Looking for a water softener that can take on moderate to hard water? The Fleck 5600SXT is a whole house water softener system that can treat up to 12gpm in a 3-6 person household. The SXT is the newest model in Fleck’s 5600 lineup, and it comes with advanced features that homeowners will appreciate.
Fleck 5600 Water Softener Features
- On-demand, digital-metered valve
- Digital control head features a bypass valve and 1” threaded adapter
- Treat a maximum of 12gpm flow rates
- Treats moderate to very hard water
- Tank: 10” x 54”; brine tank: 14” x 17” x 33”
- Safety float valve included
- Weight: 150lbs
- 10-year warranty on tanks; 5-year warranty on head (with electronics)
Fleck 5600 Review
The Fleck 5600SXT features an on-demand valve with digital controls for a highly efficient water softener that can tackle moderate to very hard water. If you have between 3 and 6 people living in your household, this may be the best water softener system for you.
The high capacity resin boasts an extra-long life to reduce maintenance and upkeep costs. The 5600SXT uses the ion exchange process to remove magnesium and calcium from your water, making soap more effective and reducing scale buildup.
The great thing about this system is that it uses meter-based regeneration. What this means is that the machine measures the water you use, and then regenerates only when it’s necessary. If you’re using more water than usual, the machine will recognize this and adjust accordingly to keep up with your demands. Metered regeneration is a major step up from programmable machines that only regenerate when you schedule them to.
The 5600SXT’s digital control was built on the reliable 5600 valve. The valve comes with a generous 5-year warranty, but has been tested to last as long as 27 years.
The digital control also comes with a few neat features. The LCD display is backlit, so it’s easy to see even if your system is installed in a dark area of your home. It also features touch pad controls and 48-hour internal power backup. The controls are easy to use, and the interface itself is very user-friendly.
When setting up the system, there are a few things you’ll need to input into the digital control unit, including: system capacity, your water usage, your water’s hardness in gpm, and the time of day you want the system to regenerate.
The brine tank’s capacity is impressive. Standing at 15” x 17” x 33”, the tank can hold up to 250lbs of salt.
There’s no need to worry about overflow or overfilling thanks to the safety float and overflow drain.
As far as installation goes, the 5600SXt is DIY-friendly. If you have basic plumbing skills, you can install this unit in just a couple of hours. Just note that at 150 pounds, you may need an extra pair of hands to unpack and install this water softening system. Installation isn’t difficult and can even be done with just one person – provided you have all of the proper plumbing in place.
Like all other household appliances, it’s important to follow the installation instructions very carefully. Otherwise, you may wind up with resin in your plumbing.
- Digital control that’s easy to program and use
- Meter-based regeneration only regenerates when necessary, and can keep up with your water demands
- Can treat up to 12gpm, and work with moderate to very hard water
- Easy to install, and DIY-friendly
- Excellent warranties on tanks and head
- High-capacity brine tank allows for more water to be treated
- Long lifespan
- A lot of water is wasted during regeneration
Like all other salt-based water softener systems, a lot of water is wasted during the regeneration process. This is to be expected, but something that every homeowner should be aware of.
Fleck systems have a reputation for lasting a very long time, and the 5600 series is no different. There are many users who have been using this system for 10-15 years or more and that is why it is considered one of the best water softeners on the market. The Fleck 5600SXT earns our seal of approval, and we recommend this model to anyone with moderate to very hard water.