Best high pressure shower heads 2022: 6 picks for an upgrade

Tested and loved, these are the best high pressure shower heads to improve water flow and turn your shower from basic to luxurious

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On the hunt for the best high pressure shower head to buy for your bathroom? Whether your water pressure has always been poor or it's a recent issue you've been having, we can help. The Real Homes team have been testing a bunch of shower heads for low water pressure in their own homes, for an all-true verdict of the best buys out there.

Investing in a new shower head won't just improve your water flow, but it ought to make your entire shower experience better. How come? More often than not, high pressure shower heads offer a range of modes for you to decide between when you are showering, so that you can enjoy rainfall mode to wake you up in the morning, or a light mist to help you wind down for bed. This also ensures your shower is suitable for everyone, from yourself to your kids and even pets who loathe shower time.

The shower heads we've tested below are specially designed for showers that are connected to low pressure water systems, and each model has its very own quirks for you to pick something for your individual needs. Think everything from filtration systems to a rainfall mode and even anti-limescale features – it's all there.

This brilliant buy is just one of the many budget-friendly bathroom ideas we've got up our sleeve, to help spruce your space and save money at the same time.

The best high pressure shower heads

Newentor Shower HeadReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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1. Newentor Pelagia Shower Head

The best high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 6
Finish: Chrome

Reasons to buy

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Comes with hose
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Anti-limescale head
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Range of modes to suit everyone
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Looks luxurious
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Easy to fit

Reasons to avoid

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Nothing!

Approved by the Real Homes team, this high pressure shower head passed our testing and enhanced our water pressure by a considerable amount. Not only that, but with six modes to choose from, and using the sleek button on the side of the shower head, you can adapt this shower whether you are showering yourself, a child, or even your pet. Its modes include Shower Spray, Mist+ Spray, Mist, Mist+ Massage, Spray Massage and Power Massage. It also comes with a new anti-kink hose, and it has a pearlescent anti-limescale head in a chrome finish.

Testing
We tested this shower head and compared it with our shower head which came as standard with our shower when we purchased it. On the most powerful setting on our previous shower head, water pressure measured 160cm (we flipped the shower head upside down and measured how high the water could travel). On this Newentor shower head, in its most powerful mode it was hitting our ceiling its pressure was so strong, at around 220cm. It was super easy to fit and we love the pearlescent look, plus not having to think about limescale build-up is a game-changer. We also like its squared head, as it fits with the look of our bathroom and in our eyes it looks more elegant than rounded options.

Triton 5 function high pressure shower headReal Homes Rated Gold badge


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2. Triton 5 Function Shower Head

Our best runner up high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 5
Finish: Chrome

Reasons to buy

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Choose from a range of pressures and spray patterns
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Easy to clean
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Simple to fit

Reasons to avoid

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No special features for tackling limescale
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Doesn't include hose

The Triton 5 Function Shower Head gives you all the mod cons you expect from a modern shower head, at an absolutely bargain price. It offers five different settings all at different pressure variants, including Jet, Blast, Spray, Rain and Drench. Even better? Thanks to Dura-Flow – a removable ‘push and twist’ spray plate – this model is super easy to clean, even in those hard-to-reach places.

Testing
Our tester loved this shower head mostly because of its high pressure, but also because of the number of settings it offers. They said when testing its pressure, it was so strong it managed to hit their ceiling when facing upwards in the tub, even with gravity acting against it. It reached over 220cm when spraying! It's easy to fit and it has a small lever for changing the spray and choosing one of the five modes. Oh, and it's also easy to clean, just find the small side button to remove the outer place for cleaning and maintenance. The only thing to note is it is handset only so you will need an existing hose.

Magichome Ionic Shower HeadReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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3. Magichome Ionic Shower Head

The best high pressure shower head for hard water areas

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 3
Finish: Plastic

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Comes with extra beads + head included
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Easy to clean
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Filters your water
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Great for hard water areas

Reasons to avoid

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Only 3 settings
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Heavy
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You need to re-purchase beads

Depending on how strong your current shower head is, this one might offer a big boost when it comes to water pressure. Otherwise, there are plenty of other features to back up our verdict that this is one of the best options out there, especially if you're on a budget. This shower head has countless pinholes and three modes to choose from, including Rainfall, Jetting and Massage. It offers three layers of filtration to remove chlorine and fluoride toxins as well as heavy metals, rust and odour from your water, and also to help those who live in hard water areas. For around £12, it also comes with extra beads and a spare rubber plate.

Testing
Going from an already powerful shower head, we would recommend measuring your current pressure and comparing it with what we noted. After putting this shower head on its strongest mode, the Massage mode, its pressure measures 130cm in height. On the Rainfall setting, it hit 30cm and on Jetting mode, it was around 110cm.

Mira Showers response high pressure shower head


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4. Mira Showers 4-Spray Pattern Response Shower Head

The best basic high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 4
Finish: Chrome or white

Reasons to buy

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Four spray modes to choose from
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Universal fit so not tools needed to install
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Easy to clean nozzle

Reasons to avoid

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Plastic isn't the most chic finish 

We are currently working to test this shower head and will update this guide once we've had hands-on experience with it.

If you don’t have a wall-mounted shower then the Mira Showers Response standalone shower head is a popular choice to suit most types of shower. Featuring four different spray modes, you can set the water flow to your desired pressure. The rubber nozzles are designed to be easy to clean, so to keep on top of limescale, simply rub over them to wipe away anything that could be clogging them and you’ll immediately see a difference.  A great option for those looking for the best low water pressure shower head but only need something basic.

Aqua Elegante 3 Inch high pressure shower head


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5. Aqua Elegante Shower Head

The best wall mounted shower head

Specifications

Type: Wall mounted
Settings: 3
Finish: Polished chrome

Reasons to buy

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Removable flow limiter for all water pressure levels
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Subtle and stylish design 
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Available in chrome, brushed nickel, and polished brass colorways 

Reasons to avoid

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It doesn't fit onto a shower hose

We are currently working to test this shower head and will update this guide once we've had hands-on experience with it.

As far as style goes, we think the Aqua Elegante Shower Head, available from Amazon, is our fave, but this shower isn't all style and no substance – it boasts a whopping 36 nozzles, to help blast your water out at a higher pressure. It features a removable flow limiter, which is recommended to be removed by those who have a low water pressure system to get the best results. Available in chrome, polished brass, and brushed nickel colourways, the jet nozzles are made from silicone rubber that prevents the build-up of minerals. The shower head body is made from lightweight and extremely durable ABS plastic and the surface is coated with an attractive metal finish that will match most other bathroom fixtures. This model has been designed to work well in hard water areas as it has a self-cleaning nozzle to prevent calcium buildup.

YOO.MEE high pressure handheld shower head


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6. Yoo.Mee Handheld Shower Head

Soothe sore muscles with this massaging high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 3
Finish: Polished chrome

Reasons to buy

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Handy water pause mode
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Great for increasing pressure 
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Neat, compact, stylish design  

Reasons to avoid

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Most expensive option on this list

We are currently working to test this shower head and will update this guide once we've had hands-on experience with it.

If your water pressure is low, you probably can't remember the last time a good hot shower relieved muscle aches and pains. Enter the Yoo.Mee Handheld Shower Head.
This handheld shower head brings back that sweet feeling of relaxation and delivers super strong spray action. It has a multifunction option that allows you to choose between various spray strengths including Powerful Shooting and Pulse Massage. The hose on this shower head is also said to be very neat and compact so it doesn’t take up too much space in your shower cubicle. The best low water pressure shower head to soothe sore muscles, we think.


How we tested these high pressure shower heads

2 high pressure shower heads tested by Annie in their boxes

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We've had hands-on experience with three of these high pressure shower heads, and we are working to test a load more. With this in mind, we've had to give them out to the team, so that everyone can have their go at testing and comparing these shower heads, mostly because we find it would be biased to test on only one shower and type of water pressure. Also, no one wants to end up with six odd shower heads at the end of it as that wouldn't be very eco-friendly. So, once we've tested these shower heads, we usually keep the one we like and offer the others to family and friends, this way we can keep an eye on how they fare, and update our verdict after six months of use, a year of use... you get the idea. The test is all about whether the head improves shower pressure, rather than the height the water can reach against gravity. But this is our way to confirm that they do increase the pressure of the existing system.

Our Deputy Ecommerce Editor, Annie Collyer (opens in new tab), has tested two of these shower heads, the Newentor model and the Magichome head. Annie's water pressure before testing these shower heads wasn't incredible but it wasn't the worst ever, with her old shower head measuring 160cm of pressure on its most powerful setting. It's worth noting though, that her old shower head had a mere three modes and no other bells and whistles, hence why she wanted to switch things up. The Newentor shower head (opens in new tab), featured number one in our guide, wowed Annie and her house guests alike, hitting her ceiling as its pressure is so strong.

Our other reviewer is Lindsey Davis (opens in new tab), our Editor-in-Chief of Ecommerce. Lindsey's old shower setup wasn't struggling for pressure either, but again, she wanted more control of the pressure with just one spray pattern to choose from on her old head. Our second pick, the Triton shower head (opens in new tab), means you can have everything from a gentle drench to a back pummelling jet, with three other settings between. She is also currently testing another high pressure shower head in her partner's home, whose shower seriously lacks pressure.

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What to consider when choosing a high pressure shower head

Whether it’s your plumbing that has low water pressure or it’s down to your shower head getting clogged with limescale, a good low water pressure shower head will be self-cleaning to minimise maintenance as much as possible. As well as this, what other factors and questions should you or might you be considering?

Which type of shower head do you need?
When investing in a high pressure shower head, you need to think about where and how it is being installed. Some options are standalone, which means they sit on your current shower setup, and you can pop them on a stand or use them as a handheld shower head. These are also usually super easy to fit as it's just a case of unscrewing your old head and screwing on the new one. Other shower heads, wall-mounted ones, need to be attached directly to the plumbing which might prove to be a bit trickier depending on your knowledge.

Consider your water bill
If you're keen to cut back a little on the water bill and want to do your bit, it is well worth looking at an option that reduces water usage, such as the Magichome Ionic shower head (opens in new tab). Otherwise, switch your shower to eco mode and invest in our strongest pressure shower head, which ought to help cut your bills and save the environment too, by decreasing your time spent showering.

Consider how hard your water is
Depending on where you're based, the hardness of the water varies. Some models might struggle with harder water, however, there are some choices that are well equipped. For this reason, it is worth checking how the water in your region compares to others before buying a shower head.

Think about modes and settings
If you're looking for a new shower head to enjoy several settings, then consider how many you'd realistically like and use. There's no point having six modes if you know you'll only ever use two. Think about what you will use these modes for. Those with children might want to ensure their new shower head offers a mist mode for light pressure, or anyone with pets might want a jet mode to tackle muddy paws. Our top pick has six settings, which is the most on offer out of the options we've featured.

Where can you buy a high pressure shower head?

Here's a list of retailers where you can shop for a high pressure shower head, online.

How to tell if you have low water pressure

'If you have a combi boiler or unvented system, you’re unlikely to experience any issues with low water pressure,' says Adam Chard, content manager at Victoria Plum (opens in new tab).

'However, with a gravity-fed system, you may run into problems if you don’t buy a shower suitable for your water pressure. To find out what water pressure is like in your home, we’d highly recommend hiring a plumber.'

'A simple way of seeing whether you might be suffering from low water pressure is to measure the flow rate from your existing shower. If your flow rate is less than 10 liters per minute, you may have what is considered low water pressure.'

Can a shower head increase water pressure?

Yes, that's part of the high pressure shower head's charm. A little confusingly, these can be called high pressure shower heads or a low pressure shower heads. The both mean the same thing just phrased differently. Suited to homes with low water pressure (hence the name), they push the water out at high pressure, compensating for the low water pressure in your home.

A good example of this is the Aqua Elegante Shower Head (opens in new tab), which has an impressive 36 holes. Hopefully, that should be a little clearer now.

How do you increase water flow in a shower head?

Another reason your water flow might be weak through your shower head could be the fact it needs to be cleaned. Don't miss our guide on how to clean a shower head for help with this.

What else? If your shower itself offers more than one setting, try your shower on different settings with your new shower head. Switch your shower setting and switch between your shower head modes until you find one you like.

You might also find that water flow improves based on how high or low your shower is sitting on your wall. This isn't applicable to wall-mounted shower heads as these can be a pain to move, but standalone options might perform better placed higher towards your ceiling. Give it a try!

Failing that, call in a plumber who will either advise to update the system feeding water to your shower, or boosting the pressure with an electric pump. This can be pricey, so you may as well try a shower head designed for low pressure first to see if that improves things.

Annie Collyer
Annie Collyer

Annie is our Deputy Ecommerce Editor at Real Homes, with her particular area of expertise being home fragrance (there isn't a candle out there that she hasn't lit in her home). She's our guru when it comes to what to buy, when — and also where. She has years of experience when it comes to finding deals — Amazon Prime Day, Black Friday or not — and she particularly loves finding a bargain. With some of her favorite homeware pieces coming from Amazon, she's always looking for budget-friendly alternatives and dupes, as well as eco-friendly products to help her on her recent journey to being more sustainable at home. There's nothing she loves more than her Pug, Doug, and a bargain thrift shop find (yes, she once thrifted a brand new Le Creuset pan). Next up on her to-do list at home: DIY crittall-style doors...

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