About nine months ago our low flow shower head broke. Actually, a plastic piece that holds the showerhead in place broke. My wife rigged it to stay in place with rubber bands but that eventually didn't work. So we decided to get another one. Research time! I looked at a whole bunch of options to get a showerhead that saved even more water than the 2.5 gallon per minute model we were replacing. I looked at models that had switches to turn on and off the water flow at the showerhead level. Read a bunch of reviews that these systems can start up again at higher or lower water temperatures. I passed on that feature. Not really keen on us getting burnt with hot water. I saw another type of system that ran until the water got hot then temporarily switched off. This is great for folks that turn on the water and let it run until it is warm. Our water gets hot pretty quick. That seemed like a decent feature but I didn't think we needed something that seemed prone to breaking. I also got recommendations to try aerator models which mix air into the water stream. Because air is mixed in, the water pressure is amplified. Ahhh, that's what I want!
So, after looking at a few aerator options, we settled on a 1.9 gallon per minute model four months ago. It works great! For one, it saves .6 gallons of water per minute over our old low flow showerhead. This showerhead should save us close to 9,000 gallons of water each year without any change to our showering habits. Another benefit is that it's quiet. Our old showerhead used to whistle really loudly (loud enough to wake kids!). We figured that was the price you paid for restricting water flow. This new showerhead doesn't whistle. The water pressure also feels incredible. We use less water but it sure feels like we are using more.
II think I am going to put these models on my Christmas shopping list for family. Great way to give something that feel luxurious but ultimately saves resources.
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