If you're on a very tight budget, the Whedon Ultra Saver showerhead might be a good choice. Not only is it among the least expensive showerheads available, it's also very efficient and should save some money on your water and water heating bills. It includes a water-saver button that temporarily turns off the water while you lather up. Otherwise, it's a no-frills showerhead with only one spray setting and no pressure adjustment. We did read some reports of durability problems with this showerhead, however, and the reviews we found don't discuss how comfortable it is. This showerhead is available in chrome only, and there isn't a handheld version. The 1.5-gpm Oxygenics SkinCare 60120 (*Est. $20) costs more, but it receives stronger recommendations from owners and experts.
We found expert reviews for the Whedon Ultra Saver at MetaEfficient.com and Tibesti.com, but it's unclear whether either publication tested the showerhead. Amazon.com has a handful of user reviews for this model.
Reviewer Justin Thomas chooses the Whedon Ultra Saver Showerhead as one of four picks for the best low-flow showerheads. The Ultra Saver receives praise for its efficiency and price point, but Thomas says the spray becomes uneven over time and the showerhead needs to be replaced about once every two years.
Review: The Best Low-Flow Showerheads, Justin Thomas, Jan. 22, 2008
The Whedon Ultra Saver Showerhead is among 10 models recommended by environmental consultant Anca Novacovici in this article from Tibesti.com. There's no evidence of testing, however, and Novacovici writes only a few sentences about the showerhead.
Review: Best Shower Heads - Low Flow, Anca Novacovici
A handful of owners review the Whedon Ultra Saver at Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of four stars out of five. All praise its efficiency but one reports that it stopped working after only one shower.
Review: Whedon Products 1.5 gpm Showerhead W/Push Btn., Contributors to Amazon.com