Even though soft water is not a requirement, the harsh elements of hard water can be quite damaging. Soft water doesn’t have to exist only in your kitchen. There are systems on the market that can service your entire home. All you have to do is pick the right water softener to fit your needs. The best salt-free water softener will provide the softest water for your skin, hair, and nails at all times. If you are worried about salt, you need an eco-friendly system that is a true salt-free water softener. Some of these systems require little maintenance, and they can provide over a month worth of soft water. There are several options on the market, so we’ve compared them by cartridge life, ease of installation, and compatibility. Please take a look at our top choices and see which one works best for you.
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10. High-Performance Water Softener Replacement Cartridge by Nuvo H2O
This high-performance replacement cartridge is made for the NuvoH20 Manor softener system. It lowers the pH level of water by using revolutionary technology. This process is based on the scientific chelation format. This cartridge is great for homes with a minimum of 4 people or homes larger than 2,000 square feet. When you use this cartridge, you don’t have to worry about hard water and scale. It will even remove the existing hard water scale. This system fits close to anywhere.
- Includes: NuvoH20 softener, cartridge, manual, mounting black plate, mounting bracket, screws, housing wrench
- Cartridge lifespan is around 5,000 gallons
- Does not fir the Nuvo Home System or the Nuvo Studio System
- Wastewater, electricity, and salt-free water softener
- Makes your plumbing fixtures, appliances, and water heater last longer
- NSF and FDA approved
9. Home Water Softener System by Nuvo H2O
Get rid of your hard water when you use this newer model 5×24″ water softener system. It uses the scientific process of chelation to prevent the formation of hard water from taking place. Make the life of plumbing fixtures, appliances, and water heater last longer.
- Removes existing hard water scale and prevents build-up.
- The eco-friendly system uses no salt, no electricity, and no water.
- FDA and NSF approved for homes with 1-2 residents
- Not appropriate for homes with a private well. Also not made for closed-loop recirculation systems or wood-fired boiler applications.
- Do not overtighten the fitting, or you will cause the system to fail prematurely.
- Includes NuvoH2O softener housing, cartridge, housing wrench, mounting bracket, mounting backplate, and screws.
8. Portable Grain RV Water Softener by On The Go
This portable water softener was created for an RV/Marine owner. It has a diameter of 22″Hx9. At this compact size, it still offers over 40% more soft water than any other system. It takes 2 boxes of common table salt in under 30 minutes to regenerate. The top opens large, so you can easily add in the salt. Store this system in your locker or storage bay as you travel. Your water can be soft for a maximum of 40 days with this system.
- Enjoy soft water for a max of 1600 gallons
- Install in small places
- Offers high flow rates with the lowest pressure drop
- Easy to transport with top handle
- 260 Degree swivel for easy connection to inlet hose
- Travel-friendly cap and plug option to resist leaks
- Designed for quick and simple regeneration
- standard garden hose connection between RV/Marine and park faucet
- Requires no tools or electricity
7. Portable Water Softener by On The Go
This portable water softener was made in China. This is a great water softener to take on your camping trip. You can set up at a campsite and then use this system with a city water hookup for soft water.
- 32,000 Grain cap
- Dimensions are 6.75″Dx22″ H
- Recharges with normal table salt
6. Reverse Osmosis System with 5 Stage Water Purifier by SimPure
The 5 stage water purifier will drastically change the taste of all of your food. Think of better-tasting drinks, food, water, and baby formula. Your skin will also thank you because it will feel better to wash your face and body. Push the tubing 1/2″ deep into the connectors to start enjoying pure water right away. This system provides up to 75 gallons of filtered water per day.
- Removes 99% impurities, including chlorine
- Installation is straightforward because the system arrives completely assembled.
- Easy to maintain and long-lasting system
- Filter replacement is simple and fast. Each filter is separate and color-coded to help the changes work smoother.
- Automatic rinse in this system will help prolong the life of the filter.
- Includes: Machine body with RO housing and 5th stage, 3 pre-filter housings, pre-filter pack (F3) and premium RO membrane, 3.2 Gallon tank, 1 housing wrench, 1/4″ OD white tubings, spare fittings, and O-rings, adapter for feed water (fits both 3/8″ COMP and 1/4″ NPT), and drain saddle
5. Whole House Water Softener System by Hansing
This high-efficiency water descaler has a heavy-duty hard water filter. Use it to reduce scale and chlorine from your shower head water heater, kitchen sink, laundry, and dishwasher. This water softener has an effective rate of up to 95-98%. There is no salt water softener. There won’t be any fouling or programming needed either. This softener is constructed with 304 stainless steel with an upgraded seal o-ring and retaining ring.
- 3/4″ FNPT stainless steel threaded
- No added sodium and phosphorus
- Includes mounting bracket with screws and wrench for easy cartridge change
- Installation is completed by connecting to the pipes and hanging them.
- Cartridge capacity of 280,000 grains. Cartridge life varies based on usage and hardness
- 5-year warranty for the housing unit
4. Softener/Whole Home with Hybrid Filter by Whirlpool
This 2-in-1 system will save you money. Use it to eliminate minerals, hard water, and harmful contaminants for families of 1-to-5 with a single-tank system. You won’t need to purchase 2 separate systems. The entire system is NSF Certified to reduce sediment, lead, chlorine taste, and odor in the water supply all over your home. This system only uses salt when it needs it to produce the soft water for your home. This process of demand initiation regeneration will keep your salt costs low over time.
- Top-notch hardness removal
- 31,000 Grain capacity
- Removal rating of 120 grains per gallon
- Iron removal rating of 3 ppm to minimize reddish-brown stains on drains appliances that use water.
- No filter to replace ever. This hybrid system cleans it’s own filter every 14 days.
- Includes: drain hose, bypass valve, 2 installation adapters, 2 clips, 2 hose clamps, an adapter elbow, 4 O-rings, and a grommet.
3. 12 Stage High Output Water Softener by Leislife
This water softener will take the lead and chlorine out of your water. It will make your water softer to improve the condition of your nails, skin, and hair. It installs like a universal shower head. It keeps algae, mold, and scale from growing by using a 12 stage filter.
- Removes pesticides, bacteria, chlorine, alkaline, chloramine fluoride, sulfur, and heavy metals, resulting in odor-free water.
- Uses vitamin C to soften water
- Minimizes harmful effects of airborne chemicals inhaled when you shower; potentially improving asthma and bronchitis
- Maintains proper water pressure
- 12 The stage filtration system has activated carbon, coconut, vitamin c balls, ceramic balls, KDF 55, mineralized balls, alkaline ceramic balls, calcium sulfite, and main balls to provide soft water
- Installation is easy for handheld, rain, and fixed showerheads.
- Includes free replacement filter cartridge to extend the life of the showerhead filter.
2. 15 Stage Shower Filter Head Water Softener [Best Selling]
This high output water purifier works well for all bathrooms. It has 15 layers of microbeads and porous cotton, purifying stone, magnetic substances, and alkaline beads. It is a quality design constructed from premium steel. It is easy to install and doesn’t require any tools. Wrap your hard water filter with Teflon thread so that you get a watertight seal. This shower head water softener will give you a refreshed feeling after each shower.
- 15 Purifying layers
- Removes chlorine, fluoride, and other harmful substances
- Filter replacement should be done every 6 months. It is easy and takes 2 minutes. It works with rain, handheld, and fixed showerheads.
- Includes watertight Teflon tape
- This system will not leak.
1. Portable Water Softener by Pro and Aqua [Best Selling]
This water softener is made for trailers, boats, mobile car washing, and RVs. It has a wide 3/8″ base to provide maximum stability on uneven surfaces. This softener will provide up to 40 days of soft water. This softener is ready to use in 5 minutes! This softener produces more gallons than a standard model and will provide the best value. Use 2 boxes of table salt to regenerate this model unless you purchase the optional 2-in-1 P-REG-KIT for easier regeneration. The inner shell of this tank is constructed with top quality polyethylene with a fiberglass wrap reinforcement.
- 3/4″ High flow in/out garden hose ports with a removable head
- Regenerates in less than 30 minutes
- Best compact RV softener on the market
- Measuring 10″x19.5″ total size
- 16,000 Grain capacity (2,000 gallons)
- Includes: additional female adapter for backwash
- Use with well or city water
- Reduces magnesium, calcium, lead, iron, radium, and other metals.
- Comes fully assembled with riser tube and top and bottom distributors
- no tools or electricity needed