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How do I know which water softener to buy?

Updated: Oct 24

The difference between a 32,000-grain and a 96,000-grain water softener
The difference between a 32,000-grain and a 96,000-grain water softener

The difference between a 32,000-grain and a 96,000-grain water softener lies in their capacity to remove hardness minerals from water. Here's a breakdown of the key differences:


The grain capacity refers to the amount of hardness minerals (usually expressed in grains of hardness) that a water softener can effectively remove before it requires regeneration. A 32,000-grain water softener has a smaller capacity and is suitable for households with 1-2 people, while a 96,000-grain water softener has a larger capacity and can accommodate 4-6 people.

Water Usage

A higher grain capacity allows the water softener to treat a larger volume of water before regeneration is needed. This is beneficial for households with higher water consumption, such as larger families or homes with multiple bathrooms.

Regeneration Frequency

The larger the grain capacity, the less frequently the water softener will need to regenerate. A 96,000-grain system can typically go longer between regeneration cycles compared to a 32,000-grain system, which means less maintenance and convenience for the homeowner.

Water Hardness Levels

The grain capacity of a water softener is also influenced by the hardness level of the incoming water supply. If the water is extremely hard, a higher grain capacity system like the 96,000-grain model may be necessary to effectively soften the water and prevent scale buildup.

Professional Guidance

To make an informed decision, it's recommended to consult with Aqua-wise, a water treatment professional. They can assess your specific requirements, water quality, and household size to help you make the most informed decision. Their expertise ensures that you install the right water softener for your unique needs.


It's important to consider the specific needs of your household, water usage patterns, and the hardness of your water when selecting the appropriate grain capacity for your water softener. Consulting with a water treatment professional can help determine the best fit for your requirements.

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