I see by the one post concerning the Easy Water unit that it is currently being assessed or will be. Having already done a search for makers of these units I found ScaleBan, Scalewatcher, Scaleblaster, and of course Easy Water. I'm betting there are more out there. Some of the units range from $495.00 plus shipping to in the thousands. I know we are going to pay a premium for proprietary technology and that is as it should be. Somebody should be compensated for patenting a better mouse trap. However, unless these units are constructed from rare-earth elements, and are titanium plated, descaling one's home use of water just isn't worth it.
I understand that this is a normal occurrence in homes and has long been treated or removed by good-old inexpensive distilled vinegar, elbow grease, and as we have just found, those two-sided sponges, but not the heavy-duty type. My wife purchased ones that are for delicate surfaces. To avoid the labor aspect, especially in retirement, one must weigh the tradeoffs. Nowadays, I prefer watching the grass grow or we taking a ride or...building something!
I'm sure these units work, but, must we pay thousands, or, will the ones in the lower hundreds do the job just as well. I once work in retail eons ago at ACE Hardware. Now, we are retired. We were professionals, however, we had a skill but that involved getting one's fingernail somewhat...dirty. I am well familiar with price points. We price shop as most do or should do. Those price points scare most of we, the middle income folks. More net profit would be earned if the cost is lowered and more units turned. Do they not understand ...volume! Or, is it get rich at the expense of the few. How many households are in the United States or the world for that matter.
I've attempted to search these makers or brandnames on the BBB website, but with no success. That is in itself no reflection of good or bad on those manufacturers. Some may claim they have invented the technology. I've done a search on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website, however, that's difficult but yielded none of the names above.
Anyway, to bring this wordy note to a conclusion, I beg of CR to do an extensive test of these units and price points and clue us in on whom to trust to not rip us off.
Hail, hail CR. Thanks for being there for all these scores of years. No, I'm not that old but I was once a subscriber, in my youth, to CR or the other one. I don't remember the name off-hand but I know where to look to remind me.
If anybody happens to read this on their Blackberry, hopefully your not driving and haven't fallen asleep by now, I look forward to anybody's input. Maybe you have some good grass growing stories.
Oops, maybe I should have read the guidelines. There may be a rule against running on?
Okay, that's it. Enough is enough. I'm outta here. Have a pleasant day. John
any conclusion as to buying another salt water softener or should I go with the star track $1000 units. I have to buy ASAP.
Thank You in advance
We need to purchase a water softener ASAP because of the iron in our water and was wondering if you got any response from others as to which brand to buy that was effective and cost affordable?
Thanks in advance Susie