Looking to purchase a Harvey water softener, but not sure which model is best? We’re here to help. This post is a Harvey Homewater review which outlines everything you need to know about this Harvey softener.
What Is the Harvey Homewater Water Softener?
The Harvey Homewater one of Harvey water softeners oldest models. Like all products from Harvey, the Homewater is a twin tank and non-electric system. This is a mid-range softener and although lacking on the technical important bits – is very cost effective for single occupants.
Is It the Best Choice for My Home?
This softener is designed for homes with 2 bathrooms, that are located in moderately hard areas. The Homewater is cost effective if you are living as a couple or single occupant. It is a cost-effective alternative to a single tank system if you have a smaller home.
The Homewater Water Softener Review Score & Rating
Summary: What’s Great About This Softener
Great Price, Available Online.
Being an older model, this softener is lacking in efficiency and quality, but is a great price if you live in a small home.
Summary: What’s Not So Great About This Softener
Not Suitable For Very Hard Water. Pressure Drops. Lower Quality.
Older water softeners have an older design. When looking at the specification, the Homewater is clear to be lacking in terms of it’s flow rate and efficiency. The Homewater is suggested to be suitable for the family home, but with a maximum flow rate of only 30-40L/min, with 1-2bar pressure drops – this system is not suitable for family life. What does this mean for you? It means that if you are using multiple water outlets at once (for example, the washing machine is on, while someone is using the shower) – you will see drops in your water pressure in the home.
Not only this, but this water softener struggles to soften very hard water and its soft water capacity per day is quoted at just 250ppm. The water in London alone is 300ppm -500ppm. This means you may not get soft water 24/7 and the system won’t last as long as other Harvey Models. A 5 year warranty, in addition to a lower efficiency in general, may leave you paying more in the long run. To ensure your softener lives a long life and can soften very hard water, we recommend going for a more up to date Harvey model, such as the TwinTec, MiniMax or HV systems.
The Technical Specifics:
- Design & Type
Twin tank, non-electric.
Size: 440 x 250x 485mm
- Performance & Efficiency
Salt usage: 350g per regeneration.
Salt Efficiency: 65%
- Flow Rate & Soft Water Capacity
Max Flow Rate: 40L/min (but results in a 2 bar pressure drop)
30L (with a 1 bar pressure drop).
Soft Water Capacity: 508L but at a maximum water hardness of 250ppm.
Min/Max Pressure: 1-8Bar.
- Durability & Certification
5 Year Warranty for parts.
- A yes for combi boilers. It has an operating pressure designed for high flow and combi boilers.
- Non-electric and twin tank. You don’t need to set any regeneration timers and it has relatively low running costs.
- 5year warranty.
- Lower Flow Rate. A lower flow rate of 30/40L/min means this softener may not have the power to provide the family home with soft water and there are noticeable pressure drops in the water.
- Lower Quality. This model was designed many years and therefore does not provide the same level of quality and longevity of the latest Harvey models.
- Will struggle with very hard water. This system’s capacity is quoted at 250ppm. This means for very hard water areas such as London (300ppm +), this product may lack efficiency. The lifetime of the internal resin depends on water hardness and hardness also affects the maximum flow rate.
- Doesn’t last as long. A shorter warranty suggests this product is not designed to last as long as other Harvey models with 10 year warranties.
- Looks dated. Although a softener belongs under the kitchen sink, the age of this product definitely shows in its design and it is bigger in size than the other Harvey models.
Price, Value & Where to Buy
The Harvey Homewater is a good cost-effective option for small homes with 1 – 2 bathrooms and a better alternative to a single tank system. However, it doesn’t have the capacity to serve homes with more than 2 occupants and you may end up seeing reductions in your home water pressure. With a lower efficiency and warranty and a price of £784, you may end up paying more than a more premium Harvey model in the long run on maintaining the system and issues in the home. To ensure your softener can soften very hard water, we recommend going for a more up to date and efficient Harvey model, such as the TwinTec Series 4, MiniMax or HV systems.
You can buy the Homewater online. We found it at East Midlands Water.
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