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How do Shower Filters Work?
A shower filter attaches to your showerhead to reduce chlorine from the water it dispenses. Each Aquasana shower head filter contains eco-friendly coconut shell carbon and patented Copper-Zinc (KDF) filtration media that acts as a sponge to catch chlorine as water passes through.
Shower filters are individually installed, so you can choose to place them in as many or few bathrooms as you'd like. You can also reduce contaminants from your shower and bath water by using a Whole House Filter System to give you clean, healthy water from every faucet in your home.
Benefits of a Shower Filter
Tap water can contain chlorine, synthetic chemicals, and other contaminants that are harsh on your hair and skin and can even affect the air that you breathe. These substances are associated with excessive drying, which damages the skin and causes hair to lose its shine. Aquasana shower filters remove 90% of chlorine to make water safer and gentler, resulting in stronger hair and softer skin.
How to Choose the Best Shower Filter
Many shower filters are ineffective due to the use of outdated technology that prevents water from being filtered efficiently. Here's what you need to consider when looking for a shower water filter:
Shower filter performance comes down to two factors:
- Effectiveness — What contaminants does the filter remove or reduce?
- Flow rate — How quickly is water filtered so it can flow without reducing water pressure?
Many manufacturers compromise on one of these areas to excel in the other, so do your research before buying a water filter for your shower. For effectiveness, make sure the filter is proven via independent testing to reduce chlorine and/or chloramines.
For flow rate, look for a filter that works with standard 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM) showerheads to ensure consistent water pressure.
The Aquasana Shower Filter excels in both critical performance factors. The system is independently tested to NSF/ANSI Standard 177 to reduce over 90% of chlorine. The included SimplySoft® coconut shell and Copper-Zinc (KDF) media is NSF/ANSI tested and certified to Standard 61. The standard filter works with most 2.5 GPM showerheads so you can keep your existing unit, but we also offer alternatives if you're looking for a change.
Shower filters are visible when installed, so make sure the one you choose matches the aesthetic of your shower. Think about the color and functionality of your showerhead, and whether you'd prefer to swap your old unit with a relaxing massage wand in white or chrome.
Design can also have an impact on performance, so choose a shower filter that uses an upflow system to prevent media channeling and clogging. Utilizing an upflow design also increases water contact time with media for superior filtration at an exceptional flow rate.
Pick a long-lasting filter that's easy to install and replace when needed. Avoid plumber fees by choosing a filter that attaches to the outside shower pipe and can be replaced with ease. Aquasana's shower filter lasts for 10,000 gallons or up to six months and is easy to install and replace as needed.
Don't want to keep track of ordering replacement filters? Learn how Aquasana's Water for Life® auto-delivery program can help you replace filters on time, without worry and at discounted prices.
Shower Filter FAQs
What does a shower water filter do?
Shower filters are installed on individual showerheads to remove chlorine to protect your hair and skin from excessive drying and damage. Using a shower filter also reduces the danger associated with vaporized chlorine, which can be inhaled as steam when taking a hot shower.
Are shower filters worth it?
Shower filters are a great investment to improve the health of your skin and hair, potentially saving you money that would otherwise be spent on beauty products to fix the damage caused by harsh chemicals. Depending on the number of bathrooms you have and if you want filtered water from other sources, it may be cost-effective to install a whole house system instead of several other filters throughout your home.
How long do shower filters last?
Most shower filters last about six months, but the lifespan may vary depending on your usage which is why it's important to look at the gallon capacity of each filter. Our shower filter has a lifespan of 10,000 gallons or up to six months (whichever comes first).