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Which Berkey Model is Right for My Family?

Berkey® Water Purifier
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When shopping for a Berkey® system, deciding which size to purchase can be a bit of a challenge for some people.

When talking with customers and helping them to determine which size might best suit their needs, we often ask questions such as…

  • How many people will be using the Berkey system for their daily drinking water needs?
  • What is your/your family’s current daily drinking/cooking water average? In other words, approximately how many gallons does your family drink/cook with each day?
  • Will your Berkey system be set-up in a home or on the road, like in a fifth wheel?

Those questions typically lead to more questions in order to help steer the individual/family to our recommendation for them.

The brief videos below offer suggestions uses of each system along with dimensions and capacities of each.

Travel Berkey

The Travel Berkey®️ Water System is Portable

For those seeking a lightweight option, the Travel Berkey®️ offers the powerful Berkey®️ technology in a compact size. Easily transportable, the Travel Berkey®️ also has a capacity of around 1.5 gallons, making it suitable to provide water for up to three people. Includes a full complement of two Black Berkey®️ Element water filters.

About the Travel Berkey®️ System

  • Canister manufactured from highly polished 304 stainless steel
  • Diameter: 7.5”
  • Fully assembled height: 18”
  • Height when packed for transport: 12”
  • Holding capacity: roughly 1.5 gallons (5.7 liters)
  • Rate of filtration: more than 2.5 gallons per hour when using the maximum number of two Black Berkey®️ Elements (included in purchase)
  • Removes wide range of toxic substances from water (see list of contaminants that the Berkey®️ filter removes)

 

Big Berkey

Our top-selling model, the Big Berkey®️ water purification system is a stainless steel wonder, removing an unbelievable range of harmful chemicals, metals, plastics and other contaminants from nearly any source of water. Suitable for a household of four, the Big Berkey®️ has a storage capacity of roughly 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters), but packs up to a height of just 13”. Constructed of 304 stainless steel, the Big Berkey®️ comes with two Black Berkey®️ Element water filters, and can accommodate up to four elements.

About The Big Berkey®️ Water Filtration System

  • Canister built from highly polished 304 stainless steel
  • Diameter: 8.25”
  • Fully assembled height: 19.25”
  • Height when packed for transport: 13”
  • Holding capacity: roughly 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters)
  • Rate of production:
    • 3.5 gallons (8.5 liters) per hour when using two Black Berkey®️ Elements included with the system
    • When using the maximum number of four Black Berkey®️ Elements the system can accommodate, the Big Berkey®️ can filter up to 7 gallons (26.5 liters) per hour.
  • Removes range of metals, plastics, chemicals, and more from nearly any source of water (learn more about the contaminants that the Berkey®️ system removes from your drinking water)

 

Royal Berkey

Built for active households and smaller groups, the Royal Berkey®️ Water System is our mid-range water purification system. Built to serve households of up to six members, the Royal Berkey®️ water purification system is the ideal solution to enjoying clean, filtered water without the need for electricity, or water pressure. 100% gravity fed, the Royal Berkey®️ system is capable of removing a range of harmful metals, chemicals, plastics and other contaminants from common sources of water.

Manufactured from highly polished 304 stainless steel, the Royal Berkey®️ includes two Black Berkey®️ Purification Elements and has a storage capacity of roughly 3.25 gallons (12.3 liters).

About The Royal Berkey®️ Water Filtration System

  • Filters a wide range of contaminants from water from almost any source (learn more about the metals, plastics and chemicals that the Berkey®️ can remove)
  • Canister manufactured from highly polished 304 stainless steel
  • Diameter: 9.5”
  • Fully assembled height: 23”
  • Height when packed for transport: 15.25”
  • Holding capacity: roughly 3.25 gallons (12.3 liters)
  • For normal everyday use, this system easily serves: 2-4 people
  • Fully configured, this system can serve up to 100-200 people a day, during an emergency
  • Maximum Filtration Flow Rate:
    • Configured with 2 Black Berkey® Purification Elements, the Royal Berkey® System can purify up to 4 gallons (15.1 liters) per hour
    • Configured with 4 Black Berkey® Purification Elements, the Royal Berkey® System can purify up to 7 gallons ( 26.5 liters) per hour
  • Removes range of metals, plastics, chemicals, and more from nearly any source of water (learn more about the contaminants that the Berkey®️ system removes from your drinking water)

 

Imperial Berkey

 

For larger households and organizations such as churches or hospitals, the Imperial Berkey®️ offers the powerful Berkey®️ technology in a bigger size for greater capacity. Manufactured from 304 stainless steel, the system can store roughly 4.5 gallons (17 liters), and fully assembled is 25.75” tall and 10” in diameter. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transporting, and stands just 17” in height.

When used with the two included Black Berkey®️ water elements, the system will purify up to 5.5 gallons (20.8 liters) per hour. For increased performance, the Imperial will accommodate up to six Black Berkey®️ Elements for a maximum output of 16.5 gallons (62.5 liters) per hour.

About the Imperial Berkey System

  • Canister manufactured from highly polished 304 stainless steel
  • Diameter: 10”
  • Fully assembled height: 25.75”
  • Height when packed for transport: 17”
  • Holding capacity: roughly 4.5 gallons (17 liters)
  • Rate of production: more than 5.5 gallons per hour when using two Black Berkey®️ Elements (included in purchase); maximum rate of 16.5 gallons (62.5 liters) when using full complement of six Black Berkey®️ Elements
  • Removes wide range of toxic substances from water

 

Crown Berkey

 

For Berkey®️ performance at scale, the Crown Berkey®️ is the single biggest system available on the market. Manufactured from 304 stainless steel, the system can store roughly 6 gallons (22.7 liters), and fully assembled stands 30” in height and 11” in diameter. When disassembled for transport, the upper chamber nests within the lower chamber and stands just 20” in height.

When used with two included Black Berkey®️ water elements (included with purchase), the system will purify up to 6.5 gallons (24.6 liters) per hour. For maximum rate of filtration, expand the system to eight Black Berkey®️ Elements for a maximum output of 26 gallons (98.4 liters) per hour.

About the Crown Berkey®️ System

  • Largest Berkey®️ system available
  • Canister manufactured from highly polished 304 stainless steel
  • Diameter: 11”
  • Fully assembled height: 30”
  • Height when packed for transport: 20”
  • Holding capacity: roughly 6 gallons (22.7 liters)
  • Rate of production: up to 6.5 gallons (24.6 liters) per hour when using two Black Berkey®️ Elements (included in purchase); maximum rate of 26 gallons (98.4 liters) when using full complement of eight Black Berkey®️ Elements
  • Removes wide range of contaminants from water