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Water Softener Reviews

Our Water Treatment Experts rank the most popular water softener models on their performance, price and efficiency. 

  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 4.6
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Hague maximizer 410
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 4.3
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Hague Maximizer 7180
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.6
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Harveys Water Softeners
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.3
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Kinetico 2020c
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.3
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Ecowater ESM 11
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.2
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Ecowater ESM 15
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.1
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Ecowater ESM 9
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.1
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Kinetico 2050 Premier Maxi
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3.1
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Kinetico Compact HE
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 3
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Kinetico Aqua Blu HE
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 2.8
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Simple Soft 400 Water Softener
  • Convenience
  • Size
  • Suitability for Conventional Systems
  • Suitability for Mains Fed Systems
  • Cost to Buy
  • Running Cost (Salt)
  • Running Cost (Water)
  • Running Cost (Servicing)
  • Reliability
  • Build Quality
  • Trust
  • Overall Score: 2.7
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Simple Soft 600M

How we compare water softeners

(This is our opinion and is based on our own experiences)

Convenience
To compare this we have considered the overall size of the unit, space it occupies, frequency of refilling and the salt type required.
Size
This is self explanatory, however consideration has to be given for larger capacity machines which will always be bigger.
Suitability for conventional systems
This is our opinion on how well suited the water softener system is in operation when used with a traditional tank fed plumbing system.
Suitability for mains fed systems
This is our opinion on how well suited the system is in operation when used with a modern mains fed plumbing system e.g. Combi boiler or Megaflo.
Cost to buy
The higher the ratings number the cheaper the machine.
Running cost (salt)
This considers the amount and type of salt required for a given amount of softened water.
Running cost (water)
All water softeners use some water to regenerate and this is unavoidable. Here we compare the amount of water used per m3 of softened water to the property.
Running cost (servicing)
Based on the manufacturer's recommended servicing intervals. Where there is no regular servicing requirement, the maximum 5 stars has been awarded.
Warranty
Here we consider the length and coverage of the water softener warranty, as well as how well the manufacturer's company deals with any claims.
Reliability
This is our experience of the products which have been installed in our customers homes.
Trust
Here we review the claims made by the companies and for the products. We then compare this to the limitations of the physics and the ion exchange process. We also consider how quick and responsive the engineering departments are when faced with technical challenges or advice.
Overall Rating
This gives equal weighting to all the parameters we have chosen to make this water softener comparison and rates the overall package out of 5.