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Five Star Reviews:
Nice shower head.
August 24, 2017
I removed the o-ring before initially installing this.
It gave a nice wide fine but hard spray to a fairly narrow heavy spray.
I then tried it with the white flow reducer removed and it feels about the same to me.
I do have good water pressure so maybe that's why it didn't seem to make much of a difference.
Overall, I like the fine, hard spray.
It rinses soap and shampoo off really easily and feels great.
I'd definitely buy it again.
Simply The Best - Regardless Of Price
August 21, 2017
Like many of the folks who have reviewed the Speakman Anystream shower-head, a great shower requires a drenching flow of water. I bought this shower-head to replace a 22 year old Speakman Anystream that was installed in our outdoor shower. The old one had corroded to the point where I couldn't precisely control the water flow, the salt air and outdoor environment finely won out.
With that as background the new shower-head doesn't give the same flow, I haven't yet remove the restrictor, but it still work's very well. I also happy to see he quality hasn't been compromised, the new one is just a s heavy as the 22 year old one. I know it's 22 because that when we installed the outdoor shower.
As for the skeptics, I spend much of my life traveling, all over the globe, staying a wide range of hotels and years ago I noticed that whenever I was in a new hotel and loved the shower, it was always a Speakman shower-head. The result is that every shower we have uses a Speakman, with no regrets.
Good Solid Shower Head
August 19, 2017
I love this shower head. I have had it installed for over a year without any issues. I did follow the recommendation of other reviewers and removed the water reducing gasket so I get higher water pressure coming out of the shower head. It is solid and heavy not like some other cheap plastic shower heads I have purchased in the past. If I am looking to replace another shower head with this style then I will probably look for this model or a similar model from Speakman.
Let thy flesh be cleansed!
April 7, 2017
I have to admit. I have a problem. I'm addicted to water pressure. Just can't live without it. And if high pressure showers are wrong, I don't wanna be right!
My version of a successful shower is the peace of mind of knowing that when I step out, one full layer of epidermis has been thoroughly expunged. I live for the feeling of pure, unadulterated water power pressure washing everything away.
So imagine my disappointment when my first ever house purchase, though full of water pressure potential, left something to be desired. The cleansing ability lay dormant, with no device present to harness this latent power. Undeterred, I searched until the instrument of my shower salvation was discovered.
The Speakman S-2252 Anystream is one of those dying breeds that lives by the ages old yet dying creed, "Do one thing, and do it well." This shower head delivers power. Raw, unapologetic power. But that is something to be described a little later.
The first thing you notice about this shower head is that, despite it's rather diminutive size, it is hefty. There is no mistaking whether this item is made of quality materials. Gravity and mass make sure of that. Solid brass, made to last.
The second trait is simplicity. There is no rotary dial with 100 settings. There is simply a lever on the side that moves the 8 nozzles on the face of the head in and out. When moved in the nozzles "squeeze" the water, like your finger covering the end of a hose, giving you defined jets of water and higher pressure. When moved out the nozzles allow free flow of water. Less pressure, but much higher flow. The beauty is that even with such simplicity, the lever can be stopped anywhere you like to adjust streams and pressure to your liking. You really do have the option of "Anystream".
Instructions for installation were included and were simple and clear. Like most shower heads, installation isn't rocket science, but if you've never done it before, the instructions make it pretty difficult to mess up. Also included was a small roll of Teflon tape. I was quite pleased with this, as I had misplaced my own roll. I also was pleasantly surprised to find that there is probably enough tape included for 3 installs, so the rest was thrown into the toolbox to be put to future use.
Then, to the moment of truth. I turned on the shower and no leakage. But the pressure. Oh! The pressure! I hadn't even stepped into the shower, yet I knew I had found what I had been looking for. I could feel the rush of air as it moved out of the way of the water. I smiled. This was the moment I had been waiting for. I stepped in...
I can only describe the shower experience with one word... Joy. My wife will testify to the fact that I was giggling like a schoolgirl the entire time. Like Michael Jordan clutching his first NBA championship trophy, I embraced the water as a long lost friend. This was what I had searched so long for. The perfect shower experience. When the nozzles of the head are turned out for full flow, it's like having someone continually pour buckets of water on your head. Need to rinse off some soap? Done. In an instant. There is no waiting here. But, when you really want to step to the next level, turn that lever all the way over and you will be met with something only a step below a fire hose. On its highest setting, the jets that flew from this shower head stung me. That's not an exaggeration. They literally stung. Some might not find that appealing. I, however, could do nothing but grin like the kid who just received his first bike.
Am I satisfied with my purchase? Oh yes. This shower head is not for the faint of heart. But if you have the courage to enter the heart of darkness, you WILL emerge victorious. You will emerge refreshed. You may even be a new person. But one thing is sure. Your flesh will be cleansed.
(One thing to note. As most shower heads do, this one came with a flow regulator pre-installed. It is a simple plastic piece fitted into the connector end of the head. If you are like me and don't enjoy feeling restricted in your shower taking, you will want to remove this piece. Of all the things that I tried, I would recommend a pick or pointed Phillips screwdriver and a hammer. After fiddling with it for a few minutes trying other methods, one good whack with the screwdriver on the inner edge of the plastic had it dislodged immediately. I am more than happy that I removed this piece. However, considering just how absurdly good this shower head is, I would suggest trying it with the regulator in place first. I would have to think that it will be more than capable even with governmental shackles on it. When I purchase another one of these for the guest bathroom I will most likely leave the regulator in at first to compare. I will try to remember to update this review at that time when I do.)
Tasteful, compact shower head with several built in streams
February 27, 2016
Smooth, fluid motion via the handle gives a fair variation in streams.
Pressure seems great, you may not even need to remove the flow restrictor though I am adding a photo showing what it looks like
Inside the back of the head you will see a black O ring. That is the restrictor. You can remove just this and then have the option of re-installing it later or completely remove all the white plastic inside for maximum flow but no option to restrict it again later
Sleek and Simple.
July 14, 2017
have not been able to get old shower head off just yet due to mineral buildup but nothing a little wd 40 and a wrench cant fix.. this review is based solely on appearance and durability. Item was nice, exactly as pictured.. Slightly bigger than I had imagined but not much bigger than my old, considering the room needed for the filter itself.. and with the filter in it was heavier, OBVIOUSLY.. but not ridiculous to where I felt the product would damage any other shower parts. Easy to put the filter in and put together, really is self explanatory.. Feels solid and quite durable, I can only imagine it will perform and meet or exceed my expectations, no regrets on this purchase!
My skin thanks me for buying!
March 27, 2017
I did a lot of research to find a chlorine filter shower head. I purchased an "eco friendly" one from our local health food store and it isn't half bad. I am very sensitive to chlorinated water, my skin gets super dru and flaky and hurts badly, almost like a burn. With the other filter, I still dealt with the dry skin but not as intense. I can shower daily or twice daily and not have my skin dry out or hurt with this shower head which is AMAZING! I was sure that because it was a big commercial brand that they'd cut corners and it wouldn't be as good. I'm so glad I trusted reviews and was proven wrong! This is a great filter, and the water pressure is fantastic! My husband and I both love the stream options. Great value!
September 6, 2016
I purchased this based on reviews.
While I live in a big city that has generally good water, I also live in a very old building. The brownstone apartment building I call home is over 100 years old. I've lived here for a few months now, and I noticed I was buying a lot more bottled water because the water just tasted bad out of the old kitchen sink I have. I purchased a Brita pitcher w/filter for my fridge; problem solved. I then began to think about my shower. Since moving into this apartment, my skin has become dry. My shampoo wasn't lathering very well and my hair seemed brittle.
I ordered this shower head on Friday, August 26th and it arrived Monday, August 29th. Installation was easy. The package comes with an ample amount of plumber's tape. I did take the shower head apart and remove the little stopper that slows the water pressure. This is easy to do. The filter has stickers on each side - these need to be removed before use. Note - once the filter is properly installed in the shower head, it is heavy. I was worried it would be too heavy for my old bathroom's shower apparatus.
I've been using the new shower head for a week now. I'm already noticing benefits. I'm using less shampoo and soap because they now lather as they should. The skin on my face isn't as dry and I'm already using less moisturizer post-shower. The water pressure is amazing. I actually feel clean when I get out of my shower.
I would definitely recommend this ... Only one word of caution ... if you live in a old apartment like I do, and you have a clawfoot tub, make sure you have adequate shower curtain coverage all the way around your tub ...
*** I included before and after pictures ...
Dry and Damaged Hair, Please Read!
August 24, 2016
I cannot express how thankful I am to have found this product! I also own the shower head version WSH-C 125 and it transformed my daughter's chlorine damaged hair back to silk!
I had exhausted everything and after extensive research I learned what hard water can do to hair. Add to the equation our new pool and chlorine and her fine blonde hair turned to straw in a matter of 2 months. Now I no longer smell the chlorine in her hair and after one shampoo her hair was changed. I was so shocked. I have a full review of this struggle under the other shower head. I myself have brown fine but coarse highlighted hair and my natural "frizz" and texture of my hair has improved dramatically as well. It is softer than it has been in years. All the damage and abuse is being washed away.
I decided to purchase the hand held version as well due to a large golden retriever that loves to find mud puddles in the backyard. I was nervous seeing the earlier reviews with the mounting bracket, but I did find where they changed this and improved the product. My husband installed this in 10-15 minutes which included removing the old one as well. We have low water pressure and I was worried about the filter making it even worse. The flow and pressure from both of the shower heads is better than my old ones! It's insane AND we left the flow restrictors in place! I actually have decent water pressure now and I get hot water more quickly. Usually it takes 4-5 minutes for our hot water to make it downstairs to our bathroom and kitchen sink. I had hot water in 1:45 seconds. The kitchen....still a sore spot!
I have no problems with the angle or adjusting the spray. Is it heavy? Of course. It's just as heavy as my old hand held that didn't have a filter! Luckily I don't have to try and shower with this in my hand because I would make a massive mess! I love having it to bathe the dog for his inopportune rolls in the mud and to clean the shower as well. When I am bathing the dog the handle feels comfortable in my hand and it's not heavy to me, it feels just like my previous Moen one. The mount is also nice and secure. It's a high quality fixture.
Whatever your needs are for the shower head you can order this one in confidence. I'm glad I decided to try it. Don't let the old reviews deter you, they did improve the mounting bracket. This thing is awesome. Attractive, functions, amazing results and cheap filter replacement cost.
09/06/2016 Update: My damaged hair no longer feels like straw. I had no idea that hard water could play such an important role! I attributed the texture and feel to having highlights and color on a regular basis. I have been using the new shower heads just shy of a month and unlike my daughter's transforming over night mine has taken longer, and rightfully so. My frizz is under control and continuing to improve. I have also noticed it is starting to look substantially healthier. It no longer feels like straw either. Honestly, I can't even remember my hair being soft due to the texture which has now changed so much it's still surreal. My hair hasn't looked this heathy in 20 years. Reminds me of the hair I had as a child.
I was also watching my daughter play volleyball this weekend and sitting in the upper level I noticed her hair shined more than any of the other girls. It has a certain glow that is easy to see and has great body to it. No products being used. All the money I had wasted on products and treatments and it's just a simple shower head. Wow.
works for the hard water
August 23, 2015
love it!. use the test paper to test the hardness of the water. The right is the water coming from my kitchen and the left is coming from Culligan. It really works for the hard water.
Four Star Reviews:
Not strong with flow restrictor
February 25, 2017
Wish Handyman had removed the flow restrictor before I had it installed. He said it had already been removed but it doesn't feel like it. But it still feels way better than the cheap showerhead I had before. I wonder if I can remove the flow restrictor and then if I don't like it put it back on.
Try it out with the reducer before removing
August 6, 2016
Great quality shower head. Twice the weight as the head it replaces. I removed the reducer because of all of the reviews. I live in a city with normal water pressure. I thought my water pressure was super low so I wanted maximum flow out of a head. The new Speakman head is super high flow with out a steady clean stream. Feels like I'm getting drenched with a fire hose. My wife doesn't like it because she can't take a shower without getting her hair wet. She doesn't wash her hair daily. Can't take the reducer out without damaging it. Soooo it's in our spare bathroom. We had to buy a different shower head that had a clean smooth stream.
Initial thoughts. Looks nice...the flow will tell. (Later....flow is pretty darned good!....I'm keeping it. honest man)
October 26, 2015
Just got this delivered; initial commentary at this time: Customer support IS pleasant to work with, but don't plan on them helping you in removing any flow restrictors---they now tell you that they are not allowed to do so. Instructions for removal of flow restrictors are NOT on their website. Also noteworthy, and NOT commented upon in the product brochure that comes with the shower head, is that the head does NOT swivel when you take it out of the box. Customer support reassured me that the head will swivel after exposed to hot water (expansion, I assume). I'll try it tonight. If flow is a problem, I'll be faced with the dilemma of removing the flow restrictors and losing my warranty verses just sending back to Amazon. The 4 stars may climb....or fall. honest manFollowup commentary: Even with our relatively modest city water pressure, the flow is fine and the spray fairly invigorating. Is it fantastic? No, but pretty darned good. 4 stars it remains. honest man
Flow restrictor easily comes out
October 5, 2015
I've had 4 of these Speakman heads. When this one arrived, I was concerned because it seemed clear that this model had been updated to prevent users from unscrewing the ball joint and removing the flow restrictor. The older heads had 2 flat sides on the screw joint to facilitate taking the head apart to clean (or remove the flow restrictor). This one does not. I did not want the head if I couldn't take out the restrictor and was concerned about merely punching the plastic restrictor down inside and then pulling it back out the supply end.Finally, I gave in to temptation and took a pair of narrow needle nose pliers and punched the plastic flow restrictor down into the head. Then turned the head upside down, grabbed the loose plastic piece with the pliers and pulled it out. It was very easy - took maybe 30 seconds.Once installed (without the flow restrictor), it was everything I'd hoped for. Only gave four stars because eventually I will need to take it apart to clean and I'm not sure how that's going to go.
It's very expensive looking, but the spray pattern isn't as good if you have high water pressure
January 28, 2014
I do like this brass shower head a lot, but it's a little too forceful if you have high water pressure. Also, the spray pattern isn't as good as the MUCH CHEAPER S-2005-HB. I have various models of Speakman shower heads in all my houses and I think the S-2005-HB is the best because it sprays fuller than the rest and doesn't create a mist around the spray like this one does.
So glad it lives up to its claims
May 18, 2017
It's what I needed since I could smell our city water (nasty) and I was itching after showering until I was told about filtered shower heads. I researched until I found a happy medium for effectiveness and cost. I actually got 2 because my daughter and her husband were having issues in their city. It works fine. I'd give it 5 stars but I feel it's a little top heavy and am concerned about in future of it not holding up. I had read reviews and some said to remove the little gray ring so water pressure not inhibited but we put it back as it was fine with it on.
For handheld shower: Nice but certainly a bit heavy.
April 1, 2017
I have bought a handheld shower. Just installed it and used it once by taking around 15 to 20 minutes shower. Honestly, it's bit heavy. I'd say HEAVY. If you have a habit to shower by holding the shower in kne hand, specially while shampooing, it's going to take a while before you get used to it.
I have two teenage girls. I had to instruct them at least 5 times that be careful with the shower. Make sure you don't knock it on my shower stall's glass panes or on the base.
Before I bought this, I used Sprite filter and fixed it on the shower arm and then fixed my handheld shower. So, technically, the water would first flow through the filter and then the handheld shower would use the filtered water. I guess, I liked that a little more as I could use any handheld shower I want.
Said that, this filter has its own benefits. So, um going to try it anyway.
Nice filtering shower head
March 12, 2017
Nice filtering shower head! Filters are easy to replace. I got this because my hair always felt dry and tangled. A friend mentioned my water might be hard. Sure enough, a water test showed my water was slightly hard. Hair feels nice and soft now! The only criticism I have is it doesn't allow you to angle it down as far as my old / standard shower head.
Great product/poor hardware
January 8, 2017
I am on a well with a water softening system but my hair was still way too dry and brittle. I bought this since the filter is in the shower head, saving space in my tiny shower, and I started seeing the difference within two days! My hair actually feels hydrated after a shower, not dry and brittle.
However, the design is terrible. The shower head is way too heavy for the hardware they supply. It droops straight down as soon as you place it in the arm mount. The arm mount for my previous handheld shower head was super stiff and hardly moved at all so I reinstalled that one and it does better than what Culligan supplied. I'm not sure what I would have done if I didn't have that one! However, 2 months later and it's starting to droop under the weight as well. Great product if they could fix this issue.
January 19, 2014
This purchase came as a result of my project of reducing chemical loads and toxins in the home. I just installed this shower head and must say that I absolutely love it! The only problem I see right now is that I am staying in the shower much longer! I agree with the folks who declare that using this filter improves the skin and hair, and truly reduces the need for lotions and creams.
I would have awarded five stars except for the following: Installation was a real aggravation! I followed the instructions exactly and kept getting this dribbling of water rather than a shower stream. Tightening the connection did not help and I just ended up marring the finish. The problem was that you must FIRST INSTALL THE FILTER. The instructions never say that. This needs to be corrected! I assumed that a filter was already in the shower head and that the one in the package was a spare- since the directions never said to install it.
Also, the shower head is a little bulky and I notice that when I push the assembly higher to change the arc stream, that it eventually seems waft back down again. Nevertheless, now that I know how to install it I will purchase more for the other showers and I recommend it to others.
Three Star Reviews:
April 6, 2017
This shower head (and several mfg with this design) needs to be mounted very high up / far away. With a typical shower head mounting at 6', the spray is a bit narrow. Don't expect any fancy spray patterns like massage, however the spray is excellent. It is built like a tank and should last forever. If your H2O conservative, keep looking.
I thought this would be the greatest thing since sliced bread
March 21, 2017
After reading all the reviews, I thought this would be the greatest thing since sliced bread. It is not. Even with the water saver removed, it does not spray very hard. The water pressure in my house is great, so it's got to be the showerhead. Next time I will buy one at Home Depot for $20 bucks.
Used to be great.
March 8, 2017
Disappointed. My old one, as I recall, seemed to have a thicker/heavier water spray if that makes sense. Certainly not high pressure either. Returned.
June 19, 2016
Nice showerhead, but doesn't really give you more pressure as advertised, even after removing inside ring.
Good at the onset, not so good after 18 months
April 17, 2015
After five or six attempts at a quality shower head that doesn't quickly mineral block, this one is a winner. It flows a good deal of water and it does so with a lot of force. No soapy film after a shower and a a good range of adjustment for pattern. Installation is easy and there is no maintenance required.Update: 18 months after installation water gushes out between spray control handle and shower head. Bad seal I guess, but not repairable. A little too expensive for such a short life.
OK, but made in China
May 5, 2014
This showerhead is familiar to me. I bought two in 2013. At the time, I was assured by the regional representative that they were manufactured at the Speakman plant in Delaware. When they arrived, the packaging said, "Made in China". I called the company and was reassured they were made in the USA. I bought one in 2014, without asking about the origin. When it arrived, both the showerhead and the packaging said "Made in China". This is a disappointment. The function is OK. I called Speakman this year to request a special wrench required to disassemble the showerhead to remove the flow restrictor. The company representative was very accommodating and immediately sent me the wrench. I do worry a little about how to replace the plastic nozzles if they become clogged. Even with the back end of the showerhead removed, It does not appear possible to remove the nozzles.It's an OK showerhead, but it should be made in the USA. Good luck in finding a US-made one.
It Filters the water, but sprays like a hose.
April 15, 2017
It performs as described and in that regard I cant fault it. The area I live in has very hard water and it has been driving my wife and I insane. The filter has eliminated a vast amount of the issue we've run into with the water. However, the shower heads stream is really where I find fault in its design. The water only comes out in a direct stream and the pressure can be adjusted, but its still only in a very confined stream. Personally I don't care for the water to be so confined and that's why I've rated as i have.
January 31, 2017
The right is before using the filtered shower head, the middle is after and the left is bottled water. It seems to have made a slight difference, hardly perceivable to me, I may try a a few more filters to see if they can give me a bigger difference.
Good shower head, not so great at reducing hardness of water
February 1, 2016
I bought a water meter to check the effectiveness of this shower head at reducing the hardness of my water.For clarity's sake, here are my results. All measurements are listed as ppm of total dissolved solids (TDS) and are temperature corrected.Water from tap: 433 ppm @ 21 deg CWater from shower head: 355 ppm @ 19 deg CThat's only an 18% decrease in the TDS of the water coming out of the shower head. That being said, it was still an improvement over my previous shower head and puts out a lot of water. I didn't even remove the flow restrictor like some of the other reviews mentioned.Don't expect this shower head to completely soften your water -- it's likely only a whole-house larger scale softener will do that -- but it does help to some degree and does definitely improve the smell and taste of hard water.
Good, not great. I don't notice much difference with hard water.
September 10, 2015
Pros: 5 minute easy install. Appears to be easy to change filter when the time comes. Love that it comes with the teflon tape.Cons: Lots of plastic parts, just painted in chrome. Somewhat useless "adjustable settings". Basic boring instructions.Tips: Peel off both stickers located on each side of the filter before inserting. One sticker on each side.The filter appears to be omni directional, so you can install it either way.To change the spray settings, just hold the "chrome" base, and rotate the black portion either clockwise or counter clockwise.We have very hard water, after installing this shower head with filter, I do notice a "slight" reduction in chlorine smell, but the water does not seem to be any less "hard". If anything, just a "SLIGHT" reduction in minerals. I have showered in homes & hotels with "SOFT" water, and the way your skin feels after rinsing off soap is a "slippery" sensation. I was expecting that with this filter, but I'm sorry to report that I notice hardly any difference. I still get the exact same "squeaky" sensation when rinsing soap off. That is why I say it does not appear to soften the water "that" much, only slightly. But once you see the filter size, it all makes sense. For such a small filter to be rated at ~1k gallons, there is no way it can remove that much minerals from the water... otherwise it would clog within a few weeks.But hey, it's better than nothing, right? All I ask is that it reduces the amount of hard water stains in my walk in shower, glass shower doors, and tiles along the walls of the shower. My skin doesn't seem to feel any different. But my skin is not the priority. I'm just tired of the hard water stains.I most likely will not buy a replacement filter, instead just buy another shower head with a large/wide spray pattern in 6 months or so. Unless, months from now, I see no hard water stain buildup... Time will tell.
Too top heavy, won't stay in place
May 27, 2015
I'm a little disappointed with this after my first shower with it. Installation was easy enough and it has enough water pressure for me but the thing is too top heavy because of the filter that the joint can't hold it in place. The weight of the shower head causes it to slowly point all the way down.
Two Star Reviews:
Well made but VERY LOW PRESSURE
August 10, 2017
This seems to be very well made, heavy and would last a while, but the water pressure is terrible compared to my old shower head. I am returning this thing.
Not worth the money
May 19, 2017
Really overpriced. It looks okay but it is not the same quality anymore. You also cannot remove the water-restrictor so accept a mediocre water-pressure.
It's average at best. Takes forever to rinse shampoo out of my ...
March 14, 2017
If you're looking for a shower head with high pressure this isn't the one. It's average at best. Takes forever to rinse shampoo out of my hair. You can get something just as good for $20 from Walmart.
The product feels heavy duty and well made. However ...
May 2, 2016
The product feels heavy duty and well made. However, the water flow pattern was completely chaotic. It was either take a shower with my eyes close or blink the entire time because of "run away" water streams hitting them. I bought a Delta for half the price at Bed Bath and Beyond and the flow was not only stronger but I can actually keep my eyes open. .
Bought a Delta 58480-PK also to compare to and that was wayyyy easier to remove the water restricter and had nice pressure and s
May 13, 2015
Not that impressed. Bought a Delta 58480-PK also to compare to and that was wayyyy easier to remove the water restricter and had nice pressure and settings.The instructions on Speakman's website seem wrong as its much harder to remove the restricter maybe on the current model than previous years maybe (I saw other people using a drill or wine cork remover to pry it out on amazon... but I didn't want to damage the showerhead in case I wanted to return it).
August 22, 2013
I bought this after using an older model in a friend's shower and was very disappointed at how weak the new one is compared to its predecessor. The showerhead is heavy and well-constructed, but even with the 0-ring removed, the water flows like rain, an earnest dribble rather than like a genuine, forceful, invigorating shower. The cheap, plastic showerhead this was meant to replace produces much better pressure. I really, really wanted this to work, but I'm afraid I'll be returning it. What a disappointment!
Not for extremely hard watter
August 22, 2017
We recently purchased a new farmhouse on a well. We have a Kinetico whole house water softening system, which we brought with us from our previous farmhouse. The new place needs to be replumbed before we can install the system, and the water is incredibly hard, at almost 30 grains. Indiana is know to have some of the hardest water in the nation. After checking the Culligan's website, where they claim this filter is effective in removing rust, lime, and chlorine, I purchased this shower head filter as a stopgap measure, until we can get our whole house system installed. Unfortunately, I don't think this filter was designed to be able to handle water as hard as ours. It would be helpful if the company would provide some sort of rating scale for the product, indicating hardness in terms of grains. We noticed a very slight improvement, probably because it's getting some of the lime, but it's not dealing with the iron. Within a couple of days, the shower was orange again. I suspect this is a perfectly good filter for slightly to moderately hard water, but if you're expecting good results in extremely hard water, you're going to be disappointed. I'm going to end up having to get a rust removal treatment for my hair, I'm glad the manufacturer offers a warranty, because this ended up being a waste of my money.
Does it do anything?
August 25, 2016
I don't know what other reviewers are talking about personally. It could be that our water is particularly hard, about 160 tds or so. That being said, I tested the water after it exited the filter and the TDS was the same. I also checked the Gh and Kh using my water testing kit from my fish tank and neither changed at all. The water modes are fun at fist but you eventually just stick with the most basic one.
January 10, 2016
Doesn't work. We have horribly hard water in Miami Beach so we bought this thinking that it would cut down on the incredibly annoying hard water stains on the glass and metal in our brand new shower. It didn't help at all. We replace the filters on schedule and it never improves. Neither of us see any difference in our water in any aspect. The shower head itself works OK, but the filter is completely pointless.
Nothing but problems
December 3, 2015
I would not recommend this showerhead and am surprised by the high reviews. I live in a condo with hard water (no room for a softener) and hoped this would improve shower quality. It did in fact make the water feel "softer" for about 1 week then it was back to the way it was before. The showerhead did not seem to fit well on my standard shower arm - I had to tighten it over and over as it would leak where it met the shower arm but it still had a slow drip even after tightening daily for about a week. The most annoying thing is that it for some reason caused my shower to frequently and randomly discharge a several second stream of water up to several times a minute, requiring me to change a small bucket a couple times per day. That was obviously not acceptable due to water waste and made me feel like a had a broken shower. I never had this problem before and the whole shower had just been remodeled 6 months prior. After a month I removed this showerhead (with a lot of muscle, WD 40, and a vice grip since I had to tighten it so much) and put the previous Delta model back on and haven't had a problem since. Definitely not worth the hassle. I'm trying the shampoo/conditioner and hair treatment packets for hard water instead.
NOT FOR HARD WATER DAMAGED HAIR!
November 6, 2015
A couple of weeks after moving into my new apartment in Burbank, CA I noticed water spots building up everywhere and my hair started getting alarmingly dry and brittle....classic signs of hard water. Did a lot of research and this seemed to get really good reviews. I was so hopeful! Of course only after trying it out and finding absolutely NO CHANGE in my hair or shower build-up did I find those 1 and 2 star reviews from other people who had a similar experience to me.Pros: installs easily, nice flow, rubber head that is easier to clean, presumably it filters out chlorine if that is your issue.Cons: taking the head apart to install the filter was a work-out, the selector dial is impossible to turn while water is flowing, does nothing to filter out the hard water minerals which cause hair damage and stains.Bottom line: the only thing that will help with hard water is a water softening system. I like the flow of this shower head and it's cheap, so I'll keep it.
easy install, lacks width on the stream of water coming from the head.
September 9, 2015
Although easy to install and easy to get up and running quickly the reason for 2 stars is that the water pressure is actually a bit less than my old shower head (just a generic with no multi setting streams) and the biggest gripe is the spray when on the most small stream (setting where the outter rim is on) to get best pressure is in place the focus of the water stream is very narrow. I'm used to the water getting more of a < shape when spraying outward and instead it's more of a = shape.I used for a week and have already taken this head off and purchased an in line water filter instead.This purchase was completed not only out of convenience of a same day delivery and high ratings but because it is a company that has a local presence.
One Star Reviews:
Not High Pressure!
March 17, 2016
I purchased this shower head purposely for the purposes of "High Pressure" as it titled in it's name. Sadly, this showerhead DID NOT deliver. I had hoped due to it's long standing quality Speakman name it would be the BEST, however I am a disappointed buyer.
Piece of junk came with an out of round threaded ...
December 23, 2015
Piece of junk came with an out of round threaded connector, looked dented but tried it anyway, leaks no matter how much teflon tape I use, will return ASAP. Unfortunately it was a Christmas present that I installed for my mother. That was embarrassing.
Buy an old one if you can find it.
April 10, 2015
Nothing like the old Speakman shower heads. They try so hard to conserve water with this unit that the quality of the shower is rotten. Even when you drill out the water reduction stop it just does not give you a decent shower. Save your money or learn how to shower with sand.
Huge Flop of a Purchase.
February 20, 2015
This item is overhyped and overpriced. I installed it with the old shower arm. I installed it with a new shower arm. I used single layer Teflon tape. I used double layer Teflon tape. I tightened. I retightened. I hated it. I could only get two spray patterns from the head (not the three advertised), but no matter how well I installed it and reinstalled it this thing just leaks like a two dollar faucet. It probably would benefit from a two cent rubber washer, but for the cost of the faucet it should include one, if that were needed. I bought it to replace the original Hans Grohe shower head that started leaking after 8 years. That head leaked from the body - not the fitting at the shower head. It didn't have a rubber wash, but still didn't leak at he wall fitting. I bought a Moen this evening (since was tired of waiting on a shower head to arrive by UPS and have to now send one back by UPS), and it works perfectly. It costs less than half of this Speakman.
DO NOT BUY
May 7, 2014
I bought two of these. Both broke. I have normal water pressure in my house (65 psi). The black inserts (round plastic adjustment flow nozzles) break off easily for no reason. Two of them fell out the other day under normal water pressure. Speakman has horrible customer service. Thank goodness for Amazon where returns are easy. Beware - these products are cheaply made and are expensive. Two of them should not have had the same issue. Buy at your own risk.
April 15, 2012
I was disappointed in this product. Now that Speakman is using plastic parts for the jets, the spray is diffuse and not at all what their previous version was. I would not recommend it to anyone.
Heavy, clunky, whines, and sprays water from only one side
October 27, 2017
CONS:1. Emits a high-pitched whining noise with or without the flow restrictor. This sound is so annoying.2. One side of the shower head had water coming out; the other was somehow plugged. My old Water Massage didn't have this problem.3. NO instructions. There are a couple of really small photos and that's it. You're on your own as it comes in six pieces.4. The stickers were melted onto the filter so I suspect this particular unit was very old and kept in a very hot place.5. The handheld unit is very awkward. In order to remove it safely (without clunking it on your head) you'll need to stand on tiptoe and lift it directly up. Didn't have that issue with my old Water Massage.6. The water coming out didn't feel any softer or smell any better. Maybe an old filter??PROS:1. None. Mine was ill-fitting and had water flow on only one side. Possible defective, but it's made so poorly I can't justify trying a second one.This is going back.
Filter makes the showerhead too heavy
September 18, 2017
Filter works well but its so heavy the showerhead is always pointed down which is not how I like to shower in my tiny stall. It forces me to stand near the wall where my shower caddy is so end up hitting my arms on it. The ball joint on the holder is too loose to hold it upright so I can't get a back massage. The curved handle makes that even worse with the water going in the opposite direction I'm standing and is not ergonomical. As someone with carpal tunnel and arthritis this is not helpful. The water pressure is good in fact you'll get pelted if you put it on the jet setting, it does not feel good and I need it for my back.I've ordered a regular handheld showerhead and a filter that'll go on the shower pipe instead.
the showerhead looked great and had great shower settings
May 16, 2017
I ordered this in the fall and although I didn't notice any major difference in water quality, the showerhead looked great and had great shower settings. However, about a month ago this stopped working completely - it would make a really loud screeching noise the whole time the shower was on, even though I tried uninstalling and reinstalling it. The last straw was when water started squirting every which way - now I am back to the free showerhead that was in my apartment when I moved in, but I am pretty disappointed and unimpressed that this didn't even last a full 6 months.
I do use it just to make myself think its really working :)
May 11, 2017
Tested the water and it was the same as before. Save your money
It's a total waste of money
August 2, 2016
Ordered this because of high reviews...let me tell you that this thing anit filtering sh*t. I recently purchased a zero water filter and it comes with a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) tester. The water coming out of the shower head was higher (TDS number, higher # = Bad) versus just the normal tap water. Granted it might have been due to it being hot water, but F this thing. It's a total waste of money.
Faulty Mounting Bracket
May 16, 2016
It is only been couple of month since I fitted this shower and the mounting bracket no more will stand upright. Although quality of water does seem to have improved the faulty mounting bracket reduces the usability to a very large extend.
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Features patented Anystream® 360° technology
Constructed of durable, solid brass ensuring quality and longevity
Equipped with 6 adjustable jets producing 48 individual sprays
2.5 gpm flow control, fits standard U.S. plumbing connections
Limited lifetime warranty, same quality grade used in hotels
Consistent powerful spray performance even under low water pressure
Equipped with Speakman® patented plunger system and self-cleaning nozzles
Enjoy a cleaner, fresher shower
Patented filter that reduces 99% of chlorine reducing sulfur odors and scale
Anti clog rubber spray nozzles and 10,000 gallon filter capacity
Easy to install with no tool required
5 spray settings with massage
NSF Certified with a 5 year warranty