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I have received several emails from the seller asking me to remove this review and images of the test strips with an offer of a refund or replacement if I did so. I have not received either the refund or replacement but out of some sympathy for the seller I will make additional comments (and trust they will honour their offer of sending a replacement - or even better an improved filter).
The hand-shower is a reasonably well made and effective shower head. It compares well to a non-filtered shower and, at the price gives a good shower, without considering the ability to filter chlorine or hardness. I suspect this particular filter is as effective, if not more so, than other hand-shower filters on offer on Amazon. The real issue is that all these hand-shower filters are just too small to adequately remove chlorine and calcium at the same time as giving a sufficient flow of water for a nice shower. If you are looking for a hand-shower that filters this is probably as good as possible with the limitations of size and flow.
I think that if you are prepared to have a normal shower and at the end of your shower turn the tap right down to a trickle, the water produced should have slightly reduced chlorine and calcium, and you will be able to rinse off some of the chemicals - but don't expect miracles.
Finally, I think it is wrong of Amazon to allow sellers to make unsubstantiated claims without verification - the headline for this product is that it removes 99% of chlorine and hardness - this is a false claim. Amazon has a responsibility to ensure marketing claims on its site, and from which it earns commissions, are true.
I think this did work for the first week or so but I have now had it for three weeks (one shower per day). Have a look at attached water test strips. The two on the right are for the shower water with no filter and with the filter - they are exactly the same indicating the filter is doing nothing. I have included test strips taken from my Reverse Osmosis drinking water filter on the left that show reductions in pH, hardness and chlorine.
I'm an environmental engineer specialized on water treatment systems and water chemistry. I tested the water for free residual chlorine. Result: <0.01 mg/l, which means that the chlorine in the water is so low that is undetectable by the certified testing device. I used Palintest Pooltest 6 colorimeter. This shower head filter does it's job. Nice and simple design, easy to install, easy to clean. I'm very sensitive to chlorine, I get skin rushes very easily and chlorine also damages my hair. Without water filtration I suffered a lot. This shower head is easy to install therefore can be carried if someone travels a lot like me who works on cruise ships where the water is chlorinated due to public health requirements. This shower head doesn't require any tools to install, but the other shower filters the "UFO" types (I just call them this way due to their shapes) need tools that people normally don't carry in their travelbags. They are very good ones, but a bit more complicated to install I have tested earlier the efficiency of another shower head filter that had ceramic balls as filters and promised some C vitamin treatment (???). I could detect chlorine in the water, but not with this shower head filter that use active carbon filtration.
After much research, I bought this because the shower head filter as I had recently moved and was suffering from extremely dry hair and skin and also my water pressure was very low! Previously was unable to use my shower head due to the fact I would have to stand directly underneath it to catch the dribble of water, BUT, with this shower head the pressure has been AMAZING and my hair and skin is back to feeling super smooth! I have been using this shower head for just over 9 months and the pressure has been consistent throughout. I am going to purchase my second filter because I now cannot go back to the way me shower previously was!!
The filtration really works and I could tell from day one that my skin and hair were not as dry from chlorine and hard water. And the shower head is poerful, it's wonderful water pressure now. It's easy to by replacement filters as well, which is important with this kind of product. So all in all, an excellent purchase! Very happy with it.
I don’t know what has happened to my review as I gave it an excellent one, brilliant and has made a real difference to my skin and the softness of the water, lovely dense spray. Don’t hesitate to buy, wish I had bought one years ago,
This product was easy to install (handyman did it in 10 min.) and for the first few months it was lovely - much better than previous shower head but 3 months in, it’s already leaking and has substantially decreased water flow. Super disappointed as cheaper filters on other three showers are still going strong 18 months after install.
The shower head is excellent, best one I’ve purchased so far. The current flow of water is made to be very smooth and soft, and it has automatic filters, which I love so the water is amazing. I would recommend this item to anyone who’s thinking of buying a new shower head, this shower head will open up your eyes. An outstanding product from China.