Super Showerheads

Good showerheads can really make the difference. They can be easy to install, but figuring out which to buy is tough. Consumer Reports puts them to the test.

There are rain-shower showerheads, multiple-setting showerheads with a massage option, and your basic single-setting showerhead.

Consumer Reports had the invigorating task for testing showerheads-18 in all.

"We had male and female panelists taking showers in the Consumer Reports' locker room. They took showers for eight weeks and were evaluating for force of stream and for water feel." said Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman of Consumer Reports.

Included in the tests, water-saving showerheads that cut water and energy use. Some were a hit, but others were a washout.

"If you have longer hair, to wash your hair in one of those low-flow showers, it isn't so easy." said tester Kimberly Janeway.

"I like to feel that there's enough water. I don't like a fine stream." said tester Steve Bova.

So what did panelists like?

"I like that the force was pretty aggressive." said Cheryl DeLena.

"People really didn't like wimpy showers." said Consumer Reports' Celia Lehrman.

The Moen Inspire is the top-rated multi-setting showerhead.

It costs $50.

Consumer Reports says before you buy a showerhead, factor in what it takes for you to install it.

Rain-shower heads in particular may be heavy and can require additional support or hardware.

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