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I get a ton of questions about the big silver thing sitting on my counter. Today I am finally going to share all the ins and outs in this Berkey water filter review.
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The Big Silver Thing on my counter
Ever since I started sharing videos in my kitchen on my Youtube channel, people have been asking me about the big silver thing sitting out on my countertop.
“What the heck is that thing?!”
I mean, its kind of hard to miss.
I move it for some beauty shots on my Instagram page, but 99.9% of the time, this is the real look of our farmhouse kitchen. Pretty farm sink, ticking stripe curtain, white quartz counters and a big old eyesore of a stainless steel Berkey.
But, read on to find out why there is no way I’m moving it off our countertops anytime soon. ie. EVER.
Berkey water filter review video
Is the berkey worth the valuable coutertop real estate
When we were shopping water filter systems, seven + years ago, I had just had my second baby. I was in obsessive research mode about all things health and wellness. I had two tiny humans who depended on me to take care of them, and I didn’t want to mess it up.
It didn’t take long for me to find out that the public water we were consuming was the furthest thing from anything you would want to put in your body. And, being water-drinking health nuts, we were throwing back A LOT of it.
I quickly found out there were a million different filtration options…reverse osmosis, refrigerator pitcher systems, under counter systems..the list goes on.
I was concerned about drinking water loaded with chlorine, lead, arsenic, viruses and bacteria.
Our local water has so much chlorine that it actually smells like pool water, especially now that I am so used to drinking it from the Berkey.
We decided on the Berkey water filter for three main reasons, and we have been loving it ever since!
The three deciding factors for choosing a berkey water filter
- Price- I didn’t want to have to replace filters every few months. Some of the systems were a little cheaper up front, but they required changing out the filters ever few months. Examples are the Brita water filter. Berkey did some math and posted the cost per gallon on their website. This is what they found. The Berkey filter cost per gallon is approximately 1.6 cents. Most of the other major brands averaged between 6 and 8 cents. That’s quite a cost savings when you drink a lot of water over the course of ten years!
- Filter quality- The number one reason we even decided to look into water filters was because the city water we were drinking before was full of junk no human should put in their body. The Berkey met all the requirements, and then some. Unlike other systems, it even filters out viruses and bacteria. You could literally filter pond water through it and still drink it! That impressed me.
- Testing- The Berkey system allows you to test the filters to be sure they are working properly. (I explain the test in the FAQ below) One time my second daughter knocked the whole system off the counter. I was advised to run the “food dye test” to be sure they didn’t have any hairline fractures that would compromise the filters. I love that this is a possibility with the Berkey. With other filter son the market, you just have to hope that they are filtering properly and its hard to know when they have outlived their functionality.
Another thing I love about the Berkey, that can’t be said of most of the other brands, is it doesn’t remove beneficial minerals. Its gets out the bad but leaves the good.
Some FAQ about our Berkey water filter system
How do you do the food dye test with the Berkey water filter?
- Remove the top portion of the stainless steel system, leaving the black filters securely screwed in.
- Place the bottom tip of each filter into a glass jar.
- Add eight cups of water and 10 drops of food coloring to the top basin and give it a little stir.
- Watch the water come out completely clear into the glass jars below.
If the water in the jars has any tint to it, its time to replace those filters!
This is one of the reasons I decided to purchase the Berkey in the first place. With other filter models, how are you supposed to know if the filters are still doing their job?
With the Berkey I can be confident that my water is still being filtered completely for me and my family.
What does the Berkey filter out?
According to the Berkey website, Berkeys filter out over 99.99% chlorine, over 99.99% bacteria and viruses, lead, VOC’s, THM’s, lindane, benzene and atrizine.
Does the Berkey remove lead?
Yes, it does! It removes over 96% of the lead in water.
How often do you need to change Berkey filters?
Each black filter will last for 3,000 gallons. Each system can house up to four filters. We have 2 on ours, so that gives a total lifetime filtration amount of 6,000 gallons. We estimate that our filters will last a little over four years.
How do you clean a Berkey water filter?
First remove all the water from the Berkey system. Next, remove the filter by unscrewing the wing nut that holds it in place. Scrub it down with a scotch brite pad under cold running water.
Does the Berkey remove fluoride?
It does if you have the optional additional PF-2 elements. We have opted to include these with our Berkey, because of the damage that fluoride can do to gut health.
How often do you change the water in a Berkey water filter?
We use all the water in the Berkey daily, and then refill. To get the last bit of the water out before refilling, we tilt the system toward the spout.
“Mom, will you tip it?!” is a common thing to hear our kiddos yelling around here. Time to refill the Berkey!
Shop the Berkey water filter that we have HERE.
Do you have a Berkey water filter? Do you love it? Let me know in the comments below!
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