This Flow Tech review is necessary because it is a device that is gaining lots of popularity.
The Flow Tech system is sold as a water softener alternative. It is a salt free, electronic clip on device that “conditions” your water.
However, it is important to note that Flow Tech does NOT soften your water. So it may not be the right option for people with extremely hard water.
I am personally skeptical about these type of systems. Especially as these types of “softener alternatives” usually provide inconsistent results and don’t always work.
This is often masked by a bunch of positive reviews by people who only comment on how easy they are to install. Many people don’t actually know if it’s working or not and don’t know how to test the results.
So, Flow tech promises to solve all your hard water woes without any of the difficulties that come with a regular water softener.
But does it live up to all the hype?
This Flow Tech review will do a deep dive and tell you if it is worth it or not.
What is a Flow Tech “Water Softener” System?
Flow tech technology is a salt free softener alternative that promises to eliminate existing limescale and prevents new scale from building up. The result of this will be better water flow, a reduction of limescale and longer lasting home appliances.
How Does Flow Tech Work?
It works by using a low frequency signal that pulses several thousand times per second. When this is connected to your pipes then the electromagnetic signal will reverse the charge of the dissolved minerals present in water.
This should prevent hard minerals from sticking to your pipes and plumbing. Therefore resulting in little or no limescale stains or any deposits at the bottom of your kettle.
If this works, it could be a game changer for the water softener industry.
No more necessary salt or sodium. A device that needs less space than a regular softener. Does not need to be plumbed in so great for people renting or that don’t want to make permanent changes to their property. The Flow-Tech can work for a main pipe that is up to 1.5 inches in diameter.
So if this works, what’s not to love?
Flow-Techs BEST Selling Points?
As discussed previously, this water conditioning system promises to prevent limescale and treat the existing scale in your pipes.
Can help you save money because you will not have to deal with all the costs of regular softeners. For example, the on-going costs of salt/sodium, water and electricity. If it is successful in reducing the effects of hardness then there are other cost-saving opportunities. For instance, your home appliances will last longer without hard water limescale damage.
No need for chemicals or salt.
A great feature for people interested in reducing salt usage. This is unlike regular water softeners. However, the downside of not using salt is that you will NOT actually get soft water. Soft water can only be generated with salt (at the present time).
Removes scale previously present in plumbing.
This is unlike other products that will only treat new issues. Flow-Tech promises to remove any scale already present in the plumbing system as well as treating new water.
Helps to protect your appliances.
Following on from the previous point, hard water limescale causes all types of problems. One of them is the appearance of difficult to wash limescale stains. This can appear everywhere from faucets, sinks, washing machines to the shower.
Prevents future scale buildup.
The marketing material says that it prevents this by “increasing efficiency and flow”.
Space saving solution.
This is because you only need an extra 4″ x 6″ of space around your pipes. This is far less than the space one needs for traditional water softeners. Therefore this is a great option for people that don’t have a lot of space.
On-going maintenance is not necessary.
You should be able to set it and forget it once properly installed.
Flowtech Water Solutions Reviews
This is by far my biggest issue with Flow Tech. There are very little verified customer reviews available online.
And the little amount of reviews available seem to come directly from the manufacturer. For instance, the vast majority of customer reviews online right now are from Flow Tech’s own FaceBook page.
Of the reviews that do exist very few of them seem to be from actual verified customers. A bunch of the reviews are from plumbers (presumably certified contractors linked to the organisation).
Also, their products are not available from 3rd party retailers like Amazon. This means even less opportunities to see verified customer flow tech home max reviews.
Flow Tech Installation?
Unlike other electromagnetic water softener alternatives, this is one that you can’t apparently install yourself.
This is unlike similar products like the Eddy Electronic Water Descaler.
You will also need a professional certified Flow Tech technician to install it for you after an initial inspection. It also probably means that you can only hire a certified technician to fix anything if it goes wrong.
This is slightly concerning because other water companies that have similar sales practices tend to up-sell their products wildly.
How Much Does Flow Tech Cost?
Unfortunately prices are not upfront so these are just guesses.
However, I’ve seen quotes for wholesale prices between $100-150 for the INDIVIDUAL flow-tech max anti-scale system. Some people report seeing them available at Home Depot for $125-$175 (actual price depends on the model you choose).
However, UNAVOIDABLE installation costs usually take the whole package (product + installation) well over $1200+.
Flow Tech’s WORST Points?
Personally, I am very skeptical about this technology and this is what motivated me to write this Flow Tech review.
It’s already been around for a few years but has not revolutionised the industry, why?
If this sort of thing really worked then homes, commercial and industrial settings across the world would use this on mass.
Something that treats hard water without the extra costs, maintenance, chemicals, space and inefficiencies of traditional softeners is the holy grail in the water industry.
So again, why is this not the best selling water treatment product? Here are some possible reasons:
Flow tech is not actually a water softener so does not produce soft water and doesn’t actually turn hard water soft.
Prices are not up front and it seems that you need a “water analysis” and maybe even a sales visit before they will quote you a price.
There are not many verified customer reviews online so very difficult to judge if it really works or not.
It seems you can not install it yourself and will need to hire a certified licensed professional licensed contractor. This increases the up-front costs radically and means the company can charge (or over charge) as it seems you can’t just hire the friendly local family plumber.
You can’t buy Flow-tech from 3rd party sites and retailers like Amazon. This is unfortunate because being listed on Amazon let’s us know if it’s a reputable company or not. We also miss out on all the genuine customer reviews that Amazon provides.
There is a Flow Tech “satisfaction guarantee” but I can’t find any details of this after lots of searching. More upfront information about their guarantees will make it easier to know how much the company stands by their claims. (Please leave a comment below if you know what the warranty/guarantee details are and I’ll be happy to update this post).
Is Flow Tech WORTH It?
The short answer is no, especially if you have extremely hard water.
A full water softener (including installation) costs a fraction of this. For instance, a basic softener is around $900-ish and installation can go for $300-ish.
Also similar products like the Eddy Descaler only cost around $200 without needing to pay extra for a “certified licensed plumber”.
So let’s point out some facts:
- Flow Tech does NOT filter anything.
- It does NOT soften.
- There are hardly any positive verified online reviews.
If you think Flow-Tech is still a worthwhile investment for “descaling your pipes” despite ALL of the drawbacks above then there are much better options out there.
The most obvious being the Eddy Descaler because it is much cheaper, has lots of verified customer reviews and is backed by Amazon’s A-Z customer guarantee.
However, if you’re going to be spending this type of money (i.e. over $1200) anyway then why not get something that is actually guaranteed to work?
Either that be a reliable water softener like SpringWell that is well established with lots of positive customer reviews.
A salt free option like Aquasana Rhino that includes a powerful water filter.
There is the option to get it with a professional installation kit so you can install it yourself.
Aquasana has lots of verified positive customer reviews that you can check on places like Amazon.
|Aquasana Salt Free Softener and Filter System||FilterSmart Salt-Free |
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|Crystal Quest Softener with Pre/Post Filters|
|- 1,000,000 one million gallon capacity.|
- Aquasana Rhino exceeds NSF standards.
- Treats hard water WITHOUT salt.
- Removes chlorine, bacteria, iron, sulfide, manganese, mercury, lead etc.
- Includes pre-filter, copper-zinc and carbon filtration stages with standard fittings.
- 90-Day "Pure Satisfaction" Guarantee.
|- 1,000,000 gallon capacity.|
- Carbon NSF certified.
- Treats extremely hard.
- No backwash waste.
- No control valve or electricity required.
- Lifetime warranty.
|- Powerful salt-based water softener.
- Also includes a 3 stage filter.
- Comes with digital metered, on demand valve.
- 60,000-grain capacity.
- NSF certified.
- Made in the USA.