Most of us don’t go shopping for shower heads often, so we may not realize how varied the selection is. Case in point: the Moen 26100EP Magnetix shower head. This versatile design has six flow settings and easily detaches from the mount by means of a magnet. This review will examine it in more detail.
Moen 26100EP Magnetix Shower Head Review: Notable Features
- Long hose
- Six spray modes
- Easy magnetic docking
- Eco-friendly flow rate
- Some critical components are plastic
- Flow rate is lower than many users expect
In many countries shower heads on hoses are the norm, but that trend hasn’t really caught in the US. It’s hard to say why, though, because they can be very helpful. User-friendly features like magnetic docking make them even more attractive.
The most obvious feature of the Moen 26100EP is its hose. A removable shower head on a hose means your cleanliness is no longer tied to one point on the wall. With a 60-inch hose, you’ll never struggle to rinse any hard-to-reach area. And its metal anti-kink outer layer protects the hose from damage.
Moen has included a 3.5-inch-wide sprayer head that switches between six spray modes. Just rotate the bezel with the simple thumb-paddle to select your preferred spray.
In keeping with modern trends, each nozzle outlet is made of silicone. If you have hard water, your nozzles can slowly accumulate calcium carbonate, also known as scale. The scale can limit flow, but fortunately is brittle enough to be broken up. Just run your finger over the silicone nozzles while the water is running and it will crumble and flow out.
The nozzle is designed to be environmentally conscious. From the factory, it has a 1.75-gallon-per-minute flow rate, which some people may find a bit too minimal. There are three separate removable flow limiters that can increase that rate. They’re not too easy to get out, though.
“Docking” seems like a term most often associated with science fiction, but it does apply here. The rear of the shower head attaches to the mount through the use of a convenient magnet. It pops easily on and off its mount. As a testament to its ease of use, it also complies with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) specifications.
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We’ll be honest, this is where the 26100EP comes up short. Its chromed stainless steel parts are great, and should give you no durability problems. Unfortunately, many of its key components are plastic rather than steel. These parts are likely to be the shower head’s limiting factors.
The critical mounting section that connects the hose to the wall is all plastic. Important connections like hose threads and mounts are best made of tough metals, but on the 26100EP they are plastic. Unfortunately, a number of bad reviews seem to attest to this shortcoming.
This product is covered under a limited lifetime warranty.