Big Berkey System

4.88 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(8 customer reviews)

From: $258.00

The versatile Big Berkey® system is the ideal water filtration system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.  Includes one set of Black Berkey Elements. Free Shipping in the USA, but we cannot ship to California or Iowa.

  • Includes 2 Black Berkey Elements
  • Serves 1 – 4 People
  • Holds approx 2.25 Gallons

Lifetime Warranty by the Berkey Guy *

We provide a lifetime warranty above and beyond the manufacturers warranty on all Berkey stainless steel canisters, spigots, washers, and wing nuts. Offer Excludes Black Berkey Filter Elements in which case manufacturers warranty applies.

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Black Berkey Elements (Product Includes one set)

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Product Description


Big Berkey Water Filters system purifies 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. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The Big Berkey® Water Filters system removes pathogenic bacteria, 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 unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour*.

*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.

Height x Diameter (inches) 19.25” x 8.25”; The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13” in height.

Holding capacity: Aprox. 2.25 Gallons.
Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel.
Easy Setup and Simple Installation.
Configured with two Black Berkey® purification elements the system can purify over 3.5 Gallons per hour.

Exceeds purification standards:
MS2 – Fr Coliphage

Exceeds purification standards:
E. coli – Klebsiella – Pseudomonas Aeruginosa – Giardia – Cryptosporidium – Raoultella Terrigena

Removed to below detectable limits:
Bromodichloromethane – Bromoform – Chloroform – Dibromochloromethane
Health effects: muscle & nervous system disorders, cancer

Removed to below detectable limits:
Radon 222

Removed to below detectable limits:

Chlorine Residual Cancer, Birth Defects
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Removed to below detectable limits
Carbon Tetrachloride
1, 1-Dichloroethane
1, 2-Dichloroethane
1, 1-Dichloroethylene
cis-1, 2-Dichloroethylene
1, 2-Dichloropropane
Ethylene Dibromide (EDB)
Heptachlor Epoxide
Lindane, Methoxychlor
2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
HEAVY METALS reduced by up to 95%:
Lead kidney, nervous system damage
Mercury kidney, nervous system disorders
Aluminum respiratory, nervous system disorders
Cadmium kidney damage
Chromium liver, kidney, circulatory system disorders
Copper gastro-enteric diseases

Additional Information

Weight 9.00 lbs

8 reviews for Big Berkey System

  1. 5 out of 5


    i have been using the Berky filter since moving to Amsterdam 1.5 years ago where most people are convinced the tap water is adequate, but i remain unconvinced. This filter is the leading edge of low tech, maintenance is once yearly and takes a few minutes with a brush. The water tastes much better than the tap and also better than most bottled waters. Don’t hesitate if you suspect your water quality ..Berky filters are a good value and top quality materials are used in the products.

    • :

      Thank you for the comment, Michael!


  2. 5 out of 5


    I’ve had my Big Berkey for almost a year. It really is no trouble to keep it filled.

    The taste difference is so dramatic!!! And wait until you make coffee – night and day difference.

    If I ask for a glass of water in a restaurant, it tastes ‘sweet’ to me. I use a sport Berkey bottle at work and the gym.

    I got mine from a Canadian distributor (I’m in Canada). If you are on the fence, you won’t be disappointed.


    • :

      Thanks Dawson!


  3. 5 out of 5


    I have had my Big Berkey for five years and I use it while hunting on the Koyukuk River in Alaska. No need to state how bad an idea it would be to drink strait from the river that is muddy and filled with beaver’s and all other sorts of bad stuff. My hunting partners were worried it would not be clean enough or filter enough to get us through fifteen days hunting. They were astonished to see how clear and great tasting the water is.


  4. 4 out of 5


    Well I won my filter on a prepping website just got it yesterday 8/9/13 looks great still putting it together at this time but we have well water so hoping this will make it taste better.

  5. 5 out of 5


    I bought our Big Berky 6 years ago, because I didn’t like the taste of our city water. We have used it for every drop of water that our entire family has ingested ever since, including drinking, cooking, and even rinsing vegetables. We now live in a more rural area, and have very metalic, iron laden, smelly well water. But simply running it through our Berky renders it as good and clean tasting as the most expensive water you can buy. I hope to never be without a Berky as long as I live.

  6. 5 out of 5


    I had purchased the big berkey a year earlier but had not used it. Alabama and my neighborhood had just been through the major tornado in april 2011 that devastated much of our area when I started using it. With much of the primary power lines destroyed there was only the water in the water tower until the pumps had another power source. Thank God it just missed the tower. The water was dirty and suspect so I unpacked and assembled the filter and never stopped using it. It has earned a permanent place on my counter. Save on bottled water and those pitcher filters and rates so much better. Worth the investment!!!

  7. 5 out of 5


    Can anyone tell me about how many gallons can be cleaned before you need to change the purification elements?

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      2 Black Berkey Elements will purify up to 6000 gallons before they need to be changed.

  8. 5 out of 5


    this is a question more than a comment. Someone mentioned cleaning the filters with a brush. Is this part of the
    regular maintainance of the black filters? From what I understand this is how you kept the old Berkey filters up.
    We are planning to purchase one in the near future.

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      When it comes to cleaining Black Berkey Elements, while we recommend priming the filters, we also recommend using a Scotch-rite non-metal scrubber on the outside.

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