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Shower filters, do you need a water softener?

Some of you might live in a place (like an apartment) where you do not have access to install a whole-home water softener. So what about a water filter? Will that work just as well?

Yes, and no.

Obviously, you’re only removing the minerals from the water at the source, which is the shower. This could be adequate if you have just one shower or just one place where you need to soften the water. Water shower filters can be effective, and they’re better than nothing, although they’re not as good as a water softener. On the plus side, they are relatively¬† easy to install as well, not needing a plumber.

Here are the top shower filters:

Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mount 10,000 Gallon Capacity Filtered Showerhead, Chrome Finish

Ranked #1

Product Features:

  • Filter showerhead
  • Stationary design
  • Patented filter that reduces 99% of chlorine reducing sulfur odors and scale
  • Anti clog rubber spray nozzles and 10,000 gallon filter capacity
  • Easy to install with no tool required
  • 5 spray settings with massage
  • NSF Certified with a 5 year warranty

 

Sprite HO2-WH-M Universal Shower Filter and 3 Setting Shower Head, White

Product Features:

  • Shower Chlorine-Free
  • Softer Hair and Smoother Skin
  • Breathe Easier and Healthier
  • High Capacity Filter Including Massaging Shower Head
  • Reversible Filter Cartridge (model HOC)

Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System with Adjustable Showerhead

Product Features:

  • Unique dual-stage filtration with up-flow filter design provides superior shower filtration
  • Removes over 90% of chlorine for softer skin and shinier, healthier hair
  • Enhances pH balance for the purest shower possible
  • 2.5 gallons per minute of ultra-filtered high quality water

Culligan ISH-100 Level 2 Inline Shower Filter

Product Features:

  • White inline shower filter (showerhead not included)
  • Reduces chlorine taste and odor up to 97%
  • Reduces Sulfur odor
  • Reduces Scale
  • Culligan ISH-100 Shower Filter prevents drying of skin and hair

 

 

How much should I spend on a water softener?

Most of us live in a city or rural area with hard water, it’s more common than uncommon. Over time, you will see the affects of these minerals in your water, and it’s not pretty. Dry hair and skin, and residue left on dishes are just two affects of hard water.

There are a wide range of water softeners and price ranges to choose from. From as little as $400 to more than $10,000. You have a lot of choices. In the end, choose a system that fits your needs and your budget and don’t be swayed by information that does not fit your needs and your budget.

Some things to consider:

  • What size of water softener do you need? Take into account how much water needs to be softened (based on the size of your family), how large your home is, and how hard the water is.
  • How long do you want your water softener to last? What kind of warranty do you want?
  • There is a vast difference in the quality of the water softeners on the market. Some have cheaper components, and of course, will not last as long. Get the best you can afford for the best value.
  • You can have a water analysis done to determine what is in your water, if you wish. However, the city where you live should also be able to provide this information.
  • You can certainly install a water softener yourself, but you can never underestimate the value of having a professional installation. Factor this into the overall cost of your water softener.