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Big Berkey

  • Great For 1-4 People
  • Storage Capacity: 2.1 Gallons (8.5 Liters)
  • Height: 21" 
  • Diameter: 8.5" 
  • Portability: The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height
  • Weight: 9 lbs (2 BB Elements)
  • Max Filters: 4 Black Berkeys (upper) + 4 PF-2's (lower)
  • Exclusive Lifetime Warranty (Hardware and Stainless Chambers)

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The Big Berkey Water Filter


The Big Berkey is our most popular system mostly due to the fact that it's a perfect size for 2-4 people.

Our Big Berkey system is constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel and comes complete with 2 Black Berkey purification elements (expandable to 4), 2 chambers, lid, a spigot, rubber gasket base, and 2 blocking plugs. Up to 4 PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic filters can be installed into the lower chamber.

More About The Big Berkey

The black berkey elements that come standard in this system purifiy both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. This Berkey Water Filter is our most popular system and is perfect for everyday home kitchen use, outdoor activities, and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure, or treated water may not be available.

This system removes pathogenic bacteria, viruses, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and heavy metals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

How to Assemble and Troubleshoot Your Berkey Water Filter

Special Offer: With your system purchase, you can choose one of the items below at 50% off the MSRP. Please select above when adding system to cart:

* Free UPS Ground Shipping to the lower 48 states.
** Does not ship to California or Iowa.

Berkey Warranty

The manufacturer warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 6 months from date of purchase. Black Berkey purification elements have a 2 year prorated warranty calculated in 6 months intervals. The manufacturer will replace or repair any product that it deems is not properly functioning during the stated warranty period. Extended Lifetime Warranty - If you purchase from us, the stainless steel chambers/lid, spigot, washers, and nuts are warranted for a lifetime. We also assist with any warranty claims and provide system maintenance support during the life of ownership. More details here.

Additional Info

Additional Info

UPC 094922528254
Capacity 2.25 Gallons (8.5 Liters)
Diameter 8.5"
Filter Capacity Up to 4 Black Berkeys (upper) + 4 PF-2's (lower)
Flow Rate 1 Gallon in first hour under regular use conditions when starting full. Max Filtration Flow Rate up to 7 Gallons per hour (4 elements)
Height 21"
Portability The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height.
Serves 1-4 People

Berkey Reviews

Wish I'd gotten a bigger one alsoReview by SML
Bought 4 of the Big Berkeys for my husband and me and for our 3 boys and their wives for Christmas this past year. We all have been extremely satisfied with the the taste and quality of water. One of our sons was stationed at Lackland AFB at the time and hated the taste of water on the base. Another son wasn't into health until he tasted the difference in this water and the water he had in Norfolk, VA. However, we're all filling it at least twice a day and there are only two people in each household. I don't know how 4 people could use this on a daily basis. If you've got the space (height) for one I'd definitely go bigger even for two people. We all use the four black filters and the four white filters (PF2 for fluoride & arsenic). Filling it twice a day means we now need to replace the PF2 filters. That's $104 with no shipping charges (free). But have no regrets in buying this system and would do it again. Great tasting pure water is essential for the health of our bodies! (Posted on 8/24/14)
Get a bigger one for family of 4Review by Ronnie
I do enjoy our Berkey, however I do not feel that the Big Berkey is adequate for a family of 4. I am constantly filling it, and as you know it takes time to filter the water. We use it mostly for drinking water. In hindsight, I wish I had purchased a larger capacity Berkey. (Posted on 7/27/14)
Year updateReview by Ray Adler
We have had the Berkey water filter about a year. I wanted to let you know how satisfied we are with this purchase. I had no idea how much chlorine our water had till I filled up our Berkey and the horrible smell wafted up. Lucky for us the water that comes out tastes and smell fresh and clean.

Thank you for providing a wonderful product.
(Posted on 5/22/14)
Glad I bought it hereReview by George
I've been using the big berkey for about 2 months. When it arrived, I found the lid had got dented during shipping. I called and complained and had a new lid and return postage sent to me in 2 days. I went with this company because they offer the lifetime warranty on the stainless and the parts. I think I made the right choice given the fast response on the lid. (Posted on 5/13/14)
Big BerkeyReview by Vern
I am 100% satisfied with my purchase, I went for the Big Berkey, there's just my wife and I, now I know I could have gone with the smaller one, but that's ok, so if there is just two of you, the one smaller will do the trick. I got jus the two filters and the flow rate is great, you will have all the water you want. I did the red dye test and it's amazing how it filters out the red, my test went fine. I didn't have any problem putting it together, I didn't even read the instructions, but I suggest that you do. I also ordered the sight glass spigot which I highly recommend. Over all, you will not regret buying this water filter and it's pretty too. (Posted on 2/14/14)
will not drink fluorideReview by Pauly
My parents got me this for Christmas since I've been outta work for about 6 months and didn't think I would be able to afford this. After about 6 weeks of use, all I can say is wow! It's very basic, but the water tastes like a cold mountain stream on a hot summer day. And now I don't have to poison myself with fluoride on a daily basis! (Posted on 2/13/14)
Best filtered waterReview by Amber
The Big Berkey is such a blessing. We have owned ours now for almost a year and don't know how we did without it. We love how clean the water tastes and we also have the fluoride filters. When we go on trips, we bottle our Big Berkey water and take it with us to avoid drinking tap water and other bottled water. This is truly an amazing product. Thank you! (Posted on 12/9/13)
Refuse to drink water from the tapReview by Mary Dixon
Ever since letting the four legged/fur-bearing children have a sip of water from Big Berkey, they have refused to drink water from the tap. I know they have to know something the humans can't sense. Now, I won't deny them water from a Berkey and I know better to just keep using the same water I give to the animals. Am I nuts? Well, I dunno about that. But other humans might want to pay attention to the animals. Heck, the animals would drink from a mud puddle and the Berkey water but not from the tap.

(Posted on 11/4/13)
So Happy I Bought This!Review by Natalie Larson
I'm on disability and it took me 3 months to save up for the big berkey and I'm so happy it's as good as I hoped it would be. I'm drinking more water that I ever and it's giving me more energy. I think I was chronically dehydrated and didn't even know it. Very satisfied! (Posted on 10/2/13)
Amazing SystemReview by RRPhilly
Nuff said!! (Posted on 9/11/13)
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hi,just checked out the site, it is so damn good. Just cant imganie why some of the best sites are not shown at all by the search engines. Some of the best talent doesnt come easy. Maybe the reason they r the best. It took me years to find this site and of the type of people who own it.Minnie I have somethin comin up for you this sunday.Liked your blog too.adieus vj (Posted on 8/13/13)
include sgsReview by anti-neocon
Lovin the system, but not loving the fact that it doesn't come with a sight glass spigot standard. Increase the price, include that spigot, and people will want them even more! (Posted on 8/9/13)
Finally back in stockReview by Enzo
I finally got mine and my girlfriend and I are psyched!! (Posted on 6/14/13)
get it while you canReview by anonymous
I always seem to have bad timing. I went to buy the big berkey 3 times and they were sold out every darn time! Finally got one. Increase production already!!!!! (Posted on 3/31/13)
Love my Big BerkeyReview by annieboat
I have been wanting a Berkey for a few years but never took the plunge..Recently I have been drinking water instead of soft drinks..I never really cared much for water..Tap water was out of the question for me so I bought bottled water for a couple of months..What a hassle with all those plastic bottles..I finally ordered my Berkey....I love it...I wish I had bought mine years ago. (Posted on 3/10/13)
Good peopleReview by Sandy Schmidt
The folks at berkey have been nothing but great in helping me purchase my berkey and then answering some questions once got it. Special thanks to Jennie for putting up with me over an hour on the phone. :) (Posted on 10/4/12)
Good InvestmentReview by Jack Sperry
I wanted to follow up with a review after having this filter for about 3 months now. I absolutely love this filter and am so glad I purchased it. I find the taste of the water to be really clean and I will only drink water from my berkey now. I can tell a major difference between this and my city water! Very happy I made this investment. (Posted on 2/1/12)
Buy With Confidence!Review by Brenda Folk
I hesitated to buy this system for a number of reasons; price being 1, and I also wanted to wait and see what my neighbor's royal berkey looked like. After I tried her water, I was really impressed with the taste. I'm not sure what other customers experience, but I thought it was very clean and refreshing. So, I went ahead and ordered the big berkey with 4 filters. I should have bought this 5 years ago and I'm kicking myself for all the money I wasted on poland spring. The customer support has been great too. They have been pleasant and informative and answered all of my off the wall questions very nicely and promptly. Buy with confidence and do it before another disaster strikes and you can't get a hold of one. (Posted on 9/27/11)
Love itReview by Ed Golembiewski
Just received my Big Berkey Great videos and easy installation (Posted on 6/24/11)
Well Worth The WaitReview by matt miner
had to wait close to a month for mine but it was worth the wait got it this week the easy to set up and the water is better then bottled water and you know where it's coming from i would highly recommend this system to anyone that cares about what is in the water that they are drinking (Posted on 2/13/11)
I LOVE IT!!!!!!Review by Shannon Guss
I bought my Big Berkey in March of 2010. I use it to filter all of my water coming out of the tap. Now everything taste better. Even my coffee. Before you could taste the chlorine in the water, NOW YOU CANT! Thank you! (Posted on 9/12/10)
Worth the waitReview by John Knight
I ordered this system when it was out of stock and really looked forward to receiving it. I finally did and was completely worth the wait. I actually look forward to drinking water now. I got the 4 filter system with the 4 fluoride filters. (Posted on 6/27/10)
Got this system a month agoReview by jason seligman
I was skeptical at first considering i always drink from either bottled water or from my filtered refridgerator. This system is great. as far as improvements..i would recommend a handle on the upper cannister for easier lifting since it is a little slippery sometimes. I would recommend this product and this site. fast shipping and pleasant emails. (Posted on 6/18/09)
We Love Our Big Berkey!Review by Annie Patterson
I cant believe we waited so long to purchase one! We've been buying distilled water refills in those plastic jugs for years now. Could have saved tons of money and had better water if we'd purchased a Berkey sooner. I like how pretty it is, too. Also, great customer service and fast shipping, even to the top of Alaska. Thanks!! (Posted on 3/28/09)
I had heard...Review by Rich
I had heard about the big berkey a while ago but never made the jump. Well, I decided to get one for my wife and I for Christmas and we're both very pleased. Thank you so much!" (Posted on 12/30/08)
I love this product...Review by Elena Scott
I love this product. I bought it to match my stainless steel appliances that my new apartment had, and it looks great. Not to mention the water tastes great. I'm surprised how much the filter changes the taste for the better. (Posted on 10/15/08)

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Product Questions

Product Questions

1. Does Big Berkey come with all 4 upper and 4 lower filters? If not, how many more must I buy to have 4 and 4, total of 8?
2. I want one complete backup filter supply, 4 upper and 4 lower. What I order depends upon your answer to #1 above. In the end I want the Big Berkey and 2 complete sets of filters.(Total of 16 filters)
Does the filtration process raise or lower the pH of the water? I don't see anything about that but I could have missed it. My neighbor bought one & she said it brought the pH up to 9.
Is it possible to use the ceramic filters with this system? If so, is there an option to purchase those with the container, rather than the berkley black?
How often do you have to replace the cartridges?
Does the fluoride filter also filter out beneficial minerals?
1. How long can the water sit after being filtered and still taste good with no smell to it since it has no additives in it ?
2. How often should the water be changed to keep it fresh for drinking at room temp?.
3. I also heard you could add a freshener to the water to keep it fresh longer is this is true what is it? And how much longer will it keep it fresh ? And where can you get it?
4. What is the best way to store water for a long period after being filtered
I have a Big Berkey and live in a big city that fluoridates the municipal water. Does the Big Berky filter out this man made fluoride?