Rather than being a water softener, the Nuvo H20 DPHB is a water conditioner. No Nuvo H20 DPHB Water Conditioner Review would be competent unless something was said about this right at the start to make sure that an interested consumer truly understands the difference.
A water softener uses salt and filters to soften the water as it comes into the house through the main water supply inlet pipe. You can also buy water descalers that use an electrical coil to change the composition of limescale in the water for the short term.
But the Nuvo H20 DPHB Water Conditioner takes a different approach. It does not soften the water, but like a water descaler it does minimize limescale, but by passing water through a filter to render the minerals that cause limescale harmless to a certain degree.
As we have just said the Nuvo H20 DPHB Water Conditioner passes water through a filter to alter the structure of the water.
It doesn't remove problematic minerals, all it does is prevent them from forming into limescale. It does this by passing these particles through its filter, which stops them binding to pipework and appliances and then going on to form limescale.
This process is known as Chelation. It keeps calcium and magnesium within the water system, because they are healthy minerals to humans to consume, but it stops them from contributing to limescale.
So it is important to know right here that this is not a salt-based water softener, so if you have a sodium restricted diet then this will help. But on the downside, it is not a water softener, and it will also struggle in hard water areas, making it limited in its impact in some circumstances.
This is a very simple piece of kit. Basically it's attached on the main water pipe and water flows through a filter in it. It doesn't require electricity or programming, or a cupboard or a hole to put it in..
It's small, it measures just 2 x 2 x 20 inches, hanging down from the pipe allowing you to change the filter.
It has a water flow rate of 15 gallons per minute, which is plenty enough for any normal domestic use with a family of up to 4 people and normal water consumption. The water flows through 1 inch ports in the Nuvo H20, which should not affect flow rate of water coming into the house noticeably.
Each filter has a lifespan of at least 35,000 gallons. These filter cartridges are easily removed and replaced, and are a very compact design so they do not take up much space. Each cartridge has filter media called CitraCharge within it, which is a citric acid solution. This solution is sold in other products as a limescale remedy, so it's not a tailored design.
In terms of a warranty, you get a 90 day money back guarantee, and the product itself has a lifetime warranty. So you get three months to install and try the Nuvo H20 to see if it has any effect. And if you decide to keep it then you can be safe in the knowledge that if something goes wrong with it during its lifetime that you will be covered by the warranty.
Installation of the Nuvo H20 DPHB is incredibly simple and although there are cons to this system, any competent review of the Nuvo H2o should state that installation is amongst the easiest out there, with only clip on electric descalers being easier.
You basically fit it into the flow of the main water pipe into your house, just after the stopcock and before any water heater.
This easy-to-use water conditioner does not require a drain run-off, electricity, calibration and programming or any specific space to operate in. So installation is generally pretty straightforward, and a competent amateur could complete it on their own within an hour. But as always, if you want to be better safe than sorry then getting a professional plumber to fit the Nuvo H20 is ideal.
As this is a simple water filter that is fitted into the main cold water line, there is nothing else that has to be done other than change the filters. Each filter has a life of around this 35,000 gallons. Of course this could change depending on the condition of the water and how much water you use.
The average family of four users around hundred thousand gallons of water per year, so you will be changing the filter three or four times per year.
Don't expect miracles with this water softener in daily use. It won't soften your water particularly well and many people don't even notice a change in the water at all. But they do seem to report that it does minimize limescale buildup. As the filter starts to fail people do report that they noticed limescale buildup on appliances again.
Just like any water filter or softener the Nuvo H20 has its limitations, fans and haters.
On the positive side:
Unfortunately the cons can overwhelm the pros, depending on your expectations:
So it really depends what your goal is. If you live in a hard water area where your appliances, shower heads and things like that are being affected by limescale buildup, then this cheap to buy, but expensive to use in terms of the filters, water conditioner is possibly for you.
But if you don't like the thought of buying several hundred dollars worth of filters every year, and you want to truly soft water that is also filtered to remove impurities then this is not the water softener for you. At the start of this review we said that there are alternatives if you want to remove limescale, such as electronic descalers.
Which just like the product itself, this lack of clarity around its benefits makes this Nuvo H20 DPHB Water Conditioner Review frustratingly inconclusive I'm afraid. If you look around the Internet on sites like Amazon, consumer reviews for this product range from good to bad.
Basically it's got mixed reviews, with many users happy, but others wishing their chosen something completely different. Some of this may be down to people not understanding its limitations in not being a true water softener, and performance limitations because of it only being able to cope with water up to a certain hardness.
I guess the bottom line is that with the 90 day money back guarantee, and it's easy fitting, you really couldn't go wrong in at least giving it a try if you want to get rid of limescale. But a lot of that will depend on the hardness of the water in your area, and you need to do some research on whether the Nuvo H20 will have any impact on the limescale you want to get rid of.