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Culligan Water Softener Reviews

The Culligan water softener is one product in a long line of water treatment systems manufactured by Culligan. The company has been in business over 70 years providing water service to commercial, industrial and residential customers. A popular icon for the company is known as the Culligan Man, who represents their high customer service standards. But Culligan water softener reviews are not complete without an evaluation of all available products and equipment in their state of the art water softener product line.

About Water Softeners

Picture of the culligan man found - culligan water softener reviewsWater is referred to as being hard when it contains large amounts of calcium and magnesium. Hard water causes scale and other sediments to develop inside pipes as well as other components such as water heaters. Scale is not an efficient heat conductor and can clog pipes, reducing their flow. It can also keep soap and detergents from developing suds and reduce cleaning efficiency which is why you probably want to find some hard water solutions such as one of the many available water softener systems.

Treatment systems such as the Culligan water softener replace calcium and magnesium with sodium ions, which do not have the same negative reaction. Simply put, the water in the home is passed through small beads that are covered with sodium ions. Once passed, the water is softened and flows through the pipes in the home. Over time, the beads are replaced when they become saturated with calcium and magnesium and the cycle begins again, look at our page on water softeners how they work for more information, to view other you might want to keep in mind while looking for water softener brands and water softener reviews feel free to consult our other pages.

Culligan Medalist Series

The Culligan water softener product line known as the Medallist Series is made for smaller homes. The Medallist series is manufactured to perform efficiently despite its size. The compact design fits perfectly in small, tight spaces. The series provides seamless integration into existing plumbing throughout the home to maintain water pressure even when water is run from several sources. Many Culligan water softener reviews report that this series can also be purchased for outdoor use. The system can be fit with an Underwriters Laboratory certified enclosure appropriate for outdoor installation.

Platinum Plus Culligan Water Softener Series

The Platinum Plus series provides more water capacity for larger families in bigger homes. The series offers good water pressure and water flow. Other features of the Platinum Plus series that are worth mentioning in Culligan water softener reviews include exclusive Culligan technology that monitors water quality and salt levels, a specially design tank and a refill control valve.  The system is equipped with a microprocessor which operates the water softener cycle.

Culligan Gold Series

The Gold series includes all of the features of the other series plus additional elements that make it stand out from the rest. The Gold Series Culligan water softener is complete with a versatile design that can be customized based upon the customer’s individual water needs. It has a large capacity tank to provide enough water for larger households. The system is manufactured with innovative materials and components that, according to some Culligan water softener reviews, makes it one of the most reliable and worry free water softener systems in the industry. The Gold series can also be adapted for outdoor installation.

Total Home Water System

Most Culligan water softener reviews omit information about the Total Home system. The total home system can be installed to deliver soft water throughout the entire home. Some of the positive comments about the features of the Total Home Culligan water softener system include:


  • The system eliminates the taste and smell of chlorine in the water.
  • Soap scum doesn’t build up because of softer water.
  • Laundry comes out brighter and cleaner.
  • Stops crusty scale from building up on faucets.
  • Ends rust stains and dirty water marks.
  • Benefits skin and hair.
  • Improves the taste of drinks like coffee and tea as well as ice cubes.

Free Water Testing

Culligan offers homeowners a free analysis of their water by a licensed water expert. The testing will identify specific water problems and how to resolve the problem using equipment such as a Culligan water softener. In addition to checking water quality, the analysis includes an assessment of plumbing, fixtures and appliances that use water. Several positive Culligan water softener reviews reported that homeowners found this service to be very helpful and did not feel that they were pressured to buy Culligan products.

Culligan Water Softener and the Environment

We decided to go beyond other Culligan water softener reviews and look at the company’s environmental awareness policies. Eight six percent of single water bottles fill America’s landfills. Culligan delivers clean water in large quantities to do their part in protecting the environment. By doing so, they hope to reduce contribution to the 7,000 tons of plastic water bottles that are thrown away each day. Reverse osmosis systems and point of use coolers that are used in offices also play a part in helping sustain the environment.

Salt Free Culligan Water Softener Reviews

Culligan offers a range of saltless water softener alternatives for residential and commercial water treatment systems. The company’s salt water exchange service involves regeneration at the Culligan facilities. With this option, no salt is brought to the customer’s property. Culligan also sells a full line of filters that do not require salt in order to regenerate water. Another alternative to salt is potassium chloride which can be used with any Culligan water softener treatment system making them a good salt free water softener.

Culligan Water Softener Costs

Culligan water softener systems can be leased for about $10.00 per month for the first three months after installation with no long term contract obligation. The installation cost is not included in the monthly price. An estimate for the cost of purchasing a Culligan water softener can be obtained by contacting local Culligan dealerships and you can find the nearest one on their official website. Each dealership is independently owned. Installation of the system includes a 30 day 100 percent satisfaction warrantee. Considering the price of a single bottle of water being as much as $1.50, Culligan claims that their water system pays for itself in less than one year.


Water Softener Reviews

When dealing with hard water it’s definitely important to find a water softener system that will work best for your needs. Water softeners are used for residential and industrial needs and this post on water softener reviews will focus mostly on water softener systems for residential needs.

Salt free water softener VS conventional water softener

As you can see in our water softener comparison page, some of the important things you have to consider are do you want a salt free water softener or any of the other popular water softeners which use salt?
So, before looking at these water softener reviews you will have to weight some of the benefits and disadvantages of both models. Here’s a brief overview, a water softener using salt will probably be one of the least expensive models to buy and maintain however you should have a separate drinking water line because you do not want to ingest such high amounts of salt over time. Also, it’s not very good for the environment and these salt using water softeners are banned in some states due to being environmental hazards.

Salt free water softeners on the other hand are usually more expansive to buy. Some salt water softener systems can use both normal salt and potassium so in this case it will simply be more expensive to maintain by using potassium than salt but it will be healthy for drinking and it will not be a hazard to the environment. Overall, a potassium chloride water softener is probably the best option however some other salt free water softeners alternatives that you might want to try or read up on are a magnetic water softener or an electric water softener which are basically two different names for the same system which mostly entails using magnets to separate the hard water elements (such as calcium and magnesium) from the water and only leaving the now “soft” water to pass in the water pipes in your house.

However, most water softener reviews on these systems reveal that they will only work for those with “low” hard water problems since the magnets are less efficient at dealing with hard water than other methods.

Water softener reviews – Review by Brands


kinetico water softener system reviewsFirst off, we have the Kinetico water softener which is very popular but quite expensive. Some of its advantages that are pointed out on our Kinetico water softener reviews page is that it has a dual resin tank which means that when one is regenerating the other one can still work which ensures 24 hour water softening. Also, they power themselves with the kinetic energy of the water so they will not add to your electricity bill and might in fact pay themselves over time or at least reduce the gap with the other cheaper alternatives since its main disadvantage is it’s price which is usually above at least $1000


water softener reviewsAnother popular brand is the Kenmore water softener systems which as you can see from my Kenmore water softener review page they are quite an established and well liked brand. As you can see on their official comparison page they can use sodium and potassium chloride so that’s a great feature meaning you can use it with salt or not. It’s hard to get an accurate price range for their models as of the writing of these water softener review but I do remember seeing some models go for the $500-700 range so they are have some models in the low price point category.


Another popular water softener that is similar to Kenmore in terms of price ranges are Fleck which as you can see from my fleck water softener review is very similar in terms of feature as well. If you are deciding between both of these brands I would suggest you see which one has a seller near you. Also, as of this writing I am not sure if fleck water softeners can use potassium chloride, but probably (you might want to ask them if this is something you are interested in).


Culligan has been around for over 70 years and have many different models available, for more information feel free to look at our Culligan Water Softener Reviews page.

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Kenmore Water Softener Review

Eighty five percent of homes in the United States have hard water running through its pipes. Water softener systems are used to remove chemicals that cause this condition. Hard water results in wear and tear on appliances and increases energy use. The benefits of soft water include elimination of water spots on glassware, richer soap lather and longer fabric life and less stress on appliances. There are several water softener manufactures around the country including Kenmore, a leading appliance manufacturer since 1927.  The Kenmore water softener is a leading, well known brand used by many homeowners.

Water Softeners: How they work. Hard water contains components like calcium and magnesium.  Water softeners replace the components with sodium, or salt ions. Sodium reacts more favorably to soap cleansers and is much less harmful to pipes. Basically, water is softened when it runs through an absorbent compound, called zeolite, which is covered with the sodium. As with most water brands of water softeners, a water test is needed before using the Kenmore water softener.

kenmore water softenersProduct Description

Kenmore has been manufacturing water softeners since the 1980’s as hard water solutions. Current models in their long line of softeners come in 4 different series with various features and price points. The 420 Elite Series is their high performance model designed for households with up to 10 occupants. Design and performance features include a graphic display with lighted screen, front salt loader design, lighted salt tank level indicator and exclusive Kenmore sediment protection. The price for the 420 Elite Series water softener starts at $650.00 which is quite competitive if you do a water softener comparison and compare it with the low price point of fleck water softeners which share similar features.

Kenmore Water Softener Review

There are differing opinions regarding the performance of the Kenmore brand water softener. Among the positive comments are:

  • Performance. Comments about the quality of performance included how the water softener thoroughly eliminated hard water deposits from faucets and shower doors. The mechanics of the softener, such as the timer and digital controls, worked well.
  • Easy to replace parts.  Overall, customers were pleased that they could easily find replacement parts for the older model water softeners. In one Kenmore water softener review a consumer was able to find a water softener part that was purchased over ten years ago with no problem.
  • Knowledgeable sales staff. Most customers are impressed with the well informed the sales staff. The employees are helpful and patient with new customers who are not sure of their needs. Returning customers felt that the staff provided up to date information about current models and upgrades and they were eager to assist in finding replacement parts needed.
  • Installation. Several customers found the Kenmore water softener easy to install. For those who preferred to have the unit installed, most were satisfied with the scheduling, price and professionalism.

In more than one Kenmore water softer review, performance dissatisfaction was with older water softener models. Negative opinions about the product included:

  • There were a few complaints that the digital displays on the Kenmore water softeners are inadequate and hard to read.
  • Comments included repeated failure of the automatic regeneration system. This resulted in customers having to wait several days for the system to resume sending soft water.
  • Unclear instructions about how to use all of the functions of the water softener.

If you want to compare models you can head over to their official site to get a better idea of their specs.

Water Softener Comparison

When looking for the best water softener for your household you need to consider a few different things. First off, how hard is your water? A popular complaint about an electronic water softener (reverse osmosis) is that they do not work so well with especially hard water. While you should ask you local dealer directly if you are still considering one of these because as a no salt water softener option this might be something that will eliminate some possible options for you.

Another important consideration when doing a water softener comparison is if your iron level is high. Water softener systems that uses salt can usually deal with a lot concentration of iron without a problem but if it’s quite high such as 5 p.p.m. than you might need an iron filter to make sure the water softener can do its job properly and stay clean while doing so. If you haven’t tested your water yet to see the concentration of different minerals in your hard water a good sign if you have iron is if you see some staining. This test is far from perfect though because a very low level of iron, even under 1 p.p.m., will probably cause staining. So ideally when deciding on the best water softener is to definitely check the concentration of hard metals which will affect your choices and your water softener system dealer will probably be able to give you recommendations if you can at least share with him some information on your hard water.

water softener comparison, should you use salt or potassium chloride?Another factor when doing a water softener comparison is: do you want a salt free water softener or a salt using water softening system? Here is a quick review of some of the features and cons of both types that might influence your choice.

- Does not add salt to your drinking water. If your softener is connected to your drinking water line many people say it’s bad for your health in the long term to have such high sodium intake. This is especially true the harder your hard water is. Here is a direct quote from that might help you evaluate depending on how hard your water is. Each grain of hardness in your water will end out equaling  17.1 milligrams per liter of Sodium or Potassium depending on what you are regenerating the water softener with. With a low sodium diet of 3000 milligrams, average water would contain 170 milligrams per liter or water. Under this scenario you would have to drink 17 liters of water or 4.6 gallons or water per day to hit the limit.”

- A common way to resolve any possible health issues you could have is to use a potassium chloride water softener. Many softeners that are meant to use salt can instead us potassium which is harmless for your health. In fact, some say this is actually beneficial because the typical north American diet can be low in potassium at times (while too high in salt).

- This brings up to one of the biggest cons about using a no salt water softener system, the price. While the initial price for the softener system (Probably $1000 for a decent system including installation cost) can be pretty similar potassium pellets are definitely more expansive than using salt. Your salt for water softener cost can go from $4 to $10 per month depending on what quality of salt you have to buy (once again mostly dependant on how hard your water is). You might want to compare prices to see if the upkeep is something you are comfortable paying.

A few other things that are important when you compare water softener brands is do you want a dual tank resin or not? Kinetico water softeners have a few advantages over their competition. First off they have a dual tank which means the system will always be on 24 hours a day. Most water softeners shut down for a while usually in the middle of the night in order to let the water softener resin regenerate itself for the next day. Kinetico water softeners also do not use electricity, they power itself with the water flowing inside so while they are much more expensive than other models ( sometimes double the price and usually at least $1,000 for the most basic model) you might make back some of this price difference over time.

If you are only looking to solve your hard water problem to wash dishes or clothing you might want to try some inexpensive calgon water softener which is mixed with detergents/soaps when you do these tasks. Of course your plumbing will not be safe but this might be a good solution for you if you do not feel it’s worth buying a $500+ water softener system.

Here are a few other water softener brands you might want to look into that we discuss on this website, and briefly on our water softener review page, more to come over time.

Fleck water softener

Morton water softener

Kenmore water softener

Culligan water softener reviews

Finally, to do an appropriate water softener comparison it’s important to know what capacity in terms of water output your water softener should use here’s a great calculator to do so.

Kinetico Water Softeners

Getting the right kind of drinking water is really a problem. There are many drinking water systems and this is an option, out of many, if you want to consider a salt free water softener (also called a saltless water softener). On top of needing a water softener for your hard water problem we all know that there are possible bacteria’s in water which can cause diseases and be really very dangerous. One of the worries of a water softener salt system is that when you have a very hard water problem you might need to put too highly of a concentration of sodium in your drinking water.

This is one of the advantages of the Kinetico water softeners, not only do they soften your water but they also filter it making them a great overall drinking water system.

kinetico water softenersFirst of all if you know that your water is carrying impurities than you need to check it before it causes any damage to you. By using Kinetico water softeners, you are going to get rid of the all major impurities like bicarbonates, magnesium and others. One of the cool things about the kinetico water softeners are that they power themselves with the moving water’s kinetic energy so while providing clean and healthy water it also doesn`t up the cost of your electricity bill.  Apart from this, its novel feature helps you to use these softeners efficiently and saving your money. Its twin resin tank design (see water softener parts) helps it not go offline at any time especially when it has to regenerate the water softener resin unlike other water softeners that sometimes automatically shutdown in the early hours of the morning in order to regenerate.

You can choose from the numbers of softeners being available online. All you have to do is to identify your priorities and then choose the softeners. Keep in mind one of the disadvantages in the Kinetico models is that they are quite expensive; kinetico water softeners can cost at least $1000 to $4000. This is most likely due to their twin tank design which most of the other water softener systems do not have. You might have trouble finding the right kind of softener for you. It`s important to mention that they offer free water analysis if you contact them so a professional might help you find what`s best for you.  Here`s a list of some of the top softeners currently being sold and used.

If you are keen on getting some small softeners then you can use the kinetico compact water softener which is a bit small in size but they deliver very soft water even in smaller living areas.

If you are using well water then you will have to look into their well water softener for good quality clean water. If you’re on this website you probably know about hard water and especially well water carries a lot of unneeded substances like iron and magnesium.

While using tap water, there is a very strong chances that you will get the previously mentioned minerals that cause hard water and also other pollutants like chlorine and other organic materials.

The Kinetico water softeners price varies depending on your region and installation fee but you can expect to at least pay $1,000 and probably more. They definitely have some noticeable advantages such as not needing any electricity and the advantages of their twin resin tank design that will always be on unlike other water softeners. Of course, if you have no need for a system that is on 24/24 than you can save a lot of money by going for a single tank unit from another supplier. Apart from their unmistakable features, Kinetico home water softeners also carry a warranty usually. Since they offer free water evaluations if you live near a dealer make sure to contact one and he will probably have important clarifications in explaining which model you need including the price and warranty provided. Some final food for thought is that maybe the electricity saved can make up most of the price difference over a long period of time?

Some addition information: Kinetico’s website, our page on water softener reviews and water softener comparison where you can compare with other brands.