Berkey Comparison Charts

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This table compares the Big Berkey Water Filter System (our most popular selling system equipped with the standard black berkey filters) versus other Gravity Water Filter Systems that are on the market today.

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This table compares the Big Berkey Water Filter System (our most popular selling system equipped with the standard black berkey filters) versus other Popular Top Consumer Water Filter Brands that are on the market today. 

Gravity Water Filter/Purifier Comparison Chart

Company NMCL AquaCera AquaCrock Pro Pur Doulton Aqua Rain Katadyn
Model Big Berkey Ceragrav-LP5 AquaCrock Pro Big GSS-2 Model 400 Gravidyn

[A] = Purification Standards: Element must remove/inactivate all types of pathogenic organisms. Specifically, element must remove two species of virus to 4 Log10 (=> 99.99%) and remove pathogenic bacteria to 6 Log10 (=> 99.9999%) and remove cysts to 3 Log10 (=> 99.9%). This makes Berkey systems the only true gravity fed purification systems.

Purification Challenge: The Standard has selected 3 types of challenge organisms: Bacteria (Klebsiella terrigena), Viruses (Polio and Rota) and Protozoan Cysts (Giardia or Cryptosporidium).

  1. VIROLOGY - Demonstration of a 4 Log10 (99.99%) reduction is required on the combined polio/rota virus challenge matrix.
  2. BACTERIOLOGY - Demonstration of a 6 Log10 (99.9999%) reduction is required for the Klebsiella terrigena bacterial challenge.
  3. CYST REMOVAL - Demonstration of a 3 Log10 (99.9%) reduction is required for the cysts using Cryptosporidium or Giardia.

 

[B] = Number based on 2 gallons per day per person, system used 12 hours per day.

[C] = Aqua Crock, Doulton GSS-2, Ceragrav LP-5 all use Doulton Filter Elements - life expectancy is 525 gallons or 6 months, whichever occurs first.

[D] = Claim made is 2 years or 3,000 gallons; while the manufacturer of their Doulton filter elements states the life expectancy is 535 gallons or 6 months whichever occurs first.

[E] = While the company claims their elements will last for 3,000 gallons on their comparison chart, we used the claims of the manufacturer, which state that the life of the elements is only 1,500 gallons or 12 months whichever occurs first.

[F] = Calculation based on each element producing 3 gallons when used for 12 hours per day during 365 day maximum recommended time limitation.

[G] = Calculation based on each element producing 12 gallons if used for 12 hours per day during 182 day maximum recommended time limitation.

[H] = Cost per gallon presumes maximum gallon claims reached prior to "replacement time limitation" above and calculated based on "max daily output" above, whichever is less or occurs first.

[I] = Successfully demonstrates removal of microscopic red food coloring particulate from source water at 1 tablespoon of red food coloring per gallon.

[J] = Test is designed to determine if high turbidity (larger particulate) source water will clog up elements which may render them ineffective during actual emergency conditions. 1 tbsp carbon dust per gallon. Flow rate reduction of <25%=Pass, >25%=Fail.

[K] = NSF Claims: No listing on NSF website as of publication date. NSF has confirmed that ProPure has not been certified by their organization

Where information was available and published, this information was used. Where information was not available, information was calculated, such as in F and L above, using the available published information. Where published information on systems was in conflict with the published information by the manufacturer, such as in C, D, and E above, items are highlighted in orange.

Data based on manufacturer's life expectancy claims rather than the claims of the manufacturer's customer. Information collected from websites, corporate literature, internal testing and outside independent sources is believed to be accurate at time of publication (5-15-12). Neither this chart nor it's producer assume any liability, implied, expressed or assumed.

There are other gravity fed filter systems that claim they are not to be used with microbiologically unsafe or questionable water. We chose not to include those systems in this comparison chart.

Virus Removal [A] Yes No No No No No No
Element Rating Purifier [A] Filter Filter Filter Filter Filter Filter
Base System Cost $263 $139 $399 $239 $229 $239.99 $219.95
Max Daily Output (Gal/Day) Base 84 10 18 9 14 12 24
Max Daily Output-Max # Elements 168 25 18 18.5 20 24 24
Approx. People Served [B] 42 6 5 4 5 6 6
Maximum Gallons/Element 3,000 535 [C] 535 [C,D] 1,500 [E] 535 [C] 1095 [F] 730 [G]
Replacement Time Limitation No Time Limit 6 Months [C] 2 Years [C,D] 12 Months [E] 6 Months [C] 1 year [F] Up to 6 months
Price of Elements (Each) $54.50 $30.00 $36.00 $49.50 $36.00 $42.99 $56.00
Approx Cost Per Gallon (Cents) 1.8 5.6 [H] 6.7 + electric [H] 3.3 [H] 6.7 [H] 3.9 [H] 7.6 [H]
Maximum Element Capacity 4 5 3 4 4 4 3
Food Color Test [I] Pass Fail Fail Pass Fail Fail Fail
Turbidity Flow Rate Test [J] Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Fail Pass
Test Results Available Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Tested to NSF Standards Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NSF Certified Claimed No No No Yes [K] No No No
Guarantee 6 Mos (elem 2-Yr) None Published 1 Year Ltd. 2 Year None Published None Published None Published
System Cost-Max Elements $363 $274 $399 $338 $299 $319.99 $219.95
System Material AISI 304 Stainless HDPE Ceramic Stainless AISI 304 Stainless Stainless Silicone
System Production Plasma Welded Molded Kiln Deep Drawn Plasma Welded Deep Drawn Molded
OTHER INFORMATION
Element Composition Proprietary Formula Ceramic / Carbon Ceramic / Carbon Ceramic / Carbon Ceramic / Carbon Ceramic / Carbon Ceramic / Carbon
Number of Elements 2 2 3 2 2 2 3
Element Height 9" 7" 5" 9" 7" ~9" 10.4"
Elements cleanable Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Storage Tank Capacity (Gallons) 2.25 3.5 Not Stated 2.75 2.25 3 2.6
Electricity Required No No Yes No No No No
Plumbing Required No No No No No No No
Post Filters Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Height 19.25" 28.5" 17.5" 21.5" 19.25" 20.5" 18"
Diameter 8.5" 11.25" 11" 9.25" 8.5" 11" 11"
Dry Weight (Approx.) 6 lbs 5 lbs 26 lbs 5 lbs 5.5 lbs 7 lbs 6.5 lbs