When your water contains at least 60 mg of dissolved calcium and magnesium, then you’ve been using hard water and you might not even know it. Hard water poses a lot of inconveniences in our households, some of them that we just absentmindedly complain about without knowing the actual cause. Hard water can cause your skin to be dry and itchy, leave traces on your dishes, corrosion, rust, and a nasty build up in your pipes, inactive shampoos and soap, and even your laundry would be affected. Fortunately, dealing with hard water only requires the use of a water softener. All salt-based water softeners work with an ion exchange system. This acts like a magnetic sponge that removes all the unwanted minerals from the hard water and leaves you with soft water. You can learn more about Ion Exchange resins here. Now, once you’ve grasped onto the basic knowledge of hard water and water softeners,

Let’s dive into our top 10 list of the best water softeners on the market right now:

  1. The Fleck 5600 SXT Water Softener:

This unit is simple, durable and ideal for most households; it reaches a water flow rate of about 20 gallons every minute. It also has four modes of operation, which are the immediate meter regeneration, day of the week regeneration, time clock regeneration and delayed meter. For convenience, it has a back lit electronic display that allows you see the volume before it regenerates again.

2. EcoPlus Whole House Water Filter System:

Unlike most water softeners, this unit does not remove the unwanted chemicals from the hard water. It uses a process that is called Template Assisted Crystallization instead. This process changes the minerals in the hard water to minuscule crystals. The unit is ideal for small homes, and is 99.6% effective in protecting pipe work while softening your water.

3. ScaleWatcher 2 Star:

This unit makes use of patented audio frequency signals in descaling hard water and is 98% effective. ScaleWatcher is also cheap to run because it hardly consumes electricity, and the running cost is at £5 every year. This unit also doesn’t need the assistance of softening salts. It can last for about 20 years and does not require filter changes. It is compact and lightweight. This way, you can mount it to the wall, advisably close to a power outlet and about a meter away from the pipes.

4. Harvey’s Crown Water Softener:

This unit is a non electric block salt water softener, such that it relies solely on water pressure to function and so there is no need for electricity. It also comes with two blocks of salt and the two tanks use half of the water normally needed by other softeners; it can also regenerate whenever it is needed to and you can remove the inner mechanisms easily to make room for the water system in your home. It is also easy to store, maintain and is very durable. As a plus, it comes with a water hardness test kit to check the quality of the water regularly.

5. Water2Buy W2B200 Water Softener:

This unit can supply up to 1,250 litres of soft water for a family of four daily. It is very flexible; it can use all types of salt including blocks and tablets, and since it can regenerate automatically when a particular amount of water has been softened, it only uses salt to improve its efficiency. It is also good at getting rid of limescale, it is small (18 kg) so it does not take up much space and it works quietly so it does not disturb your day to day activities.

6. Scalemaster Softline SL10 Water Softener:

This unit has an 8-litre vessel and is ideal for a family of four. It also does not require motors or wires, as it functions with hydraulic pressure only. It’s maximum flow rate is at 20 LPM while the minimum is at 5 LPM. It is water and energy efficient, keeping your appliances durable; and it takes up little storage space because of its small and compact size.

7. Monarch Midi FreeFlow Water Softener:

This unit is the leading softener with the highest flow rate in U.K.: 83 LPM. It is energy efficient as it makes use of the resins already used. This unique softener also alerts you whenever there is a leak in your plumbing system, and it comes with 15 valves and 22 mm hoses which allow for easy installation. In case of a power cut, this unit saves your data and also retains your water usage patterns, allowing you to save water and salt.

8. BWT WS355 Standard Electronic Water Softener:

This high tech water softener features a digital control system with an indicator that shows you the capacity of water remaining so you can make sure you have a constant supply of soft water. It uses a rotary valve and is easy to install with its 15 mm fitting kit. It also features a memory backup system that restore all the settings if a power outage that lasts up to 72 hours takes place. It has been made for the standard flow plumbing systems.

9. Tapworks AD11 Water Softener Meter:

This softener can soften up to 2,266 litres of water daily, even with high flow rates. It is convenient for use with its remote diagnostics facility and has a backup system which restores the previous settings after a back up that lasts up to 48 hours occurs. It is also easy to control, quick and efficient, and saves money while providing you with quality soft water for day to day use.

10. W2B500 Water Softener:

This unit is also flexible with its compatibility with all kinds of softening salts such as tablets, blocks or crystals; and it softens up to 1,250 litres daily which makes it perfect for up to seven people. It is able to soften water with hardness levels reaching 500PPM and does this with a flow rate of 118 litres every minute. It is also highly efficient and it only makes use of salt when cleaning the patented IonX Resin parts of the water during regeneration.


All these units reviewed above are almost a hundred percent efficient, and although everyone has their personal preferences, these units have very good reviews from users and attractive warranties backing them up. They are the top options for any U.K. resident looking for an efficient water softener. If you are looking to purchase one, you may want to check some UK water softener reviews online to see which are the top rated models at the present time and which one is most suitable for your household.

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