Low-flow shower head features that go way beyond low-flow

Three ultra low-flow shower head technologies that don’t force you to sacrifice:

Speakman S-2252-E2 Icon Anystream High Pressure Adjustable Low Flow Shower Head, Polished Chrome

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  • Of course, the danger of all these new low-flow showerheads is that you’ll be tempted to linger too long in your own private Niagara. Several companies have come out with shower timers to nudge habitual drenchers.

    But this time, it will be easy to smuggle in a higher-flow shower head during a trip to Nevada, Arizona or Oregon. Or have a friend or relative in another state buy one and send it to you. It’s also likely small, independent hardware stores in other states would mail them to California.

  • Just like with toilets, the water savings you can see with low flow shower heads depends on more than one factor: current shower head water usage per minute, number of showers taken daily and average length of shower.

    The is an ultra-low-flow shower head, using just 1.5 gpm, that gets very good reviews for performance from hundreds of reviewers, as well as hundreds of comments that talk about noticeable savings on the water bills. Many say the water flow feels surprisingly strong considering the low flow setting, and it feels like a full flow shower head. Of course, as with any shower head, a lot of the user's satisfaction depends upon the water pressure in the home.

    PictureNameFlow RatePriceRating
    PictureNameFlow RatePriceRating
    High Sierra 1.5 GPM High Efficiency Low Flow Shower Head
    1.5 GPM$4.7

    Niagara Earth Massage 1.25GPM Low flow showerhead1.25 GPM$4.2
    Niagara N2915CH Earth Massage 1.5 GPM Showerhead
    1.5 GPM$4.4
    Niagara 1.5 GPM Commercial Grade High Efficiency Showerhead
    1.5 GPM$N/A
    Delta 75152 Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead1.85 GPM$4.6
    American Standard Flowise 3 Function Water Saving Showerhead1.5 GPM$4.1
    American Standard Flowise 3 Function Water Saving Showerhead2.0 GPM$4.0

    American Standard Flowise Water Saving Showerhead1.5 GPM$4.0
    Waterpik Ecoflow Fixed Mount Showerhead1.6 GPM$3.1

  • Regular Shower Head Low Flow Shower Head Difference
    Flow Rate (gpm) 2.2 1.5 -0.7
    Average Shower Duration (min) 8.2 8.2 0
    Average Showers Per Capita Per Day 0.67 0.67 0
    Average Volume Per Capita Per Day (gallons) 12.1 8.2 -3.8
    Average Volume Per Capita Per Year (gallons) 4411.7 3008.0 -1403.7

    Many of the old shower heads use 4 gallons of water per minute. New low flow shower heads can use 2.5 gallons or less per minute–a savings of 1.5 gallons per minute.

What are the common maintenance issues with low-flow showerheads?

Low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators are viewed by PSC officials as an inexpensive way of saving energy, with a potential payback that can be seven to 10 times the modest cost of the equipment, depending on how much water a customer uses. The greater the water use, the greater the potential savings.