We just moved into a 3 year old house. The previous owners did not have a water softener, even though the water hardness here is 24 GPG! Another issue here is a slightly high iron content.
This is, hopefully, a long-term house for us. We want a high quality, low maintenance water softener that will last and not wear out b/c of the extreme water hardness. (If we move, we'll take the softener with us anyways.) More than a few neighbors have mentioned that they have bought softeners at Lowe's or Sam's and that they are generally lasting only a year or so.
We are also interested in a carbon filter system, either to be installed at a later date or with the water softener. We might test out the softener and see what we think we need from that point. Chlorine content is pretty low, so we are thinking maybe we won't want the filter.
The Culligan man was here tonight. He seemed knowledgable, though rather old-school (poo poo'd needing a filter and found using potassium in the softener as vaguely strange). He was not a hard-sell or "presentation" kind of guy, and that was a relief. At the hardness of water we have, his recommendation was pretty much only their "problem water" unit, which is obviously, the most expensive but had a very healthy warranty.
The Kinetico man is coming tomorrow night.
Does one brand offer us any thing the other doesn't in terms of the iron content and the desire/need to add a filter, too?
Or, are they both similar in quality and design/technology and therefore we should make price a main deciding factor?