The American Standard FloWise 1660.717 is a water-saving showerhead with three spray settings: full spray (2.0 gpm), turbine spray (1.5 gpm) and combination spray (1.8 gpm). The showerhead automatically returns to turbine spray between uses, but few owners seem to like this feature. We also read a few complaints about this showerhead's large, flared design, though most users seem to like it. The FloWise 1660.717 comes in standard chrome; black, stainless steel, polished brass and satin nickel finishes are available for about $30 more. A handheld version, the American Standard Water-Saving Soft Personal Shower 1660.602 (*Est. $50) is also available. If you don't need multiple spray patterns, the Oxygenics SkinCare 60120 (*Est. $20) costs less and has a smaller profile that some prefer.
ConsumerReports.org and The New York Times include the American Standard FloWise 1660.717 in recent tests, and KitchenBathIdeas.com recommends American Standard FloWise showerheads. We also found some user reviews for this showerhead at Amazon.com and HomeDepot.com.
ConsumerReports.org subjects 18 showerheads, among them the American Standard FloWise 1660.717, to rigorous tests of water consumption and hot water temperature. Panelists rate showerheads on ease of use and comfort.
Review: Showerheads, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Aug. 2009
2. The New York Times
Reviewer Stephen Treffinger tests 17 water-saving showerheads for flow rate, usefulness of spray settings and comfort. While Treffinger describes the American Standard FloWise's full spray as "needlelike" and the combination spray as "not quite strong enough", he praises the 1.5 gpm turbine spray as generous and strong without stinging.
Review: Road Test: Saving Water, Staying Clean, Stephen Treffinger, Aug. 26, 2009
Editors of KitchenBathIdeas.com recommend American Standard FloWise showerheads in a roundup of low-flow showerheads and shower systems. It's not clear whether testing took place, however.
Review: Showerhead Picks: Eco-Friendly Showerheads and Systems, Editors of KitchenBathIdeas.com
About 20 Amazon.com users contribute to the American Standard FloWise 1660.717's average rating of 4.5 stars out of five. Most like it and feel it provides a good amount of pressure and generous spray, but a few have minor quibbles about the size of the showerhead and the "auto return" feature that resets the showerhead to water-saving mode between uses.
Review: American Standard 1660.717.002 FloWise 3 Function Water Saving Showerhead, Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com
Half a dozen owners review the American Standard FloWise showerhead at HomeDepot.com; most give it a perfect rating. One user says the 1.5 gpm spray setting feels "too sharp" and complains that the showerhead does not include installation instructions.
Review: American Standard Flowise Three Function Water Saving Showerhead in Polished Chrome - 1660.717.002, Contributors to HomeDepot.com