A Guide to Buying the Best Shower Filter

By: Kealia Reynolds

The best shower filter removes harmful elements from your water, eliminates odors, improves skin and health benefits, and leaves you with an overall better shower experience. Not only will a shower filter reduce itchiness, dryness, and irritation, it’s an inexpensive option that allows you to filter shower water without having to install a house-wide water filtration system. We’ll go over important factors to consider before buying a shower filter and provide our picks for best shower filter.

How to find the best shower filter

Here are some factors that should be considered prior to purchase.

Type of shower filter

There are two types of shower filters that remove chlorine and other harmful materials from your water: Kinetic Degradation Fluxion (KDF) and vitamin C.

  1. KDF filtersKDF is a granular or fibrous combination of copper and zinc that generates a galvanic charge strong enough to convert chlorine into a harmless, soluble chloride. With a KDF filter, a positive and negative charge is created as water passes through the filter, trapping chlorine and other impurities in the water. These filters are most effective with hot water and can remove fungi and mildew buildup.
  2. Vitamin C shower filters—These filters are extremely effective at removing chlorine and chloramine (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) from your water. With a vitamin C filter, ascorbic acid reacts with chlorine to neutralize the water and make it cleaner.

What contaminants need to be reduced or removed from the water

All shower filters will either remove chlorine or reduce the amount of chemicals from the water that flows through your shower head. Some filters will also remove heavy metals, pesticides, and chloramine. Other filters will soften hard water by removing high levels of calcium and magnesium.

Lifespan

Filters typically last an average of six months (some shorter, some longer), but the actual longevity will depend on how many showers you take and how long they are.

Replacement filters

Before committing to a specific shower filter brand, ensure that you’ll be able to buy replacement filters for the product. If replacement filters aren’t available, you could end up paying for a brand new set every time the filter needs to be replaced.

Product and customer reviews

Reading product and customer reviews is extremely helpful when determining which shower filter is best. Read objective and third-party reviews to understand what each filter does and what it doesn’t do.

Best shower filters of 2018

Best shower filter of 2018: AquaBliss High Output 12-Stage Shower Filter (SF100)

This shower filter is easy to install and can be set up in a matter of minutes. The filter doesn’t come with a shower head, but it can be attached directly to the one you’re currently using: the AquaBliss is a universal fit and can adapt to all shower head types. This shower filter also supports the pH balance of water, soothes dry, itchy skin, and reduces dandruff and eczema.

Buy now: AquaBliss High Output 12-Stage Shower Filter (SF100)

Best shower filter for removing chlorine: Sprite High Output Shower Head with Chlorine Filter

If you’re interested in removing just chlorine from your water, consider using this Sprite filter. It removes most chlorine and some combined chlorine sediment, hydrogen sulfide, and iron oxide. It comes with a one-year warranty and is expected to last for 12 months, or 20,000 gallons, whichever comes first.

Buy now: Sprite High Output Chrome Chlorine Removing Shower Filter

Best shower filter for removing chloramine: Vitamin C Filter Inline Shower Assembly by Sonaki

The only way to remove chloramines from your shower water is to use a vitamin-C-based shower filter. Expertly crafted in South Korea, this vitamin C water filter will remove 99.9% of chlorine and chloramine from your water before it even hits your skin. It has a minimalist design and easily attaches to your existing shower head without affecting its height or positioning.

Buy now: Vitamin C Filter Inline Shower Assembly by Sonaki

Best shower filter for removing heavy metals: AquaBliss High Output Universal Shower Filter with Replaceable Multi-Stage Filter Cartridge

This filter removes chlorine and heavy metals like lead, mercury, nickel, and chromium. It also inhibits the growth of scale, algae, fungi, and mold. With multi-stage filtration (a unique blend of KDF 55, calcium sulfite, and activated carbon), this filter ensures maximum filtration in both hot and cold water. This filter can be connected to your shower head in minutes, no tools required.

Buy now: AquaBliss High Output Universal Shower Filter with Replaceable Multi-Stage Filter Cartridge

Best shower filter for hard water: Universal Shower Filter and Water Softener

This filter significantly reduces calcium and magnesium, which are two of the biggest culprits that create hard water, and reduces chlorine, bacteria, and other water sediment. A new filter should be installed approximately every six to eight months or after 10,000 to 12,000 gallons of water use.

Buy now: Universal Shower Filter and Water Softener

Best deluxe shower filter: Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System

This is one of the longest-lasting shower filters on the market. Not only does this filtration system remove nearly all of the chlorine from your water, it also enhances pH levels for clean, well-balanced showers. Note, however, that this filter doesn’t filter out chloramine. Another benefit: the premium massaging shower head has multiple massage settings and keeps water pressure strong through its unique, up-flow design.

Buy now: Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System

Best shower filter for hair loss: AquaHomeGroup Shower Water Filter

Aside from removing unwanted bacteria and chemicals from your water, this filter comes with vitamin C ceramic balls that soften the water and offer additional skin and hair benefits. It also reduces dry, itchy skin and eliminates dandruff. It’s compatible with all shower heads and doesn’t affect water pressure.

Buy now: AquaHomeGroup Shower Water Filter

Best shower filter for those on a budget: Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mounted Filtered Shower Head

This shower head has an EPA WaterSense certification (this means that the shower filter will reduce demand on water heaters and save electricity, allowing you to save more money) and comes with an NSF certification (this certification proves that the product has been rigorously tested to prove its effectiveness in reducing chlorine). It comes with five different spray settings and does a great job at preventing sulfur, chlorine, and other common minerals found within water from reaching your skin. It has a cartridge that lasts for 10,000 gallons or six months of shower use. Each filter should last about six months. Installation takes less than 10 minutes and comes with a two-year limited warranty.

Buy now: Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mounted Filtered Shower Head

Most adaptable shower filter: Berkey Shower Filter without Shower Head

This shower filter doesn’t come with a shower head, but is compatible with most standard shower head types and will take you less than five minutes to install. Adopting KDF 55 granules, the Berkey shower head filter eliminates chlorine, iron, iron dioxide, and heavy metals, while inhibiting the growth of bacteria, scale, mold, and fungi. The filtering cartridge should last 20,000 gallons, or one year, before a replacement is necessary.

Buy now: Berkey Shower Filter without Shower Head

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