Berkey® Purifier Features

Black Berkey® Purification Elements are the benchmark in water purification, and the leading water solution for outdoor enthusiasts, self-reliant homes, missionaries abroad, third world relief organizations and health-aware individuals and families around the world. Here's why.

Powerful Purification

Black Berkey® Purification Elements remove a universe of contaminants, including viruses, bacteria, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, heavy metals and even radiologicals!

Tested to the Extreme

Skeptical? Review any of our 8 independent, published test results. From lead to PFCs, examine how Black Berkey® Purification Elements perform.

An Economical Investment

Stop paying for bottled water. Averaging 2 cents per gallon, Berkey® Purification Elements last up to 6,000 gallons for the standard 2 element Big Berkey® System and are an exceptional long-term investment.

Fits Your Needs

Berkey® Systems come in 7 sizes: from a one quart system to a 6 gallon system. They fit your space and provide for your group's needs easily. Most systems may be expanded for faster flow rates.

Easy to Use

Berkey®¬†Systems are easy to assemble and function without electricity, water pressure, or plumbing. Rely on them in the kitchen, outdoors or in an emergency.

Primed and Ready

Our elements must be primed, and priming is an advantage! Other filters stop working when they dry out. We consider how real people will use our products, and make them durable.

Yes, I want to drink purified water.

I'm ready to take action, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with fresh, delicious, purified water from proven Black Berkey® Purification Elements.

Meet the Big Berkey® System

Our most popular size for 1-4 daily users, the Big Berkey® System includes 2 extreme-tested Black Berkey® Purification Elements, and may be expanded to 4 for faster production.

A Critical Barrier

Amid growing concern over water infrastructure problems, purification is a necessary layer of protection. Take action. Get a Big Berkey® System.

Better than Bottled

Often sourced from municipal supplies, bottled water is not the solution. Enjoy fresh, delicious, purified water at home for less.

Powerful Purification

Concerned about lead, PFCs and other contaminants? Purify your tap water and enjoy peace of mind when handing a full glass to your loved ones.

A Smart Investment

The Big Berkey® System comes with 2 Purification Elements that last 6,000 gallons, or approximately 5 years with typical use.

Ideal for 1-4 Users

The Big Berkey® System holds 2.25 gallons of purified water, and with 2 elements offers a maximum output of up to 84 gallons a day.

Less Waiting, More Water

Time is a factor in our design. Two Black Berkey® Purification Elements produce up to 3.5 gallons of purified water an hour. Expand to 4 for faster flow rates.

Control What You Consume

Take charge and stop worrying. Portable, effortless and economical, a Berkey® System is a proactive way to ensure you and your loved ones are drinking purified water.

Invest in the Best

There is no substitute for the Black Berkey® Purification Elements. If you are motivated to find the best possible gravity-fed water purifier, then review our tests results, listen to other customers and review our FAQs.

Berkey® Systems Reviews

We have focused on perfecting gravity-fed water purification longer than anyone in the industry. Check out what our customers have to say.

I bought my Berkey about 4 years ago and I'm so glad I did. Our tap water smells like a chemical-ridden swimming pool when we add it in the top. However, once it runs through the Berkey, the water tastes so good that my husband now drinks water regularly, which is something he would never do before. We use Berkey water for everything - cooking, rinsing vegetables, watering pets & plants. I added the fluoride/arsenic elements as well. Wonderful product, thank you!
-Posted by Melissa Whitaker on 15th Jan 2016

Our Berkey is fantastic! The Berkeys we've given away have met true needs. A friend of ours in Zimbabwe was moved to an internment camp because a government (UN and other NGO project, to be precise) dam project put his house underwater. He specifically mentioned how blessed they were by the water purifier. Thank you so much for your help and for making such a great product available to us.
-Posted by Melinda

Water tastes great! No more drinking-water sitting in a plastic container post filter/leaching BPA/BPx. Also, I'm now prepared with drinking/cooking water in the event of a hurricane (I live in S.Florida). I feel better, have better peace of mind and I drink more water. Thanks Berkey!
-Posted by Patrick Bulger on 23rd Jun 2016

I love how these filters take out all the nasty taste of our city water and make my coffee taste better. We have the Royal Berkey with 2 black filters and 2 fluride/arsenic reduction filters and starting our second year. For my family of 4, I fill it each evening and have enough water for the next day. My sons' initial responses were "The water has no taste!" but no longer miss the taste of chlorine. Thank you!.
-Posted by Unknown on 6th Jan 2015

I have tried literally a dozen different brands, from large to small companies, and I'm sorry but Berkey water filters are the best available to consumers. My 5 year old Big Berkey still looks new with a bit of windex. The carbon filter system is FAST and efficient. With the Crown Berkey (our most recent purchase) I can dump a couple gallons in the top and within 1 hour 2/3 is filtered ready to use... Im not wealthy, but I would gladly spend a few hundred dollars again on this filter system. Clean water is as important as having a place to live.. My family and I will never go back to drinking city or bottled water again.
-Posted by WaterIsEssential on 1st Mar 2015

I have been using the Black Berkey water purification system for about two years. My water at my home comes from a well. After passing through my Berkey water Purifier it tastes fresh, clean, and so good. The more I learn about the contamints of all types that the Black Berkey elements keep me from drinking in my water, the more satisfied I am that I chose Black Berkey as my water purifier. I have also purified local pond water with the result being the same clean, clear, fresh, so good taste. Cleaning the elements when needed is very simple and takes so little time. Thank you Berkey for the confidence that I am drinking fresh, clean, pure water from my Berkey water Purifier.
-Posted by Paul on 14th Dec 2014

We have been using the Berkey filter system for awhile now and love them. They are extremely effective and very easy to use as well. We will continue using them for years. The water tastes excellent as well. We will never drink regular tap water again.
-Posted by Tracie on 27th Mar 2016

Been using Berkey filters, black ones and white ones, for over 10 years now. They filter out everything, there is nothing left but 100% pure water. The water is so pure that it actually shines in a drinking glass and the taste is clean and crisp. Berkey is excellent, they are the very best for purification filtration system bar none.
-Posted by Charles on 29th Apr 2016


Still doing your homework? We have answers. For additional questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team at (888) 803-4438.

What is the difference between a filter and a purifier?

Many water filters on the market may claim to be a water purifier, but do not meet the performance specifications required for this classification. In order to be classified as a water purifier, a water treatment device must remove at least 99.9999% of pathogenic bacteria and reduce viruses by 99.99%. The Black Berkey® Purification Elements can be classified as water purifiers because they remove 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria and 99.999% of viruses, which greatly exceeds the standard. The micro- pores within the Black Berkey® Elements are so small that viruses and pathogenic bacteria are simply not able to pass through them.

How long do the elements last?

Because many of our customers use their Berkey® System outdoors or in extreme conditions, calculating the lifespan of our filter elements is the safest way to know when to replace them. Each Black Berkey® Element is estimated to last up to 3,000 gallons before replacement is needed. Most Berkey® Systems come standard with two Black Berkey® Purification Elements, providing you with up to 6,000 gallons of purified water.

Can I see the test results?

Yes, we rigorously test our elements and then make the test results available to interested customers. In addition, we utilized three independent labs with multiple readings to review the effectiveness of our elements. View test results for Black Berkey® Purification Elements online.

How can I learn learn more about your products?

The Berkey® Systems Knowledge Base is a virtual library that includes relevant information about Berkey products, test results, FAQs, water related news and articles and much more. Our Youtube videos provide a quick visual aide for troubleshooting assistance and basic product information.

Yes, I want to drink purified water.

Provide your family with fresh, healthy, purified water for pennies a day by investing in a Big Berkey® gravity fed water purification system right now.

From $263 with 2 Black Berkey® Elements included