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Looking for Water Softener and Reverse Osmosis package

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Looking for Water Softener and Reverse Osmosis package

A friend is looking and was quoted $5k for both including installation, which sounds expensive. They have 3.5 baths and there's just five of them in the household.

https://www.costco.ca/CatalogSearch?dep ... se+osmosis

https://www.costco.ca/CatalogSearch?dep ... r+softener

They want them installed but was wondering what are some good brands to consider for the softener as well as the RO? I think I will be replacing my RO unit soon too

Thank you.
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I did a lot of research on softener and I end up with Fleck 5600 SXT. Been working good!

I had the one from Costco in my previous house and it was not good... water will still soft for short period of time and just overall inconsistent. The fleck system is very consistent in my mind and is one of the most reliable controller in the market.

I use culligan RO... expensive but does seem to work reliability. If I were to start over again, will probably buy one of those RO kit from Costco.
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THINKPOD wrote: I did a lot of research on softener and I end up with Fleck 5600 SXT. Been working good!

I had the one from Costco in my previous house and it was not good... water will still soft for short period of time and just overall inconsistent. The fleck system is very consistent in my mind and is one of the most reliable controller in the market.

I use culligan RO... expensive but does seem to work reliability. If I were to start over again, will probably buy one of those RO kit from Costco.
Does $5k seem like overkill?
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alanbrenton wrote: Does $5k seem like overkill?
For a lot of things...

i second the Fleck though (or any of it's clones), probably the best long term buy you can get. Don't have RO unit (tap water is not that bad here, only needs a carbon filter), but i would think you could do much better than 5k. Not buying/renting from Culligan, for one.
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https://www.aquatell.ca/
Sells online from Canada,
Get a plumber to install

Fleck is a manufacturer on one of the parts in the softener (control valve). Companies like Aquatell put together the parts (tanks, resin, control valve, etc) to sell to end users

It's kind of like by a lawnmower with a Honda engine. The quality of an MTD mower might not be the same as a Toro mower, even though they both use the same honda engine
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I put in the Watts Premier 5-stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System from costoc.ca.
It frequently goes on sale a few times a year for $50 off. I got mine for $169.

It was a fairly easy DIY install.
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Can anyone recommend a licensed plumber around Durham that installs water softeners and under sink filters? Got a quote from a plumbing company and it was around $1000. I don’t really know if that’s about average or too much. Thanks in advance.
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westcoastyvr wrote: I put in the Watts Premier 5-stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System from costoc.ca.
Any problems with it so far? The reviews on Costco.ca are fairly old and some people talked about leaks. I am contemplating this set or the Brondell that’s also sold by Costco.
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microBe wrote: Any problems with it so far? The reviews on Costco.ca are fairly old and some people talked about leaks. I am contemplating this set or the Brondell that’s also sold by Costco.
No issues. Make sure you change the filters as needed. I have had mine in for 2 years.
If you are looking at the Watts wait for it to go on sale.

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