Compensating for Weak Water Flow
Home owners who live in areas with extremely low and variable water pressures are usually unsatisfied or disappointed with taking a shower. Fortunately for them product manufacturers have heard their plea and have developed bathware to meet their needs. I have two favorite faucets that I personally use in my own bathrooms: the Delta Faucet 75152 water amplifying adjustable showerhead with H2OKINETIC technology (rated1.85 GPM – 2.5 GPM) which is used in my upstairs bathroom and the Thunderhead TH001 – High Pressure Rain Shower Head (rated 2.5 GMP) which I have in my basement bathing area .
These low pressure showerheads are both great because they both work admirably in a low water pressure environment; however they both also provide a completely different showering experience. Because I’m a somewhat frugal shopper, when I go shopping for showerheads I first determine whether they are low water pressure rated, I then look at functionality and lastly at aesthetics because it has to meet my needs before looking pretty.
A Steady Stream of Rejuvenation
When it comes to the Delta Faucet 75152 water amplifying adjustable showerhead, what’s neat about this model is the way the four openings at the bottom of the showerhead crisscross so that in the middle of the stream it forms a nice steady stream of water. It gets a bit fizzy on the edges and you do have to move around a little to get fully wet but for the low price of $30 or less, this is a sensible showerhead, a small sacrifice to make to conserve water and sure beats out a dribbly shower head any day.
What I like about this showerhead is that it provides nice steady water pressure for a more leisurely shower and for the price you can’t go wrong. Also according to Delta the four wide holes that make up the shower head design makes it less likely for the showerhead to clog up, I’ve owned this water saving showerhead for about a year now, so far so good, no calcium build-up problems yet.
Accelerating Water Speed
When dealing with the issue of showerheads and low water pressure, this product takes the issue by the horns. The great thing about my Thunderhead TH001 – High Pressure Rain Shower Head is that you don’t need to have exceptional water pressure to have a great shower, it’s all about the flow rate and because this showerhead has a Venturi valve turbine system inside the showerhead which accelerates the water by up to 60%, I can have an exhilarating shower even with low water pressure.
My Thunderhead TH001 – High Pressure Rain Shower Head is my rejuvenating, wake me up showerhead, it is a sizeable 9 inches in diameter, cost me just under $100 and is rated at 2.5 GPM but without the flow control it could go a lot higher potentially up to 4-5 GPM of thunderous water pressure. This is the bad boy of low pressure showerheads and is not for the faint of water conservationist heart without the flow control. Even at 2.5 GPM, with the flow control, this is a great showerhead if you want to get a quick start in the morning without the caffeine.
Great Body Coverage
Who said you can’t indulge yourself in your shower just because you have slumping water pressure. What I love about this low pressure showerhead is the nice taunt stream of invigorating water that is somewhat massaging yet does not prick your skin with piercing force like some air assisted showerheads, and best of all it provides great body coverage so I can just stand there and enjoy the steady stream of liquid in all its glory!
Needless to say, you’d want to limit yourself to short five to eight minute pampering shower escapades because if you have it on full blast (by taking out the low flow control valve), it could potentially burn a hole in your pocket book if you indulge yourself too long, not to mention run out of hot water.
But then again this could also actually wake you up pretty quick. Also a neat feature of this low pressure showerhead is its 90 separate soft rubber nipples that not only give you full showerhead coverage unlike some other rain showerheads that only have water streams around the edges of the showerhead, but because of the materials pliability, you can easily rub your fingers along these nibs to easily dislodge any water deposit build-up.
Another nice feature with this low pressure showerhead is the adjustable arm that allows you to move the showerhead up or down, this is great if you are shorter or if showering small children but because it is made of plastic you have to be careful not to twist the arm in any awkward positions or you could potentially crack the arm.
Performance vs Conservation
When it comes to purchasing low pressure showerheads, water conservation is great but I don’t want to run around the shower in order to get wet as well as have to stay in longer because of low water pressure to wash the soap off my body, which of itself, defeats the whole conserve water concept.
I know this will probably rustle the feathers of some water conservationist out there but I love my Thunderhead TH001 – High Pressure Rain Shower Head, without the flow control, I just limit my shower time substantially. For those concerned about water usage when buying a low pressure showerhead like this, you could simply leave the flow control on and still get a very satisfying shower.
On the other hand, for the budget minded consumer, the Delta Faucet 75152 showerhead is a good all-around low pressure showerhead that doesn’t have any bells or whistles yet the head generates adequate water pressure to get the job done admirably in a low pressure environment.