Salt Free Water Softener Consumer Reports *BRUTALLY Honest*

Last Updated on September 4, 2020

This salt free water softener consumer reports will help you decide if a salt free water softener is right for you.

Pelican Whole House Softener Filter ComboWater softener machines remove water hardness.

The salt free softener process means that the minerals remain in the water, but the shape changes so that they do not stick to the surfaces.

Salt free water softeners are not real softeners but “water conditioners”.

In a salt free softener the water is processed through a catalytic filter using a physical process called Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC).

Pelican WirelessWhat happens is the hard minerals are converted to a hardness crystal that can not stick to the pipe surfaces.

This is actually water conditioning, not softening. But it still produces soft water quality.

Also, you will not need an electrical valve when using on a salt-free system. This is because the system works as a conditioner and never captures anything so there is no waste.

Salt-Free Water Conditioners

The salt of the traditional water softener removes minerals such as calcium and magnesium which cause hard water by ion exchange.

The salt free water conditioner, on the other hand, stop crystals from sticking to the surfaces, so there is less scale build-up.

The biggest salt-free water conditioner advantages:Water Softener Valve

  • The main advantage of a salt-free system is that it’s typically maintenance-free.
  • It does not require electricity.
  • Will not need any salt, sewage or chemicals. This means there are almost no on-going costs.

You should consider salt-free softening technologies as long as you do not expect the same results as salt-based technologies.

Also, salt-free systems can sometimes outperform salt-based softeners.

First, softener systems without salt are not true water softeners. These systems are often referred to as “water conditioners” or “water descalers”.

Salt-free systems can help reduce the accumulation of limescale. This is the calcareous substance that is seen in hard and dry waterholes, as well as other chemicals. Salt-free water treatment systems change the chemical structure of water minerals. This is through the descaling process, preventing the depositing of solids in piping and fittings that use water.

Green Plus ArrowBenefits of Salt-Free Water Softeners

Water softeners mean there is better foam and less soap necessary. However, unsalted softening also leads to an improvement in soap usage and leaves behind less scum.

Here are some more salt-free water softener benefits:

  • Salt softeners seem to produce a more slippery feel for water. Salt-free systems also reported to produce this but is a lot less. So this is better for people that want the effects of soft water without slippery water.Aquasana SimplySoft Results
  • Traditional softened salt water is considered not safe to drink. This is because of the high salt sodium content. So if you are trying to reduce the amount of salt in your body then opt for a salt free water softener.
  • Users of salt-free systems report benefits to their hair and skin. However, this can also be because salt free softeners also have filters. For instance, a ceramic or carbon filter can also reduce the “hardness” of the water without salt.
  • The modern salt free water softeners don’t need salt and almost no on-going maintenance unlike the traditional softeners. Almost no maintenance required. Just fit it and forget it.
  • The new water softeners without salt do not require unnecessary regeneration or subsequent washing.
  • Water softeners without salt do not need electricity. This is of great benefit to some as they can be used at remote locations.

Why It’s BETTER Than TRADITIONAL Salt-Based Water Softeners

  • Traditional water softeners usually require an annual service, which is rarely free.
  • Conventional water softeners can require electrical energy. This costs money, but also limits where it can be installed.
  • Traditional water softeners create wastewater (the average water removed with a regular softener is about 8 liters per day).
  • Unfortunately, wastewater is not only expensive manage and treat but also harmful to the environment due to its high sodium / salt content.
  • Conventional water softeners require large amounts of salt, which can be costly (typically at least $120 per year).
  • Using salt means constantly transporting / loading heavy sacks of salt and of course the constant maintenance of the regular filling in the machine. The typical salt consumption is about 12 bags per year, but can easily be double or triple, depending on the hardness of the local water.

Best Saltless Water Softener: Aquasana SimplySoft

Protect the indoor installation of your home from the detrimental effects of iron and debris.

Extend the life of your washing machine, water heater, dishwasher and other appliances.

Entire health environmentally friendly effective solution. Aquasana SimplySoft

Aquasana SimplySoft is better than a fabric softener. Unlike salt-based fabric softeners, SimplySoft will not demineralize your water through chemical removal of minerals or bring excess salt residue or chemicals into our environment.

SimplySoft Technology

SCM’s salt-free descaling technology naturally and safely reduces the build-up of deposits in piping and piping without the use of salt or chemicals.

Never reload heavy bags of salt. Durable systems are easy to replace and last for 6 years. Aquasana SimplySoft requires no electricity, no wastewater discharge or a complicated salt exchange.

How SimplySoft Works

It softens water without using salt like traditional water softeners.

This is done with SCM (Scale Control Media) technology uses your home’s water flow to effectively prevent the build-up of scale by turning dissolved hard minerals into inactive, harmless, microscopic glass particles that pass harmlessly through the water into the drain.

  • Lots of reviews from happy customers who report good customer service.
  • Effective soft water without salt. This also means that you don’t need to worry about buying heavy sacks of salt. See customer reviews
  • They help to reduces the accumulation of existing scales and extends the life of pipes and equipment.
  • 90 days warranty.
  • 6 years warranty.

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Is A Salt-Free Conditioner The Way To Go?

Yes, if you don’t suffer from severely hard water and don’t want to worry about on-going maintenance linked to using a water softener.

Mr Water Geek ThinkingIt is also good for people that are on a salt restricted diet.

Salt fee systems typically don’t need electricity.

They don’t produce sewage wastewater and they keep working without you needing to change the settings or monitor its progress.

If you are thinking about getting this type of system then I suggest the simplySoft and OptimH2O combination.

This gives you the best of both worlds in terms of salt free softening and a whole house water filter powerful enough to treat lead.Optimh2o Reverse Osmosis + Claryum

Getting a salt-free conditioner is also the way to go if you hate the “slippery” feeling that comes with using traditional water softeners.

There are many salt free softeners that product similar or better effective soft water than results than salt-based softeners.

However, there are many salt-free conditioners work that do not live up to the expectations.

Therefore, it is important to only buy one that has numerous good customer reviews like SimplySoft.

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  1. Luke,
    You state,” Traditional softened salt water is considered not safe to drink. This is because of the high salt sodium content.”
    Proper working salt based softeners do not introduce salt into the water. They use a salt rinse to remove the minerals attached to the bead. Then the salt brine is rinsed away. No salt left to go into the water.

  2. Hello Luke,
    Good morning. Thank you for your report. I have a question that I hope you will answer, We purchased a whole house Aquasana system with a descaler. We now have a white chemical film forming on our dishwasher with a stainless steel tub. Our glassware is also affected. The system is 2 years old and we are on well water.
    Before I contacted Aquasana I would like an unbiased opinion.
    Thank you for your assistance.

    1. Hi Dave

      Unfortunately, there are so many possible causes for this that I wont be able to provide you with any useful help without taking a look at it myself.

      However, I have worked closely with Aquasana for a while now and know they have very good customer support (hence why I typically recommend their products) so you should have no problem getting help from them.

      Aquasana customer support:
      866-662-6885 (Toll Free) (Product Support)

      Get back in touch with me if for some reason they don’t reply and I’ll chase this up for you with my contacts in the company.

      Best wishes,

  3. Do these saltless water conditioners affect iron, and keep it from staing? We have moderatly hard water, plus 2-3 ppm(?) ferrous iron. I’ve been told by a couple of water system installers that our salt-based softener can handle iron up to 2 ppm, so in our case, isn’t taking all the iron out. What would be the effect of putting in one of these water conditioners (or one of the electromagnetic ones) ahead of the softener? Would it cause the minerals it affect to pass through the softener unaffected? Or would it be pointless because the salt softener would work exactly the same?


  4. Hello! We are on a whole house system supplier for well (bladder tank, carbon tank w/ chlorine reservoir then softener tank w/ salt reservoir)! Would a non-salt system be a better system? Not sure how hard the water is prior to system! Present system uses an Econominder controller on both tanks (they regenerates on a timer)!
    We are a family of 6 adults, so water usage is high with laundry, showers, etc!

    1. Hi David
      It all depends how hard the water is. If you’re unsure buy a cheap hard water test kit.
      If it’s not really hard (e.g. under 20-25 GPG grains per gallon) then you should look into getting a salt free water system, if not then a salt based system is the only way to deal with very hard water.

      Also remember to select a model with a larger capacity since you have such a large household of 6 people e.g. if choosing Aquasana salt-free systems then choose the Rhino or OptimH20.
      Best of luck,

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