Best high pressure shower heads 2017

If you have been on the lookout for a top shower head that effectively increases the water pressure, you’re in the right place. We have compiled a list of products that can work wonders on low pressure streams to provide far more powerful jets from the nozzle for a thorough cleanse.

We pick out numerous models from leading brands, as well as go into detail about the specifications, settings, and design of each to help you find a good fit for your bathroom.

Top rated products

Image Name Rating
Speakman S-2253 Classic 8/10
Moen S6320 Velocity 9/10
WantBa HS018 8/10
Speakman S-2005-HB 8/10
Niagara Conservation 2.0 7/10

What is a high flow shower head?

This type of head is built to make the most of the current plumbing installation you currently have to provide users with a powerful spray. Because of the environmental restrictions restricting the industry to a maximum flow rate of two point five gallons per minute, brands are coming up with new ways to increase the flow whilst conserving water effectively.

Generally speaking, the way this is done is by restricting and compressing the spray pattern. The less nozzles the water comes through, the more powerful the spray.

Main causes of low water pressure

Sometimes having a lower water pressure is out of your hands. For example, it may be the standard set up for local municipal water supply. However, there are times that things can be done to improve performance. Two that come to mind include fitting a new plumbing system and within your household, or changing to a specially designed high power shower head that makes the best of what you’ve got.


There are plenty of potential advantages of installing one in your home. Some may have a minimal effect , others more so. But there are certainly a few ways they stand out from other types.

First of all, the added velocity at which water exits the nozzles allows you to rinse off soap quicker than the standard styles sold in this industry. Ideal for those who want a quick wash on mornings before work, or just before bed.

Second of all, and perhaps something that may be more surprising is there ability to keep water usage down despite having a much stronger spray. It does this by utilizing various innovations from multiple manufacturers.

Finally, who can disregard the fact that the heavier sprays hitting your muscles can feel more relaxing and help soothe the day to day aches and pains.

What to look for?

There are many features to keep tabs on whilst shopping, but some of the most important ones we’ve covered below.

Spray settings – Always check how many spray patterns you’re getting. Some still offer very limited amounts of choice in this department, whilst others have an outstanding number of patterns ranging from pause, and rain, through to deep, pulsating massage. Ask yourself if you or your family members would be happy with only few settings, or would more be better?

Current water pressure – Depending on what your households current plumbing set up is, you will have to pick between a wide or narrow head. If you have low pressure, you may want to look into narrower designs as they cover less surface area, but produce a stronger jet spray.

Arm – Some come equipped with a shower arm, whilst others do not. If you already have an arm fitted, check how it gets attached and ensure it will fit.


We have spent several hours sifting through a large number of products, analyzing specifications and deciding which ones deserve to make our list. Find out more about there spray options, adjustments, finish, material, and much more below.

Speakman S-2005-HB

Brass is the material used in the S-2005-HB’s construction and it’s finished off with a polished chrome color for the reflective feel that is minimalist, clean, and presentable.

The 2.5 gallons per minute flow rate will hardly be recognizable with users spoiled for choice in terms of flow settings, with five in total offering different patterns and power. In fact, the manufacturer notes that you can get up to fifty different types of stream, as well as eight massage settings. So if variety is something you’re going for, this could be a good match.

The spray nozzles are marketed as being self cleaning and low maintenance and the head will adjust 360 degrees with Anystream tech. And because they are designed for hotel use, you can expect decent performance and durability.

It finds itself very popular among consumers with high ratings, and lots of positive feedback coming in. Well worth investigating further.

Thunderhead TH2.5

This is a rainfall shower head that as the name may indicate, operates on a 2.5 gallons per minute flow rate. The built in pressure chamber is designed to spread out the water sprays evenly, no easy task when you have up to ninety spray jets to work with.

One thing worth taking into consideration when you look at not just this model, but any, is the difficulty of installation. If you’re not willing to spend all day working on the shower, you will want something simple to install. The TH 2.5 offers just that with a arms that slots onto the pipe securely without needing too much DIY experience.

A nice large diameter provides great water coverage with ninety jets shooting out. The head itself is noted as being quite easy to maintain and clean as well as being quite safe from clogging up often.

Again, this is another product with lots of reviews found across the web. The positives that we’ve read about it to date by far outweigh the negatives, and by looking at the ratings on online shops, this becomes clear.

And something that isn’t always a given is that it’s affordable, for those of you shopping on a low budget, this could be ideal.

Niagara Conservation 2.0

Those of you wanting something more handheld and freely movable, but also designed to conserve water, you may want to consider the Conservation 2.0. A 2.0 GPM flow rate means this is a WaterSense labelled product. In fact, if you were to compare it to the competitors in the handheld market, you would find it can save up to 20% over some products, which is great for those of you who don’t like to waste much.

Most people prefer to have a long hose attached to the head to ensure you aren’t limited when washing. The seventy two inch hose included should be long enough to enjoy a comfortable shower. And if you happen to have a shower and bath combination, this could be a great alternative to washing your pets when they get muddy.

Looking at the settings, you get up to nine different, high volume, powerful jet sprays to choose from. Each one harder than the next. And those of you who find yourselves cleaning the bathroom often will be pleased to find this is self cleaning, although, a nice polish on its chrome exterior every so often wouldn’t go amiss.

WantBa HS018

The HS018, may not be among the biggest names in the industry, but it does pack a punch as far as its ability to provide users a powerful, relaxing shower.

First of all, you can expect a nice amount of choice as far as settings are concerned. These three include power massage, powerful rain, and standard rain. The massage option being a great way to relax muscles after a long hard day at work, or coming home from playing sports.

Four inch coverage may not be the largest in the industry, but with the included specs, you still get a high flow shower head that offers you plenty of choice and the ability to turn a naturally lower pressure into something better.

The manufacturer says that the build quality matches that in hotels, and with a construction made of ABS, and chrome, you can see why.

And when you consider the main capabilities of this product as a whole, you may be impressed with the price tag, which is highly affordable.

Speakman S-2253 Classic

Another fairly basic design from Speakman that includes a respectable spec list that could make it a suitable installation for someone looking for higher pressure performance, but with a reasonable amount of spray channels available to switch it up when needed.

Featuring thirty two differing spray settings, which can be adjusted using the handle located at the side of the head, this will operate with a 2.5 gallons per minute flow rate.

Furthermore, plenty of customer reports found in our research highlight the quality of the construction, as well as the performance found through the massage settings. As a whole, we get the feeling that the positive feedback across the web are in greater numbers than the reported flaws.

Wrapping up

We believe the list of products we’ve chosen above are among the best based on several pieces of criteria that we follow in our research process. There is a good mixture of brand names, and enough choice and variety in spray patterns to suit a modern shower installation. Just remember to go over the advice in this guide, and read up on what consumers are saying about individual products, and you have less chance of getting buyers remorse.