Morton System Saver M30 Water Softener Review (2024)

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🧾 Overview

The Morton® System Saver® 30,000 Grain Water Softener is a whole house single-tank softening system that connects up to a home’s main water pipe. It eliminates the minerals that cause hard water through the ion exchange process, which replaces these minerals with a small amount of salt.

As a powerful softener, the Morton System Saver M30 reduces hard water issues like dry skin, poor lathering with soap, and spotty dishes. It can remove existing limescale in plumbing and on appliances, and with no hardness causing minerals in water, it’ll prevent new scale from forming.

The Morton M30 softener can treat water up to 95 grains of hardness, making it a powerful water softener. You should have no problem using the system on well water or particularly hard municipal water. The softener is made in the USA and works at a flow rate of 7gpm, and can be used in a household with 4 people.

Using “Look Ahead Technology“ that measures water usage and predicts regeneration, the System Saver M30 softener helps cut down on salt use and water waste by only regenerating when absolutely necessary.

💡 Features

  • Single tank softening system.
  • 10-year limited tank warranty & 1 year warranty on other components.
  • “Look Ahead Technology” for predicting regeneration.
  • Instructions for installation.
  • Hose, O-rings and other components for installation.
  • Bypass valve to divert water from tank during maintenance.

🚦 Performance

The Morton System Saver M30 softener is one of the better performing salt based water softeners on the market, thanks to its ability to treat water up to 95 grains of hardness. This means you can use the System Saver M30 on water of pretty much any hardness, including private well water.

All salt based water softeners waste water during regeneration, but this Morton softener uses smart technology to reduce this waste as much as possible. It calculates your household’s standard water usage and predicts how often the system will need to regenerate, reducing water waste and reducing the frequency of salt top-ups.

As a salt-based softener, the System Saver uses ion exchange to soften water. Ion exchange is a commonly-used method that generally produces the best soft water results.The system can also remove iron up to 7PPM, preventing water from causing rust issues. With a 30,000 grain capacity, the system is recommended to be used to produce soft water for households of 4 people.

🔧 Installation & Maintenance

Morton System Saver ReviewInstallation of the Morton M30 can be complex. Many people choose to bypass DIY installation and contact a professional plumber for the job. There’s an installation guide for the unit, but if you don’t have much plumbing experience, you may struggle to set the system up yourself.

The system can be installed outside, but only if you live in a weather climate that doesn’t drop below freezing. It’s nice and compact, at 43 inches tall and 17 inches wide, so it’ll help you conserve some space or slot nicely into a smaller area.

Maintenance for the System Saver involves topping up the salt and occasionally cleaning out the tanks. The Morton system relies on salt to keep it running, so you’ll need to make sure you’re keeping an eye out on the salt levels and topping up when necessary. You’ll also need to follow instructions in the user manual to clean out the inside of the tank and get rid of any sediment or slime.

📝 System Info

The Morton System Saver uses a single tank that relies on ion exchange to soften water. During this process, sodium (or salt) ions swap with hardness causing calcium and magnesium ions as they pass through the tank’s resin. The calcium and magnesium remain trapped in the resin while the soft water leaves the tank to travel through your home’s plumbing.

There are a number of soft water benefits that you should experience with this Morton softener. You’ll be able to cut down on your use of soaps and detergents, because your soft water will lather better. As your water won’t leave limescale deposits, you won’t need to be so consistent with cleaning, and your appliances will last longer. You should also have whiter and fresher laundry.

The system also removes iron, and the manufacturers recommend you use the Morton® Rust Remover salt if your water is particularly high in iron. There’s controversy about whether a salt-based softener can actually remove iron with a filter, but plenty of customers have praised the Morton M30 for it’s rust removing capabilities. If your water has a much higher iron content, you’d probably be best going for a separate iron filter.

🔔 Pros & Cons


  • Compact design that makes it easy to fit anywhere.
  • Can also remove iron when using the rust removing salt.
  • Comes with a bypass valve for additional convenience.
  • Looks ahead to when the system will need to generate based on water usage.
  • Softens water of up to 95 grains of hardness.


  • Some customers experienced issues with leaks, even after correct installation. The collar clip between the valve and the resin tank is particularly prone to leaking.
  • Customer service seems hit and miss.
  • The 30,000 grain capacity could be higher.
  • The installation instructions aren’t very helpful.

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  • 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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