If you use a well in your home, then what I am about to tell you is information you already know. Well-water comes straight from the ground and often times it picks up minerals. However, there is a huge issue with it. If the well picks up certain minerals (such as magnesium), it can be a major issue in your home water system. This is where a water softener becomes extremely useful and I can’t think of a much better one than the 5600SXT from Fleck.
This slick, 100 percent Polyglass designed water softener will eliminate all of the hard water that causes build-up in your water system. The 5600SXT conquers this process by implementing the ion exchange process. What happens is it removes all of the calcium and magnesium that cause the hard water. Doing this will extend the life of your appliances by an unthinkable amount.
I think the best term to describe this softener is efficiency. In all of their water softeners (including this one), Fleck uses high capacity resin. This ensures that the resin in their systems will last a long time. A meter-based generation process is also implemented in this specific water softener. Basically, this system will measure the amount of water you are using. Why is this important to you? It’s because this will prevent the system from generating more than it needs too. If the water level needs to be increased, then the system will react accordingly. Rapping up the incredible amount of efficiency are the valves. Not only do they have a five-year warranty, but Fleck has tested these bad boys to last up to 27 years of continuous use.
The SXT Controller
Probably my favorite aspect of this water softener is its attached digital control head. This (also called the SXT controller), is built right on top of its valve. The SXT controller has a backlit LCD display with touch controls and allows you to configure fully programmable cycles. If it ever runs low on power, it actually has an included 48-hour internal power backup.
If you are looking for a water softener for the entire family, then I have reassuring news for you. This one, in particular, will treat up to 12gpm flow rates and anywhere from 3 to 6 people. The exact dimensions of the tank (for anyone who cares) are 15 inches x 17 inches x 33 inches, which will hold up to 250 pounds of salt.
The Manual is a Letdown
If the only complaint I have for an appliance is the manual that is included, then you know it’s good. However, I need to address that the instructions are very vague and sometimes inaccurate. You may find yourself looking online if you are having trouble installing this (or looking through your phone book for a cheap plumber). All in all, I completely recommend the 5600SXT from Fleck as your next home water softener. To follow my advice, all you have to do is go to Amazon!
After the praise I just gave the Fleck, why would I offer you alternatives? Simply, if you’re anything like me, no matter how elite something is you like to have options.
Thus, I present to you the best alternatives.
Firstly, is the Iron Pro 2 5600SXT. This is actually a mirror image of the previous one.
The main difference? The Iron Pro 2 is also an iron filter which can remove hardness, iron, manganese, sediment, sand, and rust.
If this is an addition to my highest recommendation, then why wouldn’t I just recommend this one? You probably are asking yourself this question and the answer is simple.
The biggest issue with well-water is it picking up unwanted minerals. Well (no pun intended), the regular 5600SXT accomplishes this perfectly. This addition of an iron filter also comes with an added dollar sign.
I have already given Fleck enough exposure, so how about a new brand: The WaterBoss? This is a perfect water softener if you have a large family. It can reduce up to 10 parts per millions of sediment, dirt, and iron. Also, it can soften up to 90 grains per gallon of water. For such a heavy-duty appliance, the design is very compact. This allows it to be stored with ease, while also making the generation times extremely fast.
One huge aspect to pay attention to, if you decide to go with this alternative, is that the rear of the tank (where the plumbing comes in) isn’t properly sealed. This becomes a huge issue if you decide to store the water softener in a place that critters can access it.
Unlike the digital water softener from Fleck, the FS-220 from Aquios is salt-free.
This means that the minerals are not actually removed, but instead are prevented from interfering with any of your devices that utilize your water source.
The FS-220 is able to do this because it utilizes a natural, commercial technology.
Design-wise, it’s very thin and compact.
There is no need for you to worry about programming, maintenance or electricity.
The biggest drawback is that the water does not “soften” as well as other brands.
It will suffice for the price you will pay and is only a good choice if you don’t want a water softener that uses salt.
The Fleck 5600SXT is the Way to Go
If you look past the inadequate manual, which in fairness can be a major pain in the neck but is solved by searching online, then the perfect water softener for you is the 5600 SXT from Fleck.
No other softener combines its efficiency (high capacity resin, valve shelf life heavy-duty and meter-based generation), technology (LCD backlit display, touchpad controls, back-up 48-hour battery, and programmable cycles) and size (treating 3-6 people and 250 pounds of salt). I can’t stress enough how much this will improve your water and extend the life of your appliances that utilize it.