Choosing the Right SoftenerBuying a water softener can be important if your water is too hard for you, your family, your dishes and your laundry. But there are so many different water softeners out there that it can be nearly impossible to figure out which one is the right one. So how do you go about finding the right water softener? Well you’re going to need to know what features to look after in a water softener.

Types of Softeners

There are several different types of softeners that you can choose on. So which one are you going to want the most?

Salt Based Ion Exchange Softener

Choosing the Right SoftenerThis is one of the most common types of water softeners. It uses two tanks to cycle the water with one that contains resin beads and one with brine. The water is taken into the softener and then pulls out the minerals that cause your water to be hard (like calcium and magnesium) and adds in sodium instead. This way you get better water that works for your family.

Salt Free Water Softener

This one helps you mitigate the hard water ingredients and add in potassium-chloride. After all, you really don’t want to have a lot of slat in your water because you could end up with an increased salt intake. You don’t actually get rid of the other ingredients with this one but you will be able to get softer water at the same time. This is a pretty good intermediary option that’s better than nothing but doesn’t provide a lot of advanced benefits. Read more about those in this guide.

Dual Tank Water Softener

According to the editors at, a dual tank is important because it takes care of the down time you would otherwise have with your single tank softener. With a single tank your water softener goes down when it’s recharging but a dual tank has the ability to keep working or recharge only one of the tanks at a time so you’re ready to use the water at any time.
Size of Your Softener

The next thing to consider is the size that you need. You want to make sure that the size is appropriate for your needs to best assist your family. What the size means is how much of the hard features your softener can remove from the water in your home.

You want to think about all the people in your home at any time and then multiply the number by 75 gallons, the average amount that any person would use in one day. You’ll also need to know the grains of hardness per gallon that’s in your water because it’s going to help you figure out the real size that you need.
Extra Features

Next, make sure you know what other features your softener has. You want it to have a timer control that will set up the automatic recharging features. Of course, this will depend on how much water you use per day and it may fluctuate if, for example, you have an extra guest at the house who uses more water than normal. Also look for DIR controls depending on the type of softener you choose.

The most important thing you should do is make sure you have an idea of what your family really needs and how you’re going to fulfill that need with a water softener. Then make sure you’re getting the right one.