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IS  BERKEY  BETTER  THAN  BRITA?

THE CHOICE IS SIMPLE 

Filtering Capability

If you are shopping for a water filter, it stands to reason that you want to remove potential contaminants that may be present in your drinking water. It's safe to say, the list of contaminants that can be removed should play an important role in influencing your decision.

Brita home water filters continue to be extremely popular, largely due to their affordability. But, when the overall costs together with their filtering capabilities are compared side by side, Berkey water filter systems stand out as being far superior in terms of their affordability and quality. Plus you are introducing more plastic into our environment!  Would you rater drink from plastic or quality stainless steel? 

The numbers don't lie.

 Brita filters simply lack the quality and filtering capability necessary. Berkey filters are the winner hands down in quality, longevity, long term affordability, and filtering capability.

Annual Filter Replacement Costs

In many cases, the cost of a water filter system is misleading, as higher running costs can inflate the overall costs quite significantly, and a cheap filter may end up being not so cheap after all.

Good quality water filters that are fitted with superior filter elements typically have a longer lifespan resulting in long-term savings that many consumers don't consider when making their purchase. The cost of replacement filters can quickly mount up over time, so this an important aspect to take into account when choosing a home water filter system.

While the initial cost of a Berkey water filter may be higher than its competition, the cost of replacement filters needs to be factored into the equation. Unlike Brita water pitchers which need to have their filters replaced regularly (every 4-8 weeks), Berkey filters keep doing their thing for years before they need to be replaced. So when it comes to operating costs, Berkey filters are MUCH more affordable.

Below is a breakdown of the costs associated with the Berkey water filter vs Brita (and potential savings if you opt for a Berkey):

Brita

Initial cost: $55.49 for 10 cup plastic pitcher and 4 filter cartridges

Replacement filters: approximately $5 each

Filter lifespan: approximately 6-8 weeks or 40 gallons (151 liters)

Filters PFAS, heavy metals and pathogenic bacteria and viruses? No

Big Berkey

Initial cost: $278 - Big Berkey filter system including 2 x black filter elements (there are both cheaper and more expensive options)

Filter lifespan:  6,076 gallons 

Cost of replacement filters: $120 for set of 2 Black Berkey filter elements 

Filters a wide range of contaminants including: PFAS, heavy metals, chlorine and pathogens? Yes

Maximum Holding Capacity

Berkey offers a wide range of water filters ranging from the small Travel Berkey filter that are capable of filtering up to 1.5 gallons (5.7 liters) of water at a time to the large Crown Berkey water filter that can filter 6 gallons at a time, meaning that with a Berkey filter on hand you will always have a ready supply of fresh drinking water, no matter where on earth you are. Berkey water filter systems come with a lifetime warranty — always a good indicator that a manufacturer believes wholeheartedly in their product.


Unlike Brita filters, the Berkey water filter systems fitted with Black Berkey filter elements have been tested and proven to remove pathogens (bacteria and viruses) to > 99.9999%, as well as a wide range of hazardous contaminants typically found in drinking water. While Brita filters can remove some common pharmaceutical pollutants, they are not capable of removing many common drinking water contaminants including viruses, and rather are only able to reduce some of these levels. So, effectively many contaminants that are removed by a Berkey, are not removed at all by the Brita, or are still present and just at lower concentrations. So, you must be aware that the Brita is not protecting you and your family to the same degrees as the Berkey.

When you purchase a Berkey you can rest assured you are investing in a top quality water filter that will continue to supply your family with the safest drinking water for years to come without breaking the bank.