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A Review of Aquasana EQ-SS20 SimplySoft Salt-Free Water Softener. The good water softeners out there remove the excess hard minerals from the water, calcium, carbon, and high levels of magnesium in water which can cause those greasy and slimy scaling around the bathroom.
There are many contaminants that could be present in your water, including chlorine, bacteria, and synthetic chemicals. These chemicals don't only affect you when you drink the water, but they are present in the shower steam and contaminate the air in your home too.
As the Aquasana Whole House Water Filter and Salt-Free Softener removes these contaminants up to 97%, it will reduce your chances of getting a number of diseases, including bladder cancer, skin irritation, and allergies.
Water filters are also cost-effective and save you time, as you won't have to boil your water or purchase bottled water. You'll be able to drink straight from the tap.
Furthermore, most water found in the US is hard water. This means it contains particles of the minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These are not unhealthy in any way, but they have many negative effects on your home, some of which are scale buildups on your pipes, damaged hair, dry skin, and a bad taste or smell of the water. Using a water softener will combat all these issues.
Salt-based water softeners are generally the best option for combating hardness in water, as they will eradicate minerals in water. Salt-free softeners, on the other hand, are a popular choice among those who still want to get the benefits of the magnesium and calcium in their water while eliminating their negative effects to a great degree.
The salt-free option will also suit you as there are no additional costs for water, salt, and electricity. It is thus both a budget and environmentally-friendly option.
The Aquasana Whole House Water Filter and Salt-Free Softener will reduce the negative effects of the minerals found in hard water, while also eliminating harmful chemicals. It is an efficient system for your whole house as it combines the benefits of both water filtration and water softening.
How we conducted the test:
We got a team of evaluators and tried this product to see its features and check out its peak performances according to specific purposes. We also logged in the number of hours that we spent in testing the models.
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Is It Worth the Money?
Aquasana is a renowned company for water filters and softeners, with a strong reputation, so you'll be at ease knowing they are trustworthy and ready to address all your concerns and questions.
As you read about the features below, keep in mind Aquasana guarantees this model for 1 million gallons, which is a huge amount of water. So once you get this system, you'll be able to enjoy filtered and soft water for a long time. Under normal use, a family of four could expect it to last 8-10 years.
Detailed Review & Breakdown
This high-performance water filter and water softener stands out with its ability to reduce 97% of chlorine in the water.
It is also extremely effective in reducing other harmful chemicals, including heavy metals, such as mercury and lead and organic chemicals, such as pesticides and herbicides. This will not only clear your water but also improve the quality of the air in your home because the harsh chemicals can contaminate the air as they evaporate in the shower steam.
The water will not only be healthier, which eliminates the need for bottled water, but it will also taste and smell clean. Food also tastes better and is prepared quicker when prepared with filtered water, according to top chefs.
In addition, you’ll enjoy significantly healthier hair and skin. Chlorine, hard water minerals, and harsh synthetic chemicals can do a lot of damage to your hair and skin, especially if you are sensitive to them. They might permanently damage and dry out your hair, and cause skin redness, irritation, and even pain in extreme cases.
The filter system works in three stages. The pre filter removes particles, such as rust and dirt, which can be as small as 5 microns. The filtration tank balances the pH levels and reduces chlorine. The last stage of the filtration process will remove any leftovers of chlorine and other chemicals.
The innovative SCM water softening technology will prevent minerals from building up in your internal pipes and appliances. It is a salt-free option, which uses only the natural flow of the water to transform the mineral ions into crystals, which prevents the minerals from binding and forming scale. At the same time, you will still get the benefits of these minerals, most notably calcium and magnesium, which are good for your health in small doses.
Another notable feature is the corrosion-resistant tank, and the compact and lightweight design of the salt-free softener. This system also features a unique dual tank design which prevents clogging through the increased water contact time.
- Weight: 16 pounds
- Product dimensions: 46 inches x 54 inches
- Capacity (gallons): 1,000,000 over the life of the product
- Flow rate: 7 gallons per minute
EASE OF USE & RELIABILITY
The Aquasana system is very easy to install. If you have basic plumbing skills, you will be able to install it yourself with the help of a detailed guide in under 2 hours. The base installation kit includes a 20" pre-filter and plastic fittings.
There are few components you can consider purchasing if you want to upgrade.
The first are brass fittings, which provide easier installation and maintenance. Furthermore, you could get some shut-off valves and bend-supports for quicker filter changes, a UV filter for protection from bacteria and viruses, and a sub-micron post-filter for added protection. These additional components are completely optional, and your system will work well without them.
The system is also easy to use and maintain. It doesn't need any drainage lines or back flushing. The filters last for approximately 6 months of use. You will need to replace the SimplySoft polyphosphate material every 5 years.
Remembering to change these filters and the polyphosphate are the only maintenance you’ll need to perform. Otherwise, you won’t need to program any settings or worry about conducting repairs. It’s a completely reliable system.
IS IT AFFORDABLE?
The Aquasana Whole House Water Filter and Salt-Free Softener is very affordable, considering its quality, durability, and low maintenance costs.
The system comes with a 10-year or 1 million gallons of water-limited warranty. It covers defects in manufacturing and materials. It is also covered with a 90-day worry-free guarantee, so you can return your product within this period with no questions asked.
Who Is this For?
As this system is specifically designed to remove both chlorine and well water contaminants, you can use it whatever your water source.
Its multiple filtration steps do reduce the flow rate to 7 gallons per minute, however, so it’s best suited to households of no more than 4 people. Otherwise, you’ll like experience low water pressure as multiple people and appliances use water at the same time.
The Aquasana Whole House Water Filter and Salt-Free Softener is our top pick for whole house filtering and softening combo systems. We like the ease of installation, the low maintenance, and the effective filtration and softening this system provides.
If you have extremely hard water, however, you should opt for a salt-based softener, as they will be more effective than salt-free systems in some areas. And if you have iron or sulfur in your well water, you’ll want to look for a softener or filter that specifically treats those issues.
Alternatives Worth Looking At
The next step up is the Aquasana Rhino 6-Stage 500,000 Gallon Well Water Filtration System with SimplySoft Salt-Free Water Softener. It also addresses both filtering and softening with an included UV filter to kill bacteria and viruses better than the base model.
You can also take a look at the Pelican PSE 1800 Whole House Water Filter & Water Softener. It is slightly more expensive, but it is a good option for larger houses as it has a flow rate of 10 gallons per minute and some additional features, such as a control module with a failure alarm.