Reviewers love the Speakman Anystream S-2252 for its strong stream with three distinct spray settings. Users are also very impressed with its sturdy construction. However, some say this pricey shower head doesn't work that well in homes with low water pressure. The Speakman uses a full 2.5 gallons per minute, so it's not a good choice if you want to reduce water use.
Three distinct settings. Elisa Huang of Real Simple magazine is enthusiastic about the Speakman Anystream S-2252's three widely different spray settings: a sharp spray, a gentle rain and a dense flood. Other sources rave about its strong water pressure: Esquire magazine calls it "aggressive and rewarding," while Fine Homebuilding describes it as "invigorating." Most users agree that the shower head delivers a strong stream: One user at Amazon.com calls it "floods of water," and another says it's "like standing in a waterfall." However, a few users disagree, saying the Anystream produces only an "earnest dribble," especially in homes with low water pressure.
May need modifications. Changing settings on the Speakman Anystream S-2252 is simple. Huang describes the control as a "large, easy-grip lever" that won't slip out of wet or soapy hands. Installation is easy for most users, but those with low water pressure often choose to add an extra step: removing the flow restrictor to increase the water volume. Removing the black O-ring, according to one Amazon.com review, should double the flow through the shower head (while also doubling its water use). Some users go so far as to pry out the plastic insert as well, but they say it's tricky to get it out in one piece, and one owner says it makes little difference anyway.
Built to last. Unlike many shower heads, which are made of plastic with a thin coating of chrome, the Speakman Anystream S-2252's parts are solid brass. Users are impressed with its heft: One owner at Amazon.com calls it "heavy and well-constructed," and another says, "I didn't think they made quality things like this anymore." Owners like the look of this shower head as well. It's available in five different finishes -- polished chrome, polished brass, polished nickel, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze -- so there's one to suit every taste and every style of bathroom.
There are more than 100 reviews here for the Speakman Anystream S-2252, with ratings averaging 4.5 stars out of 5. Owners are impressed with its sturdy construction and good looks, and most say it has a strong stream. However, a few find it a bit weak, especially with low water pressure.
Review: Speakman S-2252 Anystream Icon 6-Jet Showerhead in Polished Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2013
2. Esquire magazine
The editors of Esquire recommend five fixed shower heads for men with various preferences. They name the Speakman Anystream their best all-around choice, describing it as "the Rihanna of showerheads -- aggressive and rewarding." However, there's no information about testing procedures or shower heads that didn't make the cut.
Review: A Man and His Showerhead, Editors of Esquire magazine, Oct. 7, 2012
3. Fine Homebuilding
Interior designer Nena Donovan Levine recommends five easy-to-install shower heads. She describes the Speakman Anystream as a sturdy shower head with an "invigorating" flow, but there's no indication that she has actually tested it or any of her other picks.
Review: Five Quick Showerhead Replacements, Nena Donovan Levine, April 3, 2009
Elisa Huang of Real Simple magazine names the Speakman Anystream the best variable spray shower head, thanks to its three "entirely distinct" spray settings and easy-to-grip adjustment lever. However, she doesn't discuss her testing methods or name the models she looked at but doesn't recommend.
Review: The Best Showerheads, Elisa Huang, Not dated
5. The Huffington Post
Editors from the Huffington Post name several of their favorite shower heads, with a one-sentence summary of their benefits. They praise the Speakman Anystream for its multiple spray patterns, but readers of the site are less impressed, awarding it only 3.3 stars out of 5 overall.
Review: Buying Guide: Showerhead Reviews (PHOTOS), Dickson Wong, Oct. 11, 2012