Choosing the Right Berkey System

January 20th, 2014

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Choosing the Right Berkey System

If you’ve been following my blog, and I hope that you have been, you’ve read several critical reasons why it is important to filter the tap water pouring into your home. You should never trust that the water supplied by your municipality is safe for consumption. If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve hopefully decided to purchase a Berkey water filter system, but which one is right for you? I’ll explain the different water filter systems to make your choice easier!

Crown Berkey

The Crown Berkey filtration system is the granddaddy of the Berkey units. It was inspired by the need for larger quantities of safe, filtered water after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Crown Berkey water filter is the water filter system that can support the H2O demand of disaster relief efforts, hospitals, and other large volume needs. The unit’s specifics are:

  • Water Storage Capacity: 6 gallons
  • Diameter: 11 inches
  • Height: 31 inches
  • Weight: 12 pounds when empty
  • Unit Material: Stainless steel
  • Filter Options:
    • 2 filters = 6.5 gallons of filtered water per hour for 35 people
    • 4 filters = 13 gallons of filtered water per hour for 70 people
    • 6 filters = 19.5 gallons of filtered water per hour for 110 people
    • 8 filters = 26 gallons of filtered water per hour for 150 people

Imperial Berkey

The Imperial Berkey filtration system is Berkey’s next size down. This unit was designed for larger water demands, but not quite the demands of the Crown Berkey. The Imperial Berkey filtration systems works well at social gatherings, business offices, or places with waiting rooms where people look for a quick drink of water while they sit. The unit’s specifics are:

  • Water Storage Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Diameter: 10 inches
  • Height: 27 inches
  • Weight: 10 pounds when empty
  • Unit Material: Stainless steel
  • Filter Options:
    • 2 filters = 5.5 gallons of filtered water per hour for 25 people
    • 4 filters = 11 gallons of filtered water per hour for 50 people
    • 6 filters = 16.5 gallons of filtered water per hour for 75 people

Royal Berkey

You’ve probably figured out that I’m going in order of water filter size from largest to smallest and next on our list is the Royal Berkey. The Royal Berkey water filter is big enough to handle heavy home use or a large family. If you cook with your filtered water, clean your fruits and vegetables with it, and so on, the Royal Berkey is up to the task. The unit’s specifics are:

  • Water Storage Capacity: 3 gallons
  • Diameter: 9.5 inches
  • Height: 24 inches
  • Weight: 8 pounds when empty
  • Unit Material: Stainless steel
  • Filter Options:
    • 2 filters = 4 gallons of filtered water per hour for 13 people
    • 4 filters = 8 gallons of filtered water per hour for 26 people

Berkey Light

The Berkey Light is Berkey’s only fully see-through filtering unit. It is also lighter weight than most of its stainless steel counterparts. Because it is made of a food-grade poly plastic, the Berkey Light is Berkey’s most affordable water filtration system. You can use a Berkey Light indoors or outdoors, making it a flexible filtration system as well. The unit’s specifics are:

  • Water Storage Capacity: 2.5 gallons
  • Diameter: 9 inches
  • Height: 28 inches
  • Weight: 7 pounds when empty
  • Unit Material: BPA-free co-polyester
  • Filter Options:
    • 2 filters = 3.75 gallons of filtered water per hour for 10 people
    • 4 filters = 7 gallons of filtered water per hour for 20 people

Big Berkey

Next in line is the Big Berkey. This is Berkey’s most popular model because of its size and ease of use. In fact, the Berkey Light was patterned after the Big Berkey to offer people a lighter weight and more affordable alternative to this groundbreaking water filtration system. The Big Berkey is perfect for everyday family water filtering needs. The unit’s specifics are:

  • Water Storage Capacity: 2.1 gallons
  • Diameter: 8.5 inches
  • Height: 21 inches
  • Weight: 7 pounds when empty
  • Unit Material: Stainless Steel
  • Filter Options:
    • 2 filters = 3.5 gallons of filtered water per hour for 8 people
    • 4 filters = 7 gallons of filtered water per hour for 16 people

Travel Berkey

If you have a small family, like to camp, or live in a tiny studio in New York City, the Travel Berkey is the perfect water filtration system for you. The Travel Berkey is compact and fits easily into smaller spaces. Do not be fooled, however! It still filters your water to a purification level higher than competing water filtration systems. The unit’s specifics are:

  • Water Storage Capacity: 1.5 gallons
  • Diameter: 7.5 inches
  • Height: 19 inches
  • Weight: 6 pounds when empty
  • Unit Material: Stainless steel
  • Filter Options:
    • 2 filters = 2.75 gallons of filtered water per hour for 4 people

The Berkey water filtration systems might vary in size and overall filtering capacity, but they all have one thing in common. All Berkey filtration systems house the superior Berkey water filters. These filters have been tested in laboratories and are shown to filter water from impurities far above EPA water treatment standards. In fact, the Berkey Black filters cleanse water to nearly 100 percent purification. So, no matter which Berkey system meets your needs, you can rest assured all of them will filter your family’s water to safety beyond federal government regulations, and that sounds good to me!

 

Written By: Lynn Taylor


6 responses to “Choosing the Right Berkey System”

  1. Alicia Platt writes:

    Hi there! I saw your Berkey Filters through the practicalpreppers.com website. I have a question. How many gallons of water does each filter adequately filter the water? Also, does it filter out the heavy metals and bacteria, protozoans, etc?
    Thank you.
    Alicia Platt

  2. Lynn Taylor writes:

    Hey Alicia!
    Those are some great questions! Each berkey systems filters a different amount depending the the number of filters you choose to equip it with. I actually wrote a blog post that shows how much each system filters per hour for each filter number option. You can check that out here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com/blog/2014/01/20/choosing-the-right-berkey-system/

    Also, the Black Bereky filter option for the systems has been tested and confirmed to remove >99.9999% Pathogenic Bacteria Surrogate and >95% of most heavy metals, as well as more. You can see more about what the filter removes here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-answers/performance/filtration-specifications/

    I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions :)

  3. NATAHLIE writes:

    Does the Berkey ionize the water as well?

  4. Lynn Taylor writes:

    No, the berkey filter systems do not ionize the water, but they do surpass military standards that classify it as a water purifier. You can learn more about the benefits of berkey systems here: http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-answers/berkey-benefits/

    I hope this helps! :)

  5. rosann volmert writes:

    Do they filter chloramines?

  6. Lynn Taylor writes:

    I believe that the filter has not been tested for chloramines, so I will say no until I can find out more information for you.

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