I JUST wanted to replace my aging shower head, which was now pre-set into permanent "Spew Mode", soaking my towel while waiting for the hot water to reach me. Apparently the sediment had cemented many of the parts into this new "bathroom irrigation mode" and prevented repair.
I'd seen a replacement candidate for the $39 COSTCO WaterPik, on sale for $29, and then found 129 reviews at COSTCO.com, Item #1900507.
WaterPik.com had a huge number of models, but none with the most important feature they call, "Water Saving Flow Control", included on the COSTCO model. After looking for (and NOT finding) any similar model, or adjustable flow controlled heads, I did find an additional $10-off coupon at WaterPik.com.
ONLY buy models with an "Adjustable Flow Control"
NONE of the mandated "energy saving" models made today will EVER give you an acceptable shower. Not unless you run a hose directly from the nearest fire hydrant or remove the idiotic "water restrictor". But without some method of EASILY slowing down the flow, you'll still be wasting a ton of cash on water and power.
"Shower heads with this innovation let you easily control the water flow for any shower setting. Go from full flow or EcoFlow® all the way down to a water-saving trickle. Great for saving water while shaving or lathering up, this feature puts the power to save water and money at your fingertips." - WaterPik.com
If you are a COSTCO member, there's a model that has this feature at a great price. If you don't like our advice, or don't want to wait, it's also available on Amazon:
Do Not Buy, Unless You:
- FIND a model that has the "Water Saving Flow Control" feature. This is a slide switch that can adjust the flow from full to almost off.
- Visualize reaching up near the head to change the flow, so if you are too short to reach, your mileage may vary.
- Dig the "Flow Restrictor" out of the shower head before you install it. Many YouTube or Facebook videos that show how to remove them. Sometimes they are red, blue black or gray, but they all have a small hole about 1/8" in them. You do NOT need this, if you can adjust your own flow!
- You can use a large wrench to remove the old shower head if you are handy enough to know and can handle "Murphy's Law" well.
- Save all the old and the new parts, including the old shower head and the restrictor. If your new one breaks, you'll need the old one. Save the restrictor, since you might toss the wrong part, or the next owner might insist on miserably miserly showers for no good reason to "save the planet", or show to the energy police if in post-secessionist California.
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