.

It's great for everyday use at home or work.

And it's good to have on hand for emergencies.

It's also handy to have if you want a water purifier to take along when you travel. You could even take it on your next camping trip if you wanted to. You can dip water right out of a lake or stream and put it through the filter.

I think that's pretty cool!

If I didn't already have a water filter system, I think I would probably lean toward buying a Propur. It does a great job of purifying water and it's easy to use. Those no-prime all-in-one filters are a big plus in my book!

If the Propur Big sounds like the right filter for you, go grab one for yourself today!

You can also find the complete line of Propur products at the  manufacturer's website.

If you'd like to check out some other brands of gravity filters, click here to go to Countertop Gravity Water Filters: Which is Best?


Marge

I'm a healthy living blogger who loves to help people who care about having a healthy home environment make smart choices and save money.

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Ashley - August 29, 2017 Reply

Hi Marge, I have had a Berkey for 5 years but have lately been disappointed by their lack of testing. Just an FYI, the propur 9″ filters fit nicely into the berkey. I replaced our filters without needing to reinvest in a new counter top system.

    Marge - August 29, 2017 Reply

    Hey Ashley, that’s good to know. I’m pretty sure that the Propur, Berkey and Alexapure filters are all interchangeable. Thanks for stopping by and for sharing the information!

Raven-Skyy - June 26, 2017 Reply

Hi there, just wanted to know if anyone has tried the Propur prosip drinking straw and does it filter water as well as other Propur products? It seems to be a fairly new product and there are not any reviews on this Propur product.

Joe - March 25, 2017 Reply

“meets NSF standards” doesn’t equate to NSF Certified.

    Marge - March 25, 2017 Reply

    Hi Joe! Yes, thanks for pointing that out. Meeting the standard or being tested to the standard is not the same as being certified. The ProOne G2.0 filter is NSF certified to Standard 42. I made that correction in the post and included a link to the NSF website where they list NSF certified products. I personally don’t give a whole lot of weight to NSF certification, and I explain why in another post
    “How to Choose the Best Water Filter for Your Home”.
    (That is actually a link. It doesn’t show up that way for some reason.)

Rachel - December 6, 2016 Reply

Hi Marge, great article, thanks so much for posting it.

The Propur sounds fantastic, although I have just read a couple of reviews on Amazon from people who have had problems with rust appearing in the stainless steel after 6 months or so.

Have you heard of any similar issues? Or perhaps it was only one or two faulty products. Any further info on this would be much appreciated.

Many thanks
Rachel

    Marge - December 7, 2016 Reply

    Hi Rachel, I did see one or two comments about rust, but that seems to be a rare occurrence. One of those reviewers said that the problem was resolved through customer service, and she seemed to be happy with the outcome. I think it just happens sometimes. I have several stainless steel items at home that have developed little spots of rust. I have read that most stainless steel products are made outside the US nowadays. Maybe if they were made here there would be better quality control.

Al - September 18, 2016 Reply

Thanks for the helpful article! I’m concerned about the silver-infused ceramic. I know that silver nanoparticlea can have adverse health effects and wonder if the health effects of silver-infused ceramics has been tested and if any silver leaches into the filtered water. I’d appreciate any information you can share.

Thanks,

Al

    Al - September 18, 2016 Reply

    Here is an article I just found as I looked more into silver-infused ceramics: http://water.jhu.edu/index.php/magazine/are-nanoparticles-a-threat-to-our-drinking-water

    I am very interested in the Berkey and Propure, but am concerned about the silver. Any information from thr manufactures to address these concerns would be much appreciated. Thanks!

      Marge - September 18, 2016 Reply

      Hi Al! I do know that silver has been used for water purification for a long time. I’ll have to look into it more and see what I can find out. By the way, the Berkey filter does not use silver. Only Propur does.

      Tracey - May 1, 2017 Reply

      Hi Al,
      I was leaning towards the Propure but after reading the link you posted I am now concerned about the silver. Did you do any more research or make a decision on a water purification system?

      Marge, did you find out anything more?

      Thanks!
      Tracey

        Marge - May 1, 2017 Reply

        Hey Tracey,

        I tried to find more information myself, but didn’t have much luck. There doesn’t seem to be anything out there that the average consumer can make sense of. The article that Al referenced seems inconclusive. I wonder if the author followed up on it in the 5 years since he wrote it.

        At any rate, I emailed Propur today to ask them about the silver. I’ll post their reply when I hear back from them.

          Marge - May 2, 2017 Reply

          The folks at Propur emailed me back. They said

          The silver used in the ProOne G2.0 filter is infused into the ceramic. Silver does not leach out into the water from filter use. The ProOne G2.0 is NSF-42 component certified.

          Link to NSF here.

Julie - August 19, 2016 Reply

I have been researching water filters for some time now and i love the ones that are able to filter without electricity.

I’ve also heard very cool things about ceramic, and from reading your article I’ve learned about silver infused ceramic; I’ve always known that silver inhibits bacteria, but haddn’t heard of it being infused into ceramic.

Also very good to know that this filter doesn’t remove any magnesium.

Thanks for the write up!

Elizabeth - August 18, 2016 Reply

This looks like it might be perfect for us. Our water has more than the recommended amount of fluoride naturally in the water.

Gwen - August 17, 2016 Reply

This is fabulous! I’ve been looking for water filter that removes microcystins you referred to earlier.

There are so many water filters out there that claim to be wonderful but then fail to disclose what they don’t remove. It takes a lot of research.

Thanks so much for the informative article! It was very helpful and I appreciate it.
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    Marge - August 17, 2016 Reply

    Hi Gwen! If you’d like to view the microcystin reduction lab test results, you can view them here. You can find the lab test results for a lot of water filters. You just need to do a little digging. Thanks for your comment!

Noel - August 16, 2016 Reply

Portable? I’m in. We spend a ton on a home system and then we move. And you can’t live without some type of purifying system, so your wallet gets thinner and thinner. I’m also not sure we’ve ever had anything we could really count on.

I believe the jury is in now. Thanks for a great review!

Tim - August 16, 2016 Reply

This water filter is really impressive. I love that it is portable and you can take it with on camping trips, etc. Real nice!
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    Marge - August 16, 2016 Reply

    Hi Tim! Yep, it’s a great all-around all-purpose filter. Thanks for stopping by!

Martin @ Living on Your Patio - August 15, 2016 Reply

As an owner of a water distiller I know how important it is to drink pure water whether it’s a Propur water filter or a distiller like I use. When you see the gunk that gets left behind you will never want to drink tap water again.

    Marge - August 15, 2016 Reply

    Hi Martin! Glad to hear that you found something that works for you. My understanding is that there can still be a bad taste in the water after distilling, so most home systems also have a post carbon filter to take care of that. Thanks for your comment!

Carl - August 15, 2016 Reply

This is just what i am looking for. I have bought filters before and had them installed into the house that I’m living in, and it such a hassle when i move. Now i can have a reliable system to take anywhere. Thanks

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