Compare Water Softeners
Cut away pictures from left: Ecowater, Kenmore, GE, Northstar, Generic Fleck, Generic Fleck with stainless sleeve, Rainsoft, Culligan.
The four on the left are tank-inside-a-tank systems. The four on the right have a separate brine tank not shown.
Our single vessel tank, the HydroClean 3 shown in right sidebar is a comparable design.
Notice that all the single vessel tanks basically look the same, including ours.
Most important Features to Compare
- Grains of hardness removed per pound of salt
- Gallons of water used per regeneration
This is important for sizing the equipment based on water usage estimates and hardness.
When you shop for a car do you care how large the gas tank is, or are you more concerned with how many miles per gallon does it get?
- Grain Capacity - The size of your car's gas tank.
- Grains of hardness removed per pound of salt- Miles per gallon in your car.
Softener Comparison Sheet
|Grains removed / pound of salt||5,880||2,182|
|Minutes / Regeneration||23||80|
|Water Usage / Regeneration||21||150|
|Warranty||10 Year||5 Year|
Fleck 5600 is one of the top models sold on the internet. There is no question about it, the price is right. But is it worth the extra wasted water and salt.
Real world water / salt usage comparison
Our example is a family of 4 with 20 grains of hardness. Estimated household water usage at 75 gallons of water per person per day is 300 GPD.
|Regeneration||7 Times / Month||7 Times / Month|
|Salt used / Regeneration||5.5 lbs.||11 lbs.|
|Salt used / Month||38.5 lbs.||77 lbs.|
|Salt used / Year||462 lbs.||924 lbs.|
|Water Used / Regeneration||21 Gal.||150 Gal.|
|Water Used / Month||147 Gal.||1,050 Gal.|
|Water Used / Year||1,764 Gal.||12,600 Gal.|
In comparing these two units the HydroClean3 will save
- 462 pounds of salt per year
- 10,836 gallons of water per year
when compared to a Fleck 5600 Ecominder Softener.
The Hague HydroClean3 is clearly much more efficient, but it does cost more.
The only thing left to conclude. Is it worth it? Our customers think so.