Finding the best water saving shower head for your family has major impact on how your family’s footprint.
Did you know that one of the simplest ways to protect the environment is to cut down on the amount of water you use in day-to-day life? And water saving shower heads can be the ideal way to get started with that.
This is also a good way to reduce your water bills, if you’re on a metered supply.
You shower tends to pump 9 liters of water a minute!
Yet, if you buy a water saving shower head, you can cut this down to 5 liters and without compromising on the quality of your shower experience.
So, we’ve put together the best water saving shower head guide for 2020: the lowdown on low flow, to help you make the transition easily to a low-flow shower head.
What Should You Look For On A New Shower head?
A lot of people assume that a low flow shower head will lead to a poor shower because the water pressure will drop off but that’s not actually the case – it can happen, mind you, but only if you choose your new shower head poorly.
Here’s what you need to know about making the right choice:
- Buy a wider shower head. The wider the head the more the water seems to cover what you want it to, it might not be quite as “punchy “ but it really does get the job done.
- Buy an adjustable spray head. If you need to dial up or dial down the water pressure, it’s easier to do if you can just turn a dial on the shower head to make it happen.
- Buy a “WaterSense” labeled shower head (in the USA, other countries have similar standards) this is a shower head that has been certified for low water consumption and, more importantly, that is delivers a satisfactory showering experience too. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) developed and maintains this standard.
- Buy a longer shower head if you use the shower in the bath. This makes it easier for the shower head to stretch over the lip of the bath in a satisfactory fashion.
- Avoid instantaneous gas hot water systems. Sadly, if you have one of these systems installed – you shouldn’t use a low-flow shower head with it, these system require a high-flow rate to activate the heating element.
High Sierra All Metal Low Flow Showerhead
These low-flow shower heads use just 1.5 gallons a minute and are a fully WaterSense certified product. Water saving shower heads don’t get much better than this.
The only real downside of this super high-quality product is that it’s not adjustable, it’s a completely fixed shower head, and you only get one spray setting. We really would like more spray settings.
This saves 40% of the water flow compared to a standard showerhead.
You can find the High Sierra All Metal Low Flow Showerhead online.
High Sierra All Metal High Efficiency Showerhead
If the other High Sierra model is a little on the light side of low flow shower heads for your preference this example of fixed shower heads offers a 1.8 gallons a minute showering experience that is still EPA approved and saves around 30% of the water of a standard shower head. There still aren’t any choices of spray settings though.
You can find the High Sierra All Metal High Efficiency Showerhead online.
Niagara Conservation Turbo Massage Shower Head
If you suffer from low water pressure at home then this is the shower head for you because it will force a high level of pressure out of the head than you are used to. These water saving shower heads are awesome, they can do a nice pulsating massage flow too and still save water. The flow rate is very reasonable.
It also comes with a top notch 10-year warranty! We like that there’s a polished brass or oil rubbed bronze finish option as well as the more standard brushed nickel.
You can find the Niagara Conservation Turbo Massage Shower head online.
Speakman S-3010 Adjustable Shower Head
Five jets and an adjustable system mean that with the Speakman, everyone in the family can find their perfect shower experience. It’s just a shame there’s no handheld shower head option for this model, however, the flow rate never disappoints.
It’s also the easiest shower head to install out of the 5 that we reviewed here. The brushed nickel finish is nice and you get a full-body spray that is both water-saving and super pleasant.
You can find the Speakman S-3010 Adjustable Shower Head online.
Delta Faucet 2-Spray H20kinetic Shower Head
This uses a low level of water consumption which is then boosted using an air intake system around the showerhead.
It is a premium product but there’s no denying that it gives the most powerful spray for a low water consumption showerhead, either.
You can find the Delta Faucet 2-Spray H20kinetic Shower Head online.
Other Tips For Saving Water In Your Bathroom
You use nearly half of all your household’s water in your bathroom. Water-saving shower heads are just a start for saving water.
So, once you’ve got the low-flow showerhead installed, here are some more tips to further cut your usage:
- Install some water-efficient taps. These add air to the water so that if feels like it has the same volume and flowrate as an ordinary tap.
- Install a dual-flush cistern. This means that when you don’t need to completely rinse your toilet – you can do a half-flush, instead.
- Switch off the taps when brushing teeth, shaving, etc.
- Fix any dropping taps you might have. Install washers and turn them off tightly – did you know you can waste a couple of thousand liters of water with a dripping tap each month?
- Cut your shower times down to 5 minutes – this as you might expect substantially reduces water consumption.
For additional tools and ideas to live more sustainably check out our guide to sustainable living.