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Truly Low-Flow Showerheads

Ironically, we converted our toilet to dual-flush before we switched to a low-flow showerhead. Changing showerheads is one of the easiest things people can do to save water and energy. According to the EPA, showers represent 17% of indoor water use. And it’s heated water, too.

I’d thought all this time that our showerhead was low-flow, until I realized that 2.5 gallons per minute was now the legal maximum flow for all showerheads. Truly low-flow is now 1.5 gpm. At least that was the lowest we could find at our local hardware stores.

I was worried that water pressure would be a problem, so I chose a showerhead that advertised itself as high pressure. Too much pressure, in fact. I felt like I was being assaulted every time I took a shower. I tried to get used to it for a week, and then got another. This time the pressure was more reasonable. I actually think it’s better than my old showerhead. And it was only $10.

It's a little utilitarian-looking, but it works for me.

As important as the flow rate is the off switch. With it I can warm up my water and then turn it off if I need to, without it changing temperature. I can even shut off the water while I lather up. Navy shower, anyone?

Unfortunately, now I have an extra showerhead. Does anyone like forceful showers and want to give it a try? I’ll be happy to mail it to you.


Comment from elgabachero
Time March 3, 2010 at 1:28 am

You get what you pay for. I tried one….the center of the spray is hollow and the diameter is narrow. It also plugged up in less then one month. It’s now in the local dump.

Comment from Sharon
Time March 3, 2010 at 8:40 am

Tempting. Pressure is one of the reasons I haven’t had a low-flow showerhead in a while–they’re always so limp. I might be interested in trying it–but our current showerhead is so pretty! Torn by my own shallowness.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 3, 2010 at 9:53 am

I’ll let you know if mine plugs up. But until then I’m happier with my new $10 1.5 gpm showerhead than my old more expensive 2.5 gpm. And you recognize that just because you had a bad experience with one, it doesn’t mean all low-flow showerheads are bad, right? If I’d stopped after I didn’t like the high-pressure one I would never have found the better one.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time March 3, 2010 at 9:55 am

Okay, so mine might be a little utilitarian, but there are definitely prettier ones out there. Check ’em out.

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