Water Softener Ratings

Find the Best-Rated Water Softeners

Water softener ratings help you to avoid under-performing models before you purchase them.

Our ratings of different water softeners cover a wide range of manufacturers, prices, and features.

Read on to find out which water softener systems you should invest in for your family.

Best-Rated Water Softeners

Click any of the links to read more about each softener system. We have included links to trusted online stores, such as Amazon.

a) Under $1,000

Fleck 5600SXT ranks among the top water softener ratings

Fleck 5600SXT ranks among the top water softener ratings

Fleck 5600SXT
Big-home performance for a small budget price

Salt-Free Water Softeners: Nuvo H20 Home is rated 4 stars on Amazon

Salt-Free Water Softeners: Nuvo H20 Home is rated 4 stars on Amazon

Nuvo H20 Studio
a great solution for apartments, condos or small houses

Cai Technologies is a bit of a no-name, but the performance is excellent

Cai Technologies makes the best water softeners you have never heard of!

Cai Technologies Water Softener
the best company you've never heard of!
NOTE: list price is over $1,000

The most controversial of the best-rated water softeners. Do electronic descalers work?

Does the Eddy work? Enough consumers say it does, so we include it here

Eddy Electronic Descaler
the cheapest available whole-house solution, but it's controversial

The Aquios is a very well-rated water softener

A strong, hard-working system for under $500? Best value!

Aquios Whole-House Water Softener
the best conventional water softener for under $500

Nuvo's H20 Home can soften water in larger homes than the Studio model

Nuvo's excellent range continues with the H2O Home

Nuvo H20 Home Water Softener
the next model up from Nuvo will soften water for mid-size homes

b) Over $1,000

PuriTec is a hugely impressive performer, if you can afford the price

PuriTec is a hugely impressive performer, if you can afford the price

PuriTec TWFS-10C Water Softener and Filter
it costs more than $2,000, but if you can afford it, it's unbeatable

Nuvo's flagship Manor model is impressive, and $1 under $1,000!

Nuvo's flagship Manor model is impressive, and $1 under $1,000!

Nuvo H2O Manor
the company's flagship softener will condition a whole large house
NOTE: it actually costs $999!

How We Rate Water Softeners

The amount of water treated and the ease of installation and operation are important factors. It's impossible to ignore the required investment. Today, the average cost of a water softener system (including installation) often ranges between $700 and $1,600.

Value for money impacts water softener ratings. If we think the system over-delivers for the price, then that improves its rating.

Some people compromise quality for cost, as they seek out cheaper models to accommodate their water needs. But not all systems are Nuvo's H2O series is excellent value, especially when you consider they are salt-free water softeners. No more salt refills!

Water softener ratings also take into consideration how often the system must regenerate (typically at least once every two weeks). This factor depends on how hard your water is in the first place.

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