If you do an internet search for this topic, what you will find is a slew of articles accusing saltless filters as being some kind of “fake” water softener. They’ll make sure to clarify that saltless filters should be called conditioners rather than softeners… as if that were a bad thing.
For the expert plumber in Phoenix, AZ, it makes sense why you would never want to mix up a softener with a conditioner. Softeners remove minerals from the water, and conditioners simply remove the mineral’s abilities to stick to your plumbing. It would be a lie to say they’re the same.
But for the average consumer, who wants nothing more than for their water to feel better and to avoid scaling on their plumbing system, saltless filtration is still an excellent choice.
Actually, we’d argue that salt-less filtration systems are the better choice. We’ll explain more down below.