I Freakin’ Love My Berkey: Here’s Why You Should Get One Too
I freakin’ love my Berkey. If you don’t know what the heck a Berkey is, it’s a super powerful water filtration system, but more so, it is a water purifier. When it comes to health, we immediately think of exercise and quality of food, however, the quality of the water we drink often gets overlooked.
While there are lots of different portable and at-home filtration systems out there, not all filters are created equal. When compared with other commercially available water filters, Berkey is the only one that removes 99.99% of viruses (omg) from water, as well as heavy metals and harmful bacteria, while being a very affordable longterm solution. This distinction means that Berkey meets the criteria and standards to be classified as a water purifier as opposed to a filter, and is the only gravity flow system to do so.
You know I love me a sustainable swap, and my Berkey water purifier (I have the Big Berkey size) has become one of my favorite things in my kitchen. Maybe even in my whole darn apartment! I also have the Berkey shower head attachment, which filters out 95% of chlorine.
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5 Reasons I Freakin’ Love My Berkey
1. It removes 99.99% of contaminants in water.
You might be filtering your tap water, but depending on what type of filter you’re using, pathogens, bacteria, and a whole host of other nasties can still make their way through. Think heavy metals like lead and mercury, hormones, pesticides and even traces of prescription drugs. Yikes. Since Berkey purifiers remove more than 99.99% of contaminants in water, they exceed EPA NSF/ANSI standards for filtration. Berkeys can even purify chlorinated pool water and dirty pond water, yet it leaves the beneficial minerals that our bodies need!
2. It filters 95% of fluoride and arsenic.
Fluoride is something that most conventional filters do not remove, but Berkey offers an attachment PF-2 filter that removes 95% of fluoride and arsenic. While this is an add-on that’s attached to the main filter, it’s well worth it in my opinion. Make sure to replace this attachment once a year.
3. It’s WAY more cost-effective.
While the initial upfront investment is around $258 (or $308 with fluoride attachment), it's actually more economical than any other in-home filtration system. Berkey lasts up to 4 YEARS (approx. 6000 gallons of water). Most water filters & pitchers need to be replaced every 3-6 months. There's just no comparison. Not to mention, your water will never be as clean with a Brita as it will be with a Berkey. Facts are facts.
4. It has a low environmental impact.
Berkey is made of stainless steel and low-impact materials, as opposed to many other filtration brands and jugs that rely on primarily plastic components that have to be discarded and replaced more frequently. The Berkey is also gravity-fed which means it requires no electricity to operate. Just pour the water into the top of the Berkey, and by the time it reaches the bottom it’s completely filtered and ready for drinkin’. All you need to do is get in the habit of refilling and topping up the water levels, and then it becomes second nature!
5. It’s portable - perfect for travel or in cases of emergency.
If there was ever some sort of emergency (i.e. a natural disaster) that required me to leave my home, I’d for sure bring my Berkey. If my access to clean drinking water was ever negatively impacted, my Berkey would come to my rescue. There’s just a peace of mind knowing I’m a bit more prepared if need be.
Bonus: It’s the best water I’ve ever tasted.
Berkey water tastes like… nothing. As it should. It’s so crisp and clean. I am a bit spoiled now that when I drink non-Berkey water, I can really taste the difference. You’ll just have to come over and try it sometime and you’ll get what I mean!
Think about it this way - if you’re not properly filtering your water, your body is going to have to bear the added burden of detoxing and processing whatever it is that you’re ingesting. So if you’re going to invest in an at-home filter, make sure you’re choosing the one that will have the most benefit to your health (and wallet). To me, the Berkey is worth it, hands down.
So, what do you think? Did I convince you to get a Berkey? Let me know in the comments!