What's the better water softener? Fleck5600SXT or Aqua System Smart choice.

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  1. ryan_siefring23

    ryan_siefring23 Engineer

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    Hi,

    I'm trying to decide what water softener to put in my house. Right now I'm deciding between these two.

    Fleck 5600SXT $506 shipped
    http://www.ohiopurewaterco.com/shop/customer/home.php?cat=179

    Aqua System Smart Choice with a CLACK valve $1000
    http://ilovemywater.com/Res-Products.aspx?ID=13

    I like the Aqua System better, but I don't think it's worth double the money. What is your opinion? Also, I'm thinking about installing a whole hose water filter after the softener, is that a reasonable thing to do? Also, i'm open to other suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Ryan
     
  2. Master Plumber Mark

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  4. Gary Slusser

    Gary Slusser That's all folks!

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    You are comparing two very different control valves. The 5600 does not compare very well to the Clack, the 5600 is a 3/4" valve and the Clack is a 1" with many features the 5600 doesn't have. And the Clack you are looking at is not a standard Clack. Nor is the tank it attaches to. And the one Mark suggests is a day timer while the 5600 and the other Clack is metered/demand regenerated.

    Compare my Clack to the others
    http://www.qualitywaterassociates.com/softeners/clackws1.htm

    What do you want the "whole house filter" after the softener to remove?
     
  5. ryan_siefring23

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    OK, Thanks Gary, I'm ordering a Clack WS-1 from you.
     
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