Low Versus High Pressure Shower Heads

In our complicated modern lives, bathrooms have become the inner sanctum of our home sanctuary. We want our showers to be perfect and when they aren’t we need to fix that right away. Do you need a new shower head to make it perfect? Or are you looking to improve the water pressure in your shower? Learn all about low-pressure versus high-pressure shower heads to create your perfect shower.

Low Pressure vs High Pressure Shower Heads

Low pressure shower heads direct the water through a flow reducer and tend to have design features that lower the water pressure, like more holes or specialized sizes of holes across the showerhead. They have the advantage of saving many gallons of water per minute and decreasing costs of heating the water resulting in environmental and financial benefits.

High-pressure showerheads maximize the pressure at the tap and have features that increase the flow of water through the showerhead. Sometimes this is accomplished by removing the flow reducer that is in every shower head as required by law, and sometimes it is designed into the showerhead, like a massage feature. The benefit of high-pressure shower heads is definitely a preferred shower experience for most people. The ideal situation is to get a showerhead that controls the water usage while providing a strong water flow.

Do different shower heads affect water pressure?

Yes, depending on which shower head you choose, they can increase the water pressure at the head itself in order to create a more powerful shower or decrease it to create a more gentle shower. 

What shower head is best for low water pressure?

If you have low pressure at your shower and you want to improve the shower’s pressure there are some well-known brands that offer shower heads designed to increase water strength. There are many excellent brands, like Kohler, Delta, Grohe, and Moen. If you have a shower head that is working well but you want to increase the pressure, reach out to us to see how we can help.

If you enjoy a low-pressure shower, you might enjoy a “rain shower” type of showerhead which makes the best of low pressure for those who prefer a mild showering experience.

Do low pressure shower heads work?

Low pressure showerheads reduce the flow of water via a flow reducer and by using design features like spreading the water out through many more holes, so they absolutely work to make a more gentle shower experience if you are dealing with a situation where there is too much pressure for a pleasant experience. 

How do I get more water pressure out of my shower head?

Your plumber can assist you in determining if there is any problem in your system affecting the water pressure at your shower head. You can start with a high-pressure shower head, or even remove the water flow regulator from your shower head first to see if that solves the issue.

How do I make my shower pressure stronger?

While flow regulators are required to be part of every shower head design, it is not illegal to remove them. This will increase the pressure coming out of the showerhead. Other solutions include unclogging the holes in the showerhead by soaking it in vinegar and hiring a plumber to come out and check if you have issues in your plumbing that are affecting your water pressure. Things like leaks, partially open valves, and clogged pipes are common culprits. 

Will buying a new shower head increase water pressure?

If you buy the right shower head it will increase how powerfully the water comes out of the showerhead even though it isn’t actually increasing the water pressure of the home itself, it does increase the water pressure coming out of the showerhead. 

Are there shower heads that increase pressure?

Many modern shower heads are designed specifically to increase the pressure of the water coming out of the showerhead itself. So, while they can’t increase the actual water pressure of the home, they do improve the showering experience.

If you are in the Mesa or Gilbert area, call us right away to get a quote to have us install your new shower head and we’ll help get your sanctuary just the way you want it. Call 480-388-6093.