Quick Verdict 1: Which SpringWell system is better?
The SS and the FutureSoft softeners are both popular systems. They are purchased regularly by homeowners with various levels of water hardness across the country.
The technology contained inside both SpringWell softeners is also standard for consumer softening devices:
- The salt-based system uses an ion-exchange resin bed, where hard mineral ions dissolved into the water supply are chemically attracted salt ions in a brine solution coating the resin. The ions swap place, removing the minerals and softening the water.
- The FutureSoft uses Template Assisted Crystallization (TAC), a softening method where water flows over a media with catalyst points
So which product is better?
For private wells and hard city water
If you get your water from a domestic well or are a city water user in an area of the country with very hard water (e.g. most the southwest, large areas of the south), we think the SpringWell SS offers better value.
It’s rated to remove high amounts of hard minerals, should protect your home appliances from mineral scale damage, and will fix the drying or itchy effects of showering with hard water.
For city water with scale issues
On the other hand, if your water has low-to-moderate levels of hardness, and/or mineral scale is your only major hard water issue, the FutureSoft is a highly convenient system. There’s zero maintenance or salt refills, so you don’t need to do anything to keep the softener running. As FutureSoft sends conditioned water through plumbing systems, it should also have an effect on any existing scale.
A top-rated filtration brand
So, if you have a serious hard water problem, the SS is the SpringWell product for you. Those with medium water hardness that prioritize descaling should be happy the FutureSoft. But either way, we have no problem recommending both SpringWell softener systems.