Month: December 2016

Big Berkey w 2 Black Berkey Water Softener Reviews

Big Berkey w/ 2 Black Berkey

  • 2.25 Gallon holding Volume
  • Height = 19.25″ ; Diameter = 8.5″
  • Purifies 3.5 Gallons / Hour
  • High Grade 304 Stainless Steel
  • 2 Black Berkeys good for 6000 Gallons

The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.

This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances.

This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour.

List Price: $ 275.00Price: $ 249.99

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I L O V E T H I S W A T E R F I L T E R . . . ! Gravity makes it work (no electrical cost and works during power outages), two black Berkey filters lasts a year if you purify 3 gallons a day. CHEAP! I have two PF-2 filters added to mine to filter out the fluoride added to our city tap water (and any arsenic).

I have a sense of peace and satisfaction I have never gotten from another product other than maybe my first car. (I have mostly retired my car do the cost.)

Buy one of these babies SOON because there is and is no doubt going to be a run on good water filters. You’ll be glad you did. (And NO I don’t sell them nor do I know anyone who does — though I sure would like to sell them).

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I decided against distillation, since there are many cons with that process: it produces acidic water (I used to buy distilled water from the store until I started noticing my gums were getting itchy from it), and recaptures chemicals with lower boiling points than water.

This was unacceptable to me since California’s municipal water sources are heavily chlorinated. It’s so nasty, you can smell the chlorine coming out of the taps. I can’t stand the taste or smell of it. I decided against reverse osmosis because of its costs and the amount of waste water it produces.

After much research, I settled on a gravity based microfilter, and Big Berkey came with lots of recommendations.

So far, after nearly filtering 200 gallons, the Big Berkey is pulling all free chlorine out of the water. Here is a pic that demonstrates:

The water on the right is tap water mixed with a chlorine/bromine indicator solution. The color indicates that the tap water in Monterey, CA has more chlorine than a healthy swimming pool. YUCK! The water on the right is from the Big Berkey. The indicator solution shows there is no detectable chlorine! SWEET!

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Not to be a buzz kill, but I spend DAYS researching these berkey filters. I even tracked down a gentleman who claimed to be one of the heads of the Toxicology Department, Dr. Portier, at LSU. He said that LSU did infact do ONE water sample on the Black Berkey over 8 YEARS ago and that neither he or LSU endorses their product.

He also said that while the test did take place, that not Himself or LSU authorized a document to be placed on the internet. He said the reason that he was so quick to call me back is because he has had nearly 20 different inquires in the past 8 years asking about this “so called” lab analysis document that Berkey puts on their website.

He also went on to say, that SOMEONE had to of manufactured the “LSU document” because he did not provide ANYONE with that document.

So, even if LSU did do a sample, and if everything went alright, then why did New Millennium Concepts have to manufacture a LSU lab analysis report?Then I got to thinking, if New Millennium Concept (the company the main distributor for Black Berkey filters) is soooooooooooo confident in their product, then

Why don’t they have any Quality Assurance procedures put into place?

Why don’t they have their filters annually tested?

Why don’t they get an NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certification.

Why don’t they have a Micron Rating for their filter…Nominal or Absolute?

Lets be fair here, if you are skeptical about Truesdale lab not getting their filters checked out in 15 years…. is there really a difference in the 10 Years that Berkey Filters have waited?Bottom line is that the Berkey filters make some pretty awesome claims, but do very little to PROVE this to their consumers.

As for Spectrum labs and the University of Arizona… I have yet to hear back from them.This review is not meant to be negative in any way, it is solely to spread information and get to the bottom of this. When I called New Millennium Concepts, Valerie answered the phone was was extremely pleasant with me.

She spent 30 minutes explaining to me how long they have been in business and that the filters were made in the USA and that they were quality and have had ZERO issues with them. Again, that is all fine and well, but where is the proof? You can’t simply say that no one has gotten sick so that is why we know our filters work…

I mean I have been drinking tap water for 30 years now and I am not SICK. That being said, everyone knows how BAD tap water is for you over a cumulative time!From what I can tell for sure, the best part about the filter is that the water collects in a 304 polished stainless steel basin which is far superior to plastic! For this reason alone this filter might be worth buying?

If you want more info on how to contact New Millennium Concepts, or University of Arizona, or LSU toxicology department….feel free to contact me at […]. If we put enough pressure on Berkey, they may spend the extra money to bring peace of mind to its consumers, that is if they past the lab tests?!?

After being contacted by some concerned people regarding my review on the Berkey Filter Elements I have decided to include the following statements. More will be to follow as I get the information. The following information was sent to me via T.ross. I am including T. ross entire reply.

Everything in lower case is from T. ross post and everyting in BOLD is my response to the post. I am not sure if T.Ross contacted the manufacturer or some distributor, but it appears that T. ross, like myself, are still are not getting straight forward answers.

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THE ALL CAPS TEXT FORM HERE ON IS MY RESPONSE TO T. ross

As a Berkey owner I was concerned when I read this so I forwarded it to them asking for an explanation and this is the response. Also I have found similar reviews made towards other water filters so I am seeing a trend here.

There are several versions of this posting/e-mail of which we are aware and all contain a number of erroneous statements. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide

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Whirlpool Duet Sport  WFW8300SW 27 Front-Load Washer white Water Softener Reviews

Whirlpool Duet Sport WFW8300SW 27 Front-Load Washer white Water Softener Reviews

Whirlpool Duet Sport : WFW8300SW 27 Front-Load Washer – white

  • 6-Point Suspension System Reduces Noise/Vibration
  • Care Control Temperature Management
  • 1,000 RPM Maximum Spin Speed
  • Dimensions: (HWD) 36 X 27 X 30 In.
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified
  • 7 cycles, including whitest whites, heavy duty, normal/casual, quick wash, delicate, drain/spin, rinse/spin
  • 6 hour delay wash
  • On/off end-of-cycle signal
  • Infinite water levels
  • Out-of-balance detection
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Ultra Efficient Design – uses 60% less water and 67% less energy in every load, compared to average traditional top load washers
  • Ultra Capacity
  • Care Control Temperature Management – keeps water warm enough to dissolve detergents for optimal cleaning and cool enough to help protect fabrics from shrinking and bleeding
  • Deep Clean System
  • Innovative Suspension System
  • Clean Washer Cycle – helps keep the stainless steel basket and drum clean of detergent buildup and odor
  • Dimensions: (HWD) 36 x 27 x 30 In.

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I purchased my matching washer and dryer at sears and have this exact model. First I have to say this was not my first choice as I tend to want to purchase the “cadillac” of every home appliance. However financially I had to be slightly more modest with my selection. I am amazed with this machine and pleasantly suprised!!

  • It is EXTREMELY QUIET and the loudest part is at the end when it is spinning out the water, it kind of sounds like a quietly-muffled jet engine..lol
  • On the very first wash I did my CLOTHES CAME OUT 3 TIMES BRIGHTER than my last regular top loader.
  • Oh!! And it BARELY USES WATER….It turns to the right then the left coating the clothes with the detergent water until it saturates them completely.
  • Then it begins the washing process where it turns several times to the right and then to the left all the while it basically beats the clothes against the drum as it turns..Kind of reminds me of the old times when people would wash their clothes in the creek and beat them against the rocks.
  • It is such a simple concept and yet it tooks so long to get here!-The other thing I like is the detergent compartment…it has 3 places to put your detergent, bleach and softener and then you walk away, no going back to add the softener.
  • Another thing I noticed is that when the spinning process is complete the drum turns a few more times to the right and left to loosen the clothes from the sides…they come out of the washer fluffed and easy to keep wrinkle-free.I haven’t found anything yet that I don’t like about this washer….I am a hard person to please and I am tickled pink with this!

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I love my Whirlpool Duet Sport WFW8300SW (3.4 capacity) Front Loading washer and I’d recommend it to everyone I know. After several major brands turned into duds, Whirlpool and Kenmore are the only brands I trust for major appliances.

Features I love:

I don’t have to guess the amount of water to use for the size of my load. This machine has an auto water level that adjusts to the size of the load. Since there is no agitator, my washer has increased in capacity. I can put more clothes in …… up to 10 pairs of jeans! This model will let me add a garment during the 1st 7 minutes of a cycle before the door remains locked.

I can choose from 3 spin speeds, 3 water temps, and I can add an extra rinse. The 7 preset cycles seem good enough to me but I’m happy I can make adjustments if needed. I love the quietness of this washer. I actually enjoy the sound of the gentle tumbling in and out of the water.

My laundry feels softer and smells better despite that I’m using just 1/3 the recommended amount of fabric softener. An added bonus is that I will get a 0 rebate from my water company for buying this water-saving machine. I wish I could justify buying the matching dryer but my old dryer runs perfectly. Maybe in the future…

Some things to consider if you’re torn between top loading and front loading washers:

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Top Load Washer Advantages:

  • They’re cheaper.
  • Wash cycles are shorter.
  • You don’t have to bend down to get your clothes out of the washer.
  • You can add an article of clothing at any time.

Top Load Disadvantages:

They use a lot of water, more energy to operate, and are hard on your clothes. The agitator is a brutal device that basically “beats” your clothes while drowning them. This is very hard on fabrics, particularly dark clothes, delicates and sweaters (I did see one top loader without an agitator but read that these machines do not achieve the greatest wash results).

  • They are LOUD and can become unbalanced fairly easily.
  • No ENERGY STAR models.
  • They house a lot more machinery, which can mean more repairs.

Front Load washer advantages:

Much less water used – 14 to 20 gallons vs. up to 44 gallons in top load machines. Front loading machine drums are on a horizontal axis. They only use enough water to cover approximately the lower third of the tub while your clothes are tumbled up and around, in and out of the water.

  • They use 67% less electricity and gas. They have less mechanical gear so they don’t have to work as hard.
  • Gentler on your clothes. The drum has no agitator so your clothes will not get whipped around and stretched.
  • Cleans better. The clothes are drawn through the water, not the water through the clothes.

The spin cycle is twice as fast as top loaders, which leads to less time in the dryer. So far I’ve noticed this results in 10-15 minutes less dryer time which equals more savings in energy. Also, there is now considerably less lint in the lint trap after each load.

Less water = less detergent, less softener, less bleach.

Not having an agitator gives 25-30% more space for larger loads.

Disadvantages:

Longer wash cycles.

Excessive soap suds can create problems for the machine. I am supposed to buy a special soap labeled HE – High efficiency. Apparently many major brands sell this detergent but I haven’t purchased it yet. I have tons of regular detergent and simply use 2/3 less.

I have to bend down to put in and remove laundry. (Whirlpool makes a matching pedestal with a drawer. Pricey, but it’s an option.)

I can’t soak laundry overnight since the water doesn’t cover the clothes. I suppose I could soak in a bucket if needed.

I have to run the “clean” cycle with chlorine bleach once a month. It is important to do because mildew can occur due to the air-tight seal on the front door. I should leave the door ajar after each load but this could be dangerous with cats around.

Now it’s up to you to decide.

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I need to qualify my comments by indicating that we purchased the unit from Lowe’s (Model # WFW8300SW) JUST a couple weeks ago… but so far, so good. Got 10% off so it was around 0 before tax and extended warranty. Unexpectedly had to replace my 12-year old top-loading Maytag.

But maybe for the best considering its capacity. Previously clothes would pile up in a hurry with our 6-person household; resulting in mildewed/moldy clothes (read RUINED) and an overwhelmed stay-at-home wife/mom. Now we (OK, my wife) can pound out 2-3 loads a day and stay up to speed with the dirty laundry we produce daily.

PROS:

  • Anticipated Durability (Consumer Reports indicates Whirlpool has lowest repair-rate for front-loaders.
  • Quiet.
  • Super clean (and pretty dry) clothes.
  • SGreen: supposedly consumes way less water and electricity than top-loaders (too little experience to say for sure).

CONS:

  • Hecho en Mexico. Is anything made in the States anymore?? (at least it’s closer than China). A lot of Americans out of work/make less money so that Whirlpool can make more $ $ $ . Such is life I guess. Jumping off my soapbox now.
  • Out-of-the-box warranty is short-lived… but that’s common now among washers (refer to Consumer Reports for more on this).

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  • Spin Speed: 1100 RPM / Energy Guide: 126 KWh/yr
  • Water Used Per Cycle: 16 Gal (max) / Delay Start: 19 Hrs
  • Pedestal WDP3W – 199.99
  • Dimensions (WHD): 27″ X 38 3/4″ X 30″ In.
  • 4.0 cu.ft. Large Capacity with NeveRust Stainless Steel Drum (IEC)
  • Direct Drive Motor (10 Year Warranty)
  • TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System
  • 1100 RPM
  • LoDecibel Quiet Operation
  • Highly Energy and Water Efficient
  • SenseClean
  • 7 Washing Programs
  • 5 Temperature Levels
  • 4 Tray Detergent Dispenser
  • Delay Wash (up to 19 hours)
  • Intelligent Electronic Control Panel with Dial-A-Cycle
  • Silver Rimmed Door with Clear Glass
  • Stackable with Matching Dryer
  • Optional Matching Drawer Pedestal

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Customer Reviews

 

Updated review:

I love this washer! I did a lot of research on front loaders and chose this model over other LG’s because it had the features I wanted and was significantly lower in price than similar models. So far I’m very pleased with this machine, which was rated a CR best buy.

It was on sale at a local large chain home improvement store, and it qualified for our state’s highest Energy Star rebate. We’ve had none of the problems that I had read about front loaders in the past–no excessive vibration on a wood frame floor, no water hammer noise, no odor, and the low water usage works fine.

This machine has the features of similar models (other than the steam washers) except for the internal water heater/sanitize cycle, which I didn’t need. It is very easy to use, easy to add options such as extra water or an additional rinse, and easy to change the wash/rinse temps, soil level, spin speed, etc. of the pre-set cycles. It has a stain cycle which I’ve not needed to use yet.

You can also customize a cycle with your favorite options and save it. It holds a lot of clothes, gets them very clean, and is quiet. I thought our clothes were clean with the old washer, but this one cleans better, removing lots of what I had thought were permanent stains. I have yet to load it to capacity; our loads usually show only 2 of 4 possible bars.

A queen blanket and lightweight coverlet and a couple of bath towels also filled it only about halfway. The cycles run longer than my old top loader, as all front loaders do. Most cycles are running between 53-73 minutes. (In my original review I had erroneously said 113 minutes; it was actually 1 hour 13 minutes, or 73 minutes.)

It also has a quick wash cycle for lightly soiled items. Uses very little HE detergent and a tiny amount of bleach (I use 1 tablespoon of Charlie’s Soap powdered detergent) because it uses so little water. We would recommend this washer to anyone. The matching gas dryer works very well, too. I wanted the pedestals but didn’t want to pay the outrageous price for them.

I’ve found that sitting on a stepstool or chair to unload the machines works fine for me, so I don’t miss the pedestals.Although this washer has a hot water wash option, and hot water does go into the machine, there is such a small amount of water circulating through room temperature clothes and a huge room temperature steel tub that the water cools off to just warm almost immediately. I don’t know if the models with internal heaters keep it hot or not. But the machine cleans very well anyway, so this isn’t a problem for me.

Some added info- For those who have had the odor/mildew problems in a front loader: In researching front loaders, the odor issues so common a few years ago were often caused by detergent and fabric softener residues that build up in the outer tub. Bleach kills bacteria but does not dissolve these residues.

To prevent this, use only about half the recommended amount of HE detergent, or use a HE detergent that doesn’t have any additives or residues to accumulate. (The “green” detergents such as Charlie’s Soap are the ones that usually don’t have any residues.)

Also, don’t use liquid fabric softener as it leaves lots of residue in clothes and the washer. We’ve had absolutely no problem in this machine.

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I installed an LG wm2050cw, it is quiet and washes well. There was a software upgrade LG has done to models that now ship. I would prefer a longer spin cycle option, as I sometimes manually run an extra spin to really dry my clothes more, but it has the ability to do it. I bought it for under six hundred with tax and install, from a local “orange” big box store.

Santa fe, NM also offered a four hundred eighty dollar credit, so it cost me in the end about one hundred sheets of paper. I also bought a basic GE gas dryer, and put both on pedestals I bought at an online auction site. With a little creativity it all worked out great.

The only downside is the door swings out a ways when you leave it open to dry the tub, some other models I looked at the door was stiffer and stayed where you put it. But the overall quality compared to the other models and the long 10 year warranty on the motor, lifetime tub, outweighed the inconvience.

I also attach a bungee cord to the pedestal and it keeps the door tight when left open. If you obsessed with looks you may not like this. I like the functionality of it, even the delivery man said he never picks up LG washers for defects, but often picks up other higher rated well known brands, no regrets!

I guess though, you could always in anything get a lemon, but so far I have a peachy set up.

One last thing I went through customer service to confirm my serial number had the software upgrade, the call started overseas, collected some info, transfered me to someone in the states, checked my serial number, confirmed update, total call time under ten minutes. I did not need service, but they seemed fast and informed.

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Overall, I am thrilled about this purchase. It was between this washer and a similar Samsung model. This LG model provided more options for the same cost so we went with this one.

I love the front load system – no middle bar means less wear and tear on my clothes. I love that it is very efficient with both electrical and water usage. I love the trap door on the bottom left that captures pocket items instead of having them get stuck inside the washing drum.

I really love the upper left pull out drawer that allows me to place the detergent (detergent marked HE – high efficiency – ONLY, otherwise your washer will have too much soap and foam might leak), fabric softner and bleach all at the same time and the machine disperses accordingly.

Thankfully, the delivery man took the time to explain how the machine worked. I need to turn the power button on for each usage, set the dial to automatic settings (the usual) or use the manual over ride for more custom settings (extra rinse, pre-wash, extra spin).

My first wash load was interesting. I stuffed it full of clothes, watched the machine spin it a few times before automatically adjusting its settings to match the load of clothes inside. It took a while for the wash cycle to get all of the clothes wet.

I was a little worried about the lack of total submersion into water like my old machine but the finished product appeared and smelled clean. The machine tells you how long it will take to wash each load (times vary according to size and features chosen) and it plays a short melody when it is finished. The machine is very quiet. I cannot hear it when I leave the room.

With all these great features why only 4 stars? I do have one slight problem with the way this washer leaves a little water behind in the bleach and fabric softner trays. This might not bother anyone else but I find myself using paper towels to make these compartments dry to prevent stagnant water.

Customer service advised that this is a by product of having the automatic dispenser compartments and the even light usage of the washer would prevent a water stagnation issue. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide

 

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