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Question DetailsAsked on 9/7/2013

Is the Rainsoft Brand of water softener any good?

I did a free water test from home depot...this ended up in a home presentation of a water softeneing system. bottom line, they wanted 6K (after the buy today discount and 4 years of free soap promotion...) I've been doing research all week on water softening systems only to discover...nothing really. the internet seem littlered with seemilgy independent websites that are actually set up to promote differenet brands.

so my questions are:
A- is the rainsoft water softener any good? it seems like it is, if I can talk the guy down to a reasonable price (2K or so) is the system of good quality?
B- if no, what are the recommended systems or brands?
C- any comment on the Kenmore line? the reviews on the sears website of the carbon filter and RO systems are spotty.

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A- The typical Rainsoft system isnt necessarily bad, although they are a bit behind the times technology-wise. It's a salt - based system which generally is the best kind, but expect this unit to use more salt to do the same job than some competitors. I would look at local reviews to find out if this particular dealership has a good track record on service. That's what always makes the difference. Internet dealers typically will not service the equipment so you're on your own for installation/service.

B - This depends really on how long you plan to use the unit. For shorter term (1-3 years) a Kenmore or Whirlpool would probably work. If you plan on being there longer see if there is a local Ecowater dealer. Ecowater is the company who makes Kenmore and Whirlpool softeners, and their flagship line is pretty reliable. Again though, check local reviews for service. Customer service makes all the difference!

C - These systems are generally made for short term use, although i have heard of people using these systems for years. If properly installed and maintained, it should last a few years. As far as the RO system goes, just look for a 3 stage RO. Typical 5 stage RO's will be a waste for people not on a well, as they include sediment and other filters that city water applications shouldn't ever need.

Source: I work for a water treatment company,

Answered 6 years ago by Guest_96468756


I own a Rainsoft system. They are high quality. As with buying a car, the most it costs usually the nicer the car is. It is very maintainence free and we are happy we bought it. A GE water softener has a 1 year warranty while a Rainsoft Ec4 has a lifetime warranty. Difference in quality.

Source: I worked in the water treatment business

Answered 1 year ago by Guest_9532274

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