Other than shower heads that are fixed to the wall and don’t offer much in the way of versatility, there are handheld shower wands. The usability that the shower wands offer can change your washing routine in a big way. This Waterpik comes with an extended hose that helps you reach anywhere and everywhere. It is far from perfect, but it’s a good low-cost option.
Waterpik Shower Head Review: Notable Features
- Long hose
- Five spray modes
- Anti-clog sprayer tips
- Prone to physical damage
- Unprotected rubber hose
- High water use
Users of handheld hose-mounted shower heads tend to expect more features than just basic spray. This Waterpik model is a mixed bag of good features and shortcomings in execution. We’ll run through them individually below.
Handheld Sprayer Design
As noted already, the most obvious advantage of this style of shower heads is the hose. Waterpik ships it with a five-foot (1.5-meter) rubberized hose. Naturally, this sort of length makes it easy to rinse any part of your body. Not only that, but it’s also a great aid when cleaning the tub and shower tiles or washing the dog.
When not holding it in your hand, just slip the sprayer wand into its mounting bracket. A ball-joint in the mount helps you direct the water where you need it.
Like many handheld shower wands, the Waterpik can switch easily between five different spray modes. Just rotate the collet on the sprayer head. The available settings are Full Body, Full Body & Massage, Pulsating Massage, Slow Massage, and Misting.
Note that, at 2.5 gallons per minute, this is not a low-flow nozzle. Low-pressure water systems may not be sufficient to create a satisfactory spray. If you’re looking to be environmentally conscious, this may not be the best option. And indeed, this model isn’t even available to residents of California, Colorado, or New York City.
Like most modern shower heads, the spray tips of the Waterpik are made of silicone. If you have hard water, a calcium carbonate scale may build up in the tips. Just rub a finger over them to break up the scale and clear the openings.
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This Waterpik’s shortcomings come from its construction materials. Though it looks like attractive chromed stainless steel, it’s actually made almost entirely of plastic with a shiny veneer. An unfortunate slip in the shower may break the mounting bracket or piping collets. However, the low weight of plastic gives much to usability. It’s one of the reasons why people prefer plastic to metal handheld showers.
The rubber hose is also lightweight, but it’s vulnerable to kinks and folds. Many handheld shower heads have metal-braided hoses or protection springs that hold up much better to punishment. It’s unfortunate that this one does not. Some users even report that their hose imparts a bad smell on the water.
If you’re as concerned about the materials as we are, maybe this shower can be relegated to the dog-washing station only.
This product is covered under a limited lifetime warranty.