A few weeks ago we were offered a free Caroma Flow Shower head to try and review.
So, we had our occasional product tester, Harvey, install and try out this new water saving shower head and report back to us.
This water saving product is sold world wide at plumbing and bathroom fixtures supply stores.
Water Savings Shower Head
According to the manufacturer, the Caroma Flow Showerhead provides a nominal flow rate of 1.5gpm/5.7L at 80 psi, providing a saving up to 10 gallons more water than the standard 2.5gpm shower head for a 10-minute shower.
There are two flow settings; a more narrow concentrated spray rinse flow with heavier droplets and a wider spray flow for greater surface coverage.
Caroma Flow Shower Head Installation
Of course, before you can use the Caroma Flow Shower Head you have to install it, right? How hard is that?
It is a two step process, according to the installation instructions which come with the showerhead.
Step 1 – Remove the old showerhead, shown in the picture below. Notice the many spaces between the streams of water coming out of the old showerhead.
Step 2 – Place plumbers tape at the end of the now exposed water line and screw on the Caroma Flow Shower Head.
Even Harvey did it all by himself!
How Did The Caroma Flow Shower Head Perform?
You know the saying ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder?”
Well, it is the same thing when it comes to taking a shower.
I learned that very fact as part of an invitation-only blogger event at a global kitchen and lavatory faucet company of which we have previously written a few articles.
What ‘feels right‘ to one person may not to another.
First, how does the water flow compare?
Well you have the picture above the stream of water from Harvey’s old, non-water saving shower head.
Now, immediately below is the water stream from the Caroma Flow Shower Head.
Notice the absence of the ‘dead spaces’ within the water flow stream from the Caroma unit.
Here is Harvey’s take on the two water flow settings:
“Normal [setting] provides a slightly wider spray and hence a little less dense, but because its wider, it covers the body better
Rinse [setting] provides the narrower spray, more dense, but more ”targeted” so you need to move around more to rinse yourself off.”
And, regarding the performance when taking a shower (sorry, no cheese cake pictures of Harvey actually taking a shower ):
“Design wise, an attractive unit.
Functionality: I have hard water, so despite this being a low-flow, I can clean and rinse myself sufficiently and feel like the soap is off my body.
If I had soft water, I would likely stay in the shower longer, defeating the purpose of a low-flow shower head.
Also, I prefer a stronger flow, so the normal setting, even though providing a wider spray, doesn’t really feel like you are getting wet enough; the volume of the water is neither dense nor strong enough for me. I do not like the rinse setting, the spray is too narrow.”
As I said, taking a shower and how the water feels when it reaches your skin is a very personal thing. What might not feel right for Harvey may feel right for you.
Also remember that water saving statistics from any faucet or showerhead will only be achieved if your own use does not increase because of the reduced amount of water flowing out of the faucet or shower head.
So, if you do not have a water savings showerhead, consider the Caroma Flow Shower Head and try it for yourself. It is easy to install and just make sure you are aware of the return policy of the store from where you purchase the unit, as you should be for any product you purchase for your home.
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