With anything one knows little about, the internet is both very helpful and very confusing. What to accept as truthful? Whom to believe as knowledgeable?
I'd like softened water, but I don't want a bunch of sodium in it. Also, like many, I loathe the slimy feel of salt-softened water in the shower. So what to do?
Several suggestions have been made here (I've read the whole string), including Pelican and Easywater. I've also read the interesting exchange concerning Kinetico. I wish I knew a bunch of reliable people who lived around this neighborhood, each one of whom had purchased a different system three or four years ago and were willing to be absolutely truthful in describing individual experiences.
Even that might be hard. No one likes to admit to having made a bozo decision, so someone with a really lousy system might glide over the bum choice so as not to appear stupid. But neighbors with experience would be about as good as personal testimony gets.
Sadly, no one around here has anything other than Culligan or similar salt-based systems, so they're no help (I already said I don't want a system that uses salt, or at least very much salt). Most of these folks are tepid in their "endorsements" of whatever system they have, so I'd not be impressed even if I wanted to dump endless quantities of salt into my water forever.
Has anyone found a forum where huge numbers of people have posted their experiences with various sorts of water softeners? Or is there a site where some sort of official, scientific analyses and comparisons might be found (yes, I've seen watersoftenerscompared.com, but it's hardly unbiased)?
It's a hard world (full of hard water) out there, and good information, as always, is at a premium, especially when nearly everyone who sells nearly anything is prepared to say nearly anything to sell it. With apologies to Joe Friday, I'd just like the facts, ma'am.