Reader Question: Shower Head for High Water Pressure

I’m trying to find a good hand held shower head that can handle high water pressure. I’ve gone through 3 shower heads in less than 3 years now and they all start leaking from the sides of the head due to the pressure. The 3rd one just broke and I need to replace it ASAP but I don’t just want to go to Home Depot again and waste money so I was hoping you could help.
I’ve been Googling shower heads for high pressure but everything that seems to come up is for people with low water pressure who want to increase their pressure.
I’ve been to a couple of web sites to look at their shower heads and they look promising but like I said I don’t want to waste the money only to have the thing brake on me after a few months. Do you have any recommendations?

Hi Jasmeet,

Thanks for your question about finding a hand held shower head for an area with high water pressure. If the water pressure in your area is strong enough to destroy a shower head in under a year, then there’s a strong chance that the water pressure in your house is too high – and that it could also be causing damage to other appliances and fixtures in your house, like mixer taps and your toilet, as well as other appliances that are connected to your mains water supply including your hot water service, dishwasher and washing machine.

What I’d recommend is installing a water pressure reducing valve like this Zurn Wilkins Pressure Reducing Valve just after your water meter, so that you can reduce the water pressure in your whole house to protect everything from getting damaged. You’ll need to get the correct size. That one comes in 0.75 and 1 inch. Once you’ve done this, you should be able to install any shower head of your choice rather than trying to find one that is capable of handling the high water pressure that you’re feeding in to it.

However, if you don’t want to do that and just want to find a hand held shower head that can handle high water pressure areas, I’d strongly suggest one like the Moen 26112SRN Engage Magnetix Six-Function 5.5-Inch Handheld Showerhead. Being a quality product from Moen, it has a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects to protect your investment in the product and according to the product specification sheet it can handle up to 80 psi of water pressure. Or, for a really cost effective solution, you can easily install a KES Shower Water Flow Control Valve (or something similar). It will only set you back around $10.

I hope that this answers your question and helps you fix your problem with high water pressure destroying shower heads in your home.


Richard –

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