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    Water softener advice

    My wife and I purchased a house in Marion, IA almost 2 months ago. Some of you may know that Marion has horrible hard water and we need to get a water softener.

    I think we're either going to get a Culligan or a Kinetico water softener. My parents have had a Culligan water softener for about 20 years and haven't had too many problems with it. I don't know anybody that has had a Kinetico though, so I don't know how reliable it would be. The Kinetico is appealing because it doesn't use any electricity.

    I would appreciate any advice on these water softeners that you can give.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    We recently had a Culligan water softner installed and have not been disappointed. It works well and uses little salt.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    My folks have a kinetico. They have the nastiest, hardest well water I've ever encountered and their kinetico does a great job for them.

    I don't know what the culligan costs, but I do know that the softener my parents got was unbelievably expensive....it's the cadillac of water softeners. Maybe Kinetico has several models, so you won't have to pay what they did.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    I've been very happy with my Culligan for the 9 years I've had it. Yes, it was quite spendy.


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    Re: Water softener advice

    My Dad has been selling and installing water softeners for nearly 40 yrs for his ecowater systems dealership. Ive grown up with ecowater, so and there was a culigan in the townhome that i used to live in. Trying to be unbiased here, but i liked the ecowater better, although my dad tells me they are pretty similar. As for Kinetico...Kinetico is crap, dont buy kinetico.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    We bought a Kinetico about 5 yrs ago and have been real happy with it. The big advantage to the Kinetico's IMO was the fact that the Kinetico uses no electricity to soften the water and it softens the water as you use it whereas, at least at the time we bought our Kinetico, the Culligan units used electricity and no matter how much water you used during the day, at whatever time it is programmed to cycle it does it so you are using salt even if you aren't home for a couple weeks. We had an older Culligan and I know when we went to the Kinetico, our salt consumption was cut to a 1/3 of what we were using before and the water is great. I know Kinetico is rated near the top when researching water softeners.

    I would not say Kinetico is crap by any standard....



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    Re: Water softener advice

    We have a Kenmore which was here when we bought the house. Haven't had any problems with it.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    i live out in the country and we purchased a kinetico water softner about 5 yrs ago...we bought a couple other kinetico products because our water is extremely rusty. long story short, our water is great now, and im very pleased with our kinetico......better than the rust watr fo sure.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    Where's Jon Miller when you actually WANT to know what he thinks???



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    Re: Water softener advice

    I live in the West Des Moines area East of Valley high school and I recently replaced my water heater. We have a culligan water conditioner that is not hooked up and I was wondering if anyone else in this are recommends a water softener. The water seems to be fine without it, but I'm just curious if anyone else in this area would recommend I use it.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    Quote Originally Posted by cys_av8r View Post
    Where's Jon Miller when you actually WANT to know what he thinks???

    You beat me to it.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    We just built a house in Waukee and I was told by someone in the city office that Waukee and, I would assume, West Des Moines water is soft enough after treatment that you aren't going to get a whole lot of benefit using a softener. Whether that is true or a line of crap I don't know.



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    Re: Water softener advice

    What do Steve Alford and Wayne have in their houses? That is what you want.


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    Re: Water softener advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    I would assume, West Des Moines water is soft enough after treatment that you aren't going to get a whole lot of benefit using a softener. Whether that is true or a line of crap I don't know.
    Sounds about right. The water in DSM is pretty good already, and all you are going to get by softening it up even more is that slimy feeling getting out of the shower. I for one hate soft water.


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    Re: Water softener advice

    Omaha and MUD runs at 170 ppm hardness or the ragged edge to make a decision tough for us.


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