The Eddy Electronic Water Descaler is a cheaper, and more environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional water softener. See how it checks out in our review.
Eddy Electronic Water Descaler
Suitable Size Home: Small to medium
Warranty: Lifetime. 12-month money back guarantee.
Dimensions: 6.7 x 1.6 x 3.5 inches
Power Usage: 5 Watts
Now it’s very important that we clarify something before we continue. This is not a water softener. It solves some of the same problems as a water softener, but it does not actually soften your water. The Eddy Electronic Water Descaler is a salt free solution to limescale problems. This means it will not change the chemical composition of your water, but it will change how your water reacts with pipes and appliances. Phew, now let’s get on with the review.
The Eddy Electronic Water Descaler emulates the job of a water softener, but does not actually alter the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) of the water. This means the healthy mineral content of the water remains. Minerals like calcium and magnesium which are good for us, but harmful to appliances, remain in the water but are not allowed to cause limescale build up in the home. This is achieved by using electromagnetism. We’ll explain this process further in the ‘Performance” section below.
The Eddy Electronic is a very attractive proposition for two main reasons:
- It is much cheaper than a conventional water softener.
- It doesn’t use salt.
First, let’s deal with the money. The recommended retail price is minuscule compared to what you might pay for a high end water softener. Add to this the fact that it doesn’t waste water regenerating like a salt based water softener does (lower water bills) and it doesn’t need to be refilled regularly with expensive salt. So, money-wise it trumps water softeners easily.
Not using salt has been touched on as a money saving reason, but there is another reason you might want to use a salt free alternative. Salt is actually regarded as a pollutant when discharged into the environment, and chloride (Cl-) is hazardous to aquatic life and agricultural crops. When water softeners discharge salt water down the drain during their regeneration process, they are adding to the strain on the local environment. For the more environmentally minded, the salt free alternative to limescale problems makes sense.
The Eddy Electronic Descaler uses electromagnetism to reduce the negative effects that certain elements found in hard water have. Electromagnetic waves are sent through the water, which target calcium, magnesium and manganese salts. These elements form what we know as “limescale”. The electromagnetic waves alter the form of these magnesium and calcium crystals, and turn them into more soluble particles that are much less likely to bind to pipes, taps, boilers and appliances in your home. By stopping these crystals from interacting with their surroundings, the threat of limescale is reduced.
It’s important to note that these minerals (calcium , magnesium etc) are not removed from the water. They are a pest to pipes and appliances by causing limescale, but they are healthy for us to drink. By altering the chemical state of the minerals and not simply eliminating them, the Eddy system does a clever job.
By not removing the minerals, the water does not actually become softer. It has the same property of soft water, in that it won’t cause limescale build up, but if you were to test it with a water hardness kit, it would have exactly the same composition as the incoming water supply.
The system is entirely electronic and runs on a 110 Volt supply. The power usage is minimal and runs at just 5 Watts. If you think about the average light bulb being rated at 40 Watts then you can see the electricity costs are small.
Installation & Maintenance
The installation for the Eddy Electronic Water Descaler is the simplest process I have come across for any device that we have reviewed here at Water Filter Answers. It really will only take 5 minutes. The unit isn’t waterproof so make sure you choose a sheltered location. It must be within touching distance of both the cold water supply pipe, and also a power source.
First, wind the wires around your incoming cold water supply pipes. You should form 2 coils like in the picture above.
Second, the power unit needs to be mounted on a nearby wall or flat surface. Ideally, this should be near a power source. There are adhesive pads provided to help with this. The red plug needs to be plugged into the red input, and the yellow cable matched to the yellow input.
Finally, plug it in and do a quick systems check. Are all the lights lit?
This system is pretty much maintenance free. There is nothing to be cleaned or changed, and I would only suggest checking that the lights are on, especially after a power cut.
Pros & Cons
|Lifetime warranty||Doesn't make the water softer|
|Cheaper than a water softener|
|Kinder to the environment|
|Keeps healthy minerals in the water|
To see how this descaler compares to leading water softeners, check out our ultimate guide.
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