Most of you probably know that one of the best ways to save water in your home is to switch to a low-flow showerhead. I’ve been using a handheld low-flow for the past year, but I had the opportunity to test Delta’s new Transitional Low-Flow Showerhead recently.
What’d I’d think?
Well, it was great. Here’s why…
Delta claims that their showerheads only put out 1.5 gallons per minute. I tested that with a bag I got from It’s Easy Being Green. This bag measures your shower’s output so you can easily tell how many gallons it puts out per minute. I love this thing.
Anyway, Delta is not lying; the showerhead does put out 1.5 gallons per minute. But that’s on full blast.
I turned down the flow to the level I normally shower at. At lower pressure, it’s putting out just under one gallon per minute.
Now, nothing on the showerhead adjusts the flow. This is Delta’s most basic low-flow showerhead, so it doesn’t have the bells and whistles the other heads do. To turn down the flow, you have to turn down the hot or cold water.
But I was doing this already with my other showerhead, so to me this is no big deal.
The Water Flow…
The water coming out of the showerhead was gentle. It didn’t feel like needles hitting your back, but more like a pleasant steady rain. Even with the lower pressure, I still got plenty clean. Which just goes to show you do NOT need a showerhead that feels like a firehose in order to wash off.
The showerhead was a cinch to install (well, a cinch for me since Andrew did all the work…but it didn’t LOOK hard). It’s also much more attractive looking than the low-flow showerhead I WAS using. Basically, it just screwed right in.
Now, there is a downside, not to the showerhead itself, but because of my old bathroom. Apparently, hobbits built my 1910 house. This showerhead comes down fairly low, much lower than my old one. Which means my husband had to crouch down to get under it. I mean, really crouch.
After a few days, we had to take the Delta showerhead off. It was just too uncomfortable for him. But again, this is only because my particular shower output is so low. I’d imagine 90% of homes (with normal-height showers) can use this showerhead just fine.
This particular Delta showerhead, the Transitional Low-Flow Showerhead, sells for $59.70 on their website.
The showerhead I WAS using was from Earth Massage which sells for $29.99. I like the convenience of that one because it’s great for washing the dogs. But I liked the spray of this one better. It was softer, and it dispersed the water better than my old showerhead.
This particular Delta low-flow showerhead comes in four finishes, all all range in price. The most expensive is the pewter, which sells for a tidy $147.
Final vote? I give it a thumbs up. If you’re looking for ways to save water in your home, the Delta Transitional Faucet is a great option.