iSpring RCC7AK RO System [Alkaline Remineralization]

The iSpring RCC7AK is an upgraded version of the RCC7 model with the addition of a nice extra filter. It can filter out all types of contaminants and enrich the water in the same process giving you a healthier, natural-tasting, clean drinking water. This is our pick for the best under sink reverse osmosis system.

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Excellent Filtration Process

The RCC7AK features multi-layered filtration process designed around 6 very efficient filtration stages specially tailored to progressively remove all types of contaminants and improve the water quality.

The first three stages are pre-filters consisting of polypropylene sediment filter in the 1st stage, GAC filter in the 2nd stage and a carbon block filter in the 3rd stage.

These three filters trap all the sediments and particles that are larger than 5 microns and more importantly removes chlorine, chloramines and other chemicals present in the water.

The fourth stage where the magic happens sits a quality RO membrane which eliminates all the remaining contaminants down to 0.0001 microns leaving behind only pure water.

A fine GAC filter takes the fifth stage and where the water from the RO tank is further polished to remove any residual contaminants from the tank.

Restoration of Lost Minerals

After going through the initial 5-stage RO filtration process, the RCC7AK includes a 6th stage which consists of an alkaline remineralization filter.

The standard 5 stages produce clean, pure water with all the contaminants removed as well as the few helpful minerals present in the water.

This 6th stage is a big plus as the alkaline filter restores the healthy minerals lost due to the RO process. The AK filter features red mineral stones which add back calcium and other essential minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

The filter also has a calcite portion that helps raise the pH levels of the RO water hence creating a much natural alkaline balance in the water.

Therefore, you not only get the benefit of drinking clean, purified water but you are also assured of getting some healthy minerals as well and a better, more natural taste.

RO water is so pure and as such it often tastes unnatural, but with this alkaline filter in place, your water will certainly taste much better.

Furthermore, the filter is made up of only natural mineral stones that serve as the filtration media hence your body will have no problem absorbing the restored minerals directly.

Filtration Capacity

The filtration capacity of RO membrane of this iSpring RCC7AK model is also quite decent for an under-sink residential RO system.

It’s capable of producing up to 75 gallons of filtered water a day which is sufficient to handle the water needs of small to medium-sized families whether it’s drinking or cooking.

Moreover, the system is relatively efficient as for each gallon of pure water produced, it wastes only 2 gallons which is really a mean feat for most filtration systems.

Installation and Maintenance

Featuring quick fittings, a cabinet fitted bracket and a clear, well-organized manual and videos, installing the RCC7AK is quite easy, especially if you have some little DIY skills.

All the parts you need including the pressurized tank, faucet, drain saddle, feed water adapter, tank valve and tubings are provided alongside the filters, membrane and the RO frame itself.

The system will easily fit under any standard kitchen sink and the overall construction is quite solid. The filters are durable too with the first three pre-filters requiring replacing just twice a year and the two post-filters requiring changing once a year.

The membrane will last 2 to 3 years based on the quality of your source water. Noise won’t also be a major problem like in other systems. The unit runs smoothly producing the least sound possible. 

All in all, the iSpring RCC7AK is a well-designed RO system with an effective 6-stage filtration process that eliminates all kinds of contaminants from the water and replenishes it with essential, natural minerals.

It’s definitely a win-win investment for anyone looking for an affordable system that can deliver a more natural tasting and healthier filtered water.

Pros

  • Efficient filtration process ensures crisp, clean, drinking water
  • Restores healthy minerals to the water and improves its pH balance
  • Decent filtration capacity and pure to wastewater ratio
  • Durable stainless steel construction 
  • Easy installation with a convenient noise-free operation
  • Backed by one year warranty plus a one-year money-back guarantee

Cons

  • That automatic shut off valve seems a bit flimsy
  • May need some DIY skills for easy installation

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CuZn UC-200 Under Counter Water Filter Reviews

The CuZn UC-200 is one of the best under sink water filters on the market. What makes it highly popular is its impressive filtration features, advanced design, quality, super efficiency and convenience all at a relatively fair price. More importantly, it has the most long-lasting filter offering the highest capacity on our list.

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Filtration Performance

The CuZn UC-200 model utilizes a 3-stage filtration process which consists of a micro sediment membrane, KDF-55 filtration media, and virgin acid washed catalytic carbon filtration media made from coconut shell carbon.

This impressive filtration process and advanced materials remove a wide range of contaminants from your water both inorganic and organic.

The first media which is the micro sediment membrane helps clear out sediments and tiny particles from the water.

The KDF-55 media and catalytic coconut shell carbon combination, on the other hand, work effectively to remove many different kinds of harmful chemical contaminants found in the water and the pipes.

The first main items they eliminate are chlorine, chloramines and chlorine byproducts like chloromethanes and bromoform. The robust catalytic coconut shell carbon filtration media is also capable of reducing most types of pharmaceutical and perfluorinated (PFOA) compounds.

It can reduce Glyphosate too and several volatile organic compounds found in municipal water.  In short, it will basically remove almost all chemical contaminants that often affect the taste, odor, and quality of water.

The UC-200 KDF-55 filtration media stage, in particular, does a great job of reducing up to 98% of all the water-soluble cation heavy metals like lead, chromium, nickel, mercury, cadmium and other dissolved metals.

Another commendable thing about this unit’s filtration process is that it purifies the water selectively. It will not remove the beneficial hardness minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Therefore, you get clean filtered water with the healthy minerals present.

Bacteriostatic Filtration System

One of the best features of the CuZn UC-200 model is its bacterial growth prevention. It is bacteriostatic which means bacteria can’t grow within the unit like is the case with carbon only filters which are susceptible to building up of microorganisms over time when not changed frequently.

The inclusion of the KDF-55 media helps create a bacteriostatic environment in the unit which limits any possibility of microorganism growth and also kills any bacteria present in the water.

By direct electrochemical contact and flash formation of hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals, this KDF redox media causes cellular damage to the microorganism lingering inside the unit by disrupting their ability to function thereby destroying them completely.

As such, there’s almost zero chance of bacteria, mold, and algae building up within the system thereby preventing any further contamination of the water and the potential spread of water-borne diseases.

Capacity and Efficiency

The CuZn UC-200 offers an incredibly high capacity as it is able to filter a maximum of 50,000 gallons of water on demand throughout its lifespan. Basically, you will be using it for nearly 5 years or even longer if it’s only for drinking water and cooking.

The unit is also built to withstand a great deal of pressure. It’s capable of handling up to 130 psi operating pressure which is a big bonus considering that the city water pressure in most homes is around 60 psi.

The flow rate is equally high as the system can produce about 2 gallons of filtered water per minute and the best part is no wastewater is generated in the process, so it’s 100% water efficient.

Installation and Maintenance

Installing this CuZn system is super easy. All the necessary parts required to hook it up under your home or office sink are provided.

The unit is designed to filter cold water from the municipal/city water treatment supplies alone. It’s not recommended for use with private well water suppliers.

A separate dedicated faucet for the filtered water is not required since it can work with an existing cold water faucet. However, if you prefer to install it, the manufacturer provides a complementary alternative installation kit for the dedicated filtered water faucet setup upon request at no additional cost.

Almost no maintenance is needed because the filter it uses is long-lasting. You will only have to change the system after around 5 years and the process is simple as the first time you install it.

One downside we noted with this unit is that it does not consistently reduce a high percentage of fluoride. It reduces the levels by just 20 to 30% on average.

It’s also not the right choice for dealing with excessively hard water issues brought about by extremely high mineral content since most of these minerals are allowed to pass through the filter.

Overall, this CuZn UC-200 model is a top under sink water filter that offers reliable general purification of municipal water issues. If you want a more basic yet effective low maintenance and long-lasting water filtration system, then this an option worth investing in.

Pros

  • Removes a wide range of organic and inorganic contaminants
  • Kills and restricts the growth of bacteria and mold within the system
  • Incredibly high capacity (50,000 gallons) and flow rate (2 GPM)
  • 100% efficient with zero wastewater generation
  • Setting it up is a breeze and almost no maintenance needed
  • Long-lasting filter offering up to 5 years of service
  • Comes with a 5-year limited warranty

Cons

  • The “in” and “out” flow not indicated on the unit
  • Filters only municipal water

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Express Water WH300SCKS Water Filter Reviews

For anyone specifically looking for a 3-stage filtration system, the Express Water WH300SCKS is a great alternative to the Aquasana EQ-1000 model. Like its competitor, it offers a comprehensive solution to water contamination in one single unit.

The system uses three different filters to target and remove specific contaminants from the water supply and to ensure a more complete purification process. The first stage consists of a sediment filter which eliminates coarse damaging contaminants such as dirt, rust, and sand.

The filter has 4 distinct layers capable of removing contaminants down to 5 microns with the outer layers catching the coarsest contaminants while inner layers deal with finer sediments and particles.

The second phase consists of a Kinetic Degradation Fluxion filter which further captures heavy metals contaminants as well as dirt and other suspended particles. It also removes chemical contaminants including VOCs.

The final stage completes the filtration process and it’s where all the chlorine, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) are removed using a granular activated carbon filter to ensure that the water tastes good and is drinkable.

Another thing that sets this unit apart is the pressure gauge and the pressure release button that it comes with. They make it easier to use and monitor the system so that you are aware of when the filters need replacement.

The whole system is a heavy-duty construction made from quality food-grade PCE and ABS plastic, so as far as durability is concerned, you are not going to worry that much. You will have no problem when it comes to installation and maintenance is also quite easy due to its user-friendly design.

Pros

  • Offers a much more comprehensive filtration capability
  • Heavy-duty, durable construction
  • Water pressure is a high ideal for large houses
  • Stainless steel housing for easier filter changes
  • Installation and maintenance is fairly easy

Cons

  • No real installation “instructions” provided other than just a flyer containing some basics

Our Verdict

The WH300SCKS whole house filtration system from Express Water provides a solution to a wide variety of water problems and once you install it, you are definitely going to appreciate the results and performance.

If the Aquasana EQ-1000 model didn’t win you over, then this might be a nice alternative.

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APEX MR-1050 Countertop Drinking Water Filter Reviews

Improve your way of living with the Apex MR-1050 countertop water filter that purifies water and protects you from pathogens.

This is a five-step filtration system that can remove several contaminants that include arsenic, copper, aluminum, chlorine odors, among others. Additionally, it can filter Cryptosporidium, Giardia cysts and other micro-organisms that cause water-borne illnesses.

APEX- MR1050 has granular activated carbon (GAC) and KDF-55 technology. This eliminates a great percentage of chlorine, organic toxins, and heavy metals.

It’s a practical design that takes very little space on the counter.

The filter makes water healthier by balancing its alkalinity. As water flows through two of the filtering stages, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium are added using alkaline beads and calcite. These minerals are great for your health.

This water filter unit is simple to install and easy to use. It comes with its own installation hardware, saving you a trip to the hardware store.

It also fits standard home faucets which is convenient.

APEX- MR1050 provides a high volume of 750 gallons and the filter takes roughly a year before you need to replace it.

Pros

  • Fits all standard size faucets making installation a breeze.
  • Compact design that takes considerably small counter space.
  • Easy to install even for non-handy and older people.

Cons

  • It’s costly to replace filters.
  • Grows algae in the top part of the filter when exposed sunlight.
  • Hard to separate the base from the housing unit when changing out filters.

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PUR – FM-3700 Faucet Mount Water Filter Reviews

The PUR FM-3700 is a superior quality faucet water filter that provides a clean and healthy water supply. It is effective for eliminating over 70 contaminants and has proven to remove up to 99% lead, 96% mercury and 92% of pesticides in tap water. It is a hassle-free solution to clean water as compared to pitchers that would need constant refilling.

The PUR FM-3700 advanced faucet water filter is easy to install. It comes with 4 adapters and fits on most standard-sized faucets. There is a bright LED indicator that comes on when it is properly installed and ready for use.

This filter provides your household with over 100 gallons that last approximately three months. This not only gives you peace of mind but is cost-effective than bottled water.

MineralClear filter is a premium technology installed in this unit for excellent performance and reliable filtration. It combines activated carbon and ion exchange filters to eliminate as many contaminants as possible.

It has a 360° swivel that fits most sinks and an on and off switch that lets you switch between filtered or unfiltered water.

Pros

  • Drastically improves the taste of water.
  • On-demand filtered water switch.
  • Metallic finish fits most kitchen decor.

Cons

  • The filter body is constructed from cheap plastic.
  • Can only be used with cold water.

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AquaBliss SF220 High Output Universal Shower Filter

The AquaBliss SF220 shower filter is a powerful filtration system that purifies your water at whatever temperature using multiple stages. It is designed to remove chlorine, fluoride and other harmful chemicals that make water hard and harsh to the skin and hair.

The AquaBliss SF220 also inhibits the growth of organic substances such as bacteria and fungi. After installing this shower system at home, you can expect your water to start feeling softer and gentler to both hair and skin in as little as a week. If there were any odors of chlorine, iron or sulfur in your water, you can expect them to disappear too.

The multi-stage filtration system employs a unique combination of KDF-55, calcium sulfite and active carbon technologies to filter the water. The KDF-55 is the main reason why the AquaBliss SF220 is capable of filtering your water even at high temperatures. The activated carbon is the one responsible for removing chlorine and other impurities at lower temperatures. Lastly, calcium sulfite is known to remove chlorine and other water impurities in both cold and hot water.

What you get is a fine water filtration system that dramatically improved the condition of your skin, hair, and nails. What’s more, this shower head is easy for even the least handy person to install. All you need to do is unscrew the existing showerhead and screw the SF220 in its place – you will need no tools. It is also compatible with all the standard hand-held showers.

After installation, you will notice that this showerhead does not affect the pressure at all, and the components making up the system are sturdy.

If you are planning to use your filter with well water, make sure to turn around the internal filter cartridge every month. Since well water normally tends to have high quantities of sediments, this will prevent the sediments from accumulating inside and blocking the water flow.

Pros

  • Easy installation.
  • Removes impurities in hot and cold water.
  • The multistage filtration system works efficiently.
  • Filter lasts up to 8 months.

Cons

  • It does not seem to remove the smell of sulfur
  • Some buyers have complained of low water pressure.

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Aquasana EQ-1000-AST Water Conditioner Reviews

Aquasana is a brand that’s very famous for its durable, complex systems that can be customized to address various water treatment needs. The EQ-1000-AST model stands out as one of the best water treatment systems from the company as well as on the market.

It’s an innovative whole-house unit that combines an effective water conditioner with an advanced water filter system to provide a comprehensive solution to a broad range of water quality issues.

This system is part of Aquasana’s EQ-1000 series which consists of two other models, the EQ-1000 and EQ-1000-AST-UV. In this review, we look at the EQ-1000-AST model which is our top pick on this list and you are going to see why we consider it as the best whole house water conditioner.

System Design and Performance

The Aquasana Rhino EQ-1000-AST is a water conditioner and a filter system in one unit. It features 4-stages of water treatment which include, a sediment pre-filter, salt-free water conditioner, activated carbon filter, and a post filter.

The EQ-1000 which is the base model of the Aquasana EQ-1000 series is only a filter system without the salt-free water softener. The EQ-1000-AST-UV, on the other hand, is the more advanced model of the series equipped with the water conditioner and filter system plus an extra UV sterilization filter.

Softening Capability

The Aquasana EQ-1000-AST offers an entirely salt-free water treatment process using its Simply Soft descaling system.

Simply Soft descaling system is an innovative and proven SCM (Scale Control Media) softening technology that naturally conditions water without using added sodium.

First, the water from your main supply line goes through a pre-filter that clears out sediments, silt, sand, and rust.

Once filtered, it’s sent through the Aquasana salt-free water conditioner tank where the SCM technology modifies the structure of the minerals that cause water hardness (calcium and magnesium) by transforming them into a crystal structure which inhibits the minerals from bonding and creating scale build-up.

It’s an all-natural and chemical-free approach to preventing scale from forming and at the same time, it also protects your plumping and pipes from corrosion in the long run.

The descaler will also not demineralize your water. The beneficial calcium and magnesium minerals will not be removed, but you will still get the benefits similar to soft water.

In terms of water harness level, this Aquasana descaler can handle water hardness levels of up to 25 GPG. However, it works well at 15 GPG or below. If your water hardness level is above 15GPG, then it may not be that effective.

Filter System Performance

When it comes to the filtration system, the EQ-1000-AST uses a four-stage filtration process that efficiently removes a wide range of common contaminants found in water.

The 1st stage consists of a sediment filter that strips out dust, dirt, rust, silt and any other particle or sediment larger than 5 microns to protect the media in the later filtration stages. From there, the water is sent through the water conditioner tank for descaling.

After the softening process, the now descaled water enters the 2nd stage of the filtration process which takes place in the top tank right after the descaler.

Inside this tank is a combination of a copper-zinc oxidation media (KDF-55 medium) and crushed mineral media which effectively draw out 97% of chlorine in the water, and also reduce scale along with some water-soluble heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

Both media are bacteriostatic too meaning they will prevent bacteria and algae growth within the system. Moreover, they can equally enhance the pH of the water like an alkaline filter in an RO system making it slightly alkaline which is commendable as alkaline water is an antioxidant and considered better for our bodies.

The 3rd stage is an activated carbon filter that sits in the bottom tank below the 2nd stage. The activated carbon media is sourced from coconut shell and it helps in further removal of chlorine alongside other harmful chemical contaminants like VOCs, herbicides, pesticides and industrial solvents.

The 4th and final stage is made up of a 0.35-micron post-filter which is an important if not necessary addition in the system. It’s the finest filter you will find in any conventional whole house water system and ensures no sediment, organic particle or microscopic cysts remains in your water.

With this really impressive filtration process coupled with a reliable descaling technology, the EQ-1000-AST is not only capable of stopping limescale buildup within your plumbing system, but will also give you a cleaner, great-tasting drinking water.

The only thing missing is the UV sterilization filter which is an optional upgrade you can get if your water has high bacterial or microorganism contamination.

However, it’s included in the EQ-1000-AST-UV model and it’s the only feature that differentiates it from this EQ-1000-AST model. It does drive up the price a little bit, but it will destroy up to 99.99% of all microorganisms in your water supply.

System Capacity

Besides the highly-effective water treatment system, the Aquasana EQ-1000-AST offers one of the largest filtration capacity out there for a whole-house unit.

Its descaler system can process up to 1,000,000 gallons of water which translates to about 10 years of service for small to medium-sized families with average water consumption.

What’s more, the multiple stages of the unit don’t have a significant effect on the water flow. The system maintains a maximum flow rate of 7 GPM which is sufficient for small to large homes.

Installation and Maintenance

Installing the EQ-1000-AST is relatively easy, but it will need a bit of plumbing knowledge because it may require doing some little changes on the piping for most houses.

You can do it yourself although it’s not advisable because according to Aquasana, the installation must be done by professional plumper in order to engage the warranty.

Once installed, maintaining this system is pretty simple. There is no backflushing or draining needed. The only maintenance needed is replacing the filters.

The pre-filter, KDF-55 and carbon filter require changing every 3 to 6 months depending on your water quality. The post-filter should last about 12 months while the water conditioner tank will last for 10 years.

In addition, the unit comes with brass fittings and shut-off valves to enable more straightforward and mess-free filter changes. Its unique up-flow dual-tank design also does well to prevent any chances of clogging.

Final Thought

There are no serious drawbacks to worry about with this Aquasana system. You should, however, bear in mind that it will require professional installation so as to engage the maximum 10-years warranty which is the longest we’ve encountered in our reviews.

The other thing is that this system is not ideal for well water treatment due to high levels of iron and other contaminants that require specialized filters like an iron filtration tank and UV sterilization filter.

To sum it all, from our thorough assessment, the Aquasana EQ-1000-AST indeed has all it takes to stand out as the best whole house water conditioner in a crowded market. Its price may fall on the high end, but what you get is one of the most effective and long-lasting units that’s worth every penny.

Pros

  • Stops limescale buildup without removing beneficial minerals
  • It can handle water hardness levels of up to 25 GPG
  • Remarkably effective at reducing chlorine levels
  • Removes a wide range of other common contaminants in water
  • Capable of descaling and filtering water in an entire house
  • Larger capacity of up to 1,000,000 gallons
  • Little maintenance required and easy filter changes
  • Impressive 10-year warranty plus a 3-month money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Requires professional installation to engage warranty
  • Not ideal for use with well water

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H2oLabs Water Distiller Reviews

H2o Labs is a leading brand in the market with reliable and easy to use water distillers. It is made of high-quality material that is certified to produce very clean water compared to other brands in the market.

To purify water, this unit uses activated carbon pods that remove organic compounds such as chlorine. They are made to last three times longer than regular filters and can last a year before you need to replace it.

We love the H2o Labs water distiller because it is made with quality assured parts. The interior is made from food-grade stainless-steel housing and all plastic parts are BPA free. Distilled water is dispensed through a porcelain nozzle so it does not come into contact with the metal or plastic.

It comes with a stainless-steel heating coil that is just the right size. The 565W heating element is considerably small but works as fast and better than larger heating elements that consume more power. It has an easy to use on/off automatic switch that cuts of water once it distills 1-liter cycle. It can complete 4 cycles in 24 hours, enough to supply the average household with enough drinking water.

The glass carafe is made of high-quality glass with an easy handle, large openings and easy to remove lids. It makes cleaning easier as you can easily reach hard to clean spots.

Pros

  • Excellent quality.
  • Aesthetically pleasant.
  • Easy to clean and maintain.
  • Durable.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Chrome bands can rust.

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Fleck 5600SXT Water Softener Reviews

Fleck 5600SXT is a top-rated whole house water softener and perhaps one of the most reliable models available on the market that come at a reasonable price.  It’s a powerful and comprehensive digital system packed with a lot of incredible features that make it outshine its competitors.

The unit is one of the best models from Fleck which is a brand owned by Pentair Water Treatment Company. However, although it’s manufactured by Fleck, there are several other brands that are selling it under their name.

Fleck also has four other similar models under the 5600SXT series that offer different grain options. They include the 5600SXT 32,000 Grain system, the 5600SXT 64,000 Grain system and the Fleck 5600SXT 80,000 Grain system.

All these models employ almost the same technology and design with the only thing setting them apart is the capacity. It’s a thoughtful consideration that gives you the opportunity to choose the right size for your home but still get the same quality system as the rest. Even much better is the fact that you can also pick the brand you like.

This review is a thorough analysis of the Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain water softener and it will show you exactly what propels it to the top of our list as well as how it compares to the other three models.

Softening Capability

The Fleck 5600SXT is a 2-tank salt-based softener that uses the effective ion exchange process to get rid of water hardness.

The mineral tank comes filled with 8% cross-linked resin which is not only quite a powerful resin but it’s actually the industry standard.

In terms of softening performance, this high-capacity resin is very effective and will remove all the undesirable mineral ions like magnesium and calcium ions from the water which are the primary materials responsible for the formation of the damaging limescale deposits. It can efficiently handle very hard water with hardness levels of more than 30 grains per gallon.

Regeneration Process

Besides the impressive softening capability, this unit employs a smart regeneration process which is one of our favorite features.

It’s a meter based regeneration system featuring an advanced computerized flow meter that initiates regeneration automatically without requiring your presence.

The meter monitors and measures how much water you use in the house, then it self-regenerates the system based on these measured readings.

This clever approach simply means that it will regenerate only when necessary plus the meter is designed to modify its settings should there be any change in the water usage.

If there’s an increase in the water demand, it will adjust accordingly such that it’s able to regenerate more often to match the growing water needs.

In other words, whether it’s a time of low or high water usage, this system will always work at the right level translating to a reduction in the running costs as it saves salt and helps reduce waste. 

The unit uses around 40 to 50 gallons of water during regeneration which is pretty decent considering that older water softeners that regenerate on a timer usually waste a lot of water and salt. The regeneration process takes a total of about 1 hour and 50 minutes.

Capacity

As we mentioned earlier, the Fleck 5600SXT is a 2-tank water softener with a relatively large capacity to ensure you have softened water available 24/7. It’s a 48,000-grain capacity system which is sufficient for medium to large households with moderate to very hard water. It’s a perfect fit for a family of up to 6 people or more.

In addition to the large capacity, this Fleck system is capable of putting out about 12 gallons of water every minute. This is a high flow rate suitable for a whole house system like this and it’s enough to allow you to run multiple water sources without a drop in pressure in any of them. 

The brine tank is equally large and can hold around 250 pounds of pelleted salt, so you won’t be replenishing it frequently like other smaller-sized units.

To keep the system operating smoothly, the 5600SXT is equipped with a safety float which helps prevent the overfilling of the brine tank. When the resin tank malfunctions, often the water held in the brine tank tend to rise too high or overflow.

It’s a rare scenario, but should it happen, it makes a mess or can even flood the house. The safety float will turn off the water going into the brine tank as soon as the level gets too high thereby preventing overfilling.

Fleck has also included an overflow drain alongside the safety float which serves as an additional backup to provide protection against overflowing or water spillage.

This unit as well comes with a bypass valve which is a thoughtful little feature that allows you to repair the unit without having to shut off the water for the whole house.

Furthermore, it helps ensure a continuous flow of water into the house throughout even during regeneration although it will be hard.

For larger houses or should you need more capacity, Fleck has two other options that offer higher capacity. The first option is the Fleck 5600SXT 64,000 grain softener which can serve 6 to 8 people while the second one is the Fleck 5600SXT 80,000 grain softener which offers the largest capacity sufficient for a family of at least 10 people.

There’s also a 32,000 grain model for those that need a smaller capacity softener for a family of fewer than 5 people. Other than the difference in capacity, the three models have almost the same features as the Fleck 5600SXT.

Control System

The most intriguing feature on this Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 grain softener has to certainly be the SXT controller. It’s the latest controller from the manufacturer, a very nice touch that’s packed with a contingent of useful features you want most in a water softener system.

It includes a backlit LCD display, touchpad controls and best of all, an internal power backup that can last up to 48 hours.

The LCD display has a very user-friendly interface that makes it easier to operate the system. It’s a helpful feature, especially for first-time softener owners. You can check the system’s status, the time left for regeneration or any error codes that might need troubleshooting.

The included touchpad controls allow you to fully program the system to your preference. It has a good range of customizable options for the regeneration process.

You can set the time at which the system will regenerate, and the days you want it to run after every regeneration cycle (default is 14 days). There are 4 modes of regeneration you can choose from as well which include immediate, delayed meter, delayed time and day of the week. 

There’s also a double backwash option which is another helpful feature, particularly for those whom their water has high iron content or is extremely hard.

In simple terms, by allowing you to program the system, this Fleck softener gives you a great advantage as you are able to set the best time for it to run.

This way, you get your softened water whenever you need it and during the time that you don’t need it, the system is regenerating which is basically a win-win situation.

The best part about this SXT controller is that although you can configure the time it will regenerate, the computer is intelligent enough to learn for itself. It will learn your household’s water use and determine how often it has to regenerate, then schedule itself accordingly.  

Generally, while controllers tend to be an issue when it comes to such type of water softeners, this Fleck’s SXT controller by far provides a more convenient and efficient system of scheduling.

What’s more, is that it’s equipped with an internal power backup which is a safety net in case of a power failure. It can effectively run the system for up to 48 hours.

Installation and Maintenance

Installing the Fleck 5600 SXR softener requires some basic plumbing skills. It’s not super easy nor is it super hard. All you need is a bit of plumbing know-how and you will have not much to worry about.

The kit includes everything needed for installation plus a detailed instruction manual and the resin comes preloaded in the tank. If you get stuck, there are several helpful videos on YouTube you can refer to.

However, you can always hire a plumber to do it if you find it difficult. You will need a standard 120V power outlet and a drain to get it up and running.

The amazing thing though is that Fleck has designed this unit for easy operation and maintenance thanks to the simple and user-friendly digital controller as well as the meter-based regeneration process.

The only regular maintenance you will need to do is replenishing the salt in the brine tank every once in a while of which the digital display will show you the time remaining before you can do this.

The tanks are made out of a strong poly glass that’s highly durable and they are further backed by a 10-year warranty while the control head is backed by a 5-year warranty, all of which represent remarkable quality and reliability.

To sum it all, the contingent of features in this Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 grain system make it the best possible solution for a lot of homes that struggle with medium to high water hardness levels.

If you are searching for a formidable and long-lasting water softener, then this is your best bet. Its value for the money is impressive, especially because it delivers the same standards you would find in other higher priced units.

Pros

  • Effectively softens water with medium to high hardness levels
  • Efficient meter-based regeneration reduces running costs
  • Fully-programmable controller with a user-friendly interface
  • A fairly large capacity of 48,000 grains
  • A faster water flow rate of up to 12 GPM
  • Has safety float and overflow drain to prevent accidental spills
  • 48 hours of internal power backup
  • Easy to operate and requires minimum maintenance
  • 10-year warranty for the tanks and 5-year warranty for the control head

Cons

  • Needs some plumbing skills for proper installation
  • It’s bulky and heavy requiring large floor space

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Eddy ED6002P-US Electronic Water Descaler Reviews

Eddy is one of the leading and most popular electronic descaling device manufacturers in the world. Their ED6002P-US electronic water descaler which tops our list is amongst the best salt-free water softeners you can find in the market.

The unit presents a simple yet effective solution for removing the adhesive properties of limescale and preventing scale buildup. Also, it’s capable of dissolving existing deposits and offers other amazing benefits as you are going to see below.

Softening Capability

The Eddy ED6002P-US is a simple electronic water descaler system that utilizes electromagnetic waves to prevent the formation of limescale.

The system features an electronic control box and two signal cables that are wrapped around the piping on your incoming water supply line. 

As the incoming water containing calcium carbonate and other minerals responsible for limescale deposits passes through the coils (signal cables), it’s subjected to a continually changing electromagnetic field that results from the two coils

This field effectively hits and agitates the molecules of the mineral thereby altering their adhesive properties and breaking the bonds between them and water.

The large mineral crystals likely to form scale are broken down into tiny mineral particles preventing them from interacting and reacting with other surrounding minerals.

In this way, they are unable to bond or adhere to any surface and they don’t precipitate out as hard scale hence preventing the formation of limescale inside pipe works and appliances.

The Eddy ED6002P-US is so effective such that it will not only stop limescale formation by incoming water flowing through the pipes, but it will also help to progressively break down and flush away existing limescale in your pipes and water fittings in due course of time.

Another nice thing is that nothing is added or removed during the process hence the chemical composition of the water does not change.

It inhibits limescale formation without eliminating the hard water minerals which means you will still have healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium present in your water. No wastage or brine is discharged, so it’s equally environmentally friendly.

Moreover, this Eddy system is capable of delivering great results at water hardness levels of up to about 20 GPG which is the highest level in the water hardness scale. Therefore, it can effectively deal with average to high hard water levels.

Power Consumption

Being an electronic device, the Eddy ED6002P-US water softener system runs entirely on electricity and it will need a 110 volts power outlet to operate.

The good thing though is that it only consumes around 5 watts which is almost the same as a night light. In other words, it’s a low power usage system and as such, you won’t have to worry much about power consumption because it will hardly cost anything to run it.

Installation and Maintenance

Anyone can literally hook this Eddy water descaler up within a few minutes. The installation is a very easy DIY process with no plumbing required.

It’s small and light hence doesn’t require a lot of space to install it and the cables are sufficient for winding around pipes with a diameter of up to 1.5 inches, which covers most domestic water feeds that measure either 1 inch (25mm) or 1.5 inches (38mm) in diameter.

Even much better, the unit is maintenance-free. It doesn’t need setting or monitoring like other systems plus since it’s entirely electric, there’s no hassle of having to regularly swap out batteries.

In terms of compatibility, the unit will work on both plastic and metal pipes, including copper and PVC. However, it’s not ideal for use on lead and iron piping because the removal of scale can cause leaching of lead into your water, which can have serious health impacts.

Now the biggest advantage of this model is the highly favorable warranty terms it comes with. The company offers a lifetime warranty that covers repair and replacement. In addition to this, you also get a 1-year money-back guarantee which is a clear demonstration of the quality and durability of the unit.

One thing to note though is that you will not be able to use this system outside because it’s completely electric and not waterproof, so placing it outside means a severe fire risk.

All in all, this is an efficient and user-friendly salt-free water softener for descaling. If you experience average to fairly high levels of water hardness in your home, then the Eddy ED6002P-US model is certainly worth your consideration.

Pros

  • Effectively inhibits limescale build-up
  • Removes existing limescale from pipes and fittings
  • The healthy minerals are retained in your water
  • Low power usage system consuming only 5 watts
  • Great for average to high water hardness levels (up to 20GPG)
  • Environmentally friendly and no water wasted
  • Easy to install and completely maintenance-free
  • Works on almost all types of water pipes
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty along with a 1-year money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Not recommended for use on iron and lead pipes
  • Not waterproof hence cannot be mounted outdoors

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