There’s nothing more frustrating than to check your water bill and see it has climbed up towards the level of “Holy Cow!”.
Personally I’ve been there and know loosing unnecessary money (over excessive water use) is not fun.
Luckily, there’s one thing that can definitely solve this problem. Low flow shower heads, or low pressure shower heads (whatever you want to call them).
In a nutshell, the types of shower heads that restrict water flow to enable maximum savings when showering.
Now remember, you don’t need to suffer from minuscule water pressure while being efficient. I believe you can have your cake and eat it too.
Before we go any further, there’s something you should know…
The most common cause of excessive water pressure is the removal of the built-in flow restrictor. That little plastic thing that turns your shower head from a wasteful one to a water saving one.
As we dive into this buyer’s guide, just know that I have picked the best low flow shower heads that I could find (from doing personal research). Odds are you’ll find something on this list that simply works for you. There are also chances you won’t, but you should still give it a shot to see what the current market has to offer you.
Here's MY list of Top 5 in order:
BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK
1.0 - 2.5 GPM
Low Pressure Shower Heads To Look Into
Going into this category of shower heads, you are bound to find MANY cheap options. Cheap sometimes can mean good, but other times it simply means the thing is a complete pile of garbage.
Where water saving shower heads really shine is by being simple to use. You see, unlike with other types where they give you multiple settings based on the water flow and pressure you desire… ones that are intended to be 100% energy efficient and few moving parts.
Some look so small, you’d be shocked to know they are shower heads (especially as you look at the number 1 that I picked out).
Others look impressive in size but they too, have below average water output (this is typically classified as 2.0 gpm or less).
What To Look For
There are certain attributes that you should be looking into, for example if you looked at showers heads with high outflow, one key aspects would be “water output”. Anything 2.5 or more would be classified as something that meets that criteria.
When it comes low flow shower heads, there’s a few key aspects that if you get RIGHT… the chances of your satisfaction upon using the shower head will be much greater, here’s the quick list:
- Specific Indication of Low “Gallons Per Minute (GPM)” rating. This one can be obvious because that’s the whole point with these things. Again, less than 2.0 GPM is ideal.
- Affordability. For most of us, an affordable product is what we’re looking for. While it may save you money long term, if it costs more than 100 dollars then you should think twice about it.
- Build quality matters. Try to lean towards stainless steel or aluminum products, these things will not rust in any conditions. On top of that, you can expect a much longer life of the product itself.
Alright so those are the most important things you should be looking into when comparing different low flow shower heads. One thing I’d like to point out is if the product isn’t made of 100% metal, it should not be a deal breaker. In thorough reviews mentioned below, some are plastic because user experiences have been overall good.
Hopefully this has given you a little bit of guidance, so now it’s time to see the Top 10 picks for 2019.
Low Flow Shower Head Reviewed (Top 10)
1. HighSierra FCS-100-CH
This is the grand daddy of them all in my opinion, minimalistic and water efficient… what more could you want?
You are wanting to know why I picked THIS as the #1 best low pressure shower head to buy, so I’ll explain to you exactly why.
First of all, people who have used it are really satisfied. Imagine going from a standard shower head that outputs 2.5 gallons permute and jump down to 1.5 gallons per minute.
That’s almost cutting the water pressure in half, and yes it may be noticeable when water sprays at you, but it’s something you’ll get used to.
Just by looking at it, you’ll see its made of 100% metal which says a lot about its quality. From the section that connects to your shower arm, to the actual little nozzle that all water comes from (which is actually a single nozzle)… its all metal.
The price for the whole thing is around 40 dollars and that is a bit on the steep side, especially when you take into consideration what you get as a whole (small little thing).
But don’t you worry, water savings will come your way as soon as you install the HighSierra FCS-1-CH water saving shower head.
2. Delta 52650-PK
Coming in as a close second (very close) is the Delta 52650-PK low flow shower head. This one doesn’t need much introduction, as you can see a very identical design to the #1 mentioned above.
Still, we gotta talk about it because there’s one differentiating feature that #1 does not have. Water pressure, this thing has a standard rate of 2.5 gallons per minute BUT, there’s a little knob on the side with a little hook (you can see it in the featured image). Slid this knob in and out to adjust the water output.
By default, what you’ll experience is an intense thin spray that goes WIDE across. This is done to ensure you get water coverage all over your body while at the same time being efficient.
To some a downside would be there’s no “rain-like” feel from it, but that’s not what this shower head is designed to do.
Simply put, adjustable water pressure with a soothing mist that engulfs your entire body. That’s the gist of it.
Priced at around 20 dollars, it’s one of the cheapest options you have at hand. No matter if you have high or low water pressure, this thing is designed to work perfectly in both.
3. Speakman S-2253-E15
You just gotta love Speakman as a company, they make some excellent shower heads. To my surprise, when I was going thorough research on picking the #3 on this list…
I didn’t expect to find Speakman as a brand that produce efficient products. Turns out, they do.
I took a liking in this one particularly because it works like a traditional shower head you use in your bathroom.
One thing they still kept with this one regardless of the efficient nature, is the ability to make the water feel more pressurized despite less of it coming out.
They coined the term “Anystream 360” because they are able to produce a steady stream of water into any direction and with any pressure. This in particular has a 1.5 gpm flow rate, which is exactly why its in the #3 spot.
Other things to keep in mind, such as the price. For around 35 dollars, you get the whole package with everything required for complete installation.
Last thing worth mentioning is their line-up of similar shower heads that go UP in gallons per minute incrementally (as little as .25 gpm higher).
So if this one is too low, you can easily move up to the 1.75 gpm model, or the 2.0 gpm model and then all the way up to their full pressure 2.5 gpm model.
4. Delta 75158SN
Coming in as our #4 water efficient shower head, is the Delta 75158SN. Much like Speakman above, I didn't know they made efficient models.
But pleasant surprised are always nice, let's see what this one in particular has to offer.
From first glance, it looks like a simple shower head (that's because it is). With complexity out the window, it offers two different spray settings which will determine how much water you'll actually be using.
Setting #1 is 1.5 gpm and setting #2 is 2.0 gpm, all done with the butterfly valve switch located on its side. To some 1.5 may be on the low side, but turn it towards the 2.0 setting and it could just be the right "in-between" number you're looking for.
According to Delta, you can save up to 40% compared to their other models.
Some other notable things you might like are two color options, Satin Nickel and Shiny Chrome. Regardless of color, chances are it will blend in with any bathroom.
Lastly, let's talk about the price. Because of the nature of this product, there's few moving parts and small overall size. Whichever color you pick, you're looking at costs between 43 and 48 dollars which in all honesty... are quite reasonable!
5. Grohe Relax Plus-65 Watercare
The brand Grohe is not what most in the Western world think about when it comes to showering products, but believe it or not, this German brand makes some fine shower heads. This Grohe Plus Watercare is the model from three other ones, that has the most efficient water output.
So first, let's talk about the size. The face measures at just under 3 inches wide and length is just under 5 inches, making it a very small unit.
However, don't let the size fool you as it packs a punch with with its precise nozzles. Because so much water is moving through a little unit, the 1.5 gallon per minute rate can feel like its MUCH more.
Something else that you might find useful, is the overall durability. Grohe finished its surface in a scratch and tarnish resistant coating (which they say should last for the lifetime of the product).
Other worthy mentions are its colors, you get to pick from three: Chrome, Brushed Nickel and . StarLight Chrome.
Last thing I'd like to mention is the price. German products cost an arm and a leg, but this one doesn't. For around 30-35 dollars, you can have one of these things delivered to your home.
6. Delta H20 Kinetic
The infamous Delta Faucet brand, known for making a wide majority of todays kitchen appliances. But did you know they make showering accessories too, yep and quite good ones at that.
Today we are going to talk about their H2oKinetic 75152 low flowing shower head. This is one I think most would be able to afford without an issue, because it costs less than 20 dollars. But just because it's very affordable does not mean its made cheap, not at all.
From more than 3000 reviews, it has received a solid "A" score from its users.
Where this thing really shines is in the flow rate and overall simplicity. First it has water efficient spray settings that can make it efficient. Fist one you'll choose is the 1.85 gpm setting, followed by their standard 2.5 gpm setting.
According to Delta, it will use 36% less water when under the water efficient setting.
Installation is straight to the point, requiring only some teflon tape and an adjustable wrench. Consider this one if you are on a budget!
7. Waterpik XRO-733T
Here we have Waterpik with a traditional looking shower head, I think you'll like this one. Fist of all, Waterpik is know for being a global company creating things from showering to dental products.
With many of their showering products not catered towards to water efficient, I found one model that is.
Their XRO-733T model is the one that has a flow rate of around 2 gallons per minute. Pretty much what you'd expect in design, but with slight restrictions inside to reduce the overall flow rate.
This unit has 7 unique spray settings (including Full Body, Eco Spray, PowerfulPulse Massage, Regular Massage, PowerSpray,+Massage, StandarD Power Spray, and Efficient Water Saving Trickle) giving you the user, more flexibility with showering how YOU want.
With its pulsating sprays, they claim your water gets delivered 2X stronger than other standard models.
Installation is simple requiring only teflon tape, selecting between spray settings is super simple, and caring for it is also very easy (just brush occasionally its rubber nozzles).
As for how much this shower head costs, you can expect around 30 dollars. That's quite reasonable in my book, and for its traditional styling and functionality (while saving water), its price seems just right.
8. Waterpik NSL-603T
I'd say this by far is the oddest looking out of them all. At first glance I thought it was an elephants trunk, but it turned out to be an shower head with a bendable arm. THIS, is the Waterpik NSL-603T 2.0 gallons per minute version.
If you are reading this from top to bottom, this will be the 2nd Waterpik low flow shower head on this list. As you see, they have done fairly well for themselves by providing users some options that are actually efficient and can save them money.
What you get here is an impressive 18" inch flexible neck, made of metal much like some hand shower wand hoses.
You can pretty much adjust it to your liking and it will stay there, that's one thing this one can do that most others can't. Because of its long 18" neck, you can mount it to point into any direction, so for instance if you want to feel a soothing rain shower.. you can do so with this one.
There's a 2.5 gallon per minute version identical to this, but the main difference between these two (aside from flow rate) is the price. Expect to pay around 40 dollars out the door. That to me is a pretty attractive price point, especially for what this thing can do.
9. Niagara Earth N2912CH
The Niagar Earth Massage low flowing shower head is by far, the cheapest option on this entire list. There's not much to brag about here, so I'll just simply mention what it has to offer for the very reasonable price point of 8 to 10 dollars.
This thing is made entirely of plastic, what a surprise right? While that may be the case, it is fairly durable due to the type of plastic they used (ABS).
Aside from the metal 360 degree ball joint, you can easily switch between spray settings using the front plastic dial.
The settings go from a gentle stream to a forceful and direct spray, all done at a flow rate of just 1.25 gallons per minute.
Did I say it was a small unit? Oh yes, it measures less than 3 inches in diameter and just over 4 inches in length. So much water traveling through such a small unit, you can expect finer mist but low water usage just from the design of it.
Lastly, there's two colors to choose form such as: chrome and white.
This is the cheapest low flow shower head on the market, I could not find anything that came even close.
10. Niagara N2615 Tri-Max
Coming in at #10 on my list is the Niagara N2615 Tri-Mix. While being the last on the list, it surely does not mean you should consider it the least.
After digging through its features, it turns out THIS model in particular has the lowest water pressure setting of all these on the list.
In fact, the lowest setting is 0.5 gallons per minute which is borderline unusable when bathing.
With such a low rate of water, you'd have to be a special kind of person to be using such a low setting.
But nonetheless, there are people who would and that's okay. You can get two other settings which bring the gallon per minute rate to 1.0 and 1.5 max. Not bad at all.
This thing is by no means a fancy shower head. You pay around 16-20 dollars and you get mostly plastic with the purpose of saving you water. Is it something you can live with?
That's up for you to decide.
So to sum everything up, it's quite easy to see that if you DO use a low flow shower head... you'll save money. Especially if you are a frequent shower taker.
I've covered an entire list of the 10 best low flow shower heads you should look into when you are ready to buy. While these aren't by any stretch perfect 100%, they do represent some key attributes that would place them much high in preference when it comes to saving money on your water bill and just being more eco friendly.
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