General Electric, a well-known company covering many household appliances, offers several water softener models with varying options. Their website is one of the easiest to navigate, with detailed information about every system, including manuals, parts and photos. A few of the softeners have been given Gold Seal approval by the Water Quality Association.
GE offers the following water softener models:
Easy and efficient technology
GE says their SmartWater softeners can learn water usage patterns, in addition to using up to 60 percent less salt and 50 percent less energy than other models. A simple bypass valve allows users to switch the unit off for hard water uses.
A one-year warranty covers parts and labor for the entire water softener. The motor has a two-year parts warranty, and it's 10 years for the resin tank.
These systems are designed for simple installation by almost anyone with plumbing know-how. An installation kit is usually included.
What users have to say
There have been many complaints about GE water softeners, including substandard materials, too-frequent regeneration, unreliability and poor customer service. They - and other brands, including Sears - are often called "box store softeners," which many forums tend to dissuade shoppers from buying, but which are ultimately some of the most affordable units.