Propur Water Filter Review: How Good is It? (here’s what I found out)

Last updated: March 22, 2018

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.


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
  • microplastics

Propur is one of the best filters for lead removal. The lab data shows that it removes 100% of lead. That's impressive!

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.

Does Propur filter out microplastics?

Yes, it does. Lab test results from September of 2017 show that the Propur filter blocks 99.99% of microplastics.

Microplastics are tiny bits of plastic debris, 2.5 to 10 microns in size. It's considered an "emerging contaminant", meaning it's been detected in drinking water, but the health risk isn't fully known yet.

But there's no doubt that it's not a good thing to ingest plastic!

That's one less thing you'll have to worry about if you filter your water with Propur.

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.

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?

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 ProOne G2.0 FIlter

Propur ProOne G2.0 FIlter Element

What is the cost per gallon for Propur filtration?

I asked a representative at Propur how many gallons of water a ProOne G2.0 can filter before it needs to be replaced. The answer was anywhere between 700 and 1,200 gallons per filter.

That means that a pair of ProOne G2.0 filters is good for 1,400 to 2,800 gallons.

Using the lowest price that I found for a pair of filters ($139), the cost per gallon works out to 5¢ to 9¢ per gallon.

This is for the cost of the filters, and doesn't include the initial expense of buying the complete system.

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 

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 at Amazon 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?

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Bev - July 24, 2018 Reply

There are black specks in the bottom also a fewer amount in the top part of my big Berkey. Can you enlighten me about this? Thank you. Ps I’m using Propur filters.

    Marge - July 25, 2018 Reply

    Hi, Bev! It could be little bits of carbon from the filter elements. As far as I know, they’re harmless. I’d suggest contacting the manufacturer, though, if you’re concerned about it.

Jennifer - June 20, 2018 Reply

I have read that Berkey filters have had separation issues in the past, thus unbeknown to consumers their water was not properly being filtered. Have there been any issues/malfunctions in the past with ProPur filters or have they been perfectly fail safe since day one? Also, how long has ProPur been making filters?
Thank you for your valuable time taken in creating this awesome, informative page! 🙂

    Marge - June 20, 2018 Reply

    Hi Jennifer! I was actually one of those consumers who had received defective Berkey filters. It was a problem with the glue that holds the black filter to the plastic part. This was several years years ago. They did reach out to as many of their customers as they could and replaced the defective filters. I’m not aware of any similar issues ever happening with Propur filters. They have been in business since 2011, according to their website. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

Darren - June 11, 2018 Reply

hi! in regards to this filtering out plastic particles I noticed on the bottom of the pro one g 2.0 filters there is plastic , the filtered water drains down to this plastic and from there in to the bottom, wont this cause contamination as leaching plastic from the bottom of the filter ? .

    Marge - June 12, 2018 Reply

    Hi Darren! I contacted Propur and asked them about the plastic part of the filter. They told me that it’s BPA and BPS free, so it’s safe to use. Also, this is a totally separate issue from microplastic pollution. The filter is not going to somehow release microplastics into the filtered water, if that’s your concern. Thanks for stopping by and for your great question!

Mary Kate - May 21, 2018 Reply

Hi, I’ve been researching these two water filters as well in order to determine which one to purchase for our dry off grid cabin. One thing I noticed ( that no comparisons or reviews seem to mention) is that the Propur removes 98% of nitrates whereas Berkey states that nitrates are one of the few things that their filters are not able to remove. To me, this seems like it would be a pretty big deal for anyone who was pregnant or had an infant, as excessive nitrates cause “blue baby” syndrome. However I find it odd that no one else has mentioned this info, so I was hoping you could confirm that I’m not the only one coming up with this?

    Marge - May 21, 2018 Reply

    Hi, Mary Kate! I checked through the information that I have about Propur and Berkey. You’re right that Propur removes nitrates but Berkey does not, according to their lab test results. Berkey removes nitrites but not nitrates. Most of the nitrates we consume are in food – some naturally occurring and sometimes added to processed meats. Nitrates can get into ground water from runoff from fertilizers, erosion, leaking septic tanks, and sewage. Nitrites and nitrates in public water supplies are regulated by the EPA, so it’s probably not an issue for people on city water. But that’s not your situation. You might want to get your water supply tested to see if there is indeed nitrate in the water. Or else just go with a filter that you know removes nitrate, if that’s of concern to you.

Bob - April 8, 2018 Reply

I have a Propur Big. I use three 9 inch G2.0 filters. Is there any recycle value? Can you use the contents inside of the filters as a filler in garden soil, or should I just throw them in the trash?

    Marge - April 9, 2018 Reply

    That’s an interesting question, Bob. I’ll see what I can find out.

    Marge - May 7, 2018 Reply

    I asked PropurUSA about the recycle value of the filters. This is what they said: “It is possible that the recycling center will take the plastic base and the ceramic portion of the filter, but the carbon media will most likely need to be discarded.”

Cheryl - April 2, 2018 Reply

Hi, I’m new to this but my naturopathic doc has prescribed filtered water. Thanks so much for your review.

    Marge - April 2, 2018 Reply

    Thanks for stopping by, Cheryl. Glad I can be of help!

Jan - February 23, 2018 Reply

Interested in this product but what is the alkaline ph?

    Marge - February 25, 2018 Reply

    Hi, Jan! I’m not sure that I understand your question. But I will say that filtering water can make it more alkaline by reducing acidic substances that are in the water. The resultant pH will vary depending on the quality of the water you start out with.

Krista - December 31, 2017 Reply

What keeps the filter from molding?

    Marge - January 1, 2018 Reply

    Hi Krista! That’s a good question. The silver in the ceramic filter prevents the growth of mold and bacteria.

      Krista - January 1, 2018 Reply

      Thank you. It seems i’ got sick from a Britta pitcher filter and I’m leary of making such a purchase.

Isaac - November 21, 2017 Reply

Hi, thanks for that amazing review. Quick question, have you done a cost per gallon comparison between the Berkey and Propur filters? Unless I’m missing something it seems like the Berkey is way less expensive because it can do about 6000 gallons with a pair of filters which comes out to around 3 cents a gallon. However with the Propur it is unclear how many gallons their filters can do but they recommend they be replaced each year. Your thoughts?

    Marge - November 21, 2017 Reply

    That’s a great question, Isaac. I don’t know the answer, but I’m going to find out. I’ll give you the answer here in the comments as soon as I have it. Thanks very much for stopping by!

      Marge - November 21, 2017 Reply

      Okay, I’ve got the answer for you now, Isaac.

      I contacted the Propur manufacturer, and they told me that each ProOne G2.0 filter is good for 700 to 1,200 gallons, depending on the chemistry of the water. So a pair of filters is good for 1,400 to 2,800 gallons.

      Going by the lowest price that I found for a pair of filters ($139), the cost per gallon to filter water with a Propur system is anywhere from 5¢ to 9¢.

      The Black Berkey filters are good for 3,000 gallons each, so a pair will last for 6,000 gallons. That works out to a cost of about 2¢ per gallon. However, if you want to include the fluoride/arsenic filters, it’ll cost more.

      The PF-2 fluoride/arsenic filters cost a minimum of $46 for a pair. One pair is good for 1,000 gallons, so the cost per gallon just for the PF-2 filters is about 5¢.

      That means that the total cost per gallon (including the Black Berkey filters and the PF-2 fluoride/arsenic filters) is about 7¢.

      Propur filters remove fluoride and arsenic without any additional help.

      So, in the end, you’ve got 7¢ with Berkey vs 5-9¢ with Propur for complete filtration including fluoride and arsenic.

      If you don’t care about reducing fluoride and arsenic, then Berkey is more cost effective.

      Of course, none of this includes the initial cost of the chambers, spigot, etc., but the two brands are fairly close in price.

      Thanks again for a great question and for keeping me on my toes! I will add this information to this post and also to the others that pertain to Berkey and Propur gravity filters.

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

    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.



    Al - September 18, 2016 Reply

    Here is an article I just found as I looked more into silver-infused ceramics:

    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?


        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.

    Dennis - March 21, 2018 Reply

    Hello Al,

    The purpose of the silver infused filter is for killing viruses and bacteria. If you research how colloidal silver works and what its used for you will get more of an idea of why the filter is silver infused.

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.

    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!

    Marge - August 16, 2016 Reply

    Hi Noel! Portability is a big plus. I’m with you on that!

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!

    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

    Marge - August 15, 2016 Reply

    Hi Carl! Glad you found it helpful. Thanks for stopping by!

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