Water Softener vs. Water Conditioner vs. Water Descaler

This is a brief comparison of water softener vs water conditioner vs electronic water descaler to help you have an overview of the differences and the similarities between these hard water treatment systems.

 Water SoftenerWater ConditionerElectronic Descaler
ComponentsDual tank or single tank.
Resin bed & brine tanks.
Control vale & timer.
Dual tank or single tank.
Media cartridge & housing.
No tank.
Electronic device with electrical coils.
InstallationAt the point of entry
A certain space is required
Power outlet is required
Drain is required
Water softener loop is suggested
Profesional plumber or handyman required
At the point of entry
A certain space is required
No power outlet and drain is required
At anywhere
Power outlet is required
No drain is required
Treatment processIon exchange
Salt and electricity are required
Back wash is required
Alter the chemical structure of the minerals in water
No salt or electricity are required
No back wash
Alter the way minerals in water behave
Electricity is required
No salt consuming
No back wash
Minerals removalRemove the minerals & add salt to the waterNo minerals removed & no salt addedNo minerals removed & no salt added
Contaminants removalNo contaminants removalNo contaminants removalNo contaminants removal
Result waterSoftened water
Lack of menerals
Not softened water
Remain the minerals
Not softened water
Remain the minerals
Problem solvedPrevent limescale deposit
Prevent stain on fixtures and water heater.
Laundry detegent saving.
Prevent limescale deposit
Prevent stain on fixtures and water heater
Prevent limescale deposit
Prevent stain on fixtures and water heater
Price & CostPrice range: 500$ - 650$
Salt and electricity consuming
Price range: 250$-1700$
No salt of electricity consuming
Price range: 150$-450$
Electricity consuming