How Much Better Can a Showerhead Be?

by Tim Layton on August 25, 2010 Google+

in Bathrooms,Do It Yourself,Plumbing

I’ve done a whole lot of remodeling, and I’m pretty sure I’m about to share the absolute fastest and easiest home-improvement project I’ve ever completed. And the difference is amazing.

I was recently at the Delta Faucet headquarters in Indianapolis to learn about some great new things they’re doing in terms of design and technology. When I left, I snuck out with a showerhead. (couldn’t figure out a way to stuff a new touch operated kitchen faucet in my shirt)

Here’s the showerhead I grabbed:

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This awesome showerhead is part of the Addison Series by Delta Faucet. You can buy just the showerhead for $87.00 (list) or the whole new valve and trim.

So here’s the big deal: I unscrewed the old showerhead and screwed this one on. Elapsed time: about one minute max.

I liked my old showerhead. It had good pressure and a nice spray. I was skeptical that I’d be wanting to leave the new Delta Showerhead in place, even after an impressive demonstration at Delta HQ.

That thought changed pretty quickly. As soon as the new head was installed, I thought “wow, that looks great”. It’s really a very nice looking piece of plumbing hardware.

But when I first took a shower with this new head, I was instantly converted. This showerhead uses a new Delta Faucet technology they refer to as H2O Kinetic. It’s not an easy thing to explain, but I’ll give you the highlights:

  • The size of water droplets is controlled and varied
  • The direction of the water spray is not static…it moves.
  • Their is no induction of air into the shower spray so the water stays warmer.

I’m telling you what, it feels like twice the volume of water (even though it actually uses less than my old showerhead at only 2gpm flow) and the temperature difference is significant. I can literally compare it to a waterfall, just with less water.

I think what I’m trying to put into words is that there is a noticeable difference in that you instantly recognize the lack of voids in the water spray. I didn’t realize they were there, until they were gone.

I honestly can’t think of any project in your house that can make more of an improvement in your life with anywhere near so little effort. Again, this took less than one minute to accomplish.

If you’re doing a whole bathroom remodel you should also consider changing to a new shower valve. You’ll get better temperature control (especially when someone flushes a toilet!) and the full Delta warranty. If your walls are open anyway, it’s not a big job to change the valve.

We’ve had some rough, rough times lately with one of our sons spending way too much time in hospitals and doctor’s offices. In times like that, showers have always been a nice few minutes. This showerhead has made that few minutes of quiet so much better.

You should give it a try.

Article by Tim Layton

{ 7 comments }

1 JanMarie August 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

Hi Tim!
The showerhead looks and sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing.

I’m sorry to hear about your son…..I will keep him in my prayers as well as the rest of you.

Blessings :)
JanMarie

2 Franki Parde August 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Hang in there Tim! That showerhead looks terrific. franki

3 Diana August 26, 2010 at 10:43 am

It looks great! Did they have an option to have this as a handheld? With a small child, the hand held models are life savers.

Sorry about your son. He’s in my prayers.

4 Amanda August 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Your website is fantastic, thank you for sharing all of your valuable knowledge!

I hope your son is in better health soon~

5 Ace September 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’ve looked everywhere and can’t find this showerhead anywhere near $87.00. Am I looking in the wrong place? Please help if you can – I want this showerhead but can’t find it to order it near the $87.00 price.

6 Tim Layton September 22, 2011 at 1:12 pm

@ Ace – You might be looking at the entire valve assembly which is what you would need in a new construction situation or in a total remodel where the old plumbing is being replaced. The $87 is list for the showerhead itself. Should be easy to order from places like Home Depot and Lowe’s or a plumbing supplier.

7 Yanky December 31, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Hope your sons feels better quickly.

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