The 8 Best Low Flow Shower Heads For Water Saving

Low flow showerheads are ideal for water-saving and reducing energy bills. If you’re looking for high-quality shower heads, you’ve come to the right place.

This updated guide lists all of the best low-flow showerheads out there. We’ve listed the top 8 choices below. See the remaining low flow showerheads later in the post after the FAQ and Buyer’s Guide Section below.

The Best Low Flow Shower Heads

Top ProductsRatingGallons Per Minute (gpm) Setting Type Finish
1. High Sierra’s All Metal FCS-100-CH-1.54.51.5 gpmFullChrome
2. Earth Massage Niagara N2912CH4.51.25 gpmMassageBiscuit
3. Moen 26100EPSRN4.51.75 gpmEco SprayBrushed
4. Speakman Icon S-2252-E175 4.61.75 gpmRain, Flood, FullChrome
5. New Resources Group Economy Super Spray ES-220-WP-1.53.91.5 gpm N/A N/A
6. Whedon USP29C 4.61.9 gpm N/A N/A
7. Delta 75152  H2Okinetic Shower Head 4.42.5 gpmFullPolished

1. High Sierra’s All Metal FCS-100-CH-1.5

Brand: High Sierra | Item No: FCS-100-CH-1.5 | ASIN: B001W2CEYA

Best Features: Award-winning, patented nozzle delivers a strong, full-spray of large drops

Sleek and stylish, this award-winning product is everyone’s favorite when it comes to water-smart shower heads. And because it doesn’t feel like its low flow. At 1.5 GPM, you can expect the shower experience of your life. The patented nozzle design makes sure you get a powerful and satisfying spray generated by 40% less water than a regular shower head.

Plus, there is a splash guard that keeps water exactly where you need it to be. In short, from aesthetics to functionality, and from practicality to performance, this product checks all the boxes.


2. Earth Massage Niagara N2912CH

Brand: Earth Massage | Item No: N2912CH | ASIN: B003UQ17O4

Best Features: Adjustable 9-jet turbo massage

This 1.25 GPM shower head uses 70% less water than a regular shower head, which means you can indulge in slightly longer showers with a clear conscience. While it has a non-aerated shower head, you won’t feel any difference in terms of pressure or output. That is what you get from an ingenious design like this one.

What’s more: you can enjoy around nine different massage functions for a fully customized shower experience every time. ABS Thermoplastic body makes it a corrosion resistant option for areas with hard water.


3. Moen 26100EPSRN

Brand: Moen | Item No: 26100EPSRN | ASIN: B01DVS3X56

Best Features: Multiple distinct shower settings gives flexibility and variety

No matter what kind of shower head you are looking for, Moen always makes it in our top five, and this one is worth splurging on. It has six functions to choose from, each awesome in their own right. And this spa-like luxurious shower experience comes at just 1.75 GPM.

Another reason we are in love with this handheld low-flow shower head is the magnetic base that makes docking as effortless as it gets.  Americans with Disabilities Act ADA compliance makes it perfect for everyone.


4. Speakman Icon S-2252-E175 

Brand: Speakman | Item No: S-2252-E175 | ASIN: B07B8974RG

Best Features: Adjustable shower head’s patented Any stream 360° system effortlessly transitions the water spray through various shower settings

One of the main reasons to choose the Speakman Iconic S-2005 as a premium pick is the wide range of finishes it comes in. From brushed nickel to satin brass and from polished chrome to oil-rubbed bronze, you’ll find a shower head that fits your bathroom. And choose it with complete peace of mind because this 1.75 GPM shower head will never disappoint.

The Speaksman’s patented Any stream 360° system lets you choose from three different settings. Go for an intense invigorating spray or a relaxing shower massage, and this shower will exceed expectations.  


5. The Best Budget Pick: New Resources Group Economy Super Spray ES-220-WP-1.5

Brand: New Resources Group | Item No: ES-220-WP-1.5 | ASIN: B002VKK08E

Best Features: High performance water Saving 1.5 GPM flow rate

When it comes to performance, this budget-friendly pick is as good as any other shower head on the list. At 1.5 GPM, this shower head gives great value for your money. It is WaterSense Certified showerhead that features a Neoperl pressure compensating flow controller. The plastic body and rubber nozzles make it an excellent pick for homes with hard water. Plus, it’s easy to install and even easier to maintain.


6. Whedon USP29C

Brand: Whedon Products | Item No: USP29C | ASIN: B00F6WHRYY

Best Features: High velocity aerating shower with great rinsing force, even in low pressure

Regardless of the pressure in your water line, Whedon delivers a power shower at 1.9 GPM. It works like magic from 30 to 80 psi, thanks to the high-velocity aeration efficiently created even at lower pressure. All of this makes it an excellent option for homes with inconsistent water pressure. Compared to many other low flow options, Whedon gives a fuller, more powerful shower.

A major plus point is that this is a product made entirely in the USA, and their customer service is simply outstanding. The perfect pick for a simple yet satisfying shower experience.


7. Delta 75152  H2Okinetic Shower Head

Brand: Delta Faucet | Item No: 75152 | ASIN: B000LV7W4K

Best Features: Delta H2Okinetic Showers sculpt water into a unique wave pattern

Speaking of technology that can deliver a satisfying pressure at lower flow, nothing comes close to the H2OKinetic technology by Delta Faucet. It’s one of the best combos out there, delivering good pressure and broad coverage. The technology creates a unique wave pattern that provides both high intensity and wide coverage shower experience.

You can switch from 1.8 GPM to 2.5 GPM when needed. The former lets you save more than 20% water, earning the coveted WaterSense certification for this model, and it comes with a Lifetime Warranty


8. Speakman S-3010-E175

Brand: Speakman | Item No: S-3010-E175 | ASIN: B07B8RWX4P

Best Features: The high-pressure showerhead adds a touch of practical luxury to any modern bathroom

Speakman makes some of the best low flow shower heads you can find. The timeless simplicity of the design makes it a perfect fit for any bathroom, and the patented Anystream 360° system makes it work for all the members of your family. You can choose from several intense sprays and massage combos. The output pressure remains super satisfying, even at 1.75 GPM.


9. Waterpik PowerPulse XRO-763

Brand: Waterpik | Item No: XRO-763 | ASIN: B071D7WCT8

Best Features: This hand held shower head offers a range of modes to meet your needs including full body spray

XRO-763 sounds like a high tech gadget meant for spies. Trust us when we say this shower is totally worthy of being James Bond’s favorite. It is a smart, efficient handheld shower that gives you twice the intensity of massage spray as compared to regular shower heads.

You can choose from 5 different massage settings according to your mood. Even at 2.5 GPM, this shower head gives you the intensity that can easily shorten your shower duration, thanks to the OptiFLOW technology. That is conservation on a whole new level. Choose Eco Spray mode to save even more water


10. American Standard FloWise 1660717.002

Brand: American Standard | Item No: 1660717.002 | ASIN: B00125V740

Best Features: Auto return feature reverts back to 1.5 GPM flow and offers upto 40 percent in water savings

Americans seem to have higher standards when it comes to shower heads. That is one thing American Standard fully understands. And with that understanding, they have designed this ultimate low flow shower head. It features an exclusive turbine technology that creates a storm out 1.5 gallons per minute.

You can save around 40% more water than a regular shower head. What’s more: you can occasionally enjoy a full spray at 2.0 GPM – an experience far superior than any 2.5 GPM head. The head will automatically reset to 1.5 GPM for the next shower. That’s why they call it ‘Flowise.’


11. KOHLER 72419-G-CP Awaken

Brand: KOHLER | Item No: 72419-G-CP | ASIN: B07HYYX4YQ

Best Features: Wide coverage spray produces an encompassing spray for everyday use

Last but not least, we have everyone’s favorite, Kohler’s Awaken, on our list of best low flow shower heads. This one comes in 1.75 and 2.0 GPM variant, both of which are considered low flow options. Just like most Kohlers, you can choose from four different finishes. What makes it different is its broader coverage at lower flow and a tab that allows you easily switch between three different sprays during the shower.

The contemporary minimalistic design will look great with all kinds of bathrooms. Kohler’s MasterClean spray face technology makes it a low-maintenance option as well.


Buyer’s Guide

Compared to shower heads installed back in the ’90s, almost all new shower heads are low flow. The EPA mandates that all shower heads must limit the flow to 2.5 gallons per minute. Nearly all manufacturers have to abide.

So, since 2.5 GPM is what you get from a standard shower head, low flow is one that can give a you a great shower experience at a flow lower than 2.5 GPM.

How Low Can We Go?

GPM measures how much water a shower head delivers in on minute. Old school showers use to deliver around 5 to 7 gallons a minute. We don’t really need that much water. After EPA realized how much water this wasted, they proposed a water conservation bill that requires all manufactures to limit the flow to 2.5 gallons per minute.

We can go lower than that.

The EPA awards the WaterSense label to shower heads with a flow rating of 2GPM or less. These shower heads can save around 20% more water than a regular 2.5 GPM shower head. Some of our top picks here have a flow rate of 1.5 GPM.

A 1.5 GPM shower head can help you save around 40% more water than a 2.5 GPM shower head.

The Pressure Problem

Some of the early low-flow shower heads limited the flow by reducing water pressure. Ideally, the water pressure should be around 50 to 80 psi. Lower pressure isn’t as effective when it comes to rinsing soap and shampoo off, which resulted in taking longer showers, which is counterproductive.

Eventually, manufacturers came up with designs that could deliver high pressure despite lower flow. These shower heads use advanced technology that can create higher pressure without increasing flow.

What to Look for in a Low Flow Shower Head?

While design and cost are important factors in the buying decision, we will limit this section to functional features that affect flow, pressure, and shower experience.

Technology – Expanding on what we just said about pressure and flow, there are two types of technologies these shower heads use to maintain good pressure: aeration and laminar flow.

Aerating shower heads use air to create a powerful spray of water. The air allows the water to come out at a greater speed and pressure so you can’t tell if the flow is lower than a regular shower.

Laminar flow shower heads create individual streams of water that lets you rinse properly even at a lower flow.

Flow Restrictor valve – A flow restrictor valve let you change the flow rating of your shower. Most of these allow you to switch between 2.5 GPM, 1.7 GPM, and 1.5 GPM. You can adjust the flow according to your needs.

A Conscious Decision

Remember, flow is measured in gallons per minute. It is important to understand that every minute counts. Your low flow shower head can only do so much to save water. Even at 1.5GPM, a twenty-minute shower is wasteful. If you want to cut down your water consumption, you need to take shorter showers.


FAQs

Are low flow shower heads worth it?

Yes, low flow shower heads are long term investments. They can lower water consumption by half, and you will see a significant difference in your water and energy bills.

How much water can you save with a low flow shower head?

According to the EPA, an average American home can save around 2,900 gallons of water per year with an energy-saving low flow shower head.

Is 2.5 gpm low flow?

2.5 GPM is the standard flow rate regulated by EPA. However, you can opt for a low flow shower head with an output of 2.0 GPM or less.

What is a flow restrictor on a shower head?

Flow restrictors are a small plastic disc installed in shower heads to restrict the to or below 2.5 GPM regardless of water pressure.

How do I convert a low flow shower head to high flow?

You can convert a low flow shower head to a high flow shower head by removing the flow restrictor. It may seem like a simple process but you might end up damaging the head.

Is removing water restrictor illegal?

The National Energy Act makes it mandatory for the manufacturers to install a restrictor in shower heads. Removing it may not be illegal for consumers, but it is not something we recommend. 

Can a shower head increase water pressure?

Yes, there are shower heads designed to increase pressure output without increasing flow. Most low flow shower heads use air pressure to increase water pressure.

How do I know if my shower head is low flow?

While most new models are mandated to limit the flow to 2.5 GPM or lower, you can check the flow but holding a bucket under a running shower for 1 minute and measuring the amount collected.

Does a 1.5 GPM shower head have enough pressure?

A  1.5 GPM shower head can help you save more than 40% water as compared to a regular shower head. Most do so without lowering the spray pressure.

Do low flow shower heads save water?

Yes, they can. But remember, a ten-minute shower at 1.5 GPM consumes more water than a 4-minute shower at 2.5 GPM. Shower habits make a difference.

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