In this increasingly toxic world, it is becoming more imperative to be proactive about our health. With the importance of drinking water and the growing concern of contaminants, we should seek to make sure we are taking in the healthiest form possible.
One of the ways to ensure that is through the use of water filters. One of the most popular water filters on the market is the Berkey Water Filter Systems. Available in a variety of sizes (based on family size and water usage), there is an option for everyone, no matter what your needs. I had the pleasure of reviewing the Travel Berkey and I am more than pleased with the results.
The unit was easy to assemble and set up. It comes with very helpful written instructions, but there are also a variety of helpful Youtube videos should you need visuals. In no time, we were able to get the filters primed and the upper chamber filled to start the filtration process. I was excited to see if I could taste the difference in the quality of water with Big Berkey system. I filled the Berkey prior to going to bed the first night, looking forward to trying the results in the morning. I have read previous reviews about the taste being "crisp and clean" and was skeptical, to be honest. Now that I have had the chance to try it for myself, I must say that I absolutely understand what they mean. I consider my taste buds to be rather delicate and can pick up on variety of things - good or bad. After tasting tap and bottled water, then trying the filtered water, there is no comparison! Although our filter is using the 2 standard Black Berkey filters (see what they remove) in the upper chamber, there is an additional option to add 2 PF-2's in the lower chamber. The additional PF-2's will also filter out fluoride and arsenic, two major concerns in drinking water. In the near future, I would like to add them to our filter as well, to ensure maximum protection.
In addition to being a great filter, it is also very attractive. It is actually a conversation piece, as people inquire what it is when they see it. (My mother thought it was an awesome, new coffee maker). Although it can appear intimidating due to its size, it is very user friendly and is a great option for children. We have ours sitting on the counter by the sink, and the kids are able to get water as they need it throughout the day with the spigot. I also love that is is portable and we can use it when we travel, as needed. We have used the system for a little over a month now, and we are continuing to enjoy the benefits. We are a family that would go through bottles of water like it was going out of style. Thanks to the Berkey, it has already saved us money from the constant need to purchase bottled water. I am more than happy thus far and will continue to update this post as necessary with any new developments.
Thanks to a new addition that started July 2013, all hardware parts will be replaced for the life of the Berkey system when purchased through http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/. A filter warranty and general manufacturer warranty comes with the system as well, so you can buy with confidence. The website also offers a wealth of information including guides, FAQ, videos and more.
Are you the owner of a Berky Water Filter system? If so, share your experience below.
Disclosure: I received this item for review purposes only. I was not compensated for this post and the opinion given is 100% my own.