Review – Whirlpool WHES30 30,000 Grain Water Softener

Whirlpool WHES30 water softener is ideal for a household with up to 4 people that require a moderate amount of water. The softener removes up to 8 ppm of clear water (ferrous) iron. NSF Certification ensures you have a product that meets the rigorous standards of the National Sanitation Foundation. This means that your device will be free of hard water effects like staining on pipes and faucets.

Low salt light technology automatically calculates how much salt and water is required to regenerate and only use what is necessary, resulting in significant salt and water savings.

Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit is designed in such a way that anyone with basic knowledge of tools can install the appliance with ease. This reduces the plumber’s cost. Additionally, Whirlpool offers Full Parts and Labor Warranty on WHES30 for 1 year on the purchase which can be extended to a lifetime warranty. 

Features Highlights

  • Demand Initiated Regeneration system constantly monitors your water usage and only regenerates when needed.
  • Water Flow Indicator is useful in pointing out potential water leaks.
  • WHES30’s high flow water valve is designed to connect to plumbing up to 1” in diameter, making this water softener universal.
  • Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit makes the installation of the WHES30 possible without the help of a plumber
  • Full Parts and Labor Warranty covers 1-year full parts and labor, 3-year electronics, and 10-year tank warranty.
  • NSF Certification ensures this product has undergone extensive testing and complies with the NSF’s safety standards.


  • Dimensions: 19x18x43 inches
  • Weight: 102 pounds
  • Grain Size: 30,000
  • Flow Rate: 7 GPM
  • Maximum hardness filtering capacity: 95 grains per gallon
  • Iron filtering capacity: 8 parts per million
  • Included Components: Softener system, bypass valve, installation kit, instruction manual
  • Batteries Required: No
  • Warranty Description: 1-year parts and labor

Electrical Requirements

110/120 Volts. AC. 24 Volt Transformer Included

Detailed Breakdown

1. Ease of use

Whirlpool WHES30 is easy to set up, thanks to its Do-It-Yourself Installation Kit. After the installation, the product is easy to use and maintain. This feature makes it incredibly useful for a family with children. The product requires very little effort to maintain which helps you cut back on your plumber’s cost. All you need to take note of is the salt level. If the low-salt light turns on, just refill the salt and voila! You’re good to go. 

Note that the decomposition of salt can sometimes form a salt bridge which makes the formation of brine solution difficult. A few taps on several points will break it.

2. Value for Money

Whirlpool WHES30 is a single-tank traditional water softener that doesn’t break your bank. The value for this 30,000 grain’s filter can be considered average compared to other filters of similar capacity.

Along with that, the labor and parts warranty for 1 year with options to increase it to life definitely makes the product worth it.

3. Major Application

Although the manufacturers claim the product’s capacity to be for more than 4 people, we found that to be far less.

Its mid-range filtering capacity will be most economical for homes or offices with 4 or fewer people. 

Whirlpool 30,000 Grain removes most of the salt after it rinses the resin. However, the salt is not completely removed which might be a major drawback for people with high blood pressure or cardiac issues.

Using potassium chloride as salt will take care of the issue, but using this salt instead of the usual one will set you back a few hundred dollars annually.

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
  • Does not leave any trace of minerals after the softening process
  • ‘Sixth-sense’ and demand-initiated salt-saving technology
  • Low-salt light
  • Brand Value
  • Single-tank design
  • Not ideal for homes with more than four people
  • Some issues with split tanks
  • Broken displays and leaky bypass valves in some cases
  • Not completely removed salt might be a major drawback for some people


FAQs About Whirlpool 30,000 Grain Water Softener

The short answer is yes. However, the presence of rain, direct light or excessive humidity will alter the rate, purity and overall effectiveness of the device. Therefore, we recommend you install it in a safe place where these elements do not directly affect the filter.

No, Thanks to the detailed instruction manuals, Whirlpool softener is relatively easy to install and configure. Even if you are not a DIY guy, you should be able to pull this off as long as you own the necessary tools which are a simple wrench and a screwdriver.

However, you are advised to consult a professional in case you have issues with the plumbing system.

Additionally, issues with split tanks, broken displays and leaky bypass valves are covered by the warranty, so feel free to call customer service for free assistance.

The hassle-free way to extend a 1-year warranty is to order three bottles of Whirlpool Water Softener Cleanser annually. This will get you a one-year part and labor warranty extension.

The Whirlpool WHES30 model is eligible for a 10-year warranty if you’re willing to have Whirlpool arrange for the installation. Ask with the sales and installation agent and they will happily assist you to extend your warranty.

Our Verdict

Low salt light, smart technology and daily tracking of water usage are some of the features Whirlpool 30,000 Grain shares with other expensive models. This lets the device to generate per the needs of its filtering capacity.

For a family or office of four or fewer, Whirlpool 30,000 grain will be an economical, durable and comfortable drinking water solution.

Overall, Whirlpool WHES30 might not be the most impressive device for its capacity, but it has the perfect blend of features available at its price point.