How can shower head resolve low water pressure issue
If your current shower head is old and you’re experiencing low water pressure when showering, replacing it with a shower head that’s built for low water pressure is the best solution.
It could also be that the shower head you’re currently using is clogged and no amount of de-clogging you do seems to restore it to its earlier usable state. In this case, replacing the shower head is advisable.
Shower heads for low water pressure are specially designed to channel water in a way that increases pressure inside the shower head, such that when you turn on the water, it pours out with greater force.
This does not increase water consumption and therefore your water and energy bills in any way. Rather, the shower head releases the same amount of water, but at a higher pressure.
In fact, you end up using less water than before because now you can rinse off product faster, so you spend less time in the shower, whereas previously, it took you longer to rinse off the shampoo and soap from your body and hair, thereby using up more water.
Shower heads for low water pressure are generally affordable. There are plenty of quality shower heads retailing in the $20-40 range, and these are as good as any shower head you can hope to get. Some higher-end models go for between $60 and $85, and there are a few that exceed the $100 mark.
Features to consider while buying the best shower head for low water pressure
Let’s now look at the specific features you should consider when buying a shower head for low water pressure. We’ll explain what each feature means and why it matters.
Some shower heads come in contemporary designs that are clearly meant for modern bathrooms. If you’re going for a contemporary look and want a shower head that complements the modern style of your bathroom, choose one of these. The Waterpik High Pressure Powerpulse Detachable Shower Head is a great example.
For bathrooms decorated in a traditional style, a classic shower head, like Speakman S-2252-BN, will blend right in with the style. If you’ve embraced a chic or eclectic style, go for a shower head made in a transitional design. Ana Bath High Pressure Dual Combo Shower SS5450CBN would be an excellent fit in this case.
The length of the shower hose determines how and where you can use the shower head. A length of 4 or 5 feet, as in the Ana Bath High Pressure Dual Combo Shower SS5450CBN and Waterpik High Pressure Powerpulse Detachable Shower Head, is ideal. But if you want even more flexibility, shop around for a shower head with a longer hose.
If the overhead shower head comes with a hose, it means you have a lot of flexibility on where you can install it, and you can install it in such a way that people of all heights find it a joy to use.
Likewise, the hose for the hand-held shower head should be long enough to allow you direct water to hard-to-reach places with ease. You should also be able to move it across the shower room if you need to bathe the kids or pets.
Again, the longer the hose is, the easier it will be to use it to rinse of surfaces around the bathroom.
The shower head face should have a diameter that is big enough to cover your entire body when showering. At the very least, aim for 4 inches. For a more luxurious shower, search for a shower head with an even wider face. There are quite a number of these, some with a diameter of 7-8 inches. A diameter that is too small will have you doing gymnastics and yoga poses to get the water to hit every part of your body.
The more settings your shower head has, the more you can customize your showers. Look for a shower head with at least 3 settings if you like variety and enjoy having your shower a different way each time. Some shower heads offer a lot more via way of settings, though. For example, Waterpik High Pressure Powerpulse Detachable Shower Head has 7 spray settings, while Speakman S-2252-BN has 6. Others have far fewer options; the Fire Hydrant Spa Shower Head Spa Plaza has 2, while the Aqua Elegante High Pressure Showerhead has only 1.
Materials and finish
Metal shower heads have an unmatched durability. For a shower head that’ll last a lifetime, choose one of these. Ensure that it’s coupled with excellent workmanship, and you’ll have nothing to complain about. Some of the top choices that are made from metal include Fire Hydrant Spa Shower Head Spa Plaza and Speakman S-2252-BN.
Others are made from plastic, and these tend to be slightly cheaper than those made from metal. The quality of plastic has to be top grade to ensure durability. The Aqua Elegante High Pressure Showerhead, for example, is made from strong ABS resin and is among the more reliable shower heads on the market. When they use plastic as the main material for making shower heads, as when metal is used, many manufacturers stick to metal fittings, e.g., the ball joint and hose, to minimize breakage and leakage.
Water flow rate
In compliance with federal regulations, all shower heads sold in the US currently have a maximum GPM rate of 2.5. So you don’t have to worry about breaking federal rules when you buy a shower head.
In some states and cities, the maximum GPM rate allowed is actually lower than the nation-wide 2.5 limit. To meet this regulation, some units have a much lower GPM rate, say, 2.0 or 1.8 (the two most common). If you live in one of these areas, these are the shower heads you want to buy.
Remarkably, a few manufacturers make different versions of the same shower head: one with a 2.5 GPM limit and one with a lower GPM rate. Aqua Elegante High Pressure Showerhead is one such product; it comes in 2.5 GPM and 1.8 GPM models.
You’ll feel more comfortable knowing your shower head comes with a warranty. Lucky for you, nearly all shower heads from reputable manufacturers do. Quite a number have a lifetime warranty, like Speakman S-2252-BN and Waterpik High Pressure Powerpulse Detachable Shower Head. Aqua Elegante High Pressure Showerhead comes with a surprising, generous 5-year return policy, which is as good as a 5-year warranty.
You can install a shower head without the help of a plumber. Many models can be installed and removed without any tools, so you won’t be needing specialty tools to do the installation. In cases where you need tools, this will be a wrench and maybe a pair of slip-joint pliers. Installation takes only minutes usually, and that includes removing the old shower head if doing a replacement.
Shower heads like Speakman S-2252-BN, Aqua Elegante High Pressure Showerhead, and Ana Bath High PressureDual Combo Shower SS5450CBN come with self-cleaning nozzles. With these, you won’t need to clean the inside of the shower head. Clean the outside part of the unit as advised by the manufacturer. If the unit is not self-cleaning, the manufacturer will recommend how to clean it, especially if it has a coat of finish that shouldn’t come into contact with an acidic compound like vinegar.
Helpful tips – how to determine low water pressure
The best way to determine the pressure of the water flowing into your home is by using a water pressure gauge. If you don’t have a pressure gauge, you can buy a high-accuracy one like this Rain Bird unit online or at your nearest home improvement supply store. Taking the reading is fairly simple. Follow these steps:
Attach the pressure gauge to the faucet connected to your water supply line. Put the gauge on top of the faucet opening and turn clockwise to tighten. Turn on the gauge and check the reading. If the pressure is within the recommended range, an inefficient shower head, shower cartridge, or pressure balance valve may be the cause of your low water pressure.
Check if there is a flow restrictor in the shower head and remove it. If there’s no improvement in pressure, check the valve and cartridge.
Slightly loosen the cold and hot water screws in the valve. Replace the lever and turn it on to check the water pressure. If the problem persists, replace the cartridge.