I've had a Whirlpool water softener at least 10 years+ and bought it at Lowe's inexpensively. Don't exactly remember the price but certainly well under $800 and they installed it. It keeps kicking along, but I do have maintenance checks on it yearly or I try to. Morton just came out with these salt blocks instead of the pellets...much easier to lift the bags and put in the softener. Where I live, the water is hard, so I don't intend to ever be without one.