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Post# 971634   12/5/2017 at 02:20 (257 days old) by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

Guys, would you please suggest a showerhead for my apartment?

What I have today is a cheap Moen with 2 jets (rain and massage that looks like a waterpik, and I mean the oral irrigator)

Anyway, it is one of those High efficiency craps that no matter what setting it is and even with both taps open at full, the showerhead looks like it's peeing on me.

And everything in the bathroom is brand new, so it's the showerhead that limits the water flow.

What i need:

1) It must have a hand shower (because nobody deserves washing the shower walls with a small bucket and as a good brazilian, i WASH instead of using sprays (and before some of you freak out, the ceramic tile walls are very well sealed so i can wash with no problems)

2) I don't really care about having 525645462455 different spray patterns. I just want a shower that has a huge volume of water (not exactly pressure, but volume) I like to feel tons of water falling on my body when i'm rinsing and i don't care if the bathtub drain won't be enough for such volume of water.

3) The apartment has an absurd water pressure (i love it) and I want to take full advantage of it. The bathtub fills super fast (under 2 minutes) and if i remove the showerhead it's almost like a fire hose.

4) I don't need to worry about water savings as I use the shower only to rinse. I use the bathtub 100% of my baths (it means at least twice a day during the winter and 3x per day during the summer). Eco-nazis, please don't judge me. I use the shower for average 1 minute so, no harm done.

5) I don't want anything vintage, used, old, refurbished, whatever. it has to be 100% new in box.

6) I don't want and I can't spend a fortune on a showerhead. Specially because it's a rental apartment. (ok, i know i can take it with me when i move but it's the kind of thing i really don't care.) So if it's possible to keep it, let's say, under $50 or $60. i'll really love that.

7) If it's one of those high efficiency craps (probably 100% of the showerheads sold today are HE) it must be possible to remove that flow restrictor. (the showerhead i have had absolutely no difference when i removed it)

8) I prefer wide ones. I hate those tiny heads that look like a lawn sprinkler.

9) The metal fixtures are chrome, so no brushed nickel, s'il vous plait.

10) did I mention the hose (hand shower?) just in case, i'll repeat. It must have a hand shower. I don't care if it's only the hand shower with a stand or a shower head with a separate hand shower.

11) I need it BEFORE the weekend, when i'm going to wash the bathroom again. So it has to be something i can simply drive to "Homeless Depot" or "Blowe's" and get.

Post# 971653 , Reply# 1   12/5/2017 at 06:36 (257 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Cool!!!Another man that wants a REAL water using showerhead.I don't think the restrictors are removable now.the Speakman head I bought from Lowes-I had to bore out the brass "Restrictor" with a drill press.Now works for me!!!I am trying to remember what size drill I used.

Post# 971663 , Reply# 2   12/5/2017 at 07:01 (257 days old) by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

I picked up a cheap less than 10 dollars, a hand held shower head and hose. Its all plastic. I was amazed at the volume that comes out of it with a pretty good distribution of water. Great for washing down the walls and rinsing off your body and hair. It was purchased from Lowes and have been very happy with it. No restrictor in it from what I remember and if there was I was able to remove it quite easily. For that price you would have no problem with leaving it there.


Post# 971665 , Reply# 3   12/5/2017 at 07:10 (257 days old) by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        

I don't know if Methven is available in the US, they are made in New Zealand and really good quality. They make a huge range from budget models to "how can a shower cost that much?" but even the cheaper ones give a really good shower.

We are generally very water conscious here in Australia and Methvens sold here have a flow restrictor in the inlet, but generally you can remove the restrictor (people often do here for use with instantaneous gas hot water systems) and then the shower will drill holes in you. Stand clear!

Post# 971668 , Reply# 4   12/5/2017 at 07:29 (257 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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this is all you need....if you don't mind white....

I opted out and bought a longer hose separately....84 inches...which is chrome

before you attach the hoses, remove the restrictors/one way valve...full flow from there on


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Post# 971678 , Reply# 5   12/5/2017 at 08:10 (257 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

$13 dollar chrome water saving self cleaning shower head also. Not a super hard spray, but does the job for a small shower. Has 4 spray ports.

Post# 971687 , Reply# 6   12/5/2017 at 09:50 (256 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        
Cost a bit of dinero

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I use a Sloan AC 11.  Very happy with it thus far. USA made too


Post# 971694 , Reply# 7   12/5/2017 at 10:33 (256 days old) by GusHerb (Chicago/NWI)        

Here is a Speakman handheld:

I have this Waterpik in one of the showers and it works well:

The above have removable flow restrictors in the showerhead itself.

This is what I use personally, it comes with no flow restrictor and is like a wall of water. I have lower water pressure at about 47 PSI and have clocked this showerhead in at 3 GPM:

Post# 971704 , Reply# 8   12/5/2017 at 11:25 (256 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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check hoses for flow restrictors as well....

especially ones designated which ends attached to which....usually a one way flow design....

if its fully open, it should not matter which side is connected to what...

Post# 971720 , Reply# 9   12/5/2017 at 12:56 (256 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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I replaced both of my 12.5-years-old handhelds couple weeks ago with WaterPik model VAT-349 (brushed nickel) I found at the local home improvement source.  It's rated 2.5 GPM, has more spray pressure than I expected.  Something about Waterpik's OptiFLOW® engineering.  The hose seems wimpy (plastic with interior reinforcement spring) but that's typical.  I had replaced the original hose (when it cracked several years ago) on one of the previous showers with a metal-exterior hose, much nicer so I kept that hose to swap-in on one of the Waterpiks.

VAT-343 is the chrome model ($20.99 MSRP).


Post# 971765 , Reply# 10   12/5/2017 at 16:51 (256 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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My water is from a well so the pressure is not nearly as strong as city water. I bought this shower head after seeing an ad on Instagram. It works really well.



Post# 971825 , Reply# 11   12/5/2017 at 23:59 (256 days old) by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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I have one of those adjustable height rain shower heads.  I took the flow reducer out of it and now I'm in a hurricane!  My hand-held is an el cheapo from Walmart, also with no flow reducer and now with a 10ft metal hose so Tony could sit down and reach everything easily.

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