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Best type of water softener salt to get?

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Best type of water softener salt to get?

i normally see windsor select plus , which looks like a natural salt, and then a windsor "system saver" for a dollar moer.

which is better?
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Mar 3, 2017
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I use the system saver, seems to be recommended pretty highly
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chillguy153 wrote: I use the system saver, seems to be recommended pretty highly
is there much differene? is one better for the softener then the other or spending the extra dollar gets softer water?
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system saver II.
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System Saver II. I buy mine at WalMart since Costco stopped selling it and switched to Sifto

It costs more for Windsor but it is worth the extra
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Mar 19, 2013
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Another vote for System Saver II. It is a pellet salt which contains very little impurities versus crystal salt.
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System Saver II
I'd rather be outdoors camping, kayaking, and mountain biking ...
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My plumber told me all the system saver stuff has bonding agents and will leave residue. Solar salt is what my plumbing buddies recommend and actually what was recommended in the manual of the new water softener I just installed.
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Jerico wrote: My plumber told me all the system saver stuff has bonding agents and will leave residue. Solar salt is what my plumbing buddies recommend and actually what was recommended in the manual of the new water softener I just installed.
I used to use Solar salt a number of years back, but I found that it cost a lot more, was hard to source locally, and often left a lot more contaminates in the bottom of the brine tank.

The system saver salt is pressed pelts with a resin cleaning agent. I haven't had any issues with it since switching, which makes me believe it is a sales tactic to get you to spend more.
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Sifto Crystal Plus is what I use. I usually buy it from Home Depot. Never had a single issue or any salt bridges in over 12 years.
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Jojo_Madman wrote: I used to use Solar salt a number of years back, but I found that it cost a lot more, was hard to source locally, and often left a lot more contaminates in the bottom of the brine tank.

The system saver salt is pressed pelts with a resin cleaning agent. I haven't had any issues with it since switching, which makes me believe it is a sales tactic to get you to spend more.
Why would they care what I spent on salt from a different company? That’s like Gm getting me to buy gas from Esso.
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Jerico wrote: Why would they care what I spent on salt from a different company? That’s like Gm getting me to buy gas from Esso.
Sorry, I was meaning the sales pitch from where I was buying it which was a culligan store.
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Jojo_Madman wrote: Sorry, I was meaning the sales pitch from where I was buying it which was a culligan store.
My local Home Hardware has it right next to the system saver stuff. They don’t care what I buy.
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Jerico wrote: Interesting that Cargill says they make solar salt by pumping into the earth then drying which is what the article above says is preferred.

https://www.cargill.com/how-are-rock-sa ... -different
LOL ... makes me wonder if they were just selling me fancy bagged rock salt now.
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Jojo_Madman wrote: LOL ... makes me wonder if they were just selling me fancy bagged rock salt now.
Paying $12 extra dollar a year for water softener salt is a convenience tax for me to be able to think I’m better than you :)

All joking aside, whatever makes my water softener last longer in the hardest water in Ontario. Paris water, especially in February, is no joke.

Opps... Looks like Innerkip passed us. Must be like showering from a gravel truck there.
https://www.aquatell.ca/pages/water-har ... ty-ontario
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Jerico wrote: Paying $12 extra dollar a year for water softener salt is a convenience tax for me to be able to think I’m better than you :)

All joking aside, whatever makes my water softener last longer in the hardest water in Ontario. Paris water, especially in February, is no joke.

Opps... Looks like Innerkip passed us. Must be like showering from a gravel truck there.
https://www.aquatell.ca/pages/water-har ... ty-ontario
I should try it again from another source and see if we notice a differnece in water softness.

Completely understand the water issues there, as I grew up in the area ... and still stop into Wrights for gas when in town ;)
I'd rather be outdoors camping, kayaking, and mountain biking ...

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