Water Softener Salt - What You Need To Know

best water softener salt overview

Hi everybody. 👋

This is Craig the water guy. Hope you are doing good today.

I appreciate you visiting us. Every once in a while, we get a call from folks asking us if we sell salt for water softeners.

The answer is No.

The reason why we don't sell it is because it's too expensive to ship it. So we usually recommend that people go to a big box home improvement stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot or a place like that to pick up the salt for your water softener. That always brings up another subject that people ask us is...

"How Often do I have to fill the water softener that I bought?"

"How much does it cost?"

"How much does it costs for me and my family per year to operate the water softener with salt?"

And the answer to that question varies of course and what type of water softener they have. If you go to and you look at their search for water softener salt or salt with minerals.


Salt for Your Water Softener - What We Recommend

In general, you're going to find that they sell a few different types of water softener salt. Here are the first one is salt pellets which is the most commonly used pellets or the solar crystals. Either one of the was that we would recommend. And they both cost the same around $6.76 plus tax per 40-pound bag.

Morton's Salt for Water Softeners

So those are the most commonly we've found.

They have the crystals, the crystals are more of an extra coarse salt. It is not as clean as the solar pellets. The solar pellets are recommended again or so because of the fact that they are a clean source of salt for your water softener.


Doing the Math on Water Softener Salt...

So that's what we recommend. To get to the question of how often, How often do I have to fill my salt tank and how much is it going to cost. On our frequently asked questions page on our website. We have what is the difference between flush down the water softeners and upflow SoftPro water softeners.

To change the question a little bit when it comes to this aspect of it is as real is what is the difference between a downflow water softener regardless of what water softener is if it's a downflow water softener the answer is the same all the way across the board. You know most of your water softeners out there is downflow. Fleck is downflow. Clack is also downflow. 

Clack, you cannot purchase online. You have to go through a local dealer purchase a Clack water softener which is relatively expensive. They are downflow systems. So their usage of salt and the amount is going to cost you to operate your water softener. Between the Clack and the Fleck are going to be identical to each other as far as that goes.

As far as usage of salt goes on any downflow system or any upflow system is going to depend on whether or not you sized your water softener properly when you purchased it.

If you don't size your water softener properly by using a sizing calculator that we see here on our website by entering the information, as far as the number of people living at your home and the hardness of your water and then following those recommendations then you may have undersized of your water softener. 

If you do that. You're going to cost yourself more money over the life of the water softener which could be a substantial amount of money over the life of ten to 15+ years for good water softener.

OK. So sizing it is extremely important to make sure that you're not undersized and that you're you're saving yourself a lot of dollars over the life of the system. So let's go over a few figures here. We've done a lot of study on this over the years.

Downflow vs Upflow Water Softeners

Upflow vs downflow water softening systems

What you're going to find is that your downflow water softeners such as your Fleck water softeners, Clack softeners, General Electric softeners, Whirlpool softeners, Culligan water softeners, Rainsoft softeners, Kinetico water softeners, any of those water softeners are all downflow water softeners.

So what your gonna see here is just kind of read this I don't know if this is a SoftPro upstream softener is a fresher and innovative softener that is the bases gallons of water utilized with the goal framework recovery just what is required. 

So with that in mind, you know all the other water softeners as I just mentioned the Fleck, the Clack, the General Electric, the Whirlpool water softeners. So for most of our metered systems. So they are going to count each gallon of use of your ability to regenerate based upon your usage. 

But what makes the difference is that the upflow water softeners that you find on our website the SoftPro water softeners they are of upflow high-efficiency water softeners.

Save BIG With Upflow Water Softeners by SoftPro

SoftPro Water Softening Systems for Your Home

They have a lot of innovative features to them that to save you up to 75% in salt 64% in water every regeneration over Fleck water softeners, Clack water softeners, again and Culligan and all Kinetico and Whirlpool water softeners out there.

"That could actually be savings of $219.80 per year over the other water softeners out there."

This is based on figures that we have done the data.

Based on data that we have been saving over the years. So based on a family of four. That's a huge saving that is your best bet in salt over a 15-year life of a SoftPro water softener. It has saved you $3,297 based on this few years over 15 years.

You can buy a lot of water softeners for $3,300 folks. So that is the reason why it is so important to size your water softener properly. It's also very important to choose your softener company as far as what brand you go with. You ought to make sure that it's an upflow brand, high-efficiency water softener. That's good quality like the SoftPro systems and not go with your older style softeners which are your downflow softeners by Fleck, Culligan, Clack, Kinetico, Whirlpool, or Lowe's.

Those are all really old technology. They work. They've been working for years. But again they're old technology. So why would you buy something that's going to continuously cost you money over the life of the system?

Especially $3,300!!! That's A lot of money.

So I hope this helps you, folks.

I answered all your questions and thank you for visit us and have a great day! 



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