Soft Water Luxuries

This is a post reviewing a really fancy new water softener. If you need one, like I do, you’ll get why I’m pretty excited to have this opportunity to try one out.

If I still lived in Boston, this post would have made very little sense to me. Soft water, hard water… who cares. But I don’t live there anymore, I live in Florida and I have lived with Florida’s hard water for almost 9 years. And I have learned this: soft water is a fantastic luxury.

If you have hard water, my guess is that you would wholeheartedly agree.

A few weeks back, I was approached to review a Kenmore Elite Hybrid Water Softener. The timing was almost eerie. Only days before (I kid you not, literally two days before I received that email), my brother and I were standing in my kitchen lamenting my water glasses. They all look a lot like this:

“You need a water softener, Caroline. If your glasses look like this, imagine what the inside of your hot water heater looks like. And your washer and dishwasher.”

I had already lost one dishwasher to hard water — calcium deposits clogging the tiny water holes, the heating element almost entirely caked over.

He went on to lecture me about how a water softener would be a great investment for the house, how it would increase the value. Hard water screws stuff up, period, end of story.

Behold my (supposed to be clear, not frosted glass) shower door and shower head:

 

Fast forward to a few days later and I was accepting this review gratefully. I was curious, too. How does this thing work exactly?

Yesterday, a VERY nice (and kind of adorable) man named Felix came to install it in our garage. It took awhile. And? It did require holes to be drilled through the garage wall to the plumbing for our hose. Yep, that made me nervous. But when he was done, it looked very fancy and ready to go… and a whole lot like an ATM (wouldn’t THAT have been a fun little extra?)… or some sort of Star Wars droid.

But I digress.

I will be reporting back in a few months to let you know how it is working out. Because, you know, I’m excited to be able to SEE what I’m drinking again. Oh and rumor has it that my skin and hair will feel softer, too. And, according to my very wise little brother, all my appliances will have a longer shot at making it through a few more years here in Florida with me.

I’ll keep you posted…

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