All in all, this unit is just fine for the average single-family home. If you're a Do-it-Yourself kind of homeowner (such as myself), make sure you analyze all your pipe sizings before you jump in. Sears usually sells a kit with the proper connectors to make your hook-up super easy (only in-store however), but my Sears didn't have any kits, so I did a little research....
What I found was the maker of the connectors - Falcon Stainless. For most installs, they make an absolutely PERFECT solution. It's a corrugated stainless steel tube with a 3/4" female nut on one end (for typical house piping) and a 1" female nut on the other (for the softener hookup). It was almost too easy. They also make a 1" x 1" connector as well if your house piping requires it.
So if you can't find that kit in your Sears, I highly recommend calling up Falcon and ordering their connectors. Really, even a total novice could easily plumb their own installation using them. Here's their web address - www.softenerconnectors.com
Hope this helps!
I chose this unit to replace a very similar unit that had lasted 14 years. It was an easy replacement as the fittings were exactly the same. Our water is not bad water, I had just come to enjoy soft water when bathing. It is also much better for the skin. Best $400 I spent this month. I read lots of reviews from many other brands, including Sears. Just decided to stay with what I know worked. The fact that it was also on sale was a big motivator as well.
What a wonderful softener!! Love it can't live without it!!
this was easy to install - seems to work well.
Nice water softener. Great features and very efficient.
This softener has given us the soft water we desired. I'm hoping this thing last for a long time
We chose to get this unit and hire a plumber to install, instead of going with a nationally branded water company. The price for this unit and an install was still much cheaper than the other options. (and we checked 4 other options). We could tell the difference in our water immediately after install. Very pleased.