Why A Whirlpool Softener Might Just NOT Be Worth It

Why A Whirlpool Water Softener Might NOT Be Worth It

Red CrossWhirlpool water softeners typically come with a 1-2 year warranty (with an option to extend to a 5 or 10 year warranty) but the industry standard is a lifetime warranty. 

Red CrossAt the time of writing this, Whirlpool softeners are only available for purchase in Lowe’s, Canada. Whirlpool filters are sometimes available at places like EcoPure, FleetFarm, Home Depot and Amazon but not direct from Whirlpool. 

Red CrossWater Softener ValveNot being able to buy direct from Whirlpool somewhat confuses the responsibility for customer services. For instance, if you purchase from EcoPure you will most likely have to rely on EcoPure customer services if anything goes wrong and not Whirlpool. 

Red CrossThere are no salt-free softener options.

Red CrossWhirlpool softeners are a single tank design. The advantage of a double tank design is that one tank is regenerating new soft water while the other is in use. This means that you will always have soft water on tap 24-7 and never need to wait for new soft water to be generated.

Why A Whirlpool Water Softener Might Be Worth It

Here are some of the best features and benefits of getting a Whirlpool water softener:

Green Plus ArrowAquasana SimplySoft ResultsThe softener machines use smart technology that means they are efficient in saving on both water and salt at the same time.

Green Plus ArrowWhirlpool always have something “hi-tech” like the WHESCS has integrated Wi-FI. This is so unique and advanced when you compare it to other water softener systems today.

Green Plus ArrowGenerally priced competitively and available to purchase online without needing an in-home visit from a sales person like some other brands.

Whirlpool Water Softener Prices

The cheapest Whirlpool model is the Whirlpool WHES18 that is a 18,000 grain compact home softener starting at $567. While 48,000 grains is the highest grain capacity and costs upwards of $1229.

App Controlled SoftenerBasically, the more features and specs you get, the higher the price. However, you can save money by getting a lower capacity device.

Important Note: Beware that some Whirlpool water softener prices DO NOT include installation fees.

This is something to factor into the costs especially if you are purchasing the softener and filter separately because that will double the workload and therefore significantly increase the costs.

Whirlpool WHES33

Whirlpool WHES48

Whirlpool WHESFC

33,000 Grain Water SoftenerPro Series – 48,000 Grain Water SoftenerPro Series - Softener/Whole Home Filter
Whirlpool WHES33-WHES30Whirlpool 48,000 Grain SoftenerWhirlpool Softener / Filter Hybrid
Softener only Softener only Softener and filter
Household size: 1 to 4+ PeopleHousehold size: 1 to 6+ PeopleHousehold size: 1 to 5+ People
Removes a maximum of 105 gpg of hardness.Removes a maximum of 160 gpg of hardness.Removes a maximum of 120 gpg of hardness.
Iron Removal: 9 ppmIron Removal: 12 ppmIron Removal: 3 ppm
Calcium, Magnesium, Clear Water Iron
Calcium, Magnesium, Clear Water Iron
Chlorine, Sediment, Calcium, Magnesium & Clear Water Iron.
Low salt light indicatorLow salt light indicatorLow salt light indicator
Electrical Requirements
AC. 24 Volt
120 Volts.
Transformer Included.
Electrical Requirements
AC. 24 Volt
110/120 Volts.
Transformer Included.
Electrical Requirements
AC. 24 Volt
110/120 Volts.
Transformer Included.
Product Dimensions:
D: 19 in.
W: 18 in.
H: 47 7/8 in.
Product Dimensions:
D: 19 in.
W: 18 in.
H: 47 7/8 in.
Product Dimensions:
D: 19 in.
W: 18 in.
H: 47 7/8 in.
Why get it? For an average 1-2 bathroom home, moderately hard water.Why get it? The highest grain capacity for extremely hard water along with the highest level of iron treatment.Why get it? It both filters and softens your water at the same time.
Biggest drawback?
Does not include a whole house filter.
Biggest drawback?Does not include a whole house filter.Biggest drawback?The filter is very basic, only really treats sediments, chlorine and a small amount of iron.
1 Year Full Parts and Labor Warranty2 Year Full Parts and Labor Warranty2 Year Full Parts and Labor Warranty
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Key Features of Whirlpool Softeners

Here are all the best selling points and  key features that all Whirlpool softeners have in common:

Iron Removal

Whirlpool softeners are unique in being able to treat small amounts of iron. Most basic softeners are only able to treat hard water minerals like calcium and magnesium unless otherwise stated. This is why it is preferable to get a whole house softener and filter combination machine that will treat hard water and filter out all contaminants including iron.

Requires Electricity

Whirlpool softeners are very affordable but bear in mind that they need electricity to work, which is an extra on-going cost that you need to consider. You will need access to a 110V electrical outlet and a drain. This is unlike other products like salt free softener filters combo devices like this product or regular salt based softeners like this one.

Low Salt Light

Whirlpool softeners come with a low salt light that lets you know when the softener is getting low on salt. This takes out all the guess work and gives you a few days notice before the salt tank needs to be refilled.

Water Flow Indicator

Similar to the low salt light, the water flow indicator lets you know if the water is properly flowing through the system. This might also help you know if there are any leaks in your plumbing set up.

Short 1-2 Year Warranty Period

Most whole house water softeners come with a 10 year to lifetime warranty. However, Whirlpool softeners typically only come with a 1-2 year warranty with the option to extend to 5/10 years.

Whirlpool Softener Salt Free ALTERNATIVE?

Mr Water Geek Thinking​By far the biggest issue with Whirlpool is that all their softeners require salt.

This means that you will still need to go out and buy salt/sodium in order to generate soft water.

Apart from costing more money overall, the constant need for salt means a higher level of maintenance. Aquasana SimplySoft

Meanwhile there are some products like the Aquasana Rhino that is capable of treating hard water without salt and comes with lots of optional filter upgrades.

Aquasana produces some of the best rated salt free softener systems and whole house filters on the market today.

Getting a UV filter upgrade means that the machine will also reAquasana SimplySoft Resultsmove bacteria, viruses and chlorine resistant cysts.

However, the standard filters are pretty powerful too. They can even treat things like heavy metals like mercury and lead, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and chlorine.

Like I said, its systems don’t require salt yet they can treat hard water up to 24 gpm (which is extremely hard).

Why is Aquasana Better? (Salt FREE Softener + Whole House Filter)

Green Plus ArrowA whole house system like this will deal with ALL the problems with your water. Hard water, contaminants, sediments etc.

Green Plus ArrowThe powerful filters remove things like VOC’s (volatile organic chemicals), chlorine, herbicides, heavy metals like mercury, lead and much more.mrwatergeek winner badge

Green Plus ArrowHas a good capacity so can sufficiently provide soft and filtered water for the average home of between 1-4 people.

Green Plus ArrowExtremely high capacity as it can treat 1,000,000 gallons. This effectively means it can take 10 years before you need to replace the filters.

Green Plus ArrowInstalling it is not a problem too because the units come with a professional grade installation kit.

Green Plus ArrowWater and energy efficiency means lower operating costs.Aquasana Whole House UV Filter

Green Plus ArrowIt does NOT use salt to effectively treat hard water up to 24 parts per million (this is very high levels of water hardness).

Green Plus ArrowThe UV filter will effectively treat bacteria viruses and chlorine resistant cysts.

Green Plus ArrowComes with NSF and IAPMO certificates.Check Prices & Read Customer Reviews

Green Plus ArrowGet it direct from the manufacturer (Aquasana) in order to get the 90-Day “Pure Satisfaction” guarantee.

Better Salt Based Softener ALTERNATIVE for Medium to Extremely Hard Water?

Green Plus ArrowWhole House Softener Filter ComboThis all-in-one water treatment system, which utilizes salt for effective water softening for extremely hard water.

Green Plus ArrowUnlike Aquasana, this model combines both a salt-based softener and a whole house filter in a single device.

Green Plus ArrowIt is designed to require minimal maintenance, allowing you to set it up and forget about it.

Green Plus ArrowIts advanced filtration process, including a strong carbon medium filter, effectively treats water through multiple stages.

Green Plus ArrowCheck Prices & Read Customer ReviewsThe system includes a valve that enables you to easily control and monitor its performance after installation.

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Comes with a 6 month guarantee and limited lifetime warranty.

Aquasana Whole House FilterPelican Softener with Filters
Treats hard water UP TO 25 ppm (low to medium low hard water).Treats hard water OVER 25 ppm (medium to extremely hard water).
Does NOT require electricity.Requires electricity if using the electronic head monitor.
Control Your System With An App:? NOControl Your System With An App:? YES
- Powerful salt-FREE water softener.
- 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.
- Limited 10 year warranty.
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- Powerful salt-BASED water softener.
- 1,000,000 one million gallon capacity.
- Also includes a multi-stage filter.
- Easy installation (inside or outside)
- Sufficient for 1-3 bathrooms (options for 4-6 and 7+ bathrooms also available).
- 6 month money back guarantee.
- Limited lifetime warranty.
Ships to US and CA.
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