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Fleck 5600 Econominder Mechanically Metered Water Softener
- Meter-based Regeneration -
Measures the water you use to figure out regeneration cycles. If water requirements increase the system regenerates more frequently to help keep up.
- Easy-to-use Easy mechanical design
- Controls are user-friendly and effortlessly programmable
- Economical - little annual power consumption
Fleck 5600 Econominder Features
- Can handle flow rate as much as 20 gallons/minute
- Durable Non-corrosive, UV-resistant Fiber-enforced poly valve body
- Designed with double backwash
- Saves cost in maintenance compared to electronic controls
- With a mechanical water metering system, this works in the event of a power failure
- WQA Gold Seal systems
- NSF Standard 44 Certified
- UL registered component
Elevate the Experience
Take the Fleck 5600 Econominder system to the next level with these high quality water filtration options.
- Reverse Osmosis With Advanced Alkalizer Filter
- Ultimate Whole House Catalytic Carbon Filter
Choose one or more to elevate your experience.
Reverse Osmosis with Advanced Alkalizer Filter
Get the ultimate drinking water at your home.
Enjoy the health benefits of alkalized, fully filtered bottled-quality water at your kitchen sink.
The 5 Stage, Ultimate Drinking Water Filtration.
Whole House Upflow Catalytic Carbon Filter
Bottle water quality throughout your home. This filter removes it all...
pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical products, petroleum products, and heavy metals.
It requires no regular maintenance, no regeneration, no water waste, and no electricity. Set it and forget it.
FREE BONUS UPGRADE ($69 VALUE)
Make Installation Quick & Easy
With your purchase today, check the optional upgrade and we'll send you the Quick-Connect Hose Kit for free.*
Make installation and servicing your system quick and easy.
Available in 3/4" size.
*Limited, while supplies last.
FROM THE LAB...
Dive into Our In-House Review
Fleck 5600 Econominder Review
The quick & dirty summary below...
- Dependable performance
- Easy programmability
- Flow rates up to 20 gallons per minute
- Older-style (but easy-to-use) mechanical meter design
- Efficient salt usage, 5 & 10-year warranties (valve and tanks)
- Energy efficient
- Manufactured by one of the most trusted brands in the industry
Older mechanical design,
Residential properties with predictable water flow demands; those looking for an entry-level system from a well-known brand.
As the old saying goes, "If it's not broken, don't fix it."
The Fleck 5600 Econominder is the original, non-digital 5600 water softener that Fleck is known for. Much like Michael Jackson's Thriller album, the Econominder is a long-time bestseller that can be found in millions of homes.
It provides reliable water softening at an entry-level price point.
Where it loses points is old-fashioned mechanical valve control. It doesn't offer the same efficiency or programming options of today's newer LCD digitally metered water softeners.
But if you're looking for the greatest upfront savings, the Fleck 5600 Econominder is very affordable and you can't beat the brand recognition of Fleck.
If you want an inexpensive water softener that's dependable, but not as advanced or efficient as newer systems, the Fleck 5600 Econominder is a practical choice.
However, if you want a system that will save you more money in the long term, then you'll want to consider higher-efficiency products.
How Does Major Water Softeners Compare?
Although the Fleck 5600 Econominder is not included in the comparison, it's improved sister product, the Fleck 5600SXT is compared.
Check out our updated 2020 City Water Softener Comparison Report:
FULL IN-DEPTH REVIEW
Read Our Full Fleck 5600 Econominder Water Softener Review Below:
There's a reason why the Fleck 5600 Econominder is one of the best-selling water softeners on the market. It just works. Period. To be frank, water softener control valves have come a long way over the past few years.
Newer models offer a much greater range of programming features and efficiency controls than the 5600.
But at the end of the day, if you just want a barebones system (without compromising quality), then this system is for you.
Not to get all fuzzy, but … I LOVE the Econominder, much like a faithful partner. This system will always hold a place in my heart (even if there ARE way more innovative and efficient models on the market these days).
As our customer Ruben told us…
"The 5600 econominder has been a work horse for several decades. It is reliable and dependable. This was a replacement for an autotrol electronic valve that always went crazy every time the power went out."
So yeah … sometimes "newer" doesn't mean better. The 5600 Econominder may be an older-style valve, but it's still one of the best out there
This is truly a "set it and forget it" water softener, made by a leading brand. We love the Fleck Econominder because it delivers a predictable flow of treated water, and keeps on ticking, day after day (literally, because it uses a mechanical timer).
You can't beat the affordability either, even though it means sacrificing some of the features and benefits found on newer models.
Here's a breakdown of what we like about it.
The mechanical meter is ridiculously easy to use. Seriously, a 5-year-old could figure it out. You turn the dials to configure it to your needs. You don't even need a water specialist to determine that setting for you. You simply set the number of people in the household, then align it with the household grains per gallon of water hardness.
So, if you’re technically challenged (and hey, who isn't these days? I'm still trying to figure out what "TikTok" is), or intimidated by all the new fancy digital meters today, then this system is for you. It's a piece of cake.
(If you prefer digital, bump up to the Fleck 5600 SXT.)
What good is a water softener it it's terrible at softening your water? Well, no worries about this system – the Fleck 5600 Econominder is among the best in the industry.
It offers dependable water-softening performance, delivering all the benefits you would expect: no more scale buildup or calcium deposits on your sink fixtures, elimination of water stains and soap scum, greater soap use efficiency, cleaner dishes and so on.
Best of all, Fleck states right in the user manual that the 5600 Econominder is proven to extend the life of your appliances by up to 30%. That's serious long-term savings!
The Fleck 5600 Econominder package that we sell here at QualityWaterTreatment.com comes with 8% High-Capacity Resin.
This is the traditional resin found in most water softeners, with the exception of higher-efficiency systems that use 10% Cross-Linked or High Efficiency SST-60 resin.
Resin is the tiny beads inside the tank that help to effectively pull hard minerals out of your water. Higher-efficiency resin can help to reduce your salt usage and also last longer before being replaced. But honestly, if you’re looking to keep your upfront costs as low as possible, the Econominder's 8% High-Capacity Resin does the job just fine.
In fact, we’ve found this unit saves up to 50% in salt usage compared to comparably-specced models.
Plumbers, Handymen, and Weekend Warriors
Anyone with basic plumbing know-how can install the Fleck 5600 Econominder water softener. When you buy from QualityWaterTreatment.com, the system comes preloaded, ready to install. And everything is outlined in the installation guides.
If you're hiring someone to install it for you, they'll appreciate this quick & easy installation (which could save you money too, since it won't take them as long to complete it).
Having a choice of valve size is GOOD. It means that the system can be fitted for a wider range of applications and household needs.
The valve size basically influences how much water can flow through the system and how fast. Our Fleck 5600 Econominder package lets you choose from a 3/4-inch or 1-inch bypass valve. This lets you achieve flow rates between 7 to 20 gallons per minute (great for Brady Bunch-sized families).
Grain capacity is also available in a range of options: 24,000, 32,000, 40,000, 48,000 and 64,000. Be sure to use our chart to get a sense of which capacity is right for you, based on your water hardness and household size.
Fleck's warranties aren't the best in the industry, but they offer protection that you may never even need. This unit comes with a 5-year warranty on the valve (which is made by Fleck) and 10-year warranties on the tanks. So you have peace of mind knowing that if anything unusual happens to your system, you're covered.
If you're like me and always want the maximum protection for your home investments, then there are other systems out there with more competitive warranties.
UPGRADE OPTIONS REVIEW
Whole House & Under Sink Water Filters
When you purchase your Fleck 5600 Econominder water softener, you’ll get the choice of adding on two different filters.
The really unique thing about our R/O filtration is the addition of the alkalizing filter. Standard RO systems will lower your water’s PH to 6 or 6.0, making it acidic. You may be aware that our bodies don’t do well on acidic water as there have been lots of studies done on Reverse Osmosis (RO) Drinking Water Filters on this subject. This is why it’s important to alkalize your RO water so you’re getting pure, clean, delicious, AND totally healthy water...
Our RO system can handle 75 gallons per day of drinking water, which is more than plenty. It’s a high-efficiency system also. Most RO filters waste 3-5 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of filtered water. But our RO system is a 1 to 1 ratio, making it much more efficient.
It comes with a long reach chrome handle… but if that’s not going to match your current faucet, you can give us a call and we’ll swap out the chrome for a different color if we have it available, absolutely free. When you choose our RO system you’ll enjoy deliciously alkalized, fully filtered bottled-quality water at your kitchen sink.
BOTTLED WATER THROUGHOUT HOME
Removes 99% of Contaminants
For whole-house bottled water, we use catalytic Whole House Catalytic Carbon Filter carbon filter instead of coal or coconut because it removes chlorine AND chloramine at high flow rates. This very hard to remove and the traditional filters just can’t handle it. Catalytic carbon is more expensive, but it will do the job and give you the best tasting, healthiest, whole house water, all the time, without fail.
This carbon filter removes it all: pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceutical products, petroleum products, and heavy metals.
It requires no regular maintenance, no regeneration, no water waste, and no electricity.
The filter lasts about 7-10 years and replacing it is easy. You’ll only replace the carbon, not the entire system.
HOW EACH FILTER PROTECTS YOU
Choose One or More Upgrade Options for Ultimate Filtered Water
SoftPro Elite Water Softener Review Conclusion
Whew! Like I said in the beginning, SoftPro is loaded with premium features and next-generation technology. Of course, if you’d like to talk to one of our very friendly customer service team members, just give us a ring during business hours and let us know how we can help.
Economical is a good word to describe nearly every aspect of the Econominder. The price is economical. The salt and water usage are economical. The energy usage is economical.
All around, this water softener is a very economical investment, and it performs economically too. No, it doesn't come close to the efficiency of high-end systems, which can drastically reduce your salt and water usage.
But it does run pretty efficiently overall and has little annual power consumption.
Don't let the mechanical design fool you. This old workhorse is still very smart. It measures the water you use to optimize the regeneration cycles. So for example, if your kids are suddenly soaking in long baths every night, using a ton more water than usual, the system will regenerate more frequently to help keep up. Or, if you're on vacation and not using water at all, the system will not regenerate until it's needed.
To be fair, this model isn't as efficient as ultra-high-efficiency metered systems, which are designed for even greater precision and long-term savings.
But the on-demand metering is still a nice feature that ensures you're getting a constant supply of treated water, no matter how your water flow demands fluctuate.
Fleck valves are the best because they last! The Fleck 5600 Econominder valve is made with a non-corrosive, UV-resistant, fiber-enforced poly valve body. This makes the valve ultra-durable – even if the water softener is placed in high-traffic areas of your basement or it's hit by sunlight all day.
The valve body resists corrosion and harmful UV rays.
Nothing in life lasts forever, but with Fleck, you know you can depend on it for the long haul.
No, we're not talking about backwash in a half-empty bottle of beer – just, ew. In water softeners, backwash is the regeneration process of "cleaning" or "recharging" the resin with the sodium-treated water, so that the harsh minerals can be expunged from the system and the resin can remove more minerals again and again.
The Fleck 5600 Econominder system uses a double backwash process to ensure that the resin is effectively cleaned. This is ultimately what makes the Fleck's water-softening performance so outstanding.
We can't stress this enough: The Fleck 5600 Econominder Water Softener may not be the newest kid on the block, or the fanciest gal at the ball.
But it's a SOLID, economically priced system made by one of the most respected manufacturers in the business.
Numerous other higher-end, higher-efficiency models are out if you have greater needs, but if you just want a dependable system for the lowest up-front cost possible, this system is for you.
Soft, Clean Water For Less Than A Coffee A Day
Quality Water Treatment provides several financing options to make your investment in soft, clean water for your home and family easy.
Multiple options including 4 interest-free payments.
- Fleck 5600 Econominder mechanical metered valve
- Mineral tank
- Poly brine tank
- 3/4" or 1" bypass valve
- 8% high capacity resin
- Media funnel (for 64,000 grains ONLY)
Note: Drain tubing not included. Optional 50 ft tubing available.
- SoftPro Reverse Osmosis Filter System with Filter Housing
- Sediment Filter - 5 Micron Sediment Filter
- 2 x Carbon Block Filters - 10 Micron Carbon Block, Coconut Shell Granular Activated Carbon
- High-Efficiency, Reverse Osmosis Membrane (75 GPD)
- Advanced Alkalizing Filter
- Faucet (Modern, chrome faucet shipped by default)
- Drain Saddle
- Brass Swivel Adapter
- Installation Kit/ Tubing
Note: Ice Maker connection kit is an optional upgrade.
- Carbon Filter Tank
- Bypass Valve
- Upflow Valve Head
- Upflow Basket/ Strainer
- 2 x 1" Connectors
- Neoprene Tank Jacket Guard
The Nitty Gritty...
- 75 Gallons Maximum Capacity
- High-Efficient 1:1 Purified Water to Waste Production
- Premium 5 Stage Filter System
- Advanced Alkalizing Filter to Eliminate Acidic Water
- Manufactured in USA
MAINTENANCE, REPLACEMENT & WARRANTY
Salt (or potassium) to be added as needed depending on usage.
The mineral tank and brine tank generally last a lifetime unless damaged by weather, acts of god, improper installation or excessive water pressure above 80 PSI.
The 8% crosslink resin will last up to 5 to 10 years under average operation. Water quality will affect longevity.
Bottom three (Sediment and Carbon Filters) - 6 to 12 months
Alkalizing Filter - 1 to 2 years depending on use
RO membrane - 2 to 3 years depending on use
Water quality will affect longevity.
Carbon media filter will last 5-10 years under typical use. Water quality and content will affect longevity.
Adding a 1/2 cup of household non-perfumed bleach to cleaner to the carbon system once per year is a good idea to help the media perform better, No other regular maintenance.
Well Water Source:
When on a private well, like any carbon filter, it can require maintenance depending on water quality such as the piston, spacers and seals can be worned or get stuck when iron, sediment or manganese is present in the water. So these types of items may need to be cleaned or replaced. Replacing is generally more effective and they are not expensive parts.
Company warrants to the original consumer purchaser that the water conditioning systems specified below, and the parts listed in this section below, will be free from DEFECTS IN MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP from the date of purchase for the following periods* subject to the manufacturer's warranty.:
Fleck Water Softeners And Filters:
- 5 year warranty on the control valve, which includes all parts except for wear parts such as the piston, spacers, and seals. -
- 10 year warranty on the tanks
- 1 year warranty on the distributor
- No warranty on resin
Whole House Filter Systems:
- Limited lifetime warranty on control valve; includes all parts except for ware parts such as the piston, spacers, seals and circuit board, injectors
- Lifetime warranty on the tank
- No warranty on media
SoftPro Green RO Water System:
- 5 year manufacturer warranty
- 1 year manufacturer warranty
- No warranty on filter media
*Refer to more details on our warranty page.
Our systems can easily be installed by a local plumber or handyman or by our DIY customers.
For installation guides and videos, please click here: Install Videos & Guides
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WHY BUY FROM US
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Water Treatment for Over 30 Years
Our mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives by providing quality water solutions for their families and businesses.
Quality Water Treatment has been delivering best-in-class water treatment solutions and customer service to people and businesses across North America since 1990.
We've done it all and seen it all! As a family-owned business, our priority is our customers’ satisfaction. Reliable, economical water treatment can enhance quality of life in several ways:
- Improve taste
- Eliminate toxins
- Extend the life of appliances, pipes and fixtures
- Gentler on clothes, hair and skin
- Prevent costly plumbing corrosion and stains
We carry the best brands in the industry in value-added packages, making installation and operation of your water treatment system simple and efficient.
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Leverage our Water Intelligence Engine™ to get the best expert recommendations for your unique water-quality needs. We’ll also help you discover what's really in your local drinking water and how the top brands stack up.
The Water Intelligence Engine™ will:
- Help you confidently and properly size a water softener solution to meet your space’s specific needs.
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- Thoroughly educate you on your options.
- Our newly updated Comparison Chart below compares all major brands.
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Real Experts You Can Count On
At Quality Water Treatment, we treat our customers like family. And we know the products inside and out.
Don't waste your time wandering around your local big box store trying to find someone to help you.
You'll only find a pushy associate with limited knowledge, simply trying to move product from a limited inventory. Your odds of finding exactly what you need or finding a true expert are pretty low – generic water softeners and water filters at these stores often just don’t cut it.
Shop with confidence at Quality Water Treatment, and we’ll help you get the correct equipment for your specific needs and have it delivered right to your door!
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Our team of highly trained water treatment consultants is here to answer all of your questions.
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With streamlined processes throughout our organization, we rapidly fulfill orders right after they're placed and ship them to your door – FAST!
No waiting. No hassle. We are 100% transparent about the status of your order at each step of the process.
You'll get automatic email alerts and you can check your order status at any time.
"Hands down, SoftPro Elite beats ALL the water softener competitors across the board in terms of next-generation technology, efficiency, warranty, value, and affordability.”
Affordable Ways to Pay
You deserve quality, clean, soft water, starting now!
We make purchasing the complete solution even easier with our flexible financing options.
Take advantage of QuadPay and make 4 easy interest-free payments over time. Or, pay a very small amount each month with Affirm.
We make buying simple and easy.
Make a Positive Impact for Families in Need
Together, we can make a MASSIVE difference in the world.
With our partnership with LoveWater.org, a 501c3 non-profit organization, your purchase today will give a family in Africa or Nicaragua safe, clean water for a full year.
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1 YEAR OF CLEAN WATER