In this Pelican NaturSoft Salt-free Water Softener review, I’ll be discussing all the important facts you need to know about the Pelican’s NaturSoft NS3 and NS6 water softeners.
Quick Overview: Pelican NaturSoft Water Softener Alternative NS3 vs NS6
What is Pelican NaturSoft Salt-free Water Softener Alternative NS3/NS6
Pelican NaturSoft Water Softener NS is better known as a water conditioner and not a real water softener as it couldn’t remove hardness minerals like calcium and magnesium from the hard water.
The NaturSoft system will not soften the hard water, but it can effectively prevent the hardness minerals from forming limescale (which solves the main problem of hard water) without using salts or chemicals.
It is tested and proven to prevent limescale up to 99.6% and is virtually maintenance-free.
In other words, it will not remove the hardness minerals but alter their forms so that they won’t stick on the surfaces and form limescale.
These advantages make it a great alternative to salt-based water softeners.
Pelican NaturSoft Water Softener NS3 vs NS6: What’s the Difference
The main difference between Pelican NaturSoft NS3 and NS6 is the water flow rate.
NS3 has a flow rate of 10 GPM and is suitable for homes with 1 to 3 bathrooms, whereas NS6 has a flow rate of 15 GPM and is suitable for homes with 4 to 6 bathrooms.
Pelican NaturSoft Salt-free Water Softener Review: Performance and Features
The Pelican NaturSoft NS System uses a technology called Template Assisted Crystallization to prevent limescale forming.
The catalytic media inside the system attract and bind the hardness minerals into crystal form so that they will not stick on the surface of appliances, pipes, fixtures, and bathroom floors.
This salt-free softener system can handle water with a hardness level of up to 75 GPG (grains per gallon) which is impressive compared to most other salt-free water softeners that could only handle up to 25 GPG.
The Pelican NaturSoft NS System does not remove any contaminant but binding the hard minerals into crystallized form to prevent them from forming limescale.
The 5-micron pre-sediment filter removes particles such as rust, dust, dirt, and sand to protect the softener’s catalytic media and your plumbing system.
If you need to remove more contaminants, you may buy their whole house water filtration system together.
The Pelican NaturSoft NS System has an infinite capacity as the catalytic granules media is non-sacrificial, so no replacement is ever needed.
The main difference between NS3 and NS6 is the flow rate, just pick according to the number of bathrooms in your home and that is it.
Unlike salt-based water softeners which consist of two tanks – resin tank and brine tank, the Pelican NaturSoft is a single tank system, making it an excellent choice for homes with a tight space.
Does Not Require Electricity
The system does not require electricity to operate, which saves the energy bill and allows you to install it at a location that is out of a power socket.
Does Not Produce Wastewater
Unlike salt-based water softeners, the Pelican NaturSoft Salt-free System does not produce wastewater, so you don’t need to install it near the drain line.
Due to this, the salt-free system is good for our environment and can save your water bill too.
Does Not Add Sodium into Water
Since it is a salt-free water softener, meaning it will not add sodium into the water, which is great for those under a low-sodium diet.
Besides, the conditioned water will not have a slippery feel like softened water.
Since the salt-free system doesn’t require you to refill salts or replace the softening media, it is virtually maintenance-free.
Limited Lifetime Warranty
The system is backed by a limited lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind throughout the product’s lifespan.
Pelican NaturSoft Salt-free Water Softener Review: The Pros & Cons
Why Do You Need a Salt-free Water Softener?
The main problem of hard water is that the hardness minerals will stick to the surface of pipes and electrical appliances to form limescale.
The limescale inside the water-using appliances will reduce their lifespans and cause your energy bill to go up due to reduced efficiency.
Besides, it will also cause the water pressure in your home to drop gradually.
Water Softener is by far the most effective solution to prevent limescale from forming in your home.
However, the disadvantages of traditional salt-based water softeners such as periodic maintenance, the ongoing cost of purchasing salt bags, and environmental concern could turn some households away.
Fortunately, we now have salt-free water softeners as a great alternative to salt-based water softeners when comes to limescale prevention.
Pelican Water Filtration System Combo
As discussed, the Pelican NaturSoft Water Softener Alternative is designed solely to treat water hardness, so to achieve a complete whole home water filtration, you may consider the following combinations:
Salt-free Water Softener + Whole House Water Filtration System
These combo systems are effective against hardness minerals, sediments, chlorine taste and odor, chloramine, VOCs, herbicides, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial solvents, and more contaminants.
Salt-free Water Softener + Whole House Water Filtration System + UV Filter
This combo system is effective against hardness minerals, sediments, chlorine taste and odor, chloramine, VOCs, herbicides, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, industrial solvents, and microorganisms like bacteria and viruses.
How It Looks Like Physically
Installation and Maintenance
The installation of the Pelican NaturSoft NS3/NS6 System is simple, so you should be able to set up the system by yourself within a few hours.
Also, the system does not require electricity to operate and will not produce wastewater, so it doesn’t limit you to install it near a power outlet or drain line.
Here are the installation steps in brief:
- Turn off your main water supply.
- Install the sediment pre-filter (blue color) after the main water inlet.
- Install the Pelican water softener tank vertically and connect it in between the pre-filter output and outgoing water supply via a bypass valve.
- Pre-soak the water softener’s catalytic media for 1 to 2 hours.
- Flush the water softener system for another 20 to 40 minutes before use.
The Pelican Salt-free Water Softener is virtually maintenance-free, all you need to do is to replace the sediment pre-filter cartridge every 6 to 9 months depending on the water quality and usage.
What Customers Say About the Pelican NaturSoft Salt-free Water Softener Alternative
- Easy to install with some plumbing experience, small footprint, and totally solved well hard water issues.
- Great system that requires little to no maintenance.
- Started showing results faster than I expected. Simple to Install.
- Budget friendly and backed by a reputable company.
- Installed last week and has improved the water quality tremendously.
- Purchased a few weeks ago and it has changed our water! Towels are softer, skin and hair aren’t as dry. We’re very happy we installed this system.
- We wanted something that was salt free and would take out the extra calcium and magnesium in our water as it was ruining our bronze faucets. Since installing this within the last week it seems to have made a difference.
1. How long the pre-sediment filter can last?
The sediment filter can last about 6 to 9 months.
2. Do I need to replace the softener media?
No. The Pelican NaturSoft catalytic granules media is made to be non-sacrificial, so it does not need to be replaced.
3. Can the Pelican NaturSoft NS System remove chlorine?
No. The system is designed to treat hardness minerals and not contaminants.
4. Can I install the system outdoor?
Yes. The system is made of durable material to withstand harsh environments, just make sure it is not exposed to extreme freezing.
5. Can the Pelican NaturSoft Water Softener Alternative prevent water spots completely?
No, the system cannot eliminate the water spots, but it makes the spots to be cleaned off easily and will not form limescale on the surfaces.
If you don’t feel like getting a salt-based water softener for some reason, then this salt-free system is a great alternative to protect your home and family!
Based on our experience with the Pelican NaturSoft NS3/NS6, it is undoubtedly one of the best salt-free water softeners that provide up to 99.6% limescale prevention at a reasonable price.
It is also an eco-friendly and cost-effective solution against hard water.
The upfront cost would be high for some people, but if you look at the long-term, the system will save you more money eventually and make it a worthwhile investment.