Sunday, May 21, 2006

A Review of Popular Water Softener Products

With so many types and brands of water softeners to choose from, how does a consumer decide what is right for their needs? How does one compare water softeners and find the one that will work the best for them? When it comes to buying water softeners, being an educated consumer is the best policy. Explore different types and manufacturers. Compare prices. Other things to consider are what type of environment the water softener will be set up in, size, installation, construction of the unit, convenience, and water softener rating which indicates the amount of minerals that can be removed before the unit needs to be recharged.

Kinetico water softeners are favored for their convenience; however, they are expensive in terms of the unit’s cost as well as the price of upkeep. They recharge based on volume, eliminating the need for a schedule. Kinetico water softeners are also non-electric units.

Culligan services residential customers, offering purchase and rental options for their water softeners. They also offer a salt delivery service with the purchase of a water softener. Culligan is favored for its durability, but some have trouble with salt refills and strength of some of the components. Culligan is also said to be good at removing iron from the water supply.

Kenmore, in addition to being known for its air filtration and other household appliances, offers a range of water softeners, from the very basic to the heavy-duty models. The Kenmore systems also offer extras like the ability to filter out larger particles and added settings that make the units more efficient. Kenmore contends that the cost of everyday household upkeep can be cut in half with the use of a water softener system.

General Electric, or GE, founded by none other than Thomas Edison, offers a diverse line of products, including water softeners. The business is run on the principles, ""imagine, solve, build, and lead."" GE offers water softeners small enough to accommodate a single-person household all the way up to a unit that will serve a household of four or more people. The GE water softeners include a technology called SmartSoft, which works through a low-capacity transformer to save energy, minimize salt loss, and gauge water softening needs.

There are numerous water softener vendors out there who sell both ionic exchange and magnetic water softening systems. To find the best water softeners is a daunting task, but a good start might be to visit your local hardware store. You can also get information from people around you such as neighbors or coworkers.

Water Softeners Info provides detailed information about magnetic and ionic exchange water softeners, home water softener systems and kits, product reviews and comparisons, water softener salt, and more. Water Softeners Info is the sister site of Dishwashers Web.



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16 Comments:

Blogger Jake said...

I do not understand your comment about the Kinetico softener.

I have had my Kinetico for over 13years now with great success. Also, not one repair or service call in all of those years!
My salt reduction or use has been cut by more than half! So it has been far more efficiant than any other softener I have owned. Even the computer operated model that I owned before this was supposed to calculate then adjust for the best efficency settings and it still used twice the amount of salt.
The "battery back up" for power interuptions went bad after a year and so was not covered under warranty, so I had to mannually adjust the computer every time the power went out. It was either that or pay more than $200.00 to get it fixed! Something inside the head of the unit went bad after about 3 years and cost close to $400.00 to fix.

The Purchase price may have been alittle more, but I fugure I have saved far more in efficiency and service calls, so it has been less costly than any other unite I have owned. And It's non-electric!

It has paid back much more in quality, efficiency, and peace of mind. I live on a well sight with "Iron" and it has performed excellant at iron removel.

I would recommend Kinetico to any of my friends or family.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Andy CWS said...

Kinetico is a fine product. I hav not had one servie call on either my softener or RO.

They have many unique features and great benefits. Salt use is a fraction of other units, so over the years, your cost are a lot less.

Cost should always factor not only purchase price, but alos operating cost and duribility.

Andy CHristensen, CWS

4:11 PM  
Blogger bradyb23 said...

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5:18 PM  
Blogger bradyb23 said...

I just bought a house with a Rayne RF1000. The tank just has some dingy water in it, with some sand at the bottom. I cleaned everything out (even the sand, which I see may actually have been there on purpose). What should I purchase to return the system to normal? Can I do this myself instead of hiring someone to come to my home?

5:19 PM  
Blogger dmj said...

Do you experience a 'slimy' feeling after showering with your Kinetico water softener? The salesman said that problem goes away with a Kinetico because you use much less salt. We live in a condo right now with a low cost softener (Lowe's brand) and you get a slimy feel when you shower. But are moving and considering the Kinetico.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Ferg said...

I've had my Kinetico system for two years. It's outstanding. I have the type that has the ceramic filter media. No iron, no turbidity. It works very well. While it is pricy, it is well worth it. Get Kinetico you won't be unhappy.

BTW, the original post is lifted from another site word for word.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Hate to be the Devil here, but I have had NOTHING but trouble from ALL of my Kinetico products. Wish I could say I am exagerating.

The RO system we purchased never worked right and we literally have had 4 different repair techs tell us EACH TIME, "Oh, your system was totally hooked up wrong and you have been drinking tap water all along. Sorry bout that. " 4 times??? How many times can you hook up the friggin thing. We finally gave up after a few years and threw it away.

Next the 4K Quad 50 system. Oy, don't get me started. The system was faulty but they kept telling me that it just needed more salt so they eventually put me on a "6" disc. For Kinetico customers, you know that means a few bags PER WEEK of salt. Talk about money wasted. I finally took the unit apart and custom milled down the part that kept sticking on the it causing our water to go hard all the time. What a waste of time for a 4K product. I am actually finding this site as I am hunting around for a new unit as salt prices here have DOUBLED in the past few months due to energy costs rising I guess.

While at the dealer more than once trying to solve the latest problems with these units, I have heard them on the phone with irate customers over broken products and knew that these systems are prone to frequent repair.

I am happy for all those above that have had great results with their units. I have not been that fortunate.

Best part is, I can buy and thousand dollar GE and replace it every 2 years and STILL not pay as much as new Kinetico unit after about 5 years when you count repair bills and parts.

2:04 PM  
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Blogger alex azoury said...

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5:14 AM  
Blogger Martin Macharia said...

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9:59 AM  
Blogger scottrade said...

Hey,

Nice Review on all of the popular water softeners. It is good collection and i must appreciate your views on water softeners & its usefulness.

11:32 PM  
Blogger Luke George said...

Hmm I've personally used and written about all the major water softener brands. I think Culligan has bad customer service, Kenmore have some little known problems and salt free softeners might be a scam. Here are all my reviews https://www.mrwatergeek.com/Water/water-softener/
My favourtrite water softener brand? Fleck and here is why....

8:43 AM  

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