Scale Prevention - 90%
Flow Rate - 90%
Maintenance - 100%
Summary : We recommend this system since it is highly efficient, it requires very little maintenance, and it comes with a good warranty and a 90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee.
The Aquasana SimplySoft Salt-Free Water Softener is one of the most affordable and the most effective salt-free softeners that you can find at the moment. It costs $1458.32 and it is designed to last for 6 years. Generally, we find salt-free softeners to be a better choice than salt-based softeners and we will show you why in the following lines. We will also explain the benefits of this particular water softener so that you can see for yourself why this is one of the best choices that you can make for your home.
Simply Soft Vs. Salt-Based Water Softeners
There are many reasons why a salt-free water softener is better than a salt-based system. A salt-based system changes the hardness levels of the water by replacing minerals such as calcium and magnesium with salt. As a result, hard water spots are reduced and soap and detergents will be more effective as they will produce more lather. On the other hand, such a system will pollute the fresh water supply, it will change the taste of your tap water, making it saltier, it will change the feel of the water, making it feel soapier, almost slimy, and it will make the water more corrosive. Moreover, the water won’t be safe for septic tanks and it will not be good for watering plants. Such a system requires more maintenance, it uses electricity, it wastes water and it needs to be used with a reverse osmosis water filter. On the other hand, a salt-free water softener, such as this one, uses a catalytic media in order to turn magnesium and calcium into nonreactive crystals, which remain in the water, but which will no longer bind together to create scale build-ups. Moreover, it doesn’t use electricity, it requires less maintenance, it doesn’t waste water, the water that it delivers is safe for plants and septic tanks and it doesn’t have a salty taste. With a salt-free system, sometimes you might still see calcium deposits on dishes and other spots where water is left to evaporate, but it does reduce and prevent scale build-ups on the internal plumbing and other plumbing fixtures.
Since this is a salt-less water softener, it will not actually change the water hardness levels. Instead, it uses an innovative technology, named Nucleation Assisted Crystallization (NAC), which changes dissolved hard minerals into nonreactive crystals, which are harmless and are passed down the drain without depositing on pipes and other plumbing fixtures. This system is designed to handle water hardness levels of up to 25 GPG (grains per gallon), but it delivers the best performance with water hardness levels equal or lower than 15 GPG. If your water does not exceed the recommended hardness levels, you can safely use this whole house water softener in order to prevent scale buildup, and extend the life of your dishwasher, your water heater, your washing machine and any other appliances which use water. It will also reduce your soap and detergent use by 40%. Ideally, before buying a water softener, you should buy a water test kit in order to see the exact hardness level of your water. Since it doesn’t demineralize the water and it doesn’t add salt or chemicals to it, this system delivers a higher quality water than salt-based softeners. Keep in mind that a water softener does not replace a water filter, so if you water has a bad smell, an unpleasant taste or a cloudy appearance, you should combine this softening system with a whole house water filter. For the best results, combine it with one of the Aquasana whole house systems.
The softener has a 7.0 GPM (gallons per minute flow rate). This makes this system ideal for medium-sized homes (3,500 square feet) with up to 3 bathrooms. As far as the size goes, this water softening system has the following dimensions: 27″ L x 46″ H x 9″ D (diameter).
Installation and maintenance
While this system is quite easy to install, Aquasana advises customers to use the services of a licensed plumber. In doing so, you can rest assured knowing that any installation error will be covered by the plumber’s insurance. This water softening system is very low maintenance, as it doesn’t use any electricity, and it only needs to be replaced every 6 years.
Warranty and support
Since Aquasana is a very trustworthy brand, it is no surprise that they cover their systems by extensive warranties. If you have any doubts that the softener will work perfectly for 6 years, you can rest assured knowing that it is covered by a 6 year warranty. Moreover, if you doubt its efficiency, you should know that, like all Aquasana products, it also comes with a 90 day Satisfaction Guarantee.