If you live in a hard water area, chances are you’ve looked into various ways of softening your water supply in order to avoid the pitfalls of hard water and reap the benefits of soft water.
There are, of course, a number of ways to do this – among the most popular are the use of softening salts, often with a water softener. As most of these salt crystals seem the same to the layman, I’ve taken a closer look at a number of different brands and types in order to figure out which are the best. The differences between many of them are actually quite pronounced – you may be surprised at just how different they can be in terms of effectiveness.
I chose Hydrosoft’s Salt Tablets as the best salt for water softener, for a number of reasons, including the standard of production, performance and overall consumer satisfaction.
What Are These Salt Tablets Like?
Hydrosoft’s tablets are granular, pure dried vacuum and undried vacuum tablets, made of microfine salt blocks. The salt is pure sodium chloride – what most people would call common salt. While these tablets are marketed for water treatment purposes, they also meet the standards required of deicing salts, in addition to meeting food industry standards. They are produced in accordance with EU regulations and contain no hazardous ingredients.
The tablets are made up of colorless and odorless crystals – some are rounded, between one and their millimeters in size, whereas others are cubic crystals of between 0.2 and 0.6mm in size. The tablets themselves measure 24 x 24 x 13mm. They are freely soluble in water, with a bulk density of between 1.2 and 1.5 grams per milliliter.
What’s So Good About Them?
Obviously, the main test for soft water salts is their effect on hard water, and it is apparent that these Hydrosoft tablets don’t disappoint in this department. Water from the faucet can be different in numerous ways from one area to another, so it was necessary to read accounts of the tablets’ performance from various areas of the country. These results are overwhelmingly positive. People who have previously lived in soft water areas, who have now moved to hard water areas, report that these salts restore their water to the same softness they were used to before.
What’s Not So Great?
The only complaint I have heard is that the bag is quite large – meaning it needs a storage place of its own. Thankfully, as the salts come in tablets and not granules, you don’t need to worry too much about spillages.
What Makes Them Number One?
While their effect on hard water is the most important criterion, it’s also important to mention that they are produced to reliable standards, so you can expect consistency in quality. They can be used easily with a wide range of different water softeners, as well as on their own.
Runner-Up #1 – Hydrosoft Salt Granules
Hydrosoft’s Salt Granules are close siblings of the company’s tablets. Instead of larger tablets, this time the company has produced rounded beads grown from individual crystals of salt. As with the tablets, they are produced to meet stringent EU standards.
Once again, reports from across the country – from areas with different levels of water hardness, suggest that consumers are completely satisfied with the granules’ performance.
Some consumers prefer tablets, as they are easier to get a hold of and count. Others always opt for granules. Certain water softeners are more suited to usage with granules. These beads are free-flowing, and can easily be added to water softeners. If you spill them, you could be a while retrieving them.
Runner-Up #2 – Aquasol Salt Tablets
These tablets are produced to meet UK standards, from pure salt, which is compressed into pillow-shapes mini bricks. These tablets are designed for use in domestic water softeners and dishwashers, too.
Just as the manufacturer boasts about how little dust you’ll find in the bag, a more impressive observation is the lack of residue and salt particles left after using the tablets. This is due to the tablets’ rounded, pillow-shaped design, which greatly reduces the amount of chipping the tablets are subjected to, in the bag and in use.
Runner-Up #3 – Granulite Water Softener Salt
They have a high level of purity and are produced to a consistently high standard – Granulite is actually the UK’s leading producer of white salt. It can be used in most water softeners and dishwashers.
If you prefer granules to beads or tablets, then these Granulite granules won’t disappoint you – they produce clear, saturated brine upon contact with water, and don’t leave any residue.
Nor does it form an annoying sludge in the way that other granules do. All of this means you are saving time and effort with these granules.
The Last Word
It’s easy to take a blasé attitude when it comes to buying something as mundane as water softening salts. Doing so, however, can be a mistake which can even end up costing you quite a bit of money and time. At the very least, you want to know that the salt is produced to industry standards and that it removes lime scale, is safe to use on skin, and is safe to drink. After that come the questions of convenience, design and so on, which all add to a manufacturer’s costs, but improve the user’s experience.
Having weighed up all these factors, and compared a wide range of salts in different water areas, it’s hard to find anything that beats Hydrosoft’s tablets.