We decided to review the Aquios AQFS234 Jumbo and the Aquios AQFS234L Jumbo both at once, since they are almost identical salt-free water softening and filtration systems.
The only difference between the two is that the latter uses a finer filter cartridge that can trap more contaminants by filtering impurities down to a size of 1 micron instead of 5.
This includes rust, chloroform and a group of contaminants that are called volatile organic compounds, short VOCs, which originate from industrial solvents, paints, shower curtains and other sources.
VOCs can be carcinogenic – not a bad idea to have them removed.
The 5-micron filter is mainly to remove sediment and chlorine odor & taste.
Due to the fact that we have different micron ratings, we also have varying filtration capacities and therefore lifespans:
Besides, Aquios recommends that you use a pre-filter stage together with the AQFS234L (especially for well water).
Otherwise, chances are that the cartridge will clog early and reduce flow rates significantly.
Is this softener-filter combo suited for larger homes? Absolutely! You can expect anywhere between 15 to 18 gallons per minute, which is sufficient for families of 5+ living in homes with multiple bathrooms.
First of all and most importantly, the Aquios AQFS234 and AQFS234L can handle hardness levels of up to 30 grains per gallon.
You have to keep in mind, though, that we are talking about salt-free softening systems a.k.a. conditioners which won’t remove any hardness minerals from your water.
Instead, the anti-scaling effect is achieved by means of a food-grade additive (Siliphos) that prevents the largest chunk of calcium and magnesium from attaching to surfaces, such as your water heater, faucets, shower heads – you name it.
It is also quite possible that already existing deposits in pipes and household appliances dissolve over time.
Another benefit of using a salt-free softener is that you won’t have that slimy feel on your skin that’s often caused by regular salt-based systems.
In addition, a salt-free conditioner is much more eco-friendly as no excessive sodium or potassium will be discharged into our water supplies and later the environment.
No salt also means no regeneration saving you money as zero wastewater goes down the drain.
What’s more, the technology does not require electricity nor programming, and the maintenance is kept at a bare minimum.
Did we mention that all Aquios systems are covered by a 20-year warranty on the housing plus the head assembly?
Due to their compact design, Aquios Jumbo conditioners are easy to install, especially if you use shark bite fittings.
Simply connect them to your main water line as close as possible to where it enters your home.
The manufacturer says that the average DIY installation takes about two hours:
If a softener is not equipped with a bypass valve, we recommend you provide for one for ease of maintenance. Also, make sure to comply with local plumbing codes.
What do you have to do in terms of maintenance? Nothing except for replacing the cartridge as soon as it’s worn out.
Here is what we don’t like:
It looks like the Aquios AQFS234 and AQFS234L Jumbo do what they are supposed to do: They reduce the scaling effects of hard water (though not entirely) and remove even tiny particles from both well and city water.
Taking into account the medium prince range we rate them with 3.5 stars.
If you also want to check out our other Aquios softener reviews, click this link: best-osmosis-systems.com/aquios-water-softener-reviews/
This completes our Aquios AQFS234 & AQFS234L Jumbo review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!