Like all products of science, water chlorination poses both benefits and disadvantages for us. The advantage is that chlorine is the best and safest chemical agent that can kill germs as well as bacteria inhabiting our tap water. Needless to say, it’s the most cost-efficient one too. On the downside of things, the natural taste and smell of the water can be compromised by the chlorine buildups. Additionally, chlorine can also wash away the natural oils produced by our skin and hair, making them drier than they should be. Only by installing the best shower filter can you strip out pathogenic germs and bacteria as well as chlorine, giving you the best of water for shower.
What Are Shower Filters?
Shower Filters are the part attached in between the shower arm and shower head. Its main function is to reverse the chlorinate process, removing all the chlorines dissolved in your water. This is achieved by a special filter called KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) and carbon. The KDF works by discharging a positive and negative current that will attract the chlorine ion and other impurities and eventually keep them off of your water for good. Some other filters also utilize Vitamin C. The vitamin C, instead of catching the free floating chlorine ion, absorbs it and neutralizes it. Both work well to filter out the chlorine but the latter method is less common.
What Are the Advantages of Using Shower Filters?
Once your water is cleared out of any chlorine, thanks to the shower filter, you’ll be able to enjoy healthier shower. The water will no longer contain a chemical agent that can make your skin dry and lose its natural moisture. Don’t be too surprised when you find that your hair and skin look and feel much better in an instant. Oh by the way, for those with sensitive skin, removing the chlorine will lower the risk of having skin irritation. Last but not least, the absence of chlorine will also make your water smell a lot better, allowing you to feel more refreshed.
Top 5 Shower Filters
Certified by NSF International, WaterChef SF-7C really needs no introduction as one of the best shower filters out there. Not only does the certification mean that it works like what it says on paper, but also emphasize that all the materials used to manufacture it are worry-free. It’s a handheld shower head and the filter cartridge is attached right between the shower arm (not included) and the shower hose (you get a 60-inch long stainless steel shower hose right out of the box). Replacement cartridges can be bought for cheap, which is great, considering some shower filters don’t even have any of that. The detailed instruction dealing with when you’re supposed to change the cartridge is nowhere to be found, but many believe that it starts to decrease in performance after 6 months. The unit itself is made of high quality ABS plastic with polished chrome finish. As for the handheld wand, it offers 5 stream patterns and comes with anti-clog spray nozzles made of rubber.
If you’re not a big fan of handheld shower head, take a look at Rainshow’r CQ-1000-MS. This filter shower head needs to be fixed, either in the ceiling or on the wall, in order to work. As for its quality, you shouldn’t doubt any product that has received a certification from the NSF International. According to the manufacturer, the filter that comes with it is able to strip out up to 90% chlorine from your water. As for how long it lasts, it is mentioned that the filter can take up to 25,000 gallons of water, which would be like 6-9 months, before it needs replacing. The replacement filters are slightly more expensive in comparison to the previous unit but it’s just good to know that it has one. The plumber’s tape that you need to install it is not included so be sure to get it. As for the shower head, it’s a basic unit with single massaging spray setting.
As interesting as it is, Culligan RDSH-C115 is claimed to be capable of filtering out up to 97% chlorine of your water. My opinion on this? Well, you should take it with some grain of salt as it sounds too good to be true. Due to the fluctuations in water pressure and temperature, even the best typical KDF filter would have a hard time staying consistent at removal rate of 95%. Still, that should be enough to soften your water. For your information, this model is also NSF-certified. Anyway, the box comes with a WHR-140 shower filter which is said to work up to 6 months. When you look for a replacement, make sure you pick one with the exact same code name which is WHR-140. Culligan seems to have a range of water filters and you don’t want to buy one that’s not suitable with this shower head, given that it’s not very cheap.
First thing first, Culligan ISH-100 is a shower filter only. I just want to say this upfront so you won’t get into a false expectation that you’ll get a complete set only to be let down later. Good news is it is compatible with literally any shower head, be it from Culligan or other manufacturers of your preference. Similarly, you may also install it on your existing shower arm or use Culligan’s arm that allows for height and angle adjusting. Like any standard filter, this one can lasts up to 6 months which approximately the same as 10,000 gallons. It comes with the same bold claims, saying that it can get rid of up to 97% chlorine from your shower water. Keep in mind that you need at least water pressure of 40 psi in order for the filter to function properly. Less than that, you may get insufficient stream.
Featuring the only reversible water filter, Sprite HO2-WH-M made it in this list, promising that the filtering process can be more efficient and effective. Unlike other models we have reviewed so far, it is recommended that you turn the filter upside down once a month. This will allow for more chlorine to be picked out. Bear in mind that you still have replace the filter after 6 months of continuous usage, though. Anyway, although I’m not a fan of its pure plastic look, the massaging shower head has three different spray settings, which is good enough for a product in its price range.