North Star is one of the leading brands when it comes to water softeners, and the NST70UD1 is one of the most efficient, and affordable models on the market. This model is so well-liked, that it is often out of stock, and this is a testament to how much users simply love this model.
Utilizing an LCD display, this unit is able to produce an efficiency of 5110 at 4.1 (grains/lbs. to salt/lbs.) – it’s extremely efficient.
We’ve had the opportunity to take this model for a test drive during our North Star NST70UD1 Ultra Demand water softener review. What did we think of this water softener?
- You can easily install this model by yourself if you have the loop cut and set.
- This model is very affordable, and is far better than the competition.
- Large storage capacity allows for 300 pounds of salt storage.
- Produces 16 GPM with 70,000 max grain capacity.
- Very heavy (151 pounds), so you’ll need a dolly or someone to help you move it into position.
North Star NST70UD1 Review
This unit is, by far, one of our favorites. What we really like about this unit is that when you go to install it, the process is incredibly easy. This is the type of unit that doesn’t require a professional to install it, and if you have the loop cut and set, it’s a breeze.
Like I mentioned in the “cons” section, this unit is very heavy, so you’ll need someone to help you move it into position.
Note: You can use a dolly if needed to move the unit.
Once the unit is installed, you’ll immediately notice a difference in your water’s hardness. Utilizing 70,000 grains, the unit does not cycle often and is able to produce 16 gallons of water per minute.
This means that you’ll be able to take a shower or run your faucet without worrying that there won’t be enough soft water for your usage.
Simple and to the point, this unit does have one advanced feature that I do want to make note of: an LCD screen. While not a necessity, this is a nice addition to any water softener because it tells you more about the unit. There’s no guesswork or time spent trying to figure out when you need to regenerate the unit.
The LCD screen contains the following information:
- Hardness level
- Regeneration time
- Current flow rate
- Remaining capacity
And if you’re like us, you like to know your daily water usage, which is also listed. You’ll get to see your average daily usage, and your total daily usage of water. This is great for the energy-conscious person that is trying to save on their energy bills and conserve as much water as possible.
The NST70UD1 is one of the best water softeners on the market. This unit is highly efficient, and is very easy to install. Despite its heavy weight, this unit has virtually no flaws in terms of functionality and water softening – it works great. If you’re looking for a water softener that is not only affordable but can also be installed without a professional’s help, we highly recommend this model.