For the consumers that are tired of the subpar shower experience that can come with bad water, filtered showerheads are available that will make showering a joy again. These easy to install systems require no tools, and in many cases have replaceable filters that prolong the life of the product. They are easy to set up and use which makes them a lot more desirable than other options, and also a lot cheaper. All but one of the products on the list are low priced, and so low priced that they can be bought for a cheap dinner. That is a nice tradeoff for a lifetime of great showers.
- Culligan WSH-C125
- Color: Chrome
- Feature: 10, 000 gallons, or 6 months
- Dimensions: 4.8 x 8.5 x 12.2 in
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Warranty: 5-year warranty
- Aquasana AQ-4100
- Color: White
- Feature: 10,000 gallons or six months
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.25 x 3.2 in
- Weight: 2.3 pounds
- Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty
- Culligan ISH-100
- Color: White
- Feature: 6 month/10,000 gallon filter life
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 7.5 x 10 in
- Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Warranty: 1 year warranty
- Rainshow'r - CQ 1000 MS
- Color: White
- Feature: 6-9 Months or up to 25000 Gallons
- Dimensions: 3.75 x 4 x 8.25 in
- Weight: 1 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- WaterChef SF-7C
- Color: Chrome
- Feature: Deluxe Shower Wand
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 12 x 12 in
- Weight: 2.35 pounds
- Warranty: 3-Year
Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mount 10,000 Gallon Capacity Filtered Showerhead
This low priced filtered showerhead has a stationary design and is capable of reducing up to 99% of chlorine related issues including odors and scale. It has a capacity of 10,000 gallons, and with the anti-clog rubber spray nozzles you won’t have to worry about servicing the unit because of build up through use. No tools are required to install the product and everything can be done by hand. This no fuss installation is great, and with a 5 year warranty customers will feel safe and secure in choosing this NSF certified brand. Finishes available are chrome and red, with the red being one of the more interesting designs for bathrooms. It isn’t made to fit in every bathrooms décor, but the ones that it does fit it manages to come out really nice. They didn’t cheap out with the spray settings, offering 5 consisting of both full body and pulse settings. This is a pretty good buy that has a lot of features, and is a good start to the list of water softener shower heads.
Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System with Adjustable Showerhead
Another low priced product on the list is this Aquasana that is one of the best reviewed in the industry. It is a weird looking but effective product, and comes in two styles, one with just the shower filter and head or one with the shower filter and wand. The weird look comes from having one of the best filtration systems on the list, which features a dual stage filtration system with up flow filter design. It is comprehensive and thorough, removing over 90% of chlorine related particles to give you the best shower experience available. The process also improves pH balance which is important when you’re showering, and responsible for that fresh feeling you get when the water hits your skin. Water that pass through is filtered at 2.5 gallons per minute of fresh, invigorating water. The warranty is a bit sparse, coming out as a 1 year limited one. Better warranties are available on the list, but this one isn’t too bad. If purchasing the option with the wand, this is a nice buy for any bathroom.
Culligan ISH-100 Level 2 Inline Shower Filter
Following up with the outside filter design of the last unit is another low priced filtered showerhead, this time from Culligan. What makes this product so unique is that the showerhead isn’t included, and it just comes with the filter to screw onto your shower pipe. This is a lot like what buyers would see when they get a Brita or Pur water faucet filter, in that the device simply attaches onto the product itself and acts as a middleman. It rids water of up to 97% of chlorine odor and taste and also reduces sulfur odor in the process. The filtering process is able to prevent drying of your hair and skin due to bad water, and all at a low cost. The filter change is so easy that you probably don’t even need to read instructions after the first time in doing it, and the price is so low for the filters that it really makes it worth it to purchase extras. This gives the unit an unlimited life since the filter is replaceable, making it a desirable over shower heads with built in filters, but at the cost of design.
Rainshow’r CQ-1000-MS Shower Filter with Massaging Shower Head
Another in the low price range is this Rainshow with an NSF certified KDF filter that can remove 90% of chlorine and its particles for better looking skin. The resulting filtered water will help your hair, skin, and even be a big help if you often use coloring in your hair. The unit last for up to 6-9 months or 25000 gallons, whichever comes first. This puts it ahead of a couple of other products on the list in terms of life and how long it will last before needing a replacement. Rather than replacing the unit when finished, this model also has a cartridge based system that works very well and is as easy as any of the others listed. This model also comes with a showerhead, so for buyers that want an all in one unit then this would be a nice purchase. Weight is about 2 pounds with dimensions being 3.8x4x8.2 making it one of the smaller items on the list. This is a pretty safe buy that shows that filter based showerheads are the real deal.
WaterChef SF-7C Premium Shower Filter System
Last on the list is this medium priced shower filter system that really blows the others out of the water in terms of design. It’s high impact with plated ABS with metal fittings and filters that are NSF certified to give you the best experience possible. The filter uses a 2 stage system with Thermaguard, a proprietary process that gets rid of more chlorine than any other product on the list. Buyers will enjoy over 5 adjustable spray patterns that is surely to have one setting that they love the most. Wand length is a nice full 60 inches so you will have ample movement, and with the anti-clog rubber spray nozzles consumers won’t have the problem that older shower heads were infamous for. There are no worries about the quality of the flex hose, as it is PVC free and odorless. Installing requires no tools and the entire system comes with a 3 year warranty, so there is definite confidence in this product from the company. When the life of the filter is up, it is easy to replace like all other models. If buyers are willing to spend a little more on this product, then they’ll definitely be satisfied with the results.
Water Softener Shower Head Buying Guide
Filter or No Filter?
All but one of the products on the list have removable filters, meaning that when it stops filtering the water you can change it out with a new one rather than replacing the entire showerhead. It’s a pretty simple process that has been used for years in other applications, and it works well in this case as well. The tradeoff is that the filtering mechanism sticks out like a sore thumb, so what buyers will gain in usage they will lose in design.
Filters that are built into the showerhead like the initial product look like regular showerheads, but also have an expiration date after a certain amount of gallons. This puts it at a disadvantage with the removable filter options, so there is a decision that needs to be made when buying about which is more important-looks or usage. On the plus side there is no difference in the filtering, as all products do an excellent job of filtering the water.
Why Use A Showerhead Filter?
In places where water softener units are not installed it is the perfect way to get soft water in the bathroom without an extra purchase. Softened water on the skin has a remarkable health benefit, and you’ll notice that if you have dry skin after showering that it will feel a lot better after installing the filtered showerhead solution. They work immediately, and are fast acting to show you the difference between what you’ve become accustomed to, and what real good water feels like. The difference isn’t small, it’s incredibly noticeable, and consumers will wonder how they went this long without this type of water.
The maintenance with these showerheads are also nil, as the rubberized portion keeps the head from clogging up. So it’s an all in one solution for showering that won’t interfere with the other appliances in the bathroom. For the adventurous consumer there are also designs that blend in really well with what you already have in the bathroom, so rather than messing up the look it actually enhances it.
That concludes the list of water softener shower heads available, and there is sure to be one on this list that makes it into your house. Many of these are ideal for apartment living where you need a quick fix, but in truth they work just about anywhere where there is undesirable water quality in the bathroom. Choosing any of these options will give you a great experience that will be worth the small price the companies ask.