Shower filters are designed to remove harsh chemicals and minerals from water and unlike the filters used for drinking water, they are made to able to withstand hot temperatures. While it might seem strange to filter the water coming from your shower, many users claim the chemical additives in city water damages hair and skin, as well as overall health due to inhaled chlorine vapors. Filtering shower water supposedly can also preserve colored hair, decrease frizz and hair loss, allow for smoother skin, and require less soap and hair products used.
For those seeking these benefits, we've narrowed down some of the best shower filters currently available. Although the focus is on the filter, all of the picks below come with their own showerhead; some allow for using your own showerhead with the filter attached.
Our selections feature good filter life, usually up to 10,000 gallons or approximately six months. They also have good filtration performance, reducing the amount of chlorine in the water that can cause health problems, sulfur odor, and scale (the residue left behind by minerals in water). Finally, they’re all simple to install with minimal effort required.
An affordable price, long filter life with NSF certified filtration, and an easy installation help to make the Culligan WSH-C125 a very popular overall pick. For under $30, it is difficult to get a better all-around shower filter. Read Full Review
The Culligan WSH-C125 owes its success to the ease of installation, ability to reduce up to 99 percent of chlorine in water, and exceptionally long filter life. No tools are required to install this shower filter which also comes with anti-clog rubber spray nozzles and five spray settings including the coveted massage water stream. The built-in filter is rated for 10,000 gallons or approximately six months with average usage, which reduces not only most of the chlorine content in the water, but also sulfur odors and scale. This means fewer residues left by minerals in the water, and softer, gentler water flowing onto on your hair and skin. The Culligan WSH-C125 comes with a five year warranty.
Although the WaterChef SF-7C-PC is somewhat more expensive, this model justifies its price tag with excellent water filtration and the versatility of choosing between using it as a fixed showerhead or a hand shower. BPA-free and PCV-free construction means no nasty plastic smells, while the filter cartridge can last for an average of six months before needing to be replaced. Read Full Review
This NSF certified filtered showerhead is made in USA, uses BPA-free plastic, and offers the flexibility of using it as a fixed showerhead or a hand shower with a PCV-free flexible stainless steel hose. The WaterChef SF-7-PC requires no tools for installation and the rain disc shower head features anti-clog rubber spray nozzles as well as adjustable spray patterns, including a soothing massage flow. Though not rated for chloramines, the SF-7C-PC offers excellent chlorine reduction and strong water pressure while its two-stage filter cartridge has a life span of 10,000 gallons or about six months with normal use.
The Aquasana AQ-4105 offers the excellent filtration and strong water flow associated with Aquasana shower filters, in a handheld wand and massaging shower head configuration. Although there are less expensive options available, Aquasana shower filters are quite popular due to their availability and the noticeable difference they make in water quality. Read Full Review
The Aqusana AQ-4105 shower filter includes a handheld wand and massaging shower head, although other models are available in a variety of configurations. The NSF-Certified Aquasana AQ-4105 filters chlorine, lead, cysts, and other contaminants found in city tap water, resulting in water that has less odor and is easier on hair and skin. Resulting water flow is strong which is rated at 2.5 gallons per minute; this is good news since many shower filters have a tendency to restrict water flow and make for an unsatisfying showering experience.
The filter itself has an estimated lifespan of about six months, or about 10,000 gallons of water; however, the filter is very simple to replace when that time comes. Installation is relatively easy, although some users find the included hose to be a bit short. Aquasana offers a one year warranty with this shower filter.
The Rainshow’r CQ-1000-MS is easy to install and very effective, providing a noticeable difference in water quality. The replaceable filter lasts for up to nine months, depending on usage, which is the longest lifespan of any shower filter on this list. Read Full Review
The Rainshow’r CQ-1000-MS offers noticeably excellent performance, with its NSF-Certified filter removing over 90 percent of chlorine. The odor of chlorine noticeably reduces, and skin and hair are healthier as a result of the reduction in harsh chemicals and contaminants often found in city water. The CQ-1000-MS comes with a massaging shower head which is easy to install, and offers only a minimal loss of water pressure. The filter itself lasts for up to nine months, or up to around 20,000 gallons of water. The Rainshow’r CQ-1000-MS is also reasonably priced, especially for the amount of performance it offers and the long lifespan of its filter cartridge.
Sprite shower filters offer excellent chlorine reduction and overall performance, resulting in water that smells better as well as being gentle on skin and hair. The Sprite HHCT comes in a handheld massaging shower head configuration, offering the versatility of a handheld shower head and hose. Read Full Review
The Sprite HHCT handheld massaging shower head is NSF Certified to remove up to 99 percent of chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, and odors from hard city water. This results in water that is easier on your skin and hair, as well as being free of unpleasant odors. This particular model comes in a choice of white with chrome accents, chrome, or a gold finish to allow for blending in with your existing finishes. The shower head features three separate spray settings, and the handheld design allows for an increase in headroom over using a standard shower head.
The filter of the Sprite HHCT is rated to last about three months, or up to around 3,000 gallons; while this is less than some of the competition, replacement cartridges are relatively easy to find and affordable. When installed correctly, the sturdy design of the Sprite HHCT should provide reliable performance for an extended amount of time.