Berkey Water Filter Review

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Today I’m going to share about one of my favorite kitchen items, my Royal Berkey Water Filter! I’ve owned my unit for two years, and it has proved to be a simple, affordable, and practical solution to water filtration for my family. One reason why it has taken me so long to write about is that I just don’t think about it… filling the unit and using the water has become an automatic routine in our house, and we are constantly reaping the benefits of having clean drinking water around the clock.

Most people know that they should be concerned about the contaminants they may be exposed to in their water (especially with crisis in our public water systems becoming more common, like what has happened in Flint, Michigan!). While in the United States we generally have water that is free from some obvious pathogens and contaminants, a lot of our municipal water comes with other chemicals that are hazardous to our health (like heavy metals, chlorine, fluoride, pesticide residue, and other nasty stuff… even prescription drugs!). Even if you are on a well, like me, you may have to deal with a high pathogen load and the presence of heavy metals.

There is no question that everyone should consider the impact that water filtration will have on their health, especially those of us who have autoimmune disease. Just think of it this way… if you don’t filter your water, your body has to do the hard work of detoxifying all of those contaminants!

Once you go down the road of deciding to get a water filter, it is easily to get overwhelmed with the options. To be honest, I procrastinated getting a filter for nearly a year because I was bogged down with all of the options. I kept hearing about the Berkey, however, through others in the natural health community and decided to look into what all the fuss was about. I’m glad I did, because we’ve been enjoying clean water at a very affordable price and almost no maintenance since the day I bought the unit.

Three things I love about Berkey Water Filters:

  1. They are effective at filtering and produce tasty water. The reason why you want a water filter is to get contaminants out, right? The Berkey systems include a set of “black” carbon filters, as well as the option to filter out fluoride with their PF-2 filter. Want to see how the Berkey compares to other household filters? Check out this chart. Oh, and the water tastes wonderful. Their filters are guaranteed to remove:
    • 99.9% of viruses,
    • 100% pathogenic bacteria, parasites and cysts,
    • 99.9% trihalomethanes (like chloroform)
    • 99.9% inorganic minerals (like chlorine)
    • 95% heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, copper)
    • 99.9% volatile organic compounds
    • 95% fluoride removal (PF-2 filter only)
  2. The filters are able to be cleaned and last a long time. Each “black” carbon filter lasts for 3,000 gallons and are able to be cleaned up to 100 times (I clean mine monthly, which only takes a few minutes in the sink). I’ve had my unit for two years, and I still have at least another year to go on my original set of filters. At the rate I use filtered water (8-10 gallons/week), I spend about $2 a month on filters.
  3. The countertop design makes them portable and easy to use. If you don’t have a permanent living situation the Berkey is a flexible, portable solution to water filtration. It sits on the countertop instead of being plumbed in, which can be a big commitment if you are on the move.

If you are going to pick up a Berkey, it is important to consider the amount of water you use in your kitchen. I have the Royal Berkey (the 3 gallon model) and use filtered water for everything — drinking water, coffee/tea, cooking (like soup and broth making), and for giving to my pets, and find that we refill our unit every other day or so (which is perfect for our needs). If you are single, you might consider a smaller unit (like the Big Berkey, the 2.25 gallon model). The biggest feedback I hear from owners is that they wished they got a size up, especially when large families are involved!

Another thing to consider is if you need their PF-2 filter, which removes fluoride. Since I am on well water, I purchased a model without this filter, but if you are on municipal water that is fluoridated this would be a necessary option for you.

If you’d like to read more about Berkey Water Filters, you can check out their website. Here are the links to the various models on Amazon:

About Mickey Trescott

Mickey Trescott is a cook and one of the bloggers behind Autoimmune Paleo. After recovering from her own struggle with both Celiac and Hashimoto’s disease, adrenal fatigue, and multiple vitamin deficiencies, Mickey started to write about her experience to share with others and help them realize they are not alone in their struggles. She is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner by the Nutritional Therapy Association, and is the author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, a guide and recipe book for the autoimmune protocol, and AIP Batch Cook, a video-based batch cooking program. You also can find her on Instagram.


  • Linz says

    I just started researching Berkey last night. I read that many people tested their water after using the Berkey filter and still found a very substantial amount of fluoride. I’m curious if you tested yours and had better results. I want to make sure it lives up to its claims before purchasing. Thanks!

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Linz! I am on well water and don’t have or need a fluoride filter. I did notice that their website stated that the filter removes 95% of the fluoride, so not all of it. If you are interested in this feature I might contact them to see what their product specifications are and what they can guarantee if you know you have a lot of fluoride in your water.

  • Suzanne says

    Love my Berk, but you are correct. I wish I had sized up. I have a travel, and it works just fine though. I have taken it with me a few times for longer vacations too, which is nice. I’d be interested to know about the fluoride as the previous posted requested as well.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Suzanne – you can see my comment there, but Berkey states that their filters remove 95% of fluoride, so not 100%.

  • Brenda Gardener says

    In February I purchased the Propur water filter in a small traveller size and couldn’t be happier.
    Their filter also removes all the nasties and it is the fluoride removal that I am happiest with.

  • Chris says

    How much did you pay for yours? Where did you buy it?

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Hi Chris! You will see the model I bought through the links up above – I bought mine on Amazon.

  • Jess says

    Thank you for this! I’ve been reasearching off and on for the last few years on a solution for water filtration. You are right, it’s so overwhelming! I think this will have to be our next big purchase. I’m glad to hear its affordable long term. I also love that it’s not a plastic container.

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Jess, I agree, so nice that it isn’t plastic! I really love mine.

  • Amanda Patrick says

    We recently purchased a Berkey Light and just love it. It took me hours and hours of research to pick a filter and I’m so pleased with our choice. The water is delicious and I love that the whole unit is portable so we can take it with us on trips. Most people don’t know how horrible their tap water is but I’m not having my kids drink pesticides, heavy metals and fluoride. Thanks

    • Mickey Trescott says

      Happy you like it! Its been a huge hit in our family as well 🙂

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