Looking for the best water softeners for your money? There are tons to choose from so you’ll need to do your homework. Here is a quick overview of what’s out there.
What Does a Water Softener Do?
Simply put, a water softener, which is sometimes called a water conditioner, softens hard water. Water is hard because of excessive amounts of minerals, specifically calcium and magnesium, although other minerals can be present as well (go here for a more complete hard water definition). Hard water can damage your plumbing and appliances, leave a white film on your dishes, keep soap from lathering, and make your skin and hair dull and lifeless. Hard water is not our friend.
Traditional whole house systems are not the best water softeners
Most whole house water softeners have a tank that attaches to the plumbing somewhere in your home. A salt solution is used in the tank to remove the minerals. The problem is that the calcium and magnesium are replaced by sodium so instead of having excessive amounts of minerals in your water you have excessive amounts of salt. Salt can be harmful to people on a sodium restricted diet, children, plants, and animals. These softeners require constant maintenance to work properly so you have a constant expense as well. Most of the best water softeners begin at around $3,000.
Portable water softeners
If you only want to soften the water in your shower or in your kitchen a portable softener or one made specifically for your shower can be purchased. This will only soften water in a specific area though and it will not protect pipes, appliances, or laundry. In this category, the best water softeners begin at around $200.
Electronic water softeners
A newer device is the electronic water softener. It is much smaller than a traditional water softener and does not use salt. Electrical wires coming from a plastic box are wrapped around the pipes going into your house. The whole contraption is then plugged into an outlet. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have an outlet outside where my pipes are. Supposedly the minerals will be suspended in the water so they can’t attach to your plumbing but they will show up as white flakes in your water. For electronic systems, the best water softeners start at $200.
Aqua Magnets are better than the best water softeners
The Aqua Magnets water conditioning system is unquestionably better than the best water softeners. Simple to install and safe to use, Aqua Magnets require no addition of salt or other chemicals. They don’t have filters that need to be replaced. There is nothing to plug in. This device can be attached to the pipe that brings water into your house and forgotten about. No maintenance is required.
The minerals present in your water will be dissolved making their health giving properties available to your family.
- No particles will be found floating in your water.
- No scale or corrosion will appear in your tub or on your shower head.
- Your laundry will be cleaner.
- Your dishes won’t have that nasty film on them.
- Your skin and hair will look great.
- Your appliances will last longer.
This eco-friendly system begins at about $175 and comes with a money-back guarantee. You have nothing to lose. Try it today!
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