Many folks often ask us what the difference is between the Black Berkey water filters and the white Super Sterasyl ceramic filters. Good question. The ceramic filters were developed long before the Black Berkey Elements were, so the Black Berkeys have come along and improved upon the concept. Both filters will:
- Remove pathogenic bacteria
- Remove cysts
- Reduce organic chemicals
- Reduce chlorine
- Reduce sediment and particulate
However, the Black Berkey goes above and beyond this and also:
- Removes lead
- Removes MTBEs
- Removes other heavy metals
The Black Berkey filters also typically have a much longer lifespan than the ceramic. A pair of the Black Berkey filters is estimated by the manufacturer to last for about 6,000 gallons of water, while a pair of the ceramic filters is estimated to have an approximate lifespan of 1,000 gallons. The Black Berkey Elements carry a 2-year prorated manufacturer’s warranty, while the Super Steraysl ceramic filters only carry a 6 month manufacturer’s warranty. Each filter can use a fluoride filter attached to the end of it to remove even more. The Black Berkey will use the PF-2 filter, and the Super Steraysl ceramic filter will use the PF-4 filter. We sell both and would be happy to help you with any other questions you may have!
Read more about filter lifespan and maintenance here.