Shower Heads: Ratings of Sources
Total of 15 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentEditors at ConsumerReports.org test 18 showerheads in this roundup, originally published in the August 2009 issue, but also available online to subscribers. Standard and extra-efficient showerheads in a wide range of prices -- from $20 to almost $200 -- are included. Each model is rated for shower feel, hot water temperature and ease of use, but there's very little discussion of individual models.
Best Picks for Low-Flow Showerheads
by Editors of Good Housekeeping magazine
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests 19 showerheads, evaluating each for performance, comfort and ability to rinse shampoo from a mannequin's hair. Waterpik, Kohler and Bricor models receive the highest ratings while the Alson Fluidics showerhead receives criticism for its "needle-like" spray. We couldn't find this article on GoodHousekeeping.com, but this piece from news station KOMO in Seattle has details.
Road Test: Saving Water, Staying Clean
by Stephen Treffinger
Our AssessmentReviewer Stephen Treffinger tests 17 water-saving showerheads for comfort, usefulness of spray settings, and flow rate. Insightful comments on the feel of each showerhead's spray settings are included. Unfortunately, only the top rated models are discussed. Still, Treffinger installs each showerhead in his own shower, so his frame of reference is excellent.
The Best Low-Flow Showerheads
by Justin Thomas
Our AssessmentMetaEfficient.com editor Justin Thomas discusses his top picks for the best low-flow showerheads. Pros and cons are provided for each of the four models discussed, but there's no mention of poor performers here.
Water-Efficient Showerheads: Review and Compare
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentChoice magazine is the Australian equivalent of ConsumerReports.org and it evaluates showerheads just as thoroughly. Sixteen panelists evaluate 15 showerheads for comfort, performance and ease of use. This article is by far the most detailed review of showerheads we found, but it's a couple of years old and the models discussed are not sold in the U.S.
Five Quick Showerhead Replacements
by Nena Donovan Levine
Our AssessmentInterior designer Nena Donovan Levine recommends five easy-to-install showerheads in this article from Fine Homebuilding magazine. Unfortunately, there's no indication that the showerheads have been tested and discussion is limited to their feature sets. A subscribers-only buyer's guide is also available.
Buy Green: Shower Heads
by Blythe Copeland
Our AssessmentPlanetGreen.com recommends five water-saving showerheads and includes brief discussion on each. But there's no indication the showerheads were tested; it appears the picks are based on features and efficiency. Still, the article is worth a look if you're in the market for a very water-efficient showerhead.
The Best Showerheads
by Elisa Huang
Our AssessmentReal Simple magazine discusses top showerhead picks in four categories: variable spray, rain can, massaging and luxury. There's no discussion of methodology, however, and models that didn't make the cut aren't mentioned.
Showerhead Picks: Eco-Friendly Showerheads and Systems
by Editors of KitchenBathIdeas.com
Our AssessmentThis website recommends eight showerheads and two shower systems, most of which use less than the federally-mandated 2.5 gpm of water. It's unclear whether the showerheads were tested, however, which results in a lower rating from us.
Best Shower Heads - Low Flow
by Anca Novacovici
Our AssessmentEco-friendly product expert Anca Novacovici recommends several low-flow showerheads at Tibesti.com. While the individual write-ups describe each model's benefits well, there's no indication of testing -- a common theme in showerhead reviews.
Showerheads & Handheld Showers
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is an excellent source of user reviews for showerheads, especially handheld models. Several, like the Peerless 76950 2-in-1 and the Waterpik Linea, receive very good overall ratings and more than 100 reviews each. You'll also find some helpful comments on installation.
Showerhead Research and Review
by Editors of 3Luxe.com
Our Assessment3Luxe.com evaluates showerheads based on reviews, but the emphasis here is more on unique features than on performance. While there is some discussion of the top three models, there's not a lot of substance here and no mention of which showerheads didn't make the cut.
Shower Head Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentMost of the reviews at Buzzillions.com come from small online plumbing supply stores, so there aren't as many reviews here as there are at Amazon.com. Speakman Anystream and Kohler Forte showerheads receive the best reviews from users.
Showerheads & Hand Showers Reviews
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentMore than 100 showerheads are listed at HomeDepot.com's review subsite, but most receive only a single review. Though the Delta Water Amplifying H2OKinetic showerhead is highly rated elsewhere, HomeDepot.com users seem less impressed with it. The American Standard FloWise gets good marks but from only about a half-dozen users.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com offers a large selection of showerheads -- more than 300 models in all -- but the reviews here are hard to navigate and most showerheads receive few, if any, owner comments. Still, the site is worth a look once you've narrowed down your choices to a few specific models.