Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 24
Rated 4 out of 5 by tinydancer Great shower filter
So far, so good. The filter has nice settings and emits lots of steam. My hair already feels softer!
December 12, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by LemurTech Make sure your plumbing has adequate pressure
It installs easily and looks great, and I prefer an overhead shower design to the spray-at-an-angle design. That being said, there must indeed be some powerful filtering going on, because our water pressure is drastically reduced. I suppose you could wax poetic about how it's like a gentle rain in some tropical spa, but the fact is, when it's a cold Winter morning this shower head is not really wide enough or strong enough (with our plumbing, at any rate) to give a satisfying experience... And we are not big people! Another 2-3 inches in diameter would have been better.
It's only been a month so I cannot really comment on whether we've noticed a difference using filtered water. It's a long-term commitment, I suppose. I wish I had a way of independently testing the filtration, or at least have some stats published by the (Chinese) company that makes it--or Gaiam, for that matter. But I have neither, so I just have to trust that it's doing something positive for our hair and skin.
November 26, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Buda Overall Good
The filter does a good job and is comparable to other filters I have used before. The ability to change height and reach of the shower head via the arms is absolutely great (with some cons). Definitely saves on water and makes the hot water last longer.
It's only about 6" or so across and with the flow restrictor you really don't get much of a wide pattern of spray. For a smaller person that may not matter but I am over 6' and have a broad frame (180 lbs). When I stand under it the water only hits my head and so I have to constantly move around to get coverage over the rest of my body. That is going to suck when it is winter time and I'm trying to warm up in the shower. Having an 8" diameter head or having some of the outlet tips angled out would really help with the coverage. I also like a more powerful shower so for me this is quite lacking in that department (but that is personal preference).
The ability to adjust height and reach is definitely nice however the design has a flaw in it. The joint at midpoint (just after the filter) is not strong enough to hold the shower head where you put it. If you tighten down the joint to much (or have it in wrong position) you will completely stop the flow of the water. I have to take the angle for that joint much further above where I want it and tighten it down. After that the arm coming out of that joint will slowly begin to drop over a few days. It eventually stops a little lower than where I want it but it is good enough.
As one review previously mentioned, tip the shower head up at an angle after you turn off the water as this helps drain the water from the head faster.
Since tightening the joints to much can actually stop water flow it is helpful if you can adjust them with some water flowing or test the water flow after you have adjusted it. With water flowing some water will leak from the joints when loosened.
When showering I found that putting the shower head at a slight angle helps just a tad with getting more coverage.
Overall I'm happy with this unit (at least until winter comes). If the joint problem could be fixed and get more pressure and/or spray coverage, then it would be perfect.
I mainly use the middle setting. The two settings for the mist from the center I find useless and the two settings for the pulse from the center are only handy when I shave in the shower to help clean out the razor faster.
Hope this helps.
September 15, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by smcadams Quite Enjoyable
This shower filter has transformed our shower experience. The 5 settings all have their benefits. There are three settings we use on a daily basis. It is easy to change settings while the water is running. We are very pleased with the filter and think it is worth every penny.
May 19, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by DougB Good Item 'cept for washers
First day one washer was broken which caused a leak at the joint fitting just after the output from wall. No specs on washer to enable getting a replacement.
May 1, 2010