Review: Pelican PSE2000 Whole House Filter and Salt-Free Water Softener

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The Pelican PSE2000 whole house water filter and softener is comprised of 3 separate elements:

  • 1. A 5-micron sediment pre-filter
  • 2. The Pelican PC1000 whole house carbon filter
  • 3. The NaturSoft NS6 saltless water conditioner

Together they provide filtered and softened water for cooking & drinking, washing and bathing.

Pelican PSE2000

Pelican PSE2000

Flow Rate:12 gpm
# of People:Up to 6
Tech:Template Assisted Crystallization

Our Rating

Pelican PSE2000 Whole House Filter & Salt-Free Water Softener – Key Features

The PSE2000 has a service flow rate of 12 gallons per minute. Pelican says that this is sufficient for a 4-6 bathroom home. In our opinion, 12 gpm should be enough for a maximum of 6 people living in one household.

Minimum and maximum required working pressure: 25-80 psi.

PSE2000 Pros

The 5-micron pre-filter is mainly used for the removal of larger particles like debris, sand and silt.

If well-maintained, it protects your water using appliances from excess sediment and increases their lifespan.

As for the PC1000 carbon filter, the unit uses 2 stages of catalytic carbon media followed by an oxidation stage to reduce chlorine (96%) and possibly even some other chemicals – think pesticides – that might be lurking in your water. The risk of potential bacteria and algae growth is also reduced.

Another huge benefit are the improved water aesthetics. Your water will look, taste and smell crystal clear.

Fluoride content is not affected unfortunately and the same goes for lead as far as we know.

Rated capacity: 1,324,800 gallons.

What we like about the NS6 is that the saltless water conditioner basically eliminates scaling without adding sodium to your water – like any regular salt-based softener would do – and without requiring regeneration or backwashing. Especially during backwash a significant amount of wastewater goes down the drain.

How does the process work? A specialized media causes calcium and magnesium ions to stick to each other instead of surfaces. This is how all essential minerals are retained in the water for added health benefits.

By the way, the NS6 can also be purchased as a standalone unit and was tested and certified against NSF Standard 42 for structural integrity and NSF Standard 61 for material safety.

Scale reduction: 99.6% (according to manufacturer). Softening capacity: Unlimited.

Pelican PSE2000

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Installation + Startup Instructions

Whether or not you will be capable of installing the PSE2000 yourself depends on how much experience you have with DIY projects.

Compared to other softeners, this system is a bit more complicated to hook up due to the 3 different elements that it combines. Still, the process is fairly easy. Chances are that even without calling a plumber you will be able to get it up and running. Required time: A couple of hours.

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 pre-soak for 48 hours prior to installing.

  1. Turn off the main water supply.
  2. Open all water outlets to drain the remaining water.
  3. Mount the pre-filter housing so it’s level with the much taller carbon filter.
  4. Use the Teflon tape (included) to wrap around the threaded end of the John Guest 1″ male NPT connector (included).
  5. Push the thread fitting into the inlet side of the pre-filter and hand tighten. Use a wrench to tighten 1-2 turns.
  6. Use the Teflon tape to wrap around the threaded end of the John Guest 1″ NPT to Stem (included).
  7. Push the thread fitting into the outlet side of the pre-filter and hand tighten. Use a wrench to tighten 1-2 turns.
  8. Connect the pre-filter to your home’s main water supply line.
  9. Connect the pre-filter with the carbon tank bypass using the John Guest to Clack 1″ stainless flex pipe (included). Hand tighten only.
  10. Connect the carbon filter with the softener tank bypass using the Clack to Clack 1″ stainless flex pipe (included). Hand tighten only.
  11. Connect the softener’s outlet port to your main water supply line using the female threaded to John Guest 1″ stainless flex pipe (included).
  12. Slowly open the main water supply valve.
  13. Check for leaks.

The Package (Parts)

  • Sediment pre-filter housing (blue) + mounting kit
  • 5-micron poly-spun sediment pre-filter cartridge
  • Sediment filter wrench
  • 2x bypass valve
  • Carbon filter (PC600)
  • Salt-free water conditioner (NS3)
  • Optionally: UV filter stage (PUV-7)
  • John Guest 1″ male NPT connector
  • 3x John Guest 1″ NPT to Stem
  • John Guest to Clack 1″ stainless flex pipe
  • Clack to Clack 1″ stainless flex pipe
  • Female threaded to John Guest 1″ stainless flex pipe
  • Teflon tape
  • 4x O-rings
  • 4x split rings
  • 4x quick connect nuts

Programming, Settings & Maintenance

First of all, there is no reason for you to worry about programming or setting the PSE2000. Why? Because there is nothing to set or program. Once you have installed the unit, you are good to go.

In terms of maintenance, the conditioner never needs replacing. You should change the pre-filter cartridge every 6 to 9 months. The carbon filter media lasts for 5 years or 1,000,000 gallons, whichever comes first. To keep your system running at peak performance, simply dump out the expired media and pour in the new. Then follow the pre-soaking instructions. No tools are required for this.


You can find a manual for the Pelican PSE2000 if you follow this link: Manual

PSE2000 Cons

Here’s what we don’t like:

  • The system is not exactly affordable.
  • Pre-soaking the carbon filter can be a pain in the a**.
  • Expect additional costs for installation material. Not all the bits and pieces are included in the package.
  • For some customers, the shipment arrived with parts missing.
  • The Pelican customer service could do with some improvement.

Pelican PSE2000 Review: Our Verdict

There is no question that the Pelican PSE2000 provides water that tastes great without even a hint of chlorine. However, keep in mind that a conditioner is not as effective at softening water as a real softener using salt.

It might drop hardness to some extent – users even reported that the “softened” water made a difference to their hair – but you probably won’t get rid of the ugly stains on your dishes and laundry. And the amount of soap and detergent you are currently using won’t reduce either.

If you are aware of this and you value the benefits of a saltless conditioner over its drawbacks, the PSE2000 makes a decent choice. We just wished it would come at a lower price. Thus 4 stars!

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About the Author Gene Fitzgerald

Gene Fitzgerald has been with BOS since the very beginning. She is head of content creation and has fully immersed herself into the home water treatment industry only to become an expert herself. Outside of BOS, Gene loves reading books on philosophy & social issues, making music, and hiking.
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