What make, model and cost is the best whole house water softener ? What is your Experience ? How long have you had a water softener ? I'm looking for a Low Maintenance Soft Water treatment for my home and wanted to hear from home owners who have EXPERIENCE with whole house water softeners. Prefer something that would look nice and not cost a lot, nor waste water like a Reverse Osmosis system. I don't like the thought of drinking charcoal or salt to add to my drinking water ? I would prefer buying a water filter that may soften the water and just change filter and not have an electricity to the unit. What is your Experience ? 1. Charcoal 2. Salt 3. Marble 4. Magnet - I have read these units really does NOT work. 5. Other - ? Thank You for Your Feedback !