Berkey Introduction / Info. - Find Your System


Berkey® systems are available in seven different sizes, (video) from a 1 quart system to a 6 gallon system.

Each system comes standard with 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements and other accessories needed to get your Berkey System "up and running".  (The Go Berkey comes standard with 1 Element). The white shaded circles in the image below illustrates the number of filtration elements you can expand up to. The blue shaded circles in the image below indicate the standard two filters that already come with each system. If you choose not to maximize filter performance, you will block unused holes (white shaded holes in image) in the upper chamber with plugs that are included with each system.

  • Go Berkey will hold maximum of 1 filter.
  • The Berkey Light can hold a maximum of 4 filters.
  • Travel Berkey will hold maximum of 2 filters
  • Big Berkey & Royal Berkey can hold a maximum of 4 filters
  • Imperial Berkey can hold a maximum of 6 filters
  • Crown Berkey can hold maximum of 8 filters

How to Calculate Use

For typical daily use, multiply the (# of people in your group) X (.5 gallons). In an emergency, multiply (# of people in your group) X (1 gallon). This is the recommended minimum amount of water you may anticipate using each day. A set of Black Purification Elements (#BB9-2) will have a lifespan of 6000 gallons.

Look at the chart below to see configuration options for each system. Please note that you can order additional sets of Black Berkey® Purification Elements at any time. We recommend having backup sets on hand in the event of an emergency

System - Typically Serves
Size Capacity
Go Berkey® System - (1-2 People)
14" H x 4" D 1 quart / 1 Litre

Berkey Light® System - (3-6 people)

21" H x 9" D 2.75 gal / 10.5 Litre
Travel Berkey® System- (1-3 People)
18" H x 7.5" D 1.5 gal / 6 Litre
Big Berkey® System - (2-5 People)
19.25" H x 8.5" D 2.25 gal / 8.5 Litre
Royal Berkey® System - (3-6 People)
23" H x 9.5" D 3.25 gal / 12 Litre
Imperial Berkey® System - (4-8 People)
26" H x 10" D 4.5 gal / 17 Litre
Crown Berkey System - (8+ People)
30" H x 11" D 6 gal / 23 Litre