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i need a new shower head. I want something low flow but high pressure, if possible. I'm sure someone out there has one they like....

asked Jan 17 '12 at 07:27

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I always look for the most "environmentally hostile" (tongue in cheek) shower head I can find. http://www.showerbuddy.com/ has some nice ones. Or retrofit your existing inefficient shower head: http://www.freeexistence.org/highflow.html

Note that low flow, in addition to being unsatisfying, take longer to get warm, and studies have shown that low-flow showers are correlated to respiratory illness (from the mist that low-flow tends to produce.


answered Jan 19 '12 at 20:36

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I'd like to see citations for those studies. A properly designed low-flow showerhead doesn't produce any "mist," and the low-flow showerhead I use has been very satisfying. Not all low-flow showerheads are designed with equal competence; the ones to avoid are the "misty" ones and the "pins and needles" ones that drive sharp jets of water painfully into your skin. Well-designed ones like the simple Real Goods showerhead I've been using for the past 15 years, produce a strong, satisfying shower with no mist.

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answered Jan 21 '12 at 07:35

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Consider the Speakman, which is a showerhead that you will often find in hotels and athletic clubs. I expect that this is so because, although it's not cheap, it will be unlikely to need replacing for decades, and it adjusts to make just about anyone happy with the stream. We absolutely love ours. It works exactly as it did when we put it in over a year ago.

We got ours online at Ace Hardware Outlet for about $45 delivered but I see that it's more expensive now. What I like about it is that 1) it's solid. Not much to go wrong. 2) It has a very simple control lever on the side, which again, is very solid, and quickly adjusts through an infinite range of continuously variable settings, from almost a solid, smooth stream of water, to numerous pin-prick streams that almost feel like they could take paint off.


answered Jan 23 '12 at 12:29

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It is possible! Some shower heads use adjustable spray patterns or a pressure chamber to increase shower pressure without using more water. We've got heaps of reviews of different shower heads from Rainfall to L.E.D ones at www.agreatshower.com you can check out the reviews here.


answered Feb 04 '14 at 19:56

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The most important thing is to get a shower head that has a cutoff, or buy a separate cutoff valve like this: http://www.amazon.com/Danco-89171-Shut-Off-Shower-Chrome/dp/B000JFNPJE It lets you turn the water off and on without having to fiddle with the temperature.

Get yourself wet, then cut off the water, lather up, switch the water back on and rinse. Saves a ton of water (and soap!) over standing under the spray the whole time.


answered Jul 09 '14 at 21:10

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