Berkey Water Purifiers

vs Aquasana and Brita Filters

Berkey vs Aquasana – Berkey vs Brita – Aquasana vs Brita

This table compares the Big Berkey water purification system to Aquasana and Brita.  You will see in this water filter comparison that Berkey water purifiers are the ultimate winner.  They are the most powerful at removing contaminants and the best value for your money.

(Updated Jan.12th.2017, prices subject to change)


ModelBig Berkey with 2 Black Berkey ElementsAquasana Claryum Countertop
Brita Water Pitcher
Retail Price (CAD)$347.00$114.27$19.99
Replacement Filter Cost / Filter Life in Liters$135.00 /
22,700 liters
$59.99 /
1,703 Liters
$7.99 /
151 Liters
Capable of Purifying Untreated Rain, Lake, River, or Stagnant Pond WaterYesNoNo
Cost / Liter$0.006 / liter$0.035 / liter$0.053 / liter
Replacement Filter Cost / Year
(based on filtering 10 liters per day, 3650 liters a year)
$21.90 / year
$127.75 / year
$193 / year
1st Year Cost
(includes price of initial product)
2nd Year Cost$0.00127.75$193.00
3rd Year Cost$0.00127.75$193.00
4th Year Cost $0.00127.75$193.00
5th Year Cost$0.00127.75$193.00
5 Year Total Investment$347.00$685.26$977.00
Operates Without Water PressureYesNoYes
Pathogenic Bacteria, Cysts and Parasites:
E. Coli - Klebsiella - Pseudomonas Aeruginosa - Giardia -
Cryptosporidium - Raoultella Terrigena
Exceeds purification standards:
Pathogenic Bacteria: No
Cysts and Giardia: >99.99%
Parasites: No
Viruses: (MS2 - Fr Coliphage)
Pesticidesremoved to below detectable limits"reduced"No
Herbicidesremoved to below detectable limits"reduced"No
Chlorineremoved to below detectable limits>97.4%"reduced"
Iron >99.9NoNo
Mercury >99.9>95.8%"reduced"
Volatile Organic Compounds:
Ex. Atrazine, Benzine, Carbon, Chloroform,
Ethylene Dibromide, Lindane,
Tetrachloroethylene, Tetrachloride
removed to below detectable limits>99%No
Radon 222
removed to below detectable limitsNoNo
Fluoride, Arsenic and Other Residual Heavy Metal Ionsup to 99.75% reduction with additional Berkey PF-2 filterNoNo

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Certification and Accreditation

The Black Berkey® purification element formulation has been tested by State & EPA accredited laboratories to exceed EPA & ANSI/NSF (Std. 53) protocol.  See the lab test results here.

Accreditation and/or certification by the Department of Toxicology and Environmental Science Louisiana University, National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International, University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, and Analytical Services, Inc. (ASI) Microbiological Testing, Research and Consulting.



The manufacturer, New Millennium Concepts, Ltd., warrants this product to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 6 months from date of purchase.  Black Berkey purification elements have a two-year prorated warranty calculated in six months intervals.  New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. will replace or repair any product that it deems is not properly functioning during the stated warranty period.