Berkey Light Water Filter Unboxing and Review (Vlog)

Having access to clean drinking water is hard these days and I believe it’s going to get even harder in the days to come.

City water can’t be trusted and bottled water is not much better (not to mention the burden all the plastic bottles is having on our environment). That’s why I’m fortunate to have a Berkey Water Filter.

During my taste test in the video I was pretty harsh on the Berkey- I was really trying to test it out! Brian had to test it and all in all the water turned out great. We didn’t even dump the rest of the river water out- we let the Berkey do its thing and drank it.

This thing is awesome – economical, excellent for emergency use, self-sustaining and best of all, because it works off gravity, it does not need batteries or electricity!

This bad boy filters out some pretty nasty stuff (and you can bet some of this is in your city water):

  • Viruses  (Ms2,  Fr Coliphage)
  • Pathogenic bacteria cysts and parasites (E. Coli, Giardia, Raoultella Terrigena, etc)
  • Trihalomethanes (Chloroform, Dibromochloromethane, etc)
  • Radiologicals (Radon 222)
  • Inorganic minerals (Chlorine)
  • Volatile organic compounds (Atrazine, Benzene, Carbofuran, Ethylene Dibromide, Heptachlor, m-Xylene, etc)
  • Heavy metals (Lead, Mercury, Aluminum, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper)
  • Reduces or removes rust, silt, sediment, foul taste, and odors

How long do the filters last you ask? Let’s let answer that:

Example: If you had a family of 4 and each person drinks 1/2 gallon of water a day you would use 2 gallons a day. A two filter system lasts 6000 gallons. Divide 6000 by 2. This gives you 3000. That’s 3000 days before you would need to replace your filters. 3000 divided by 365 days a year would be 8.2 years filter life!

That’s a long time right?! You really can’t go wrong getting yourself one of these Berkey’s. After all, clean water is only a necessity for…life.

What do you think? Are you fine with drinking city water? Do you have a water filter that you just can’t live without? Do you know of a cheaper alternative to clean water?  Share in the comments below!



  1. Great video!
    We’ve got the same one. We we’re using 4 filter for it but they all broke. The plastic base becomes unattached to the filter due to a manufacturing problem that occurred late last year at Berkey. Now we’ve got to send them all back.

  2. Great video, we are on a well so the water here is pretty good, but being I have multiple rivers and springs around me to get water from plus an extra well casing that was put down I want to add a hand pump to that well and being it would be shallower would prefer to filter that water.

    The river water test was pretty impressive, you can definitely see the difference in the video. Thanks for the review and testing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Shawn! There’s a company called Bison Pumps you should check for your hand pump adventure. Definitely wise to have a few different methods for getting water!

  3. We have one just like that here at The Keep. Ours is almost 4 years old.  In the middle of last year, a crack developed in the lower container, at the spigot hole. It was only about 1/2″ in length, but that was enough to cause a bad leak. They sent us a replacement for half cost. 

    The water quality we get from it is excellent. All our cooking and drinking water goes through it. We’ve not experienced the separating filter problem. Apparently it was for a limited number of runs.

  4. I got a Berkey filter about 3 months ago and have been very happy with it. The water tastes great for every day drinking but more importantly,  the Berkey can provide your family with clean drinking water after TSHTF.

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