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The WaterBoss 700 is a 22,000-grain whole house water softener and iron filter that provides a service flow rate of 8 gallons per minute.
8 gpm is usually enough for families of up to 4 in a medium-sized home.
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Former Model Number: 220
70 grains per gallon is the maximum hardness level that the system can handle, so very hard water.
As for iron reduction, as much as 10 ppm of ferrous (clear-water) iron should be feasible, according to WaterBoss.
Please note that potassium permanganate will need to be added to any iron filter periodically.
The 700 also features a built-in maintenance-free dirt and sediment filter (20 microns), which can extend the softener’s longevity significantly.
Required pressure: No less than 20 psi or greater than 120 psi.
We also want to point out that this system is made in the USA, which is something you might value.
And lastly, you get a 3-year limited warranty on all mechanical and electronic parts. Media tank and outer cabinet are covered for 10 years.
By the way, to achieve maximum softening performance, the manufacturer provides the following tips (among others):
The model 700 works with demand initiated regeneration, which means that it will never waste salt or water while recharging.
This will reduce your water and salt bill, obviously, and also help the environment.
For example, to regenerate 5,500 grains, the softener will use approx. 11.1 gallons of water and 1 pound of salt in a 15-minute cycle. For a full recharge (22,100 grains), 28.6 water gallons and 12 pounds of salt will be used. The cycle will take exactly 41 minutes.
Other than that, the product is certified according to NSF Standard 44 for barium and radium 226/228 reduction.
Another benefit is the quiet operation, which won’t wake you up at night.
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There are two factors that make installing the WaterBoss 700 considerably easier and that’s
Do you have to be an experienced DIY plumber to be able to do the setup yourself? We don’t think so. Yes, it’ll help if you have some prior plumbing experience. But generally speaking, if you are handy around the house, you should be fine and able to complete the install within a couple of hours.
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, remember that this softener requires an appropriate drain and a power outlet nearby. Also, you should install it before your water heater and after the pressure tank (for wells).
What’s more, it’s important that the appliance or drain line must not freeze.
The following video outlines the installation process for all WaterBoss softeners in more detail.
And here is another video specifically for the WaterBoss 700:
Programming the WaterBoss 700 is quick and simple, thanks to the easy to use LCD display. You’ll have to set your water hardness level among other things.
In the advanced customer settings, you can choose between two different regeneration modes, set the hours until the next regen cycle, determine how many gallons of water should be used, etc.
In addition, all you have to do in terms of maintenance is to inspect and clean the brine tank + air check/draw tube once a year (or whenever you notice sediment in the tank).
If you want, you can use a resin cleaner on a monthly basis, says WaterBoss.
The system itself can be disinfected with 5.25% sodium hypochlorite – as in household bleach.
Looking for a manual for the WaterBoss 700, 900 or 950? You can find one here: Manual
The truth is, too many customers have complained about WaterBoss softening systems for our liking.
There were not only issues with overly salty water, failing resin tanks and flooded basements, or complete system breakdowns, the company also seems to refuse to honor the cost of repairs occurring during warranty in some cases.
This is why almost half of the customers would not recommend the WaterBoss 700 to anyone – something we agree on to be honest.
With the WaterBoss 700 22,000-grain water softener, customer ratings seem to be either excellent or completely awful. This is because some customers are very happy with how the system performs and have had zero issues, while others – the majority – say that it’s a poor-quality product from a highly uncaring company. In other words: A complete waste of money.
Yes, the unit is very small and easy to install, but we recommend you opt for another model from a different brand such as Whirlpool to save you from a lot of trouble with the product itself and also the WaterBoss customer service.
This completes our WaterBoss 700 review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!