You'd have thought so.
Over the years we've seen some products come and go, usually available online and the price looks really good.
But is it costing your machine?
We found the Block Salt on the left in a machine after being called out to it due to malfunction back in May 2019.
Compare the colour difference to the Kinetico branded Block salt on the right hand side!
Inside the machine we found lots of grit, brown water and sediment floating inside.
This was the cause of this particular machine to fail.
I mean imagine spending upwards of £1000 on a water softener only to see it fail because you filled it with salt 50p cheaper than you local water softener specialist can supply it at!
Earlier this year, we found another machine filled with 'evaporated sea/lake salt' blocks, again, the water inside was BROWN!
At the bottom of the salt well, we had grit, debris and floating on top was a foam.
So, we removed the Blocks of salt from a customers home and decided to carry out an experiment.
We took 2 old Kinetico Cabinets and placed a pair of each Block salt inside.
Kinetico top, Evaporated sea/lake salt block at the bottom.
Filled both cabinets with the same level of water.
Allowed to sit and dissolve, just like they'd sit between regenerations at home
Look at the foam after only a few hours on the evaporated sea/lake salt!
A few days later, we carried out a 'regeneration' by syphoning the water out, just like a machine does.
Look at the tide mark above on the 'Evaporated sea/lake salt'
The colour difference! (Evaporated sea/lake salt, left. Kinetico, right)