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Big Berkey - Our Most Popular Water Filter

The Big Berkey is our most popular and versatile model.  It is ideal for home use and large families from 4 to 16 people or during emergencies.

All of our water filter systems are designed to provide purified drinking water for a certain amount of people. The Big Berkey water filter, in particular, was designed to fit the needs of the average size family.

Most of the people who purchase water filters are looking for a system to meet their needs and the Big Berkey is suited to produce enough water for between four and sixteen people. The Big Berkey is large enough to provide ample water and still compact enough to fit in areas that bigger units would not. Ideally suited for home use and families or small groups. The adaptable Big Berkey comes complete including instructions and everything you need to start purifying your drinking water within minutes of assembly.

We started a revolution

Berkey founder Jim Sheppard had a vision of a water filter that could take water from virtually any outside source and produce purified drinking water. That vision all started with the Big Berkey water filter system. In Berkey's early years there were other water filters that could perform this feat, but they were small, had a very limited capacity and were mainly designed for backpackers. These units relied on hand pumping of the water from its source and were not practical for larger groups of people over an extended period of time.

Jim's vision was to produce a filter that would meet these demanding needs with filters powerful enough to last years without needing replaced and big enough to produce drinking water for a larger group.

The first Black Berkey purification elements used in the Big Berkey were based on the idea of micro-filtration. This technology had long been used and the core principle was to produce a filter with a pore structure that was so small, that disease causing organisms could not pass through and would become trapped on the very outermost surface of the filtering medium. This was a simple idea that left very little to go wrong.

150 years ago this water filtering process was an effective way of producing drinking water. As society advanced so did the complexity of the water borne contaminants that polluted our lakes, streams and wells. We needed something more powerful, something that could remove not only bacteria but new threats like viruses, heavy metals and chemicals. What Jim came up with for the Big Berkey filter with was nothing short of a revolution.

Using modern methods and advanced technology he produced a filter that had properties never before seen. Today all Berkey systems use the same Black Berkey purification element. This is the same filter that was at the heart of the original system introduced and available in only one model choice; The Big Berkey water filter. This amazing system reduces bacteria, viruses, volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and trihalomethanes to purification standards and lasts thousands of gallons. Compare the abilities of the purification element in the Big Berkey to any produced by any water filter manufacturer in the entire world and you will see why Berkey is considered the world standard in portable water purification.

Key Features:

-- 2.1 gallon storage capacity

-- 8.5"D x 21"H

-- 7 lbs. empty

-- High quality stainless steel container

-- Easy flow spigot

-- Complete assembly and maintenance instructions

-- Compatible with the Berkey PF-2 Fluoride Filters

-- $258.00 with two Black Berkey Purification Elements

-- Produces up to 3.5 gallons of purified drinking water per hour

-- $358.00 with four Black Berkey Purification Elements

-- Produces up to 7 gallons of purified drinking water per hour

 

Quantity discount up to 20% on all Berkey systems added in shopping cart

Special offer:  50% off MSRP on select Berkey products with purchase

 

*Not yet available in Iowa or California

Big Berkey Water Filter Reviews

Big Berkey is a great value. Review by Larry Schultz
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I have had my Big Berkey for about 1 1/2 years now. I would not have believed how long the black berkey filters will last if I had not experienced it for myself. The filters just keep on going, no maintenance no fuss, they just keep working. Amazing value, the upfront cost of the Big Berkey is a little hard to swallow but that cost shock slowly fades away and is replaced by a sense of purified water for free. Thank You for a great product. (Posted on 11/3/2012)
This thing looks great! Review by Will Dobson
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Everything was as described be the seller. This unit is beautiful, I was exspecting it to be less quality. The unit is highly polished and of heavy construction. I now believe the claim that it will last a lifetime. It would be nice if the spigot was elevated. I have to find a place to put it to have access to the edge of the counter. A little more expensive than the competition but well worth it. (Posted on 9/17/2012)
Best, most economical water filter on the market. Review by John
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I did much research before deciding to purchase the Big Berkey. It hands down beats the competition in every way. Highly recommended!! (Posted on 7/14/2012)
Added capacity is a real plus Review by Mike Star
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I did not realize that the 2 and 4 filter models of the Big Berkey were the same. I was surprised when my unit came with 2 filters and 2 hole plugs. I should pay closer attention. I like the fact that I can add more filters later and up the capacity. I wish I would have known this earlier, because it would have saved me the anguish of trying to decide between the 2 different models. Maybe you could make that clearer in the description. I have to ding you a star, sorry. (Posted on 5/9/2012)
Amazing filter Review by Debbie
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Our water tastes terrible no more. Ever since we started using the Berkey my whole family comments on how good the water tastes. My kids will actually drink water without adding anything to it. Our water comes from a well and was foul tasting. I am not sure what is being removed to make it taste so much better but I sure am glad it's gone. Changed our life here in Mississippi, Thanks (Posted on 2/14/2012)
Review for the Big Berkey water filter system Review by Ralph Sorenson
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I recently purchased the Big Berkey and would like to offer my personal opinion on the quality and usability of this product.

The first thing I noticed while unpacking the water filter from the box is that it could have used more packaging to protect the finish on the stainless steel. The unit had several small scratches, they were on the bottom of the unit out of view but could have been prevented with more careful packaging. The finish on the container was generally good with a high polish you would expect from an expensive item. The Black filters came in a separate box and protected them well. The small items like the hole plugs, the spigot and the handle came sealed in a package and were in good condition. I next turned to the directions, upon inspection I noticed that the directions were printed with the name www.berkeyfilters.com on them, was this the factory original instructions? I did not think so because the maufacturers website is www.berkeywater.com. So I called Berkey Filters to find out. Apparently, according to the nice gentleman on the phone, these were not the original instructions. He went on to tell me that the reason that Berkey Filters removed the factory supplied directions is because they had a lot of complaints about the poor quality of the assembly instructions. He went on to explain that they had revised the instructions and now have much fewer calls to their customer service department reguarding assembly. I looked over the directions and used them to assemble the system without a problem, so I guess they were good. I would of however liked to have the original instructions to see the flaws for myself. I primed the Black Berkey elements according to the NEW directions. This task was not difficult but it did take about 5 minutes and caused some water mess on the countertop. I installed the spigot and the knob without incident. Next I added water to the upper container and waited. I did not notice a lot of activity, but upon lifting the upper container off of the Big Berkey I could confirm that water was dripping from the filters and was being stored in the lower container as promised. The process seemed slow but I was surprised at how quickly the water accumulated. After 30 minute or so the water level had risen to a sufficient height to allow me to draw a full glass of water from the lower container. The moment of truth, I sampled the water. It tasted fine. The water was just tap water so the improvement was not drastic. I did notice that the water lacked the chlorine smell. I know the Berkey is capable of removing contaminants from bad water sources, but I have none available right now. I look forward to testing its abilities on more challenging water. The water filter system itself fit nicely on my countertop and the stainless steel looks nice in my newer kitchen. The quality of the container was excellent. The only complaint I could have was that the quality of the spigot could have been better. After using the Big Berkey for several weeks it seems easy enough to use. I pour water in the top and the next morning good tasting water it is ready drink. This water filter is a very simple design, which in my opinion is good because it leaves little to go wrong. I did make my final decision on purchasing this water filter on the fact that this website was the only place to offer a lifetime guarantee. I was able to contact Berkey Filters on 2 different occasions and talk to a real person that was able to politely answer my questions, customer service is a plus. I am happy with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone looking for a water filter capable of filtering water from questionable sources or anyone wanting to clean up the water they have. In conclusion, The system was expensive but, I think the Big Berkey is a good value because of the extended filter life, the quality and the guarantee. I look forward to enjoying it for many years to come (Posted on 10/5/2011)
Thanks for the help! Review by Cindy
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Your staff was very helpful to us while we were deciding on which water filter model we wanted. The decision was easy once we understood the options. We went with the Big Berkey because it best fit our unique needs. Thanks for the great customer service. (Posted on 7/22/2011)
Perfect emergency preparation water filter Review by Kurt Stockton
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I made this purchase to add to my emergency preparedness supplies. I am part of a preppers group here in Utah. We were able to get a great price when we ordered together. My group has several experts in the field and after months of research we all agreed on Berkey. Most of us plan on putting the unit up for storage and forget about it. Knowing that a safe water supply is secured was one of our major goals. In our opinion Berkey is the best long term solution to assuring your families drinking water needs. Thanks for the discount. (Posted on 7/7/2011)
Big Berkey Was Dented Review by Janus Kline
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I Received my Big Berkey and it had a small dent in it. I contacted Berkey and they apologized and promptly offered to replace the unit at no charge to me. I was surprised at the attitude of the person I spoke to, they were pleasant and apologetic. This kind of service is no longer the rule but the exception. I would have given 5 stars but the unit being dented did cause me some inconvenience (Posted on 3/24/2011)
Good tasting water Review by Bart Hanson
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The Big Berkey is perfect for me. I was amazed how good the water was after being filtered through the Berkey. Great product and would definitely suggest it to my friends.
Keep up the good work!
(Posted on 12/14/2010)
Travel Berkey vs. Big Berkey Review by Ed Wilcox (Lexington, KY)
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I originally bought a Travel Berkey from another website. I made my final decision on the unit I wanted based on the information they suggested and it would not keep up with my needs. In hindsight I should have done more research. After looking around I found that the information found on “Official” Berkey websites was not consistent on how many people each unit will supply water for. I am glad I found Berkey Filters, because I was actually able to call and talk to a real person. They confirmed my findings and acknowledged that misinformation from some Berkey dealers was a problem. They went on to tell me that berkeyfilters.com had been in business since 1998 and based their suggestions on years of experience and actual customer feedback. To make a long story short I purchased a Big Berkey after talking to these knowledgeable folks and it is perfect for my family of eight.
Thank You for the great customer service.
(Posted on 4/18/2010)

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