Water Softener Review – Water Boss Pro 180 and Pro Plus 380 High Efficiency Water Softeners


Once these Water Boss water softeners reduce the chlorine from your water you'll notice that your water, coffee and tea all taste better. Your water will also be far more skin friendly by reducing the dryness and irritation caused by the chlorine. Your body's largest organ, your skin, will no longer be absorbing as much chlorine from your water and you'll not be inhaling the chlorine fumes while showering. Your family will love you for it! Water Boss high-efficiency water softeners use 80% less water and about 1/3 of the salt compared to standard efficiency water softeners and NSF certified to save you money while helping the environment. Their patented design packs more softening power into a very small space using less water, salt and time to regenerate. The built in sediment and chlorine filters, as well as the resin are self cleaning and there are no cartridges to change. The included KDF process media helps to reduce odours from your water and improve the chlorine reduction process! The Water Boss Water Softener's reliability is guaranteed as every unit is fully tested and backed by a 3/10 year warranty. First of all what is the difference between the Water Boss Pro 180 and Water Boss Pro Plus 380? They are exactly the same other than the 380 has more than double the capacity of the 180, see sizing chart to determine which one is right for your family. So how do the Water Boss 180 and 380 Water Softeners compare? Performance - 10/10 These water softener consistently produce soft water and reduce chlorine while using very little salt and water to get the job done. Water Boss water softeners are NSF certified to ensure their consistent performance. Capacity - 9/10 Their capacity is somewhat limited by their size. If your water has a hardness of over 20 and there are 6 or more people in your household, you better make sure you get the 380, because the 180 will be too small. Cost to Operate - 10/10 These only use about $2 worth of hydro annually and due to their very low salt and water usage they are very inexpensive to operate. The chlorine reduction system does not require any maintenance or filter replacement. Ease of Installation/Use - 9/10 Water Boss' small size with three relatively easy connections make them super easy to install for do it your selfers, check out our installation playlist. They come with excellent instructions, an installation kit and even a drain line. Although it would be nice if their somewhat finicky fittings could be more easily removed and reinstalled to allow for removal of the water softener for winterizing if needed. Features - 9/10 - Although the valve takes care of most functions perfectly, I would like to see the availability of an over ride on days between regenerations, which is very beneficial especially for cottages and second homes. Parts Availability - 8/10 Although parts are readily available from the manufacturer and the distributor it is a proprietary product so parts are only available from Water boss dealers like ourselves. Longevity - 10/10 I have personally seen Water Boss water softeners installed in customers homes where they have been in service for over 20 years! One customer has one that is over 25 years old and it’s still going strong. Reliability and Build Quality - 9/10 These are made in USA and consistently produce soft water and reduce chlorine but due to their high efficiency they tend to salt clog relatively easily. By waiting until the salt level is at the ¼ mark before refilling tends to minimize this concern. Initial Investment - 10/10 High efficiency water softeners that reduce chlorine are very rare and typically the investment to own one is about double the cost of a standard efficiency water softener. Water Boss water softeners are only a slightly larger investment than a standard efficiency water softener. So when it comes to a water softener with chlorine reduction for your family these are a bargain! Styling/Aesthetics - 10/10 When installed in the utility room in the basement, this means nothing, but often due to limited space, a water softener can end up in a laundry room, bathroom or other public area in a home or cottage and these water softeners look great! Gary the Water Guy Overall Score 94/100

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  • Gary Beutler