The latest innovations in high pressure shower heads
Does the spray coming from your shower head seem weak and leave you wanting more? Does the simple task of rinsing the shampoo out of your hair seem to take all day? No doubt, a weak trickle of a shower spray can be quite frustrating and sure isn't the best way to start the day.
If you're like most people, you want the biggest, high volume, high flow shower head you can get. One thing to keep in mind though is that the water pressure of your home's plumbing needs to provide a minimum of 55 pounds per square inch (PSI) in order for a high-flow shower head to function normally. A tester can be obtained from your local hardware store to measure the PSI of your home's plumbing. They simply screw right onto the shower arm coming from the wall. Most homes have water pressure in their shower in the range of forty to sixty. It's a good idea to know yours.
New technology has brought a significant improvement in the performance of high pressure shower heads. In light of new "low-flow" shower head regulations in many areas, manufacturers have begun listening to consumers concerns and have developed a new generation of high pressure shower heads that optimize water flow.
What is a High-Pressure Shower Head?
Not all shower heads are considered high-pressure. Many times poor performance is simple issue of design. A high pressure shower head maximizes the water's flow through the unit which provides the user with a strong, powerful spray. Engineers at major manufacturers of bathroom fixtures have developed new patented technologies. One example would be WaterPik's OptiFLOW which was designed using 3D printer technology. They claim it optimizes and maximizes the force of the water flow, even in the most efficient models.
Pressure is More Important than Volume
When you're purchasing a new shower head, but not an entire new shower system, try and match the new head as close as possible to your current fixtures. Also keep in mind that for a good flow, volume is not usually as important as your home's water pressure.
Things to Look for in a High Pressure Shower Head
- Always study the variety of different features available along with the styles you like when narrowing down your choices. For example, many shower heads are available with multiple spray patterns, from a mist to a massaging spray at the touch of a button.
- Keep a look out for the amount of water pressure the shower head requires to produce optimum massaging results. Most of today's units can produce great massaging precipitation with low to moderate water pressure. Selecting one that's tested and proven to provide good performance even in low water pressure environments is a consideration. Some units now are even rated to save water when the home's water pressure increases. Less water means less money and it's great for areas suffering from drought. This simple efficient design can really add up to substantial savings for your budget.
- Price is another consideration when making your selection. Today's high pressure shower heads can run from less than $20 to well over $200 for name brand quality with the latest technology.