Browsing Culligan’s official website looking for a price estimate for one of their water softeners or any other water treatment product, you search in vain. It’s the company’s policy to not display any prices upfront. If you would still like to know about how much money you have to invest to have your water softened by a Culligan residential water softening systems, check out the following article.
The reason why Culligan does not want to display prices for their softeners and filters is because “the total cost can vary depending on many different factors“. Two of the factors that the company mentions are what sort of water problems you are experiencing, and what problems you might not even be aware of just yet.
Furthermore, on the website it says that “it’s really hard to say what solution will suit your water best without starting with an in-home evaluation from your local Culligan Man“.
In other words, you will have to make an appointment to get a service person to visit your home and assess which softener would be ideal for you. Then you will be given a price.
Ok, so how exactly can you get an estimate?
Now all you have to do is wait until a Culligan representatives gets in contact with you.
Another option is to enter your zip code in the search bar at the bottom of the page next to where it says Find My Culligan Expert. You will be redirected to a page that lists the contact information of the Culligan store(s) nearest to you. You can then send an email, call, visit the linked website, or fill out the contact form on the right (see above).
Within the next few days, you will get a call back and have the chance to schedule an appointment whit a Culligan water expert who will come to your home, assess your situation and give you a cost estimate.
The first appointment might include a free basic water test. According to Culligan, this is how the test works:
Culligan also offers a professional lab analysis for “harder-to-identify water problems“. Whether or not this test is for free, we do not know. The testing itself will take a couple of days and the results will be shared with you when available.
We have a couple of issues with this price policy.
For one, if you are on a small budget it would be nice to save the time and effort not having to go through the whole appointment and testing process, if you won’t be able to afford a Culligan softener in the first place.
Also, once in your home it’s much easier for a service person to upsell you to a more expensive system that you don’t actually need. But since you are layman how can you determine what’s good for you and what’s not?
A word of warning: Don’t let anybody talk you into buying something or signing a contract for a product/service without giving you the chance to think about it.
Finally, it’s time to talk about money! How much does a Culligan water softener cost?
We’ve tried to answer this question by finding out how much other people paid for their systems. This is what we found (information digested from ConsumerAffairs reviews):
As for Culligan water softener rental plans, here are some monthly example rates:
Having reviewed literally dozens of water softeners up to this point, we can say that these are some of the highest prices in the industry and definitely the highest ones we’ve ever seen.
And in many of the examples you would still have to add the costs for operation and maintenance. This includes electricity, salt, and wastewater that goes down your drain during resin recharge and backwash.
What do you do if you can’t afford to pay this kind of money from petty cash?
Well as seen above, you could rent a system and pay for it on a monthly basis, or you could finance. However, both options are going to be considerably more expensive over time than direct purchase. Please keep that in mind. Even a rent-to-purchase agreement is not a worthwhile option.
There are so many manufacturers and dealers to be found online that display their product prices openly and clearly without hidden fees.
You could also pickup a system from your local hardware store or somewhere else.
Personally, we prefer Amazon since the platform often has the lowest prices. Some of the most popular softeners on the marketplace are:
The water softener with the Fleck 5600 SXT control head is our favorite by far. It’s a 48,000-grain system with a flow rate of 12 gpm providing enough water even for larger families. The metered unit regenerates as needed, which will save you money in the long run.
What’s more, the softener is easy to install and even easier to set up. The price seems reasonable with dozens of reviews from happy customer as backup.
The Genesis Premier uses metered upflow technology for optimum salt and water usage during regeneration. It’s available in 5 different sizes, from 24,000 to 96,000 grains, so you can choose which version suits your home best.
Other features are the high-durability resin which is more resistant to chlorine and chloramines found in city water, NSF certifications for guaranteed system performance, and a quick and easy install + setup.
The only downside is that Genesis softeners have a higher price tag in general.
As an alternative to salt-based systems, you might want to check out the Eddy Electronic Water Descaler. The unit uses electromagnetic waves to reduce the scaling effects of hardness minerals. Nothing will be added to nor removed from your water. This means no reduction in TDS, but also that all healthy minerals will be preserved.
Descaling is obviously the most environmentally-friendly method for treating hard water – zero wastewater production and no salt being released into our supply systems and the environment. But is it also effective? Some users say yes, some no.
One thing is for certain, the descaler is available at a fraction of the cost that you have to pay for any salt softener.
You can find our Culligan water softener reviews on this page.
If you have any questions about Culligan water softener prices, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!