We had one installed by Harvey’s water softeners, and it’s been a game changer.
I looked into the drinking water issue quite a lot and found that drinking 2 litres of softened water contains around the same amount of sodium as a couple of slices of bread.
So you don’t need to have the kitchen tap bypassed, but some people prefer the taste of hard water so chose to anyway. They recommend you don’t use softened water to make up bottles of formula milk but this wasn’t an issue for us.
We have all noticed an improvement in our hair and skin, and there are zero water marks on the shower screen now, so cleaning the bathroom takes half the time..!
It’s also noticeable how much less shampoo/soap/washing powder we need to use.
When we were looking to get in installed, we had quotes from plumbers and Harvey’s, and decided to go with Harvey’s because theirs is a ‘passive’ system with no moving parts.
The system being suggested by the plumber had to be serviced every year which sounded like it meant it had potential to go wrong!