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Big Berkey VS Brita: Which one is better in 2022?

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Big Berkey Water Filters VS Brita Water Filters

Do you drink a lot of water? If so, you know that it's important to have a good quality water filter. There are a ton of different water filters on the market, but which one is the best? Today, we'll compare Big Berkey water filters and Brita filters. We will discuss the pros and cons of each filter, and help you decide which one is right for you! I have personally owned both a Brita Filter and currently use a Big Berkey myself, so I have some personal insight to offer.

Big Berkey is the top selling model from Berkey Water Filters, with a 2.25 Gallon Capacity, so we will be using this size as our comparison. However Berkey offers many sizes to choose from:

Travel Berkey, 1.5 Gallons

Big Berkey, 2.25 Gallons

Berkey Light, 2.75 Gallons

Royal Berkey, 3.25 Gallons

Imperial Berkey, 4.5 Gallons

Crown Berkey, 6 Gallons

So depending on the size of your family, office etc. There will be a Berkey that's the right size for you.

Big Berkey Size Comparisons


Big Berkey

Brita Filters have a few size options to choose from as well, the most popular size would be their Brita Grand, which holds 10 cups, or their UltraMax which holds 1.13 Gallons and can be stored on the countertop or placed in the fridge.

How do the filters compare?

What exactly does the water filter you're looking at remove? This is probably the most important question to ask when deciding on your water filter system. The Big Berkey removes 200+ contaminants from your water. They are also proud to say that they remove 100% of pathogens from regular drinking water as well! All this while maintaining the healthy minerals in your water that you actually want.

Brita water filters can remove some pharmaceutical pollutants such as acetaminophen, naproxen, and progesterone. They don't entirely remove other typical contaminants that may be found in drinking water. Their pitchers' filters are capable of reducing heavy metals like copper, mercury, and chlorine in your drinking water, but don't fully remove them.

Big Berkey
Big Berkey

Filter replacement costs per year

Even though a Big Berkey system costs more up front, you will save money in the long run because of its long lasting filters. A pair of Black Berkey Purification Elements can last up to 6000 gallons. With 3 gal/day usage, you will save over 3 cents each gallon throughout the life of the filters.

The Brita Pitcher and dispenser filter must be replaced every 40 gallons, which results in significant expenses. To filter 6000 gallons, you'd need 150 Brita Pitcher filters, at a cost of $987.

As you can see, Berkey filters are the definite winner in affordability and maintenance costs.

My personal experience

My family of 4 use our Big Berkey every single day. I love how it looks on our counter, how the water tastes and how low maintenance it is. I feel good giving it to my kids! I generally keep a glass pitcher in my fridge so I just fill it up with the Berkey water so I always have cold water to drink. My son and I prefer cold water, whereas my Husband and Daughter like room temperature. Overall, we love our Big Berkey!

I used to use a Brita Filter system, and I liked how compact it was and that it fit in the fridge nicely, however I couldn't justify the filter costs. I did like the taste of the water and liked that it was filtering out some of the unwanted stuff in our city water.

Big Berkey

Big Berkey





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