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What's the Difference Between Water Softener and a Salt-Free Water Softener/Conditioner?
The main differences between water softeners and water conditioners are what they remove from the water and how they do it.
Water softeners soften water by replacing hard minerals like calcium and magnesium with salt. Salt-free softeners, sometimes referred to as water conditioners, keep hard minerals from sticking to pipes and dishes—they don't remove the minerals or add any salt.
What Are the Benefits of a Saltless Softener?
The key benefits of choosing a saltless water softener (aka a water conditioner) over a saltwater softener (usually referred to simply as a water softener) include:
- reduction of scale through restructuring hard minerals
- no added sodium to your water, which is safer for the environment and required in some states
- no need to carry heavy salt bags, which usually weigh 40 lbs.
- no wasted water
- safer for the environment
- doesn’t have that “slick” feeling when showering or washing hands.
However, a water conditioner or "saltless softener" will not:
- remove hard minerals
- Greg Smith