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Big Berkey Water Filter

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Big Berkey Water Filter

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  • Our Most Popular Berkey System!
  • Great For 1-4 People
  • Comes Standard with 2 Black Berkeys at $258 (4¢ per Gallon!)
  • 2 Black Berkeys Filter Approx 6000 Gallons of Water
  • 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
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  • Weight: 9 lbs (2 BB Elements)
  • Max Filter Capacity: 4 Black Berkeys (upper) + 4 PF-2's (lower)
  • Exclusive Lifetime Warranty (Hardware and Stainless Chambers)
  • Ships Same or Next Business Day!
  • Free Shipping for all orders over $50 to the lower 48 states.
  • All orders are shipped "signature required” due to their high value. If you prefer a "no signature required" for delivery, please note that preference in Step 2 of the order process.
  • All non-First-Class items shipped are sent UPS ground (insured), Fedex (Insured), or United States Postal Service (insured) within the contiguous US unless customer arranges for product to shipped via freight/shipping carrier.
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  • 30 Day Return Policy - Returns of Berkey products are a rare occurrence due to their high customer satisfaction rate, however if you are unsatisfied with your purchase and you would not like a replacement, you are more than welcome to return your item(s) within 30 days of receipt for a 100% refund.

  • Note:  Any items that are deemed defective or damaged upon receipt are replaced free of charge.  We'll promptly get you new product and pay for shipping both ways.

  • Our Exclusive BigBerkeyWaterFilters Warranty will replace any of your system’s hardware parts over the life of your Berkey system ownership. This includes the stainless steel chambers/lid, spigots, washers and nuts. This is above and beyond the General Manufacturer’s Warranty.
  • Our exclusive warranty is automatically applied as long as we have your order on record as purchasing through Stainless must have been handled with proper care. This guarantee does not cover items that are damaged due to user misuse, abuse, salt water/air, lack of maintenance (routine cleanings), or accidents (dents from falling, etc). Customer is responsible for shipping and processing charges.
  • IMPORTANT: We do not sell on Amazon. Also, please be aware that the manufacturer does not warranty any items purchased on Amazon from unauthorized dealers. For example, itself is NOT an authorized dealer; and "Berkey" on Amazon is not the company itself, but rather an unknown person/s.
  • WARRANTY SUPPORT: We take pride in our premium customer service, and will go above and beyond to personally assist you with all your Berkey needs for the lifetime of ownership. From initial installation, to routine maintenance, to filter replacement inquiries, and most importantly for warranty processing. Just contact us with your name and/or order number, and our company will replace these items for you ourselves! And/or, we will do all the administrative leg-work with the manufacturer to have them get these replacement items out to you. All you have to do is sit back and wait for your new filters or parts to arrive at your doorstep. No other dealer, or even the manufacturer, comes close to providing this level of support 7 days a week.
  • The Black Berkey purification elements and Berkey Earth Ceramic Filters have a two-year prorated manufacturer’s warranty calculated in six month intervals. The manufacturer's guarantee is prorated similar to the guarantee on tire tread. In other words, if you have used the filters for 8 months, 75% of the guarantee still applies and so you can get a full replacement set for 25% of the normal cost.
  • The Berkey systems themselves and their components (stainless steel, etc) have a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Additional Warranty Details here



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 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.

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How to Assemble and Troubleshoot Your Berkey Water Filter (Written Instructions Version)

Special 5% Off Bundle Offer : With your system purchase, you can bundle as many accessories as you would like with the system, and receive 5% of the total bundled price. That means 5% off the starting system price + 5% off the accessory prices listed below. Please select your accessories above when adding system to cart:

* Free UPS/FedEx/USPS 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

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Capacity2.25 Gallons (8.5 Liters)
Filter CapacityUp to 4 Black Berkeys (upper) + 4 PF-2's (lower)
Flow Rate1 Gallon in first hour under regular use conditions when starting full. Max Filtration Flow Rate up to 7 Gallons per hour (4 elements)
Height21" (Includes lid and knob)
PortabilityThe upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13" in height.
Serves1-4 People
Use Custom Options DiscountYes

Berkey Reviews

Product Questions

Product Questions

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.
Does this filter out blue green algae toxins in case the city water is unsafe to drink?
How many stages of filtration do the filters have?
Does my system need to be hooked up to a water line? I am trying to decide where to place the system in my home.

Hello! We were wondering about 3 different contaminants in particular...Can you tell us how much chlorine and chloramines are proven to be removed by the Berkey, and if it also removes pharmaceuticals and how much of them? Thank you so much!
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)

Do you ship to San Juan, Puerto Rico?
When do you replace the filters?
Does Berkey remove BPA, Dioxin, Atrazine, Phthalates, Perchlorate, Fire retardants, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, Perfluorinated chemicals and Glycol Ethers?
Can you clean out fluoride/arsenic filters for re-use?
1. On average how long does it take to run a tank full with the Big B, and just 2 black filters?
2. I just purchased the Big B because we have such a huge amount of lime in our water. Every system we have used simply can't keep up with it and we get a precipitate in the bottom when we boil water. But I read that you do not filter out calcium, will this be any help to us for purpose stated?
How often do you have to replace the cartridges?
Hello i am expat living in Mexico, nobody drinks the tap water here unless it's boiled, even the Mexicans. The water comes from Lake Chapala and used in Guadalajara. It is filtered, how well is anyone's guess.Can i use your system to filter right from the tap? Or should i refilter the bottled water?
The photos show a light silver color for the Berkey but the videos show a much nicer darker color. Which color is it or is there an option?
Do the filters add calcium and magnesium back to the purified water? Not quite sure how it's possible to filter out smaller contaminates while leaving the cal-mag.
Could you tell me where the system and filters are made?
Thank you.
I've been sick for years years from Lyme Disease, Mold Sensitivity, MCS and have not found a mold free/chemical free house yet. I'll be living in a tent soon, on my property, my well is not good, I need to filter the water from bacteria, metals, minerals etc. Which Berkey is the best for these extreme problems? Also concerned that keeping the Berkley in the house may expose it to mold contamination, can I set it up outdoors? .
Just received the big berkey and very excited about it. We set everything up and primed filters per directions but the water is very cloudy. Can you tell me how to clear this up?
Thank you. :)
Do the filters process out chemicals used such as fertizilier and weed killer that may seep into water?
Once the Berkey system is set up and filtering is it able to be taken down and stored? I'd like to use one in my RV. This would mean it would need to be set up and run for a while then takn down, dried, and stored. The storage might last a month or two. The it would need to be set up again and run. Can the filters be run through wet and do cycles?
I have an off grid cabin with a well and hand pump. The water is very high in iron. Does the Big Berkey filter iron out? What filters do you recommend for iron. Thanks, Bob
if I buy your system on amazon is everything still lifetime gauranteed.?
Do the 2 black filters alone filter any Arsenic or flouride?
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
When the upper chamber contains four filters, how much does it weigh?
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?
Does the stainless steel container need regular cleaning? If so what should you use? Also is there problems with scale build-up or bacteria?
How do we tell when the filters need replaced? Just the slowing of the filtering? And how do we tell the difference between that and just needing to back flush the system?
Also, if we fill the upper chamber more than it will hold in the lower changer, is there a leaking problem?
Does the fluoride filter also filter out beneficial minerals?
I recently purchased 2 Big Berkey water "purification" systems. My question is in regards to the label of purification. If a consumer must also purchase additional filters to remove fluoride and arsenic, is the standard black Berkey really a purifier without them? This seems somewhat misleading. And when you add the fluoride filters, you then have plastic filters suspended in your "purified" water. Is this counterproductive even with washed BPA free plastic? Thanks.
What is the total overall height of the filter system?? This presents a problem in my kitchen for where to place the system I'm sure as it probably doesn't fit under any standard cabinetry. Where do most people place theirs in small, limited kitchen areas??
Does the Big Berkey System remove lead ?
Hello! Is water filtered through your system safe for a baby to drink and bathe?

Does the Big Berkey filter out Chlorine and Chlorimide?
Hello, does the Big Berkey filter out copper? I live in an area with soft water and we have copper pipes, so the soft water leaches copper from the pipes. If it does, which filter would be the most effective. Many thanks.
I just received the Royal Berkey,
If I don't end up drinking all the 2.5 gallons in 3 days should I dump the rest?
If so, should I just filter the amount I will use in 3 days? Makes sense.
Do the filters react poorly if not used every 3 days?
Do the black berkey filters and the PF-2 filters have an indicator that lets you know they need to be replaced?


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?
If 2 filters work why would I need to have 4 filters?
i was looking int buying the big berkey and i see at the bottom in the add on section they have a primer option. Does it not come with a primer?
Could you please tell me - do I have to have an equal amount of fluoride filters to the black Berkey filters? For instance, can I just get the two black filters that come with the filter but also install four fluoride filters with it (total of 6 filters)? Thank you for your help.
I have been on the fence for some time and I am thinking of a Berkey water filter but not sure. I live in Scottsdale, AZ and the water is so thick with sludge, I would like to know if you have had any feed back from anyone here about how long your filters would last. I walk to the store and buy 8 stage filtered R/O water and bring it home, then distill it and there is STILL SLUDGE in the bottom of my distiller! So I can imagine what would happen to your filters if I used tap water in the Berkey. Can the filters be washed out and reused? Also, If I buy the Black Berkey for $258 I think it was, to use it at the best full filtering possible, I would need to buy two more black filters and 4 fluoride filters, extra? I am VERY concerned about the fluoride here and was hoping that the Berkey came with fluoride filters. Is there one that does and also, how long will they last?
I collect snow in the winter and rain in the summer. Will the Big Berkey work for me to have good drinking water?

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