Question: Darren asks: What is the best showerhead to use in order to save water?
Darren, thanks for the great question about the best showerhead to use in order to save water.
I have bad news and good news. The bad is that there is not one clear-cut “best” water-saving showerhead. The good news is that there are a bunch of great water-conserving showerheads, and the one you should choose will depend on your location, budget, and aesthetic preference.
Water Saving Shower and LEED
Any showerhead that gives you less than 2.5 gpm is considered below the baseline for showerhead flow as defined in Water Efficiency Prerequisite 1: Water Use Reduction the 2009 version of the LEED Rating System.
Many people have complained about not being as comfortable using low-flow showerheads, which makes sense if you are used to the 3 gpm behemoths. But low-flow technology is improving, giving us the sensation of more flow while using less water… and lowering water bills.
Low Flow Shower Heads
The showerhead I have specified the most for small commercial applications, which would also work for residential applications, is the American Standard 1660.717.002 FloWise 3 Function Water-Saving showerhead. This one can go 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), 2.0 gpm, or 1.8 gpm. The default setting (1.5 gpm) is the most water-conserving.
If you need a handheld low-flow showerhead, I would recommend American Standard’s Shower Systems Water Saving Kit. This one only flows at 1.5 gpm.
Delta also makes a reputable 1.5 gpm fixed showerhead: Leland Monitor 14 Series.
Showerheads for Low Cost
Niagara Conservation makes many affordable, low-flow and ultra-low flow showerheads.
If you are more concerned with cost than aesthetics, there are plenty of very affordable low-flow showerheads at the New Resources Group website.
Clayton Grow, LEED AP is an independent writer producing informational and marketing content for the engineering and construction industries. Specializes in sustainability and green building practices.