Most of us probably think of drinking water when it comes to water filtration products. But it may surprise you to learn that there is another option out there: shower filtration. In fact, some research suggests that a shower filter may be more important in getting rid of harmful disinfectants absorbed through the skin. There are a few key things to keep in mind if you’re shopping for a shower filter:
- Replacement Costs
Take a journey with us using these criteria to find the best filter for you.
10. OmniGee Universal Shower Filter Showerhead
This unit provides very good performance by utilizing an 8 stage system to filter out chlorine. But it doesn’t stop there, also working to eliminate heavy metals, pesticides and other harmful chemicals in your water.
It also has decent longevity, only needing a replacement after about 12,000 gallons of water. The cartridges are both easy to access and replace, adding to the value.
A couple of users had to tighten the filter after initial use, but it worked well after that.
9. Aqua Elegante High Output Luxury Shower Filter
Boasting at least a 90% effectiveness rating, this shower filter is not only high output but high performance as well. It’s a KDF-type model, one of the two often cited most effective at removing heavy metals and other unwanted compounds from your shower water. Has average but good longevity, guaranteed to last at least 6 months, the norm for most shower filters.
Replacement cartridges are readily available and competitively priced, making this a good cost-effective system as well.
8. Vitamin C Shower Head With Water Filter By SONAKI
Vitamin C shower filters are finally starting to become more widely available; a good thing as they remove not only chlorine but chloramines. Chloramines are a newer compound added to water that some older filters can’t catch. This gives it an added performance boost.
As a bonus this product comes with not just one but two filters, giving you a replacement right out of the box.
Longevity is something of an issue as the filters typically only last about two months each. However, replacement filters are easy to get and quite inexpensive, keeping operating costs low.
7. Showerwise – Deluxe Filtration System
A very easy to install product, with just a few twists and turns. Most users report very high performance with the removal of chlorine; many users notice a difference in heavy well water quality too.
The longevity factor should be quite high here, given that the manufacturers state that you won’t need to replace the filter but once a year, depending on use. If true, operating costs are very low as one filter can last a whole year, and only costs a bit more than comparable filters.
6. AquaCare By HotelSpa Filtered Shower Head
This is actually a showerhead that includes its own filtration system, so it’s a great choice if you’re just moving and in need of a new shower. It offers six shower settings along with three filtration stages for increased performance at all levels of cleaning. Includes KDF for effective chlorine removal.
The longevity is pleasantly average with this one; you’ll likely only need to replace the filters after six months or more. They are also easy to find and inexpensive, keeping your operating costs low.
5. Sprite SL-CM Slim-Line Universal Shower Filter
We particularly like the low cost upkeep of this one, as you can buy readily available two-pack filters for even less than the cost of a single filter on some other models.
In addition, it is rated to last up to a full year, thus quite incredible longevity too. Just keep in mind to flip the filter halfway through the year for best results. A great low-cost option that performs very well, removing most free chlorine and sediments.
4. WaterChef Premium Shower Filter System SF-7C
This filter from WaterChef is particularly interesting as it is one of the very few that are reported to be completely BPA-free. This makes in an ideal choice for anyone looking for that option and gives it a performance edge as well.
Its longevity is average and should last about six months per filter. Operational costs are just slightly below average as one filter is slightly higher than many other models–but still comparable to some others. In rare cases, users had problems with leakage, but report that they were handled quickly by customer support.
3. Rainshow’r CQ-1000-NH Dechlorinating Shower Filter
This model has increased longevity, and should be able to last around nine months rather than the usual six. This is mostly due to its increased size. That size gives it highly-rated performance according to NSF standards. However, it does lower the height of the showerhead, which is something to consider. Replacement filters are readily available, though we think they’re slightly above average. Still, this is a quality product and well worth it.
2. Culligan RDSH-C115 RainDisc Filtered Shower Head
Already well-known in the water industry, it’s no shocker that Culligan takes our top spots here. This model is ideal for those that want quality high-performance filtration of over 90% free chlorine combined with a relaxing rainfall pattern. Best of all, it’s so affordable and very low cost that there’s no reason not to try it out. Has average longevity of at least six months.
1. Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mounted Filtered Shower Head with Massage
Another fantastic value from Culligan that wins out as our best shower filter this time. This model has anti-clog nozzles with multiple spray settings, average longevity in terms of filtration, and the very high performance you’ve come to expect from Culligan. Fully tested and certified by the NSF to standard 177. Filters are also inexpensive for low cost upkeep.
Whatever your needs, we can help you find the best shower filter around. Whether you’re looking to simply remove chlorine, or you’re interested in trying to get rid of chloramines and heavy metals as well. If you’re not sure, there are plenty of value models to try out and feel the difference, too.