When will you need a high-pressure shower head?
A high-pressure shower head effectively rinses off product in your body and especially in your hair, leaving it soft and naturally clean. You need this shower head if you worry about shampoo residue building up in the hair.
Because it takes less time to rinse off soap and hair product using a high-pressure shower head compared to a low-pressure shower head, you end up saving water.
Lots of high-pressure shower heads are self-cleaning. This means you never have to worry about the accumulation of bacteria and mold in your shower, and you can trust that the water flowing out of the shower is clean and safe.
Flow types to consider
Aerated shower heads use aerators to infuse air into the water as it flows through the shower head. This breaks up the water stream and reduces the amount of water coming out of the shower without affecting the water pressure. Because of the lighter composition as a result of the added air, the water hits your body in a gentler fashion and makes for a more pleasant showering experience.
In laminar-flow shower heads, no air is added to the water, and so the shower head delivers water in steady streams. This is the type that’s used in conventional shower heads.
Choose the best high-pressure shower head by the following features
Now, let’s dive into the specific features you should pay attention to when selecting a high-pressure shower head for purchase.
Choose the type
High-pressure shower heads come in different designs and types. Below are the most common:
Dual high-pressure shower heads – These feature both an overhead shower head and a handheld shower head. A lot of the dual shower heads on sale today use a 3-way water diverter that enables you to use both shower heads at the same time. Examples are Waterpik and AquaDance shower heads.
Handheld shower heads – A handheld shower head allows you to move the shower head to different areas of the body as needed. It’s hooked to a flexible, oftentimes long shower hose which makes this possible. This type is especially useful for bathing the kids, the sick, the elderly, and pets.
Fixed shower heads – Fixed shower heads are mounted onto the wall of the shower unit as a permanent fixture. They are generally adjustable to suit users of varying height.
Water savers – These are designed to save water and have a GPM rate that’s far lower than the set maximum of 2.5.
This is a measurement of the shower head face from where the water shoots. A large diameter such as the one in the AquaDance Antimicrobial/Anti-Clog Rainfall Shower Combo provides wider coverage and allows the water to hit you all over the body. If the diameter of the shower head is too small, you’ll be forced to move around quite a bit to get the water to hit all parts of the body.
Materials and finish
The best high-pressure shower heads are constructed from metal for lasting durability. Stainless steel is an excellent choice because of its resistance to corrosion, but brass is a popular choice too. Increasingly, manufacturers are opting for ABS, a hardy plastic with a long lifespan. Corrosion-resistant finish is added in non-stainless steel materials to enhance durability.
The more shower settings the shower head has, the more versatile your shower sessions are going to be because you can switch to different water streams and spray patterns as you desire. The average shower head will, at the very least, have 3 shower settings, but many have between 6 and 8 streams and can have as many as 60 spray patterns or channels.
If comfort is a main concern for you, choose a shower head with a textured handle. These are usually cushioned to enhance comfort during use or the texture may allow for a non-slip grip. Preferably, this should extend to the shower head holder so that the shower head can firmly stay in place inside the holder when not in use. Otherwise, it will keep slipping out.
This boils down to choice of material and quality of workmanship. Your shower head should be made from materials that won’t suffer heat or moisture damage due to the constant exposure to moist and high temperature conditions. Opt for a unit made from sturdy metal and constructed to the required quality and safety standards. In addition, the shower head should feel solid.
Shower heads are among the fixtures that allow you to transform your bathroom without running a huge financial debt. They are largely affordable, with many units going for less than $50. On the higher end of the price scale, we have shower heads selling for $130 and above. But you should be able to get a quality shower head for $45-70.
Water flow rate
The water flow rate simply indicates how many gallons of water flow out of the shower head in one minute. US federal regulations allow a maximum of 2.5 GPM for shower heads.
Some states and local governments have set the maximum allowable even lower. New York City and Colorado have set the limit at 2.0 GPM, while California has set the limit at 1.8 GPM. If you reside in any of these areas, check that the shower head you’re about to buy meets the stipulated flow rate regulations.
In the US, shower head thread size is standardized at 1/2-inch NPT (National Pipe Thread), and most shower heads are designed to fit the standard sizes of shower arms. So fitting the shower head into your existing shower arm will not be a problem.
Again, installation is simple, takes only a few minutes, and does not need complex tools or a specialist contractor to do it. You can do it by yourself.
A good shower head should be easy to clean. Some models are dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning them quick and easy. Some units are self-cleaning, like Speakman S-2251, Couradric Handheld Shower Head, and AquaDance Antimicrobial/Anti-Clog Rainfall Shower Combo. For this, you only need to clean components like the bracket, handle, and the exterior part of the shower head.
Many high-pressure shower heads come with generous warranties. A lifetime limited warranty is the norm for a lot of units. Waterpik High-Pressure Hand-Held Wand and Rain Shower Head Combo, Speakman S-2251, Couradric Handheld Shower Head, and AquaDance all have this. Some, like the G-Promise High Pressure Shower Head, have an equally good 10-year warranty. Nonetheless, few models have much shorter warranties. For example, the ANZA High Pressure Handheld Shower Head has a 1-year warranty and Luxsego Ionic Shower Head is only guaranteed for 90 days, but provides lifelong customer support.
How to install a high-pressure shower head
If replacing an old shower head, remove the old one and wipe the arm to remove any dirt.
Tape the shower arm threads with Teflon tape (included with most shower heads) to protect the threads against damage.
Insert the new shower head onto the arm and gently twist clockwise to tighten.
Turn on the water to check for leaks and adjust if need be.
If not satisfied with the pressure, remove the flow restrictor.