- Updated April 15, 2019
- Posted by: June Spencer
- Category: Water
A countertop water filter that promises to rid the water you end up consuming and using of almost all impurities and contaminants that alter its quality, the Big Berkey BK4X2 is a reasonably priced addition we recommend for any household where water quality is an issue of concern. Manufactured by one of the most reliable companies on the market today, durability and reliability are a given with this purchase.
It has a very attractive design with a stainless steel finish and a cylindrical shape. It measures 8.5 inches in diameter and 21 inches in height including the lid and the knob, and it also boasts a 2.1-gallon capacity. The high grade 304 stainless steel housing is not only very elegant but makes it durable as well. Furthermore, thanks to its unobtrusive size, it will definitely fit on even the most crowded countertop.
It is designed to purify up to 3.5 gallons of water per hour, and it is perfect for use in homes where up to 4 people reside. It will easily and quickly remove 99,99% of harmful contaminants from your tap water like cysts, pathogenic bacteria, organic solvents, herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, and trihalomethanes. Additionally, nitrates, nitrites, lead, and mercury will effectively be eliminated by it in a percentage of up to 95%.
It is extremely powerful and it can eliminate not only the harmful contaminants mentioned earlier but food coloring as well, and it can actually do this without removing the beneficial minerals that your body needs. All the Berkey filters have a 3,000-gallon life, and 6,000 gallons when used in pairs. It allows red dye testing to know exactly when you must replace the filters, which means that you will not need to buy expensive water tests. Furthermore, in case of emergencies, it allows the use of non-public water. Once you pour the water into the top chamber, the gravity will push the water through the filters in order to purify it, and then the purified water will be stored in the bottom chamber.
|Dimensions||8.5” x 21”|
|Housing||304 stainless steel|
|Purified water output||3.5 gallons per hour|
|Filter lifespan||Replacement after it purifies 3000 gallons of water|
|Contaminants it helps remove||Nitrites, nitrates, mercury, lead, chlorine, cysts, VOCs, herbicides, pesticides, and so on|
It features 2 purification elements and 2 innovative filters that work together in order to provide you with the best results. For an extra cost, you can choose the model that comes with 4 black Berkey elements that are made of a proprietary combination of approximately 6 types of media, which are all different and which exceed EPA log 7 ANSI / NSF protocols for water filtration. There is a very fine matrix that actually creates millions of micro-fine pores that don’t allow cysts, parasites, bacteria, sediment, and sedimentary minerals to pass through them so that you can consume safe and healthy water at all times. Woefully, it doesn’t feature a UV light or a pre-filter like other systems do, but even so, it is a highly recommended product for all those who want to improve the quality of their tap water.
Ease of Use
Installing it is not very complicated and won’t take longer than 30 minutes either as the user manual provides step-by-step instructions for the procedure to go smoothly. It comes with a 2-year prorated warranty calculated in 6-month intervals. If you find any defect in materials or workmanship, the manufacturer will repair or replace it as quickly as possible without charging you a cent. In terms of maintenance, it is very easy to clean and maintain. Due to the fact that it works using gravity, it doesn’t require electricity in order to operate, so there are no operational costs involved, the only thing you need to do being to pour the unfiltered water in the top chamber.