thing is, the guy already owns the Kinetico unit. He ain't buying a new softener. It is what it is. Why does he need to compare it to anything? Are you saying that because it uses maybe uses a bit more salt than your unit that that would be a good reason to replace it? Just how many years of use would the minuscule amount of salt use take to recover the cost of a new unit? I believe the correct answer would be forever.
I don't believe that anywhere in this thread did the OP ask for a comparison of his Kinetico to other softeners. We are all well aware of your dislike for Kinetico, you even have a space on your web site that does a nice job of slamming the unit. We all get it. If it ain't a Clack WS-1 and it did'nt come from you , then its all crap.