PROPUR Vs BERKEY WATER FILTERS – WHICH IS BEST?

If you are looking to buy the best gravity water filter, there’s a good chance you’ve narrowed down your search to Berkey and Propur. They look and cost pretty much the same, but if you look close enough, there are some fundamental differences that you might not want to miss.

First off, deciding to filter your water at home has a lot of benefits for your family both from a health and financial point of view. When you filter water, it will cleanse the water, eliminate pollutants, enhance its taste, and basically make it safe for human consumption.

WHAT ARE GRAVITY FILTERS?

Berkey and Propur filters are sometimes called gravity filters because it works with the help of gravity.

They come in two chambers, one stacked on top of the other. You filter the water by pouring it on the top chamber where the filters are attached. The water is pulled down by gravity to the bottom chamber through the filters.

There microscopic holes in the filters, allowing the water to pass through. These holes block out the contaminants and sediment, giving clean drinking water.

You can access the purified water through the spigot attached in the lower chamber.

PROPUR Vs BERKEY

A little backstory…

BERKEY: The Berkey filters have been providing water filters to customers since the late 1990s. It started as a small family business in Colorado and then went on to expand into a wide collection of models and unique water filters. It is manufactured by a company called New Millennium Concepts, Ltd. in Arlington, Texas. They manufacture their black Berkey filters in the US and imports the stainless steel housing parts. The parts are assembled in the US.

PROPUR: Propur started as a small Michigan company in 2011. Today the Company distributes its filters worldwide. They manufacture their filter elements in England and assemble their “imported and domestic components” in the US.

PROPUR Vs BERKEY 2 GALLON WATER FILTERS

For an in-depth Berkey vs. Propur Water Filters review, I’m going to be doing a side by side comparison of the Big Berkey 3.25 Gallon System Bundle Water Filter and Propur Big 2 ProOne G2.0. I have put together a lot of information showing you how they work, how they compare and how effectively they filter out contaminants from your drinking water.

There’s a comparison table for you to look at and a pretty long list of the contaminants each filter can remove. You won’t find every single one of the contaminants in this list because there are just too many to fit into a readable review!

I must also point out that I’m a consumer, just like you. With needs, just like you.

Whatever is written in this review is my take on what I have experienced and observed, not some scientific conclusion drawn from some elaborate lab test.

BIG BERKEY 3.25 GALLON SYSTEM BUNDLE WATER FILTER

Berkey is by far one of the most dearly loved household names among gravity filters. This is the brand that my family has been using ever since we had our first kid. Now we are down to our third kid, and it’s still our #1 choice.

Their major selling point is the ability to remove fluoride. It is notoriously difficult to remove fluoride in significant quantities, and their PF-2 filters do an amazing job.

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS:

PROS:

CONS:

PROPUR BIG 2 PROONE G2.0

The Propur Big 2 ProOne G2.0 comes from a relatively younger brand. Despite this, their product quality has quickly stacked up with some of the biggest players in the market, making them a popular gravity filter choice.

With this one, you get two filter elements. The outer layer has a silver infused ceramic, and the inside is a granular activated carbon base. This out-of-the-box construct gives the filters a solid performance without any need for an additional filter to remove fluoride unlike the Berkey filters.

Propur is exceptionally popular for removing lead – a major topic in the news lately. If you take a look at the contamination reduction table, you will see that it is pretty good at removing contaminants. Sadly, it does not perform so well at removing radioactive substances.

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS:

PROS:

CONS:

BERKEY Vs. PROPUR WATER FILTERS COMPARISON TABLE

COMPANYNMCLPROPUR
MODELBig BerkeyPro Big
FILTER ELEMENT COUNTRY OF MANUFACTUREUSAEngland
ELEMENT COMPOSITIONProprietary formulation of Carbon and 5 other types of mediaSilver infused ceramic and granular activated carbon
BASE DAILY OUTPUT (GPD)849
MAX DAILY OUTPUT(GPD)16818.5
SPIGOT MATERIALPlasticStainless Steel
HEIGHT23.00”21.5”
DIAMETER9.5”9.25”
FILTER LIFE3-5 years1 year
APPROX. PEOPLE SERVED424
STORAGE TANK CAPACITY3.25 gallons2.75 gallons
MAX GALLONS PER FILTER30001500
FILTERS PRIMINGYesNo
FOOD COLOR TESTPassPass
TURBIDITY FLOW RATE TESTPassPass
TEST RESULTS AVAILABLEYesNo
TESTED TO NSF STANDARDSYesYes
NSF CERTIFIED CLAIMEDNoYes
GUARANTEE6 Mo./2 Yr2 Year
SYSTEM PRODUCTIONPlasma weldedDeep drawn
FLUORIDE REMOVAL99.9% with fluoride filter96.3%
ELECTRICITY REQUIREDNoNo
PLUMBING REQUIREDNoNo
DRY WEIGHT6 lbs5 lbs

 

 

 

CONTAMINANT % REDUCTION OF BERKEY AND PROPUR

CONTAMINANTBERKEYPROPUR
NITRATE95%100%
ALUMINUM99.10%98%
ANTIMONY99.90%100%
ARSENIC99.90%99.70%
LEAD99.90%100%
BARIUM95%99%
CHROMIUM VI99.80%98.70%
MERCURY99.90%98.40%
CHLORAMINES99.90%99.90%
FREE CHLORINE99.90%99.90%
CHLORIDE99.60%99.90%
FLUORIDE99.90%N/A
SODIUM FLUORIDEN/A97.50%
HEXAFLUOROSILICATEN/A94%
FLUOROSILICIC ACIDN/A96.30%
TURBIDITY97.80%N/A
BENZEZE99.80%99.90%
TOLUENE99.80%99.80%
STYRENE99.80%99.90%
MTBE99.60%96.30%
GLYPHOSATE75%100%
ATRAZINE99.90%99%
DDT99.90%99.80%
CAFFEINE99.90%95.50%
PETROLEUM CONTAMINANTS99.90%N/A
MS-2 BACTERIOPHAGE (VIRUS)99.90%N/A
TERRIGENA (BACTERIA) RAOULTELLA (KLEBSIELLA)99.90%99.99%
GIARDIA LAMBLIA (CYST)N/A99.90%
GROSS BETA (RADIOACTIVITY)95.30%84.10%
GROSS ALPHA (RADIOACTIVITY)98.70%81.60%

Source: theberkey.com, propurusa.com

BIG BERKEY VS PROPUR CONCLUSION 

Both these gravity water filters will give you great tasting water. That’s a given.

You just really can’t go wrong with either of these two in terms of structural integrity and providing pure drinking water.

Berkey is an older brand and has a stronger reputation. It also filters a lot faster than Propur, and the stainless steel finish is to-die-for. But it requires a lot of upkeep with more filter swaps than Propur.

Propur, on the other hand, will give you the convenience of filter replacements once a year without keeping track of the gallons. Their 304 lifetime warranty is also pretty impressive.

Having said that, Berkey has an edge over Propur. It is a classified water purifier because of the significant number of contaminants that it can filter out. If you want to keep out the harmful radioactive substances and other contaminants more effectively, the Berkey gravity filter is your pick.



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