Is a Berkey Water Filter for you? Maybe. There are many pros to owning a Berkey, but let’s talk about some cons we haven’t seen others mention that may convince you to look for a different solution.
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Berkey Water Filter systems are great, but they are not for everybody. Another great option is Acuva Water Purification Systems. Take a look at some of the pros and cons, the good and bad, of the Berkey system. We’ve been using it for over a year while traveling full-time in an RV and we’ve learned a lot.
One thing is for sure though, having clean water is very important. There are numerous ways to filter or purify your water. Make sure to test your water supply to know if you need additional filtration. And if you spend a lot of time traveling like we do, do yourself a favor and assume you should always be filtering your water.
Would we have purchased the Berkey if we knew then what we know now? That’s just one of many things we discuss in this video.
00:38 What is included with a Berkey
01:11 The good (Pros)
03:35 The bad (Cons)
06:17 Our recommendation
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I want to talk to you about my Berkey water filter which I love so stinkin’ much. But I want to discuss specifically 10 Berkey Water Filter mistakes to avoid.
Unfortunately, some of these lessons were learned the hard way! Let’s see if we can prevent you from doing any of the same.
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10 Berkey Water Filter Mistakes:
1 – Buying the wrong size
2 – Filling the top chamber before the bottom chamber is empty
3 – Leaving the spigot on
4 – Filling the berkey partially
5 – Letting your filters stay dirty
6 – Letting your filters get dry
7 – Letting your filters get too old
8 – Buying a used berkey without replacing the filters
9 – Skipping the priming of your elements or the red food coloring test
10 – Cleaning your filters with a dirty scrubbing pad or with soap
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I get a ton of questions about the big silver thing sitting on my counter. Today I am finally going to share all the ins and outs in this Berkey water filter review.
This is the Berkey we have: https://www.berkeyfilters.com/collections/berkey-water-filter-systems/products/royal-berkey?a_aid=5b2cf1884101a&a_bid=bef79039
I just selected none for the 2 additional filters (We run ours with the two included filters) and then checked the box for the 1 x Set of Fluoride Filters. I didn’t add any warranty or maintenance plans.
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Ever since I started sharing videos in my kitchen on my Youtube channel, people have been asking me about the big silver thing sitting out on my countertop.
“What the heck is that thing?!”
I mean, its kind of hard to miss.
I move it for some beauty shots on my Instagram page, but 99.9% of the time, this is the real look of our farmhouse kitchen. Pretty farm sink, ticking stripe curtain, white quartz counters and a big old eyesore of a stainless steel Berkey.
But, read on to find out why there is no way I’m moving it off our countertops anytime soon. ie. EVER.
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When we were shopping water filter systems, seven + years ago, I had just had my second baby. I was in obsessive research mode about all things health and wellness. I had two tiny humans who depended on me to take care of them, and I didn’t want to mess it up.
It didn’t take long for me to find out that the public water we were consuming was the furthest thing from anything you would want to put in your body. And, being water-drinking health nuts, we were throwing back A LOT of it.
I quickly found out there were a million different filtration options…reverse osmosis, refrigerator pitcher systems, under counter systems..the list goes on.
I was concerned about drinking water loaded with chlorine, lead, arsenic, viruses and bacteria.
Our local water has so much chlorine that it actually smells like pool water, especially now that I am so used to drinking it from the Berkey.
The two deciding factors for choosing a berkey water filter
Price- I didn’t want to have to replace filters every few months. Some of the systems were a little cheaper up fron
Testing- The Berkey system allows you to test the filters to be sure they are working properly. (I explain the test in the FAQ below) One time my second daughter knocked the whole system off the counter. I was advised to run the “food dye test” to be sure they didn’t have any hairline fractures that would compromise the filters. I love that this is a possibility with the Berkey. With other filter son the market, you just have to hope that they are filtering properly and its hard to know when they have outlived their functionality.
Some FAQ about our Berkey water filter system
How do you do the food dye test with the Berkey water filter?
Remove the top portion of the stainless steel system, leaving the black filters securely screwed in.
Place the bottom tip of each filter into a glass jar.
Add eight cups of water and 10 drops of food coloring to the top basin and give it a little stir.
Watch the water come out completely clear into the glass jars below.
If the water in the jars has any tint to it, its time to replace those filters!
This is one of the reasons I decided to purchase the Berkey in the first place. With other filter models, how are you supposed to know if the filters are still doing their job?
With the Berkey I can be confident that my water is still being filtered completely for me and my family.
What does the Berkey filter out?
According to the Berkey website, Berkeys filter out over 99.99% chlorine, over 99.99% bacteria and viruses, lead, VOC’s, THM’s, lindane, benzene and atrizine.
Does the Berkey remove lead?
Yes, it does! It removes over 96% of the lead in water.
How often do you need to change Berkey filters?
Each black filter will last for 3,000 gallons. Each system can house up…
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