ABCwaters Pentair Overview


  • Salt-based system using ion exchange
  • 10-year warranty (5 years on the valve)
  • Ideal for small households
  • 48 000 grains capacity
  • The 10% crosslinked resin lasts longer than other types
  • Compact design
  • User-friendly setup
  • Practical for small families up to five people


Rated 4.2 out of 5

It’s quite clear the market for water softeners is growing. Why should you let the hard water in your pipes ruin your clothes and damage your home’s infrastructure if modern technology can give you an easy solution?

Because it’s so compact the ABCwater Pentair 48 000 water softener looks like a valuable option. After diligent testing and research, this model did end up on our best water softeners list. Keep reading to find out why.

ABCwaters Specification

  • Capacity (salt): 250l
  • 48000 grain unit
  • Weight: 53lb
  • Dimensions (Brine tank): 15” x 17” x 33”
  • Dimensions (Resin tank): 10” x 10” x 54”
  • Fleck valve flow rate: 12 GPM
  • Water consumption:7 GPM

What is Included With the Product?

In the Box

You get most of what you need for installation so you’ll have minimal trips to the hardware store. You get:

  • Clack square brine tank
  • Safety float
  • Fleck 5600sxt digital on-demand control valve
  • Paddlewheel meter

This is a complete system and it needs no batteries. If you do have questions the manufacturer is reasonably quick to respond and is willing to provide assistance or replacements within reason.

What We Liked About ABCwaters

It’s ideal when the equipment you install also helps you manage it. On this water softener, you’ll find a safety float so it will never overfill.

The design incorporates the impressive Fleck 5600SXT Digital on Demand control valve. The valve has an LCD screen with a user-friendly interface. This makes it easy for consumers to program it according to their needs.

It comes with reasonably clear instructions. Many homeowners will be able to install it themselves instead of spending money on employing technicians.

You get some great warranties on parts such as five years on the valve. While the poly-glass tank is guaranteed to serve you for 10 years. That means this is a long-term investment; you don’t have to budget for more expenses during the next few years. In the right conditions, the valve can even work continuously for longer than 25 years.

This is an upgraded product as it now contains the 10% cross-linked resin which means it doesn’t need to be replaced as quickly as other types. The ABCwaters resin comes pre-loaded which makes it easy for first-time water softener users. Getting it working takes very little effort.

Compared to many other water softening systems this is quite compact. This gives homeowners more options in terms of where they want to install it.

The capacity is practical for most families as it easily serves up to five people. You can install this instead of a larger unit that will waste water, power, and space.

Most of what you need comes in the package so all you need to get is random items such as silicone grease and your drainage hose which is unique to each setup.

Because you get a complete system chance are you can have your water softening system running the day you get it instead of making multiple trips to the hardware store.

Of course, homeowners need long-term solutions. This one is resilient to chlorine and other chemicals. That means it won’t get damaged as easily as some lower-end models, making it a wise long-term investment.

What is Missing?

It’s important to note you can’t do the entire installation by yourself. You need at least one person to position the resin inside the tank.

It’s not the cheapest model on the market at the moment either. Although it can be a good investment you should compare it to other options if you’re shopping on a budget.

It’s not extremely difficult to install this but the directions can definitely be clearer. Someone with no plumbing background can easily get stuck trying to understand some of the instructions as it lacks images.

Important tip: Even if you know what you’re doing it can take some time. Set aside a few hours for this job.

After the installation, you may find the programming a bit difficult. It’s all done on an LCD screen which is supposedly easy to understand but you may have to watch online videos to customize your water softener to work dynamically for you.

Despite this being a pricier unit the valve is plastic and not metal. This can obviously break easier so hopefully the brand changes this feature one day.

Final Thoughts

Homeowners are always looking for DIY options rather than employing technicians. You may need some assistance depending on your technical skills but overall it makes for easy installation. There’s no question that this could be the ideal solution for some families as this is the right size.

You’re also getting quality parts such as the valve unit although it would have been better if there were more metal than plastic components. Overall we’re quite impressed.

Voted 4.2 out of 5

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