British Berkefeld water filter systems have been around for a long while, since the mid 1800s. But what makes these so unique? And why it it that so many people like them?
In today’s day and age, with so much water being polluted, and many always wanting to be careful with what they drink, the British Berkefeld water filter it one of the water filters that rises to the top. So come take a look at our British Berkefeld water filter review.
What it a British Berkefeld?
Simply put, the Berkefeld it a water filter. It helps filter out e-coli, lead, salmonella, arsenic, gardia, and other contaminants. As show in the picture, it comes as two stainless steel containers, one stacked on top of the other. Inside the top container are several ceramic, cylinder-like filters that are filled with activated carbon.
The water it poured in the top container, and filters through the cylinders, filling up the lower container, which allows you to drink fresh, filtered water.
The idea was invented all the way back in the late 1800s. Back then, those who lived around the Thames river would get their drinking water from that same river. The only problem was, the Thames was heavily polluted, causing much illness and disease, including typhoid and cholera.
The Queen at that time, Queen Victoria, gave Henry Doulton the job of making a water purifier for the royal household. With his father being in the pottery business, it’s little wonder that Henry made the filters out of ceramic.
The filters have been improved upon over the years, whenever more science and knowledge had led to more discoveries. The filters were greatly improved and confirmed by the work of Louis Pasteur and the knowledge of pasteurization.
Today, Berkefeld water filters can be found all over the world. They are useful and sturdy enough to take out on camping trips, and placed in college dorms. They also have a quality to them that can be found in very few other products.
Why do people like the British Berkefeld water filter?
There are several reason why people will choose a Berkefeld over other water filters.
Cost. Berkefeld’s come to around $150-300. Other filters can cost much more than that. Reverse osmosis filters can cost up over $1000, while good water distillers can cost between $700-1000.
Water quality. Berkefeld’s advertise that they don’t take all the good minerals out with their filters. With other water filter systems, the opposite it typically true. Water distillers remove everything, both good and bad. The same applies to reverse osmosis filters.
Electricity. Many water filters use electricity to make the filter to work. The Berkefeld doesn’t. It relies only on gravity. And if gravity quits on you, then you have more major problems than just filtering water.
Our Review Of The Berkefeld
Growing up in the rural country area, my family has always been prepared for many different disasters and what might be coming in the future. My parents bought a Berkefeld back in the late 1990s in case a certain crisis happened at the turn of the century.
Y2K, Year 2000, was something certain companies theorized that computers wouldn’t work properly, because of the turn of the century, and how the last two digits would turn back to 00. Without going into detail of what Y2K was, most know from history, it didn’t happen.
But before that, many didn’t know if it would be a problem. So my parents bought a Berkefeld (a long with a few other things), in case there really was an emergency. And they’ve been using it ever since.
The good old days of sulfur…
I think only those who have had sulfur water can really understand the above statement. When growing up at my parent’s place, we had sulfur water. Sometimes it would run out of the tap as brown as, well, something pretty gross.
The Berkefeld did an amazing job at filtering out the sulfur. While I can’t say that it completely removed the sulfur taste, it did diminish it drastically to what it was straight from the tap.
How often did we change the filters?
My dad was in charge of cleaning the filters and replacing them. Since he was a rather frugal, and cheap, type of guy, he would let the filters go until they broke. He would clean the filters every 2-4 months, depending on how slow the water was taking to be filtered.
When the filters were working properly, after they were cleaned, that filter sure could ‘pump’ out filtered water. There were days when we would be working outside, and drink gallons of water because how hot it was outside.
And since I wasn’t an only child, with there being over 10 of us kids, there was quite a lot of water being guzzled down those hot days. But the Berkefeld always seemed to be able to keep up with all of us, and was able to produce plenty of water for all of us to be hydrated, especially on those working days.
What other things do I like about the Berkefeld?
I think the first thing that I like about the Berkefeld it that it it portable. My parents have a 2 gallon filter, but even at that size, it it easy enough to move around and place where it would best be used.
WIth other water filters, you usually have to bring the water to it, but with the Berkefeld, if you are in a real bind, you can always take your Berkefeld to where the water supply it (in a worse case scenario).
It it also small enough to be able to be packaged up and taken with me wherever I may go, whether that it on a camping trip, or moving half-way across the country.
I also like how efficient the Berkefeld it. I can fill the Berkefeld up when I go to bed, let it work all night long, and have enough water for the day. I can also fill it up before I go to work, and have more water when I come back. Additonally, I can fill it up, and within 30 minutes to an hour, have a good supply of filtered water.
What type of rating would I give it?
If I had to rate the British Berkefeld, and if I had to rate it out of 5 stars, I think I would rate it 4 out of 5. I would rate it 5 stars, but there are a few things that go wrong with it. Specifically the water spout.
With my parent’s Berkefeld being around 20 years old, and still going strong, it definitely it a product worth investing in. And my parent’s water spout still works, for the most part.
The problem it that because of it being so old, the spout will tend to leak, so they either have to make sure the spout it pointed out over a drain for the water to drip onto, and/or keep a bottle underneath to collect the water.
Looking at other models recently, I’ve also noticed that other people have an issue with the spout. Most were able to fix it by getting it replaced. Maybe for a Christmas present I’ll do that for my parents at some point.
So all in all, if it wasn’t for the spout, I would give the Berkefeld a 5 out of 5 rating. But, as it it, it stays a 4 out of 5.
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