Reviews: Our Top 2 Morton System Saver Salt Water Softeners
Morton Salt, Inc. was founded in 1848 during the Gold Rush which created a massive demand for salt as a foodstuff. Back then, Morton’s main focus was to sell seasoning salt in all kinds of forms. The company was also one of the first to come up with iodized salt.
Not before the year 2002 did Morton introduce their own salt-based water softeners. Today, the company sells 5 different softener models and one filtration unit.
By the way, the corporation has more than 20 different production facilities in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas.
Why should you choose Morton in the first place? That’s a great question! Here are a couple of reasons:
Price – The M27 as well as the M30 are more affordable than 90 percent of the other water softeners on the market.
Certified – They are also certified according to NSF standards to guarantee system performance and material quality. The certifications in questions are Standard 44 and 372.
Single-Tank Design – Many of the new water softeners on the market don’t come with the traditional two-tank design. Instead, they combine the resin and brine tank all in one, which makes them much more compact and easier to handle.
DIY Ready – The single-tank design also allows for easier installation – even if you are not an inveterate DIY guy.
Easy to Configure – Programming both the Morton M27 and M30 is a breeze. You have to make 4 basic settings and the rest is set and forget.
Metered Regeneration – This is probably the most important advantage of all: Metered regeneration. In other words, your softener will regenerate based on your water usage and not waste any salt or water unnecessarily.
Plan Ahead Technology – What is Morton’s patented Plan Ahead-technology good for? It allows the system to track how much softened water you use at what time of the day and recognize patterns. Regeneration cycles will then be scheduled at specific times so you never run out of it.
Small to medium-sized homes with up to 4 residents
Clear-water iron treatment of up to 7 parts per million
In a Nutshell:
The Morton System Saver M27 is a salt-based 27,000-grain softener perfectly suited for municipal and well water supplies.
It can handle up to 95 gpg (grains per gallon) hardness at a service flow rate of 6.5 gpm, making it an ideal choice if you are living in a small to mid-sized home with no more than 3 other people.
Anything above that threshold and you will likely experience a drop in pressure or your water will not be fully softened, which is probably not what you want.
Also, up to 7 ppm of clear-water iron should not pose a problem, says independent laboratory test data.
What makes this system special is that, for one, it uses demand initiated regeneration. This means that salt and water usage for recharge are reduced to a minimum – the unit only regenerates when necessary.
Secondly, it makes use of an intelligent algorithm to determine the best time to recharge so you always have softened water at the ready.
Minimum/maximum pressure: 20 – 125 psi.
Pros & Cons
Made in the USA
NSF certified to Standard 44 + 372
Digital control valve for quick & easy configuration
Metered for less resource usage (only regenerates when necessary)
Patented technology makes sure that you never run out of water
Overflow hose to prevent overfilling
Basic plumbing skills are sufficient for DIY install