There are many reasons why your home may be dealing with low water pressure. Maybe your whole house filtration system causes a high pressure drop and you didn’t want to add an electric pump, or maybe you live in an area with hard water problems and your pipes are slowly but surely clogging. If it’s particularly in the shower, maybe your shower head just has a strict flow regulator or a poor nozzle pattern?
In any event, changing your shower head to make showering more efficient and enjoyable is not a bad idea. You don’t have to look long and hard, nor do you have to worry about calling in a plumber to install one. Truth be told, most shower heads these days are equipped with universal fittings and many may not even require tools to install. Take a look at my top picks if you’re not convinced.
10 Best Shower Heads for Low Water Pressure
- 10 Best Shower Heads for Low Water Pressure
- 1. Yoo.Mee High Pressure Handheld Shower Head
- 2. Aqua Elegante High Pressure Shower Head
- 3. WASSA High Pressure Shower Head
- 4. Kasuny High Pressure Shower Head
- 5. Delta 2-Spray Shower Head
- 6. Aqua Elegante 6-Function Shower Head
- 7. Spa Plaza Massager Shower Head
- 8. Aqua Elegante 6-Function Luxury Shower Head
- 9. Wassern High Pressure Handheld Shower Head
- 10. AquaBliss HS300 Adjustable Shower Head
- Shower Heads for Low Water Pressure Can Help You Save
- Not All Shower Heads are the Same
- Don’t Forget About Shapes, Sizes, and Nozzle Patterns
The product name is a pretty straightforward description but it doesn’t tell the whole story. For a 3-setting shower head, this Yoo.Mee shower accessory is quite efficient at catering to various needs. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a rather cheap handheld model.
What I appreciated the most was the water pause feature. When you use it, you essentially turn the shower head into a massager. However, it is high impact so don’t overdo it or use it on very sensitive areas. It’s best used for addressing muscle pain, so use it on your shoulders, arms, legs, or even the back of your neck.
The combo setting tries to combine fast jets of water with the massage mode but it doesn’t feel all that special. The most important setting you’ll probably use is the fast stream setting. This one works wonders if you need to take a quick shower before work or after a run.
The handheld design is always great because it allows you to cover your entire body. If you’d rather not hold your shower head, you can just leave it mounted on the supplied bracket and shower as if it’s a fixed head. The installation kit is basic but it has everything you need to change your old shower head from plumber’s tape to step-by-step instructions.
Despite the fact that it’s an affordable shower head, this Aqua Elegante model looks and performs almost flawlessly. The bulky design is there just so it can fit all the necessary components such as the flow restrictor and 42 nozzles.
And speaking of nozzles, not only does this model have an outrageous number of them but they are all silicone-only nozzles. This should be extra useful if you have hard water as limescale and calcium don’t deposit on silicone. Unlike other shower heads, this model has a better chance of maintaining its efficiency over time.
Although it comes with an ABS plastic casing, it’s not a frail design. You’ll notice that the brass fitting has a very tight fit that should prevent any leaks. If the standard setting doesn’t appeal to you, you can check the instruction manual to see how to remove the flow limiter. But to be fair, this shouldn’t be necessary unless you have extremely low water pressure.
At the end of the day, this Aqua Elegante shower head is rated at 2.5 GPM. That’s with the flow rate restrictor inside. Removing it would certainly increase the output flow rate but an increase in the speed of the jets may depend on your plumbing system’s supplied pressure.
Performance aside, a lifetime guarantee always makes a very strong selling point. And the manufacturer’s confidence in its product is not unfounded either. One of the reasons this is a long-lasting unit is the use of silicone jet nozzles which prevent most hard water deposits that can restrict the flow rate over time unless you descale the nozzles periodically.
The installation is also simple as the G1/2” threads on the shower head should work with any standard shower arm. The adjustable swivel brass ball connection is not hard to work with if you follow the instruction manual. And it offers amazing coverage of your body once properly installed.
Another cool feature is the stainless steel filter. This further helps the shower head to dispense high-quality water. The 3” surface may not seem like much but you can play around with it thanks to the swivel ball joint. And, if your main issue is to solve low pressure problems, then a concentrated stream always gives better results.
This handheld shower head has an extra-long hose which will allow you to cover all the hard-to-reach places. It also comes with its own wall-mounted bracket and user manual. Though to be fair, you don’t really need instructions to twist it into place.
The hose is long but I found it to be just a bit too flexible for my liking. Luckily, the shower head is lightweight. The spray settings can be adjusted from aplastic dial on the shower head.
In terms of flow rate, Kasuny doesn’t hold anything back with this model. The shower head doesn’t have a flow rate regulator which means you’ll get all the flow and pressure that you need. At the same time, this may promote more waste.
The spray settings are pretty much standard – spray, massage, and a combination of both, which to be honest, does a better job of spraying than massaging. The high impact shower head setting may be somewhat intense. Due to the lack of a flow regulator the output may be too intense if you have sensitive skin, bruises, or an open wound.
This shower head seems to be designed not just for fixing low water pressure issues but also for more coverage. The unique H20kinetic spray offers a very interesting wave pattern which almost triples the coverage of a standard shower head.
Another interesting effect of this spray design is sustained warmth. It’s not uncommon to lose warmth when showering even at a high flow rate, but this water wave pattern seems to have a unique ability to retain heat so you don’t have to turn up the hot water as much.
The lifetime warranty is always a nice touch as it can only inspire confidence. The WaterSense label should indicate that this shower head is not only intense but also economical. Whether or not you can truly use20% less water will depend on each user’s plumbing system.
However, as amazing as it is in terms of performance, the Delta 2-Spray shower head is not for everyone. It’s not a handheld model so its suitability may depend on a person’s upbringing and cultural leaning. In the United States, most people are used to fixed shower heads but that may be the case overseas.
If you have don’t a preferred spray setting, it’s not a bad idea to get a shower head with as many settings as possible. This Aqua Elegante handheld shower head which has six spray settings might be enough to satisfy the most demanding users.
The main purpose of this model is to provide different options when showering. It gives massages, it has a water saving function, it does high-impact spraying, gentle spraying, you name it. At the same time, it’s also designed to boost output flow rate even if you can’t supply the necessary water pressure.
The water flow restrictor is easy to remove and doing so may boost the GPM by a large margin. However, besides potentially illegal, removing the flow restrictor may also change the standard settings. You may find the power blast setting to be too aggressive and the mixed modes more adequate.
But, with an easy installation and modification process, you can test various setups yourself in just a few minutes. In terms of maintenance, there’s nothing to worry about for the most part since the shower head uses silicone nozzles. Note that this may also improve your water quality.
If you don’t mind splurging a bit on bathroom accessories then maybe this shower head deserves your attention. It is designed for a high-velocity spray with a rather narrow dispersal pattern. The reason? – To have just as much use as a standard shower head and a massaging shower head.
For spa-like quality massages at home, this may be your best bet. It has plenty of power and the perfect stream for the job. The one downside? – It’s not a handheld model. This makes it somewhat difficult to enjoy the massage feature on your lower back or your legs.
You can adjust the angle a bit thanks to the brass ball joint but the massage setting still loses plenty of power when it reaches lower body parts.
In terms of installation, there’s nothing to it. You’ll just have to unscrew your old shower head and replace it with this one. This model fits all 1/2” standard shower arms and the package includes new Teflon tape too for sealing the joint.
Although marketed as a luxury shower head, there’s nothing aesthetically luxurious about it. It looks like a standard shower head and there’s nothing wrong with that. Ultimately, what’s on the inside is what matters.
This model has six adjustable settings. You can get everything from a high-impact spray to a conservative wave pattern designed for saving water. The flow limiter really allows you to choose and experience different sensations, making your everyday shower feel less like a chore.
A few things set this unit apart from others. The silicone nozzles are arranged in a unique pattern, allowing each flow setting to actually feel very different from others. The flow limiter also has a mesh filter that further improves water quality regardless if you have a water filtration system.
The downside is that if you have a bad case of low water pressure, you may need to remove the regulator. Its 2.5GPM flow regulator is not exactly on par with what I would expect from a Luxury shower head.
That also means removing the mesh filter. The good news is that you won’t need a plumber to assist you as you can just follow the instructions in the manual. And, at the end of the day, it’s the versatility of this model that adds the most value.
The robust build makes this model suitable for a variety of locations and water conditions, and the variety of finishes allows you to pair it with almost any bathroom design.
On paper, this 2.5GPM shower head may not seem like much. However, once you factor in the seven settings, the 81 nozzles, and the fact that it comes with a 6’6” flexible shower hose, it suddenly looks a lot more appealing.
In all honesty, having multiple settings is not something everyone needs. But, since at least one of them features that high-impact spray needed to get past low water pressure issues, the more may be the merrier. They also don’t come at a high cost either since there are plenty of 3-setting shower heads that are more expensive than this one.
If you’re worried about coverage, you really shouldn’t. You would be hard-pressed to find a better combination – 80” hose and a 5.2” face. There shouldn’t be any issues enjoying a solid rinse anywhere on the body.
It may seem like I’m hyping up this model too much but, honestly, it’s hard to find a flaw that’s worth pointing out other than the pause button which may cause you to lose heat. That being said, even the aerated setting, which puts out a mist to fill in the gaps in the stream, has a good flow rate and feels great when rinsing soap off the skin.
The unique nozzle design and arrangement on the shower face allow the AquaBliss HS300 to give out one of the most satisfying mist waves I’ve ever experienced. But don’t worry, it also has a high-impact stream setting that can get all the shampoo out of the thickest hair.
The universal connections make the HS300 compatible with almost any bathroom. And, given its silicone nozzles, it should work just as well in or outside of the city and for municipal water and well water. Though a water filtration unit is still needed to improve water quality, the shower head won’t lose its efficiency if hard water courses through it all the time.
The hose is about 6’5” long which is pretty good for getting to all the hard-to-reach places. The 360-degree rotating ends improve its flexibility even more. Despite equipped with a 2.5GPM flow restrictor. the HS300 seems to be able to deliver a very powerful stream compared to its competitors.
That’s probably because of the unique nozzle pattern which has a better aim and water dispersal pattern. Of course, you can always unscrew the regulator in just a few minutes.
Shower Heads for Low Water Pressure Can Help You Save
Few people ever think about this but a good shower head designed to make the best of low water pressure can actually help save water and water heating costs. Normally, less water output should in theory be more economical, right? – Not all the time.
Try to think of it from a different perspective. How much does it take you to rinse off with your current shower head? One minute? Two minutes?
When the water pressure is too low, you won’t just spend more time trying to wash everything off. You’ll actually end up using more water because the pressure is not high enough to disperse the product from your hair. Higher pressure is more effective.
Although it may seem like you’re using more water, keep in mind the timing. 20-30 seconds of higher water pressure and flow may use up a lot less water and energy than a couple of minutes of lower water pressure and flow.
Not All Shower Heads are the Same
Just because you’re looking for a specific function in your shower head, in this case boosting the output, it doesn’t mean you can’t get even more bang for your buck. Shower heads can get quite complex as you go up the price range.
Single-setting models will always be cheap. They’ll do a good job of optimizing the available water pressure and allowing you to rinse off soap and shampoo faster. But, are you sure you’re not interested in a model with more settings?
What if you want a pulsing mode, a mist mode, or a massage mode? – What if you want to save water without having to turn it off? – Some shower heads come with many settings that allow you to turn an everyday shower into a pampering experience.
You should also consider other people in the household. Some of these models may have a very powerful stream. Older people or toddlers may not have a good time showering under that. This is where it really helps to consider a multi-setting shower head.
Don’t Forget About Shapes, Sizes, and Nozzle Patterns
Increasing the water pressure shouldn’t be your only priority when picking a new shower head. Always try to take into account the size or shape of the shower head.
The bigger the shower head, the better the coverage will be but at a higher pressure drop. Shower heads for low water pressure are designed to make the best of the situation, so the heads can’t be overly wide or you’ll lose too much pressure.
What’s also worth considering is the nozzle arrangement. A lot of shower heads promise to give you multiple spray patterns but when you look closely, all the nozzles are exactly the same size. If you’re looking for mist and massage functions, the nozzles need to be varied, sized and spaced in a way that enables unique wave patterns.
Ready to Get Rinsing?
When it comes to shower heads that can boost your water flow rate, you don’t have to search too hard. Sure, there are many models on the market and almost every manufacturer tries to come up with new and unique nozzle patterns. But, at the end of the day, all you really need is a design that allows you to take out the flow restrictor.
If a 2.5GPM shower head just doesn’t do you justice, either look for a design with a different nozzle pattern or one that lets you remove the regulator easily, without having to worry about leaks. Also keep in mind that most high pressure shower heads have standard fittings so if you have a custom plumbing or shower setup in your bathroom, you may have to search a little harder or get some adaptors custom-built.
A hardcore woodworking and welding enthusiast, Russ is the editor-in-chief of TAH. In his spare time, Russ loves watching sports, and (binge) watching Netflix.