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Choosing a Softener System - Which Brand is Best?
Last Updated: 03/09/2018
I'm trying to decide what brand / manufacturer of water softener system is best.
Who do you recommend?

We like any system that uses the Fleck 5600 Econominder Valve.
And these are not sold as a "Brand".
There are only a handful of "true" manufacturers of the Valves and Tanks.
Pentair Water ( maker of Fleck and Autotrol ) is the largest, but sells "NO SYSTEM" under "Their Name", but every one uses their Valves and Tanks.
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The important thing is serviceability and parts after you own the unit.
They all work great at first, but they all need a few parts replaced, and can last for Decades under normal conditions.
Avoid proprietary brands, like Hague, Culligan, Rainsoft, Kinetico, Water Boss, Ecowater, Ionics and a few others that "lock you in" to the local dealer for parts & service.
Generally the proprietary "brands" will cost more up front, and usually a lot more for any repairs later.
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