The Pelican PSE1800 combines a whole house water filter with a salt-free softener a.k.a. conditioner.
The goal: To provide clean and great-tasting drinking water that has all the benefits of properly softened water, such as keeping your hair & skin moisturized and not leaving deposits in your plumbing and household appliances.
According to Pelican, the system delivers enough water for up to 3 bathrooms, although this might be a bit far-fetched.
The service flow rate is approx. 8 gallons per minute, so we consider 2 bathrooms to be the maximum.
Minimum and maximum required working pressure: 25-80 psi.
Let’s start with the whole house filter unit with the model number PC600, a standalone system that can be purchased as such.
It features a separate 5-micron sediment pre-filter for the removal of larger particles, followed by 2 stages of catalytic granular activated carbon media and 1 stage with copper and zinc oxidation media (KDF-55).
The carbon is used to reduce chlorine content (certified up to 96%) thus improving water aesthetics and might even help with other chemicals like pesticides.
The oxidation media mainly helps to control bacterial growth. It may also further reduce chlorine content and some water-soluble heavy metals.
Rated capacity: 662,400 gallons.
The benefit of this whole house filter is not only does it provide cleaner H2O for consumption, it also increases the longevity of the softening stage.
Speaking of softening, the salt-free conditioner model NS3 – NS stands for NaturSoft – is certified by IAPMO R&T to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 for structural integrity and NSF/ANSI 61 for material safety.
Pelican says that it’s 99.6% effective in scale reduction preventing and removing hard water deposits from your plumbing system and appliances. A real-world test has shown a reduction of hardness from 11 to 6 grains per gallon.
Softening capacity: Unlimited.
Using a salt-free conditioner has the advantage that the “softening” works without adding additional salt to your water, leaving it in its natural state so to speak. Also, all beneficial minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium, are left in the water. On top of that, no water is wasted for backwash or regen.
And finally, we welcome the 1-year manufacturer warranty covering all parts. The “5 year performance guarantee” seems to be rather useless reading the fine print.
When we get asked, we usually say that a water softener is relatively easy to install. We know, this doesn’t really help much.
Let’s rephrase that: In our opinion, if you are handy with tools or even have some prior plumbing experience, hooking up the Pelican PSE1800 should not be a problem.
If you are not a DIY guy, however, it might be better for you to hire a professional, especially because this system comes with 3 different stages.
As for the general installation process, here is what you need to do:
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 of all, the activated carbon filter has to saturate (pre-soak) for 48 hours prior to installing.
The good news is that Marty from Awesome WATER WORKS has done an excellent job creating a video that outlines the general setup of the Pelican PSE1800/2000 in great detail:
Lucky for you, there is no programming involved when setting up the Pelican PSE1800. And apart from the sediment pre-filter that needs to be changed every 6-9 months, the system requires no maintenance at all.
Granted, about every 5 years or 600,000 gallons – whichever comes first – the carbon filter media has to be renewed. The softener media does not need replacement throughout the whole product cycle.
You can find a user manual for this water filter-softener combo here.
There are a couple of issues that we wanted to talk about in this section:
Water provided by the Pelican PSE1800 tastes great.
Regarding the softening unit, you have to understand that this is not a softener in the traditional sense. It’s a water conditioner that CAN help with scale reduction. However, it won’t magically solve all your hard water problems like reduced lathering of soaps and detergents.
In other words, a real salt-based softener will always be more effective. The PSE1800 can be a good alternative, if you don’t want the added sodium in your water for example.
Our verdict: 3 stars!
If you are interested in checking out more Pelican systems, follow this link: https://www.best-osmosis-systems.com/pelican-water-softener-reviews/.
This completes our Pelican PSE1800 review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!