According to the
Alliance for Water Efficiency, showers are the third largest water use after toilets and washing machines. Replacing an old shower head, particularly if made prior to 1980, head with a new model that uses less than 2.5 gallons per minute (an ultra-low flow shower head, for example, uses 1.5 gallons per minute) can help save water. Many modern American shower heads are already low flow but to be sure, a shower head that uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute constitutes low flow; the lower gallons per minute (GPM), the better. Here are our 10 favorites.
N.B. The number one water guzzler in the house? Toilets. See our post
10 Easy Pieces: The Best Water-Conserving Toilets to address the issue. Above: The Speakman 6-Jet Shower Head (C3012), available in five different finishes, has a flow rate of 2.0 GPM and is $199 at Rejuvenation. Another Speakman model, the Anystream Classic 4-Jet (S-2253-E15), has a rate of 1.5 GPM for $27.30 at Sustainable Supply. Above: The Niagara Earth Massage Low Flow Showerhead is a very low 1.25 GPM and is only $8 on Amazon. Above: The Brizo Invari Showerhead (87476) in five finishes is WaterSense certified with 2.0 GPM for $151.20 at Quality Bath. Above: The American Standard Flowise Modern Water-Saving Showerhead (1660.613.002) in Polished Chrome has a maximum flow rate of 2.0 GPM; $43.26 at Amazon. Above: The Toto L Series Showerhead (TBW01013U4#CP) is a WaterSense certified high-efficiency 1.75 GPM showerhead for $51.80 at Quality Bath. Above: The Dornbracht Showerhead in six different finishes has a max flow rate of 1.85 GPM for $350.32 at Plumb Tile. Above: The Vola Round Wall-Mount Showerhead (060-100) in 10 different finishes including Bright Red, Dark Blue, Carmine Red, White, and Pink has a flow rate of 2.0 GPM. Prices start at $2,722.50 at Plumb Tile. Above: The Kohler Bancroft Single Function Showerhead (K-14519-CP) at 2.0 GPM is $54.98 on Amazon. Above: The Lefroy Brooks 6-Inch Wall Shower Rose (Y1-4701) in Polished Chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Polished Nickel with a 2.0 GPM. Prices start at $266.25 at Quality Bath. Above: The California Faucets 8-Jet Showerhead (SH-05) is available in 26 finishes and various flow rates of 1.5 GPM, 1.8 GPM, 2.0 GPM, and up to the standard 2.5 GPM. Prices start at $213.75 at Quality Bath. Above: The Kallista Air-Induction Showerhead with Arm available in four finishes is WaterSense certified with a flow rate of 1.75 GPM for $438.99 at Shop Studio. Above: A very basic shower head, and good for outdoor or pool-side showers, is the Whedon Products Showerhead (USB4C) with a 1.5 GPM flow rate; $12.95 on Amazon.
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