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I actually just replaced my Pelican Natursoft "water softener" with an more-traditional ion exchange model.  I used the natursoft for a little over 4 years, and I can say it worked as advertised.  When remodeling a while back we decided to get a tankless water heater.  All the documentation indicated that hard water with the tankless heater is a no go.  We had to do somehting, but since I'm lazy (didn't want to deal with the salt or plumbing in a drain) and my wife didn't like soft water, the salt-free model looked attractive.  I too was somewhat skeptical, but the reviews I found looked good, and I know enough about the science of nucleation (I was a material science major in college) to know that what they said made sense, so I bought one.

 

One thing needs to be made clear - the natursoft system is NOT a water softener!  It contains a media which nucleates some disolved metalic salts out of solution.  These crystals, once formed, remain in the water, and still react with oils, detergents, etc. in the same manner as the disolved salts.  They also continue to form scale wherever water is allowed to evaporate, such as faucet nozels and shower heads. In fact, it's possible that evaporative scaling was even worse than before we installed the system.

 

Importantly, however, once in crystaline form, these salts do not stick to pipes, or in my case, heat-exchangers.  My tankless heater has a sensor to indicate when it needs to be descaled, and the manual indicates that for my water hardness and hot water use I should have had to descale approximately every 6 months.  In four years with the natursoft the descaleing indicator has never gone off.  For further evidence, when I installed my new softener a few weeks ago, I had to cut sections from the copper pipe on both the inlet and outlet side of the natursoft.  Both sections of pipe were installed at the same time as the natursoft, but while the pipe on the inlet side was green and rough on the inside, the outlet pipe looked and felt like new.

 

As such, if you want or need a salt-free system for some reason (low-sodium diet for blood pressure, don't like the feel of soft water, can't easily plumb a drain into the softener location, or can't carry heavy bags of salt to the softener), then I can unequivocably recommend the natursoft.  If, like my wife and I today, you want soft water, that feels soft on your skin, creates less soap scum, rinses cleaner in the dishwasher, etc., then the natursoft probably isn't for you.

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I bought a home with a 9 year old Kinetico in it in 1989. With our family of 6 the Kinetico used 1/2 the salt of two other brands we owned in previous homes, even though the water was harder in the home with the Kinetico non-electric system. When I sold the home in 1993, the buyer insisted I leave them the Kinetico. I bought a new one for my new home, my family grew to 8 and now after 21 years, it has only needed one repair (new resin) 5 years ago.

To answer your question...Kinetico would be a "Mercedes" while others carry the "yugo's." Kinetico offers many models to meet the needs of all families. The single tank Essential unit works well in homes with no iron and 1 or 2 people. Like other single tank systems, it can't provide soft water to your home while it regenerates. However, the Essential only takes 15 minutes to regenerate where electric units might take hours from start to finish. It also carries a full 5 year warranty on all parts. Other systems typically exclude the most important parts after only 1-3 years. All single tank softener can and will occasionally run out of soft water. (laundry day)

The Twin resin tank Kinetico models have several advantages like...5 yr warranty on Signature and Premier models have a 10 year warranty on all parts. So with the twins, you get better water, have virtually unlimited capacity, use less salt, are quiet, use soft water to clean themselves, use no electricity, have no clocks, batteries or computers to ever repair or reset. Power outages & surges have no effect on them. Having a Kinetico sold me on their value. Ask your dealer about renting one, so you can try before you buy. 

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"P&A Plumbing"

3519 west Mclean

#1 Plumbing Company Inc

816 Wegner Rd
Mchenry

123 Heating and Air

8625 South Austin Ave.
Burbank

A & C SNELTEN INC

5 HILLVIEW DR
Barrington

A & D Total Plumbing

5N151 Gerber Rd
Bartlett

A master plumber rich

1653 Valley Forge Ct.
Wheaton

A Plumber in An Hour Company inc.

12006 spalding school dr.
Plainfield

A&J handyman services

2032 s ingleside
Chicago

A-Z REMODELING

9112 Basswood Dr
Tinley Park

ALENIA EXTERIORS

6891 CATALPA ST
Hanover Park

All Affordable Plumbing Inc

22099 N Bertha Ln
Barrington

All American Plumbing and Sewer, Inc

1209 Spring Creek Rd.
Elgin

All Quality Inc

6348 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago

All Services

359 Chaparral Cir.
Elgin

Andika services inc.

23843 cahills way
Plainfield

Angel Water, Inc.

214 S Hager Ave
Barrington

Aqua Flow Plumbing Corp

120 Easy St
Carol Stream

Aqua-Pur Water and Air, Inc.

18W200 Butterfield Rd
Villa Park

Aquatech Systems LLC

1307 W Meadowbrook Ave

Arka Plumbing

7222 W 75th St
Bridgeview

Around The Clock Home Service

10 S 290 Schoger Dr
Naperville

ARS Rescue Rooter

731 District Dr
Itasca

At Water Plumbing Co

2330 17TH STREET
Franklin Park

AWE Air Water Energy

295 Carlton Dr
Carol Stream

B & D Plumbing and Sewer Service, Inc.

1860 wallington dr.
New Lenox

B & H Water Purification

1312 Cedarwood Dr Apt 203
Crest Hill

Bates Water Solutions, Inc

120 W Traube Ave
Downers Grove

Bayer Builders

4356 Prescott Avenue
Lyons

Bellaleni contracting

0-n-656 pleasant hill rd.

Berkey Water Hawaii

68-1158 Mamalahoa Hwy

Best Air Chicago

2500 W Fitch Ave
Chicago

Big Wrench Plumbing

1540 E 168th St
South Holland

Bladel and Sons Home Maintenance

P.O. Box 5210
Glendale Heights

Blue Crystal Plumbing & Sewer, LLC.

4831 Highwood Ln
Lake In The Hills

Blue Whale Plumbing & Sewer

118 Chesterfield dr
Oswego

Blueline Plumbing

191 Oakland Grove
Elmhurst

Center Guard Plumbing

101 Christopher Way
Fox Lake

CGC MECHANICAL

31 FALBROOK DR
Glendale Heights

Chi-Town Plumbing

11037 S. Washtenaw

Chicago HVAC Tech

757 N. Orleans St.
Chicago

Contractorcorner.com

125 Fairfieldway
Bloomingdale

Contreras Contractors

Melrose Park, Illinois 60160
Melrose Park

CRAFTWOOD LUMBER & HARDWARE

1590 OLD DEERFIELD RD
Highland Park

CULLIGAN OF WAUCONDA

127 N MAIN ST
Wauconda

D & S Handyman Services

2027 pepper valley drive
Geneva

Derkson Home Remodeling

1390 Mulberry Lane
Crystal Lake

Diversey Plumbing & Sewer

2839 W Diversey Ave
Chicago

DNJ Remodeling and Repair, Inc.

8231 Woodland Dr.
Darien

Done With Pride Plumbing

140 Shepard Ave
Wheeling

DRF Trusted Property Solutions

10242 South Bode Street
Plainfield

DrinkFromTheRock.com

7181 Eagles Perch Dr

Dunrite Services Inc

4356 N Milwaukee ave
Chicago

DuPage Water Conditioning

27W250 North Ave
West Chicago

eValuation ZONE, Inc

6103 W Montrose Ave
Chicago

Excel Plumbing

1122 Franklin Lane
Buffalo Grove

Expert Plumbing Heating and Electrical

424 Fort Hill Dr
Naperville

Fettes Love & Sieben Inc

4325 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago

Flash Remodeling Inc

1330 W Early Ave
Chicago

Freedom Plumbing And Heating Inc

1172 Sunbury Rd
South Elgin

Friendly Plumbing

1539 Seminole Rd
Algonquin

Georgia & Company Construction Inc

875 N Michigan Ave
Chicago

Geotech Mechanical

441 Highland Ave
Dundee

Good Call Plumbing

707 Herra Street
Elburn

GreenHome Services Corp.

129 E. State Rd. #844
Island Lake

grunschel construction

2n079 vista
Lombard

GT Plumbing Inc

26921 S. Evergreen Ct
Crete

GURTNER PLUMBING

6912 W 16TH ST
Berwyn

H T STRENGER PLUMBING CO

28915 N HERKY DR
Lake Bluff

H.O.M.E. LLC

Montgomery

Hague Quality Water

19225 Blackhawk Pkwy
Mokena

Handyman Jim

Naperville

Handymenders Inc.

6160 W Higgins Ave
Chicago

Hannah's Plumbing & Maintenance

4421 S. Harlem Ave.
Stickney

Hawk Ridge Construction

430 South Bennett Ave
Palatine

Heritage Plumbing Co

2112 Stonington Ave
Hoffman Estates

HoffOne Home Improvements

2204 Hillsboro Ln
Naperville

Hogan Plumbing Inc

30 W 265 Yougal Rd
Warrenville

HOME DEPOT

1232 W NORTH AVE
Chicago

HUCKLEBERRYFINNREPAIR SERVICE

308 E South St
Peotone

Intercounty Plumbing Inc

301 S. Westmore-Myers Rd.
Lombard

J&S Plumbing, Inc.

370 Bond St
Elk Grove Village

Jack Waters Plumbing Inc

446 W 194th ST
Glenwood

JH BOLLWEG AND SON

28W321 WARRENVILLE RD
Warrenville

JLK Plumbing

3610 Sagebrush Court
Johnsburg

John Baethke & Son Plumbing Inc

3511 N Cicero Ave
Chicago

JOHNSON WATER CONDITIONING

220 W SAINT CHARLES RD
Villa Park

JOHNSON WATER CONDITIONING

32W626 Rochefort Lane
Wayne

JOHNSON WATER CONDITIONING

4N826 Mary Drive
St. Charles

JOHNSON WATER CONDITIONING

543 Belmont Dr.
Romeoville

JOHNSON WATER CONDITIONING

10 N. Main Street
Algonquin

JOHNSON WATER CONDITIONING

1 E. Main street
Cary

Johnson Water Conditioning

421 N. Northwest Highway, Suite 201
Barrington

KET Home Services

17913 Winnebago Dr
Grayslake

Lake Cook Plumbing Service Inc

1155 Ensell Rd
Lake Zurich

Lakeside Remodeling

4511 W Deming Pl
Chicago

Landmark Renovations

1234 Center St
Downers Grove

Lifeline Plumbing Heating & Cooling

296 Williams Place
East Dundee

MEGApros

427 S Harrison St
Algonquin

Mendel Plumbing and Heating

3N640 N. 17th Street
St. Charles

MGL Construction & Remodeling Inc

729 N York Rd.
Elmhurst

Midwest Salt

1300 W Washington St
West Chicago

Monarch Contract Builders

159 N Marion
Oak Park

Mordini General Contracting

571 Hunter Ln
Lake Forest

Mr. Rooter of Cook County

980 Remington Rd
Schaumburg

Neal Construction

2417 W Cortland st
Chicago

NETZEL PLUMBING

1822 W WILSON
Chicago

NPX Plumbing LLC

25911 S Linden Ave
Monee

Ofenloch Mechnical

4208 N Monitor Ave
Chicago

Omega Plumbing

521 Oak Leaf Ct. .
Joliet

OZ MECHANICAL SERVICES INC

3447 Prairie Ave
Brookfield

P & L Plumbing

6120 S University
Chicago

P & P Solutions

1519 7 Pines Road
Schaumburg

Paladin Plumbing Inc

16754 W. 146th Place
Lockport

Patriot Plumbing Service inc

1121 Breuckman drive

Plumb-It Inc

1114 W Galena Blvd
Aurora

Plumbing Rescue Inc.

539 N Evergreen Ave
Elmhurst

Prairie State Water Solutions

2400 E Main St
Saint Charles

PRAIRIE STATE WATER SYSTEMS INC

48W557 ROUTE 64
Maple Park

PREMIER CONSTRUCTION SERVICES LLC

1525 ALIMA
La Grange Park

Prestige Plumbing Heating Cooling

11 John St, Ste A
North Aurora

Quality Plumbing Services Inc

310 S La Londe Ave
Addison

R CARROZZA PLUMBING CO INC

9226 W CHESTNUT
Franklin Park

R.A. James Construction Inc

6735 W Stanley Ave
Berwyn

Remus and Sons Plumbing & Sewer

12300 S.74th Ave.
Palos Heights

RIDGE

Arlington Heights

Rimar KS

117 East Quincy Street
Westmont

RJ Graham Plumbing Inc

9735 W 191st
Mokena

Robinson Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc

667 E Lasalle Street
Somonauk

Roby's Unique Services

2608 W Haddon Ave
Chicago

Rogue Plumbing Corporation

456 Spring Ridge Drive
Crystal Lake

SCHMIDT PLUMBING & MEDICAL GAS

682 CHANNEL
Barrington

Schmidt Plumbing & Medical Gas

682 Channel
Barrington

Sharks Plumbing and Sewer, Inc.

831 Milbeck Ave
Elk Grove Village

Simopoulos Construction Inc

3405 Grove Ave
Gurnee

Singh builders

28w425 kenwood ave
West Chicago

Splash Plumber Inc

10521 S. Whipple Street
Chicago

StarBright Corporation

1415 W Granville Ave
Chicago

Stephens Plumbing

747 Ogden Ave
Downers Grove

T K Plumbing & Maintenance Company

26181 W Alexander Ave
Antioch

TDK Remodeling and Home Services

21 W 151 Coronet Rd
Lombard

Terry Plumbing Co

5503 S. LaGrange Road
Countryside

THE FAIR PLUMBER

627 N YORK RD
Elmhurst

The OnBoard Group Inc.

19225 S. Blackhawk Pkwy
Mokena

Titan Waters

115 E Ogden Ave
Naperville

Tm Image Construction Inc

7321 Summit Rd
Darien

TMD Remodeling Inc.

68 Siems Dr
Glendale Heights

TMZ Plumbing Inc

12040 S Aero Dr
Plainfield

TREVOR Property Management

6217 S. Kimbark Ave
Chicago

Tritan Plumbing

10134 Clow Creek Road Suite 1
Plainfield

U.S.Enterprises, Inc.

6252 S. Knox Avenue
Chicago

United Remodeling Corp

3516 N Narragansett Ave
Chicago

Velocity Software LLC.

1919 Highland Ave.
Lombard

Village Plumbing & Sewer Service Inc

3224 West Lake Avenue
Glenview

Water Solutions Plumbing

8651 Harms Rd
Skokie

We Group Renovations & Improvements, Inc.

9163 S. Harvard Ave.
Chicago

Wendrick's White Plumbing

912 Greenwood
Waukegan

William Regan Plumbing Company

1321 W Glenlake Ave.
Chicago

Your Chicagoland Remodeling

12822 Carriage Ln
Midlothian

Zeesgroup.com

6850 W. Montrose Ave.
Harwood Heights

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