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Total Running Costs Comparison data

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Look at this fully detailed comparison data of the

Kinetico 2020C HF™,

Harvey's TwinTec S3™ and

Ensign C-AVSM4

including salt usage, water usage and total running cost per month.



Not all Water Softeners are the Same

Key Feature Kinetico
2020C HF™
Harvey's
TwinTec S3™
Ensign
C–11AVSM4
Ensign
C–6AVSM4
Regeneration during the day with water running to drain while you are using the water, like in the shower Yes Yes Never Never
Softening process Ion exchange: non electric Ion exchange: non electric Ion exchange: non electric Ion exchange: non electric
Metering system Mechanical Mechanical Electronic Electronic
Anti-stagnation controller for nil usage periods like holidays None None Yes Yes
Automatic salt low indicator None None Yes Yes
Automatic brine tank LED light None None Yes Yes
Salt type used Block 8 kg pack Block 8 kg pack Tablet salt 10 kg bag Tablet salt 10 kg bag
Guarantee includes faulty parts & faulty workmanship 10 year 10 year 5 year 5 year
Guarantee includes fair wear and tear No No Yes Yes
Guarantee includes labour 1 year 1 year 5 year 5 year
Guarantee includes call-out 1 year 1 year 5 year 5 year
Rebuild service offered after 10 to 15 years * No No Yes Yes
Output capacity per recharge - litres 273 327 1773 864
Salt storage capacity - kg 8 8 18 15
Salt storage - days 12 12 32 20
Max flow rate - l/min 51 65 84 62
Recharges / month 80.0 66.7 13.0 26.0
Salt / recharge - kg 0.260 0.300 1.361 0.907
Salt used / month - kg 21.1 20.3 20.7 27.6
Salt cost / month - £ 19.77 19.01 13.66 18.21
Electronics cost / month 0.00 0.00 0.14 0.15
Waste water / month - litres 1533 1149 899 1797
Water cost / month - £ 2.03 1.52 1.19 2.38
Total running cost / month £ 21.80 £ 20.53 £ 14.99 £ 20.75
* Like all water softeners, expected working life between resin changes is 10 to 15 years
Based on 4 people @ 286 mg/l CaCO³      
Daily water consumption 727 litres / day
Tablet salt delivered 66 p/ kg      
Block salt delivered 93.50 pence / kg      
Electricity cost 17.6 pence / Kw      
Water cost 132.48 p / M³      
Collected salt costs 37% less than delivered salt.

Based on 4 people @ 286 mg/l CaCO³ water hardness and prices from March 2017.


Term Jargon Buster
Ensign Water Softener Non-electric water softening process. Metered water with electronic control and a salt monitor powered by a 12v transformer.
Block Salt Water Softener Non-electric water softening process. Metered water with mechanical control and no salt monitor. Powered by running water down the drain. Customer is obliged into expensive brand loyalty by a rather unfair claim that their warranty may be voided by the use of any other brand of salt that is not theirs.
Block Salt: 8Kg pack Compacted salt in the form of a single 4Kg block the size of a large house brick. Sold in 8Kg packs. Can be used in all water softeners. Easy to handle.
Tablet Salt: 10Kg bag Compacted salt in the form of multiple 1.5cm tablets. Sold in 10Kg packs with handle. Can be used in all water softeners. Easy to handle.
Tablet Salt: 25Kg bag Pre 1998 size, multiple 1.5cm tablets. Increasingly less popular due to difficulty in handling such a large size.
Granular Salt: 25Kg bag Low density salt. 1.0mm to 3.5mm crystals. Could be used in all water softeners, but is increasingly less popular due to difficulty in handling such a large size and messy in use.


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