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Kinetico Premier Compact water softener

The Good Homes Approved team reviews the Premier Compact water softener in a two-bathroom house in a hard-water area.

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Design

The Kinetico Premier compact water softener is one of those household products that, once you’ve installed it, you wonder how you ever got by without it. The unit measures H498mm x W219mm x D468mm, so it can sit under the kitchen sink in most properties.

kinetico water softner under sink installation

Photo: Kinetico

Ease of use

Once the compact water softener unit is installed, it doesn’t require a great deal of upkeep. You just need to keep an eye on the salt level every week and top up the salt blocks about once a month (depending on your water usage).

The Premier compact water softener requires no mains plug or battery power and ‘regenerates’ once a day (the process through which the water softener flushes out the minerals it catches from the hard water), which takes about 10 minutes. Aside from a slight buzzing sound during this process, you wouldn’t even know it was there – well, apart from the soft water and cleaner shower doors, that is!

Do water softeners work?

We live in a particularly hard-water area, so have really noticed the difference around the bathroom taps and edge of the showers, and the impact it has had on hair and skin has been truly remarkable. My children have eczema, and the water softener has transformed their skin.

Furthermore, the soft water makes a huge difference to the feel of clothes when they’ve been washed (you only need to use a fraction of the detergent that you did before), and to glasses and crockery when they come out of the dishwasher.

water softeners make soap and shampoo go further when you shower

Photo: Kinetico

Assembly

There’s no actual assembly as such, as the unit was fitted by one of the company’s authorised dealers, who visited the house a few days before installation. The team at Kinetico were in contact all the way through and the attention to detail was second-to-none.

You must have a specialist to install the water softener. We made a few special requests, such as ensuring the cold tap in the kitchen and the outside tap were both left untouched, so the installation took a little longer than the approximated four hours as the team had to divert water from both these taps. They really did go the extra mile to ensure the unit was installed quickly, efficiently and with absolutely no mess.

Maintenance

Aside from topping up with salt, there is absolutely nothing to do in terms of maintenance. Kinetico’s knowledgeable, helpful team explained how the unit worked and showed me what to do in the unlikely event of any issues. There is a full 10-year warranty on parts.

a water softener can make a real difference to skin conditions like eczema

Photo: Kinetico

Overall rating

The product is clearly market leading – and the unique patented Kinetico technology gives it a superior quality, with superb results. We live in a particularly hard-water area, so have really noticed the difference around the bathroom taps and edge of the showers, and the impact it has had on hair and skin has been truly remarkable. My children have eczema, and the water softener has transformed their skin.

Furthermore, the soft water makes a huge difference to the feel of clothes when they’ve been washed (you only need to use a fraction of the detergent that you did before), and to glasses and crockery when they come out of the dishwasher.

Overall, this product is more than worthy of a Good Homes Approved endorsement – a simple yet dramatic change to one’s lifestyle, delivered and installed by professionals, with results that far exceeded initial expectations.

How much does a water softener cost?

Price is dependent on the size of your home, your household plumbing and your water-care needs.

Would you recommend?

The product is clearly market leading – and the unique patented Kinetico technology gives it a superior quality, with superb results. This compact water softener is more than worthy of a Good Homes Approved endorsement – a simple yet dramatic change to one’s lifestyle, delivered and installed by professionals, with results that far exceeded initial expectations – 5 stars.

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