It stresses me out when I think about all of the plastic bottles that get thrown away, in my dreams see piles and piles of them floating around the beautiful oceans. Well, maybe thats a little too far, but people could easily be a little more aware of the plastic waste thats created by guzzling a product that flows freely from taps. Now, unless you live in my town that’s voted “Best Tasting Water” for the past few years, you’ll need to filter most tap water to remove the taste of chlorine or other undated byproducts. Even my fresh as fresh can be tap water needs to be filtered if my pretentious coffee brewing desires are to be fulfilled. In addition to my barista needs, my wife hates the taste of all tap water, so filtering it is a requirement.
British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter Introduction
I don’t know why the nationality of this filter is front and center in its name, I grew up in England and don’t remember us being particularly good at water filtration. In my opinion the ceramic filters it uses should have made it into the name, as those little things are the real reason to buy this product. I suppose the “Gravity” element is of importance here, but it doesn’t let you know about the cleaning ability of the filters. The British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter is pretty big, and shiny without any bells and whistles. It doesn’t have any digital displays, date markers or clear plastic elements to see the level of your water (perhaps this is the British part).
British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter Features
This is really the main reason to buy this filter. The ceramic filters are very easy to clean and rarely need replacing, they claim that they are Self-sterilizing and re-cleanable filters. The cost of other filter jugs goes up quite when you start factoring in the replacement of the plastic filters they use. That also starts to affect the environmental benefit of filtering your own water. For me, one of the main reasons for filtering my drinking water is to save on the plastic I throw away. Sure, I recycle all my bottles, but thats not as good as just avoiding plastic in the first place. I could add 2 extra filters, which I guess would make it filter quicker, but the speed of the whole unit isn’t critical for me, so 2 works just fine.
2 Gallon Reservoir
This could definitely be bigger, it could be 3 gallons, or maybe 5 gallons. You could possible just start drinking straight from your 50-gallon Portable Rain Barrel. Thankfully the clever folks at “British Berkefeld” know better than us Americans, bigger isn’t necessarily better. 2 gallons is quite a lot of water for a small family to drink in a day, it’s also quite a lot of water to lift up. That’s important to remember as I am always draining it into my OXO On 12-Cup Coffee Brewing System, or my fridge carafe. I would find anything more than 2 gallons a lot of work.
Using the British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter
It’s not a complicated unit to use, I don’t think it could be much simpler really. You fill up the top section and let gravity do the rest. It takes about an hour for the whole top section drain into the bottom part. It takes longer the dirtier the ceramic filters are. Thankfully the filters are easy to clean. They unscrew and can be sponged off and put back easily. The reddish, rest colored sludge that comes off mine makes it obvious when the white filters are clean again. I have no idea what that stuff is, but probably best not to think about it too much. At least its on the right side of the filter and not being consumed.
British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter Pros
- Easy to clean
- No additional cost for filters
- Convenient size for daily water use
- Shiny silver appearance better than plastic
British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter Cons
- Initial cost fairly high
- Takes up a lot of counter space
- Won’t cool water or fit in fridge
British Berkefeld Gravity Water Filter Conclusion
Once you’ve dropped a couple of hundred dollars on a water filter, you tend to stop shopping around. I had owned variations on the small fridge sized jug that requires constant replacement filters, and they always seem to be more effort to constantly fill and replace. If you are a coffee nerd or tea snob and you need to brew your drinks with filtered water then this thing is awesome. It takes a little getting used to, losing the counter space and looking at this tall shiny object that doesn’t fit under any counter. But once you’ve got used to it you’ll love it. It’s saved me loads of money on bottled water and filters. I would highly recommend a small family buy one of these and stop buying bottled water.