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Kenmore Elite  Hybrid Water Softener

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Reg Price: $849.99
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$699.99
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Specifications & Dimensions

Capacity and Flow:_UP
Salt Storage Capacity (lbs.): 200
Water Flow Rate (gpm.): 9
Dimensions:
Depth (in.): 21
Height (in.): 48
Plumbing Connection: Up to 1-1/4 in.
Width (in.): 17
General Features:
Color Family: Gray
Household Size: More than 6
Iron Removal Setting: Yes
Low Salt Light: Yes
Regeneration Control System: Water Meter
Salt Storage Tank Light: Yes
Water Softener Type: Salt-Based (Ion Exchange)
Power and Performance:
Hardness Capacity (grains): 31
Hardness/Salt Efficiency: 4,230 @ 2.6 lbs.
Operating Pressure Range (psi): 120
Regeneration Time (mins.): 124
Softener Resin (Cu.Ft.): .98

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Kenmore Hybrid Water Softener Improves Taste, Smell, Feel

The Kenmore Elite hybrid water softener home filter provides premium protection for your family and gives you freedom from ever changing a filter again. Whether you're tired of over chlorinated city water or live in an area with a high mineral content, this system will let you enjoy crystal clear drinking water, dishes without spots and appliances with less build-up. The softener does wonders for people with sensitive skin, too. An extra layer of carbon works to filter out impurities that a softener alone misses.

The Kenmore hybrid water softener is easy to install with minimal plumbing skills. It's easy to maintain, too. Fill it with up to 200 pounds of salt and the softener will regenerate automatically. There's no filter to replace, eliminating a maintenance hassle.

  • The Kenmore Elite hybrid water softener home filter reduces chlorine taste and odor while also softening your water and reducing scale build-up
  • No filters to replace
  • Ultra flow valve has 41% better water flow than the high flow valve
  • Large, lighted LCD display with water-use monitor and low-salt indicator
  • Automatic LED tank light
  • The ergonomic design makes it easier to add salt
  • 21 inch D x 48 inches H x 17 inches W
  • Plumbing connection up to 1.25 inches
  • Hardness capacity: 31 grains
  • Hardness/salt efficiency: 4,230 at 2.6 pounds
  • Operating pressure: 120 psi
  • Regeneration time: 124 minutes
  • Softener resin: .98 cubic feet
  • Salt storage capacity: 200 pounds

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Added on September 13, 2011

 

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47 Reviews Write a review
39 Reviewers (83.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise23 found this helpful
LargoSlade
Jun 29 , 2013
Works as advertised
This unit is replacing a previous Kenmore water softener, which has worked fine over the years. In fact, I have had 5 Kenmore softeners in different homes over the last 30 years and all have worked well. I chose this unit for the carbon filter feature. The water in the Phoenix area is not the best tasting and the carbon filter feature indeed makes a difference. I noticed one reviewer said the filter lasts one year and was unhappy. The owners manual clearly states the carbon filter is designed to last approximately 10 years. I found the unit worked great as soon as the first regeneration was completed. Unlike others, I hired a plumber to install our new Kenmore. The process was about two hours and that included the removal of our old unit. I am pleased with this softener and I expect it will be as reliable as the ones I have owned in the past.
Criticism28 found this helpful
beautyzar
Feb 21 , 2013
water softener
This water softener was supposed to work for "over 6 persons" to a house.The information never mentions how many square feet of house it softens. I have a 2200 s.f. house and there are only 2 of us and we have not had soft water since the day it was installed! I had a plumber come over and he told me that the unit is way too small for my house and that a softener of this size is made for a much smaller house. The carbon also onlylasts ONE YEAR and this was not explained to me . I am very unhappy and will not buy anything from Sears again.
 

alanls3

Peoria, IL

Mar 29 , 2014
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thrilled I got this water softener

excellent drinking water, softener works great. All my friends are thrilled with my drinking water and taking a shower is like a luxury with the soft bottled quality water. I understand taking a shower with filtered water is healthier

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jross54000

Dayton, OH

Mar 27 , 2014
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Well Worth the Money

This was a replacement for our old Kenmore water softener which had stopped working due to a cracked resin tank. I have limited plumbing skills but installed it myself in about 30 minutes, including removing the old softener (the water connections were identical to my old system). The water filtration system works extremely well - this is the first time we've drank water from the tap since we bought the house over 7 years ago. We have terribly hard water with a strong chlorine smell - with this softener, not only do we have soft water, but it tastes great and there are no longer any odors, chlorine or otherwise.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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goodheartedwoman

Cedar Park, TX

Mar 15 , 2014
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Disappointed

We are 3 months out of warranty and our water softener is leaking. We bought the most expensive water softner and are very dissapointed that I'm having to pay for repairs so soon. We will NOT be making any more purchases from Sears.


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Srinivasu

Allentown, PA

Feb 13 , 2014
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Pretty good, satisfied with the working for now.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ldschroed

San Antonio, TX

Feb 3 , 2014
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Love this unit

We installed this hybrid water softener about 6 weeks ago. The install was quite easy even if you're not good with plumbing and the results are fabulous. We're new to the San Antonio area and were not used to hard water or the heavy chlorine taste. Even with a 75 gallon water heater, it only took a few days to get soft water throughout the house and it tastes great. It did everything we wanted it to do and we'd definitely buy it again.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Grannyfor3

San Antonio, TX

Jan 30 , 2014
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Water Softener works great!!

This hybrid water softener replaces our old unit that had worked for 16 years. The hybrid system is an update to the system. It circulated quickly through the entire house. So far, we are highly please

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dkrecz

Indianapolis, IN

Dec 14 , 2013
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Kenmore water softener

This was my 5th Kenmore water softener. Purchased on line with install. The best price,service,and install. And now the best soft water. Buy this hybrid. You can,t go wrong.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Electrical1

Carlisle, PA

Dec 14 , 2013
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Great water softener!

Great features, easy installation, and works well.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Nov 28 , 2013
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Kenmore Elite Hybird water softener

I called Kenmore help line with one question when I installed this softener. I didn't see where the manual specified exactly when to add the salt to the new unit before programing the set up for the machine and such. They were very helpful and put me on the right track. Today I am to take a sample of my water to the Yakima Sears store where I purchased my softener, to have them analyze my water for hardness. (thank you Sears for providing that service free of charge for us) I will then be able to set the machine for the recommended setting for water hardness. So far the softener had been fine. After purchasing it three weeks ago and procrastinating all this time because I was afraid of going out on a limb and installing it myself, I finely installed it yesterday which replaced an old Culligan water softener that was apparently not working. The change of machines was so much easier than I expected and now kick myself for my procrastination. The water now seems to be so much better. There is no odor to the water and it seems to be not near as hard to me; kind of a milder water if that makes any sense. I asked two other family members to compare the water and they experienced the same feelings, that this softener is doing it's job. Time will tell, but with Kenmore, I have found that time does tell a positive outcome with their products. I am satisfied with this Elite Hybird Water Softener.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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JeffSilva

Grain Valley, MO

Nov 21 , 2013
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Better Instructions

This product works as stated. The family loves what it does to the water. I would have rated this product excellent if only for the instructions were a little clearer on the start up of the product. It leaves you to your own devices and that is where the trouble begins. Other than that this is an excellent product that should be in every home!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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