"This softener, whilst not the cheapest on the market, is a very good product. I found it easy to install and set up. It is fully automatic, so it is efficient on salt use, only regenerating when needed. The display shows you how much charge is left before regen, and it also tells you when it's out of salt. It comes with the plumbing kit and hoses needed to hook it up, but remember that you will need a bypass valve to provide a way around it in case of issues. The salt hopper is "dry" and at the front of the machine, making it easy to refill if it's in a kitchen cabinet like mine. My only gripe is that the lid containing the electronics kept falling off when during install and when I take the salt refill lid off, but that was easy fixed with a wee dod of Blutak."