we are aware of the great things that come with going green. And using
a lowflow showerhead is a great way to get started for those who are
new to living a more sustainable life. Low flow shower heads are often
frustrating - misty weak pressure that hardly washes the soap and shampoo
well. This can result in longer showers which can defeat the whole
purpose. And there no conservation in that. So the New York Time
reviewed 17 low flow shower heads to reveal just wimpy
pressure + sporadic spray = more time needed to wash the shampoo out of your
hair. Where's the conservation in that? So, we're happy to see The New York
Times review of 17 low-flow showerheads.
Criteria included how well each could deliver an acceptably robust
And the top low flow shower heads are .
• Evolve Water Lily: Technically not
low-flow, this showerhead gets points for automatically reducing the water flow
down to a trickle when it gets hot, and stays that way until you get in. It also
had the most satisfying and powerful massage spray. But
caveat: the water can be quite hot when the reactivation lever
• The Kohler Purist: With a
flow rate of 1.75 gallons-per-minute, this showerhead got good marks for delivering a wide, pleasant
spray. However, the wide spray was a little weak. It has three
settings (the highest of which is good for soothing sore muscles and rinsing out
shampoo come from just the inner holes), easy
switching mechanism, and great look.
• The FloWise from American Standard:
also has three settings... a needle-like full spray and a
less strong spray this is more comfortable. It's rated at 1.5 gallons per
• The Moen Envi: has a
with a flow rate of 2 gallons-per-minute,
provides a strong, satisfyingly rain-likeexperience, adjustable via a lever allowing it to be either full flow or
a gusty spray and works best when pointing directly down.
• Single-Action Models: the two units tested
both put out 1.5 gallons per minute but had no
adjustable flow. The $76 Delta showerhead was engineered to give larger drops for a"wetter" feel. The Real Goods one was cheap but
has a sloppy spray.
• The Waterpik Ecoflow:
the new Waterpik model showerhead has 5 spray
settings, most of which were providing prettygood pressure power. Strongest pressure came from
the "soaker" mode, which the reviewer said was
quite satisfying. He also liked the
feature of being able to cut the spray to under
a gallon per minute.