Ok...this is probably a pretty ridiculous question but here it is..
Just got the Anita which is my first and only machine. I tested the water using the hardness strips Chriscoffee supplied with the machine. I also bought extra of these.
Chris' instructions state to dip the strip in water for one second then hold the strip horizontal for 15 seconds. If the water hardness is greater than 3 grains(according to the color matching key) you need a softener system.
So first I use regular tap water. On this strip there was a big droplet sitting on the strip during the 15 second interval. It showed somewhere between 7-15 grains water hardness.
The second time I used the pur filter on our faucet. This time though I sort of gave the test strip a little shake before holding horizontal. This time the reading was right on 3 grains, maybe even a little less.
So after all that my question...is that droplet of water supposed to be there? I'm thinking it just might be and that's why you have to hold the strip level. If thats the case I have to look at how to soften my water.
...Permission to laugh, but only after answering my question...