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Question DetailsAsked on 8/4/2013

what water softner is the best

I am researching water softners and wonder if anyone has any guidance for me

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We've had the top of the line Sears model for 3 years since we moved to our 3 year old home (with a well and VERY hard water) where the previous owners failed to install one. All of the faucets were clogged with mineral deposits. We were lucky our dishwasher still worked. Our neighbors had already replaced theirs.At that time, it was about $700. Our neighbors paid $1000's for their Culligan which does no more than our Sears sofener. When we first started researching, there were more expensive brands but none seemed to perform any better, at least as far as reviews went.

One thing you need to consider is whether to use potassium or sodium chloride. The model we chose accepts both. We started with potassium for 2 reasons. Supposedly, postassium is safer for people with high blood pressure (my husband) and the other is that it is supposed to be easier on plant life. Since they regenerate every fiew nights (drain out into the yard), we were concerned about our plant life and trees. Another difference is that potassium costs about $25-$30 per 40lb. bag as opposed to $5 for sodium. We used the potassium for almost 2 years and then decided to try the sodium and see if there were any differences. After one year, NO differences in my husband's BP or the condition of our greenery. Just do some research and then after you make your decision, follow the instructions. You may have to make adjustments depending on your particular water qualities (good idea to have your water tested by a certified tester. And if you are VERY salt sensitive, try the sodium and deligently check your blood pressure before trying the sodium. We had ours installed by a fellow who also worked on our sprinkler system.

Good luck!


Answered 6 years ago by monalisa413

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