Let’s face it. Ratings are everything.
In order to determine the best of anything, we look to ratings.
Water Softener Ratings should be no different.
I always get concerned when products have no ratings or are self-rated – particularly when their peers are rated.
Therefore, to make things easy for you, we have categorised the leading water softeners on the market today, together with their ratings right here.
Ratings can come from authorities in the industry, critics or even rating agencies; however, I believe the most reliable ratings come from the consumers themselves.
Who better to give feedback about the practicalities of a product than those who have purchased it, had it shipped and used it in their own homes. Each consumer has no doubt had varying experiences and crossed various hurdles in using products such as water softeners. This is generally not the case when a product is tested in controlled environments by rating agencies.
This is why our Ultimate Comparison Guide of the Best Water Softeners uses ratings from the people to help you choose the right system for your home.
One thing to keep in mind is that there are different techniques used to soften or condition water.
True-to-label water softeners permanently convert Hard water to Soft Water using an ion-exchange technique. This technique replaces Calcium, Magnesium and other minerals in hard water with Sodium.
Such Water Softeners should not be confused with Descalers or Conditioners (often electric or magnetic), which are generally only good for temporarily altering the affects of Hard Water on your pipes and plumbing, but do not change the after-tap components of Hard Water.
Descalers and Conditioners are significantly cheaper options for this very reason. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with these products, but just make sure that you are aware of their capabilities and limitations. Many of these products market themselves as whole house water softener systems, which is simply not the case. In general terms, saltless water softeners are unable to permanently convert Hard Water to Soft Water.