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Does a Reverse Osmosis System Soften Water?

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by Jonathan DoyleDr.

Does RO system soften water? What's the functions of these two kinds of water purifiers? What specific benefits can one get with these two? Find out the answers here in Waterdrop blog.
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Are you still confused about water treatment products? Is a reverse osmosis water system the same as a water softener? If not, what are the functions of these two kinds of water filtration systems? Can reverse osmosis also soften water? And what specific benefits can one get with an RO water system or a water softener? Don't worry. We are here to help. You will find everything you want to know about water softeners and RO systems in this guidebook we have created for you.

The difference between water softener and a reverse osmosis system

A water softener is designed to tackle hard water, which is one of the most common water quality problems. Drinking hard water over the long term may lead to dry skin, as well as cause water spots on glasses and silverware. The softening process removes the ions that make water hard (usually calcium and magnesium ions) and replaces them with sodium or salt ions.
Reverse osmosis water filtration, however, filters water. A water filter is used to remove unwanted impurities, such as contaminants and minerals, from tap or well water. Those impurities include, but are not limited to, sodium, chromium, chloride, copper, lead, arsenic, pesticide, fluoride, radium, sulfate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, nitrate, and phosphorous. RO distinguishes itself among other water purification systems by using an RO membrane, which can remove about 99% of TDS. To learn more about reverse osmosis system, you can visit here.
Ultimately, a water softener conditions water, while a reverse osmosis filter system purifies water.

What are the benefits of using these two water filter systems?

By using a water softener, you can enjoy:
Spotless, shinier silverware and glassware
Softer and shinier skin
Smoother hair
Fewer clogs in pipes
Softer clothes
Great-tasting water
Prolonged life of water appliances
With an RO water filter system, you will have the following benefits:
Crisp, tasty water—the filtered water is absent of taste, odor, and color.
Much fewer contaminants—this drinking water filter system works by removing molecular compounds of sizes smaller than water.
Soft water--reverse osmosis removes the sodium ions that cause hard water problems.

Do I have to buy both a water softener and a reverse osmosis system?

You should decide based on your needs.
Both water purifiers are environmentally friendly. Water softeners save energy and prolong the service life of your household appliances, while people with an RO system can save hundreds of dollars on bottled water.
An RO system can soften water. However, constantly filtering hard water wears out the water purifier more quickly. Using an RO water system wastes a lot of water, so getting a water softener is a more economical solution if tackling water hardness is your top priority.
Enjoy the tasty RO water by using the RO water system. It is a smart, tankless RO with a flow rate of 400 GPD and an RO filter life of 2 years. It saves 70% of under-sink space, and also your money and time on replacing the filters too frequently. Click here if you are interested in it. And feel free to contact us if you have any problems about our company, our product, or just anything related to water. We are more than happy to solve your problems.

Comments (2)

  • Luba Segal on November 17, 2020

    I am thinking about buying Waterdrop Chubby and my question is does it reduce TDS reading?
    My tap water reads 250 on TDS meter, will it improve using your filter?

  • Taylor Hansen on September 14, 2020

    It really helped when you said that using a reverse osmosis system to soften water can lead to smoother hair and skin while also having softer clothes. I’m wanting to install a new water softener system since my current one keeps breaking down. I’ll have to find one that has reverse osmosis and can provide great tasting water.

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