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Some Things You Need To Know About High Pressure Shower Heads

by AlbertLucas on May 19, 2021

Some Things You Need To Know About High Pressure Shower Heads

An invigorating shower is a great way to start your day, and a comfortable shower could exactly be the way you relax yourself simply at your home every day after the back-breaking work, but only if you have plenty of pressure. A good high pressure shower head can take your cleanliness to a whole new level while massing the skin.

But that being said, before you get too excited about your high pressure shower head, you also need to consider the water requirements in your area. Most high pressure shower heads are rated at 2.5 gallons per minute, And by law, manufacturers cannot exceed 2.5 GPM. So don’t try to go bigger. Using a high pressure shower head may not be the best choice for some areas, depending on their water requirements and your overall usage.

Choosing a high pressure shower head shouldn’t be stressful, so here are some things you need to know about high pressure shower heads and a few tips to get you started.

Don’t Believe the Hype

Shower head manufacturers like to throw the term “High Pressure” around, so it’s more of a tag with some companies than a promise of high-powered water flow. When you are going to buy a high pressure shower head online, you will often see some users comment that the product does not meet their expectations, but actually you also need to know is that some of the bad reviews are due to insufficient pressure or installation issues. So the first thing you’ll need to do is have a rough idea of how much pressure you have to begin with before considering our next section.

Build Quality

The highest quality shower heads will use brass in the build, and not just for the ball joint. Unfortunately, most manufacturers opt for plastic, but there are pros and cons to each material used in the construction of your shower head.

  • Plastic – If you’re looking at budget-friendly shower heads, it’s probably made from plastic. ABS is the most popular option as it’s durable and found in everything from building blocks to tools and fixtures. This is also an area where finishes come into play as chrome plating, or a nickel finish doesn’t make ABS any more durable but will raise the cost of the head.
  • Stainless Steel – Next up is stainless steel which is easy to clean and maintain. It won’t rust and doesn’t cost a fortune, but is more expensive than ABS overall unless it’s a stainless body with a plastic insert. If you have hard water, you may experience more mineral build-up although it comes down to the nozzles, channels, and design of the head at the end of the day.
  • Brass – If you want the best, you want brass, and a brass showerhead may very well outlast you. They don’t rust or corrode, and while you can still experience build-up with hard water like any other head, it’s the most durable type of material used in shower heads.

Nozzles are just as important as the head itself and are usually made from silicone or rubber. Silicone is the ideal choice and usually “clog-resistant” or geared so that they are extremely easy to clean. While that’s true to a degree, you may still have to remove the head and scrub it down if you have a humid bathroom or get lax on regular cleanings.


Unfortunately, there’s not much we can say when it comes to high pressure shower head features as there just aren’t many to begin with. Multiple spray patterns certainly qualify as a feature but are rarely found on true power heads. If you do want or need more spray patterns, look towards handheld showers that provide multiple massage settings. And nowadays, with the development of technology and people's pursuit, more and more people will also consider choosing mixed shower system combo set, including shower head, handshower and side sprayer. 

A pause feature is a little more common and much handier than it sounds. This allows you to temporarily halt the action while you shave or get a good lather going, then resume at the same temperature as before.

Hope this article can help you in considering your choice of high pressure shower head. But it could be a major issue if a high pressure shower head is the only head in your house. While you may want a hard shower, considering your shower needs and those of others living in your home, you may need to give a gentler water pressure to children, seniors and pets or anyone living in your home. So have an extra shower like handshower is a good consideration. 

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