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Pelican Water’s Whole House Filter & Salt-Free Softener Review

Looking for a solution to soften and improve the water quality in your large home? In this review, we’ll look at the Whole House Water Filter & Water Softener by Pelican Water Systems. This is a salt-free, whole house filtration system specifically engineered for large households.

Whether you need to remove high levels of chlorine, eliminate scaling or condition your water without removing beneficial minerals, the Pelican Water Whole House Filter (also known as the Pelican PSE1800) offers great value, amazing performance, with only a few minor drawbacks.

Large households of 4 – 6 bathrooms, in particular, will be well served by the Pelican PSE1800’s 4-stage filtration system for descaling, conditioning and filtering tap water in large homes.

Read on to learn more before you make a decision!

Pelican PSE1800 Water Filter & Softener: Overview

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Description: Whole House Water Filter & Water Softener (POE)


  • Dimensions: 19 x 32 x 59.5 inches
  • Weight: 60 pounds (approximate)
  • Max Flow Rate: 15GPM
  • PC600 Water Filter
  • NS3 Water Softener
  • Stage 1 Filter: 5-Micron Pre-filter System
  • Stages 2 – 3: Catalytic Granular Activated Carbon Media (GAC)
  • Stage 4 Filter: Pelican Media Guard – Copper and Zinc Oxidation Media (KDF-55)

Best Suited For:

  • Whole house water filtration
  • Whole house water softener system
  • 4 -6 Bath Homes
  • Indoor/Outdoor Installation

Pelican Whole House Water Filter & Water Softener Review (Full)

Highly efficient, low maintenance, and quality engineering make the Pelican Whole House Water Filter & Water Softener a top pick for improving the taste and quality of your tap water. No electricity is required to operate the PSE1800, while the 4-stage filtration system is designed for high volume use and virtually no maintenance.

Get rid of spotted glassware, slime-covered soap, filmy residue in your hair, and eliminate scaling with the PSE1800 by Pelican Water. This is a costly unit but competitively priced. The benefits to your home and water quality over several years will ultimately produce a return on your investment.

In this Whole House Water Filter & Water Softener review, we’ll examine the key features, as well as the pros and cons that you may experience if you decide on purchasing this whole house water filtration system.

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Installing a whole house water filtration and water softener is a huge task that takes time and expertise. If you don’t have experience with plumbing or water filtration, the PSE1800 user manual and directions are going to be difficult to follow.

The PSE1800 comes with all the parts you’ll need, including the mounting brackets, SharkBite connectors and a flexible pipe. You’ll need to follow the directions thoroughly, but if you have experience you’ll find the installation fairly easy.

You can expect the installation to take about 4 hours to complete. Once the PSE1800 unit is installed, you’ll need to spend some time filling and flushing the system before you can start using the water.

Water Filtration

After installing the Pelican Combo Series PSE1800, you’ll need to fill the filter and let it sit for 48 hours before using it. Depending on the hardness level in your water, it can take as long as 4 weeks to notice a difference, so test your water first [1].

The carbon media is designed to filter chlorine, chloramines, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, industrial solvents and hundreds of other contaminants that may be present in your water. The PSE1800 absolutely delivers value as a water purifier, effectively removing the chlorine to improve the taste and quality. You’ll also notice the hardness will drop a few grains.

As far as water quality, the PSE 1800 Whole House Filter is specifically engineered for removing chlorine and chloramine from your tap water. Your water will taste better immediately, allowing you to enjoy a cold glass of water, refreshing ice tea or any hot beverage anytime you like.


The Pelican Whole House Filter and Water Softener will definitely eliminate any scaling issues in your water heater, pipes, your dishwasher, faucets, and aerators. The sediment prefilter inside the NS3 Water Softener can achieve 99.6% scale reduction, which is highly effective.

With the PSE1800 installed and fully operational, your plumbing and water appliances will operate more efficiently as a result and last longer. Your dishes will finally come out clean and unspotted, and your laundry will no longer feel stiff, faded, or discolored.

Water Softener

Softening water involves the removal of calcium and magnesium ions [2] As a water softener device, you may find the PSE1800 somewhat lacking. If your water hardness is around 16 gpg or lower, however, you’ll notice a difference in the taste immediately.

The PSE1800 is a natural water softener that doesn’t use salt, so it does a good job of leaving in the healthy minerals in your water.

The Pelican Whole House Filter and Water Softener conditions your water to eliminate that slippery feel in your hair when shampooing, for example. It’s a great water conditioner that provides better quality water for your lawn, gardens, as well as improved drinking water for pets.

For high levels of hardness, however, a reverse osmosis system may be more effective. You can also explore other options for the best water softeners.


One of the really great benefits of the PSE1800 is the engineering quality and construction. It’s s well made that maintenance is practically eliminated. With its IAPMO R&T certification, as well as the NSF/ANSI 61 and NSF/ANSI 42 rating for structural integrity, you can be assured you won’t ever need to replace the PSE1800 once it’s properly installed [3].

The water filter can handle up to 600,000 gallons before it needs replacing. The water softener has unlimited gallon capacity and a lifetime warranty. As recommended by the manufacturer, the carbon filter should be replaced once every 5 years or 600,000 gallons of water usage as part of your regular maintenance, to keep your system running at optimum performance.

To further reduce the cost and ease of maintenance, the NS6 NaturSoft Softener filter never needs replacing.

Recommended PSE1800 Filter Change

  • Sediment Pre-filter: Every 6 -9 months
  • Filtration: Every 5 years or 600,000 gallons
  • Softener Media: No replacement needed
diagram of pelican water whole house water filter

What We Like:

  • Drastically reduces scaling caused by hard water
  • Produces amazingly clean, filtered water
  • Improves the taste of water
  • No maintenance required
  • No electricity required to operate or install
  • Produces Zero waste water

Drawbacks But Not Dealbreakers:

  • Not quite as effective as a water softener. In other words, you’ll find that the PSE1800 can help reduce scaling, but not as effective for removing high levels of calcium and magnesium above 16gpg.

  • Be aware that the ventilation for the sediment filter leaks. You may need to tighten the spring inside of the filter before inserting the filter media. (This is not covered in the literature).

  • Customer service is not as responsive as they should be. Considering the price you are paying, support should be more prompt.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the PSE1800 salt-free Whole House Water Filter & Softener system is designed to filter and soften water for large homes, and does this amazingly well. You can purchase either the 1-3 bathroom unit or the 4 – 6 bathroom unit for healthier, delicious drinking and cooking water in your home.

Installing the unit takes time and expertise, but is fairly straightforward and includes all the necessary parts. Quality components and engineering are evident, but defects can occur. A lifetime warranty protects the water softener unit, and quality filters minimize the need for annual filter replacement so you’ll save a lot of money on maintenance costs, compared to other brands of whole house water filtration systems.


[1] Hardness Of Water (USGS)
[2] Electrochemical removal of calcium and magnesium ions from aqueous solutions (Science Direct)
[3] NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 (

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