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    Default best hand-held shower head with good presuure...

    I want to replace my shower head with one with good pressure. the hand held I have now (1 year old) has 5 settings but none come out with much pressure (3 floors up, old plumbing, etc). I am looking for a good hand held with good pressure to replace it. I would like a pause function, but it is not critical.

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    We have a Grohe that we like very much but if you have pressure problems it may not be because of the showerhead.

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    Take off the existing shower head and measure how many GPM you can draw through the hose. Chances are the 3 floors up, and old plumbing will be a problem.

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    Already at 3 floors up the pressure is as much as 12 PSI lower than it is on the first floor.

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    Every one of us has a "best" but they are NOT the same. ALL of them are regulated to a specific GPM, and that has nothing to do with "pressure".
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    yes, I know I probably don't have optimum pressure, which is why I am asking for help here. From reading on various forums for HOURS yesterday, i find that hand-helds typically have less pressure than stationary heads. That being said, I am probably going to try this model to see if it lives up to what the site says.

    http://www.highpressureshowerheads.c...hand-held.html

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    The problem is that pressure is only half of the equation. You have only so much pressure to begin with. Volume is the key. When most people say they are looking for good pressure, it's really good volume they want. Pressure without volume is a WaterpikŪ. Any shower head can purport to have good pressure but if you cannot sustain the volume the head was designed for, the pressure will diminish.


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