Disclosure: I received a free product to review. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
When I first began experiencing some of my health issues (what has now been diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome, hypothyroidism, and leaky gut syndrome), I looked into every possible cause of what could be contributing to my problems.
Although we were doing pretty well with taking baby steps to healthier eating, I really stepped up my efforts and tried to go all-out, making sure our food was only from the best sources and was the most nutritionally dense as possible.
But I didn’t improve.
My search continued, and I began to wonder if I was suffering from heavy metal toxicity. Our house has old copper pipes, and many of my symptoms matched up with what I read about copper toxicity.
Whether that was the problem or not, I decided that I wanted to make sure our water was filtered. Although we have well water and didn’t have to worry about added chlorine and fluoride, I knew there could possibly be parasites lurking in our water, and any number of harmful bacteria.
I had a couple relatives who used a Berkey water filter, one of which who lives in Brazil, where the water is so dirty that their filter gets so caked with gunk that it has to be cleaned off before water will filter through it again.
I did some more research, and found out that not only does the Berkey filter out all the bad stuff, but it leaves behind important minerals which many other filters remove.
What it removes:
- foul tastes
- chemical contaminants
- reduces heavy metals up to 95%
Is it affordable?
- The Big Berkey water filter can be purchased for around $258.
- Each filter lasts up to 3000 gallons, and since the Big Berkey comes with 2 filters, it will last up to 6000 gallons, for a total price of less than a penny per gallon!
- If you have fluoridated water, you can purchase additional filtering elements to remove the fluoride, which will bring the price per gallon up to about 7 cents a gallon.
- Berkey filters actually exceed EPA log 7 ANSI / NSF protocols for filtration and thus are rated as water purifiers, not just filters. A water purifier is typically quite expensive and don’t last nearly as long as the Berkey filters before they have to be replaced.
- Filter both treated and untreated water. (You can filter your city water to remove contaminants or filter water from a stream or river to make it drinkable.)
- No electricity required. In case of emergency or power outage, having a Berkey filter on hand ensures a source of drinking water as long as you have access to a pond, river, or even a swimming pool.
- Portable. Take it along when you’re traveling to ensure a clean source of water whether you’re staying at a condo or camping in the wilderness.
- Easy to test. If you’re unsure of whether your filters need to be replaced, simply fill the upper chamber with water and add a teaspoon of red food coloring per gallon of water. If the water comes through the filter clear, your filters do not need to be replaced.
Our personal experience
I was so curious to find out whether I could taste any difference between water filtered with the Berkey and our well water. I decided the best way to know for sure would be to do a blind taste test.
First my husband prepared two cups of water for me while I wasn’t looking.
Then I did the same for him.
Neither of us could tell any difference at all, which was actually fine with us since we have always loved the taste of our well water anyway.
Another day, I brought some city water home from my mom’s house and we did the same thing. We both easily guessed which one had been filtered with the Berkey. It was as if you could taste the additives in the city water, and once they were removed, the water tasted better.
The Big Berkey filter was a very good choice for our family. It holds 2.25 gallons, which is just about the perfect amount of water for our family for one day. I usually refill it right before I go to bed and the water lasts us until the next night.
I like the fact that it doesn’t take up very much room on the counter, and its stainless steel design looks attractive in my kitchen.
The kids and I are also happy with the fact that they are able to reach it easily and get their own drinks.
It’s not often that I give a product five stars on a review, but the Big Berkey hands down gets 5 stars based on the combination of its performance and price.