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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.

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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