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Compare these showerheads below with clean and easy to read comparison table. This table has been approved by experts in the field of water filtration and filtered shower heads.

Each of shower heads below has been known in the industry, and can provide a pretty good quality shower experience. The main contaminant that a typical shower filter will remove is chlorine. Usually this is the main contaminant that contributes to pool smell, eye and skin irritation, dry skin, dandruff, allergies and even asthma.

Please use this comparison table to chose which shower head you believe may match best to your bathroom. Our scoring methodology is outlined below and based on a) chlorine filtration , b) other contaminant removal, c) size of a cartridge, d) replacement interval, e) manufacturer warranty, f) manufacturing country (USA, non-USA).

Compare Shower Head Filters - Comparison

Shower Head Filters
ProductTechnical Specs.AdvantagesDisadvantagesScore/Buy
Paragon Filtered Shower Head
$57.99Buy Now
Paragon Filtered Shower Head
Filtration: proprietary, most likely KDF media.
Filter life: 1 year, although due to cartridge being small may be shorter. 6 inch wide spray.
  • Rain shower head design
  • Includes extension arm
  • NSF certified to standard 177 for chlorine reduction
  • Similar product is sold under common household brand
  • Small filter
  • Score: 4

    $57.99
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    Paragon Hand-Held Shower Filter
    $49.95Buy Now
    Paragon Hand-Held Shower Filter
    Filtration: proprietary, most likely KDF media.
    Filter life: 1 year, although due to cartridge being small may be shorter.
  • Hand-held
  • Similar version of this filter under a common household brand is NSF certified to standard 177
  • Small filter
  • Score: 4

    $49.95
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    Integrated Shower Filter
    $39.95Buy Now
    Paragon Integrated Shower Filter
    Filtration: proprietary, most likely KDF media.
    Filter life: 1 year, although due to cartridge being small may be shorter. Replaces your existing shower head.
  • Compact design
  • Similar product is sold under common household brand
  • Small filter
  • Score: 3.5

    $39.95
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    Rainwhowr Shower Filter
    $37.75 - $48.50Buy Now
    Rainwhowr Shower Filter CQ-1000NH
    Filtration: KDF and crystalline quartz. Removes chlorine , mold , bacteria and more.
    Filter life: 9 - 12 months
  • Has a choice of no shower head, stainless or massaging.
  • NSF certified
  • May have a slight decrease in water pressure, although rare.
  • Score: 4.5

    $37.75 - 48.50
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    Crystal Quest Shower Filter
    $39.95Buy Now
    Crystal Quest Shower Filter
    Filtration: dual stage, KDF and carbon media. Showerhead: use your own.
    Filter life: 1 year
  • Consumer Digest best buy multiple years in a row from 2006 to 2012
  • Dual stage filter cartridge removes not only chlorine but may reduce other harmful contaminants
  • Reversible cartridge for increased life
  • 1 year between replacements
  • Slightly bulky
  • Score: 4.25

    $39.95
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    Sprite SlimLine Shower Filter
    $25.99Buy Now
    Sprite SlimLine Shower Filter
    Filtration: KDF and chlorogon media.
    Filter life: 6 months. Shower head is not included.
  • One of the few filters on the market that can reliably remove "combined chlorine" (chloramines) and reduce scale (manufacturer claim).
  • NSF certified to standard 177 for chlorine reduction
  • Small size
  • Score: 4

    $25.99
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    Pelican Shower Filter
    $76.99Buy Now
    Pelican PSF-1 Shower Filter
    Filtration: KDF media, removes chlorine, rust and sediment. Stages: 1.
    Filter Life: 9 months.
  • 96% chlorine reduction
  • Dual flow showerhead
  • Lab tested up to 30,000 gallons for chlorine reduction
  • Quick-connect filter change
  • NSF certified to standard 177
  • High price
  • Score: 4.75

    $76.99
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    Bath Ball Dechlorynator
    $39.90Buy Now
    Crystral Bath Ball Filter
    Filtration: KDF media, quartz. Bath water dechlorinator. Removes chlorine from bath water.
  • Dechlorinates bath water
  • 100 baths before replacing a pouch, or once a year
  • Must manually circulate in water or hang on a bath faucet.
  • Must be clean to save filter life
  • Score: 3.5

    $39.90
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    Aquasana AQ-4100
    $67.99Buy Now Aquasana AQ4100 Shower Filter
    Filtration: two stage, KDF and coconut shell carbon.
  • Consumer Digest "Best Buy  for numerous years
  • NSF certified to standard 177 for chlorine reduction
  • Large filter cartridge for one of the best filtration on the market
  • Filter is long and takes some space
  • Score: 4.25

    $67.99
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    Methodology

    We have designed this methodology in order to compare shower filters above. First we added all points and normalized scores based on 5 being the highest score. After that, some points were subtracted for failure to meet certain market expectations.
    1. + Shower Filters that remove Free Chlorine get 3 points (naturally, if shower filter doesn't do this it doesn't deserve to be on the list)
    2. + Additional 0.5 point is given to multiple stage filters that remove or reduce other contaminants
    3. + 0.5 points added for an NSF certification
    4. + 0.25 points added for being a Consumer Digest Best Buy product
    5. + 0.25 points added for a larger or longer lasting cartridge
    6. + 0.25 points added for great or clever design
    7. -0.25 points subtracted if price is high
    8. -0.25 points subtracted if product is not manufactured in USA

    Products that Don't Work

    There are many products on the market that simply do not work as advertized, and are otherwise excluded from this list. If a product claims to remove "everything" , lists more than 1 or 2 contaminants that it removes (as opposed to reduce), if it claims to remove things like fluoride - it is a false claim and nothing more than a hot water marketing. We suggest not to buy from these websites as once they exhagerrated one or two things, it would be really hard to identify which claims are true and which are false. Shower filters cannot remove fluoride.

    Second excluded group are products that use media other than KDF and carbon. Two product examples are Vitamin C and Chlorogon (which is calcium sulfate) and various similar forms of sulfates and sulfides. "Vitamin C" other name is ascorbic acid , and we don't recommend taking showers in acid, there's enough acid rain already. Sulfates are also chemicals that are not healthy to use in the shower. There products have been evaluated by numerous authorities, including NSF, decades ago, and they would be in every shower filter had they been found appropriate and performing as claimed. As of today large sites such as Amazon have products that use chlorogon and are cheaply made in China at the top of their Shower Filters category. Be aware that they don't work as described.



     
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