The Best Water Softeners For Large Homes

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The Best Water Softeners For Large Homes

If your home has hard water, it's no secret that you need a water softener - but which one? Some of the most reviewed softeners online include the latest models designed for the standard home, such as the Harvey S3/S4 and the Premier Compact. You may also see old models outdated models - such as Monarch & the Crown. But what about if you have a large home with 5-6+ bathrooms? In this case, the best selling Harvey S4 or Premier Compact just won't quite cut it and you'll need a larger water softener. In this article we will outline the best water softeners for large homes from both Harvey & Kinetico.

1. The Kinetico Premier Maxi

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kinetico premier maxi

 

Who Is the Premier Maxi Designed for?

The Kinetico Premier Maxi is a best seller when it comes to large water softeners. It has a high flow rate capacity and is able to deliver soft water with a minimal pressure drop.

  • The Maxi is designed for homes with 4-5 bathrooms and up to 6 people.
  • Ideal for people searching for something easy to maintain.
  • People looking for a constant supply of water without the use of electricity.

What You Need to Know

The Maxi softener is larger in size that a standard softener and therefore you'll need to have enough space available near your stop tap. The higher flow rate and operation pressure means you'll have soft water delivered to all your home water outlets without a drop in pressure. 

The system itself is suited for mega flow and combi boilers, although if your pressure is above 6bar is recommended to fit a pressure reducing valve before the point at which the softener is installed.

The system itself is versatile and unlike most water softeners, it is compatible with both tablet salt and block salt. The softener comes with a 10 year warranty and the high standard and quality of this Kinetico product is supported by a third party certification.
Despite the larger size and capacity the regeneration occurs in just 11 minutes and a metered regeneration prevents any over production of soft water.

Kinetico Premier Maxi Water Softener Price

The RRP for the Maxi from Kientico is £1895 however if you call us direct we can match other quotes and give an exclusive discount. Click Here to View the product.

General Specification

Type of System: Twin tank, non-electric, tablet or block salt fed system. Consists of two cylinders, salt chamber and a brine tank.

Dimensions: 290mm x 689mm x 691mm

Efficiency: regeneration in 11 minutes requiring 34 litres.

Warranty: 10 years

Min/Max Flow Rate: 1 L/min -57 L/m

Min/Max Pressure: 1- 8.3bar

Salt Usage: 500g

Soft Water Capacity at 300ppm: 923L

 

2. The Harvey XL1 

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harvey xl1 water softener

 

Who Is the XL1 Designed for?

The XL 1 is a large capacity water softener from one of the UK's top brands. It is designed for larger homes with 5+ bathrooms. 

  • The XL1 is designed for homes with 5-6 bathrooms and 5+ people.
  • Due to its large size, it is great for people with larger amounts of space in their home.
  • People looking for a constant supply of water without the use of electricity.

What You Need to Know

The XL1 is automatic with no times or clocks. This twin tank, water powered system delivers soft water 24/7, while providing an accurate metering and is suitable for all plumbing systems.

This softener comes with a softener and a separate brine tank - therefore it is important to ensure you have enough space for the two units when considering this product for your home. 

It comes with a 1 year warranty - unlike the Kinetico Premier Maxi, which has a 10 year warranty. Although water softeners last between 10-30 years many people prefer to have a warranty for reassurance.

Harvey XL1 Water Softener Price

We retail the XL1 at £1795 RRP. Click Here to View the product.

General Specification

Type of System: Twin tank, non-electric, TABLET SALT fed system. Consists of two cylinders, salt chamber and a brine tank.

Dimensions Brine Tank & Softener: lxwxh

250mmx440mmx500mm
250mmx440mmx390mm

Efficiency: regeneration in 20 minutes requiring 37 litres.

Warranty: 1 year from the manufacturer.

Min/Max Flow Rate: 1 L/min -80L/m

Min/Max Pressure: 1- 8bar

Salt Usage: 600g - 1300g

Daily Soft Water Capacity: 6444L

Inlet/ Outlet: 1inch or 3/4 inches

Max Temp: 20 degrees

 

Below is an example of the size of the XL1 and XL2.

Harvey XL1 and XL2 water softener

 

3. The Harvey XL2 

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harvey xl2 water softener

 

Who Is the XL2 Designed for?

The XL2 is a large capacity water softener from Harvey. It is essentially the same as the XL1 but is a block salt fed system Vs tablet salt.

  • The XL2 is designed for homes with 5-6 bathrooms and 5+ people.
  • Due to the softener and brine tank coming as separate units, it is great for people with larger amounts of space in their home.
  • People looking for a constant supply of water without the use of electricity.

What You Need to Know

The XL2 is essentially the same as the XL1 in terms of its capacity and size. The non-electric twin tank design is water powered with no timers or controls - making it easy to use. The main difference between the two softeners is the use of block salt in this system. It holds up to 24kg of salt at any one time which is 6 blocks. It also has a slightly lower salt capacity - although the system can hold up to 24kg, the XL2 uses slightly more salt in its regeneration, ranging from 900g-1300g Vs the XL1 which can use 600g -1300g.

However the XL2 has a 2 year warranty from Harvey., adding an extra year of protection on parts.

Harvey XL2 Water Softener Price

We retail the XL2 at £1795 RRP. Click Here to View the product.

General Specification

Type of System: Twin tank, non-electric, BLOCK SALT fed system. Consists of two cylinders, salt chamber and a brine tank.

Dimensions Brine Tank & Softener: lxwxh

250mmx440mmx500mm
250mmx440mmx390mm

Efficiency: regeneration in 20 minutes requiring 37 litres.

Warranty: 2 year from the manufacturer.

Min/Max Flow Rate: 1 L/min -80L/m

Min/Max Pressure: 1- 8bar

Salt Usage: 900g - 1300g

Daily Soft Water Capacity: 6444L

Inlet/ Outlet: 1inch or 3/4 inches

Max Temp: 20 degrees

 

4. The Harvey XXL Harvey Big Blue

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Harvey Big Blue water softener Harvey XXL

 

Who Is the XXL Big Blue Designed for?

The XXL Big Blue water softener from Harvey is a semi commercial water softener that has one of the largest capacities as far as home water softeners go.

  • The XXL is designed for homes with 6 or more bathrooms and 6 or more people.
  • The big blue is large in size so it is only suitable for homes with plenty of space. Many people choose to install the softener in a plant room or utility room due its large size.

What You Need to Know

If your home is large and has 6 or more bathrooms, the Kinetico Premier Maxi may not have the capacity to deliver soft water to all your outlets at the desired pressure. If this was the case, you could find a drop in pressure when using bathrooms and outlets at the same time. The XXL however is a product that is often used commercially in bed and breakfasts. It has a large capacity and its large size means it can deliver large amounts of soft water at anyone time.

Given the nickname for the XXL is "the big blue water softener", it will be essential to make sure you have enough space at a point near your stop tap so that the water softener can be installed. This could be a utility room or plant room.

The system itself has a flow rate similar to the XL1 and XL2 but the main diffference here is the salt usage. This system is more efficient and uses tablet salt. It holds up to 64kg of tablet salt! Unlike the XL2 which holds 24kg at anyone time. Therefore the system would require less maintenance overall.

Not only that but the XXL has a 5 year manufacturers warranty Vs the 1 and 2 year of the XL1 & 2.

Harvey Big Blue Water Softener Price

We retail the XXL at £2000 RRP. Click Here to View the product.

 

General Specification

Type of System: Twin tank, non-electric, BLOCK SALT fed system. Consists of two cylinders, salt chamber and a brine tank.

Dimensions: 590mmx660mm

Efficiency: regeneration in over 20 minutes requiring 50 litres.

Warranty: 5 year from the manufacturer.

Min/Max Flow Rate: 1 L/min -80L/m

Min/Max Pressure: 1- 8bar

Salt Usage: 1300g-1600g

Daily Soft Water Capacity: 6444L

Inlet/ Outlet: 1inch or 3/4 inches

Max Temp: 20 degrees

 

More Info

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