While the Genesis Premium water softener was designed for families of up to 4, the Genesis Revolution has larger internal ports (1″) that allow for higher flow rates.
Thus it’s ideal for larger homes with 5 or more people.
The 80,000-grain capacity version for example supplies you with 23 gallons of softened water per minute.
Of course, you can also go lower than that. There also are units with 32,000, 40,000 and 96,000 grains.
Like all softeners that are part of the Genesis line, the Revolution is digital metered and calculates the exact amount of brine that is required to regenerate.
In combination with the upflow regeneration feature, which is more precise than regular downflow brining, you can make significant salt and water savings with each cycle – as much as 75% on salt and 64% on water says the seller.
Please note: The Revolution requires a minimum water pressure of 30 psi. The maximum allowed pressure is 125 psi.
A word on upflow regeneration:
Upflow regeneration, also called counter-current regeneration/brining, recharges resin from the bottom up. This way unused softening beads at the bottom of the resin are preserved, as no “dirty” water is forced through them.
What you have to keep in mind is that naturally, at the beginning of a regeneration cycle, the resin at the top of the bed is highest in hardness, whereas the resin with the least amount of hardness is at the bottom. In regular downflow regeneration, hardness that is exchanged off of the resin is flushed down the bed, where it continues to exchange on and off the beads until its finally pushed out.
Generally speaking, upflow brining is more efficient than downflow brining. However, the former is not suitable for all installations. This particularly applies to cases of high iron content.
Also, some water experts claim that upflow regeneration is more of a marketing hype and the increased efficiency is marginal, at least for residential uses.
What we like about the Genesis Revolution is that for one it comes with high durability resin which is more resistant against chlorine and chloramines that can basically be found in every municipal water supply.
What’s more, the unit has an automatic system refresh feature that flushes the resin after 7 days of disuse to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.
Above that, a washable neoprene tank jacket is part of the deal for reduced tank sweating. It’ll also keep your resin tank nice and clean.
Did we mention that you get a 10-year limited warranty on the control head and lifetime warranty on both tanks?
Discount Water Softeners has tried to make the installation of their newest softener generation easier and faster than ever before.
This is why they used quick connect features on the bypass valve, drain line and power cord.
The installation manual is also quite detailed, and yet still, if you are not handy with tools it’s probably a better idea if you call a professional plumber to do the setup for you.
If you feel like giving it a try, this is what you have to expect:
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.
First you will have to find the best location for the softener tank. You should select it with great care and consider the following:
Here is the official installation video:
The Genesis Revolution is a set-and-forget system, meaning that after the initial programming you won’t have to touch the control head every again.
Some of the configurations that you have to make are setting the time of the day, your water hardness and how many people are currently living in your home.
The unit is also super low in maintenance. Like any other salt-based softener, it requires you to refill the brine tank if need be. That’s all!
A manual can be downloaded here.
The biggest issue that we have with all Genesis softeners is that they are relatively pricey.
On top of that, a few customers complained about the customer service not being really helpful. Funnily enough, others were pleasantly surprised about the great support they received.
It looks like most users would recommend the Genesis Revolution to their friends and family. Their salt usage is way down and the regen is also much faster.
Customer service is good – at least in most cases – and the product comes with clear and concise instructions and does exactly what it’s supposed to do: Deliver soft water.
Due to the high price tag, we rate it with 4 stars.
If you would like to read more reviews of softeners that are part of the Genesis line, click here.
This completes our Genesis Revolution review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!