Aquios Full House Water Softener & Filter System Reviews (2019)

    Aquios, LLC is one of the few sellers in the market that offers a combination of a salt-free water softener and carbon filter system for home use.

    We couldn’t find out much about the company itself other than the fact that it’s based in Texas.

    Anyway, for this series, we are going to review:

    Why Aquios?

    What are some of the reasons to opt for an Aquios salt-free conditioner & filter instead of going with the competition?

    • Eco-Friendliness – Salt-free water conditioners do not have to regenerate, so they don’t waste any resources at all. What this also means is that no excessive salt leaches into the environment.
    • Low in Maintenance – You don’t have to heave heavy salt bags to refill the brine tank.
    • Low-Cost – If you don’t have to pay for salt and no water is wasted during regeneration cycles, you save a lot of money that you can spend elsewhere.
    • Healthy – All healthy minerals are preserved in your water that is free from added sodium.
    • Simple Install – Installing an Aquios system couldn’t be any easier. Usually, the process doesn’t take more than 2 hours and you don’t have to be a plumbing professional to complete it. Useful instructions are shipped with each product. Time to make some extra savings!
    • No Programming – There is no programming involved with setting up any one of the conditioners listed above.
    • Warranty – You get a 20-year warranty (limited) on the filter housing and valve. Aquios will replace defective units or parts at no cost.
    • City + Well Water – Yes, all Aquios systems work with city and well water supplies. However, it is highly recommended that you purchase an additional pre-filter if you choose the AQFS220L or the AQFS234L Jumbo. Both units work with a 1-micron filter cartridge that is prone to clogging which will significantly reduce water pressure and flow rate in a short amount of time .
    • Certified – At least models AQFS220, AQFS220L and AQFS220C are certified according to NSF Standard 42 for chlorine reduction.

    Reviews of Aquios Water Softeners

    Aquios AQFS220

    Best Selling Aquios Softener: AQFS220

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    •    Price: $
    •    Flow Rate: 12-15 gpm
    •    Capacity: 40,000 gal
    •    Tech: Salt-Free Conditioner
    •    NSF-Certified:
    Aquios AQFS234

    Highest Flow Rate & Capacity: Aquios AQFS234

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    •    Price: $
    •    Flow Rate: 15-18 gpm
    •    Capacity: 60,000 gal
    •    Tech: Salt-Free Conditioner
    •    NSF-Certified: ?

    Aquios AQFS220, AQFS220L & AQFS220C

    Best For:

    • Up to 22 (30) hardness grains per gallon
    • Water pH-range of 8 to 10 (ideally)
    • Small to larger families

    In a Nutshell:

    The Aquios AQFS220, AQFS220L and AQFS220C salt-free conditioners and whole house filters are suited for well and city water with a maximum hardness of 22 (some sources say 30) grains per gallon.

    The flow rate of 12 to 15 gpm is sufficient even for larger families with up to 5, maybe 6 people, and a water pH between 8 and 10 is ideal. At this range the FDA approved additive called Siliphos that the conditioners work with is most effective.

    Siliphos has an anti-scaling effect which keeps hardness minerals suspended in water and even dissolves existing scale deposits over time.

    Furthermore, Aquios conditioners are cartridge-based systems. The Aquios AQFS220 cartridge, for example, is rated at 40,000 gallons or 3 to 6 months of use.

    Apart from conditioning, the Aquios AQFS220 also filters the water removing impurities down to a size of 5 micron. The technology: Solid carbon block filtration which eliminates sediment, dirt, chlorine and some other contaminants with the goal to improve water aesthetics meaning taste, looks and smell.

    This is also what differentiates the AQFS220 and the AQFS220L. The latter uses a finer 1-micron filter that naturally removes more contaminants than the 5-micron version, such as potentially harmful VOCs, chloroform and up to 99% of chloramines.

    The AQFS220C on the other hand uses the standard 5-micron filter with the only difference being the clear housing that allows you to check the current state of the cartridge at a glance.

    Please note: The AQFS220L should be installed in combination with a pre-filter system. Otherwise, you are likely to see a significant drop in water pressure and flow rate in a short amount of time.

    Aquios AQFS220

    Pros & Cons

    Pros
    • No salt
    • No wastewater
    • No electricity
    • No drain connection
    • Great for do-it-yourselfers
    • Very low in maintenance
    • Covered by 20-year warranty
    • Works with both city & well water
    • NSF certified for chlorine reduction
    • Removes already existing scale deposits

    Cons
    • No lab reports or certifications verify the scale reduction claims
    • Not all users saw a softening benefit
    • Cartridges may clog up quickly which requires frequently replacements at additional cost
    • Some issues with leaking systems
    • Customer service unresponsive at times

    Read our full review here or

    Aquios AQFS234 Jumbo & AQFS234L Jumbo

    Best For:

    • Up to 30 hardness grains per gallon
    • Water pH-range of 8 to 10 (ideally)
    • Small to large families

    In a Nutshell:

    The Aquios AQFS234 Jumbo and the AQFS234L Jumbo are almost identical systems with the only difference being that, like above, the latter uses a finer filter cartridge that removes water contaminants down to a size of 1 micron rather than 5.

    This includes rust, chloroform and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), whereas the standard filter version only eliminates most of the chlorine and sediment.

    By the way, the standard AQFS234 cartridge is rated at 60,000 gallons or 3 to  6 months of use. The AQFS234L is rated at 150,000 gallons with a maximum filter life of 9 months – but only if you install a pre-filter to prevent premature clogging.

    According to Aquios, both systems provide a flow rate of 15 to 18 gpm, so enough for big families living in large homes.

    The maximum hardness level that the systems can handle is 30 gpg. As mentioned before, a water pH-range of 8 to 10 is ideal for the anti-scaling additive to prevent calcium and magnesium to stick to surfaces and also dissolve existing deposits over time.

    Aquios AQFS234

    Pros & Cons

    Pros
    • No salt
    • No wastewater
    • No electricity
    • No drain connection
    • Great for do-it-yourselfers
    • Very low in maintenance
    • Covered by 20-year warranty
    • Works with both city & well water
    • Removes already existing scale deposits

    Cons
    • No lab reports or certifications verify the scale reduction claims
    • Not all users saw a softening benefit
    • Cartridges may clog up quickly which requires frequently replacements at additional cost
    • Some issues with leaking systems
    • Customer service unresponsive at times

    Read our full review here or

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    If you have any questions about the Aquios AQFS220, AQFS220L & AQFS220C or Aquios AQFS234 Jumbo & AQFS234L Jumbo, or any other Aquios system really, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

    And remember to revisit this page from time to time, as we are going to add new reviews of Aquios water softeners occasionally.

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