This is our review of the SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener.
Looking for a water softener for your household is not an easy task, but we are here to support you. We used our accumulated knowledge of water filtration systems to perform an extensive review of the SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener to help you decide if this system suits your needs.
In our view, the SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener is the best water softener system available in the market. This water softener not only softens the water which brings several benefits to your health and household, but it also comes with a mobile app that allows you to set up, control, and monitor the system, has a different range of capacities to suit your needs, and offers a lifetime warranty.
In this comprehensive SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener review, we will analyze the system’s main features, the capacity, the flow rate, the installation & maintenance process, its warranty, discuss customer reviews, and potential alternatives for this water softener system.
Let’s get started!
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Overview
The SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener is a point-of-entry (POE) system which means that it softens the water before it enters the household. This is a typical salt-based water softener that uses ion exchange technology to remove the hardness of the water, exchanging sodium ions with minerals that cause water hardness, eliminating the limescale buildup.
This water softener is highly effective at softening the water through a 5-cycle process and a high-quality durable resin. Another factor that contributes to this efficiency is that the system uses automatic regeneration, reducing the amount of water and salt used.
The SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener is available in 3 different models, the SS1, SS4, and SS+, so that you can decide the one that better suits your needs. Each model has its price, and a specific capacity and flow rate, so you don’t pay more than you need.
If you want to soften the water in your home, this salt-based water softener system is one of the best options available. And its lifetime warranty and the ability to monitor & control the performance of the system through a mobile app differentiate this system from the crowd.
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Main Features
The SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener system is composed of two high-quality certified polypropylene tanks, in which one tank contains the softening resin and the other tank, known as the brine tank, contains the salt.
The water that enters your household flows through the main softening tank that uses a softening process to reduce the water hardness. This process is ion exchange, in which sodium and potassium ions from the salt are exchanged with calcium and magnesium ions that cause water hardness.
When the softening resin is saturated with these ions, it is flushed with salt water from the brine tank to flush down the ions and make the resin ready to start the softening process again.
The SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener uses a high-quality resin with 10% crosslink resin, 25% more than the usual 8% crosslink resin from the typical salt-based water softeners. This means that this resin will have more ion-exchange capacity but is also more resistant against chlorine that is usually present in municipal water.
A factor that differentiates the SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener from other systems is that it automatically regenerates in a way that minimizes the amount of salt used and water wasted. The typical salt-based water softener regenerate (i.e., flush down the resin with brine water) on a defined schedule, while this system monitors water usage and only regenerates when it is necessary, which will save money on your water bill and reduce the amount of salt required.
And to make this system even better, SpringWell has a mobile app that allows you to control and monitor the SpringWell Water Softener on your mobile device, connected through Bluetooth. The app has several great features like the capability to monitor historic water usage, the ability to set up the water hardness level, monitor component status, start or program backwash or regeneration cycles, and more.
While you can use the app to set up and monitor the system, you can also do it directly on the head unit of the system.
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Capacity
A water softener’s capacity relates to the amount of water it can soften. This capacity is usually called grain capacity as it is measured in grains per gallon (GPG), in which one grain represents 0.002 ounces of calcium carbonate in 1 gallon of water.
The capacity represents the minerals the resin can hold until it needs to go through a regeneration cycle, so a water softener will less capacity than required will need to be regenerated more often (and will be less cost-effective), while a water softener with more capacity than required may not be so effective at softening the water.
With this in mind, choosing the right capacity is extremely important but at the same time is not easy for a person to know how many grains it will need. So, SpringWell makes this process easy as it presents different models with a capacity based on the number of bathrooms in your household.
The Springwell Salt-Based Water Softener comes in 3 different models, each one with a different capacity, and it is represented in a way that the typical person can understand:
- Model SS1: recommended for a household with 1 to 3 bathrooms, with a capacity of 32.000 grains, should be enough for the average-sized family
- Model SS4: recommended for a household with 4 to 6 bathrooms, with a capacity of 48.000 grains, is better suited for large families
- Model SS+: recommended for a household with 7 or more bathrooms, with a capacity of 80.000 grains, is suited for extremely large households
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Flow Rate
The flow rate is an important topic to consider when choosing a water softener because it will limit how much water you will be able to use in multiple activities at the same time without limiting the water pressure.
The SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener flow rate ranges from 11 to 20 GPM; depending on the model. The SS1 model comes with an 11 GPM flow rate, the SS4 model comes with a 13 GPM flow rate, and the SS+ model comes with a 20 GPM flow rate.
Typically a 9 GPM flow rate is enough to ensure proper water pressure in your household, so the SpringWell Salt-Based SS1 model should be enough. But if you have a large family, you might need a higher model to ensure that everyone will have water with good pressure when using it simultaneously.
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Installation & Maintenance
Installing a water softener is not as easy as installing other types of water filters, as it involves cutting pipes to connect the system to the main water line.
That being said, the SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener is not as difficult to install as other systems because SpringWell made this process easier for you. This water softener comes with an installation kit that includes all the necessary equipment, and you also have written and video instructions, and customer support if needed, to support the installation process.
To help your installation of the SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener, you can find the installation manual here, and a video from SpringWell below:
If you don’t like or are not comfortable with DYI activities we recommend hiring a professional plumber, which not only will save you from this type of activity but will also ensure the system is properly installed.
The SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener is easy to maintain, as you will only need to add salt into the brine tank a few times a year, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
The high-quality resin used in this system will last for around 8 years, so you won’t need to replace it often.
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Warranty & Support
The SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener comes with a lifetime warranty that is much better than the competition.
SpringWell also offers a 6-month money-back satisfaction guarantee, which shows the trust they have in its product and should give you extra confidence to try this water softener system.
SpringWell Salt-Based Water Softener Reviews
On the SpringWell website, more than 85% of the reviewers gave this product 5 stars, totaling an average rating of 4.8 stars with more than 100 reviews.
Considering this data and the reviews we can safely assume that the consumers are happy with the SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener purchase and would recommend it to others.
Reading the reviews in detail, we noticed that the customers are happy with the simple installation and the good support from SpringWell.
This high-quality water softener is packed with great features including the ability to monitor and control the system through a mobile app, effectively reduces the hardness of water, comes in different sizes so that you can select the right capacity for your household, and offers an incredible lifetime warranty and a 6-month money-back satisfaction guarantee.