Living in a very hard water area, I've thought about getting a water softener or alternative over the last few years, but now as I am about to have a child, the idea returns to me and it's been somewhat difficult to determine the best option with all the pros and cons, weighing out what will be most cost effective in the end, and efficient enough, etc.. I forget the name of the company, but they have been consistent over the years in putting their gatefold pamphlets (with some parallels to a Scientology-style structure in terms of how they present themselves, which I found a funny angle for your marketing/promotion) through my letter plate, and last week I got another from a different company (Harvey's).. Also wondering whether salt or saltless is preferable, electronic or not electronic.. I'm more concerned with the water for showering and washing than for drinking (I have one of those Brita jugs for that), but seems the saltless will be better for drinking tap water.. There are so many brands, it's dizzying. I've been looking at these: This one (which a plumber told me about) seemed like a serious contender.. Nuvo H2O Reviews - Don't Buy without Reading this! until I see the bit at the end that says "However, if the hardness level of your water exceeds 10GPG, I wouldn’t recommend this product because you’ll need to replace cartridges frequently." which also made me think I need to get a water hardness testing kit to determine exactly how hard the water is before deciding on anything (though in the course of writing this, I did find this very useful site which seems to tell me the hardness in my area: How hard is water in my home, had to convert GPG to PPM for UK readings, 10GPG=171.3PPM.. the hard water in my area seems to be 261PPM, meaning 15.23GPG. Ah.). I found this website to be useful in explaining the pros and cons of different approaches, but it doesn't help make the decision easy! Salt Based vs. Salt Free Water Softeners – Water Softener Guide Premier Compact Water Softener | Water Softeners From UK's #1 Brand | Harvey https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00J6ANXYU/ref=s9_acsd_hps_bw_c_x_5_w Any suggestions or advice welcome!