Founded by Emmett Culligan in 1936, Culligan is now one of the leaders in the water treatment and softening business. The company operates by way of a series of franchises around the world and provides professional installation and rental services.
Almost all Culligan water softeners have been given the Gold Seal for performance and efficiency by the Water Quality Association. Their Gold Series was named Best Buy in 2003, and Good Housekeeping has given the company's softeners its seal of approval, too.
Return and warranty
Most dealers allow return of the units before 30 days if you're unsatisfied, but check to make sure. A limited lifetime warranty is placed on the tanks of models utilizing Quadra-Hull technology, a four layer tank that resists corrosion, rust and UV light and is said to outperform fiberglass and metal.
Water meters and sensors
An optional water sensor that activates regeneration only when needed - one of the most essential features on a water softener - is available on some models. The company claims it will save two tons of salt and 20,000 gallons of water in the lifetime of the softener. A meter to initiate regeneration when a certain amount of water has gone through is also available.
Plenty of options
Culligan offers a range of options to help you find the right softener for your needs:
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User likes and gripes
Culligan water softeners and services have been called overpriced by some, but others argue that the extended warranty and easily found replacement parts and service professionals make the cost worth it. A great choice for those who don't want the hassle of looking after the softener, Culligan might not be right for do-it-yourselfers.