Berkey Water Filter – Detox Your Drinking Water

By now everybody knows how it is important to drink enough water. A good rule of thumb is the 8 x 8 rule, which is 8 servings of 8 ounces a day.  But that is the bare minimum required to maintain your current level of hydration. If you are more active, you will lose precious water reserves through sweating.

Drinking plenty of water flushes toxins out of our bodies and increases our energy, aids in weight loss, boosts immune system. Water plays a crucial role in our well-being. There are many brands of water filters on the market, but what is the best water filter for the home?

A Berkey Water Filter Will Remove Toxic Elements

But other than hydrogen and oxygen, there are many other things how you may be getting when you drink water. Our drinking water regularly contains viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites.

Well water is susceptible to Volatile Organic Chemical contamination (VOCs). VOCs are carbon-containing compounds such as fuel oils, gasoline, solvents, cleaners and degreasers, paints, inks, dyes, refrigerants and pesticides. When VOCs are accidentally spilled or improperly disposed of, they soak into the ground and soil. Once there, they get carried even deeper by rain, and work their way into the groundwater table. When VOCs go underground to nearby wells, they contaminate drinking water supplies.

Utility companies purify their water with using chemicals including but not limited to algicide, chlorine, chlorine cioxide, clarifiers, filter cleanser, muriatic acid, monochloramine, ozone, aluminum, aluminum sulfate, polyaluminum chloride, ferric sulfate, sodium hydroxate. The list goes on and on.

Do you want these in your drinking water? How much is OK? How much is too much? How regularly is it checked?

Choosing a water filtration system

While there are many popular pitcher type filters out there, their effectiveness has been questioned. Some studies show that some even add more chemicals to your drinking water.

When a person buys a water filter, it is usually because they wish to eliminate contaminants. Chlorine is a common one that people want to remove. Before you buy a filter from a store or online, ensure that the filter meets NSF-certification for what you are trying to remove. NSF International is an independent testing lab that develops standards for the filtration industry. Third party labs certify products to NSF standards include CSA, UL, and WQA.

berkey water filter sizes
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Berkey Water Filter Reviews

In my home I use a Berkey Water Filter. I tried the PUR faucet filter and the Brita pitcher filters before, but I didn’t like the way they made our water tasted. After doing a little research I learned that they really don’t filter out nearly as many contaminants as the Berkey Water Filters do.

The difference with Berkey Water Filters is that they produce drinking water that is actually considered to be PURIFIED. In order to be classified as a water purifier, Berkey has passed military standards in order to be designated as a purifier not just a filter. Very few filters are able to achieve this status, and Berkey water filters surpasses them with never before seen results.

The Berkey filters have been tested by several EPA-accredited labs such as the Department of Toxicology and Environmental Science at Louisiana University, Spectrum Labs, and the University of Phoenix. The studies have shown to remove the following

  • Viruses:
  • Pathogenic Bacteria
  • Trihalomethanes
  • Chloramine; Chloride
  • Heavy Metals (aluminum, iron, copper, lead, etc)
  • Coliform, Fecal Coliform, e.Coli
  • Pharmaceuticals (Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Carbamazepine; Ciprofloxacin HCl; Erythromycin USP; Sulfamethoxazole; Trimethoprim; Bisphenol A; Diclofenac Sodium; 4-para-Nonylphenol; 4-tert-Octylphenol; Primidone; Progestrone; Gemfibrozil; Ibuprofen; Naproxen Sodium; Triclosan)
  • Pesticides & Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Arsenic, Escherichia coli (E. Coli), Fluorene, Manganese, MBAS, Nitrites, PCB’s, Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Oil, Kerosene, Mineral Spirits, Refined Oil, Selenium, Thallium, Rust; Silt; Sediment; Turbidity; Foul Tastes and Odors.

The Red Food Coloring Test

The Berkey Water Filter manufacturer suggests you perform this test to make sure your system is working. You fill your Berkey with water how has been dyed red with food coloring, then run it through your filter system to make sure how it comes out clear! I routinely do this test, and it comes out clear every time. They say you can pour pool water into your filter, and it will come out purified and drinkable, but I haven’t that yet.

Berkey Water Filter Size

Currently the Berkey Water Filter system comes in 6 different sizes, and you choose one depending on your needs, and your space. I chose the Royal Berkey for my home, and I also bought a travel Berkey for when we go away.

Here you can see how my Royal Berkey sits on my counter next to my coffee pot. It fits nicely on the counter, and blends in well with my stainless steel appliances.

my berkey filter

To fill your Berkey, you lift the lid, and pour water in the top portion. This model holds 3 gallons, but you may want a bigger or smaller one The water flows from the top chamber to the bottom chamber after passing through the filters inside. When you want to get water out of the Berkey, you just pull the spigot towards the bottom.


Warranty and Filter Replacement

The Berkey Water Filter is covered by a Lifetime Warranty on the stainless steel canister, spigots, washers, So far I have not had to replace anything, this system is sturdy.

The filters need replaced about every 6 months, and it only takes a few minutes. After you empty the water, you just unscrew the old ones, and replace them with the new ones. I also use a fluoride filter with mine, and they are just attached to the bottom of the filters.

Do you want to filter your water, or purify it?

For the same cost as just filtering your water, you could purify it, returning it to just H20 again like it was meant to be. I personally believe my family and I are much healthier since using our Berkey Water Filters, and I highly recommend them. Berkey Purification systems and parts can be purchased at and BerkeyFiltersUSA.

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16 thoughts on “Berkey Water Filter – Detox Your Drinking Water

  • December 20, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I am thinking of getting a water filter. I wonder if the filter (drums) can be washed and recycled? Or do they have to be changed once every 6 months? Given the claim of Berkey, does it mean I can drink water that comes out of it, without having to boil it?

    • December 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Jude,
      The steel drums last for decades. Ther is a lifetime warranty on stainless steel canister, spigots, washers,
      and wing nuts. They do need washed out every now and then. I usually wash mine out when I am changing the Black Berkey Filters.

  • December 20, 2017 at 11:06 am

    hi James, thank you very much for your very informative article. I am glad to be informed that there are more than the usual H2O compounds in our water. I remember before my parents bought a water filter and the taste seemed strange. We just got accustomed to it thinking it was due to the filtration. Now with own family, I am glad I found this product and will definitely give this a try. Thank you for this.

    • December 20, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      I am glad you enjoyed this article, thank you for your comments.

  • December 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Great information! Our water is so disgusting that I don’t even use it to cook with. It has a weird taste like there is gasoline in the water or some type of medicine/chemical. Does this system eliminate the taste? I don’t mean to sound stupid, but if I remove the toxins in the water, will the flavor change as well? This is my biggest concern. I have even thought about testing our water to see what is really in it, but I am unsure on how to go about doing that. Do you have any suggestions?

    • December 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      The water comes out clean and crisp. Doesn’t taste like anything, which is really what you want. You can pour water from a creek, pond, or even a chlorinated pool, into the Berkey Water Filtration System, and it will come out crystal clear and clean from the spigot.

  • October 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Appreciate this James. It’s a very useful article as it’s something that we all need! Now my question is this. Obviously in the US or any western world for that matter, the water that comes out of the tap is already clean to a certain extent. What about those countries who have terrible water conditions. Would this filtration work for those countries as well? Having been to a few low developed countries myself, I can clearly say that their water is not as good as the ones in the US. 

    • October 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      First, I want to say, you would be surprised at what is in the water in the United States. The water might be considered ok to drink, but I know that they put chlorine and ammonia in the water to treat it.  

      I understand that it kills diseases, but not everybody wants to drink that. I started using a Berkey Water Purification system when my family started getting sick from drinking water with chemicals. I live in a suburb of Pittsburgh PA. After a few months, we all started feeling better.

      Now as for the other parts of the world, let me tell you, you can put creek water in a Berkey Filter, and then drink the water that comes out. It is more than just filtered, it is PURIFIED.

  • October 18, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    I’ve heard really good things about the Berkeley filters! We have a basic filter that attaches to our sink, but like you said, it can purify water or just filter it. Ours is merely filtered and I think it would be so much better to actually purify it! My one concern would be this, do these remove all trace minerals and good things that are supposed to be in water, as well?

    • October 18, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Berkey water filters remove a lot of things, too many to list here. When you purchase a Berkey Water Filter they give you a booklet that lists everything that the Berkey Water Purification system removes.

      But just to give you an idea Berkey Water Filters remove 

      Fluoride – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Viruses – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Pathogenic Bacteria – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Lead – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Arsenic – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Iron – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Mercury – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Chlorine – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Trihalomethane(THMs) – Removed to greater than 99.8%.Bisphenol-A – Removed to greater than 99.9%. Chloramines – Removed to greater than 99.9%. Pharmaceuticals – Removed to greater than 99.5%. Petroleum Contaminants – Removed to greater than 99.9%. Methylcyclohexane-methane – Removed to greater than 99.9%. Pesticides – Removed to greater than 99.9>LT##/strong##GT##. Heavy Metals – Removed to greater than 99.1>LT##/strong##GT##. Coliform and e-Coli – Removed to greater than 99.9>LT##/strong##GT##.Atrazine – Removed to greater than 99.9%.Uranium – Removed to greater than 97.0%.Gross Alpha emitters – Removed to greater than 98.7%.

  • October 18, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Hi James,

    thank you for explaining this in details. I will consider buying filter, our water smells so much on chloride. It is ok for cooking, but not so pleasant for drinking. I usually buy some mineral water from the store. There is a big difference in smell and quality.



  • October 18, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    Hi James

    Thanks for the info. I have been looking at getting some kind of water filtration for my office but wasn’t sure what to look for. I’m not looking for something too big though as I have limited space. What’s the volume of the portable one? What about the smallest non-portable one? 

    • October 19, 2018 at 7:25 pm

      I actually have a small TRAVEL BERKEY that I use for travelling.  It holds 1.5 gallons, and is a perfect size for an office.  In fact, I have seen it in several Doctors offices.

  • October 18, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Hi James,

    This is really a nice review from you!

    I love getting my drinking water boiled and i guess, Boiling is the surest method to kill disease-causing organisms, including viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Filter it through a paper towel, or clean cloth. Draw off the clear water.

    So, I hope using Berkey Water Filter in replacement of my Old method Can be good as well. And please, Can i still filter Hot water, Hope it wouldn’t have an effect on the Filter tube?.


    • October 18, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Hi Bibian,

      Boiling water may kill off disease and virusus, but it really won’t do anything for dirt, salt, and sand! A Berkey Water Purification system will get all of those things out, leaving you with clean, good tasting water. If you use a Berkey, you won’t have to boll  your water anymore.  A Berkey can turn even chlorinated pool water into great tasting drinking water.

      Besides, boiling water is not convenient, and the result doesn’t taste good at all. I’ve had boiled water that tastes metallic, GROSS!

      But you do not want to put hot water into a Berkey Water filter. If you want to boil your water first, you must let it cool down before you put it into the Berkey Water Purification System.

  • October 18, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Love my Big Berkey!
    I’ve have this filter for almost two weeks now and all I can say is WOW! I had joint pain in my wrists and thumbs and when I switched to this water filter. My joint pain in my hands are GONE! I strongly recommend this product for families who are concerned about their water intake. I purchased a city water testing kit and tested this machines water after filtration….it came back EXCELLENT on 28 different water tests. I am overjoyed with this product!


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