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Travel Berkey Review

A stylish water filter that does well in some aspects but falls short in others
Travel Berkey
Credit: Berkey Filters
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Price:   $362 List | $344.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Large tank capacity, sleek, smaller size, good at removing lead and chlorine
Cons:  Poor salt removal, extremely slow filtering, sub-par taste, expensive
Manufacturer:   Berkey Filters
By Ross Patton and Matt Spencer  ⋅  Aug 2, 2022
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RANKED
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  • Lead Removal - 25% 10.0
  • Chlorine Removal - 25% 9.0
  • Salt Removal - 25% 6.0
  • Taste - 15% 5.0
  • Flow - 10% 4.0

Our Verdict

The Travel Berkey does a great job of removing two of the most worrisome contaminants to consumers — chlorine and lead. We love that it packs down into itself, making it a solid choice for car camping or outdoor events. Unfortunately, it didn't show the best results during our salt removal assessment, and it's extremely slow. The main drawback of this model is the price. The Travel Berkey is far from budget-friendly. All told, we found that there were much better water filters available at a lower price point.

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Pros Large tank capacity, sleek, smaller size, good at removing lead and chlorineFantastic at removing impurities, makes great tasting water, inexpensiveGreat contaminant removal, fairly inexpensiveGreat at removing both lead and chlorine, makes great tasting waterInexpensive for an under the sink filter, removes tons of lead and chlorine
Cons Poor salt removal, extremely slow filtering, sub-par taste, expensiveSmaller capacity, takes some time to refill and refilterSlow flow rateMediocre flow rate, priceyFiltered water didn't taste amazing, didn't remove minerals well
Bottom Line A stylish water filter that does well in some aspects but falls short in othersDoing a fantastic job in most of our tests, this filter combines amazing performance with an even better priceThis filter jug is for anyone who wants a bit more water on hand than the typical model and also impressed in our impurity removal metricsThe best filter for permanent installation that we have seen to dateIf you are set on an under the sink filter and are shopping on a budget, this is the perfect choice
Rating Categories Travel Berkey ZeroWater 10-Cup Pi... ZeroWater 23-Cup Jug iSpring RCC7 APEC WFS-1000
Lead Removal (25%)
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Chlorine Removal (25%)
9.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
Salt Removal (25%)
6.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
2.0
Taste (15%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
Flow (10%)
4.0
5.0
4.0
5.0
9.0
Specs Travel Berkey ZeroWater 10-Cup Pi... ZeroWater 23-Cup Jug iSpring RCC7 APEC WFS-1000
Model N/A 10 Cup Pitcher RCC7 WFS-1000
Replacement Schedule every 6,000 gallons 18,000 mg of disolved solids; 1-40 gallons 18,000 mg of disolved solids; 1-40 gallons Stage 1 - 3 every 6 months
RO every 2 - 3 years
Post carbon every 12 months
Every 12 months
Replacement Cost 1 pair for $173 2 for $30
4 for $40
8 for $90
12 for $115
16 for $150
2 for $30
4 for $40
8 for $90
12 for $115
16 for $150
2 year supply for $100 Stages 1-3 for $40
Pure Water to Waste Water Ratio N/A N/A N/A ~1:3 N/A
Gallons Per Day (GPD) N/A N/A N/A 75 N/A
NSF/ANSI certified for lead removal Yes Yes Yes Yes No
NSF/ANSI certified for organic contaminants removal No No No Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Travel Berkey water filter - the travel berkey is a high-end water filter that looks great but...
The Travel Berkey is a high-end water filter that looks great but falls a bit short in overall performance.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Lead Removal


For this metric, we purposefully polluted tap water by dissolving lead into hydrogen peroxide and vinegar solution and then ran it through each filter. We then took our tainted water and shipped it off to an analytical water testing lab to determine precisely how much of the toxic substance was removed. This section accounts for 25% of the total score.

Travel Berkey water filter - the travel berkey has a fairly large capacity.
The Travel Berkey has a fairly large capacity.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Travel Berkey did exceptionally well in this evaluation. The Environmental Protection Agency considers any water that has a lower lead content than 0.015 ppm to be safe for human consumption. Our tainted water started with 2.3 ppm before we sent it through the Travel Berkey, which filtered out 99.9% of the lead, effectively reducing the ppm to 0.001.

Travel Berkey water filter - the travel berkey had no problem purifying our toxic lead concoction.
The Travel Berkey had no problem purifying our toxic lead concoction.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Chlorine Removal


For the next 25% of our overall evaluation, we added chlorine bleach to tap water to get the ppm of our supply sample up to a level of 106. After running the water through the filters, we tested the supposedly purified water with chemical test strips.

Travel Berkey water filter - this model is very straightforward to operate.
This model is very straightforward to operate.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Travel Berkey was one of the stronger models for this section. According to the CDC, chlorine levels of up to 4 ppm are considered to be safe for drinking water. This model easily outperformed these guidelines, as it reduced the level to 1 ppm.

Travel Berkey water filter - this model did a fantastic job of removing chlorine from drinking...
This model did a fantastic job of removing chlorine from drinking water.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Salt Removal


To evaluate each water filter's ability to remove salt, we began by adding table salt to our local water to raise the ppm to a level of 445. After running the contaminated water through each model, we used a total dissolved solids (TDS) meter to measure the filtered water. There is no standard for salt levels in drinking water, but the EPA recommends that levels be lower than 20 ppm because we consume so much sodium in other food and beverages. The Department of Human Services has a much higher recommendation, stating that sodium levels should remain below 250 ppm. Each filter's efficacy during this evaluation contributes 25% to the overall score.

Travel Berkey water filter - just top the top tank off, put the cap on, and walk away.
Just top the top tank off, put the cap on, and walk away.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Travel Berkey had a tough time removing sodium. It was only able to remove 34.4% of the salt from our tainted water sample, reducing the ppm to 292 — above recommended levels for healthy human consumption.

Travel Berkey water filter - the spout on the travel berkey is ergonomic and easy to use.
The spout on the Travel Berkey is ergonomic and easy to use.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Taste


For taste testing, we used our in-house testing team as our panel of judges to subjectively score water samples from each filter. We began by filtering our local tap water and then ran some purified water through each model to see if any of them added any unpleasant tastes.

Travel Berkey water filter - the travel berkey has a clean and stylish look.
The Travel Berkey has a clean and stylish look.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This was another rough metric for the Travel Berkey. Our team determined that the purified water gained some unpleasant tastes after being filtered by this model. After filtering our local tap water with the Travel Berkey, we found that it seemed to taste somewhat salty.

Travel Berkey water filter - sadly this model doesn't produce the best tasting water when...
Sadly this model doesn't produce the best tasting water when compared to the top-scoring filters.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Flow


For the remaining 10% of the overall score, we measured each water filter's flow rate.

Travel Berkey water filter - we love the look of the travel berkey sitting in the kitchen.
We love the look of the Travel Berkey sitting in the kitchen.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Travel Berkey is not the way to go if you're in a hurry to filter lots of water. This was one of the slowest models we've seen to date — it takes about an hour to filter one gallon of water.

Travel Berkey water filter - if you decide to go with the travel burkey, be prepared to wait for...
If you decide to go with the Travel Burkey, be prepared to wait for a relatively long time for your water to be filtered and ready to drink.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Value


It's hard to see the value in buying the Travel Berkey. There are many water filters in our review with much better performances that cost a whole lot less. Unless you are enthusiastic about the aesthetic appearance of this model, it likely is not worth the price.

Conclusion


When it comes to removing chlorine and lead, the Travel Berkey earned high marks. It also looks great and is very easy to use. It fell short of the pack in a few key ways. It didn't do well at removing salt, and our panel of judges was not impressed with the taste of water produced by this filter. The real drawback of this model is the price. If you're shopping for a water filter on a tight budget, we highly recommend you go with a different model.

Ross Patton and Matt Spencer
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