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Ok, this has been a problem for me for years. I've researched all combined for probably 10-15 hours. I've even went so far as to find out if that shower head on the Seinfield episode actually exists. I've gotten nowhere.

So I need a for real solution. None of those lame ones in WallyMart or HomeDepot or Lowes seem to work even though they promise to give high-powered showers with little pressure.


Can someone please give me a source for an exceptional shower head that compensates for low pressure?

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dealforme said: [Q]shower head on the Seinfield episode
LOL. That's exactly what came to mind when I read the title.

Have you tried an Oxygenics showerhead? I've never used one, but people seem to like them. There was just some discussion about them in OT. There are some reviews at Amazon and Epinions.

dealforme said: [Q]Ok, this has been a problem for me for years. I've researched all combined for probably 10-15 hours. I've even went so far as to find out if that shower head on the Seinfield episode actually exists. I've gotten nowhere.

So I need a for real solution. None of those lame ones in WallyMart or HomeDepot or Lowes seem to work even though they promise to give high-powered showers with little pressure.


Can someone please give me a source for an exceptional shower head that compensates for low pressure?

DFM my friend, let me tell you the secret to a great shower.......

I have one of the best showers becaause of the pressure. My water pressure at my house is not that great.

IN the shower head itself, there is a plastic ring that limits the amount of water that comes through the shower head. Remove that plastic ring with a screw driver and you will be amazed at how powerful the shower will be.

My shower head now was about $3.00 or so (I know it was under $10, and I am thinking closer to <$5).

I looked at HomeDepot.com fpr my showerhead and it must be so cheap that they will not even put it on their site.

Be sure to check your water connection on the sidewalk to make sure it's fully open & the one at the house also. If not, you don't get much water coming through.

ccualumni said:
DFM my friend, let me tell you the secret to a great shower.......

I have one of the best showers becaause of the pressure. My water pressure at my house is not that great.

IN the shower head itself, there is a plastic ring that limits the amount of water that comes through the shower head. Remove that plastic ring with a screw driver and you will be amazed at how powerful the shower will be.



It's true, most shower heads these days come with flow restrictors, which can usually be unscrewed or pried out. Removing it won't turn a trickle into a torrent, but it definitely helps in low water pressure situations. I also found that if using a multi-pattern shower head like a Waterpik, there's usually at least one setting that feels more forceful than others.

I don't have a recommendation for the shower head, but to increase the pressure, you might want to consider one of those air charged tanks used for well systems. I am currently using one and have 60lbs pressure. This is much greater than the 25 pounds without.

It is very true what people are saying about removing the flow restrictor. I found that the flow of water out of my showerheads improved by about 75% (guestimate).

Also, I would really recommend THIS THIS SHOWERHEAD

They describe it as a 'rainfall' showerhead, but with the limiter removed, it becomes a thunderstorm showerhead.

linaka said: [Q]It is very true what people are saying about removing the flow restrictor. I found that the flow of water out of my showerheads improved by about 75% (guestimate).

Also, I would really recommend THIS THIS SHOWERHEAD

They describe it as a 'rainfall' showerhead, but with the limiter removed, it becomes a thunderstorm showerhead.Thanks for the link

don't laugh, but here's what a professional plumber did at my friend's home when he complained that he had very little pressure and low water flow in his bathroom.

the plumber took a hammer and banged on all the pipes and elbows under the house, especially near the bathtub. he was banging to loosen up all the mineral deposits that had built up inside the pipes and caused the drop in water flow and pressure. most of the deposits form on the horizontal pipes and in the elbows, and not the vertical risers. the plumber then removed the faucet aerators and shower heads from all the faucet, then turned on the faucets to flush out all the loosened deposits. the water flow and pressure increased slightly, but a couple of years later my friend bit the bullet and had the house re-piped.

banging on the pipes may lead to other problems like leaks, or it may cause severely corroded pipes to burst so do this at your own risk, but i must admit that i saw it actually worked.

I did remove the flow regulator on my shower head and found that to be very helpful. It's still not the greatest but better.

I think I might try the Oxygenics shower head although it could be another waste of money. We'll see.

Banging on the pipes could be disasterous since our house is like 70 years old. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0> But I have no doubt that replacing all the pipes would work well.

I'll have to look into the other suggestions also. Thanks for all the input guys.

Look at the speakman 2000 showerhead also. We've installed three of them and love them. It has multiple settings for the water to come out, and can be turned off by the head to conserve water if necessary while putting in shampoo ( a necessity at my mom's summer house or we run out of hot water).

If you have a older home with the orig. Galvinized pipes.They will plug up solid,cutting down your flow.They can be replaced with copper.Something to check.

fyi, Wallyworld sells the rainfall showerhead for $5 or $6. Works fine for me, I took out the restrictor

shopliftinginva said: [Q]Look at the speakman 2000 showerhead also. We've installed three of them and love them. It has multiple settings for the water to come out, and can be turned off by the head to conserve water if necessary while putting in shampoo ( a necessity at my mom's summer house or we run out of hot water).

yep, same thing at my vacation villa home in the hamptons. the house is 150 years old, so we shampoo up before hopping in the shower.

bballcards said: [Q]dealforme said: [Q]shower head on the Seinfield episode
LOL. That's exactly what came to mind when I read the title.
That would be the Commando 2000 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>

My neighbor put in a new shower with 4 shower heads, one on each side.

It's a long shot but if you happen to be in an area where the water pressure was once high, it's possible that there's a pressure regulator on the water line where it enters the house. They DO go bad after many years and it could need adjusting, replacing or eliminating.

If you don't know what a pressure regulator looks like here's a picture of the kind I've most often seen.

What would be the recommed water pressure from main pipe?
I have moved into newly built house(2004) with three stories.
Water pressure in general is not that great. The water pressure of two bathrooms on third floor are very poor.
I had complaint to builder several times, and both times they told me my pressure is 35, and the my town has restricted at 36. Does 35 sound reasonable pressure?

35 is low to me, but if thats the law then that is how it is. but i would make a call to check to find out for sure. 50- 60 is about average

Try The Incredible Head Power Showerhead.

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Edealz said: [Q]Try The Incredible Head Power Showerhead.

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I have a 100 year old house with a 100 year old calcium buildup in the pipes . I have tried several shower heads and I have to agree that this is a good unit. I hate low pressure and my skin is itchy all day if I do not get a great rinse from a high pressure shower head. This worked for me ,but for $5 , it is worth it. Try it out and return it if the issue is not corrected . I didn't remove the restrictor because I wanted the back pressure to assist but I did drill out the diameter of the restrictor hole and this was the best solution . I removed the restrictor and wasn't impressed as much as the drilling option.

I did the same trick for the kitchen sink faucet and I can now hit the cat with force and accuracy.
( * no animals were harmed in this event but some were found to be cleaner afterwards )

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif" border=0>

Edealz said: [Q]Try The Incredible Head Power Showerhead.

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Ha! This is exactly the one I used in an apartment that had extremely poor water pressure. It made a night and day difference in our showers. It was far better than more expensive options we tried. Incidentally I believe I got it at Wal-Mart for around $4-5 8 years ago.

If I recall correctly it gave a very "narrow" spray but it increased the force of the spray by 200-300%.

I've been recently in the market for new showerheads since I moved
into a new place... I don't have water pressure issues, but I
thought I would go ahead and mention my recent experience, in case
anyone does a search on showerheads, looking for information...

I found a six inch rainfall chrome showerhead from "HOMZ" or
some brandname like that for $5 and $4 at a couple different local
discount stores. (Value City, and World of Values Outlet), the
only ones those stores had like them left on the shelf)

It has a 2.5gpm flow restrictor, but didn't have any extension
arm like the $20 variety of rainfall showerheads seem to.
I bought the first one figuring I couldn't go too wrong for $5,
and was pleasently surprised to find it works great, giving me
the most luxurious feeling showers I've had in years. I was
even more delighted to find the second one for my other shower
for a dollar less.

Anyone of these that work well but still help to conserve water?

I'd like a good shower, but I do still want to conserve as much as I can. Is it an either/or proposition?

bozo007 said: [Q]bballcards said: [Q]dealforme said: [Q]shower head on the Seinfield episode
LOL. That's exactly what came to mind when I read the title.
That would be the Commando 2000 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif" border=0>
neighbors shower ? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0> uhem!

The shower at my parents' house has had terrible water pressure for as long as I can remember. My dad is an avid flea market shopper, and one day he found a shower head at a local flea market which changed the pressure in the shower tremendously. The brand is called Siroflex and it is a simple white plastic shower head, but it is amazing how much pressure their shower has now. He bought some for me and for a bunch of other relatives, too, and I have them in all of my showers now. I did a quick check on E-Bay and found some on there. They come in a blue package and are made in Italy. I think that they are only a few bucks, but they will make a big difference. Good luck.

I would go with THIS. It's on sale too!


Consumer Reports Recommends this - I purchased it and am very pleased.

Moen Revloution 21070 or 21075 $50

Morty said: [Q]Anyone of these that work well but still help to conserve water?

I'd like a good shower, but I do still want to conserve as much as I can. Is it an either/or proposition?

We have the speakman 2000 in the showers at my mom's summer home. They have a very small hot water tank. Before installing, we would run out of hot water in one shower. With it installed, two showers can be taken before running out of hot water. I would guess because we're using less water.

Check out the Speakman Anystream line. They are specifically for people in areas with low water pressure who want higher-pressure showers. They use some sort of plunger effect to increase the pressure as it comes out. Definitely works.

I find the middle-of-the-line one to be better than the top of the line, but your preference may vary.

momoman said: [Q]don't laugh, but here's what a professional plumber did at my friend's home when he complained that he had very little pressure and low water flow in his bathroom.

the plumber took a hammer and banged on all the pipes and elbows under the house, especially near the bathtub. he was banging to loosen up all the mineral deposits that had built up inside the pipes and caused the drop in water flow and pressure. most of the deposits form on the horizontal pipes and in the elbows, and not the vertical risers. the plumber then removed the faucet aerators and shower heads from all the faucet, then turned on the faucets to flush out all the loosened deposits. the water flow and pressure increased slightly, but a couple of years later my friend bit the bullet and had the house re-piped.

banging on the pipes may lead to other problems like leaks, or it may cause severely corroded pipes to burst so do this at your own risk, but i must admit that i saw it actually worked.


A plumber can also hook up a piece of equipment to the piping that will send "sound waves" through the piping that will push and release these mineral deposits. My boiler was running very inefficently. Did not have a lot of hot water. I had someone come in to "flush the system". He hooked up this device... some pipes started shaking from the sound.... all this deposit rust crap came out my tub fixture. I had tons of hot water afterwards. And I am also burning less oil now.

RockJJ said: [Q]I don't have a recommendation for the shower head, but to increase the pressure, you might want to consider one of those air charged tanks used for well systems. I am currently using one and have 60lbs pressure. This is much greater than the 25 pounds without.

Great, so his Eye Lids can be ripped from his skull!

Maybe you can just connect a pressure washer to you show head and remove any spackle as well

<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

I've also seen a pump system you put in the basement and it creates pressure again. Crappy shower pressure is the worst!

I saw a crappy unit at harbor freight.

I think you can get a booster pump that will increase the pressure throughout the house. I would go that route.

"Edealz said:

Try The Incredible Head Power Showerhead."

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I agree that this is a surprising performer -- it also puts out even LESS water than a regular showerhead while it is doing it. It is almost a high pressure mister, and the bathroom will get a lot steamier when you are using one of these. The only thing I added to this was an extension arm to make the location and height adjustable from above my head to down around shoulder level.

I love Incredible Head....

fatisgood said: [Q]The shower at my parents' house has had terrible water pressure for as long as I can remember. My dad is an avid flea market shopper, and one day he found a shower head at a local flea market which changed the pressure in the shower tremendously. The brand is called Siroflex and it is a simple white plastic shower head, but it is amazing how much pressure their shower has now. He bought some for me and for a bunch of other relatives, too, and I have them in all of my showers now. I did a quick check on E-Bay and found some on there. They come in a blue package and are made in Italy. I think that they are only a few bucks, but they will make a big difference. Good luck.

I recommend the Siroflex also. We got them for our house and they are wonderful.

Siroflex Shower Head

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I appreciated this thread as low water pressure has been a continual problem in our house (esp. toilets...). Anyway, I was also looking to improve the water pressure in the shower. I bought a cheap one at Lowe's that was supposed to improve water flow. But, after learning more about shower heads through this thread, I improved the flow substantially by simply unscrewing the existing head, extension arm, and finding/remover a restricter that was within the mechanism. I'll be returning the Lowe's head (and never even tried it, since it didn't fit the extension arm).



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