Thanks to comments by a member of this forum whose screen name I unfortunately don't remember, I bought a Berkey Filter based on his comments and I'm very glad I did. I bought the Berkey Travel Filter as it fits my purposes in terms of my present usage and space. I added the optional Fluoride & Arsenic (?) Filters with it and a Stainless Steel Spigot (which they recommended for a faster output) and it cost me about $270 direct from Berkey. I bought the Filter mainly for cooking as I thought it would be healthier/safer using filtered water for my pasta rather than tap water. Someone told me as the water is boiled anyway when cooking, I didn't need to filter it but rather safe than sorry and I feel psychologically more secure. The Pasta does taste a lot better with the Filtered water in my opinion. The Berkey is easy to use, it filters water a lot faster than I thought it would (flow rate) and it comes out of the spigot nice and fast. It looks good and doesn't take up too much space. Had no problems with it so far and had no leaks. My negatives were, Berkey manually packed it too tight and when it arrived I couldn't separate the top from the bottom and was ready to send it back when a neighbor managed to open it by turning it real hard instead of pulling out. The other problem I had was that the Manufacturer includes a 1 page instruction sheet which is not very good and contradicts what is in Berkey's Owner Manual which gives better instructions. If I would have started with The Owners Manual, it would have been a lot easier and faster. It took me over 2 Hours to put it together instead of the 20-30 minutes they stated mainly because I was totally unfamiliar with it and because I had used the Manufacturer's Instructions instead of Berkey's. I did phone Berkey's customer service who was very helpful. I drink Aquafina Bottled Water and that is not going to change as its relatively inexpensive but in the event of SHTF and TEOTWAWKI happens, I'm glad to have the Berkey Filter on hand, especially as I will have 3 months supply of bathtub water stored via a Waterbob emergency kid should the need arise.