The Future of Water Softener Technology: What’s on the Horizon?

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Water softening technology has developed so much already that you might be wondering – “How can it possibly get any more advanced?”

But even today, advancements in technology continue to be made, and water softeners continue to be tweaked and enhanced to provide an even better user experience.

Here, we’ve shared some of the most exciting features of water softeners that are likely to become commonplace in the future.

📌 Key Takeaways:

  • Water softener technologies that are likely to shape the future include:
    • Increased features of smartphone control
    • Built-in leak detection technology
    • All-in-one filtered & soft water solutions
    • Further development to salt-free scale prevention methods
  • Many of these technologies are already used on some of the best water softeners available today.

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Let’s take a look at the features that have most recently been developed for the best water softeners available today, and how these will likely shape the water softening industry in the near future:

Smartphone Control

Water softeners with Bluetooth connections have been around for a few years now, but the advancement in smartphone technology has made it even easier and more convenient to remotely program and control our water treatment systems at home.

The best water softener systems today can be monitored and programmed entirely from a mobile app. This means you can be anywhere in the world and program your softener in a way that was once only possible when you were standing right next to it.

With smartphone control, you can monitor your water usage, program a manual regeneration cycle, and troubleshoot errors while you’re out and about – no need to wait until you return home.

Some water softeners can even send alerts to your phone when salt top-ups are required, and allow you to control the unit’s bypass valve remotely.

It’s likely that our smartphone control abilities will only be expanded as this technology continues to improve.

Springwell water softener electronic conrol head and bluetooth app

Leak Detection Technology

A major leak in your home could cost hundreds of dollars to fix. Some of the smartest ion exchange water softeners now have leak detection technology that helps you to act fast in an emergency scenario.

A water softener unit with built-in leak detection will give you peace of mind in the knowledge that you’ll never unknowingly return home to discover catastrophic flooding. The system comes with remote leak detectors that you can place in locations around your home’s plumbing, so that leaks can be detected wherever they might occur.

This new technology monitors your water usage patterns and becomes triggered if unusual water usage is detected.

If you have a smart water softening system that’s connected to a phone app, you’ll receive an alert about this unusual detection and will have the option to remotely shut off your water supply. Or, the system might shut off your water supply automatically.

Smart water leak detection feature

Precision Tuning For Efficiency

Using a smart water softener system also means that you’ll have more control over how much salt and water the system uses to produce soft water.

The best water softener systems should have precision tuning, allowing you to ensure only the necessary amount of salt is used for softening and that the minimum amount of water is used for the regeneration process.

Smart water softeners usually have demand-initiated regeneration, meaning that – as long as you input the correct water hardness information – they’ll only regenerate when absolutely necessary.

That means you can enjoy an efficient water softening process that avoids salt and water wastes and reduces your spend on salt and water bills.

Reset time settings on water softener control head

All-In-One Water Softening & Filtration

The interest in complete water treatment solutions is rising, and the all-in-one water softener and filtration system is the answer.

A number of manufacturers have combined their water softener and whole home filtration products to form an all-in-one softening and filtration solution that produces filtered, softened water for whole-home use.

These systems usually consist of a series of tanks – two for softening and one for filtration – with different configurations for different uses. For instance, you might be able to customize your system to use either an ion exchange softener or a salt-free conditioner, and choose between filtration systems for city water or well water contaminants.

For folks looking for the most convenient solution to protect their home from hard water damage and remove contaminants from their drinking water, all-in-one softeners and filters are the answer

Springwell water softener and iron filter well water treatment system

Saltless Softening Methods

Salt-free softening isn’t a new invention – but it’s often cited as the “future” of scale prevention treatment, so it’s only right that we include it in this guide.

There are a few salt-free conditioning methods, including template assisted crystallization (TAC), nucleation assisted crystallization (NAC), and electromagnetic descaling.

These are considered the future of hard water treatment because they have a few notable benefits compared to traditional ion exchange water softener units: they don’t need salt top-ups, they don’t waste water because they don’t need to regenerate, and they prevent scale buildup without removing healthy hardness minerals from the water.

These systems are ideal in states where conventional whole house water softener units are banned or restricted. They’re also a great choice for folks who want to enjoy the benefits of scale-free water without the use of electricity, salt, chemicals, and wastewater.

It’s likely that saltless softening methods will continue to increase in popularity as their alternative technologies are better researched and studied.

Aquasana salt-free installed in basement

📑 Final Word

We’ve been reviewing and comparing the best water softeners for over a decade, so we’ve seen first-hand how these systems have changed for the better.

We’ve seen the introduction of upflow technology, the development of Bluetooth configuration and smartphone apps, the surge in demand for modern salt-free water conditioning solutions, and so much more.

As technology continues to advance, we can only wonder how much better the water softeners of the future will be – and we look forward to finding out!

  • Brian Campbell
    President & CEO, CWS, CWR

    Brian Campbell, a WQA Certified Water Specialist (CWS) and Certified Water Treatment Representative (CWR) with 5+ years of experience, helps homeowners navigate the world of water treatment. After honing his skills at Hach Company, he founded his business to empower homeowners with the knowledge and tools to achieve safe, healthy water. Brian's tested countless devices, from simple pitchers to complex systems, helping his readers find the perfect fit for their unique needs.

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