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Water Softener Salt Series: Top Water Softener Salt Brands

If you have a water softener, you know that you also need to purchase water softener salt to make it work properly. But what are the top water softener brands, and which one is the best to buy? Just like there are several different types of water softener salt, there are also many different brands of water softener salt that you can buy. So, which one is the best? In this article, we will describe the different types of salt: rock, solar, evaporated, and potassium chloride. We will also discuss how they are different and highlight 5 of the top brands in order to help you make the right choice of water softener salt for all of your needs. If you are interested in purchasing the very best water softener, contact the water softener experts at WaterSmart.



Kitchener 519-745-3170    Waterloo 519-886-7331   Cambridge 519-886-7331

Guelph 519-836-2543


"My wife and I recently purchased a home that did not have a water softener since the house was built. One company advised us to use the plumbing stack for drainage because of the location of the main water pipe, this was understandable. However, Watersmart advised us with a better alternative. Since they were licensed plumbers, they were able to find a location to cut some water pipes, and install the water softener near our laundry drain. They are very skilled professionals, and have great customer service. We also bought a reverse osmosis from them. They gave us detailed instructions on how to operate the softener and reverse osmosis. I would recommend these guys. Thank you Watersmart."


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Types of Water Softener Salt


Not all water softener salt is the same, nor does it come from the same source. Read on to find out the different types of water softener salts available and what the difference is between them.

1. Solar Salt


Solar salt, also known as sea salt, is created when seawater is collected in an area and left to dry. The sun evaporates the water leaving behind salt crystals. These crystals are gathered and shipped to markets for various uses. Solar salt dissolves very quickly in water, in fact much faster than other types of water softener salt. Solar salt used for water softeners is usually sold in pellets.


2. Evaporated Salt Pellets

Evaporated salt pellets are the purest form of salt. They are created by heating salt in its raw state to remove any moisture and convert it back to pure sodium chloride. Because it is the purest form of salt, evaporated salt pellets are extremely effective at softening hard water according to watersoftener.com.


3. Rock Salt

Rock salt comes from salt deposits that have formed underground. The salt is mined to extract it from the earth. It is the rawest form or salt and can contain other minerals as a result of soil erosion over the years. These trace minerals may not fully dissolve in water. Rock salt is the least expensive water softener salt. However, you should be aware that it may leave mineral deposits in your brine tank. The purer the rock salt the less likely that this will be an issue.



4. Potassium Chloride Pellets

Potassium chloride is not a salt but it can be used instead of water softening salt as a softening agent. It is more expensive than salt, but according to watersoftener.com, it may be a better choice for people who need to restrict the sodium in their diets.




As there are many types of water softener salt, there are also many different brands. Below we have listed what we consider to be the top 5 brands that are available and why we think they are the best.


Sifto Premium Plus Rock Salt

Image Source: Sifto Water

  • Crystals that are optimally sized for use in all water softeners
  • High purity
  • Natural hard rock salt
  • Minimizes residue and bridging in water softening units


Diamond Crystal - Bright and Soft

Image Source: Riepert Salt

  • 99.8% Pure
  • Virtually 100% Water Soluble
  • Patented "Softener Care Additive"
  • No more clean outs
  • For all types of softeners
  • Resists Bridging and Mushing


Windsor System Saver ll

Image source: Riepert Salt

  • 99.5% Pure
  • Increases softener efficiency
  • Dissolves evenly/leaves no residue
  • Eliminates bridging and mushing


Diamond Crystal Potassium Chloride



Image Source: Home Depot

  • Can be used in most water softeners
  • Up to 99.1% pure salt
  • Low insoluble content
  • An alternative to using sodium chloride

Sifto CrystalPlus with Resin Clean


Image Source: Sifto Water

  • High-purity compacted salt
  • Proprietary Resin Clean additive extends the life of the water softener by cleaning the resin beads
  • High-quality, 100% natural ingredients minimize residue
  • Effective for all traditional water softeners


How Water Softeners Work


If you would like to know more about how the salt in a water softener is used to make hard water soft, you can watch the following informative and easy to understand video.


Other Articles in our Water Softener Salt Series


Water Softener Salt Series: Other Uses for Salts

Water Softener Salt Series: What Is Water Softener Salt And What Does It Do?

Water Softener Salt Series: How Water Softener Salt Helps Your Water Softener



Why Choose WaterSmart


WaterSmart is a locally owned business that knows and understands the hard water challenges of the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding areas. Contact the water softener experts with any of your water questions. We are always happy to answer you and help you find the best home water solutions for your family.





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