Low water pressure is the absolute worst — especially when you're taking a shower and the stream of water above your head is so weak that it takes 20 minutes to rinse out shampoo and conditioner. The best shower heads for low water pressure include those that boast pressure-increasing massage heads or technology designed to help draw water away from any pipe source (even those with low pressure) to bring them up to speed and standard.
Whether your shower head is clogged with hard water minerals like calcium deposits or your water comes from a well, there are plenty of shower heads that can amplify your low-pressure water. Since all of the shower heads below will get the job done, consider your budget and needs when shopping. You'll find shower heads with a variety of spray settings, self-cleaning nozzles, or rainfall-style designs, below. But, if you're not looking to spend a lot, there's a great option on this list for just $8.
If you have less flexibility in your installation, look for a shower head that can be attached to your existing shower head arm. Consider, also, if you want a handheld shower head. These will give you a greater range of motion when you shower.
Whether your plumbing is delivering low pressure or you suspect your current shower head keeps getting clogged, these eight shower heads take care of the problem. The cherry on top: You won't find a single one here that costs more than $40. Keep scrolling, these are the best shower heads for low water pressure.
1. A Simple Chrome Shower Head That Delivers A More Powerful Water Spray
This high-pressure shower head features a pressure-increasing massage head and delivers water at a higher velocity to make up for low water pressure situations. It's made from quality chrome and can be adjusted to suit different spray angles. It boasts outstanding Amazon reviews, many of which address how it saved them from the fate of a weak, low-pressure shower.
What fans say: "My water pressure has progressively worsened over the last 8-9 years. I’ve tried several “low pressure” shower heads without success....until now. Other heads pushed air through leaving you rinsing forever or the jets were so thin you had to run around to get wet. This is so amazing, the jets are wide, strong and reach the back of the shower- the massage setting actually HURTS. I buy everything off Amazon and barely ever review but I had too on this. Thank you to everyone who did previously!"
2. An Affordable Handheld Shower Head With 3,500 Amazon Reviews
If your water pressure is low, you probably can't remember the last time a good hot shower relieved muscle aches and pains. This handheld shower head brings back that sweet feeling of relaxation with upgraded 2XP turbo charging that delivers super strong spray action. It has a multifunction option that allows you to choose between various spray strengths and comes with a luxury hose, bracket, and teflon tape. This shower head even has 3,500 glowing Amazon reviews saying it's worth every penny.
What fans say: "If you are hesitating for any reason, DON'T! You do not have to deal with low water pressure any longer now that you have stumbled upon this GOLDEN, MAGICAL, WONDROUS product! I promise you. I did not realize how utterly important water pressure is in the shower experience until I finally made the switch and mark my words- I will never, EVER go back."
3. A Compact Self-Cleaning Shower Head That's Easy To Install
This shower head is compact and provides an excellent, strong spray no matter your water pressure. But it's also great for anyone who doesn't want to spend hours installing it — it connects to a standard shower arm without tools. Its self-cleaning silicone nozzles prevent clogs and hard water buildup and it has a removable water restrictor.
What fans say: "I bought this shower head because it said high pressure. I have been looking for a high pressure shower head that lives up to that name for years. I never imagined that this one would be as amazing as it is. After trying this thing out for the first time, I was absolutely blown away. It's like standing at the bottom of a waterfall. I can't say enough what an absolutely amazing product this is. My only regret is that I didn't find it sooner; you know before I spent so much money on other shower heads that say high pressure, but never deliver."
4. An Adjustable Shower Head That Increases Water Pressure
Install this amplifying adjustable shower head in just minutes and begin to experience the intense, relaxing sensations of its H2O kinetic setting. It can actually make you feel like you're showering with more water, but it won't waste any in the process. Choose between a more powerful version of the setting or a gentle one.
What fans say: "It's literally like a whole new shower experience! The pressure is great and it looks like it would be easy to clean the head itself if needed as it has 4 decently-sized holes that are easy to get at. I'm alright with the 2 pressure settings (low and high). I've found the low setting is more than encompassing enough. I don't find myself needing or wanting any other setting other than what it comes with. Easy installation, and classy looking, too! I would recommend this to anyone who is in the market for a good, powerful, water-saving shower head, and you just can't beat the price!"
5. A High-Pressure Rainfall Shower Head With 57 Jets
It's the ultimate shower luxury: a rainfall massage shower head with a stream so wide and powerful that it covers your entire body and makes rinsing your hair a breeze instead of a chore. It boasts 57 jets and is fully adjustable to suit any angle. To avoid hard water buildup, it can be disassembled in a flash for a quick cleaning.
What fans say: "SO AMAZING! I just moved into a new apartment where the shower pressure was so awful I couldn't even wash shampoo/conditioner out of my hair. Bought this in hopes that it would enhance the shower pressure and IT DID. This shower head has changed my life and I would recommend it to anyone struggling with bad water pressure in their showers."
6. A Water-Amplifying Shower Head That Prevents Hard Water Build Up
Solve both your low pressure and hard water problem with this one twist-on shower head, which features 42 nozzles that blast out water at an impressive force. This one has a removable flow limiter, self-cleaning nozzles to keep hard water and calcium deposits from building up, and it comes with a five-year warranty.
What fans say: "WOW!!! This thing is AMAZING! Best shower head I have ever tried hands down! We have a well and it is far from the house and down a sizable slop. Our water pressure is not the greatest but with this shower head, the pressure in the house seems like living in town. It feels like a message on your back and head. I bet we have tried 9 or 10 different shower heads and this one is by far the best! If you have low water pressure you need to try this. You wont regret it."
7. An $8 Shower Head That Takes Care Of Low Pressure Problems
It won't be easy to find a shower head this affordable that delivers a nine-jet turbo massage with a consistent flow rate — even if you have low water pressure. This is a self-cleaning shower head that's resistant to corrosion and actually uses up to 75 percent less water. Not only are you saving money on the actual tool, but you might get a nice surprise the next time you open up your water bill, too.
What fans say: "I have weak water pressure, but this makes it seem like the pressure is strong. Works very well! Can change from regular spray to massage by twisting ring at end."
8. An Antimicrobial Shower Head With Six Water Spray Settings
One of the reasons some shower heads fail to deliver a powerful spray is because they can get easily clogged, especially if you have hard water. This antimicrobial version inhibits the growth of mild, mildew, and bacteria and has a flexible rubber design that can be easily cleaned so calcium and mineral deposits don't accumulate. The 6-inch face covers a larger area for more effective rinsing and you can choose between six spray settings.
What fans say: "We have been using it for a couple of months, it beat my expectations of what it could do. Water pressure is amazing even with both heads displacing water. The parts are really well made and was a super easy install. With hand sprayer and the normal shower head going you get cross jet of water, this allows more area to be covered at any given moment."
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This post was originally published on December 22nd, 2017. It was updated and republished on June 18th, 2019. Additional reporting by Amy Biggart.