Speakman S-2252 Icon Anystream Review

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Bottom Line

Reviewers love the Speakman S-2252 Icon Anystream for its strong stream with three distinct spray settings. Users are also very impressed with its sturdy construction. However, some say this shower head doesn't work that well in homes with low water pressure. The Speakman Icon uses a full 2.5 gallons per minute, so it's not a good choice if you want to reduce water use. However, a lower-flow 2.0 gpm model is available.

ProsPowerful stream, Three spray settings, Two flow rate options, Sturdy construction, Easy-grip leverConsStruggles at lower water pressures

Breaking it down

Performance

Three distinct settings. Reviewers are highly positive about the Speakman S-2252 Icon Anystream's three very different spray settings: a sharp spray, a gentle rain and a dense flood. Owners also rave about its strong water pressure, which they describe as powerful and invigorating. A number of users say it has been a huge improvement over previous shower heads they have owned, even those that had the same 2.5 gpm flow rate. A few users disagree, saying the S-2252 Icon has a too-weak flow, especially in homes with low water pressure; however, there are those who say it works well even with lower water pressures, so it may be worth trying. The Speakman Icon S-2252 also comes in a 2.0 gpm model, but we found no reviews specific to that shower head.

Ease of use

Straightforward to install and use. Changing settings on the Speakman Anystream S-2252 is described as very simple. The control knob is a large lever that is easy to grip and won't slip out of wet or soapy hands. Installation is easy for most users, even for those who installed it with shower arms or extensions. The According to Speakman, the small orifices in the flow restrictor can become clogged with scale and other minerals; occasional removal and cleaning may be necessary.

Design

Built to last. Unlike many shower heads, which are made of plastic with a thin coating of chrome, the Speakman S-2252 Icon Anystream's parts are solid brass. Owners are impressed with its heft and say it's extremely well-constructed. Even those who balked at the price say it is worth every penny for the quality you receive. Owners like the look of this shower head as well, and experts say it's one of the most attractive available. The Speakman S-2252 comes 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, though some finishes do raise this shower head's price.

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

Speakman S-2252 Icon Anystream High Pressure Adjustable Shower Head, Polished Chrome, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015

There are more than 535 reviews for the Speakman S-2252, and an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Owners are impressed with its sturdy construction, range of finish options and good looks. Most say it has a strong stream; a few find it a bit weak, especially with low water pressure systems.

2. RealSimple.com

The Best Showerheads, Elisa Huang, Not Dated

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 looks at but doesn't recommend.

3. Esquire magazine

A Man and His Showerhead, Editors of Esquire magazine, Oct. 7, 2012

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.

4. The Huffington Post

Buying Guide: Showerhead Reviews (PHOTOS), Dickson Wong, Oct. 11, 2012

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 there's no real mention of testing.