Scale Prevention - 99%
Flow Rate - 95%
Maintenance - 85%
Summary : We love this system as it is very convenient to use. It comes with a lifetime warranty, and the only maintenance it requires is a replacement of the sediment filter every 6-9 months.
Pelican is a leading name in the residential water treatment field, their reputation being rivaled only by Aquasana. They have a wide range of products meant to improve tap water, from whole house water filters to salt-free or salt-based water softeners. In what follows, we will review the performance and the convenience of the Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softener, which is very convenient and can handle even extremely hard water.
This water softening system in available in two versions: simple or combined with UV protection. The simple system’s price starts at $1,455.95 (it depends on the tank’s capacity), while the price of the one with the UV filter starts at $1,995.22. Generally, UV systems are recommended for well water, since the UV technology can remove numerous viruses and bacteria. However, for well water, you should also use a whole house water filter. Even if you don’t have a well, it is still worth investing in a UV system, since there are some chlorine resistant viruses and bacteria which may not be removed at your local municipal water plant. Obviously, you will get a better price deal if you buy the softener as part of a Whole House Filter/Softener combo.
At the moment, the Pelican NaturSoft is the only salt-free water softener certified for 99.6% scale prevention. It is WQA tested and certified according to NSF/ANSI 61 standards and the NSF/ANSI 42 standards for Structural Requirements. Unlike a salt-based water softener, a salt-free system prevents scale buildup without actually removing the beneficial minerals. Under normal levels, calcium and magnesium are good for your health as well as the health of your plants.The softener can handle a water hardness level of 75 GPG (grains per gallon). This is quite impressive considering the fact that the average salt-free conditioner can only handle a maximum water hardness level of 25 GPG.
This system doesn’t waste any water, it doesn’t require any electricity and it doesn’t pollute the fresh water supply. By using it, you get conditioned water without a salty taste and a slippery feel. Since there are no salt replacement packets to worry about, this system has a 0$ yearly operating cost, and it requires very little maintenance. In comparison, the yearly operating costs of a salt-based water softener is likely to reach $566, not to mention the fact that such as system can waste as much as 6,200 gallons of water per year.
The unit can be installed both indoor and outdoors. If you plan on installing it outdoors, you needn’t worry about freezing water, as the tank is properly insulated, and it won’t corrode either. The system is very easy to put together, as it practically comes already installed. This water softener is available in two sizes: NS3 and NS6. Both systems come with a tank, whose replacement media never has to be changed, as well as with a sediment filter which only needs to be replaced every 6-9 Months. However, this is a minimum cost, as a 4 filter replacement pack only costs $63.
The NS3 is 9″ and it requires an installation space with the following dimensions: 49,5″ H x 15″ W x 18″ D. It has a 10 GPM flow rate, it supports a 25-80 PSI operating pressure and a 36-120 F operating temperature. It is recommended for medium-sized homes with 1-3 bathrooms.
The NS6 is 11″ wide and it requires an installation space with the following dimensions: 59,5″ H x 21″ W x 19″ D. It has a 15 GPM flow rate, and it supports a 25-80 PSI operating pressure and a 36-120 F operating temperature. It is recommended for large homes with 3-6 bathrooms.
Warranty and support
Since Pelican is a trustworthy brand, it is no wonder that their products come with a 90 Day Money Back Guarantee. As far as the durability of the softener goes, you should know that it comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects. The warranty covers the tank, the in/out heads, the valves, the bypass’s fittings, and the Natursoft system’s media and housings. This is by far the most extensive warranty offered in this industry.
The optional UV protection that can come with this water softener is certified to destroy 99.9% of harmful microorganisms, including Giardia, Cryptosporidium and E. Coli. The manufacturers recommend, using the UV protection only on previously treated water. This means that the UV filter is not a complete protection, and you should not use it unless your water is treated at a local municipal plant or by your own whole house water filter.