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Big Berkey w/ 2 Black Berkey

  • 2.25 Gallon holding Volume
  • Height = 19.25″ ; Diameter = 8.5″
  • Purifies 3.5 Gallons / Hour
  • High Grade 304 Stainless Steel
  • 2 Black Berkeys good for 6000 Gallons

The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.

This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances.

This system has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey purification elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour.

List Price: $ 275.00Price: $ 249.99

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This review is from: Big Berkey w/ 2 Black Berkey

I L O V E T H I S W A T E R F I L T E R . . . ! Gravity makes it work (no electrical cost and works during power outages), two black Berkey filters lasts a year if you purify 3 gallons a day. CHEAP! I have two PF-2 filters added to mine to filter out the fluoride added to our city tap water (and any arsenic).

I have a sense of peace and satisfaction I have never gotten from another product other than maybe my first car. (I have mostly retired my car do the cost.)

Buy one of these babies SOON because there is and is no doubt going to be a run on good water filters. You’ll be glad you did. (And NO I don’t sell them nor do I know anyone who does — though I sure would like to sell them).

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I decided against distillation, since there are many cons with that process: it produces acidic water (I used to buy distilled water from the store until I started noticing my gums were getting itchy from it), and recaptures chemicals with lower boiling points than water.

This was unacceptable to me since California’s municipal water sources are heavily chlorinated. It’s so nasty, you can smell the chlorine coming out of the taps. I can’t stand the taste or smell of it. I decided against reverse osmosis because of its costs and the amount of waste water it produces.

After much research, I settled on a gravity based microfilter, and Big Berkey came with lots of recommendations.

So far, after nearly filtering 200 gallons, the Big Berkey is pulling all free chlorine out of the water. Here is a pic that demonstrates:

The water on the right is tap water mixed with a chlorine/bromine indicator solution. The color indicates that the tap water in Monterey, CA has more chlorine than a healthy swimming pool. YUCK! The water on the right is from the Big Berkey. The indicator solution shows there is no detectable chlorine! SWEET!

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Not to be a buzz kill, but I spend DAYS researching these berkey filters. I even tracked down a gentleman who claimed to be one of the heads of the Toxicology Department, Dr. Portier, at LSU. He said that LSU did infact do ONE water sample on the Black Berkey over 8 YEARS ago and that neither he or LSU endorses their product.

He also said that while the test did take place, that not Himself or LSU authorized a document to be placed on the internet. He said the reason that he was so quick to call me back is because he has had nearly 20 different inquires in the past 8 years asking about this “so called” lab analysis document that Berkey puts on their website.

He also went on to say, that SOMEONE had to of manufactured the “LSU document” because he did not provide ANYONE with that document.

So, even if LSU did do a sample, and if everything went alright, then why did New Millennium Concepts have to manufacture a LSU lab analysis report?Then I got to thinking, if New Millennium Concept (the company the main distributor for Black Berkey filters) is soooooooooooo confident in their product, then

Why don’t they have any Quality Assurance procedures put into place?

Why don’t they have their filters annually tested?

Why don’t they get an NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certification.

Why don’t they have a Micron Rating for their filter…Nominal or Absolute?

Lets be fair here, if you are skeptical about Truesdale lab not getting their filters checked out in 15 years…. is there really a difference in the 10 Years that Berkey Filters have waited?Bottom line is that the Berkey filters make some pretty awesome claims, but do very little to PROVE this to their consumers.

As for Spectrum labs and the University of Arizona… I have yet to hear back from them.This review is not meant to be negative in any way, it is solely to spread information and get to the bottom of this. When I called New Millennium Concepts, Valerie answered the phone was was extremely pleasant with me.

She spent 30 minutes explaining to me how long they have been in business and that the filters were made in the USA and that they were quality and have had ZERO issues with them. Again, that is all fine and well, but where is the proof? You can’t simply say that no one has gotten sick so that is why we know our filters work…

I mean I have been drinking tap water for 30 years now and I am not SICK. That being said, everyone knows how BAD tap water is for you over a cumulative time!From what I can tell for sure, the best part about the filter is that the water collects in a 304 polished stainless steel basin which is far superior to plastic! For this reason alone this filter might be worth buying?

If you want more info on how to contact New Millennium Concepts, or University of Arizona, or LSU toxicology department….feel free to contact me at […]. If we put enough pressure on Berkey, they may spend the extra money to bring peace of mind to its consumers, that is if they past the lab tests?!?

After being contacted by some concerned people regarding my review on the Berkey Filter Elements I have decided to include the following statements. More will be to follow as I get the information. The following information was sent to me via T.ross. I am including T. ross entire reply.

Everything in lower case is from T. ross post and everyting in BOLD is my response to the post. I am not sure if T.Ross contacted the manufacturer or some distributor, but it appears that T. ross, like myself, are still are not getting straight forward answers.

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As a Berkey owner I was concerned when I read this so I forwarded it to them asking for an explanation and this is the response. Also I have found similar reviews made towards other water filters so I am seeing a trend here.

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Whirlpool Duet Sport  WFW8300SW 27 Front-Load Washer white Water Softener Reviews

Whirlpool Duet Sport WFW8300SW 27 Front-Load Washer white Water Softener Reviews

Whirlpool Duet Sport : WFW8300SW 27 Front-Load Washer – white

  • 6-Point Suspension System Reduces Noise/Vibration
  • Care Control Temperature Management
  • 1,000 RPM Maximum Spin Speed
  • Dimensions: (HWD) 36 X 27 X 30 In.
  • ENERGY STAR Qualified
  • 7 cycles, including whitest whites, heavy duty, normal/casual, quick wash, delicate, drain/spin, rinse/spin
  • 6 hour delay wash
  • On/off end-of-cycle signal
  • Infinite water levels
  • Out-of-balance detection
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Ultra Efficient Design – uses 60% less water and 67% less energy in every load, compared to average traditional top load washers
  • Ultra Capacity
  • Care Control Temperature Management – keeps water warm enough to dissolve detergents for optimal cleaning and cool enough to help protect fabrics from shrinking and bleeding
  • Deep Clean System
  • Innovative Suspension System
  • Clean Washer Cycle – helps keep the stainless steel basket and drum clean of detergent buildup and odor
  • Dimensions: (HWD) 36 x 27 x 30 In.


Customer Reviews


I purchased my matching washer and dryer at sears and have this exact model. First I have to say this was not my first choice as I tend to want to purchase the “cadillac” of every home appliance. However financially I had to be slightly more modest with my selection. I am amazed with this machine and pleasantly suprised!!

  • It is EXTREMELY QUIET and the loudest part is at the end when it is spinning out the water, it kind of sounds like a quietly-muffled jet engine..lol
  • On the very first wash I did my CLOTHES CAME OUT 3 TIMES BRIGHTER than my last regular top loader.
  • Oh!! And it BARELY USES WATER….It turns to the right then the left coating the clothes with the detergent water until it saturates them completely.
  • Then it begins the washing process where it turns several times to the right and then to the left all the while it basically beats the clothes against the drum as it turns..Kind of reminds me of the old times when people would wash their clothes in the creek and beat them against the rocks.
  • It is such a simple concept and yet it tooks so long to get here!-The other thing I like is the detergent compartment…it has 3 places to put your detergent, bleach and softener and then you walk away, no going back to add the softener.
  • Another thing I noticed is that when the spinning process is complete the drum turns a few more times to the right and left to loosen the clothes from the sides…they come out of the washer fluffed and easy to keep wrinkle-free.I haven’t found anything yet that I don’t like about this washer….I am a hard person to please and I am tickled pink with this!

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I love my Whirlpool Duet Sport WFW8300SW (3.4 capacity) Front Loading washer and I’d recommend it to everyone I know. After several major brands turned into duds, Whirlpool and Kenmore are the only brands I trust for major appliances.

Features I love:

I don’t have to guess the amount of water to use for the size of my load. This machine has an auto water level that adjusts to the size of the load. Since there is no agitator, my washer has increased in capacity. I can put more clothes in …… up to 10 pairs of jeans! This model will let me add a garment during the 1st 7 minutes of a cycle before the door remains locked.

I can choose from 3 spin speeds, 3 water temps, and I can add an extra rinse. The 7 preset cycles seem good enough to me but I’m happy I can make adjustments if needed. I love the quietness of this washer. I actually enjoy the sound of the gentle tumbling in and out of the water.

My laundry feels softer and smells better despite that I’m using just 1/3 the recommended amount of fabric softener. An added bonus is that I will get a 0 rebate from my water company for buying this water-saving machine. I wish I could justify buying the matching dryer but my old dryer runs perfectly. Maybe in the future…

Some things to consider if you’re torn between top loading and front loading washers:

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Top Load Washer Advantages:

  • They’re cheaper.
  • Wash cycles are shorter.
  • You don’t have to bend down to get your clothes out of the washer.
  • You can add an article of clothing at any time.

Top Load Disadvantages:

They use a lot of water, more energy to operate, and are hard on your clothes. The agitator is a brutal device that basically “beats” your clothes while drowning them. This is very hard on fabrics, particularly dark clothes, delicates and sweaters (I did see one top loader without an agitator but read that these machines do not achieve the greatest wash results).

  • They are LOUD and can become unbalanced fairly easily.
  • No ENERGY STAR models.
  • They house a lot more machinery, which can mean more repairs.

Front Load washer advantages:

Much less water used – 14 to 20 gallons vs. up to 44 gallons in top load machines. Front loading machine drums are on a horizontal axis. They only use enough water to cover approximately the lower third of the tub while your clothes are tumbled up and around, in and out of the water.

  • They use 67% less electricity and gas. They have less mechanical gear so they don’t have to work as hard.
  • Gentler on your clothes. The drum has no agitator so your clothes will not get whipped around and stretched.
  • Cleans better. The clothes are drawn through the water, not the water through the clothes.

The spin cycle is twice as fast as top loaders, which leads to less time in the dryer. So far I’ve noticed this results in 10-15 minutes less dryer time which equals more savings in energy. Also, there is now considerably less lint in the lint trap after each load.

Less water = less detergent, less softener, less bleach.

Not having an agitator gives 25-30% more space for larger loads.


Longer wash cycles.

Excessive soap suds can create problems for the machine. I am supposed to buy a special soap labeled HE – High efficiency. Apparently many major brands sell this detergent but I haven’t purchased it yet. I have tons of regular detergent and simply use 2/3 less.

I have to bend down to put in and remove laundry. (Whirlpool makes a matching pedestal with a drawer. Pricey, but it’s an option.)

I can’t soak laundry overnight since the water doesn’t cover the clothes. I suppose I could soak in a bucket if needed.

I have to run the “clean” cycle with chlorine bleach once a month. It is important to do because mildew can occur due to the air-tight seal on the front door. I should leave the door ajar after each load but this could be dangerous with cats around.

Now it’s up to you to decide.

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I need to qualify my comments by indicating that we purchased the unit from Lowe’s (Model # WFW8300SW) JUST a couple weeks ago… but so far, so good. Got 10% off so it was around 0 before tax and extended warranty. Unexpectedly had to replace my 12-year old top-loading Maytag.

But maybe for the best considering its capacity. Previously clothes would pile up in a hurry with our 6-person household; resulting in mildewed/moldy clothes (read RUINED) and an overwhelmed stay-at-home wife/mom. Now we (OK, my wife) can pound out 2-3 loads a day and stay up to speed with the dirty laundry we produce daily.


  • Anticipated Durability (Consumer Reports indicates Whirlpool has lowest repair-rate for front-loaders.
  • Quiet.
  • Super clean (and pretty dry) clothes.
  • SGreen: supposedly consumes way less water and electricity than top-loaders (too little experience to say for sure).


  • Hecho en Mexico. Is anything made in the States anymore?? (at least it’s closer than China). A lot of Americans out of work/make less money so that Whirlpool can make more $ $ $ . Such is life I guess. Jumping off my soapbox now.
  • Out-of-the-box warranty is short-lived… but that’s common now among washers (refer to Consumer Reports for more on this).

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  • Spin Speed: 1100 RPM / Energy Guide: 126 KWh/yr
  • Water Used Per Cycle: 16 Gal (max) / Delay Start: 19 Hrs
  • Pedestal WDP3W – 199.99
  • Dimensions (WHD): 27″ X 38 3/4″ X 30″ In.
  • 4.0 cu.ft. Large Capacity with NeveRust Stainless Steel Drum (IEC)
  • Direct Drive Motor (10 Year Warranty)
  • TrueBalance Anti-Vibration System
  • 1100 RPM
  • LoDecibel Quiet Operation
  • Highly Energy and Water Efficient
  • SenseClean
  • 7 Washing Programs
  • 5 Temperature Levels
  • 4 Tray Detergent Dispenser
  • Delay Wash (up to 19 hours)
  • Intelligent Electronic Control Panel with Dial-A-Cycle
  • Silver Rimmed Door with Clear Glass
  • Stackable with Matching Dryer
  • Optional Matching Drawer Pedestal

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Customer Reviews


Updated review:

I love this washer! I did a lot of research on front loaders and chose this model over other LG’s because it had the features I wanted and was significantly lower in price than similar models. So far I’m very pleased with this machine, which was rated a CR best buy.

It was on sale at a local large chain home improvement store, and it qualified for our state’s highest Energy Star rebate. We’ve had none of the problems that I had read about front loaders in the past–no excessive vibration on a wood frame floor, no water hammer noise, no odor, and the low water usage works fine.

This machine has the features of similar models (other than the steam washers) except for the internal water heater/sanitize cycle, which I didn’t need. It is very easy to use, easy to add options such as extra water or an additional rinse, and easy to change the wash/rinse temps, soil level, spin speed, etc. of the pre-set cycles. It has a stain cycle which I’ve not needed to use yet.

You can also customize a cycle with your favorite options and save it. It holds a lot of clothes, gets them very clean, and is quiet. I thought our clothes were clean with the old washer, but this one cleans better, removing lots of what I had thought were permanent stains. I have yet to load it to capacity; our loads usually show only 2 of 4 possible bars.

A queen blanket and lightweight coverlet and a couple of bath towels also filled it only about halfway. The cycles run longer than my old top loader, as all front loaders do. Most cycles are running between 53-73 minutes. (In my original review I had erroneously said 113 minutes; it was actually 1 hour 13 minutes, or 73 minutes.)

It also has a quick wash cycle for lightly soiled items. Uses very little HE detergent and a tiny amount of bleach (I use 1 tablespoon of Charlie’s Soap powdered detergent) because it uses so little water. We would recommend this washer to anyone. The matching gas dryer works very well, too. I wanted the pedestals but didn’t want to pay the outrageous price for them.

I’ve found that sitting on a stepstool or chair to unload the machines works fine for me, so I don’t miss the pedestals.Although this washer has a hot water wash option, and hot water does go into the machine, there is such a small amount of water circulating through room temperature clothes and a huge room temperature steel tub that the water cools off to just warm almost immediately. I don’t know if the models with internal heaters keep it hot or not. But the machine cleans very well anyway, so this isn’t a problem for me.

Some added info- For those who have had the odor/mildew problems in a front loader: In researching front loaders, the odor issues so common a few years ago were often caused by detergent and fabric softener residues that build up in the outer tub. Bleach kills bacteria but does not dissolve these residues.

To prevent this, use only about half the recommended amount of HE detergent, or use a HE detergent that doesn’t have any additives or residues to accumulate. (The “green” detergents such as Charlie’s Soap are the ones that usually don’t have any residues.)

Also, don’t use liquid fabric softener as it leaves lots of residue in clothes and the washer. We’ve had absolutely no problem in this machine.

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I installed an LG wm2050cw, it is quiet and washes well. There was a software upgrade LG has done to models that now ship. I would prefer a longer spin cycle option, as I sometimes manually run an extra spin to really dry my clothes more, but it has the ability to do it. I bought it for under six hundred with tax and install, from a local “orange” big box store.

Santa fe, NM also offered a four hundred eighty dollar credit, so it cost me in the end about one hundred sheets of paper. I also bought a basic GE gas dryer, and put both on pedestals I bought at an online auction site. With a little creativity it all worked out great.

The only downside is the door swings out a ways when you leave it open to dry the tub, some other models I looked at the door was stiffer and stayed where you put it. But the overall quality compared to the other models and the long 10 year warranty on the motor, lifetime tub, outweighed the inconvience.

I also attach a bungee cord to the pedestal and it keeps the door tight when left open. If you obsessed with looks you may not like this. I like the functionality of it, even the delivery man said he never picks up LG washers for defects, but often picks up other higher rated well known brands, no regrets!

I guess though, you could always in anything get a lemon, but so far I have a peachy set up.

One last thing I went through customer service to confirm my serial number had the software upgrade, the call started overseas, collected some info, transfered me to someone in the states, checked my serial number, confirmed update, total call time under ten minutes. I did not need service, but they seemed fast and informed.

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Overall, I am thrilled about this purchase. It was between this washer and a similar Samsung model. This LG model provided more options for the same cost so we went with this one.

I love the front load system – no middle bar means less wear and tear on my clothes. I love that it is very efficient with both electrical and water usage. I love the trap door on the bottom left that captures pocket items instead of having them get stuck inside the washing drum.

I really love the upper left pull out drawer that allows me to place the detergent (detergent marked HE – high efficiency – ONLY, otherwise your washer will have too much soap and foam might leak), fabric softner and bleach all at the same time and the machine disperses accordingly.

Thankfully, the delivery man took the time to explain how the machine worked. I need to turn the power button on for each usage, set the dial to automatic settings (the usual) or use the manual over ride for more custom settings (extra rinse, pre-wash, extra spin).

My first wash load was interesting. I stuffed it full of clothes, watched the machine spin it a few times before automatically adjusting its settings to match the load of clothes inside. It took a while for the wash cycle to get all of the clothes wet.

I was a little worried about the lack of total submersion into water like my old machine but the finished product appeared and smelled clean. The machine tells you how long it will take to wash each load (times vary according to size and features chosen) and it plays a short melody when it is finished. The machine is very quiet. I cannot hear it when I leave the room.

With all these great features why only 4 stars? I do have one slight problem with the way this washer leaves a little water behind in the bleach and fabric softner trays. This might not bother anyone else but I find myself using paper towels to make these compartments dry to prevent stagnant water.

Customer service advised that this is a by product of having the automatic dispenser compartments and the even light usage of the washer would prevent a water stagnation issue. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide


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Saltless Water Softeners – Salt Free Water Softener Reviews Comparison

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Finding The Right Saltless Water Softener

Hard water is a problem across the US causing lots of frustrations but finding the right saltless water softener can also cause frustrations.  With so many options on the market, it can leave home owners feeling anxiety.  Which is the best system?  What type of system?  There are many options and ensuring that you go with the right saltless water softener system can be crucial to your investment.

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So How To Find The Right Saltless System?

Finding the right saltless water softener system depends on a few things.  Always check to ensure that the system in mind has been third party tested.  Many systems out there may seem to look good and may have lots of good information but do they really work?

The second thing you should look at is the reviews.  Try and look deep on the web to see any information about that company.  You can always search the brand name and “reviews” or “scam” to see the results.  If there are any negative reviews you should find them.

Some companies will hide all their negative reviews on their site but if you search the web you will find them.  Note that not any company can have 100% positive reviews but if you can see that the majority are positive, that is a great start.

Next, you should try and ensure that the company that you go with has a great warranty and a guarantee.  Do they guarantee that their saltless water softener will work for a certain amount of time?  Do they guarantee the parts will work?  Also, do they have warranties on their systems to ensure that if something happened down the road to be sure that your system is covered?

Always do your research to ensure that your saltless water softener system that you are looking for is certainly one that is going to last for a very long time.

What About Salt Softeners?

Salt water softeners are quickly becoming the last option for hard water problems.  While salt water softeners do work, they are a thing of the past.  Adding salt each month and wasting water each day, people are looking for a better alternative.  Of course salt systems work but at what cost?  We are in need of water and to waste water when we need it so bad just seems like a very wasteful decision.

Salt water softeners also require lots of maintenance and remove the good minerals in our water (calcium and magnesium).  Satless water softeners require no maintenance and do not hurt the environment.  They do not waste any water and they leave those beneficial minerals in our water.

What About Local Companies Who Install?

Should you go online for your saltless water softener purchase or is it better to go with a local saltless water softener company.  Going local is always going to be more expensive.

We never recommend anyone going local because typically these local companies will mask the price of the installation and include it in the product.  They then end up charging you $4,000 or even more for an all inclusive system.

When in reality, you can buy a saltless water softener system online and find a local installer for a few hundred bucks which will end up saving you thousands of dollars.

Local saltless water softener companies typically use high pressure sales tactics and often are non-trustworthy.  Always do your research online and go with a company who is not going to try and sell you every step of the way.

Things To Look For When Deciding On A Company

As a recap, go with a company that offers great customer service, great warranties, amazing reviews & a guarantee.  Look for a company that offers a 90 day money back trial period so that you can test the system to ensure that it is working the way it was suppose to work.

Purchasing a saltless water softener doesn’t have to be a long, exhausting process.  Do your research and go with a company that you can trust. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide

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Healthy Living? Mу Fυnnу Experience Buying a ?Water Filter?

Thе night fοr ουr free coupon аnd test came аnd thеrе wаѕ a knock οn thе door.  Thіѕ nice man came charging іn carrying a large kit οf ѕοmе sort аnd charged rіght іntο thе kitchen.  Rіght away, hе tοld υѕ hе wаѕ dеfіnіtеlу NOT a filter salesman – hе wаѕ a water quality technician.

In nο time hе hаd everything set up аll асrοѕѕ mу countertops.  Thеrе wаѕ a small “filter” οf ѕοmе sort attached tο mу faucet ѕο thаt hе сουld rυn water through еіthеr іt οr mу regular tap.  Thе kit wаѕ open wіth lots οf bottles – empty аnd full, аnd hе hаd a large three ring binder open іn front οf υѕ.

Hе methodically wеnt through page bу page οf thе binder explaining many οf thе problems wіth whаt comes out οf mу tap, always referring tο іt аѕ, “Raw, untreated water” аѕ іf thеrе іѕ nο municipal water facility іn mу town аt аll. Of course wе already knew аbουt thеѕе problems, аnd fοr thе mοѕt раrt whаt hе ѕаіd wаѕ trυе.

Bυt wе didn’t interrupt; wе wanted tο hear hіѕ routine.  Hе tοld υѕ hοw hіѕ “filter” hаd cured hіm οf lifelong skin conditions аnd thаt wаѕ whу hе wеnt tο work fοr thе company.  Hе ѕаіd thе filter wουld сlеаn itself, ѕο wе’d never hаνе tο ѕο much аѕ replace thе media inside – јυѕt add more blocks οf salt.

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Fοr thе mοѕt раrt, wе lеt hіm dο hіѕ thing, bυt whеn hе ѕhοwеd υѕ аll thе symbols οf аll thе institutions thаt certify thеіr products I took notice.  Everything wаѕ thеrе:  thе ANSI, NSF, Water Quality Association, everything уου сουld thіnk οf.  Sο I аѕkеd hіm, “Tο whаt standard dοеѕ thе NSF certify thеѕе filters?”  It wаѕ pretty hard nοt tο laugh whеn hе gave mе thе аnѕwеr, “All οf thеm!”

Well thаt wаѕ a lіttlе bold tο ѕау thе lеаѕt, ѕο I hаd tο press οn saying, “Well… I know ѕοmе οf thе standards аrе fοr different types οf filters, ѕο isn’t thеrе ѕοmе standard thаt applies tο thеѕе filters?”

Hіѕ rерlу, “Well аll οf thеm apply, bυt thаt doesn’t matter.  Nobody knows whаt аll thаt stuff means anyway.”

Keeping a straight face аt thаt point wаѕ a bit challenging, bυt I managed.  I don’t know іf hе caught thе look mу husband аnd I passed tο each οthеr.

Aѕ time passed, hе рυt die іn thіѕ bottle аnd potassium hydroxide іn thаt one.  Hе washed a glass, аnd rinsed a washcloth іn a bowl, always repeating thе mantra:  “Raw untreated water” аѕ hе ехрlаіnеd.  Whеn thе demo wаѕ over hе аѕkеd іf wе hаd аnу qυеѕtіοnѕ, ѕο I tried again.  “Sο exactly whаt contaminants dοеѕ thіѕ filter remove?”

“Everything,” hе rерlіеd.

“Really?  Whаt аbουt fluoride?  I know fluoride іѕ hard tο remove.” I ѕаіd.

“Yes, everything.”

Eventually ουr nice guest bеgаn tο pack up hіѕ kit without attempting tο sell υѕ anything.  I waited.  Hе packed.  Sο I figured I’d take thе bait.  Aftеr аll, thе sale wаѕ coming ѕοmе time аnd hе’d already bееn іn mу kitchen a couple οf hours.  I didn’t want tο mаkе іt three.  “Sο іf somebody wanted one οf thеѕе, whаt dο thеу cost?”

Needless tο ѕау, thе more I baulked, thе lower thе price – frοm a total οf 38.70 down tο thе original 95.00 – nο tax, free installation.  Thеn hе wеnt οn tο thе payment рlаn whеrе thе price аnd interest rate didn’t really matter, јυѕt thе monthly payment I сουld mаkе frοm аll thе savings I’d see frοm reduced costs οf soap.

In thе process, I learn thаt іf I really wanted сlеаn water I’d аlѕο gеt thе Under-thе-sink filter tο gο wіth thе bіg boy.  Thаt small, shiny silver thing really looked pretty.  It mυѕt bе worth thе extra thousand smackers added onto thе bill!

I wrote down thе model numbers tο look up later.  Sure enough, thіѕ “filter” thаt removes “everything” wаѕ a salt-brine water softener.  Nothing more.  If I wеrе depending οn thаt system tο keep mу family аnd mе SAFE, аll I саn ѕау іѕ, іt’s a gοοd thing thаt whаt comes out οf mу faucet іѕ nοt “Raw, untreated water!”

I didn’t gеt thе coupon thаt night еіthеr, though аbουt a week later I dіd gеt a letter іn thе mail wіth a web address whеrе I сουld download one myself.

Donna Hoffman owns a home-based small business(www.ezclearwater.com). Partnering wіth Selecto Scientific hаѕ given hеr thе opportunity tο bring thе highest quality commercial grade water purification systems tο thе public. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide


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Buying Water Softeners Guide Water Softener Reviews

Buying Water Softeners Guide

A guide for buying a water softener is a great tool if this is your first time getting one or you are trying to replace an old water softener as there are many different brands and kinds for sale.  In order to choose the best water softener for your needs, you need the proper information.


Why Are Water Softeners Needed?

Water softeners are a product used to ensure that customers have the proper type of water to make things like laundry and washing dishes work more efficiently. If your water is considered “hard” it won’t be able to do this because that means it has too much minerals in it such as calcium, iron and magnesium.

Hard water can also make these minerals leave deposits on the inside of your pipes, which can restrict the flow or cause damage and corrosion that can make holes in metal pipes.

You can have your water tested to see if it is hard or not by sending a sample to a testing plant. Sometimes this is cost, while other times you can get it done for no cost. Or, you can just look for obvious signs of hard water such as deposits of spots on your sinks or toilet or the fact that soaps won’t lather up very well and so your clothing or dishes stay dirty even after washing or it is hard to take a shower or bath.

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Water Softeners Fix This Problem

A water softener helps to fix these problems by getting rid of these excessive minerals in your water. Most softeners do this through an ion-exchange unit through the use of sodium or potassium to replace the ions making the water hard. Water is delivered through this mixture, loosens up the problem material and dissolves it and carries it away.

Size is An Important Factor in Choosing a Water Softener

When if comes to looking for the best water softener, one of the issues to get one that is the correct size. For instance, if you have a large family and use up a lot of water every month, you should consider getting one with a dual tank as it softens more volume of water than a regular sized tank.

You need to find one that works to handle the household load for your home. You need to consider how well it gets rid of the impurities in your water, not necessarily the size of the unit itself. Softeners come in several sizes, dependent upon the grains of hardness the can extract from your water supply.

You should try to find a unit that can go at least three days before it has to run again. This saves you from having to buy too much salt or using up the electricity or water needed to run the unit.

This can be done by multiplying the number of people in your family by the average amount of gallons of water used each day. You also need to know the level of the grains of hardness in your water supply, so you need to have had it tested to find this out.

So, for example, if there are 5 people in your family and they use an average of 50 gallons (10 per person) daily, then 5 x 50 = 250. Then, take that number and multiply it times the hardness level of your water. Let’s say it is a level 10. So, that means 250×10 = 2,500.  So, you take that information and look for a softener rated to handle that level of removal.

Sodium or Potassium?

You also have to decide between using sodium or using potassium in your water softener. The most popular model is sodium powered, but it isn’t the best choice if anyone in the family is on a salt restricted diet, as these do put salt into your water supply.  Also, if anyone has any sort of issue such as a disease called Addison’s Disease, which means they would have a sensitivity to potassium.

Energy Rating

Another thing to be aware of is the Energy Rating of your water softener. You can save yourself some money by buying one that has the Energy Star electricity rating.

Where should you buy your water softeners?

There are many places you could buy a water softener. These include hardware stores, home supply stores, or even online. The advantage of getting one in a brick and mortar store is that you can ask questions of the sales people and they can also install it for you or find an installer for you.

All in all, it is important to do your homework when choosing and buying a water softener for your home or business. For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide

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Water Softeners Buying Guide

This water softeners buying guide will help you get a better overview of the water softener manufacturers in the market and what they offer. It’s important to navigate through each of these before you make your decision as to which model you’ll purchase and use.

The Autotrol line of water softeners range from softeners to be used in the home to softeners that can be used in commercial buildings. They come as complete units.

These systems will have the following features: a 12-volt wall mount transformer, a microprocessor which monitors your actual daily water usage, an good looking unit, the ability to renew itself, simple program, a NOVRAM memory chip to store water usage data, new efficient valve design, automatic flow control, internal bypass to provide water during regeneration, among others.

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These water softeners range in price from around $500 to around $2000 based upon the size of the water softener. The conveniences that are included in some of the softener tanks and not others will also affect the price tag of the overall unit. These softeners are well worth the investment as they will work hard to make your water the best possible for you.

The Fleck water softeners have a variety of features on the products they offer. Each softener in their line focus on one aspect on water softening and will come in a range of sizes with that focus.

For example, the Fleck 2510 line is a line of water softeners that claim an on-demand status. These are typically residential softeners and will help control the amount of water used in the home. The meter is “on-demand” so that no water is wasted in the process of turning on or off the water. These are high flow softeners and have the benefit of being time tested units.

The Fleck 2510SE line of softeners are also “on-demand.” They also help to conserve water and limit the amount of water wasted. Yet, these are controlled by simplified electronic units. The tanks that come with these units will vary in size which will help determine their price. They will range from around $600 to around $1350.

The final Fleck product line is the Fleck 5600 Ecominder. This product, as explained by its name, is one that is more environmentally friendly and will work to help keep the planet safe. This will help control the amount of water and salt you use and they are economically priced. They will range from $450-$650.

The last line of products in this water softeners buying guide are the Clack WS1 water softener systems. They feature state of the art electronics and include a high flow rate. They are often used in combination with simple end operations for those that will control and operate them.

These tanks have high capabilities. They will range from 24,000 grain to 64,000 grain tank. They are controlled through the Clack WS1 high flow rate valve. They will differ in the amount of water they expel per minute.

The tanks themselves and the control of those tanks are all run by the state of the art technology on the Clack design. These tanks will range in price from around $620 to about $730. They can be purchased and shipped to you which will leave you to install and start using them based on the included instructions.

If you own a commercial business within an area that has hard water it’s more important than ever to ensure that you have a water softener that works well. This will mean that all water used in your business will be as healthy as possible while being used in appropriate amounts and not being wasted.

The units that are designed for higher capacities are what every business needs. Their warranties and state of the art technology will help keep costs down and give the best water possible. For More Info. Best Water Softener Guide

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November Water Softener Reviews

If you’ve considered buying a water softener, you probably know that there are a few different kinds that you can buy. But after you’ve made the decision as to which kind of water softener will be best for you, there are still more decisions to be made. The biggest one is what kind of salt you will use in the softener.

This salt is what actually softens the water and there are three different types of salt you can use. These are: rock salt, solar salt, and evaporated salt. So, how do you know which one will work best for you?

Rock salt is a natural mineral that is found underground. This type of rock can be found in both crystal and pellet form. Rock salt is made from mostly sodium chloride with a small amount of calcium sulphate as well. Although rock salt is the cheapest form of salt that you can buy, it also requires the most maintenance.

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This is because, due to its hard nature, it is not easily dissolved in water. Because of this, the water softener reservoir needs to be cleaned much more frequently, which means more maintenance for the homeowner.

Evaporated salt is generally the most preferred type of salt for use in water softeners. This salt is also found underground but because it’s mined in its evaporated form, it is much more water soluble.

This means that the water softener tank won’t need to be cleaned nearly as often. Evaporated salt is also comprised of 100% sodium chloride, which is what works best in water softeners.

Solar salt falls in the middle of the three categories. Solar salt contains approximately 85% sodium chloride, so the water will be receiving more of the salt solution with solar salt than rock salt but not as much as evaporated salt.

Also, solar salt is a bit more water soluble than rock salt meaning that the reservoir won’t need to be cleaned as often. However, because solar salt is not as water soluble than evaporated salt, it still needs to be cleaned quite regularly.

Some homeowners like to supplement the best kind of salt, evaporated salt, with a salt such as rock salt in order to save costs. While this isn’t considered to be extremely harmful for the water softener, it can cause the softener to clog much more easily. This can cause some problems and repairs may need to be made. Because of this, it’s generally best to use only one kind of salt in a water softener. For More Info.Visit Best Water Softener Guide

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Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System – Water Softener Reviews

Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System

  • Saltwater system eliminates need for dangerous, harsh packaged chlorine
  • Automated system uses inexpensive, all-natural salt to constantly maintain your pool?s water in a fresh, clean, sparkling condition
  • Alerts operator to water blockage in hose and filter
  • Daily water filtration cycle supported by a 24-hour timer with auto shut-off
  • 2-year warranty

Krystal Clear Saltwater System – Manufacture ID: 54601EPool water has to be properly maintained to be safe and enjoyable for your family and friends. For years the only way to keep bacteria from building up to unsafe levels was to use chemicals mass-produced in a factory.

These chemicals are dangerous to store and dangerous to use. Simply reading the warning labels on a package of chlorine will tell you how dangerous these chemicals really are. But today there is a safe affordable solution that is changing the way people think about pool maintenance: Salt Water Pool Systems. For years this technology cost thousands of dollars and was reserved for high-end in-ground pools.

But Intex the company that revolutionized above ground pools with our Easy Set and Metal Frame pools is now changing the way people maintain their above ground pools. Our Saltwater Pool System can be added to your above ground pool regardless of its make.The Intex Salt

List Price: $ 215.99Price: $ 159.99

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This review is from: Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System (Lawn & Patio)

We have used our Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System for 2 years now (during summer months only) and it’s awesome. Only once per summer we have had to put in the table-salt (once the pool is full of it’s first fresh water of the season), that’s always at the beginning, when getting the pool ready for summer.

Before we bought this system and when we first got our pool, we didn’t know a thing about chemicals. In the beginning, we had to go out and buy chlorine, alkaline booster, PH balance increaser and PH balance decrease, plus test strips. Not only are these chemicals dangerous and expensive, but they are such a hassle to clean the pool every 3-5 days and constantly test the water levels to make sure water is safe to swim in.

Now, with this salt-water system, you can scratch all those chemicals (it is very important, not to use any of those chemicals with the salt water system, because it will mess up the PH levels and you’ll need to start all over with fresh water). The system does the testing and cleaning for you.

Depending on the size of your above ground pool, you only need a few 25 pound bags of “Morton Brand” table-salt (can buy at any Costco for a bag), and then you run your system for about 24-48 hours (when first setting up the pool) to get the salt to turn into chlorine.

It may take days for the salt cloudiness to clear up. Your system does the testing and if there is not enough chlorine, or too much, in the pool, then an alarm will go off. The system when on, will test the water and chlorine levels for you. You no longer have to test or clean the pool. This sytem will do if for you (along with your filter system). Also, you’ll still need a skimmer to clean the leaves and dirt off bottom of pool.

The system comes with a manual, so any time an alarm goes off, you’ll get instructions on how to fix it. Let me tell you though, we rarely have any kind of problems with this system and it’s the best summer money I have ever spent. You’ll only need table-salt, a filter and saltwater system to make the chlorine.

Within the summer months our pool is up, we never needed to add more salt. We have an above ground Intex pool and at first we had to call customer service to find out exactly how much salt we needed. They gave us acurate information. We have a 15×15 foot pool and only need to use about 4 or 5 bags of 25 lbs. salt (I forget exactly, since my husband does all the setting up).

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Don’t expect crystal clear water, unless your filter pump is running all day long (not your salt water system, since that only needs to run 3-5 hours). For the really clear water, your filter has to be running very often. We only run our filter during the time our salt water system is running and maybe overnight, for extra time, but we dont run the filter all day. Our water is only super duper clear when we are always running our filter. Often, we may run the filter over night, while we are asleep.

You’ll have to run the salt-water system for about 3-5 hours in the early morning or late at night, when no-one is swimming. This is when your system will be making the salt into chlorine. If your pool doesn’t have enough clorine, an alarm will go off and you’ll just need to add a little more salt.

Our size of pool only requires 3 or 4 hours and there is an automatic timer to set. Depending on where you live, will determine how long you need to run the system. If you live in really hot weather, you may need to run the system longer. We live in a cooler climate so don’t need to usually run the system more then 3 hours (4 hours on really hot days).

Because you cannot run this sytem while people are in the pool, you may split the time and do 1 or 2 hours in the morning and the rest at night (or just run it all night, while sleeping, with your filter). We won’t be using this item this summer, because we have a toddler, that loves to climb, so no pool this summer.

I’m sure we will get this system and pool out in the next few years and even if the motor eventually goes out, we’ll for sure buy another one.

The best thing about this system, is no more messy chemicals and your skin, hair and eyes will thank your for that too.

Clean and clear. No more stinging eyes or fried hair. Dump all the chemicals for good.

Remember, if you have any troubles with the system, just call up Intex, you can see their 1-800 number on the salt water system site. I probably called them 2 or 3 times in the beginning. We finally got it down. Again, don’t expect crystal clear water, unless you are running a cleaning filter all day long (not the salt water system, but a filter).

Here’s a good money saving tip, that Intex probably doesn’t want you to know…but we have figured out, that the filters can be hosed down, instead of replaced. This way, you are not always buying filter replacements. Just take out the filter, every other day, hose it down good and it works…

Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater

This review is from: Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System (Lawn & Patio)

I saw this product at Toys R Us at the beginning of pool season 2010. The package almost seemed too good to be true and you know what they say about that. I went home and did research on the internet on salt water pools and the Intex Salt Water Chlorinator.

The Intex Salt Water Chlorinator is 3 to 4 times less expensive than other Salt Water Chlorinators on the market. After doing my research and reading nothing but good reviews on the Intex Salt Water Chlorinator I decided to purchase it and give it a try. We have a 24′ x 52″ above ground pool and I spent over 0 in chlorine last year and had an algae problem all last summer.

I went to my local hardware store and bought 400 pounds of water softener salt. This salt is more coarse, but dissolves in a matter of hours and is 2 to 3 times cheaper than buying salt at our local pool supply warehouse. I let the salt dissolve for 24 hours (based on other reviews, you want the salt to dissolve before starting up the system to avoid a low salt error message) and then turned on the Intex Salt Water Chlorinator.

No error messages and the working light came on. The pool water seemed to become sparkling clear within days. I actually saw some green algae starting to form at the bottom of the pool walls a couple of weeks after converting to salt water, but I simply used the boost function to generate copper ions and the algae was gone the next day! We haven’t had any algae since then and I have not even used the boost function again.

One thing to note about the boost function is the system will run 4 times as long as the timer is set for. I usually run the system for 6 hours, but when I did the boost function I reduced the time to 4 hours, so the boost ran for 16 hours. Just something to note, as you’ll have to run the pool pump for the entire time and if you ran the boost function a lot, it could add up on your electrical bill.

I regularly check the Salt Water Chlorinator and it always seems to be functioning fine. My only surprise was one evening it had a code of “93″ flashing. When I looked at the instruction manual, code “93″ just means that the system has finished running.

One of the biggest benefits for us is going on vacation for a week and returning to a crystal clear pool. All I asked the housesitter to do was to look outside and make sure the pool pump was running. That gave me confidence that if the pool pump was running, so was the salt water chlorinator.

We are only in our first season with the Intex Salt Water Chlorinator, and I have read reviews were it broke after a year. But even if I had to buy one every season it’s probably worth it to me, because I would spend the same amount of money on chemicals and I don’t have to worry about it once it’s setup and I can even leave for a week and come home to a clean pool.

I feel like the Intex Salt Water Chlorinator has changed my life. I know that’s a big statement, but when you want to enjoy the summer and your pool, this system really lets you do that.

Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System

This review is from: Intex Krystal Clear Saltwater System (Lawn & Patio)

I bought this unit last spring. It was one of my best investments for my pool. I have a 18×45 oval pool sunk half-way into the ground. I keep my water warm. Warm water and Texas sun can really destroy chlorine so I tried using Baquacil. I could never control my water with Baquacil so I decided to change back to a chlorine pool but I was concerned about the cost of chlorine.

My friend has a 24′ round pool. He spends over 00 per year on chlorine. He buys hundreds of pounds when it goes on clearance at the end of the season. I researched Salt Water Chlorine Generation (SWCG) systems and saw mixed reviews. Some people loved the fact that they no longer had to buy chlorine. Some could never keep their water chemistry stable. It seemed that those with professional maintenance services had the best results.

They also spent an average of ,000 on their SWCG system. I saw this system advertised for 9 so I thought it was minimal risk to try out. I figured that if it worked OK, I would spend the money and install a better system later. The system has worked great for my water chemistry.Converting from Baquacil to chlorine is notoriously difficult.

Water turns green, brown and even purple, long strings of Baquacil gum up the filter and the pool is a mess for a week or more. Some reviews I read the process lasted almost a month. I installed the SWCG and dumped 10 pounds of chlorine in my pool. I ran the pump and SWCG 24 hours a day.

I had clear water in 4 days. My water has been almost perfect ever since. If you read about chlorine pools, the solution to most problems is “add more chlorine”. The SWCG adds chlorine constantly when it is on. This is all free chlorine which attacks microorganisms. Free chlorine is the chemical that cleans pool water.

Residual chlorine is bad. It irritates eyes and skin and creates the “chlorine smell” that makes a pool unpleasant. Free chlorine even eliminates residual chlorine. SWCGs generate free chlorine and disperse it throughout the pool. They are great if you can make them work properly. Making them work properly is a matter of maintenance.My SWCG has diagnostic lights that tell me when there is a problem with the system.

It will shut down and give an error light if the water flow is insufficient, the salt level is too high or too low or if the system malfunctions. My system generates a low salt indication and shuts down periodically. I found out that this happens when the plates calcify and the unit can’t generate chlorine. I take the generator module out and clean the plates every 2 weeks because my water has a high calcium content.

As long as I keep the calcium deposits under control, the unit works exceptional. The instructions are not good at informing you about this, Many reviews complain that the unit generates a low salt error and shuts down. Intex seems good about replacing the unit under warranty but another unit will do the same thing. People get frustrated and give the unit a bad rating because of this.

The problem is high calcium content in their water. The solution is to clean the plates every week or 2. Cleaning the plates is a pain but it is easier than constantly monitoring and adding chlorine.I let my pool get nasty last winter and ended up with about an inch of leaves in the bottom this spring. I was too busy to vacuum and clean out all of the leaves so I just turned my SWCG on for 12 hrs a day and ran the free chlorine up to 5PPM.

It kept the water from turning green but it was cloudy. When I got time to clean out the leaves, the water turned crystal clear in 2 days and has been that way all summer. I never vacuum, brush and I seldom add any chemicals. The only thing I add to my pool is PH minus. I use no algaecide minerals or other additives. I have a Pool Rover and the SWCG. I run Rover for about 8 hrs a week and check my water every week or 2.

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I run my SWCG 6 hrs a day now and am maintaining a free chlorine level of about 2PPM. My water is crystal clear and I have no chlorine odor or irritation. All this with a huge pool that was a constant chore before I bought my SWCG.The unit has its own timer that resets when power goes out or you turn it off. To use it, you turn it on and set the number of hours you want it to generate chlorine.

It comes on automatically each day at the same time you set it and runs for the specified number of hours. You must coordinate the SWCG run time with your pump’s run time because if the pump shuts off while the unit is running, it will generate an error and shut down. When it generates an error, you have to reset it so it starts its cycle at whatever time you started.

If you back flush your filter, the unit shuts down because there is no flow through it. That means that you should do your maintenance at whatever time your pump is set to start. Otherwise, the SWCG will try to generate chlorine after the pump turns off for the day… For More Info. Visit Best Water Softener Guide


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