I’m not sure if you stumbled across this page as you are trying to figure out what, exactly, you need in your soon-to-be-built or renovated bathroom space, or if you are here because you are definitely in search of a shower filtration system. Nevertheless, I will take a quick moment to discuss exactly what a shower filtration system is and how it can be beneficial to your shower experience and overall life.
A little further down this page, I will give you some basic information you should consider as you go about searching for your perfect shower filter. After that, I have included reviews of seven of today’s best shower filters so that you can either begin or complete your search.
Shower filters are designed to remove unnecessary components from your shower water. Mostly, they are designed to remove chlorine from your water. Adding chlorine to water is necessary part of making is safe for drinking and other general uses. The chlorine kills germs, bacteria, and parasites that could harm us as we drink and bathe. After the chlorine has been added by our country/state/city water cleansing systems, however, it is not removed.
We often remove this from our drinking water via water filtration systems that sit on our countertops, in our refrigerators, or which attach directly to our kitchen faucets. Most people skip their showers, though. They think, “It’s not like I’m going to be drinking this water, what harm can a little chlorine cause?” The truth is that it will not necessarily harm you. I’m not here to try to scare you into purchasing something on this page, so I’m not going to tell you that your life is in danger here.
Chlorine can dry your hair and skin. It can aggravate skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema. It can lead to dandruff and an itchy scalp. In the harsh winter months that many of us face, this problem is only exacerbated by the cold weather outside. Adding a filtration system to your shower is a great way to remove chlorine from the water to make it much less hard on your skin and your hair.
Two Types of Systems – Two major types of household water filtration systems exist. One is a large unit, usually installed somewhere near the point where water enters your house. This type of system filters all of the water in your home, including the water going to your kitchen sink, your bathroom sink, and your shower space. Due to the large size and cost of these systems, we will not be discussing them here.
What is a Showerhead Filter? – Instead, let’s take a look at something much smaller and easier to use – a showerhead water filter. These filters are small enough to fit inside the palm of your hand. They attach to the plumbing stem for your showerhead, in place of your showerhead. Once one has been attached, you simply attach a showerhead to the other end. The water is filtered as it moves through from the stem to the showerhead.
Different Types of Showerhead Filters – Two major types of showerhead filters exist on the current market. One works with carbon and the other uses Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid). Both work in similar ways, relying on chemical reactions to negate the effects of chlorine. These two choices are your best options, as they actually work to remove the chlorine. Some other options simply add other chemicals to the water to make it softer on the skin and merely masking the effects of the chlorine.
With or Without a Showerhead? – You can purchase a showerhead filter on its own or one which comes with a showerhead attached. There really isn’t too much of a difference in terms of quality here. What you want to consider are price and customization. Generally speaking, it is cheaper to purchase an all-in-one system with the showerhead attached than to purchase each piece independently. This may not, however, allow you to end up with both your favorite filter and your favorite showerhead. In fact, very few showerhead/shower filter combinations (and none good enough to make it onto this list) feature a handheld showerhead.