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Gravity-fed water filter comparison Berkey v Doulton v ecofiltro

 
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I am looking to get a gravity-fed water filter and have narrowed my choices down to 3 options: Berkey, Doulton, or ecofiltro.
Does anyone here have experience with any of these filters?
If so, what are your thoughts: pros, cons?
Thanks in advance.

Berkey vs Doulton vs ecofiltro


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9/6/2018 the NY Times has a review of the Berkey and mentioned some other filters. As a fast summary, the article was concerned that the Berkey overstated the abilities of its black filters....it did give them high mark's for heavy metals.  The tests were pretty limited. I saw no reference to bacteria, viruses, or other life forms.  I do own a Berkey. But I got mine for free.

Frankly. I would think taking a couple of food grade buckets keeping a lid on the lower one, connecting them with a threaded nipple capped at each end (to hold the upper bucket to the lower lid, buying a spigot for the lower one, and a couple of ceramic filters would do as well and be darned more cheaper.  If the water to be filtered is dirty, a clean sock over each filter would help.
 
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Currently, I'm leaning towards the ecofiltro because I like that at the end of its life 100% of the filter can safely go into my compost. No plastic parts to throw away! I used ecofiltros for months while traveling around Central America recently & never had an issue. The water they produced was always high quality & I didn't get sick.

While most of the reviews from the Berkey & Doulton filters are positive; the negative reviews seem pretty legit: mostly about the connection point where the filter screws into the base failing.

Any thoughts?
 
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Mike Kenzie wrote:Currently, I'm leaning towards the ecofiltro because I like that at the end of its life 100% of the filter can safely go into my compost. No plastic parts to throw away! I used ecofiltros for months while traveling around Central America recently & never had an issue. The water they produced was always high quality & I didn't get sick.

While most of the reviews from the Berkey & Doulton filters are positive; the negative reviews seem pretty legit: mostly about the connection point where the filter screws into the base failing.

Any thoughts?



Exactly the problem with Berkey that I and others I know have had. Can't speak for Doulton. I'd say go EcoFiltro.
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