This review will cover the features, installation instructions, what we like, and what we don’t like about the Hard Water Bullet.
Our quick take. This is a good softener (it’s really a conditioner) for the
right person with the right type of water. Avoid this if you use well water.
Features are one of the most important things to know before making a
purchase. We’ll just give you a quick bullet point list of the most important
features you need to know.
- Dimensions: 4.5” x 4.5” x 10”
- Flow Rate: 30 GPM
- Maximum Pressure: 140 PSI
- Includes a 10.5 ounce bag of poly beads
- Method: Salt-free
- Certification: NSF Certification
- Inlet Valve Size: 1 inch
- Can you install outdoors? Just don’t let it freeze.
- Warranty? 5 years for parts and a 6 month satisfaction guarantee. If you don’t like the system, then you can return it within 6 months.
- Miscellaneous: BPA-free, easy installation.
What We Like
There are a few things that we like about this system. First, it is
definitely a lower priced water conditioner, which is nice. Saving money is
always something we like.
Next, it does not use salt. This is because it’s a conditioner and not a
softener. Now, this means that it won’t actually filter out the calcium or
magnesium. Instead, it changes the calcium to aragonite.
Other than that, we like that this has a flow rate of 30 GPM. That is a high
flow rate. Many of the other water conditioners have a somewhat underwhelming
flowrate of 15GPM. Having double that is certainly a big improvement.
Finally, the maintenance and monthly upkeep on these units is super easy.
You literally just have to change the filter cartridge every 3 to 6 months. The
monthly upkeep or maintenance you have to is also easy… it’s non-existent.
These units don’t really have a reputation for breaking down or needing a
significant amount of maintenance. Occasionally you might have to fix a leak,
but that is usually just a leaky O-ring.
What We Don’t Like
There isn’t much we don’t like. One thing I will say, if you use well water,
then this unit is not for you. In fact, any water conditioner is not for you.
They just aren’t effective enough to handle the large amount of calcium and
magnesium found in well water. The same applies if you have extremely hard
water. A conditioner is just not enough.
Now, this isn’t an attack against the Hard Water Bullet. It’s just the
reality of the situation and the way that a conditioner works.
If you already have somewhat soft water and just want a little boost, then
this is definitely the system for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this reduce hardness?
This system does not reduce hardness. It is a conditioner, which means it
will convert the calcium to aragonite. This reduces the amount of hard water
buildup, but does not reduce the testable hardness of the water because
aragonite tests the same as calcium.
Is it plant safe?
Yes. It contains no salt, so it is safe for plants.
Will my skin feel better?
Yes. The calcium will not attach to your skin or hair, so it will feel
Does this filter water?
No. This is not a water filter.
Can this be installed in an apartment?
Yes. It is small and compact, which makes it perfect for an apartment
As mentioned earlier, we only recommend this system (and water softener) to
those with already soft water looking to make it even softer. If you have
extremely hard water, then you are better off purchasing an actual water
softener. As always, we recommend the Fleck 5600SXT as a great beginner water softener.