Kinetico has packed the power and ease of non-electric operation into single-tank water softener. Essential Series systems will handle basic, uncomplicated water conditions without the need for a timer, clock or computer. Thanks to its sleek, compact design, it's the perfect solution where a more robust system isn't really necessary but reliability is.

Kinetico Essential Series Highlights

Saves Time and Money

Non-Electric Operation

Kinetico non-electric operationOur hands-off non-electric systems meter water usage with watch-like precision and regenerate only when necessary, resulting in less waste and greater savings. No computers or timers to set, adjust or break. No extra strain on your electric bill either

Rapid Regeneration

Kinetico counter current regenerationOur rapid regeneration occurs in a fraction of the time it takes other softeners to come back into service.

AccuDial® For Optimum Efficiency

Specifically Designed For Your Home

Kinetico AccudialWith the patent-pending AccuDial feature, Essential Series models are calibrated to function with fine-tuned efficiency. It’s like having a water softener that’s custom-designed specifically for your home – without the custom price.

On-Demand Regeneration

Kinetico On Demand RegenerationEliminates the guesswork of timers and the waste of water, salt and electricity inherent with scheduled operation.

Essential Series® Water Softener Models

Check with your Kinetico Water Specialist to ensure you get the proper model for your home and lifestyle. Below are our more popular models but additional models and sizes are also available. "Daily Capacity" is total grains-of-hardness removal capacity based on an average of 3 demand-generated regeneration cycles per day.

Essential Gold

Dimension (hxwxd) 24"x12"x18"
Tank Size (Qty. 1) 8"x17"
Service Flow 9.5 gpm
Max Hardness (CaCO3) 42 gpg
Max Daily Capacity 10,980
Water Per Regeneration 6.6 gal
Salt Per Regeneration 0.8 lbs
Regeneration Time 15 min
Efficiency (grains per 1 lb salt) 4,574

Essential Platinum

Dimensions (hxwxd) 40"x9"x9"
Tank Size (Qty. 1) 9"x35"
Service Flow 10-15 gpm
Max Hardness (CaCO3) 50 gpg
Max Daily Capacity 15,000
Water Per Regeneration 9.5 gal
Salt Per Regeneration 1.25 lbs
Regeneration Time 15 min
Efficiency (grains per 1 lb salt) 4,000

Complete Your Whole Home System

Build the system that's right for you, adding products based on your specific needs and wants.

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Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station®

Kinetico's K5 Drinking Water Station®, our best reverse osmosis system, includes unique features and is customizable to suit your specific treatment needs.

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Kinetico Dechlorinators provide chlorine-free water to every faucet in your home, while protecting your water softener from the harsh effects of chlorine.

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Sulfur Guard™ Backwashing Filter

Kinetico's Sulfur Guard™ Backwashing Filter is an effective and easy solution for removing hydrogen sulfide (aka, sulfur) from water.

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Macrolite® Backwashing Filter

Kinetico's twin-tank Macrolite® Backwashing Filter uses a proprietary media to effectively filter water and reduce turbidity with virtually no required maintenance.

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Browse More Water Softeners

Check out other water softeners available from Kinetico. A water test and consultation with a water expert will help you decide which system is best for your water and you.

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Kinetico Premier Series® XP

With improvements that make them the most efficient, Kinetico Premier Series® XP softeners are ideal for homes with multiple or more challenging water conditions. These high-flow systems are comprised of multiple tanks, so you’ll have a continuous supply of soft, clean water. Premier Series XP systems only operate when needed, without the use of electricity, so you won’t have any computers or timers to program, set, repair or replace.

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Kinetico Signature Series®

Kinetico Signature Series® twin tank design, combined with non-electric, demand operation mean your water issues will be history. And so will any hassles or inconveniences you may have experienced with other water systems on the market. What you’ll have is an unlimited supply of soft water.

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Kinetico Essential Series®

Essential Series systems will handle basic, uncomplicated water conditions without the need for a timer, clock or computer. Available in a sleek, compact design, it’s the perfect solution for modern homeowners who are looking for reliability and efficiency.

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