Bye-bye water bottles, hello Royal Berkey! Three reasons why we love our Berkey Water Filter, PLUS I’m giving away a Royal Berkey to one lucky winner!
GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED- CONGRATS TO THE WINNER!
A few years ago I decided that I wanted to start filtering our tap water better. Don’t get me wrong–we live in a place that has good water flowing from the tap– but I’d rather be safe than sorry, you know?
I looked into whole-house filtration systems, but those suckers are PRICEY. Then my friend Lisa at Farmhouse on Boone started singing the praises of her Berkey Water Filter, and I knew that was the one I wanted.
My Berkey Water Filter turned out to be the best purchases that I’ve made in a very long time, and here are the reasons why:
No More Plastic Water Bottles
This past summer we had 8 kids and 7 moms at our lake house for a weekend and I didn’t buy a single bottle of water. Instead, I took our Berkey and we refilled cups and thermoses as needed. You know how kids will drink half a bottle of water and leave it lying around somewhere so nobody knows who it belongs to? Yeah, that is not an issue anymore.
Ever heard of the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean? Experts say by 2050 there could be more single-use plastics than fish in our oceans. If that’s not reason enough to stop using disposable plastic stuff, I’m not sure what is.
If you think you’re doing good by recycling them… maybe. Maybe not.
Did you know most recycling gets put on a barge and shipped to Southeast Asia? I didn’t until my city stopped their recycling program because costs had gone up to ship them overseas… I was like “What the heck?? My recycling has been going to ASIA?” I had no clue.
Here I was thinking I wasn’t contributing to the Great Garbage Patch because I’m an American. But how do I know that for sure? Do I really trust that poor countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam are recycling my bottles properly or are they just dumping them straight into the ocean? Who could say for sure?
I’d rather just use my Berkey.
No more Funky-Tasting Water
We used to go through a case of bottled water PER WEEK. I’m ashamed to admit that, but it’s true. Finally, I said enough is enough and bought each kid a stainless steel thermos to take to school. We use The Coldest water bottles and the kids love them.
But the problem with that? The chlorine from tap water seemed to intensify throughout the day. Nobody wants to take a drink of water and get hit in the face by the smell of pool chemicals.
The Berkey has eliminated that stinky water issue completely. It filters out all the bad stuff. Seriously, ALL of it. You can even buy additional fluoride and arsenic filters if that is something that concerns you.
In Case of Emergency… I’ve Always Got Water
Yesterday the general public finally realized it was time to start taking the Coronavirus seriously and everyone went to Costco to stock up on essentials in case they get quarantined at home. Then some Costcos started running out of water. #Imsorrywhut
With my Berkey, I could, hypothetically, pour a bucket of LAKE WATER (seriously) inside and it will come out as clean, clear drinkable water. That, to me, is absolutely mind-blowing and the #1 reason I bought a Berkey for our house.
I say hypothetically because there would literally have to be some Apocalype Now shizz going down before you’ll find me hauling buckets of water from the lake to drink, but it’s nice to know it’s a last resort option.
Not every water filter will do this, but Berkey filters remove viruses and bacteria along with all the other chemicals. You can google more info about that lake water thing, but it filters out waaaay more than any other filter on the market.
FEMA recommends every family have an emergency preparedness plan in case of natural disasters or other disaster scenarios. With Coronavirus likely to become a Pandemic soon, who knows what might happen. Let me say that I don’t expect the electricity or water supply to stop just because of Coronavirus. This has not been an issue in Wuhan, China and they’ve been on lockdown for 6 weeks now.
But who knows? Tornado season is here in Alabama. Earthquakes, hurricanes… things happen.
I hope and pray that it never comes to that here in America, but if the tap water stops flowing for any reason, I feel WAY better knowing my family will have plenty to drink with the Berkey and a nearby lake (or bathtub or swimming pool, if you’ve got one) holding water for me.
If I have to go all Caroline Ingalls up in here hauling water from the creek, I totally will.
The Cons of a Berkey
So, I cannot talk about all the positives without at least mentioning some of the things that I dislike about the Berkey.
- Size- this thing is BIG. The Royal Berkey is 24″ high, which means it will not fit underneath an upper cabinet on your countertop. I have a weird niche beside my refrigerator where mine sits to be out of the way, but you definitely need to consider where you will put it.
- Weight- A full Royal Berkey weighs 35 lbs. That’s more than most toddlers. It holds over 3 gallons of water, so it’s definitely not light. If you cannot lift that much weight, you’ll need to keep it filled with pitchers of water instead of at the sink.
- Price- The Royal Berkey is on sale right now for $300. That’s definitely not in everyone’s budget. But it is worth the investment, in my opinion, just for the peace of mind it brings me.
ENTER TO WIN A ROYAL BERKEY!
I’m SO happy to be partnering up with Berkey Filters today to give away a 3.25 gallon Royal Berkey Water Filter to one lucky blog reader this week!! To be entered to win, fill out the Rafflecopter entry form here:a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Fine Print:
Contest begins March 1, 2020 and ends at midnight on March 8, 2020 (EST).
1 winner will be chosen from the continental USA or Canada.
Read the full terms and conditions on the Rafflecopter giveaway.
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Disclosure: Berkey is not paying me to write this post, but they are giving me and one lucky reader a free Royal Berkey! Woot!
Amanda R says
I would love to win a Berkey water filter for my family.
I can’t believe that I haven’t heard of this monster filter! Looks pretty wonderful to me. Love your blog, and thank you for a chance at a great giveaway!
Flecia Moore says
Oh I so need this water filter.
Thanks for the educational information!
Kelly Francani says
I love this idea! Thanks!
Brandi Lowery says
I have been looking at the Berkey for quite some time. I am definitely sold now!
Thank you, Beth, for sharing such a great resource with us!
Hope I’m lucky!!!
I would love to have one of these for my family.
I’ve wanted one of these for forever! One of these days I’ll squeeze one into the budget. <3
Stephanie Ringenberg says
This has been a dream of mine for my family. I would love to win a Berkey filtration system. I have found them in commercials, on tv, and in movies. I agree with your idea for being able to provide clean, safe water. Your generosity is inspiring.
Melissa R says
I’ve never heard of Berkey, but now that I have, I think it sounds amazing! It’s beautiful too…would be a lovely addition to any home.
Ready to win!
Penny Hughes says
I would love this water filter for my daughters family of 6. The have a well and the water taste bad!
Donna Reesor Boyd says
I have never heard of this kind of water filter before. interesting.
Sandy Stevens says
I’ve been wanting to get away from the plastic bottles and would love to win!
Mary L says
Love your blog too. This water filter sounds awesome, great idea to have one, just in case.
Oh wow! This is awesome. I would love to quit using bottled water. We go through so much and this would be perfect to cut down on the waist.
Would love to win this!
Margaret (Peggy) Higgins says
After watching Lisa talking about how much she loves her Berky, I knew I needed one!
Just recovering from extensive surgery and not able to run to the store for water all the time, this would certainly help me.
Having good clean water is definitely needed now more than ever.
Crystal Rose says
Our tap water stinks so this has been on my wishlist for awhile now. I’ve been hearing good things.
This is a GREAT giveaway!! 🤞
Yes I have been looking at these! I’d love to win one!
Theresa Miller says
This is awesome. I had bariatric surgery so I have to drink alot of water everyday so this would be just perfect for me and my family too. Thanks.
Leslie Boyd says
What a great prize, Beth!
I get so tired of refilling the Brita thing in the fridge!
Margie Couch says
Thank you for the generous opportunity to reduce our single use water bottle consumption. We do our best but this Royal Berkey Water Filter would make it so convenient and it’s beautiful on the countertop as well.
We live in a rural area on well water that usually smells like sulpher, you know rotten egg smell. I would love to drink pure water! That would be such a wonderful blessing.
My family goes through way too may plastic water bottles so we definitely would love to have a Berkey! Thank you for this giveaway, Beth!
I have seen Lisa’s from Farmhouse on Boone and wondered about it…that is awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!
. Heather Swanson says
Fun new contest!
Beverly kolanek says
Wow That’s a wonderful idea for the environment and to be prepared for disasters. Thank you
Thank you for this chance to win this! I have a whole house filter but this would be great to have in the kitchen for clean drinking water too. Thanks.
Sara Kolby says
I’ve been considering one of these for about a year not, but haven’t been able to swing the cost. We currently live where we have city water, but plan to move in the next couple years and it will be well water for the foreseeable future. I’d love to not have to worry about what’s in our well for drinking/cooking.
Jeremy McLaughlin says
Thanks for the chance, such a great prize.
Christina Sandall says
Would love to have a Berkey. I have been looking at them for a little while.
Thomas P says
Be so nice to have large, easy filter system like this to make it easy for everyone to get purified water.
Rob Brown says
I’d love one of these filters, and the costs savings and health benefits would be great.
Anthony S says
We’ve been having periodic issues with our tap water. This would be an ideal solution.
Allison Maroun says
What an awesome giveaway! I had never heard of a berkey water filter until we stayed at your cabin this summer – so neat! I would love to have one.
Kim Harkey says
Thanks for the giveaway!! We all need a reason to drink more water!
Megan Cuy Castellanos says
I’m pretty much the last person in my family to get a Berkey, this would be so awesome to win!
Lindsay A. says
A Berkey would be so perfect for us! I’ve been eyeing them ever since I learned about the company. We have a shallow well & the water safety is potentially variable as a result, so we currently have to get our drinking water offsite. A Berkey would make life so much easier! 😀
This would be very useful at our lake house.
Amber Albertson says
I would love to win this! Especially living in Michigan with all of the controversy over our contaminated water. I would feel so much better about not obly me drinking it, but my babies
Heard of this before, sounds well made!
Kristi Friesen says
I’ve heard such good things about the Berkey’s and I would love their products! Their shower filter sounds amazing too!
This giveaway is amazing! I’ve been wanting a Berkey for years, they’re a thousand times better than my Brita filters!! The hubby and I beat the rush and stocked up our basement with food and toiletries the other week, we’re set to just not leave the house until this virus blows over! We’re in Washington, so right in the thick of it right now!
Yolanda McLean says
I listened to a podcast last week that has really opened my eyes to the need for preparedness – this filter system would be amazing! Great informational post!
Tony Platz says
I would like this we live in the city and do not trust the water quality or the taste .
I’ve wanted a Berkey ever since my mom bought one. Then my sister bought one too. I’m the last in the family not to buy one! I know how great they are.
Catherine Robichaud says
I’ve never heard nor seen this brand of water filter before but I would love to give it a try!
Wow! A great water filter!!! I would love to have one!!!
Angela Duku says
Definitely want a water filter
Lori G says
This has been on my “wish list” for quite awhile…