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Culligan Salt-Free Water Softening Treatment


Facts about a Salt-Free Water Treatment System for Hard Water Problems

Many companies promote salt-free water softener devices like magnets and magic beads as alternatives to traditional water softeners. But independent third-party lab tests show many of these no-salt water softeners do not deliver the benefits of soft water, nor do they reduce scale and calcium buildup in pipes and appliances. Culligan offers a full range of water treatment solutions, even for those who live in brine restricted areas.

Your local Culligan Man can recommend the right water treatment solution for you as well as educate you more about saltless water softener solutions.

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Culligan offers many salt-free options to suit your needs.

These include:

  • Culligan Soft Water Exchange Softener Service

Regeneration takes place at Culligan, so there’s no salt or discharge at your home.

  • Culligan Automatic Filters

We have a full line of salt-free filtration systems that don’t use salt, including; Cullar® Carbon Filter, Filter-Cleer, Iron-Cleer®, Sulfer-Cleer® and Cullneu Neutralizing Filter.

  • Whole House Reverse Osmosis

These systems improve water quality when some other technologies do not remove specific problem-causing minerals or contaminants.*

  • No-Sodium Softener Alternative

All Culligan Softening systems can use potassium chloride as an alternative.

*Contaminants are not necessarily in your water.


Independent Research

Laboratory tests by independent third parties suggest that magnetic water treatment devices do not deliver the benefits of soft water. Additionally, third party research has consistently concluded that these products do not work in all water conditions nor in a consistent predictable way.

Don’t just believe us, believe the Independent Third Party Researchers!

34 separate report papers indicate that physical water treatment does not work in a consistent and predictable way.

 Title: WQA Magnetics Task Force 

Army Corp of Engineers tested two magnetic (Descal-A-Matic and Aqua Magnetic) and one electronic device (Ener Tec) in 2001. The findings do not support the claims of the manufacturers regarding the ability of their respective devices prevent mineral scale formation in hot potable water systems.

Title: Demonstration and Evaluation of Magnetic Descalers

WQA determined no performance test standard for Physical Treatment Devices exists in the US for “Salt Free” devices

Title: WQA Consumer Alert 

Penn State University states there is virtually no valid scientific data to support any water treatment benefit from magnetic devices. Companies use testimonials from “hundreds of satisfied customers” to support their claims.

Title: Magnetic Water Treatment Devices 

Purdue University tested 6 unidentified magnetic water conditioning devices and compared them to untreated water. Testing lasted for 240 days. No beneficial effect was seen for the magnetic treatment devices.

Title: Quantitative Assessment of the Effectiveness of Permanent Magnetic Water Conditioner Devices 

South Dakota Magnet School of Mines & Technology tested two different classes of magnetic water treatment devices. Measurements included boiling point depression, surface tension, water conductivity and “scaling Rate”. No difference seen between raw water and magnets.

Title: Performance of Permanent Magnet Type Water Treatment Device  

Trust Your Water Softener to Your Culligan Man.

No matter which product you have, your local Culligan Man can service and repair any brand of water softener, water filter system or drinking water system. Ask about our Culligan Service Agreements for the most convenient and reliable service for your water treatment system.

Your local Culligan Man can recommend the right solution for you.

Products and Payment Plans for Every Household.

Ask about a Culligan Service Agreement to protect your investment. Professional installation and set up is included for all options.

Which payment option is right for you?


  • One low monthly fee includes all service and repairs
  • Rent-to-purchase agreements may be available


  • Combine with other home improvement expenses
  • Professional installation and set up
  • Adds value to your home


  • Little to no money down
  • Affordable payment options
  • Professional installation and set up
  • Adds value to your home