Hard water can lay waste to your appliances. It causes a buildup of limescale in your pipes that makes dishwashers and water heaters work harder than they have to. The combination of higher utility bills and premature appliance repairs can drain any budget. How can you protect yourself?
Salt-based softeners are the gold standard for treating hard water, but they have clear disadvantages from high maintenance to a harmful ecological impact that’s too tangible to ignore. The good news is — there’s a better solution.
GreenWave also made it into our top 7 best salt-free water softeners list. Let’s get to it…
GreenWave Salt-Free Water Conditioner
The GreenWave salt-free conditioner tackles the toughest hard minerals. The only water softener alternative that’s 97-percent effective, it stops limescale in its tracks.
Its patented Filtersorb media transforms excess calcium and magnesium into harmless crystals, suspending them in water, so they can’t cling to pipes or bathroom fixtures.
Performance-boosting technology enhances the softening effect. The unique Vortech distribution plate prevents channeling and eliminates the clogs that plague bargain brands. And unlike conventional softeners, the environmentally friendly GreenWave creates no wastewater and requires zero electricity to operate. Manufactured in the US, it’s backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Q: Does the GreenWave remove hard minerals?
A: No. You get the benefits of calcium and magnesium in your diet without the negative impact on your home.
Q: How long does the conditioning media last?
A: It depends on your water quality, but it’s guaranteed for four years and may continue to perform long after.
Q: Do salt-free water softeners help skin?
A: The jury is still out. Minerals are abrasive and sticky — they cling to pipes and pores alike. Salt-free conditioners don’t improve how soap lathers, but the rinse quality is better. Most users feel a difference.
Softer water is on everyone’s wish list, but the cons of salt-based softeners are too much for some homeowners. From the challenging installation to continual maintenance, they’re a hassle.
But the GreenWave offers most of the benefits of conventionally softened water, protecting your plumbing and appliances for a fraction of the effort. Just set it and forget it.
A top performer among salt-free softeners, it’s engineered for durability — the quality of the components is evident right out of the box. The above-average initial price is more than offset by the low maintenance requirements.
Welcomed in ecologically sensitive areas where salt-based softeners are prohibited, the GreenWave is technology you can feel good about.
Top GreenWave Saltless Performance Features
Salt-free water conditioners may look alike, but they’re not all created equal. Let’s examine how the GreenWave’s performance features make it a cut above.
Water conditioners are not filters. They change the molecular state of minerals in a process known as Nucleation Assisted Crystallization (NAC), but they don’t remove them from water as salt-based softeners do.
Do salt-free water conditioners work? If your goal is to stamp out every effect of hard water, you may be disappointed. But if what you want is to protect your home from limescale, the GreenWave works as well as a conventional water softener without the costly maintenance or environmental concerns, and it has other perks.
An often overlooked benefit of conditioning water without salt is flavor — water without minerals has a flat taste. Salt-softened water also adds about 6-percent more sodium to a low-salt diet, and it can impact your cooking.
As with most things in life, the choice of a water softener involves trade-offs. Salt-based softeners are marginally more effective, but they require more space. They use tons of salt annually and discharge up to 150 gallons of water every time they regenerate. Unless you have extremely hard water, salt-free conditioners do more for less.
Capacity refers to how much water a conditioner can process before the media has to be replaced. Most manufacturers, including US Water Systems, offer estimates based on average conditions, but results vary significantly based on your water quality.
The GreenWave’s Filtersorb media is expected to last at least 4 years or up to 1,000,000 gallons — likely longer based on customer reviews. Today, the cost to replace it ranges from $450-$1000 depending on the size model you choose. That’s similar to the cost of replacing traditional softening resin, but the money you’ll save on professional installation, salt, electricity, and water bills make the GreenWave a better value than most salt-based softeners.
Flow rate is the number of gallons a water conditioner can treat per minute. For a large family, it’s an essential figure. Most water-using activities in a home, from showering to flushing a toilet, require 2-4 gallons of water per minute. If your water conditioner can’t keep up, you’ll notice an annoying drop in pressure at the tap.
The GreenWave comes in four sizes based on flow rate:
- 10 gpm for the smallest houses
- 15 gpm for small to medium homes
- 20 gpm for large homes
- 25 gpm for the largest houses or commercial applications
According to the EPA, the average US home needs a 6-12 gpm flow rate, so sizing up is never a bad option. But every 5 gpm increase in flow rate requires additional media, and that adds to the cost.
Design and Installation
Water conditioners are integrated into your main water line near the service entry, usually in the basement or garage. Fully assembled, the GreenWave measures 56-60 inches tall and requires less than a square foot of floor space. Do not install it where it will be exposed to direct sunlight or freezing temperatures.
A breeze to install, most homeowners can do it in a few hours with limited plumbing experience. The directions are crystal clear. Designed for ¾- or 1-inch plumbing, everything required for installation is included in the kit.
As with all softeners, the media can be damaged by iron, sulfur, tannins and chlorine. If a water test shows these in your water, US Water System will help you choose an appropriate prefilter.
Help & Support
US Water Systems has been solving water quality problems since 2003. Their systems are made in America and backed by generous warranties and peerless customer care. From water testing to service after the sale, they’re in your corner.
The GreenWave isn’t a model you’ll find in big box stores, so you’ll rarely see it mentioned in salt-free water softener reviews. But it’s a premium product that delivers what it promises and more. It’s worth the investment.