Last updated: August 29th 2016
Wall-mounted showers are a standard in most of America and they are not so in vain. These showers are quite easy to install, have a great cost benefit and also work as high-pressure shower heads by standard, something that many people cherish for a shower one way or another. Let’s take a look on how this type of shower works, what it has to offer other types can’t and of course, a selection of the best high-pressure shower heads ones in the market right now.
Best High Pressure Shower Heads with Reviews
Speakman is quite a standard for wall-mounted, high-pressure showers as most people when think about one will easily picture on their minds a model developed by the brand. We talked about one of their most famous models in our best shower heads ultimate guide and here we are again, surely could not miss the brand with another great model.With Speakman quite unique design, this shower head has only 6 different nozzles that can provide up to 5 different sprays. The brand developed their exclusive Plunger System technology that makes the wide nozzles shut and open in many different variations to provide the different sprays, with no need to deploy dozens of little nozzles. This system also makes it extremely durable, easy to manage, with no need to clean up such big nozzles.As a plus, the model also comes with a 360 degrees ability to rotate in any directions, the Anystream technology, so you can even install the shower in tricky, problematic bathroom shower stalls and focus the shower head anywhere you want. You can get this model either on 2.0 gpm or 2.5 gpm water flow rate, as well as several different finishes, from chrome to nickel, brass, bronze either polished or brushed.
High Sierra 1.5 GPM
A quite economic, green solution for showering, the High Sierra high-pressure shower head has a very slim and unique design, providing a powerful water flow as well as a quite intelligent one. It offers a full body spray that will enhance depending on the water flow you enable, but it will never exceed the 1.5 gpm rate while mantaining high pressure. So, if you want a more concentrated jet spray, is all about enabling less water flow, as when the shower water is working in full you get a full body spray, still consuming only the 1.5 gpm rate.High Sierra is one of the few brands that have a high approval rate and the Water Sense green seal of quality, as it is not easy to provide few water flow and a satisfying shower experience, something this model does very well. As a plus, the model comes with several different finishes, from chrome to brass, nickel and bronze.
Thunderhead – TH2.5
This model was already mentioned on our ultimate guide as it is one of the best overall models you can get, and this is just not right on the top of our high-pressure shower heads because it is much more affordable since it is made of plastic. But the TH2.5 can make a lot with few resources, due to its slim design. The head disc is quite slim, around 1.5 inch thick.This makes the water flow get highly pressurized while you can still have a wide, 7-inch disc head with several nozzles but with a powerful full body spray. Like the High Sierra model, the more water you let flow, the stronger the jets goes out, but alternatively you can have a rain shower experience with a smooth water fall if you want to save water and have a different spray experience.One more great thing about the TH2.5 is the free adjustment head. Connected to a flexible arm, you can rotate the head to any angle, transforming it from a rain shower to a standard wall-mounted high-pressure jet. As the name suggest, its water flow rate is 2.5 gpm.
Vida Alegria Spashower
Our next model is a middle ground between handheld shower heads and a wall-mounted shower. While it is affixed in the wall, the Spashower developed by Vida Alegria has also an option to be installed with a different diverter, so you can connect it to a hose, otherwise it can be connected normally to the wall and work solely as a wall-mounted shower. That option probably is an alternative for those who believe the shower head is endurable to be handled despite the fact it is 5-inch wide, so not really that small.And as it is not small, it offers a really great showering experience with the mechanism of handheld showers to provide several different spray patters. There are up to 4 different sprays, they all can be adjusted easily by a dialer in the disc’s face, so you can go from high-pressure jet to aerated champagne spray to massage jet, soft full spray and a pause set to soap.Its water flow rate is 2.5 gpm, with the face of the disc made on ABS plastic and the fixtures made on several different finishes, like chrome, brass and nickel. The plastic ]makes it much more affordable but equality durable and of high quality, since the shower head comes with rub-clean silicone nozzles, so is very unlike any kind of deposit inside the head or the nozzles, all made of non-adherent material for limescale.
Delta Faucet 75152
Similar to the Speakman model but much more affordable – use of ABS plastic here wins again – the Faucet 75152 is a compact high-pressure shower head with only 4 nozzles that will make a great, versatile job to offer 3 different spray patterns that change smoothly as you increase the water flow. Different from concentrated jets, the high pressure here works in a more natural way as the water stream is more spread and you get a full body spray coverage unlike many showers. As you increase the water flow, the spray becomes a powerful jet massage stream. Is the H2OKINETIC technology, which will concentrate and release the water through the 4 nozzles in a unique way.This head is developed by Delta to work with their In2ition line, we checked on of their models for that line in the handheld ultimate guide so you can take a look on that model specifications, but this Faucet wall-mounted model can also work independently.Is important to mention that, with such big nozzles, you don’t have to worry at all about deposits as they are anti-clog, not only because they are big, but due to the plastic material used for the face of the disc of nozzles. This shower head is available on polished chrome finish.
Waterpik TRS 523
The last model of our list of high-pressure shower heads is the quite compact TRS Power Spray, a very small 3.5-inch wide disc with several nozzles that provide a lot of different sprays, over 5 different patterns. The size may fool you as it doesn’t seem too efficient, but just like many models with small heads, this Waterpik provide a lot of pressure. The noozle disc has 3 different lines of nozzles, the inner circle provides high-pressure massage jet, the middle one aerated mist spray and the outer circle the full body spray on high-pressure. There is also two combos you can make with all them together and the soft massage that includes only the two most inner sets of nozzles combined.
The nozzles are made of ABS plastic, so the anti-clog feature is assured as there will be no limescale deposits. The rest of the head is made of polished chrome. All the spray options can be easily adjusted screwing the dialer in the disc face. Is very intuitive and easy. The water flow rate is the standard 2.5 gpm, so you will consume a normal water flow but with the benefits of the high pressure due to the small head. Waterpik patented this technology as OptiFlow to make the best use of the water with no need to save too much neither to waste. This model is the most affordable of our list right now as you will easily find it on promotional sale, so is a great opportunity to get one the most versatile and compact models for a bargain.
Tips to Enhance Even More the Water Pressure on Your Shower
As we mentioned before, high-pressure systems developed on wall-mounted showers are great for houses with pressure problems on the plumbing system. Sometimes the problem can be such a burden that even a shower head like this may not solve completely the issue. That’s because most models are designed with the water restrictor disc, a small piece you will find in the entrance of the pipe connecting the shower head or, in handheld cases, in the hose. That’s a measure to reduce water waste, but when your shower is suffering from too few water flow, you can remove that to make it work properly.
In the case of the wall-mounted shower heads, the majority of the heads have the water restrictor right in the beginning of the pipe connection, so a screwdriver and a bit of patience are all you need to remove it. Bear in mind though that once you remove this little disc you can’t place it back, so is recommended to only perform this trick if you have already installed your high-pressure shower and it is still not working very well.
What is a High Pressure Shower Head?
In few words, wall-mount showers are high-pressure shower heads usually with a smaller head disc than rain showers, for example, but slightly wider than handheld models. This design is mostly a middle ground between the full covering of a rain shower and a most efficient, focused water flow to provide better pressure on the water stream. Wall-mounted showers became popular because they solve the low pressure problem many houses may face for showering, specially bathroom on second floor, as high pressure jets in those conditions require a specific plumbing system that not all people can afford.
What are the benefits of wall-mount shower heads?
Apart from providing a high-pressure output, wall-mounted shower heads will consequently save more water as the head disc is smaller, so the water jet is at the same time stronger and less abundant. High-pressure shower heads like these also are a leap forward from rain showers as they can be designed to provide several different spray patterns upon a setting control that can be a simple leveler, a dialer or digital controls for most fancy models.
What to Look for on the best wall-mount shower head?
You won’t get a great wall-mounted shower that doesn’t offer a high-pressure efficient system, this can be provided either by low water flow rates or specific slim design or short heads and, the best cases, a powerful combination of both. Averagely, all wall-mounted showers will not exceed at all 2.5 gpm, but they are most commonly designed with quite low rates as 1.5 to 2 or 2.3 gpm. Also, as the core of a wall-mounted shower is high pressure, the more spray patterns it offers, the better, so you can have a versatile product and not just a high-pressure standard shower head.
If you compare the prices of shower models, you will notice that the high-pressure wall-mounted types are often more affordable. In some cases, slightly more affordable, but still a compact model of these can cost up to 80% less than a rain shower, for instance. They are smaller, make use of less materials and often can be found in ABS plastic finishes, so this formula makes them extremely welcome in many houses.
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