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The marketing and visuals definitely got to me, "Powder Rain" they call it, and it seemed incredibly amazing and calming in the ads.
At first it truly was a feat of cool engineering. nozzles are extra tiny and with enough water pressure it becomes a controlled tiny droplet of water. It even sounded different when it hit the shower floor. It is very very soft on your body. Unfortunately that was my issue. I would love this spray pattern for times when I want to feel like wrapping my body head to toe in soft rain clouds, but for daily use, it is simply too soft. It took longer to rub soap out of my body and there just wasn't enough pressure to really get good cleaning done.
I would probably get the wall mounted bigger version of this along with a separate stronger hand held shower head to use daily. Also by the second week, the cool sensation of Powder Rain quickly faded and it just felt like someone spraying you with a spray bottle. It wasn't worth the price tag, but the product itself is very premium and beautifully designed.
I purchased this handheld shower head to replace an older Hansgrohe shower head that had cracked and was leaking from the side. In short, it feels a little... sad. There are three settings, the first two offer varying degrees of a mist-like shower experience. The way the droplets are dispersed, you can barely feel them against your skin. While this might be what some people are looking for, I appreciate a high pressure stream with fat droplets I can feel against my skin and my scalp that wakes me up in the morning and blasts off the suds. Without that pressure, I feel like I need to work a little harder to rinse clean.
The third setting does achieve some of that high pressure blast, albeit with a much more targeted, stream that shoots out from the very center of the shower head. The droplets are so small, they apply needle-like pressure over a small targeted area. It works for what I expect in a shower, but I would love a more broader, drenching spray.
I will caveat that I was only able to purchase the 1.75gpl shower head. It doesn't look like the 2.5 will deliver in California, so it's possible the 2.5gpl could provide the deluge I'm looking for. But at least I'm saving water.
After the normal warm shower, I switch it over to the Rainfall function, and lower the temperature until it begins to feel cool. It comes out so soft I can barely feel it, making it easy to turn it down cooler. The cooling invigorates my skin, and that feeling lasts the entire day.
Good product from Hansgrohe. Too bad my house only has medium water pressure and flow. It still works OK, but not as well as in the showroom. It still a great improvement over my old handheld shower head.