It trickles…

Or it BLASTS extreme temperatures!!

As an RVer, you can relate to the distrustful relationship with these inconsistent shower heads.

In this article, I’ll show you what is the best RV shower head in order for you to be able to experience a satisfying shower much like at home.

Here’s a Quick Overview of the Best Shower Heads on the Market Today

What Do I Need In a Good Shower Head?

Besides a flexible hose and a sturdy wall mount, a good shower head needs to conserve water and have satisfying pressure.

Innovative technology allows for both to be present in many of the shower heads on the market today.

By injecting oxygen into the water droplets, Oxygenics delivers a shower head that seemingly increases pressure but has the ability to function beautifully at a low flow rate. Click here to read how Oxygenics explains air in the water droplets.

Manufacturers design the shower head to have a wider diameter. WIth the increased oxygen and the wide coverage, the shower head is able to deliver a gentle shower that increases the pressure rate but uses a low flow rate.

Check the below video that illustrates this concept.

My Shut Off Valve Leaks!! Is It broken???

Many RVers are profusely annoyed at the trickle of the shut off valve that comes on most RV shower heads.

Manufacturers claim the valve dribbles to maintain a moderate temperature, keeping the cold water from backing up into the hot water line. Then, when the valve is turned back on, it isn’t wasteful with trying to warm up the water.

It would be excellent if the intended purpose to conserve water was a reality.

In many cases, however, the shower heads still blast out cold water when the water is turned back on.

If the valve dribbled warm water, it wouldn’t pose such a big problem.

But whether it’s supposed to dribble or not, the controversy remains!

If you’re one of the ones that gets highly annoyed by these trickles, watch a tutorial on how to fix that leak in the below video.

How Can I Save Water in an RV?

Water conservation in the RV life is so important.

The grey water tank fills up way too fast as it is. Conserving water becomes even more highly essential when you end up dry camping, or boondocking.

Click here for 12 easy tips to save water while boondocking.

By getting a good shower head that functions fabulously at a low flow rate, you’ll already be able to save much water.

You can further your water conservation with these tips:

       1. Turn your shower head valve to off mode when you lather up

       2. Save shower water for shaving and rinsing your shaver

       3. Take short showers

       4. Use the first cold water from the tap for things like brushing teeth or house cleaning 

Let’s take a look at a 5 of the best RV shower heads available today.

Here is a closer look at the Top 5 Best RV Shower Heads

1. ETL White Standard Oxygenics 26781 Hand Held Sprayer Kit

Pros

  • Gives a full body rinse
  • Has a swivel wall mount
  • Conserves water with a low flow rate
  • Easy installation
  • Like shower at home
  • Built well
  • Inexpensive 

Cons

  • Shower head may feel large
  • Shower head can be too heavy to stay upright in the swivel mount
  • Water pattern on the shower head may seem too small

The ETL Oxygenics Hand Held Sprayer Kit is a stylish, self-pressurizing kit that delivers a wide, powerful water flow. Oxygenics uses water-saving technology to inject oxygen into the water droplets to enable a high-pressure spray at a low flow rate of 2.0 GPM.

The increased pressure quickly soaks your entire body and rinses even long hair by using less water than standard shower heads. The water pressure remains consistently satisfying no matter which direction you point the shower head. The pressure can be adjusted with the settings ranging from soft to stimulating.

The kit has a water shut-off valve that doesn’t actually shut off completely, but remains at a constant dribble to maintain water temperature.

2. PIH High Pressure RV Handheld Shower Head Unit

Pros

  • Gives steady, increased pressure
  • Delivers a wide spray rather than a concentrated one
  • The head sits in the mount in any direction you need
  • Hot water lasts longer
  • Easy installation
  • No leaks
  • Affordable
  • Adjustable
  • Increases pressure without a pressure regulator
  • Doesn’t dribble when shut off valve is enabled

Cons

  • Hose is slightly short
  • May use a fair amount of water
  • Not an excellent choice if you’ll be dry camping often
  • You may not like the yellow color

This light yellow (off white) PIH handheld shower head delivers an outstanding flow at a very satisfying pressure rate. Even if you’re hooked up to a low water pressure system, this shower spray can instantly raise your water pressure levels.

With the increased pressure, you can aim your shower head to wherever you want.

This shower head has multiple function settings: powerful shooting, pulse massage, and pause.

The first setting is made up of the outer (larger) circumference of the head which produces a fine stream flow with great pressure. The second setting is designed to massage with a hard stream coming from the center of the head.

Of the 5 shower heads in this article, this seems to be the only one that doesn’t dribble at the shut off valve when it’s been enabled.

The focus of this shower head is more to deliver a satisfactory pressure rate than to conserve water. If you will be boondocking often, you may want to consider an alternative option.

3. Oxygenics 26481 Brushed Nickel Body Spa RV Shower Kit

Pros

  • Increases water pressure
  • Looks stylish
  • Easy installation
  • Output flow is gentle, resembling raindrops

Cons

  • Hose isn’t very flexible
  • Head doesn’t rest securely in bracket while traveling
  • May need to remove restrictors for sufficient flow
  • Has uneven water patterns

This model of Oxygenics delivers a wide-coverage spray. It delivers a homelike water pressure and conserves water at the same time. The special spray pattern gives a quick and thorough rinse to even long hair.

You can use the Smart Pause Valve to pause water flow while lathering up. The valve doesn’t completely shut off; it dribbles while it’s on pause.

The internal materials are designed to resist hard water buildups and clogging.

4. Dura Faucet RV Shower Head and Hose Kit

Pros

  • Easy installation
  • Affordable
  • Shower head holder is tight--keeps the shower head from jumping out of the bracket while traveling

Cons

  • Not durable as homelike shower heads are
  • Pre-installed filter may block water flow
  • Spray feels like a mere dribble

The Dura Faucet RV Shower Head and Hose Kit provides a durable and lightweight shower head that’s easy to grip. It has a wand base and a water saving trickle valve switch. It’s made from corrosion- and fade-resistant, lead-free resins.

It has a flow rate of 2.2 GPM at 60 PSI.

The flexible hose adds a modern touch to your RV and is easy to manage.

This shower head is a great replacement choice for your old shower head. It conserves water which makes this an excellent choice for boondocking.

5. ETL 26181 Plastic Body Spa Oxygenics Shower with 60" Hose

Pros

  • Wall mount pivots
  • Gives a quick rinse
  • Water-saving
  • Increases the “feeling” of water pressure but has a low flow rate
  • Light shower head with a comfortable grip
  • Doesn’t corrode
  • Delivers a wide spray
  • Easy installation

Cons

  • It’s plastic
  • Handle weight may be too heavy to stay in the holder
  • Very stiff hose
  • Can be loud
  • Doesn’t produce a strong spray but more of a concentrated one

This plastic handheld shower head with jet engine power features self-pressurization that injects oxygen into the water flow for a seemingly increased water flow rate of 2.0 GPM.

You can adjust the flow from soft to stimulating. It has a shut-off valve to help save water.

This shower head sprays downward which is excellent for small shower spaces.

Which Shower Head Is Right For You

The PIH High Pressure RV Handheld Shower Head has outstanding performance as it gives a highly satisfying shower that resembles the pressure you have at home. If you are looking for an affordable option to finally get a full body soak and rinse while on the road, this may be the one for you. 

If you are looking for a shower head that will help you conserve water but still promises to deliver high pressure flow, you may want to consider the ETL White Standard Oxygenics 26781. 

You may be needing a simple replacement of your old shower head or you might be planning to dry camp often. If this is you, I recommend the Dura Faucet RV Shower Head and Hose Kit. It’s a plastic unit with a flexible hose that gets the job done well.

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