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Question DetailsAsked on 5/10/2017

Looking to replace my water softener. What are the best units currently available?

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Here are a couple of prior previous questions addressing that -

My recommendation - go with long-established brand names, and bear in mind the splashier the company's website pages and the more they use phrases like "amazing new technology" or "up to X % reduction" and similar puffery, the less likely they are what they claim to be. Also any products claiiming to be approved or certified by the EPA or NASA or similar government agencies should be considered a fraud - US Government agencies do not endorse products.

In my opinion, ditto to those that are "clamp-on" or electromagnetic purifiers or such - they have been proven to not work and there are consumer alerts out from the FTC on those sort of things - basically they are just another play on the old magnetic fuel line gimmicks for cars claiming to "oxidize" or "ionize" or separate out the "energy particles" in the fuel and get you miraculous mileage, when all they do is separate your from your money.

There are a lot of brands out there promising the sky and using that promise as an excuse for pricing their units 2-5 times that of established names - bear in mind there have not been any major breakthroughs in home water treatment technology in probably 20 years, so go with established names (which also means parts and filters will be available from more than one source in most cases, so you are not paying through the nose for filters or chemicals). The toughest part of the selection should be determining what type of treatment(s) you need, depending on your water quality - talking with neighbors about what they have and how well it works for them might help you a lot with that. And of course if your current unit was doing well or fairly well for you, that will tell you if that wort of unit will work or if maybe you need to add a prefilter or a carbon pack or similar stage to remove incoming suspended solids like silt or rust (prefilter) or to remove chemical taste or chemical contaminants (carbon filter) for example.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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