Berkey vs. Brita Water Filters

Educating yourself about the limits and benefits of each product is essential for being able to make a well-informed purchase. Berkey wants to help by giving valuable product comparison information to assist you as you look at a variety of filters. Berkey water filters are superior in construction, design and filtering ability, but don't just take our word for it. Let's see how Berkey stacks up against the competition.

Berkey Filters

Maximum filtering capacity:

The largest Berkey water filter system, Crown Berkey, is capable of filtering six gallons of water at a time, while our travel model still is capable of filtering up to one and a half gallons of water at a time -- which means you will always be able to get a substantial amount of clean, fresh, water to drink no matter where you go.

Brita water filter systems available for family and community purchase are available in multiple pitcher sizes. The maximum filtering capacity of the largest Brita pitcher, the Ultramax Filtered Water Dispenser is 1.125 gallons, which is smaller, but comparable to the size of the Travel Berkey.

Filter Replacement Cost Per Year

A good filtering system keeps costs down by maximizing the life of the filters so  you don't have to keep replacing them. Even though Berkey systems have a higher initial cost to purchase the whole system, you end up saving substantially throughout the life of the filters. A pair of Black Berkey Purification Elements will last up to 6000 gallons. With the use of 3 gallons per day, you will be paying 2¢ per gallons over the lifespan.

The Brita Pitcher and dispenser filter must be replaced every 40 gallons, and as a result, the costs for replacing these filters are extremely high. To filter 6000 gallons (lifespan of Black Berkey filters) you would need 150 Brita Pitcher filters. At the price of 6.58 per filter you would end up paying $987 for the Brita.

As you can see, our Berkey filters are the standout winner in affordability and maintenance costs.

Berkey Filters

Filtering Capabilities

The most important question to consider when shopping for a water filter is what exactly does the filter you are considering remove? At Berkey, we are proud to say that our filters are capable of removing 100% of pathogens from regular drinking water. That's right, there were no pathogens found in water filtered by a Berkey filter. These filters were rigorously tested by state and EPA laboratories to confirm these results which were absolutely phenomenal.

Brita filters are capable of removing certain pharmaceutical contaminants like Acetaminophen, Naproxen, and Progesterone, but do not completely eliminate other common contaminants regularly found in drinking water. Their pitchers filters are able to reduce heavy metals like copper, mercury and the chlorine content of your drinking water, but do not fully get rid of them at this time. Their tap water filter systems are only able to reduce the content of lead, herbacides and pesticides, chlorine, and sediment, but can not fully eliminate these harmful elements from your drinking water.

The Choice is Simple

Brita water filter systems have been exceedingly popular for many years, but the numbers don't lie. Brita filters simply lack the quality and filtering capability necessary. Berkey filters are the winner hands down in quality, longevity, long term affordability, and filtering capability.

Browse our online inventory to find a water filter system that fits your needs. Buy Berkey with confidence, knowing that you are getting a superior product that will give you the cleanest drinking water by far.


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