Awhile back I received a Royal Berkey
for review. I would like to say that I'am impressed with the quality and workmanship of the product. I also had the chance to speak with Jeff, the owner of Directive21.com on the phone, and he sounds like a pretty nice guy.
Assembly of the Royal Berkey took about 10 minutes. You could probably do it faster, if you did not take the time to read the directions. Your going to need a screw driver to put the knob on top of the lid, so have that ready.
The stainless steel of the Berkey Water Filter is shiny, you can see the polish marks on it.
The unit I received is the 4 filter unit. From what I read on the berkey website, each filter has an estimated life of around 3,000 gallons. With 4 filters, this unit should be able to produce an estimated 12,000 gallons of safe drinking water.
On a side note - lets see you stockpile 12,000 gallons of safe drinking water without having a private well.
Even though this unit accepts 4 filters, only 2 filters came with it - which is no big deal. Included with the Royal Berkey are two plugs that seal off the 2 unused holes - problem solved.
This is the top reservoir turned upside down with 2 filters and 2 plugs in place.
The filters work by simple gravity flow. Pour the water into the top reservoir, and let gravity do its job.
To get the water out, simply lift the handle.
Overall, I am impressed with the quality and workmanship that Berkey puts into its filters.