Looking for a review about the Hard Water Bullet?

Triple Action Poly Salt-Free Water Softener

You came to the right place. This post 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

Everyone wants to know about features before making a purchase. Here is 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 install outdoors? Just don’t let it freeze.
  • Warranty? 5 years for parts and a 6 month satisifaction 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, which does not bind to surfaces.

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.

A high flow rate is important because if you have simulateneous water use, then you will see a reduction in water pressure without the appropriate flow rate. No one likes low water pressure. Purchasing a unit that can output over 20GPM is essential in larger homes. 30 GPM is even better.

Finally, the maintenance and monthly upkeep on the Hard Water Bullet 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 softer.
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 installation.

Final Verdict

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.