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Kenmore  Extra High-Efficiency Water Softener

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 Rating 4.5 | 91 Reviews | Write a review
Reg Price: $529.99
Savings: $132.99
$397.00
Reg Price: $529.99
Savings: $132.99
$397.00
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Specifications & Dimensions

Dimensions:
Depth (in.): 19.75
Height (in.): 47.75
Plumbing Connection: Up to 1 in.
Width (in.): 16.5
Capacity and Flow:_UP
Salt Storage Capacity (lbs.): 200
Water Flow Rate (gpm.): 8
Product Overview:
General Warranty: 1 year limited parts and labor, 10 year limited tank
General Features:
Color Family: Gray
Household Size: 4 to 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): 32,100
Hardness/Salt Efficiency: 5090@2.5 lbs.
Operating Pressure Range (psi): 20 - 120
Regeneration Time (mins.): 125
Softener Resin (Cu.Ft.): 0.83

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Kenmore — trusted in the homes of more than 100 million Americans.

Water softener questions? Call 1-800-426-9345 for assistance.

Kenmore water softeners remove hardness minerals so you can enjoy soft water benefits, saving you time, money and more. The Kenmore Extra High-Efficiency Water Softener is the better choice for families up to 6 people and water hardness up to 45 grains per gallon.

  • IntelliSoft2™ uses up to 30% less salt and 34% less water*
  • Ultra Cleansing keeps larger particles of sediment from entering the home plumbing system
  • High-flow valve
  • Lighted LCD screen allows for easy reading and menu selection in areas of low or bright light
  • LED salt tank light
  • Advanced lo-salt indicator
  • Third-party tested and certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)

Compared to Kenmore water softeners sold since 2001

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Added on March 12, 2011

 

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91 Reviews Write a review
79 Reviewers (87.0%) would recommend this to a friend.
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Praise85 found this helpful
605Matthew
Jul 6 , 2014
Great softner
Criticism15 found this helpful
diyguy1981
Jan 16 , 2012
DIYers - Get the right connectors!

All in all, this unit is just fine for the average single-family home. If you're a Do-it-Yourself kind of homeowner (such as myself), make sure you analyze all your pipe sizings before you jump in. Sears usually sells a kit with the proper connectors to make your hook-up super easy (only in-store however), but my Sears didn't have any kits, so I did a little research....

What I found was the maker of the connectors - Falcon Stainless. For most installs, they make an absolutely PERFECT solution. It's a corrugated stainless steel tube with a 3/4" female nut on one end (for typical house piping) and a 1" female nut on the other (for the softener hookup). It was almost too easy. They also make a 1" x 1" connector as well if your house piping requires it.

So if you can't find that kit in your Sears, I highly recommend calling up Falcon and ordering their connectors. Really, even a total novice could easily plumb their own installation using them. Here's their web address - www.softenerconnectors.com

Hope this helps!

 

nilzmom

Sierra Vista, AZ

Feb 26 , 2015
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This is our second

We had the first one for many, many years. It didn't even have shelter and just kept on going. When it finally completely quit we missed that everything is easier to clean. Also were aware that in this old house it was easier on the plumbing to soften the water. The toilets used to clean up so easy but had to use pumice stone. Glad to have another, sorry we waited so long.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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pkitty

Newburgh, IN

Feb 20 , 2015
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Works well...

When our Kenmore water softener died we purchased this Kenmore to replace the other. We are very pleased with this model. Our other one did not have a light in the tank and this being in a dark garage is very helpful to have. This softener works very well and we are very pleased with the softness of our water. If and when it no longer works we will again purchase a Kenmore water softener.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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justanne

Cropsey, IL

Feb 18 , 2015
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quiet quality

I love this water softener. It shows me when the salt is low and readout is easy. Its all one unit and easy to program. I have hard water and the salt level in tank does not disappear as did my former (not a Kenmore) softener.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Beth63

Fort Wayne, IN

Jan 21 , 2015
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High quality - reasonable price

Clear information, quiet, seems efficient

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Winchester9

Ocala, FL

Jan 18 , 2015
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Soft water is so nice

This water softener is easy to install, easy to program, and works great. No need for the expensive big name units. This meets the need.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jan 13 , 2015
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not good

dose not regenerate by itself. I have to regenerate manually every time. I wished I had rebuilt my old unit. It was not a sears and it work great for 20 years. I got this one on sale but it was one of there best but it is just junk to me. I am single and away most of summer so I did not realized this was not functioning until this winter and now it is too late to get fixed under warranty, it is now 14 months old also on my old unit it had a separate tub for salt and you never had to worry about bridging salt in the tank. Every time I regenerate I have to break up the salt. I use Morton's salt pellets which always work great for me but not in this unit. I am going to try and program it for once a month generation but I will have to change it manually every spring and fall.


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muffin88

Woodstock, CT

Jan 8 , 2015
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Best water softener ever!

This is a replacement for the last Kenmore that lasted over seven years without a problem...so pleased!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Dec 16 , 2014
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Works Great When it Works

This softener works great even with iron in this area. I live in Florida where most wells have high iron content in the water. Easy install, have had it for about 3 years but it burned out the Power Adapter and Circuit Board. Bought both for about $250 from Sears parts Direct online, only place where I could find these parts. Fair enough, but the power adapter keeps blowing out every month for no apparent reason. Have bought 3 already at about $50 each. The new circuit board seems to be holding up so far. I found out that it's blowing out a tiny thermal fuse in the adapter that seems to be inadequate for this application because it happens even in cold weather or with a surge protector. WTF! As a tinkerer I managed to replace the original fuse with another 5 amp fuse from the auto parts store. Very difficult to do but so far it's been working OK but not sure if it blows the new fuse if it will also blow the new circuit board. Sears needs to address this problem because it's unfair to consumers. This system needs a sturdy power supply that doesn't blow out so often. The water softener does a good job keeping the water fairly free of those nasty orange iron stains.


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Dec 9 , 2014
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Easy install

I bought the Extra High Efficiency model to replace a previous Kenmore water softener that I used for 17 years and was still working. I chose Kenmore because I was happy with the previous one and because I became very familiar with the maintenance and occasional repairs. Kenmore parts are very easy to find and this water softener design is simple enough to do it yourself. The install was plug-and-play. I kept the old plumbing and by-pass valve, I just replaced the O-rings. If I would have used the new by-pass valve I would have had to just reposition the flexible pipes about one inch higher because of the added new adapters. I didn't see the need to do it. The set up is extremely easy. The digital display is adequate but functional (it never dims, I wonder why it was designed this way). The overall design/appearance of the tank is very pleasing. The water softener works as advertised. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Nov 12 , 2014
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Easy to install

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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