Not too long ago I thought filtered shower heads were for health-nuts that over-emphasized everything. But after reading a few research articles, that quickly changed and I ended up getting a shower head with built-in filter myself. I decided to compile my research into a handy guide outlining the best filtered shower heads and to show you why you should get one too.
Best Filtered Shower Heads for Your Spa Bathroom
Most shower head water purifiers have very similar features, making it difficult to choose the right one for your needs. However, we’ve done the research, read the reviews and whittled it down to the top 5 best filtered shower heads. We’ve also had to purchase one for ourselves, so we know what to look for and can help you do the same.
Best Value: Culligan Filtered Shower Head with Massage
The Culligan is hands down the best affordable-filtered shower head. This is the one that I ultimately ended up purchasing and installing in my shower. Filtration is what Culligan does best and I trust what’s inside their filter to give me clean, clear shower water.
The shower head itself is a decent size, it’s definitely not what I would consider compact. But, it looks nice and for roughly just under $30, I think it’s a great buy. Let’s take a look at some of the features.
The Culligan filtered shower head comes in three pieces: the top, base and filter. Snap and screw those pieces together, put a little plumbers tape around the end of your shower arm and screw the head on. You’re ready to take a filtered shower.
This filtered shower head has 5 spray settings: full coverage, massage, rain and two combinations. Honestly, I wasn’t impressed with the the massage or rain settings, but I never use them anyway. I keep mine set to full coverage and am fully satisfied.
The Culligan filtered shower head is EPA water certified at 2 gallons or less per minute. However, I don’t notice any difference in the amount or pressure of the water from my old shower head. So, for me that’s a win.
The Culligan has a KDF shower water filter cartridge that is NSF and NFC water safety certified. It filters out bacteria, sulphur odor and 99% of chlorine. I have noticed that my hair doesn’t dry out as much and I can wash it less – so yes, this does work. The filter cartridge can last for up to 6 months before needing to be replaced.
Culligan stands by their products and offers a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty on this shower head. The fact that you can get a nice looking filtered shower head from a name you can trust for under $30 – is why this one made it to the top of my list.
Best Inline Shower Filter: Rainshow’r
Designed by a pioneer in the industry, the Rainshow’r inline filtered shower head comes with an NSF certified KDF filter that enhances sediment and chlorine removal. It offers a 6-9 month cartridge life-span or up to 25,000 gallons before the need to change.
The body is made of plastic but with the right care, the shower head should last for several years.
One of the nice things about Rainshow’r products is that they are manufactured and assembled in the USA, so you know you are getting quality.
This inline shower head has a KDF 55 shower filter which can remove up to 90% of chlorine with 95% efficiency, making it one of the best chlorine filter shower heads. It does this by neutralizing the chlorine into a zinc chloride ion. The Rainshow’r also includes a patented sediment trap, making this a smart choice for those on well water or other systems.
A layer of crystalline quartz re-energizes that water to give you a fresh, invigorating shower experience.
The biggest drawback to the Rainshow’r filtered shower head is it’s size. This unit takes up a lot of space length-wise and may reduce the head room under your shower arm significantly. So, depending on your shower setup, if you’re tall you might find yourself ducking to get under this one.
Best High Pressure Filtered Showerhead: Speakman Pure AnyStream
The Speakman Hotel Pure Anystream comes with 5 plungers containing a total of 50 sprays and 8 center massage jets. It features an internal filtering cartridge using patented Speakman technology.
This water purifying shower head removes up to 99% of the chlorine, plus sulfate, iron and sediment. Although the filter is not NSF certified due to the patented media, the shower head has received some great reviews.
One of the things that that Speakman Pure Anystream does well is provide good, strong water pressure. The jets spray in a crossing pattern to give the feel of more water and the water pressure is excellent even without removing the regulator.
The one downside of the Speakman Pure Hotel Anystream shower head is the price. Both chrome and polished nickel finishes are north of $50, which can be quite an investment for some people. However, hundreds of reviewers agree that this shower head is worth the splurge.
Best Combo Filtered Shower Head: AquaCare By HotelSpa
The AquaCare hand held filtered showerhead offers a great combination of function, water filtration and price.
What makes the AquaCare shower head unique however, is the 3-stage charcoal shower head filter. It contains KDF media, calcium sulphite and charcoal to give you clean, odorless bath water.
Each layer of this carbon filter shower head acts to remove heavy metals, pesticides, odors, sediment and most importantly, chlorine. It also states that it can inhibit the growth and development of mold and mildew.
The AquaCare handheld shower head looks nice and is lightweight, which makes it a great choice for kids and seniors.
Some users mentioned that using the less concentrated spray settings left them disappointed. However, with 7 different water spray options, it should be easy enough to find at least a couple that work with the water pressure in your home.
Best 10 Stage Shower Filter: Ultra Shower Filter
The Ultra shower filter isn’t actually a filtered shower head, but rather a filter you can add to your shower setup. It attaches to the space between your shower arm and your shower head. What’s nice about this, is that you can use any fixture you like with it.
We selected the Ultra 10 stage shower filter for its efficiency against heavy metals, chlorine, bacteria, sediment and odors. It can reduce all of these, while softening water and neutralizing PH.
With 10 layers of filtration, this heavy duty shower filter it is the best shower filter for well water.
The Ultra 10 stage shower filter uses the following filtration process:
Stages 1 and 10: Polypropelene cotton removes rust, sediment and bacteria.
Stages 2 and 9: Steel mesh protects the inner layers and further filters out sediment by removing dust and other particles.
Stage 3: Alkaline ceramic balls kill bacteria and neutralize acidity.
Stage 4: KDF 55 filtration media removes heavy metal and sulphur.
Stage 5: Nano silver antimicrobial ceramic balls further reduce bacteria and growth of mold and fungus.
Stage 6: Granulated coconut carbon (charcoal) removes VOCs, chlorine, radon, pesticides, herbicides, solvents and more.
Stage 7: Calcium sulphite removes lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum.
Stage 8: Magnetic energy ceramic balls helps elminate free-radicals and infuses water with trace minerals for healthy skin and hair.
The Ultra 10 stage shower filter is ideal for use with water from a variety of sources. Whether you are on a well or municipal system, rain water or ground water, it offers superior end point treatment.
The biggest downside to this shower filter, in our opinion, is the fact that it doesn’t come in other finishes. It’s only offered in chrome, so it would definitely stand out against other finishes like brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze. On the upside, it’s fairly small and adding it doesn’t require changing out your existing shower head.
The Benefits of Filtered Shower Heads
Believe it or not, your shower water is laden with bacteria and chemicals that may pose health concerns. One of these chemicals is chlorine, which is added to kill bacteria. That’s a good thing, but the downside is that chlorine has been shown to cause health problems. In addition, there are plenty of other pathogens that either aren’t killed by the chlorine or picked up in the pipes along the way.
One of the most common pathogens found in tap water is legionella, or legionnaire’s disease. It thrives in warm environments, so cranking up the hot water won’t make it go away. It is commonly inhaled in shower mist and can cause a type of pneumonia in those who are at risk.
A filtered shower head can help remove chlorine from your shower and cut down on bacteria in your bath water. Here are some of the benefits you get from using a chlorine shower head filter:
Reducing chlorine inhalation during shower time may help prevent asthma and bronchitis from flaring up.
Chlorine inhalation is associated with fatigue, so a filtered shower head could increase your energy.
Chlorine drys out the skin and filtering your water often results in softer, more supple skin and hair.
Many filtered shower heads remove odors like sulphur and those left behind by old pipes and sediment.
Less bacteria equals a healthier body and less bacteria growth in your tub and shower curtain.
How a Filtered Shower head Works
Alhough the process of buying a filtered shower head may seem straightforward, it is not as simple as it sounds. Here are a few things you may want to consider before making your final decision: filter type, spray settings, available finishes and cost.
Shower Filter Types
Most filtered shower heads use one of 3 main filtration methods:
Carbon shower head filters are the most common and use high grade charcoal from coconut shells.
Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (KDF) filters are composed of equal parts of zinc and copper. When pressed against each other they produce a small electric charge that liberates free roaming chlorine from water molecules.
Vitamin C filters claim to neutralize chlorine in water. However, without other filter media they do not remove sediment, bacteria and other chemicals like a KDF filter would.
Some manufacturers use their own patented filtering technology, like the Speakman Anystream filtered shower head. Unless the manufacturer states what kind of filtration media they’re using, it’s difficult to know. In most cases, these types of filters won’t have any sort of certification.
Many filtered shower heads come with a variety of spray settings from full body coverage to rain and massage. However, the question is – are those settings any good? As you can see from the reviews above, that isn’t always the case.
Unfortunately, one of the major downsides to filtered shower heads is that they don’t come in a variety of finishes. In fact, they are sorely lacking in that department.
If you have an all chrome bathroom or your shower is tucked away where no one will notice a chrome shower head, this might not be a big deal. But, if you have any other finish, especially a bronze or matte – a chrome shower head could break your design.
Cost of the Shower Head
Finally, you’ll want to consider how much you’re willing to spend. In the scheme of things, most filtered shower heads are relatively inexpensive and can range in price from about $20 – $80.
However, filtered shower heads do come with a hidden cost: the filter. Keep in mind that you will need to replace the filter about every 6 months. The cost for the filter can range in price from about $10 – $40 depending on the shower head you choose.
So, there you have it. Our list of the top 5 filtered shower heads to look for in 2017. Filtered shower heads come in a variety of filter types, spray settings and functionalities. The list above is intended to make your decision to live a better, healthier life that much easier.