In this comprehensive Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain Water Softener Digital SXT Metered Whole House System review we are going to cover everything you need to know to make an informed buying decision.
The Fleck 5600SXT is a top-end Digital water softener solution but at a reasonable price. It's incredibly powerful and one of the best rated systems on the market. It has lots of features and options, but thankfully there is plenty of help in the instruction manual and also through online tutorials. But don't worry, once it's installed you'll quickly get the hang of it.
It's a comprehensive system that consists of two tanks each with their own specific individual responsibilities. This makes it quite large, but with that size comes flexibility and power, especially as it is controlled by an on-board computer that is fully programmable, and also that learns from historical use.
Fleck is a brand name of a UK company called Pentair Ltd. they employ more than 30,000 people around the world and are a truly global company. They own several other brands in the water softener marketplace, making them one of the big players and this should certainly reassure any consumer looking at purchasing a Fleck water softener.
This is also reassuring because as a global company who are bought several water softener brands, they are also at the forefront of the technology used. This is obviously because they can develop products using the latest techniques in different marketplaces simultaneously.
All this is why the Fleck 5600SXT boasts such high quality build and specifications, even down to a water softening Digital control system. Obviously this comes at a price, but its target market is for larger properties require a long-term comprehensive water softening solution.
The Fleck 5600SXT Digital Water Softener is a 48,000 grain water softener. It is also salt-based, which means that all round, it is amongst the most powerful and effective water softeners on the market.
It uses salt pallets and resin beads to soften inflowing water. This use of resin beads means that it requires regeneration to clean them. But this is not a problem because this water softener is virtually maintenance free, which means you just have to enter your settings into the control panel and then replace the salt pellets as needed.
For your money you get a main tank, a large brine tank, the softening system computer which consists of a rather cool backlit LCD display with touchpad buttons, and a 120 V power outlet.
The main tank is 10” x 54”, while the brine tank is 14” x 17” x 33”. So it's a large water softening system, but has the capacity to soften water for a large home, with more than four people and several rooms that require water supply.
In summary, the key specifications and features of the 5600SXT are:
In terms of cons around this system, of which there are only a few, installation is one of the main ones. This is not a system for a one man amateur to install. It will need two people, one of who should really be a qualified professional.
But if you can achieve this, it will take around two hours to install. The main point around installation is that you need to ensure you have to large tanks, and a nearby power supply. So preparation and planning are crucial.
In terms of location, because it needs so much space and is quite obtrusive, it's not something that can be positioned where people are often looking or walking. This may mean you need a dedicated cupboard or to block it in somewhere, or for it to be dug into a fully lined pit outside. Obviously ideally you are looking at a cupboard that exists or can be built near to where the main water supply enters your property.
For me, the best feature of this water softening system is that it has a computer operating it. Although you can enter the times it regenerates, it also learns for itself. This means it will over time learn how often it needs to regenerate and schedule it itself.
The Fleck 5600SXT is also intelligent enough to be programmed with off-peak times, meaning that it will also regenerate at the best possible times, non-peak times when you are less likely to be using water.
In terms of maintenance, you must make sure that the salt pellets are replaced as needed. You can pick these up pretty easily, and if not they are available for delivery through a range of online suppliers, but in order for this unit to work, you are going to need a constant supply of them to use.
This is a powerful system that in daily use will easily supply a family of 4 to 6 people using an average amount of water for bathing, showering and other domestic uses. As long as you have a plentiful supply of salt you will see no problems with the system and its maintenance is minimal.
The bottom line here is that if you have a larger family, of up to 6 people, then the Fleck 5600SXT Digital Water Softener is going to be the hands-free, whole of house, workhorse water softener system you need.
Should you have a larger household than this then there are upgrades to this model that you can purchase at a higher price, giving it a greater number of grains. So what ever the size of your household, the basis of this system is enough to deal with it.
Its ability to regenerate when programmed, or to learn on its own, and also to regenerate at off-peak times, make it fantastic as a virtually maintenance free water softener. All you have to do is regularly add salt, and the digital display shows you how long before you need to do this.
As we have already said, on the downside it is very bulky and will require professional or competent amateur installation. On top of that, it's a two-person job and it's safe to say we have heard stories of single people with minimal knowledge getting into a lot of confusion trying to install this on their own.
As the Fleck 5600SXT is sold by a company who are part of a larger group of related companies, you are getting a lot of refined expertise built into this system. It is without question one of the better systems on the market, with a good track record, great user reviews and can be purchased for a very competitive price.