The variety of water softeners present at the market nowadays hardens the task of choosing the one appropriate for your needs. There is countless number of factors that affect the softening device’s performance, durability and other features. Analysis of these factors can give the reviewers an idea about what position the device holds in overall water softener ratings. This kind of ratings is present to help in making judicial choice and a proper purchase.
Before we dig into detail, it needs to be said that factors can be examined from different points of view. For example, efficiency-oriented water softener ratings give top positions to devices which can soften the greatest amounts of water among similar priced competitors. On the other hand, specific ratings regarding softening intensity or additional water filtering show a completely different ranking of water softeners. Knowing that, you should be confident about which features of water softener are critical for you thus you know what ratings to look in. This article will point out which criteria can be important for you.
It is advised that you mind your dietary requirements when choosing the softener appropriate for everyday usage. If you’re liable to, for example, diseases caused by high sodium concentration, you need your water not only to be soft, but also low on sodium. Therefore, you should look for ratings based on sodium concentration and general water purity in device’s output.
Another important question is what throughput of the water softener will be sufficient for the needs of your household. You may need to consult a salesman to determine the adequate throughput. If your family is quite large or for some other reason you require great amounts of softened water, then you definitely should look through ratings concerning throughput capacity. Take into account that there are single-tank softening devices as well as double- and multi-tank systems. So make sure the dimensions of a softener with needed throughput do not exceed space available for installation at your house.
There are automatic and semi-automatic water softeners. The higher-rated ones are usually programmable and can control the process of softening. If you are a kind of customer who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time during configuring modes of water softener, your best choice would be a fully automatic device. But keep in mind that even highest rated items in ratings can not include automatic features. As a rule of a thumb, you should refer to user’s manual or technical specification of the softener you picked from particular rating to make sure it incorporates requested functionality. This helps to avoid misinterpretation of device’s rank in the list. Even a 5 star-rated water softener (in a rating based on certain criterion) can lack some features that you possibly expect from a top-class purchase.
As for those seeking for budget water softeners, it is obvious that such customers will probably seek for a device that is placed somewhere in the middle or bottom of the ratings. That’s basically a correct approach in terms of price/performance ratio, but there is again a question of priorities arising. If you plan on using the softened water for cooking/drinking, it is not advised that you purchase a water softener ranked too low in the rating concerning water output purity.
So, just refer to several ratings, make some comparison and you will definitely purchase an appropriate device for softer and purer water in your house.