Did you know that one half of our daily chlorine exposure is from showering? Chlorine is not only absorbed through the skin, but also re-vaporized in the shower, inhaled into the lungs, and transferred directly into the bloodstream. In fact, the chlorine exposure from one shower is equal to an entire day of drinking the same chlorinated tap water. So, making sure your drinking water is filtered only does half the job. My youngest son's eczema also disappeared shortly after we installed these showerheads in all our bathrooms. So if you have a child (or yourself!) with respiratory problems, or skin rashes, this is one of the first things you should change in your home environment.
The challenge with shower filters is finding one that does a good job of filtering out the nasties, but doesn't decimate your water pressure. Those of use that like showers, want a robust, invigorating spray coming from our showerhead. So it's a matter of balance; filter out as much of the harmful chemicals as you can, whilst still maintaining water pressure.
So, I have personally tested (and used) each of the shower filters listed below. If you read through the descriptions, you will find that they filter out: Chlorine, Hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell), Iron oxide (rust water), Dust, Sediment, Odors and balance the pH of your shower water.
After using these filters to remove all the chlorine from our bath and shower, my son Hugo's eczema started getting better immediately and completely cleared in a few weeks. If you have a child (or yourself!) with respiratory problems, or skin rashes, this is one of the first things you should change in your home environment.
Comparison of Shower Filters
Sprite Royale - Showerhead and filter combined in one large head (3" in diameter), good filtration, good water pressure, replace filter every 9 months. Luxury, 5 spray settings with massage and de-scaling mechanism (no mineral build-up). My favorite in terms of appearance and spray settings.
Unit Cost: $64.99
Replacement Filters: $19.99 (every 9 months or 20,000 gallons)
Sprite Universal High Output- comes with a filter AND a separate showerhead (showerhead is smaller than the Royale, only 1.75") with 3 spray settings. Since the filter is separate from the showerhead, you can either use the showerhead provided, or take it off and use your own showerhead. Good filtration, good water pressure, replace filter every 12 months.
Unit Cost: $49.99
Replacement Filters: $24.99 (every 12 months or 30,000 gallons)
Sprite Bath Ball Filter - filters the water from your bath faucet, just strap it on. Replace filter every 5 months or 50 baths - whichever comes first. Only works on straight (not curved) faucets and you must be able to control the rate of water flow through the tap.
Unit Cost: $34.99
Replacement Filters: $19.99 (every 5 months or 50 baths)