There are 2 Pelican water conditioners that we wanted to discuss in this review. One is the NaturSoft NS3, the other is the NaturSoft NS6.
We decided to cover both at once due to their similarities.
In fact, the only difference between the two is that the Pelican NS3 has a max flow rate of 10 gallons per minute, while the NS6 has a maximum flow rate of 15 gpm, so 50% higher.
This is what makes the NS6 eligible for larger households of up to 7 or 8 people. According to Pelican, it can serve homes with 4 to 6 bathrooms, which is way over the top if you ask us.
As far as the NS3 is concerned, we would recommend it to families of up to 5 or 6.
Also, please note that we are not talking about “real” water softeners here, but water conditioners. In other words, they won’t remove hardness minerals – think calcium – from your water in an ion exchange process.
The way the NS3 and NS6 work is they use a special type of catalytic media that attracts and binds excess hardness minerals. Calcium carbonate crystals are formed which are then released back into the water.
These larger crystals have different characteristics than dissolved calcium. One is that they won’t attach to surfaces, says Pelican. Thus scaling is reduced.
Due to the nature of this process, certain requirements must be met for it to work:
Minimum and maximum required working pressure: 25-80 psi.
Although a salt-based softener is more effective at softening water, the Pelican NS3/NS6 can reduce scaling significantly. After all, it’s certified to be 99.6% effective.
This will protect your plumbing and water-using appliances from deposits increasing their longevity. Above that, your skin and hair are likely to feel more moisturized and look healthier.
Other benefits are:
There is no reason why you should not be able to install one of these conditioners yourself. The setup is rather simple, so with the right tools and some practical understanding you should get this done within one afternoon.
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.
Start by assembling the sediment pre-filter unit:
To install the pre-filter, do this:
This is how to hook up the conditioner:
Now it’s time to pre-soak the catalytic media:
The Pelican single-tank installation kit is NOT included and has to be purchased at extra cost.
We already mentioned that all you have to do in terms of maintenance is change the sediment pre-filter every 6-9 months depending on the amount of sediment present in your water supply.
One indicator that it’s time for a replacement is when your water pressure is slowing. Check the filter and replace it if necessary. Here’s how:
Pelican Water Systems has uploaded a short video that outlines the replacement process:
You can access the Pelican NS3/NS6 manual if you click here.
How about drawbacks?
Well first, none of Pelican’s water systems come at a bargain. This is also the case for the NS3 and the NS6. There are even many salt-based softeners out there that are much more affordable.
What’s more, some users reported that they saw no reduction in hardness at all – even after a couple of months use.
And lastly, the pressure release button on the pre-filter tends to leak and flushing the large conditioning tank can be a real pain.
Performance-wise the Pelican NS3 and the Pelican NS6 are solid. They are some of the most effective salt-free water conditioners. Especially the NS6 provides sufficient flow for large homes. Taking into account the premium price tag, our rating is 3.5 stars each!
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This completes our Pelican NS3 and NS6 water softener review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!