On an ever-expanding market such as the bathroom hardware one, new types of products keep appearing every season. Because of that, those who are not the most experienced in buying bathroom accessories (aka most people) will probably find the choice rather challenging.
Today, we are here to present you the pros and cons of one of the most recent shower heads to hit the market – the low flow shower head. This type of shower head had first appeared when a law regarding the maximum water consumption for showers has been approved in most states. This law specified 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute) as being the maximum allowed water consumption, which is what you probably have going on in your bathroom right now. However, that figure refers to regular shower heads only. Low flow units usually consume much less – anywhere between 1.25 and 2.0 GPM.
OK, so now you know what exactly a low flow shower head is. But what exactly does it do besides giving you ridiculously low water pressure in exchange for smaller costs on the water bill?
To begin with, low flow technology allows these units to not drop in water pressure while taking up less water. In other words, no, you won’t be struggling to get the shampoo out of your hair for 20 minutes; these units will offer you the same experience as a regular showerhead while consuming less water. So, yes, the smaller costs on the water bills part is actually true. This is the first and post important advantage of low flow shower heads – they are economical, thus perfect to choose if you want to spare up to 20% of the water bill.
Another advantage of low flow units is the fact that they are eco-friendly. This is also due to the fact that they consume less water than a normal shower head. And you need not be an environmentalist or an Ecology major in college to know that fresh water supplies are scarce and we need to be more mindful about the amount our household consumes.
Last but not least, these unit are as cheap as a regular showerhead, an just as easy to install. If you thought you’d need to pay a plumber to replace your whole system just for this, think again – all it takes it “install” a low flow shower head is screwing it in place of your old unit.
Of course, you can’t overlook the disadvantages when it comes to low flow shower heads. The main disadvantage that people mention is that they cause a drop in water pressure. Yes, we know we wrote just above here that they do not, but some areas with already low water pressure might experience that. If your regular shower head is already having a hard time keeping the pressure stable, you probably should think about getting a high pressure shower head instead of a low flow one.
Another disadvantage you might notice is the drop in water temperature. As low flow units usually use a centrifugal chamber technology to “speed up” less water into mimicking a normal pressure, hot water can cool down a bit quicker than you might expect.