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Question DetailsAsked on 8/26/2013

what is a good price for a water softener?

Are there water softeners that are better than others?

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If you click on the Home > Water Treatment link right below your question, you will find a number of responses to similar questions, including this one where I broke down my input on costs and factors influencing installed cost -

As to whether there are better ones - yes - generally speaking bigger ones remove a greater percentage of the contaminants and convert more of the "hardness" than smaller ones simply because there is more contact area.

Stainless and ceramic-lined units last a LOT longer than plain aluminum or steel tank units.

Multi-stage ones that include sand or element filtration, chemical treatment with resin, softening with salt, and carbon absorption give you much cleaner water if your initial water is bad, but of course at a lot higher cost.

With some units adding on a unit to remove iron, magnanese, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur or other contaminants in your water is just a matter of installing an additional element in the system - in others it take a unit from a totally different manufacturer. Ditto to chemical removal (petroleum products, solvents, pesticides, etc if you have that problem).

If you are interested in or need disinfection, you can add chlorination, ozonation, or ultraviolet disinfection to most units, either as a stage or as a separate add-on. Ditto to reverse osmosis if you want ultra-filtered water, though that gets expensive and to be a maintenance hassle if you put it in the main system for the entire house rather than just as an add-on to the kitchen sink.

For many people, not having to learn how to check and service the unit is worth the cost, which may or may not be higher, of renting a unit and having it be totally the responsibility of the water treatment company.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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