Best High Pressure Showerhead: A Buyers Guide

best high pressure shower headHave you ever been to a hotel whose showers are so cool that you end up forgetting all about time and overstay? You totally forget about a meeting you were getting ready for, because their showers are quite an experience?  Or maybe, that family friend you had paid a week-long visit but you made it three days because their showers were uhm… pathetic? Well, a nice shower is some type of massage itself. It soothes, it makes you relax and even after a hectic day you’ll feel fresh. But if you have a bogus shower, then you’ll feel more wasted, especially if the shower has low pressure.

That’s where shower heads come in. What is a shower head?

This is a perforated nozzle that distributes water over a solid angle aimed at a given body. Without the shower head, the water from that pipe is running just like a tap, you can only use it to wash hands and not bathing.

There are different types of shower heads; Fixed shower heads, shower handsets (hand-set shower faucets), adjustable shower heads and shower panels.

And why do you need a shower head?

  1. Like we said, it helps the water from the pipe cover a large area of you when bathing.
  2. It saves water, by distributing it equally on your body consistently.
  3. It saves time. Taking a shower with the help of a shower head saves time, rather than scooping or using a bath-tub.
  4. It’s enjoyable. Some shower heads offer more than just a shower, as some give massaging sprays.

Sometimes, water in the region is coming at a very low pressure. You will in turn waste so much time in the shower room, having the shower will mean you work hard to clean your body, you will use so much water and at the end of the day electricity and water bills will be high. A good shower should have high pressure, the water should strongly land on your body. A high water pressure helps you have a better bath, wash easily, and of course that saves water and electricity bills as it is fast.

A high pressure shower head intensifies the water pressure of your shower. That’s its main purpose. How does it achieve this? It does it by two means- having a pressure chamber that forces the water out faster or having fewer holes for the water to come out.

So, besides high pressure, what else does the best shower head have? Which is the best shower head to begin with? We’ll take a look at five of the best high pressure shower heads. But, what should you consider when choosing the best high pressure shower head for your shower room? Consider;

  1. Size- The bigger the radius of the shower head the wider the water coverage on your body during shower time. However, you still look at the space in your shower room, does it fit?
  2. Quality- Well, we always want the best of the best. Given a choice, nobody goes for something that is second option, but something well-made.
  • Flow Rate- Most high pressure shower heads have a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.
  1. Installation in relation to your shower room. Will it fit? Some shower heads are designed to be wall-mounted while others are designed to be mounted on the ceiling. Pick one that fits your shower room plumbing.
  2. Style- High pressure shower heads are luxuriously designed, from modern to classic. There’s also a wide range of colours to choose from, giving you room to choose what will fit in well with the colour of your shower room.
  3. Price- Of course, it has to be affordable. Are you able and willing to pay the amount of money needed for the shower head?
  • Warranty- You should also look at the warranty of the shower head. Is it one year? Is it a lifetime limited warranty?

They include;

  1. Speakman S-2252
  2. Delta 75152
  3. Speakman S-2005 HB
  4. Speakman S-2251
  5. Culligan WSH-C124
  6. Vida Alegria 5-inch Spashower 5+ High pressure 2.5 GPM Shower head
  7. A-Flow Shower Head.
  8. Waterpik ASD 844 AquaScape Showerhead.
  9. Rainfall High Pressure Hotel Spa Shower Head.
  10. Fire Hydrant Spa Plaza Massager Shower Head in Chrome
  11. Waterpik SM-421
  12. Neptune Dual Shower-head, Chrome.

Let’s look at them, one after the other.

Best High pressure showerhead overall

  1. Speakman S-2252.

This is the best high pressure shower head overall. Here is why;

  • Speakman has a notable feature of the rotating handle. No other showerhead has that feature, and this places Speakman S-2252 above the rest. Besides, it’s made of solid durable brass, which makes it last years and years to be used by different persons.

Even when the water is under low pressure, this head shower has consistent powerful spray. Besides, it has a corrosion-resistant finish.

Speakman S-2252 comes in different colors (Brushed Nickel, Oil Rubbed Brass, Polished Brass, Polished Nickel and Polished Chrome) so you have an array of colors to choose from while in size, it is smaller than other Speakman showerheads. It measures 4x 2.8x 4inches, compact enough to fit in your small shower room.

It has many pros e.g;

  • Anystream 3600 technology
  • It’s manufactured using durable solid brass, which makes it long-lasting.
  • It comes with a lifetime warranty.
  • 5 GPM flow of water
  • It has 6 adjustable jets.
  • Comes with 48 individual sprays.
  • Boasts 64 powerful water sprays from 6 fully adjustable jets
  • 6 patented plungers and 48 sprays.
  • It is available in five different finishes.
  • It is equipped with many technologies like Plunger System and Self-Cleaning Nozzles.

Cons of Speakman S-2252 include;

  • Some of its settings will make it hard for you to conserve water.

Worth to note;

  • Speakman S-2252 boasts of a 3600 technology that lets you turn the handle infinitely, and choose a specific pattern.
  • Speakman S-2252 showerhead’s self-cleaning nozzles make sure that the head shower doesn’t get clogged up with material build-up.

Installation.

Installing this showerhead should not be difficult since, it’s got a 3600 rotational feature. Additionally, it fits to all standard plumbing connections. It comes with a roll of plumbers’ tape which you should use to mount it on a wall. You wrap the tape around the shower-arm, attach this shower head and you’re set to enjoy your shower!

Speakman costs around $67 and it comes with a lifetime limited warranty.

What makes Speakman S-2252 the best high pressure shower head?

First and foremost is its quality. Speakman S-2252 is made of solid durable brass, which makes it last longer than the rest. Besides, it’s 3600 technology.

Runners-up;

Delta 75152.

This is another top notch water amplifying shower head. Just like Speakman, this one is also adjustable, although it gives you freedom to make some decisions. It’s designed in a user friendly manner with a contemporary design with four large spray holes. The showerhead has a swivel metal ball which gives the head a 3600 rotation.

 

Some of its features include;

  1. 85- 2.50 GPM flow rate. It’s a range because you get to decide how much water you will use/save.
  2. H2O kinetic Technology
  • Clog-free holes.
  1. Color- Chrome
  2. Limited lifetime warranty.

Important features to note

  1. H2O kinetic technology which sculpts water into a unique wave pattern. This gives you that feeling of using so much water even when you’re using very little.
  2. It also gives you freedom to choose the flow rate you’d like to use.
  • In-built volume control lever.
  1. Has different shower modes, basic ones being Water saving mode and drench shower mode.

Its pros include;

  • It is well designed falling under the category of Green Products.
  • Has an inbuilt control lever to handle water pressure and shower modes.
  • It has different adjustable spray settings.
  • Its diameter is 3-7/8 inches, standard for most body types.

 

It’s got some cons however, which are;

  1. It’s made of plastic, which makes it delicate, weak and prone to destruction. Hence it requires careful handling.
  2. It’s noisy. Delta 75152 when switched to water-saving mode is described as loud squealing noisy, both piercing and irritating.
  • It has less shower settings compared to the rest.

It comes with a non-electronic lifetime and finish limited warranty, where parts and finishes are warranted as long as they are free from defects.

  1. SpeakMan S-2005-HB

From the Speakman family, Speakman S-2005-HB is one of the best High pressure shower heads. First of all, it comes in four different colours for you to choose from: Polished Brass, Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Brushed Chrome. The shower head is a mix of plastic and chrome. The plastic is to have it as light as possible with a chrome finish. If the plastic was replaced by chrome then over time the water would leave stains on it. It has a 2.5 GPM flow rate.

It also has self-cleaning nozzles whose spray performance is consistent and powerful even under low water pressure. A simple rotation of the shower head’s handle results in a different type of spray, which can be intense, massage or combination spray pattern. This high pressure shower head has 5 infinitely adjustable water jets that can produce 8 massage sprays and 50 water streams.

Here are this great shower head’s features;

  • Anystream 3600
  • Self-cleaning nozzles.
  • Adjustable water jets
  • 58 customizable sprays
  • High quality material
  • Lifetime warranty

Although the showerhead has self-cleaning nozzles, you’ll occasionally be required to clean the shower head with warm water and mild soup to avert it from looking grungy after some time.

Speakman S-2005 HB has the following pros;

  • This high pressure showerhead delivers massage with 5 water jets which can create 50 different streams.
  • It is economical as it is cheap and saves water.
  • It is easy to adjust.
  • It has self-cleaning nozzles.

However, it also has some flaws. These include;

  • It’s constructed by plastic, which makes it prone to destruction.
  • Its self-cleaning nozzles need occasional cleaning.
  • Most users complained that they took a little more time before they found the best setting for their showers.

In installing this, you will just wall-mount it on standard plumping connections. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

  1. Speakman S-2251

The third Speakman product in the list, Speakman S-2251 Icon Anystream high pressure adjustable shower head is an incredible unit. This unit differs from the initial speakman release in various ways. Here are some of its features;

  • Has got 8 different adjustable jets with 64 sprays.
  • It consistently offers powerful sprays even when the water is under low pressure.
  • The shower head is made using sturdy and robust solid brass.
  • Flow rate of 2.5 GPM.
  • Also has the 3600 tech with its plunger system.

However, its beauty is in its design. Entirely made of brass which ensures a clean and durable unit that will does not corrode or even crack under pressure.

It also has different and diverse spray patterns to choose from, possible by use of its seamlessly rotating handle, thanks to the patented Anystream technology.

There are different intensities to choose from;

  • Rain setting- for a soothing feel
  • Flood setting- for a drenching barrage of thick and wet water sprays on your skin.

Speakman 2251’s Pros include;

  • It’s very easy to install and maintain.
  • Its construction of durable solid brass makes it last longer
  • It has a steady flow rate of 2.5GPM.
  • Even under low pressure, its spray is consistent.
  • Infinite rotation.

And the cons;

  • The unit doesn’t incorporate massage and pulse settings.
  • It does not have a shower arm and flange.
  • Some customers have complained that minerals do occasionally clog in the flow restrictor and this needs occasional removal.

 

  1. Vida Alegria 5-inch Spashower 5+ High pressure 2.5 GPM Shower head

This high pressure shower head is another strong contender for the Best High Pressure Shower Head. It measures 4.7 x 4.7 x 3.7 inches and has a flow rate of 2.5 GPM. It only comes in chrome-polished Nickel (with a white face). It is made of plastic, which protects it from overtime staining, unlike it would be with chrome. It has silicone jets which are easily cleaned by wiping your fingers over them. Besides, it comes with a brass connector to the water supply and a flow restrictor.

The high pressure shower head comes in high-end finishes; Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel and Oil rubbed Bronze.

It’s got settings that are so different from each other;

  1. Drenching Spray
  2. Gentle Rinse
  3. Hard Rotating Massage
  4. Mix of a &b
  5. Mix of b & c.

Worth noting are these three features about Vida Alegria High pressure shower head;

  1. It has 5 modes for its spray- power massage, pressure drench, 2 mixes, relaxing rain and drizzle. Drizzle mode is water saving, meant for water conservation.
  2. This shower head uses a solid brass joint, not like the plastic one used by many of the high pressure shower heads on the market. This ball joint gives room for a water-tight and solid attachment of the joint to the metal shower arm. This is because you can tighten it without any fear of it cracking. This can’t be achieved with more brittle plastic ball joints.
  • Alegria High pressure shower head has a flow restrictor which is easily removable and this helps if you have a low pressure problem.

This high pressure shower head is wall-mounted and like the other high pressure shower heads it comes with a free roll of Teflon tape to be used for installation. It also comes with a detailed information on how to install and how to remove the flow restrictor if need be.

What’s more, it comes with a 3-year warranty.

Pros;

  • It’s of durable construction that does not break or rust.
  • It comes with a 3-year warranty.
  • It has a long, flexible hose for showering.
  • It has water-saving features that are vital for RVs and boats.

Cons;

-It has a rather dissatisfying low water pressure that has raised concerns among some clients.

 

  1. A-Flow Shower Head.

This high pressure shower head is made up of ABS (also called plastic) which has chrome plating. This is to ensure that water spots do not permanently stain it. It comes in one colour, chrome, and measures 6.7 x 4 x 6.6 inches. A-Flow’s Shower head has a swivel ball which lets you turn the shower head in any angle you wish.

It has 5 spa-like spry modes to choose from: Massage, Mist, Aeration, Pause and Rain. To change from one mode to the other, you just turn the dial on the shower head.

  • Pause and aeration modes are designed to help conserve water. Aeration slows down the flow of water but you will still enjoy the feel-good shower experience. Pause mode on the other hand will shrink the water flow into a mere trickle.

Some of A-Flower’s high pressure shower heads notable features include;

  • Its radius. Its radius is very wide compared to other high pressure shower heads (6 inches radius!).
  • It also has a remarkably high pressure (as expected) that offers a strong shower spray and a therapeutic massage.

A-Flow provides a lifetime warranty for this shower head.

Pros;

 

  • It’s made of plastic, which doesn’t get stained by scale, and also makes it light.
  • It has a large radius which ensures wide coverage of your body.
  • It’s very easy to install and use.

Cons;

  • It’s very loud.
  • It’s easy to install and use.
  • It has a small lever so switching between functions is not easy.

 

  1. Waterpik ASD 844 AquaScape Showerhead.

One thing about Aquascape is that you can angle it towards specific body parts. It is easy to install and is budget-friendly. Besides, it’s precise, solid and robust designed for two purposes. First is to give you a decent shower head that doesn’t wear out quickly and to provide you with a way to improve and low water-pressure. If in any case your pressure gets too high, all you need to do is go to the spray settings and control the water flow to a mode of your choice. Some of its features include;

  • A pressure system that increases the water pressure to high-velocity.
  • Shower functions include massage.
  • Fully adjustable spray that has got several patterns.
  • A solid brass ball joint that connects to arm.

Its pros include;

  • Ability to increase the water pressure from low to high
  • It is solid and reliable.
  • Its spray is fully adjustable
  • It comes with different spray settings
  • It’s cheap, compared to shower heads of similar quality.

Cons;

  • Its design does not allow it to conserve water
  • A small bathroom/drain can easily flood
  • It’s made of metal, which can rust with time.

This high pressure shower head comes with a one-year warranty against any manufacturing defects.

  1. Rainfall High Pressure Hotel Spa Shower Head.

This is one of the best-selling showerheads and is really a bargain. It’s a stainless steel high pressure shower head. Rainfall high pressure spa shower head is attached to a convenient swivel metal ball which makes it easy to maneuver it to your desired position.

It has a length of 6 inches and a flow rate of 2.5 GPM. Its soothing touch resembles that of a soft rainfall. Measuring 6 x 6 x 3.2 inches, the high pressure shower head has a chrome finishing. It can be disassembled to clean the nozzles.

Important features to note include;

  • Its spray holes are of high grade rubber which are easy to wipe calcium and lime build-up.
  • It has 57 jets to help cover you broadly during showers.
  • The rotating metal connector allows you to position the shower head in your preferred angle.
  • To install it, just apply tape on the shower arm, screw in the new shower head.

Its pros include;

  • You can disassemble it for cleaning purposes.
  • It solves hard water.
  • Luxury large 6 inches wide face which ensures wide coverage during shower.
  • Strong flow rate of 2.5 GPM.
  • Easy to install

Cons;

  • Unlike some high pressure shower heads, this one doesn’t have a self-cleaning mechanism, which means you have to clean it from time to time.
  • It doesn’t offer individual settings.

Rainfall High Pressure Hotel Spa Shower head comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and fits standard plumbing systems. With $29.99 you can have it shipped to wherever you are.

 

  1. Waterpick ASD 833 Aquascape 8-Mode Showerhead with adjustable arm, Chrome.

WaterPik ASD 833 AquaScape Showerhead has a nifty adjustable arm. What this gives you is not just a wider head with an even wider spray but also freedom to adjust the AquaScape showerhead to focus on particular body parts. This high pressure shower head is one you will absolutely settle on if you have a tight budget and you’re looking for a top quality shower head.

For your information, this showerhead has 8 modes of spray settings unlike most rainfall showers. It gives you varying spray choices from soothing sensation of warm, drenching rain to the strong pulsating massage.

Some of its features include;

  • Multiple settings that include pulsating rain.
  • Optiflow water pressure.
  • It has two massaging sprays
  • It offers you a full body drenching shower experience.
  • Its arm is adjustable, which is good for precise showering.

Its pros include;

  • An adjustable arm for precise and accurate showers.
  • A full range of settings
  • It can fit your budget, from low to medium
  • Its make is sleek and attractive metallic.

On the flipside however;

  • You might be disappointed if you use low-quality tapes on fitting as it might start leaking

 

  1. Neptune Dual Shower Heads-Chrome.

There are plenty of reasons as to why this high pressure shower head made it to this list. But mainly is its design which is luxurious and has the most advanced features you can ever find on a high pressure shower head.

Neptune Dual Shower Head;

  • Has a 3-position spray pattern from soft-spraying to full out stream.
  • Has a strong solid brass manifold which holds the head in place.
  • Swivels independently.
  • Has been certified as frustration-free.

What’s your priority when looking for a showerhead? If you’re looking for quality, durability plus variety then you will settle on Neptune Dual Shower Head. This will suit you pretty well. Why? Because the shower head is fully made of a shiny metal, which means it will be used for years going through multiple daily usages.

Using the dual showerhead can be fun as it allows two people (couples) enjoy a shower together, each person having their preferred spray. It has various settings, from soft spray that soothe your body to full blast spray that hits your body with so much pressure.

Its pros include;

  • Unlike other models made of plastic, this one won’t crack as it is made iof durable, solid brass manifold.
  • It fits in all standard shower arms.
  • The chrome that is used goes for years without wearing out.
  • It is super-easy to install.

It’s got a couple of issues too, i.e;

  • It’s difficult to rinse as it is not removable.
  • It has a very small radius, which means less coverage compared to other similar models.

So if you’re making a choice on a high pressure shower head, there are very many options. However, you need to research to know which showerhead fits your shower room. Besides, which type of high-pressure shower head do you prefer? Here is a guide to help you make this important decision;

  1. Rain Shower-heads.

Rain shower-heads provide a wide-water dispersal pattern. This is because they come with a large head. This pattern creates the feeling of a light and soothing springtime rain.

  1. Aerating shower-heads.

Aerating High Pressure shower heads give you a more refreshing sensation by mixing air with water before it leaves the shower head. These two elements create more pressure and a great sense of water flow. Aeration also creates a fine mist that you’ll absolutely enjoy. The only undoing however is that this water can cool by at most 150 after being mixed with air.

  1. Handheld shower-heads.

Such shower-heads are attached to a flexible pipe which lets you hold the shower head. The pipes can be rubber, plastic or even metallic. Hand-held shower-heads have switches that you use to start, control and stop the flow of water. They are mostly popular in Europe.

  1. Multi-setting-setting shower heads.

Mostly we have different water pressure preferences but a shower head offers only one setting. However, some shower heads offer the option to adjust the water flow and pressure to fit what you prefer. These are good in families since different people have different preferences.

  1. Multi-position shower heads.

What if you want the high pressure shower head that has qualities of the hand-held shower head but you don’t want to hold it in your hand? That’s where multi-position high pressure shower heads come in. You can angel them to fit any position you may like without worrying yourself about holding it. Your hands are free. However, constant changing of positions will cause the joints to wear out and eventually the shower head’s life span will be short compared to other shower heads.

 

FAQs.

Q: How do you remove the water restrictor on this model?

A: Use a wine opener or tweezers.

Q: What’s the difference between 2.5 GPM and 2.0GPM?

A: GPM means Gallon per Minute. Hence 2.5 GPM passes 0.5 gallons more than 2.0 GPM.

Q: How can I get the hard materials out from the shower head jets?

A: To remove strict scale brought by hard water, take off the showerhead and soak it in any cleaning water. You can use lime scale remover as it does this perfect, then reinstall the showerhead for usage.

Q: How do I install a shower head?

A: Simple. Hold your old shower and unscrew it from the shower arm. The shower heads usually come along with Tephlon tapes. Wrap that around the threads of your shower arm that comes out of your shower wall. Take the best high pressure shower head and screw it onto the shower arm. There, you’re done!

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