To check for a water softener that might fit what you need, first, ascertain the amount of softened water your household requires daily and check that side by side with the throughput from all the equipment you are looking at. Next find out whether it should be semi-automatic, fully manual, or fully automatic. At jcer.info, there’s a wealth of information and reviews on water softeners.
With a manual system, you would open and close valves. Valves control its frequency, how long as well as how much backflushing or recharging done by the water softener. With an automatic machine, the process is fully automatic. When you choose the manual process, accessing the unit is very essential. With a fully automatic system, the equipment kicks off a recharging cycle, and all the operator needs to do is set the timer and then add salt, for a water softener that is salt based.
Assess also if pretreatment is important to remove manganese and iron. If you had a salt based water softener, will salt intake lead to health problems for you? Could the sodium salt burden your septic system?
Also, check the cost of full installation. This means you need to assess the purchase price and if the installation is added or not. Ensure also that you review the list of producer’s features against what you need. It is very common to purchase more equipment than what you really need.