The Alsons Fluidics 655 receives some nods from professional reviewers, and most users seem to like it as well. This showerhead provides a high-pressure wash while using only 1.6 gallons of water per minute, but some say its pressure is too much and its spray feels uncomfortable. Feature-wise, this is a very basic showerhead with only one setting (full spray) and two finishes: chrome and (for $15 more) satin nickel. Related models include the 1.85 gpm Alsons Fluidics 656 and the adjustable 1.85 to 2.5 gpm Alsons Fluidics 657, which has an extra high volume spray setting. There is no handheld version. A less expensive water-saving showerhead, the Oxygenics SkinCare 60120 (Est. $30), receives more consistent reviews but some feel it is noisy.
We found professional recommendations for the Alsons Fluidics 655 at KitchenBathIdeas.com and Tibesti.com. A test conducted by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute is covered in an article from news station KOMO in Seattle and mentions the Alsons Fluidics, but it's not clear whether the 655 or a different model is being discussed. We also found about 20 user reviews for this showerhead at Amazon.com.
The Alsons Fluidics 655 is among eight showerheads recommended by KitchenBathIdeas.com, part of the Better Homes and Gardens network. Editors describe it as having a "high-water-flow feel" but it's unclear how (or whether) the showerhead was tested.
Review: Showerhead Picks: Eco-Friendly Showerheads and Systems, Editors of KitchenBathIdeas.com
Environmental consultant Anca Novacovici includes the Alsons Fluidics 655 in a review for Tibesti.com that covers her picks for the best low-flow showerheads. Novacovici notes that the Alsons Fluidics is "designed to expel larger drops of water" to hold heat more efficiently than some aerated showerheads.
Review: Best Shower Heads - Low Flow, Anca Novacovici
3. KOMO (Seattle)
This report from a Seattle news site covers showerhead testing conducted by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. One panelist who tries the Alson Fluidics showerhead is unimpressed, remarking that the spray "felt like needles on my skin".
Review: Best Picks for Low-Flow Showerheads, Good Housekeeping magazine, Updated Nov. 20, 2008
About 20 users contribute to the Alson Fluidics 655's extremely high average rating at Amazon.com. Most say they are impressed with the shower's pressure considering how water-efficient it is. One owner reports installation difficulties and another says the spray feels cold unless he turns the hot water up all the way.
Review: Alsons 655CBX 1.6 gpm Fluidics Showerhead, Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com