Our Top 3 GE SmartWater Water Softeners | 2019 System Reviews

    GE Appliances was General Electric’s appliance division until the year 2016 when it got acquired by the Haier Group – a Chinese multinational consumer electronics and home appliances company.

    Of course GE has remained a trademark of the General Electric Company, which is why Haier manufactures respective appliances, water softeners for example, under a trademark license.

    In this review, were are going to have a thorough look at:

    Why GE?

    What are some of the benefits of choosing a GE water softener over any other competitor model on the market?

    • Economic – Probably the greatest advantage of GE water softeners is their efficiency when regenerating. The systems work with demand initiated regeneration, so they measure your water usage and only use as much salt and water as required for a full resin recharge. What good is that? It reduces maintenance costs and efforts!
    • Eco-Friendly – Less water and salt consumption will also benefit the environment. On the one hand, it’s always good so save on water due to its scarcity. On the other hand, only a minimum amount of sodium (or potassium) will leach into our supply systems and end up in our ground or surface water sources eventually.
    • DIY Ready – What do we mean by that? It’s simple: If you want to hook up one of the units yourself to make some extra savings, you will have a much easier time than if you’d try to install a regular softener with separated resin and brine tanks. Also, the instructions are actually useful and there are helpful installation videos to be found online.
    • Simple Programming – What comes after the install? Correct, the programming – which is a breeze with one of our 3 GE softeners. Simply follow the manual and you will be done in under 5 minutes.
    • Warranty – First, there is a one-year warranty (limited) which covers all system parts. The electronic monitor is covered by an additional three years (limited) and the brine and resin tank by ten years (limited).
    • City + Well Water – All softeners are suited for municipal + well water supplies.
    • Certified – GE softeners are certified according to NSF standards for guaranteed softening performance.

    Reviews of GE Water Softeners

    GE GXSF30V

    Most Affordable: GE GXSF30V (for Small Homes)

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    •    Price: $
    •    Flow Rate: 7.5 gpm
    •    Capacity: 30,400 Grains
    •    No. of People: up to 3
    •    Metered Regen:
    GE GXSH40V

    Most Popular GE Softener: GXSH40V

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    •    Price: $
    •    Flow Rate: 9.5 gpm
    •    Capacity: 40,200 Grains
    •    No. of People: up to 5
    •    Metered Regen:
    GE GXSH45V

    Highest Capacity System: GE GXSH45V

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    •    Price: $$$
    •    Flow Rate: 9.5 gpm
    •    Capacity: 45,100 Grains
    •    No. of People: up to 5
    •    Metered Regen:

    1. The GE GXSF30V

    Best For:

    • Slightly to very hard water
    • Clear-water iron of up to 8 ppm
    • Small families of up to 3

    In a Nutshell:

    Let’s start with the GE GXSF30V, a 30,000-grain – well actually 30,400-grain – water softener. It can handle extreme hardness (capacity: 95 gpg), but is limited in its flow rate, which is why we recommend it for single-person households and smaller families of up to 3.

    FYI: The service flow rate is 7.5 gallons per minute and the minimum required pressure is 20 psi.

    Apart from hardness minerals, the softener can also eliminate iron, but only in its ferrous state (clear-water iron). Here, the maximum capacity is 8 ppm. All other forms including ferric (red-water iron) won’t be affected.

    What’s more, the GXSF30V works with efficient demand initiated regeneration, which allows it to use the minimum required amount of salt and water in each regen cycle to reduce costs.

    The system will also analyze your water usage patterns and predict future demand, so you never run out of soft water thanks to timed recharge.

    Does it make a difference if you are on tap or well water? Nope! As long as there’s neither too much sediment nor chlorine (more than 2 ppm) in it. The first will damage the entire system while the second will reduce the resin lifespan.

    And lastly, we have certifications according to North American standards for guaranteed system performance, plus a  number of different limited warranties.

    GE GXSF30V

    Pros & Cons

    Pros
    • Digital control head for quick & easy setup
    • Metered regeneration for highest regeneration efficiency
    • Learns your usage patterns and predicts future demand so you never run out of soft water
    • Ready for DIY install
    • Low in maintenance
    • Covered by warranties
    • Works on both city & well supplies
    • NSF certified for effective hardness reduction
    • Removes iron

    Cons
    • Some issues where systems leaked or malfunctioned somehow (not all cases were covered by warranty)
    • Some people had issues following the installation instructions

    Read our full review here or

    2. The GE GXSH40V

    Best For:

    • Slightly to very hard water
    • Clear-water iron of up to 8 ppm
    • Mid-sized to large families with 5 people at max

    In a Nutshell:

    Next in line is the GE GXSH40V with a softening capacity of 40,200 grains.

    The softener is perfect for homes with up to 5 residents and a maximum water hardness level of 110 grains per gallon, so a bit more than what the GXSF30V can handle.

    Also, the provided flow rate is 9.5 gpm which is within the standard range and makes sure that your water pressure doesn’t drop if your family uses more than 1 faucet, shower or toilet simultaneously.

    Again the system works great on well water as long as it doesn’t contain too much sediment and also great on a municipal supply without excessive chlorine.

    Above that, the GXSF30V can handle ferrous iron of up to 8 ppm with ease, but won’t remove iron bacteria, organic iron or ferric.

    We also have the same salt-saving features, namely demand initiated regeneration which doesn’t use even a single pound of salt or a single gallon of water more than what’s necessary.

    And yes, SmartSoft technology ensures that you always have softened water at the ready.

    NSF and CSA certifications – check!

    Limited warranties for all parts and additional warranties for the digital control head and the resin/brine tank – check!

    Minimum required pressure: 20 psi.

    GE GXSH40V

    Pros & Cons

    Pros
    • Digital control head for quick & easy setup
    • Metered regeneration for highest regeneration efficiency
    • Learns your usage patterns and predicts future demand so you never run out of soft water
    • Ready for DIY install
    • Low in maintenance
    • Covered by warranties
    • Works on both city & well supplies
    • NSF certified for effective hardness reduction
    • Removes iron

    Cons
    • Problems with malfunctioning systems and poor customer service

    Read our full review here or

    3. The GE GXSH45V

    Best For:

    • Slightly to very hard water
    • Clear-water iron of up to 10 ppm
    • Mid-sized to large families with 5 people at max

    In a Nutshell:

    The third and final GE softener that we are going to review is the GXSH45V system with a 45,100 grains softening capacity.

    The unit can eliminate as much as 160 hardness grains per gallon of water, which is a lot, and delivers a maximum of 9.5 gallons per minute.

    So like the GXSH40V above, the GXSH45V has a high enough flow rate for households with 4 to 5 people.

    There isn’t really anything new to add beyond that. The softener is suited for well and city water, removes up to 10 ppm clear-water iron, and requires a minimum pressure of 20 psi.

    On top of that, it too uses intelligent technology and regeneration on demand to provide you with soft water 24/7 and use less salt and water doing so.

    Certified to quality standards and covered by warranty? You bet!

    GE GXSH45V

    Pros & Cons

    Pros
    • Digital control head for quick & easy setup
    • Metered regeneration for highest regeneration efficiency
    • Learns your usage patterns and predicts future demand so you never run out of soft water
    • Ready for DIY install
    • Low in maintenance
    • Covered by warranties
    • Works on both city & well supplies
    • NSF certified for effective hardness reduction
    • Removes iron

    Cons
    • A few customers received damaged parts
    • Problems with malfunctioning systems and poor customer service

    Read our full review here or

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

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