Water Conditioner

What is a water conditioner?

If you’re confused about the difference between a water softener and water conditioner, you’re not alone. Both technologies are used to treat hard water and remove contaminants, with each system offering advantages over the other depending on your water treatment goals.

Often called a “salt-free water softener,” a primary difference between a conditioner and a softener is that you don’t need to add salt. This is because a conditioner crystallizes minerals like magnesium and calcium instead of physically removing them from the water.


  • Both aid to protect appliances and plumbing
  • Both protect against limescale buildup, although a softener is more effective


  • Water conditioners do not produce wastewater
  • No need to add sodium to a water conditioning system
  • Water conditioners are cheaper and easier to maintain

While water conditioners do provide many of the same benefits of softener water, it is important to understand that conditioned water will still be hard. It’s just that the chemical composition of the minerals has been changed so they can’t stick to piping or appliances.

Neither technology is better than the other. It all depends on your unique situation. Our helpful water consultant will help you make the right choice for your home at no charge.

Water conditioner products

Avoid water softener maintenance with a water conditioner.

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  • Salt free solution
  • Reduces scaling
  • Protect plumbing appliances and fixtures

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Wondering how to know if you have hard water? The easiest way to find out is to schedule a no-obligation water hardness test with your local water expert, Artisanal Water Solutions.

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