It works really well, and it'll save you water, too. If you're a real frugal fatwalleter, be sure to get the one with the integral shutoff/soaping valve, so you can cut the flow while you wash, shampoo, or shave. They make one with, and one without the "Navy shower" valve.
Not only does it work great in low pressure situations, I recommended one to my brother, whose daughter was using all the hot water in the house with her half hour showers. He told me it works great, and that they never run out of hot water anymore. I think the 2.5gpm flow rate is actually less than the recovery rate of their water heater now.
It DOES take a little bit longer to rinse your hair with one of these. Yes, the fine spray it does make for a steamier room; be sure your vent fan works!
You will probably be in the shower a minute or two longer, and you won't get that "hosed down" feeling. But you will get wet and clean with a nice spray that covers pretty well.
posted: Mar. 8, 2006 @ 10:58a
Need max flow? Take the head off. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>
posted: Mar. 8, 2006 @ 5:54p
Edealz said: [Q]Try The Incredible Head Power Showerhead.
Used something that looks just like this too with great effect. Was lucky to find it one sale on a department store clearance table with some other packaging, but it looks identical.
posted: Mar. 8, 2006 @ 9:44p
IW said: [Q]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.
Agree....our home was built in 1987 and over the years, the water situation kept getting worse. The shower trickled. We could not operate two outside faucets at the same time. I had the water company come out to test the pressure, which they said was fine and that it was a volume problem. Aargh! Finally when we had a water heater replaced, I mentioned to the plumber our problems and he immediately said that the water pressure regulator valve was the problem. He cut it out and replaced it. The insides had mineral deposits which had combined to form a rock hard ball inside it. After the valve was replaced, taking a shower was like being at Niagara Falls. This was the best $250 that I ever spent. My only regret was having wasted 18 years with the problem and relying on the water company.
posted: Mar. 9, 2006 @ 3:10a
MechanicalMan said: [Q]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.
I got one Oxygenic showerhead with one rainfall style showerhead installed on a 1-to-2 spliter ( less than $10 at *almart ). This is the best $$ I have spent in my bathroom . Everything is as good as at spa . The only thing to mention is that the Oxygenic showerhead makes much more fog than ordinary showerhead ( sure , why not , it mixes air and water ) and I am ok with the fog .
posted: Mar. 20, 2006 @ 7:56a
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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