How a Water Softener Works

Hard water is softened by removing the calcium and magnesium it contains. When hard water passes through the softening system's resin bed, the calcium and magnesium (hardness) ions are removed through an ion exchange process, so only softened water passes through to your home.  Once the resin bed fills up with hardness ions, it must be regenerated (cleaned).  Salt is typically used in the regeneration process and restores the resin to a "clean" state so the ion exchange process can begin again. 

From multi-tank systems powered by the energy of moving water to a more traditional approach, Kinetico covers all your options. Your local Kinetico water expert will work with you to choose the water softener that's right for you. 

Water Softener Comparison Guide

  • Kinetico Premier Series®

    Best Seller
    $ $ $

    Value

    Non-Electric Operation

    Non-Electric Operation

    Moving water is the power source, not electricity, so operation is simple and reliable. There are no timers or computers to set, adjust, repair or replace.

    High Hardness

    High Hardness

    A rating that represents the hardness removal capabilities of a product. A high hardness rating is up to 225 grains of hardness.

    High Capacity

    High Capacity

    A rating that represents the amount of hardness a system is able to remove, regenerating up to three times per day. A high rating is 200,000 grains per day.

    Water Flow Rate

    Water Flow Rate

    The rate at which water can flow through a system and achieve optimal results. This rating is based on how quickly you can fill a pitcher of water.

    Efficiency

    Efficiency

    A rating based on how well the system performs, minimizes waste, and conserves energy.

    24/7 Soft Water

    24/7 Soft Water

    Soft water is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during regeneration.

    Problem Water

    Problem Water

    This rating indicates the ability of the system to treat well water that contains one or more problem-causing contaminants.

    City Water

    City Water

    The ability of the system to treat water that is provided by your municipality. The water is treated but still contains hardness and acceptable contaminant levels according to regulated standards.

    Warranty

    Warranty

    Kinetico offers the highest quality products in the industry and proudly stands behind all of our warranties.

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  • Kinetico Signature Series®

    Efficient and Durable
    $ $

    Value

    Non-Electric Operation

    Non-Electric Operation

    Moving water is the power source, not electricity, so operation is simple and reliable. There are no timers or computers to set, adjust, repair or replace.

    High Hardness

    High Hardness

    A rating that represents the hardness removal capabilities of a product. A high hardness rating is up to 225 grains of hardness.

    High Capacity

    High Capacity

    A rating that represents the amount of hardness a system is able to remove, regenerating up to three times per day. A high rating is 200,000 grains per day.

    Water Flow Rate

    Water Flow Rate

    The rate at which water can flow through a system and achieve optimal results. This rating is based on how quickly you can fill a pitcher of water.

    Efficiency

    Efficiency

    A rating based on how well the system performs, minimizes waste, and conserves energy.

    24/7 Soft Water

    24/7 Soft Water

    Soft water is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during regeneration.

    Problem Water

    Problem Water

    This rating indicates the ability of the system to treat well water that contains one or more problem-causing contaminants.

    City Water

    City Water

    The ability of the system to treat water that is provided by your municipality. The water is treated but still contains hardness and acceptable contaminant levels according to regulated standards.

    Warranty

    Warranty

    Kinetico offers the highest quality products in the industry and proudly stands behind all of our warranties.

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  • Kinetico Essential Series®

    Simple and Compact
    $

    Value

    Non-Electric Operation

    Non-Electric Operation

    Moving water is the power source, not electricity, so operation is simple and reliable. There are no timers or computers to set, adjust, repair or replace.

    High Hardness

    High Hardness

    A rating that represents the hardness removal capabilities of a product. A high hardness rating is up to 225 grains of hardness.

    High Capacity

    High Capacity

    A rating that represents the amount of hardness a system is able to remove, regenerating up to three times per day. A high rating is 200,000 grains per day.

    Water Flow Rate

    Water Flow Rate

    The rate at which water can flow through a system and achieve optimal results. This rating is based on how quickly you can fill a pitcher of water.

    Efficiency

    Efficiency

    A rating based on how well the system performs, minimizes waste, and conserves energy.

    24/7 Soft Water

    24/7 Soft Water

    Soft water is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during regeneration.

    Problem Water*

    Problem Water*

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    City Water

    City Water

    The ability of the system to treat water that is provided by your municipality. The water is treated but still contains hardness and acceptable contaminant levels according to regulated standards.

    Warranty

    Warranty

    Kinetico offers the highest quality products in the industry and proudly stands behind all of our warranties.

    Learn More

*See Powerline Solutions

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