Thank you for reading this. If you have been researching these types of products on the Internet, you will be interested in what we have to say here.
There are many different "salt free water softeners" all over the Internet. They claim to soften your water or "reduce scale". Scale formation inside a plumbing system is virtually immeasurable. If you cut open a cold water pipe, scale rarely occurs inside even in the hardest of water. Not too many people will cut their water heater in half to observe the scale inside. Companies that sell these devices provide a liberal return policy that keeps them out of court. One Internet company says "salt will absorb through your skin if you buy a water softener". Anyone can say anything they want on the Internet without being able to back it up with science. This same company has the Water Quality Assn. Gold Certification Seal on their site, but their product is not certified by the WQA. Another company sells a filter housing that promotes scale reduction and makes a claim that "softener systems waste as much as 3 gallons of water for every gallon of water treated". You actually save water by having a water softener. You cannot filter hard water or everyone including municipal water treatment plants would be doing it. Many of these systems are an inexpensive electronic control with wiring that wraps around the outside of your piping, hardly scientific. Some of these devices are nothing more than a magnet that clamps onto the outside of your piping.
Then there are Internet companies who sell legitimate water softeners and right along side of them they sell a "no-salt water conditioner / softener" that is nothing more than a water softener tank without a control valve on top. Some have an inexpensive plastic chrome cover over the tank. Inside these tanks are carbon and/or medias that they claim make a difference in your water. The fact remains that none of these devices have been submitted for any third party validation to substantiate their claims.
More recently, there are Internet companies that will sell you a water softener cartridge type system. Beware that these will cost you a lot of money over time as these cartridges are spent (used up) very quickly. There also are companies that claim that potassium chloride is not a salt and that their systems are "no salt" water softeners. Potassium chloride is just a different and more expensive type of salt. You can use either sodium chloride or potassium chloride in any true water softener.
The more you research these types of products, the more you will realize that it is one of the biggest scams on the Internet. Don't be fooled even though false "consumer report" web sites, radio talk show hosts or actors endorse some of these products. The question you have to ask it "why do I find these on the Internet, yet Culligan or Home Depot do not sell them"? Remember the old saying: "If it looks to good to be true, it probably is."
Footnote: We have had this information on this website since 2007 and none of our competitors have challenged us on this. Why might you ask? Because they cannot provide fact based data through third party validation to back their "salt free" claims.
TESTIMONIAL "Dear AffordableWater.us, we ordered a "salt free water softener" from another company and I installed it myself. This "salt free softener"
made the water taste good (it had carbon inside it) but did nothing in the dishwasher or shower. It left hardness spots on the dishes and shower door. My wife did not like it at all so we returned it and we ordered a real water softener from you folks that I installed myself. It was prepared in advance so that all I had to do was plug it in and set the clock, fill it up with salt and it began giving us soft water. The person on the phone was very helpful and everything went smooth. Thanks AffordableWater.us - Ronnie, Duncan, OK
Click on the link to the web site below produced by a retired Professor of Chemistry who isn't trying to sell you anything and is concerned about the truth. He says "Why do I waste my time on this stuff? Chemistry is my favorite subject, and I hate to see it misused to confuse, mislead or defraud the public."