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Big Berkey Water Filter System - 2.25 Gallons

  • Big Berkey Water Filter
  • Black Berkey Filters
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Currently out of Stock. Now accepting pre-orders for our next shipment arriving around 4-21-14

Product Description

The Big Berkey comes standard with the following:

  • Stainless steel canister
  • Set of 2 Black Berkey filters (4 for an additional $100)
  • Standard spigot
  • 2 blocking plugs

This system can hold up to 4 Black filters and 4 PF-2 fluoride filters (optional)

Optional: With system purchase, we offer one of the items below at 50% off the MSRP (Make your selection above):

This item cannot be shipped to California or Iowa.

The Big Berkey is the most popular size that Berkey makes.  It holds enough water to satisfy 2 to 3 people, and it's unobtrusive size fits easily in most kitchens.

The Big Berkey can hold up to 4 Black Berkey filters, but can be used with only 2 filters by plugging the extra filter holes.  (Two plugs are included.) The advantage of using 4 filters in the system is that it will filter the water faster.  However, many of our customers choose to only use 2 filters at a time, and find that it's sufficient for their needs.  Each set of 2 Black Berkey filters will purify 6000 gallons.  The standard system comes with 2 Black filters.  Please use our filter calculator to get an estimate of how long your Black filters will last.

The Big Berkey is also capable of reducing fluoride in your water when used with Berkey's optional PF-2 fluoride filters.  The fluoride filters screw onto the Black filters.

The Big Berkey is powerful enough to purify stagnant pond water, yet perfect for everyday use.  Because it works by gravity, it requires no electricity to operate.  The system is very easy to operate.  Simply pour your unfiltered water in the top chamber.  Gravity pushes the water through the filters and your purified water is stored in the bottom chamber.

The unit has a height of 19", and a diameter of 8.5".  It is made of grade 304 polished stainless steel.  The system has a water storage capacity of approximately 2.25 gallons.

The Black Berkey filters used in the Big Berkey will reduce or remove pathogens, parasites, herbicides, pesticides, VOC's, heavy metals, as well as bad tastes and odors.  Black Berkey filters can be cleaned by using a scotch brite pad under running water.


removal to non-detectable levels:
E. coli - Klebsiella - Pseudomonas Aeruginosa - Giardia - Cryptosporidium

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

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)


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  1. Great product for a family of 3-4

    Posted by Matthew on 20th Feb 2014

    bought this to filter water from our tap at home. It works just fine for our means... what's exciting to me is that it will last us 3-7 years before we need to change the black carbon filters. The water tastes good - previously we were buying reverse osmosis water from the store, and I prefer this, and the filters cost less!

  2. We love our clean water!

    Posted by Crystal on 19th Feb 2014

    We have had our berkey a month now and love it! I love knowing that my family is drinking the cleanest water I can give them!

  3. Easy and Tasty too.

    Posted by Sam on 18th Feb 2014

    I love my Berkey. Set up was easy and painless. I fill mine up every couple of days and can't imagine life without it.

  4. Great size for our family of 3 (adults)

    Posted by Alicia on 30th Jan 2014

    We purchased the big berkey for the same reasons everyone else does; We wanted to purify our drinking water. We have been spending a couple hundred a year on filters for the fridge and were not happy with resulting water. We were very impressed with the taste and smoothness of the water after being purified. We used 2 black and 2 fluoride filters in it. The water is ready whenever we need it. Every evening we fill the tank and in the morning its ready to go. My husband loves the way the coffee tastes with the clean crisp berkey water.
    When deciding which size to get I was concerned about having enough water for 3 adults. The big berkey was the right size for us. We also bought the sight spigot, so we know when to add more water. It really helps.
    We are very happy with the purchase & would purchase again.

  5. Berkey Review

    Posted by Bill on 23rd Nov 2013

    The water doesn't taste like a swimming pool anymore.

  6. Oh, the taste of clean water

    Posted by Anne on 18th Nov 2013

    I cannot believe the taste of clean water after years of commercial tap water. I drink it now! Coffee and tea taste so much better. I know that the chemicals are gone and this is so much more healthy.

  7. review

    Posted by Caitlin on 8th Nov 2013

    I've seen a lot of reviews where people said this doesn't work to well. I took a leap and ordered it anyway. I can tell a difference, the work tastes like spring water. My boyfriend even said it's delicious and he'll drink more water now. My main reason buying this was so my son could have a future a little less toxic then mine. The only downfall of this is putting it together. It took forever to prime the filters....because I didn't read the entire directions and had my baby in my arms. If you put it together correctly and won't leak. And the spigot isnt a problem for me and the filters are secure. Very happy with this product. As for does it really filter, I'm not sure yet, however, my father works at a waste water plant and already said he'd test it for me.

  8. Just what I was looking for

    Posted by Ellie on 3rd Nov 2013

    Berkey is easy to set up and nice looking. The water is INCREDIBLE. Tastes like mountain spring water. Even my husband who hates all tap water and would always have to drink tap water mixed with Gatorade loves the plain water out of the Berkey. I feel so much peace of mind knowing I'm not drinking all the pesticides & herbicides that are sure to contaminate our water supply in our agricultural area. Thanks Berkey!

  9. So excited to finally have a Big Berkey!

    Posted by Tanya on 28th Oct 2013

    What a difference this filter makes. The water is so smooth and the peace of mind to know my family is no longer drinking all those chemicals! Thank you!

  10. Excellent filter, easy to use, cost effective

    Posted by Sarah on 11th Oct 2013

    I love my new Big Berkey water filter! The water tastes A LOT better than with our old Brita filter, and I have the peace of mind that the water is much cleaner. It's easy to use, and I use it for drinking, cooking, and watering my small veggie/herb garden. The customer service is fantastic, the sales reps are knowledgeable and helpful, and it arrived exactly as scheduled.

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