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Old 02-21-2011, 05:23 PM   #1
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Default Best Shower Head?

Ok...a bit off topic; however, I WAS in my garage over the weekend pulling apart a new shower head to remove the flow restrictor in a moderately successful attempt to get a good shower.

Any brands, suggestions, tips or "hot rod" ideas for shower heads? My water pressure seems "ok" - but, I can't seem to find a shower head that delivers a good shower.

the Mrs. complains she can't rinse her hair, etc. etc.

Ideas wanted - thanks.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:30 PM   #2
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Well there was this girl that I met one night in a bar, went back to my place, decided to take a shower and...

oh. wait. nevermind.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:38 PM   #3
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:31 PM   #4
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Mine use to complain about not getting the soap out of her hair. Now she complains there is not hot water after 8 minutes.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:37 PM   #5
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I really like this kind:


I first used them in the dorms in college, then have them in the house now. My concern with the big "fancy" shower heads, is that unless you have a LOT of pressure, you wont' get a strong stream, because the huge head allows the water to pool, rather than continuing to stream.

With the head above (you can even get 'em at wal-mart, I believe), there isn't really a collector on the end of it. I've never done any measuring, but I really believe that with this shower head, I actually use less water per given time of showering, because I don't have to crank up the pressure so much to get a good solid stream. a few times in the past, when I've become chilled from working outside too long in the cold, I've been able to take 1.5hr showers, and had wonderfully hot water the whole time. Whenever I'd try that before, I'd always end up getting about 25 minutes before the water would noticeably become cooler.

That's my opinion anyways.

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:40 PM   #6
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1 tankless water heater
2 rainshower overhead
3 firehose looking showerhead on main wall
4 2 showerheads on backwall both with multiple spray patterns


These make for a possible never ending shower and plenty of water to get squeeky clean ( or really dirty ) depending on the shower .


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Old 02-21-2011, 05:42 PM   #7
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There's a Seinfeld episode on shower heads. I had tried a lot of different shower heads over the years and had been disappointed in some way or another with all of them. Went on Amazon and started reading reviews. Came up with one called the Alsons Fluidics Water Saving Shower Head. The model that I bought was the 656 rated at 1.85 GPM.

This is a standard shower head. It is not hand held. No adjustments. Nothing fancy. What I liked about this one is that the spray consists of large droplets. The volume of water seems much higher as a result.

It looks like Delta is now selling the same type of shower head. They call it H2OKINETIC.

Check both out on Amazon.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:07 PM   #8
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i tend to use mine on a "mist" mode, but it seems much stronger this way, and is supposed to use less water. one thing that made a major difference for me was to have the shower head mounted higher. im 6'3'' and they wanted to mount the shower head right at 6ft. i hate bending to shower so i had them mount it higher, and now its perfect.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:33 PM   #9
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I had a bad shower valve, cut open the wall with a sawzall and put in a T with two ball valves, with the handles bent out. Best damn shower.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:30 PM   #10
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I had a bad shower valve, cut open the wall with a sawzall and put in a T with two ball valves, with the handles bent out. Best damn shower.
Can you explain this a bit more? Did you create two shower heads?
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:32 PM   #11
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Can you explain this a bit more? Did you create two shower heads?
Think about it for a moment. Surely you can figure it out.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:19 PM   #12
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My vote is for a Sirolflex. Cheap white plastic, just one mode, but a really good shower especially if you take out the water saver parts. You can get them on feebay for less than $10.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:31 PM   #13
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Understand that you may not be getting enough water through the pipe to begin with to ever be happy with any showerhead. Do you have an older home with old pipe? It might be getting clogged up. Of course, if it's copper that probably isn't a problem. Maybe someone ran an undersize pipe to the bathroom to begin with? I would first try a little redneck measuring without a shower head into a 5 gallon bucket and figure out the flow rate just to make sure.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:25 PM   #14
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Hansgrohe, pull the o ring out of it, Chicago faucet sells a commercial style head for public showers etc. Fully clean able, solid brass, costs a few bucks but you will never need another.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:30 PM   #15
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SgtRauksauff, has it right. The same Peerless shower head is available at Alson's, Walmart, Lowe's, and Mills Fleet and Farm. All around $8-10.

The following link is for one version. I think the packaging differs slightly at different retailers:
http://www.peerlessfaucet.com/produc...duct.sku=76150
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:35 PM   #16
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Take your shower head off and do a gpm flow test with just the arm into a 5 gallon bucket, mark a 2 gallon mark in it, time the fill to the 2 gallon mark, adjust to a minute. Most new shower heads deliver 2.5 gpm out of the box.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:17 PM   #17
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Love my Holiday Inn/Suites shower heads, had to buy two, one for each bath. Always get complements from those who use them.

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:34 PM   #18
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I'm not a plumber but I'll try and explain what was told to me by a plumber regarding water pressure. The further away your from the main line the less pressure you have, the closer you are the more pressure you have. If your too close to the main line then you run the risk of blowing out your plumbing fittings so they outfit regulators to houses to decrease the pressure. He showed me a diaphragm looking thing connected to the main line coming into the house. I believe he had me turn it counter clockwise a quarter turn at a time to increase the house pressure. He said you wanted to do it in small increments over a period of time so your not blowing out fittings in your house. Anyway a small turn was suffice enough to increase our water pressure to acceptable levels.

Maybe a plumber can chime in and give a more detailed or correct explanation of this.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:41 PM   #19
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I buy a cheap one and drill out the restrictor plate instead of removing it altogether. You can keep drilling in increments until it suits you. When I have moved in the past, I took the shower heads with me and replaced the ones in the house I was selling.
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