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Kenmore Elite  Hybrid Water Softener

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Reg Price: $849.99
Savings: $170.00
$679.99
Reg Price: $849.99
Savings: $170.00
$679.99
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions:
Depth (in.): 21
Height (in.): 48
Plumbing Connection: Up to 1-1/4 in.
Width (in.): 17
Capacity and Flow:_UP
Salt Storage Capacity (lbs.): 200
Water Flow Rate (gpm.): 9
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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63 Reviews Write a review
55 Reviewers (87.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Most Helpful Reviews

Praise27 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.
Criticism36 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.
 

Billybob1888

Pahrump, NV

Nov 13 , 2014
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Outstanding Water Softener

I just replaced my 13 year old Sears water softener with this new hybrid model. I removed the old softener, installed new fittings, and installed the Hybrid with no problems. I like this softener, and I would recommend it, without hesitation, to friends and family. For best performance of any softener, I recommend installing a whole house sediment filter prior to the softener.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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248jan

Novi, MI

Nov 3 , 2014
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Great Water softener

Easy to install...does a great job!!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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manzoku

Hebron, KY

Oct 23 , 2014
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A great product!

I was very happy to find a water softener and whole-house water filter all in one! The unit is small and easy to program. It cost more than the other water softeners, but much less than buying a separate water filter.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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liz9312

Monroe, NY

Oct 8 , 2014
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Works great

Very pleased with our new water softener. No problem with installation and instructions for use.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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PinkG

Clinton, MO

Oct 2 , 2014
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Water is Wonderful

Replaced an old one with this and so far is working wonderful. Much easier to deal with than the old one. So glad we picked this one.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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mischris1

Williamstown, WV

Sep 30 , 2014
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So far, SOOOO GREAT!

We had a traditional salt, Culligan, water softener for 24 years in our previous home. We recently moved and our house has an older Kenmore water softener, that we haven't added salt to in the year that we've lived here. We've always had a city water source and our new home has a well. Being unfamiliar with well systems, I did my research to see what type of water conditioning system would be best. I saw many recommendations for salt-free, but didn't know how they worked or what they did for the water. After research, we thought the typical salt softener with the added filtration system, might give us what we wanted from the well water. ****** had the 2 systems, separately, which totaled $800.00. I was intrigued to learn that Sears had this hybrid system, and it was on sale for $600. My husband installed - 2 hours total to remove and install new one (gator-bite fittings make for quick and easy plumbing!) The only thing he didn't like was the Ultra -flow valve is 1 inch, while plumbing in the house is 1/2 inch. We programmed the softener, did the recharge, and then ran the water for 20 minutes. We did not empty our hot water tank and I really was not expecting soft water the next morning, but was pleasantly surprised when it was! It's only been a few days, but we are impressed with the water softness, and the taste of our water. Have been buying bottled water for the last year, but no more!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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jkjjaj6

Plant City, FL

Sep 5 , 2014
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Great Water Sofner

I've had this water softener for a year now and it works great.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Mddong

Woodland, CA

Aug 28 , 2014
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Awesome so far

We love our new water softener. We noticed a difference in taste almost immediately from our refrigerator dispenser. Its great especially for hard water in Yolo County, CA. Look for sales and deals on this one...

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Happy55Shopper

Modesto, CA

Aug 14 , 2014
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Pleased with quality

Had a previous "deluxe" model water softener from Sears that lasted 14 yrs without any issues. Started leaking recently and repairs would be expensive, without guarantee as life of softener's are between 10-12 yrs. Just purchased the new Hybrid model, two filters (charcoal is the second filter) which we were told would make the water less chlorine tasting. This is only first week of using, but seems to be pretty efficient and we have not had any issues. Hoping this one will be as great as the previous Kenmore.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Wyatt5

Round Rock, TX

Aug 7 , 2014
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So Far So Good

Relatively easy install. Disappointed that the water valve was not the same spacing as the prior Sears water softner that it replaced. Needed to replume to install. Had to download manual to program all the features. Water quality is good to excellent. Spouse would only drink bottled water but now enjoys tap water as well. Due to dual Salt/Potassium modes we've switched to using the KCl mode which will allow watering of plants and is more beneficial for us. Will have to wait to see if carbon filtering lasts as stated. Based on the hardness of 12 grains in our area and our water usage the filtering should only last 5 years before it needs replacing.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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