If you are looking for a new water softener for your home, then you will want to read this short article as we are going to be discussing the major differences between the two most common types of water softeners.  When it comes to selecting the best water softener for your home, you have a few different options to choose from.  The first type of water softener is a two tank water softener, which uses salt to treat and soften your homes hard water.  Salt based water softeners have been around for decades and up until a few years ago, where really the only option when it came to water softeners.

The other type of water softener you can purchase is a salt-less water softener, which uses an environmentally friendly filter to remove minerals from your water.  The advantage with salt-less water softeners, is the fact that you don't have to haul heavy bags of salt home from the grocery store and overall they require less maintenance.  the disadvantage of salt-less water softeners is the fact that they are less efficient at treating hard water and may cost you more money overall, if you have especially bad hard water.  To determine which type of water softener you should go with, you will first want to find out the quality of your tap water.  Luckily the vast majority of hardware stores sell easy to use home water testing kits.  There are two different types of water testing kits, the first type require that you take a water testing strip and place it into a sample of your home tap water to detect the hardness of your water.  The other type of water testing kit, includes a pre-paid envelope and small water collection vial, that you use to collect a sample of your tap water to send off to a laboratory to have it tested.  Once you get a general idea of the hardness of your water, then you can go to the hardware store and be able to decide which type of water softener is best suited for your home.