Black Berkey Purification Elements Replacement Filters (Set of 2)

(18 customer reviews)


Black Berkey Purification Elements may be called a Berkey water purifier because they remove not only bacteria and parasites but also viruses >99.999%.

The unique Black Berkey elements combine the age-old process of micro-porous filtration coupled with modern state-of-the-art technology and the highest quality materials to bring you the finest water purification system available anywhere.


The micro-pores within the cleanable Black Berkey purification elements are so small that pathogenic bacteria are simply not able to pass through them.


Facts on the Black Berkey Purification Elements:

  • A leader in gravity-fed water purification
  • Its formulation has been tested by State, and EPA accredited laboratories to exceed NSF/ANSI Standard 53
  • Re-cleanable and self-sterilizing during the life of the element
  • Elements come with a 2-year, prorated warranty

This system comes standard with the following:

  • Two 9″ Black Berkey Purification Elements
  • 2 washers
  • 2 wing nuts
  • 1 priming button

No need for expensive disposable filters. Black Berkey purification elements are re-cleanable. This advanced technology was developed, refined, and proven through years of diligent, investigative research and testing performed by water purification specialists, researchers, and engineers.

The flow rate or time of exposure through the exclusive Black Berkey elements has been calculated to yield the greatest volume removal of toxic chemicals and pathogenic bacteria found in nature and caused by pollution from industry and agriculture. It is excellent for everyday urban, rural and survival water purification.

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Black Berkey Purification Elements

Doctors recommend people to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. But this logical elucidation has no evidence or proof that this is true. Still, drinking water when we feel thirsty somehow rehydrates our body, especially during the summer season.

As time passes by, bottled water is preferred over natural water sources by most people worldwide. But not all bottled waters are safe to drink; there are some that are contaminated by dangerous disease-causing bacteria and unwanted chemicals.

When these contaminated water existed, products about purifying water also emerged like as our Berkey Water Filter and the heart of Berkey is the Black Berkey Water Filter Element.

What is Black Berkey Water Filter Element?

Black Berkey Water Element is a water purifier that removes 100% of pathogens and any unwanted toxins in the water. Each Berkey can carry or filter water up to approximately 3,000 gallons, and a set of 2 filters can purify water up to an incredible of approximately 6,000 gallons.

Because of the Black Berkey filters’ versatility, it fits off-brand gravity filtration systems and gravity water filters that can be raised to a purifier with less effort. This excellent value replacement filter massively develops other housing trademarks ability to eradicate unwanted water chemicals.

The innovative Berkey purifier elements are so powerful or dominant that they can eradicate food coloring from any source of water without eliminating any of the helpful minerals your physique needs.

18 reviews for Black Berkey Purification Elements Replacement Filters (Set of 2)


    We bought our Berkey in 2006 and never used it. We kept it for emergencies. When we moved to the PNW a year ago, we were on a well with high sulfur content – makes for NASTY HEADACHES (made it feel like our brains were swelling) especially when you are allergic to sulfur. We pulled out the Berkey and within 2 weeks were headache free after 2 months of suffering. The two filters that came with the Berkey had worked perfect, and we have added in 6 more (we have a family of 10, so lots of water needed). What I’ve found is we do get slime on the filters and you know it is building because the water filtration decreases. About every 6 weeks I take them out and clean them carefully, reassemble and the filtration works really well. We’re into year 2 with the same 8 filters, including the two from 2006, and no problems. I also figured out an easier way to prime the filters – use a small straw (looks like a cocktail straw) and place them into the filter and HOLD IT. Then use a 35 cc syringe without a needle, you can get these online or through a vet, feed store, etc. The straw goes into the chamber and as you push the syringe of water through the straw, the water level inside rises and releases air around the straw. Fastest, least messiest way to fill the chambers ever – works incredibly well and uses much less water to prime the filters with. The filters themselves work great – if it weren’t for the Berkey I would be in serious trouble with the crippling headaches I had from the water here. Berkey’s aren’t supposed to remove sulfur that much apparently, but they do, so I am really really happy with them. Not one single problem yet with the filters. I do have backup filters just in case, never know when we might need them, but hopefully we can keep using the ones we have for a while.

  2. Maria Vega

    Great product!! We’ve been using the Berkey system for a few years now and live the quality of water and taste that it provides. May seem a bit pricey but it is well worth the money. I recommend this item if you are hesitant about using tap water and the filters last a long time.

  3. Jeff Lancaster

    Great filters, my second pair in 2 years. I kept them clean and they did the job to the very end, I think they could of gone a little longer over 2 years but the bottom half was too clogged thus causing it to filter half as slow and all the cleaning in the world would not of helped it any. Still, 2 years that’s great! Ever wondered what’s inside? I did so I cut the old one open. It has a hallow interior the entire length of the filter measuring 1 inch in circumference with walls of 1/2 inch thickness.

  4. Gerald Brown

    Wish they made this things a little more robust. They always have a couple of chips out of them whenever I get a new set.

  5. Andrea Fuchs

    I love these black berkey filters and they last me each a couple of years. It makes our water clean and delicious to drink.

  6. Robert Hecht

    These are the worst filters, they are not filtering the water at all, already. Within just a couple days they would only filter half way.

  7. Amalia Vasiliou

    I am incredibly dissatisfied with the filters I recently purchased. I even paid for one day shipping. The filters repeatedly failed the red dye test. I tightened the (cheaply made) wing nuts, and still the filters failed the red dye test. So, I watched as it filtered, and the red water was coming directly out of the filter element, not from around the wingnut. I am going to order another set from a different seller and will update my review when it arrives.
    The wing nuts have always been poorly made and I do wish Berkey made better wing nuts for their filters.

  8. christina longo

    They seemed to work at first. now its 3 months later and they are not dripping, the water is streaming thru them so fast that I dont think they are filtering correctly. This can mean a life or death situation for me, and so I think its important that these work!
    I will not buy berkey filters on amazon again because there is only a 30 day return policy. I will be contacting berkey about replacing these filters. Now I have a sawyer filter from to filter my water thru just in case. Here in Hawai’i we have rat lung worm disease that can do worse then kill you, can make you paralyzed. So I must be sure that my filters are working. Its too bad that berkey is the best and yet alot of people seem to have problems with their filters.

  9. Raymond Jacinto

    Great filters. I got some ceramic ones that kept leaving little bits of carbon in my water, so I went back to these black filters and love them. I flush them once every couple of months or so and the water tastes great and flows very quickly

  10. Morris Cohen

    I hate how much these cost — why is it so hard for us all to have clean water to drink?!? Still, they are exactly as advertised. In fact, I would say they work even better than I thought they would. When these (eventually) wear out, I will certainly buy more. The Berkey filters are the best and, even though expensive, tend to last for a very long time with a cleaning every week or two.

  11. paul roberts

    My Mom and I love our Berkey water filters. When It was time to replace the fluoride filters I ordered one for mine system and one for my Mom. My filters primed with no problem and the water taste great. I have tried to primemy moms filters 3 times but they don’t bead at all and we’ve changed the water but it still taste like funny. Not sure if the black filters are the problem or we need to replace the white ceramic filters but there only a year old.


    We buy this alongside the fluoride filter. And the water tastes so much better than tap. Every now and then when the water filter is empty I have to use tap and the difference is huge.

    The time is takes to filter water is fast. We tried other filters and waited up to an hour for some! We have used Berkey products for a few years now and don’t plan on changing to something else.

  13. Lori Neal

    Berkey makes a great product. I’ve been using my Berkey water filtration system for 3 years and the water taste so good. Don’t know how I messed up my original filters but they stopped working and after much experimentation finally gave up and bought some new ones. The thing is that I fill the water container up almost daily so I can’t say that I didn’t get my money’s worth on the originals

  14. Karen Wolski

    If you have a loose wingnut you can fix it with plumbers (aka teflon) tape. I have four filters installed. After four years one got so loose that I couldn’t tighten it enough to stop it from occasionally leaking (directly passing unfiltered water). If your filters wobble a lot you can fix them with teflon tape by wrapping the tape around the threading and then tightening the wing nut . Teflon tape is rated safe for drinking water, is cheap, and fairly easy to use.

  15. Len-Ann Rutherford

    These filters are why I love my Berkey filtration system so much! I originally bought a Berkey because we lived where our well water was too high in fluoride and heavy metals (we used the white Berkey fluoride filters in conjunction with these black filters). Now we live off grid in the mountains and collect drinking water from a nearby stream. We always filter it through our Berkey first, to remove any unhealthy organisms or naturally-occurring heavy metal content, and it’s the best water I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t live anywhere without my Berkey now!

  16. Dina Tanga

    Berkey water purification systems are nothing short of outstanding. But, the hard packed charcoal filters must be either recharged (Berkey sells a kit for this), or replaced, periodically. I recommend the kit as it allows you to recharge the filters at a fraction of the cost of these replacement filters. But, if you are lazy, or your filters have been compromised, these genuine replacement filters are what you want. They are the same filters that come with the new Berkey system, and are simple to install.

  17. Alaina Spencer

    10/5/2017 I had built my own Berkey filter using two 4 gallon food grade Buckets. We started with the Ceramic filters water tasted Great for about 7 Months. Then it stated tasting Nasty. I already had these in my closet since I purchased them a few Month back. The Imperial Berkey filter is around 310 dollars. Two food grade buckets and the filter total was around 120 dollars. so it not as expensive to go this route. My family loves the water and I get the satisfaction of knowing the water is safe for them to drink. It a win win for us since everyone now drinks water in the house.

  18. Jennifer Pippin

    Bought my Big Berkey about a dozen years ago. The water tastes so much better than bottled or tap water. I take my Berkey filtered water with me, every where I go. I even take it into restaurants as I don’t know the quality of their water. The little city where I live does not put fluoride in the water, so I no longer purchase the PF-2 filters, but I don’t trust the water from other cities. I avoid fluoride at all costs, the best I can! 😉

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Questions and answers of the customers

  1. A That’s correct. If the aren’t defective. The ones I received didn’t filter a thing. Consider looking outside amazon like at for these filters. More likely to be authentic filters.
  2. A Yes, just contact the Berkey web site. They have all sorts of parts.
  3. A Haven't experimented with ice water, but can't expect any degradation of filter efficiency as long as the ater isn't near freezing. Might take a few milliseconds longer with the molecules in tighter formation. Debris filtered from the water and building up on the filters is the biggest cause of inefficiency.
  4. A
  5. A While the Black Berkey Elements tests do show reduction of fluoride and arsenic, the PF2 Filters are designed to reduce it and are recommended.
  6. A Hi Eric, The Berkey filters are 9 inches high and 2 1/4 inches in diameter. They are placed in an upper water tank and penetrate into a lower tank by a 3/8 inch metal tube with rubber washers and a lower plastic nut to hold the arrangement in place. My Berkey light uses two filters and each tank is about 3 gallons. They work fine, although I have not yet been forced to use really dirty water. All the best,
  7. A You may want to check the seal. There is a rubber seal that you would have put on the bottom of the filter (inside the reservoir with the filter). 10-15 minutes is pretty fast. I use 2 filters and it takes about an hour or more to fill my travel size (about 1.5 gal).
  8. A You just remove them and spray them off if needed.I have been using mine for six months daily filtering rain water and mine don't need cleaning.I would think that if you are not using very dirty water to filter that you may never have to clean them unless they get stopped up.Hope this helps.
  9. A Yes, they are. We are an authorized dealer and the Black Berkey purifiers that we sell are authentic Berkey products manufactured by New Millennium Concepts
  10. A I do not know but for me the water from the filters have been tested by my kinesiologist as good for me.
  11. A If I have been using the Berkey, and then, because I am traveling, have emptied the container and the filters are dry, can they be used again?
  12. A We have a good guess on how much water we filter in a week with our Berkey; with that information we figured how long it would take to put 6,000 gallons through the filters. (2- 3,000 gal filers X 2 = 6,000 gal. That is the only way we know of on how to compute the usage.
  13. A I purchased a new Royal Berkey with four black elements in 2011. I made the mistake of assuming the filters were good. I purchased the filters for emergency events. Two years later I discovered the quality control issue and tested the filters. All four were bad. The return process was incredibly convoluted and I would have received about $50 for $200 worth of filters. My time was worth far more than that. It's not the money. It's the fact you cannot trust the quality of these filters when it really matters. You are now forced to test every filter frequently to ensure you won't sicken or kill your family members. Oh yes. That's what the instructions say anyway. I will never trust Berkey again.
  14. A I have the black filters and you don't need to replace them until they drip to slow to be useful, this won't happen until after many cleanings. It also depends on usage. And if you replaced them every 3 years at $100.00 per pair, it is still cheaper and more effective then other filters on the market. I replaced mine last year after almost 5 years of use. there was just me and my wife here most of that time and we have well water.
  15. A It doesn't. Try Doulton Ceramic filters instead.
  16. A Yes. Replacement plastic wingnuts and rubber washers are provided.
  17. A i think the go berkey only takes 1 filter so you would have an extra filter with this set
  18. A Still an issue. Filters did not get replaced. Berkey is still garbage. We installed a hole house filter system.
  19. A Silver is used as an antimicrobial to self-sterilize the Black Berkey elements.
  20. A An absolute pathogenic bacteria removal rate is a far better gauge because it is more accurate and less subjective (there are various micron/particle size rating standards). The Black Berkey Purification Elements remove greater than 99.9999999% of pathogenic bacteria such as E.Coli. There are also tests that show how much of each substance the Black Berkey removes, if you're interested in know if it will remove something in particular.
  21. A Yes I believe you can use bleach. It should filter out when going through the charcoal. You only need a couple drops of bleach though.
  22. A I don't see any reason to ever have to replace the wing nuts. When you purchase a new filter the replacement comes with new wing nuts.
  23. A Our Berkey originally came with black filters, so to replace them, I chose the same. I believe the black removes taste and odor from the water.
  24. A Never heard of any customers having that problem related to dips in temp.
  25. A Never heard of any customers having that problem related to dips in temp.
  26. A I looked on the box and paperwork and did not find a definitive answer. But it does say the Berkey system is manufactured by New Millennium Concepts Ltd located in Texas, USA. I assume that includes the black filters.
  27. A Yes, they will fit British Berkefeld systems.
  28. A I would think if they were left in the canister, they'd be fine. It wouldn't hurt to back wash them either. They filter so much anyway. You can find a fact sheet online for them. Perhaps that chemical is listed or contact the maker.
  29. A These will filter out chlorine and the heavy metal iron at 99.9%. Iron algae is not something that has been tested for specifically, so we cannot say if it is or is not removed
  30. A I was told to fill at least every other day to prevent dry out. Iv'e had mine several months and they are still filtering good. I go threw one potful a day.
  31. A You can clean them with cool water and a soft brush or sponge. If your water flow has slowed down dramatically then they need changing. Two years is normally a long time between filter changes
  32. A Out of the carton. These berkey black elements require a thorough rinse under water rub with hands and brush with (designated new clean sink brush) seeing the black soot from manufacturing come off...thats what your tasting (like the top of someones roof shingle). Also a casual rinse through the exiting opening. Dont over pressure rinse these (the white floride filters are known to blow out and damage with violent pressure)
  33. A We filter well water heavy in minerals, tannins, red algae and other disolved organics found in very porous limestone areas of Florida. The water is first pre-filtered as it comes out of the spigot through several layers of soft cotton fabric suchn as tee shirt material. It is then poured into the Berkey. We have been doing this for three years and are still on the original filters. I do clean them every 6 weeks or so with a soft brush as well as wash out any sediment that collects in the upper stainless container. They might last another year with regular cleaning. Either way the cost over time is quite low, and the filtered water quality has been very good.