Culligan History

Culligan has been improving water for over 80 years.

The Story Behind Water Softening

Since 1921, the Culligan name has been synonymous with better water. Learn more about our innovative, exciting beginning.
1921
Early Softener
Emmett Culligan builds a homemade water softener using two coffee cans and zeolite sand.
1936
Culligan Water Company
Culligan opens in Northbrook, Illinois.
1938
Portable Exchange Softener
Culligan introduces the portable exchange (PE) water softener by innovating lightweight tanks and carts.
1942
World War II
The government asks Culligan to produce silica gel, used to dehumidify moisture sensitive equipment.
1953
Hey Culligan Man!
The "Hey, Culligan Man" concept is conceived.
1961
25th Anniversary
Culligan celebrates its 25th anniversary. Northbrook, Illinois temporarily renames itself "Culliganville."
1966
Culligan Expands International
The International convention was held in Berlin and welcomed 250 delegates from 19 countries.
1967
Drinking Water System
Culligan introduces the first mass-produced reverse osmosis water treatment system.
1986
50th Anniversary
Culligan celebrates 50 years in business.
1988
Bottled Water
Culligan made its move into bottled water for home and office, adding bottle delivery for customers.
2003
Consumer Digest Best Buy
The Gold softener sets new efficiency standards and becomes Culligan’s highest volume softener.
2008
Aqua Cleer Launched
The Aqua Cleer RO has more than 100 configurations that allow customization for most water conditions.
2010
HE Softeners and Filters
Culligan releases the the Culligan® HE, the World’s most efficient water softener.
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What Clients Say
We have worked with Culligan for 5 plus years and used a variety of their services. Each service we have been very happy with! We first used them for their water cooler service, we loved that we could have filtered water so inexpensive since we did not have that option in our fridge. When we moved we wanted to install a water softener, the whole experience was great from calling the office to get information and set up our appointment to the installation. Our install was on time, professional and knowledgeable to very friendly! We have set up a drop off with Culligan for our salt, this is a great feature for us because I don’t have to get the salt on top of groceries and kids. I have the option to have them drop it at my door or carry it in and fill my softener for me. We are looking into a water filter system in our sink and again the whole process was a great one from getting information, setting up the appointment and having someone come out. The best part was he looked at and told us every option we had and not once did I feel pushed to buy!! Never once have we been disappointed with our services from Culligan! We will be a Culligan lifer!!
Culligan Customer
Mary Lee Simoni
- Culligan Customer