I have been on the search for quite some time to find a solution to our hard water. I have been searching and wondering do saltless water softeners really work. I had come to know they would not truly soften my water but wondered if there was possibly a product that would get me the same effects without actually "removing" the minerals. My brother in law lives close by & we both have issues with terrible hard water. Problems from dishwasher getting clogged with junk, dishes looking foggy & dirty, and the latest was horrible dry skin & hair. I was sent the Eddy Electronic Water Descaler to Review & couldn't wait to try it - but little did I know my husband had purchased me a water softener! With my brother in law living in the same city I figured this was the perfect opportunity to test this product against my water softener to see the difference.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The Eddy Electronic Descaler is a low cost eco-friendly alternative to a Water Softener. It has a LIFETIME Warranty against breakdown & a 12 month satisfaction guarantee. The product used electromagnetic waves to reduce the effects of the calcium, magnesium and manganese ions in hard water but does not alter the chemical hardness of the water. the beneficial effects of the calcium and other particulates is retained while the damaging and problematic effects are greatly reduced.
It is FCC Certified as interference free. Features easy DIY installation (no plumbing) and is maintenance free!
This is not an actual softener - it doesn't remove the calcium & magnesium in hard water - instead, it prevents and removes hard water scaling in pipes. The Eddy changes the properties of the water to prevent it from forming scale in the pipes and on your appliances.
THE DIRTY TRUTH
After a few months of having the Eddy installed in my brother in laws home & my new water softener in mine I compared. My water is soft water now, and while his is not (he is just descaling it with the Electronic Eddy Descaler) you can notice a difference. The film on his dishes has been greatly reduced as has the "soap scum" build up in the bathroom and around faucets & the hard water ring in the toilet has started to diminish. However, although there is a difference in the amount of build up you can still tell a big difference between the complete lack of film on my dishes, no soap scum or hard water marks, and my toilet rings are completely gone. We installed the systems about the same time (3 months ago) and my results have been measurably better. It is also worth noting they have not noticed any difference in their hair, skin, etc. While that is one of the main reasons I wanted a water softener.
On the bright side the Eddy was much easier to install than our water softener & one of the great things about the Eddy is it does not add sodium to the water. My husband has high blood pressure already so this has been one downfall for us & we need to get a reverse osmosis system for the kitchen faucet ASAP which will add on another $100 - $200 to our total cost.
Overall, The Eddy helps - will it completely remove all of your problems with hard water? Probably not if you have extremely hard water like we do (over 20 gpg). If your water is not as hard you may have better results. My brother in law is happy with the Eddy & is happy to see any results. Although the results in my opinion are not nearly as good as my water softener it is worth noting as well my Water Softener cost around $700 where as Eddy costs less than 1/3 of that price.
- Easy Install (No extra plumbing, much quicker & easier than installing a water softener)
- Lower Cost than Water Softener
- Helps Reduce Film on Dishes & Soap Scum
- No Maintenance (money savings with no need to buy salt every month)
- Does not add Sodium to water (no need for Reverse Osmosis Kitchen Filter)
- 12 month satisfaction guarantee (if you are unhappy with it anytime within the first 12 months you can return the product for a refund).
- Easier to clean up the build up that is left behind. Not sure why, but where as the toilet rings, etc use to be near impossible to remove they do come off a bit easier than before installing Eddy.
- Results not as good as a water softener, still have some soap scum, film on dishes, etc.
- Did not notice any results for hair/skin improvement (however, my husband says he kind of feels like he cannot completely rinse the soap off with our softener so maybe this is not necessarily a bad thing that the hair/skin differences with Eddy were not noticed).
If your water is hard but not extremely hard I think this could possibly give you the results you are looking for. Our water is very hard & I think that may be part of the reason the results were not quite as great as I had hoped. Also, it could be the scale buildup is so thick in the pipes that it will take longer for the full effects of Eddy to kick in. I am still happy we have our water softener but if you don't have $700 - $1000 in your budget for a hard water solution you may want to give Eddy a try. One thing I love about this company is the fact that they have a Risk Free 12 Month Money Back Guarantee. If you are not happy with the Eddy you can ship it back to them for a refund. They state they will require proof of purchase to process your refund so make sure to file your receipt once you purchase it.
So Yes, with the 12 month money back Guarantee I would Recommend Eddy - it did offer some relief from our horrible water out here & at a much lower price. To have a noticeable difference makes me assume there is less hard water effects on the appliances as well which means they will hopefully last longer than they would without the Eddy so it should pay for itself over time. Plus, where as I paid over 3 times the cost of Eddy for my system I am not finished with the costs - I still have to purchase salt every month & will also need to get a reverse osmosis filter for health reasons. So I can definitely see where Eddy has it's benefits. Compared against the water softener I would take the softener. Compared against my old hard water I would take the Eddy. If you have money to blow I suggest getting an actual water softener but if you want some relief at a small fraction of the cost then Eddy is probably the choice for you!
You can Purchase the Eddy Electronic Descaler on Amazon.com for $199.99 (and is has free 2 day shipping for Prime Members).