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

A trio of the best low pressure shower heads on pink and green graphic background
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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 has been testing a bunch of shower heads designed 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 will also 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.

These 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.

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The best high pressure shower heads

Best luxury high pressure shower head: Waterpik Twin Turbo Handheld Shower Head, DSL-653

1. Waterpik Twin Turbo Handheld Shower Head, DSL-653

The best high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 6
Finish: Chrome

Reasons to buy

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Six modes to choose from
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OptiFLOW technology to help with low water pressure
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Anti-clog nozzles

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most sleek looking

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

Users are spoilt for choice with the six jet modes offered by this Waterpik Technologies handheld shower head, whose variations on a theme range from a misting to a full body massage and twin spray – ooer. With the maximum flow rate of two gallons per minute, and what Waterpik call 'advanced optiFLOW technology', it’s meant to provide up to 30 per cent more water force than your average shower head, making it a good bet for those who like a really strong spray. Plus, users report it’s simple to set up, so you should be enjoying a proper power shower in no time. 

Best high-pressure showerheads: Image of HANSGROHE showerhead

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2. Hansgrohe Raindance Select S 150

The best shower head you can buy for looks and features

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 3
Finish: Chrome

Reasons to buy

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Easy to change modes mid-shower
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Two finishes to choose from
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Head is large
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QuickClean technology

Reasons to avoid

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Most expensive option in this guide

If you already have a high pressure system and want to channel it through your shower head, this is your guy. Users loved the robust output of the three jet settings, and how easy it was to change between them – even mid-shower – with the select button. The rotating massage jets of the interestingly named 'CaresseAir' mode got an especially warm reception from users, but the ability to not only choose between focused jets and an all-over rain effect, but to mix the two together, is inspired. 

Best high pressure showerhead: Image of AquaElegante head

(Image credit: AquaElegante)

3. Aqua Elegante High Pressure Shower Head

The best wall mounted high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Wall mounted
Settings: 1
Finish: Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, Polished Brass

Reasons to buy

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Made with thick resin layer
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Anti-clog design
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Large range of motion

Reasons to avoid

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Only one mode

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

There are hundreds of fans of this Aqua Elegante ready to tell you just how it can transform your shower, with reviewers saying it changed their water pressure instantly. Crafted with materials that are meant to last, this showerhead is an investment into having a better experience way into the future. Available in a range of finishes (meaning you can escape from chrome if you need to!), this shower head also has anti-clog features that will suit areas with hard water too. 

Best high pressure shower head for features: Luminex by PowerSpa LED Handheld Shower Head

4. Luminex by PowerSpa LED Handheld Shower Head

The best high pressure shower head for features

Specifications

Type: Standalone
Settings: 4
Finish: Stainless steel

Reasons to buy

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Gradual color-changing
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Eco mode
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Four settings

Reasons to avoid

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Can't control light colours

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

Showering in the dark might seem like a recipe for disaster, but you’ll be tempted when you see this shower head’s party trick. With built-in LED lights powered by the running water, it puts on a battery-less light show, fading gradually between seven vibrant colors every few seconds for a multi-sensory spa-like experience in your very own shower. The four spray settings number among them rain, massage, a rain-massage mix, and an eco-friendly water-saving mode, so depending on what mood you’re in you can go for stimulating, relaxing, or even planet-saving. 

Best wall-mounted high pressure shower head: Delta Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead

5. Delta Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead

The best affordable wall-mounted high pressure shower head

Specifications

Type: Wall-mounted
Settings: 1
Material: Chrome

Reasons to buy

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Simple, powerful operation
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Good coverage
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Budget-friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Just one mode
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Not the best looking

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

Users are positively evangelical about this shower head, with some even going so far as to say that having it was 'a whole new shower experience'. With a simple choice between high or low pressure, it doesn’t boast the most modes of any shower head on our list, but all reports say it does the basics brilliantly. Reviewers were left really impressed (and squeaky clean) by the shower head’s efforts, and found it really easy to set up, although it’s worth noting that many recommended having some Teflon pipe tape on hand for the job. 

Best high pressure shower head: Image of GURIN shower head

(Image credit: GURIN)

6. GURIN Shower Head High Pressure Rain

The best wall mounted high pressure shower head for luxury

Specifications

Type: Wall-mounted
Settings: 1
Material: Chrome

Reasons to buy

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Anti-clog jets
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Easy to adjust 
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Rainfall effect
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Looks sleek

Reasons to avoid

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Only one mode

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

This showerhead promises to combine high-pressure and a luxury rainfall feel, and has rave reviews as a testament to its power. Using anti-clogging silicone jets allow this showerhead to push water out faster and extremely efficiently so that you should be using less water as you rinse. Rather than lots of wall mounted models, this shower head is also very easy to adjust from left to right, so you can get the perfect angle too. 


How we chose these high pressure shower heads

We're currently working to have hands-on experience with these high pressure shower heads. 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. We'll update this guide again once we've properly tested a few of the products listed above.

Read more on how we test products at Real Homes (opens in new tab).

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 minimize 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 shower hose 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. 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.

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.

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, as they both do the same thing. 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.

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!

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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