I've done a lot of remodeling, and I'm pretty sure I'm
about to share the absolute fastest and easiest home improvement project I've
ever completed. The difference is
On a recent trip to Indianapolis, I had the pleasure of
visiting the headquarters of Delta Faucet Company. When I left, I snuck out
with a showerhead, pictured to the left. (Photo courtesy of Delta Faucet.) This awesome showerhead is part of the Addison Series by
Delta Faucet. The list price is $87 and it's available from our affiliate Amazon.com.
So here's the big deal: I unscrewed the old showerhead
and screwed this one on. Elapsed time: About one minute max.
My old showerhead had good pressure and a nice spray, so
I was skeptical that I'd be wanting to leave the new Delta Showerhead in place,
even after an impressive demonstration at Delta HQ. That skepticism was short-lived indeed. I was immediately
impressed with the look of the new showerhead, which really is a very
nice-looking piece of plumbing hardware.
However, it was the first shower that sealed the deal. I was instantly converted. No going
This showerhead uses a new Delta Faucet technology that
the company refers to as H2O Kinetic. I'll spare you the fully technical
explanation and share the highlights:
1. The size of the water droplets is controlled and
2. The direction of the water spray is not static...it
3. There is no induction of air into the shower spray, so
the water stays warmer.
I'm telling you what: It feels like twice the volume of
water (even though, at only 2 gpm flow, it actually uses less than my old
showerhead), and the temperature difference is significant. I can literally compare the flow to a waterfall. You
instantly recognize the lack of voids in the water spray. I didn't realize they
were there, until they were gone.
I can't think of any project in your house that can make
more of an improvement in your life with anywhere near so little effort. Again,
this took less than one minute to accomplish. If you're looking for that elusive touch of awesome in
your bathroom remodel, give this showerhead a try. You'll love it!
— Tim Layton
Tim Layton was once a wealthy building contractor. He's
now a starving blogger who writes at remodelingguy.net and everythingetsy.com.
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Too bad that it's a fixed shower head. I like to feel the water pulse all over my body and not just my head and shoulders. OR can I sneak a shower hose on this shower head, but then how would I hang it back up?
based on this recommendation, I decided to purchase this showerhead. Neither my wife nor I liked it. Because you can't return used plumbing fixtures, it was an $80+ waste of money.
Yeah, I was sucked in by this recommendation as well. Bought the showerhead and what a disappointment! Out of the box it felt cheap. Once installed it performed poorly. The flow was much worse than my oxygenics showerhead that it replaced. I swapped the old one back on and junked the new one. Maybe I can get something for it at a yard sale.
I signed up just to say that I think this review is misleading. I first read this in the hard copy magazine & was intrigued. Did a Google & found the same review (although I didn't recognize it as the same review/reviewer) on, I believe, Amazon.com. Couldn't find this model in a brick & mortar store, so I ordered it online to replace a Delta In2ition that I liked, but was just too big for my bathtub shower.
Bottom line: the product is adequate but I can find nothing to give it the glowing review I see here (and, if you look, Layton's review appears in several places online). I wouldn't be surprised if Delta paid him to write it. And frankly, I'm disappointed that Family Handyman doesn't vet new products any better than this. I'll take recommendations from both Mr. Layton and, sadly, Family Handyman--which I've subscribed to for years--with a grain of salt after buying an $80+ shower head that performs at least as well as those that cost half to a third of its price.
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