Guide to Choosing a High Pressure Showerhead

 Guide to Choosing a High Pressure Showerhead

It feels so good after a long hard day to step into a hot shower. Not a weak trickle of a stream, but one that can take the layer of the day’s sweat and stress right out of your pores.

With the price of utilities going up it doesn’t make sense to have a showerhead that uses a lot of water. You can have a showerhead and save water and money at the same time.

What is a Low Flow High Pressure Showerhead?

A shower head is considered low flow if the GPM (gallons per minute) rate is 2.5 or less. A non-low flow showerhead can use as much as 5 GPM. That’s a waste of money. The low flow high-pressure shower head mixes air with water, called aeration, to create a higher pressure than water alone.

These showerheads can use as much as 30% less water than other showerheads. That’s a big savings over the course of a year. Some models have dual settings that allow a choice between 2.5 GPM and 1.8 GPM while still enjoying an invigorating shower.

Since you use less hot water for a shower, you save on the energy bill as well.

How to Choose the Right One

First, decide whether you want a handheld or a fixed shower head. Both types are available. Prices range widely – from around $30 to several hundred- so set a budget before you begin shopping.

Choose the finish that best matches your bathroom fixtures. Chrome, stainless steel, brass, buff and much more are available. Styles are available to match your decorating tastes.

These shower heads can be ordered online from many different sites. They can also be found in local DIY centers. There, salespeople can help you choose the right one for your bathroom and your pocketbook.

If you don’t want to leave your house, look at websites such as HomeLivingStyle since they have great guides on these things.

High Pressure Rain Showerheads

Instead of a 2-4″ wide showerhead with a relatively narrow stream, a rain showerhead is wide- 9″ or more. These are engineered to use mixing air with the water to pressurize it and still save. Using only 2.5 GPM, standing under one of these you’d never know it. It’s like taking a shower in the rain.

These are available online and in DIY stores in a plethora of styles and finishes. Expect to pay anywhere from $40 to several hundred.

Use water saving bathroom fixtures in your next remodel and save on both the water and energy bill. That shower is going to feel better all the time.

Adam Guzman

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