The Ana Bath SS5450 Shower System allows you to enjoy the spa experience on a budget. It has two heads, one fixed and one handheld, each shower with five spray settings. However, with two shower heads each using 2.33 gallons per minute (gpm), it can take a toll on your water bill. Also, while it's generally easy to install, some owners have problems with the diverter mount.
Lots of options. You can run the Ana Bath SS5450 Shower System with just the fixed shower head, just the handheld one or both at once. Each head has five spray settings -- saturating, bubbling, massage and two combination settings -- allowing for a multitude of possible combinations. One owner describes the saturating stream as a "drenching rain effect" with a large surface area and the bubbling setting as "soothing and soft." Others disagree about how strong a stream you get with both shower heads running together. One reviewer says it does not reduce the water pressure, while another says pressure drops so much that "I felt like I couldn't get soap off my skin."
Easy installation. Most owners find the Ana Bath SS5450 Shower System dual shower head very easy to install. It comes with instructions and even includes a small roll of Teflon tape, though you will need a wrench to tighten it. However, some find it a bit bulky; one user warns that the diverter makes the shower head too low for a 6-foot-tall user. Also, a couple of reviewers note that the dial for switching stream settings is behind the shower head, hidden from view, so you have to memorize the location of each setting. Most like the flexibility of the shower hose, but some find it too short.
Solid except for one weak link. Although the Ana Bath SS5450 Shower System is made of plastic rather than solid metal, most owners say the parts feel very sturdy. Multiple reviewers say the shower head is still working well after two years or more. However, there is one weak link: the diverter mount. Many users found that this part was defective and wouldn't install securely. One owner who complained to the company says Ana Bath acknowledged that "about one out of 200 customers has the same problem," but they still charged him a 20 percent "handling fee" to replace the shower head -- despite its supposed lifetime guarantee.
The Ana Bath SS5450 Shower System has more than 200 reviews at Amazon.com, with 4.5 stars overall. Users like having two shower heads to play with, and most say it's well made and easy to install. However, there are several complaints that the diverter head is defective and wobbly.
Review: Ana Bath SS5450CBN 5 Inch 5 Function Handheld Shower and Showerhead Combo Shower System, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013