What’s the Best Shower Head Filter? | 2018 Edition

[This post was originally published in May of 2017. It has been updated for 2018.]

Pop quiz time: Do you know what the largest organ in the human body is?

Congratulations if your answer was "skin"!

If you're an average size person, your skin covers an area of about 20 square feet. That big area of skin is able to absorb a lot of impurities. So, you want to be careful about what you expose your skin to on a regular basis.

One of the best ways to protect your skin and hair from harmful contaminants like chlorine is by using a shower filter. They're not expensive, they're simple to install, and they can make a huge difference in the way you feel and look.


I've spent a lot of time researching shower head filters, and narrowed them down to what I think are the four best ones. I base my rating on technical aspects, user feedback, and price.

If you're not sure which shower filter to buy, I hope this review will help you make a decision.

Below you'll find a table that compares some of the important features of the four followed by a more detailed description of each.

​Then at the end I'll tell you which one I think is the best.

Best Shower Head Filters Comparison Table

AquaBliss shower filter

MSRP ≈ $40

Reduces chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria, pesticides, mold

Filter Life: 6-8 months

Shower head not included

My rating: 3.5/5



Berkey shower filter

MSRP ≈ $80

Reduces chlorine, scale, rust, hydrogen sulfide, mold, bacteria

Filter Life: 1 year

Massaging shower head

My rating: 4/5



Aquasana shower filter

MSRP ≈ $85

Reduces chlorine

Filter Life: 6 months

Massaging shower head

My rating: 3/5



Propur shower filter

MSRP ≈ $70

Reduces chlorine, chloramines, fluoride, heavy metals, VOCs, pesticides & more

Filter Life: 6-9 months

Massaging shower head

My rating: 5/5

Best Shower Head Filters - Mini Reviews

Aquabliss SF220 

The SF220 by Aquabliss is one of the most popular shower filters out there. 

It's effective at reducing contaminants like chlorine, heavy metals, bacteria and pesticides, plus it inhibits the growth of mold and algae.

A 3-stage filtration system is housed inside a thick durable plastic housing with a chrome finish. 

Aquabliss shower filter

There are 3 materials in the filter cartridge: carbon, calcium sulfite, and KDF-55.

Carbon does great job filtering water at room temperature and lower, but not at higher temperatures. KDF-55 and calcium sulfite help to purify the water when it's hot​.

So, by combining all three materials, it filters your shower water whether you like it hot or cold, or somewhere in between.

Aquabliss SF220 shower filter

Aquabliss SF220 filter, installed

Installation is straightforward and easy to do. You just remove your shower head, screw the filter onto the pipe coming out from the wall, then screw your shower head onto the filter.

A roll of plumber's tape comes with the filter. You'll want to use it to ensure a good fit and no leaks.

Most users have reported that the water flow is not slowed down by the filter. If you do notice a decrease in water pressure, it probably means that the filter needs to be replaced.

With normal use, the filter will last about 6 to 8 months, or 10,000 to 12,000 gallons. You can find replacement filters at Amazon. Click here to check the price.

Aquabliss doesn't offer a warranty, but they say, "Should you ever need to return an item you purchased from us, we will gladly give you a full replacement or refund."

Aquabliss SF220 Pros and Cons

What People Like

  • Takes out chlorine odor and taste
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to replace filter
  • Low price
  • Makes skin and hair feel better

Don't Like So Much

  • Lowers shower height by 5-6 inches
  • Have to replace filter about every 6 months
  • Does not remove chloramine


Berkey shower filter

The Berkey shower filter is the one I'm most familiar with because I used it for several years, when I lived in a city.

It's made by the same company that makes the very popular Berkey countertop gravity water filters. The filter technology is different, though.

​This filter is made of a proprietary blend of calcium, copper and zinc. It reduces up to 95% of chlorine, plus hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell)lime scale, mold, algae, bacteria, and  water soluable metals like lead, mercury and iron. And it works on both hot and cold water.

It comes with a shower head that has three settings: mist, spray and massage. Or, if you prefer, you can buy the filter by itself and use it with your existing shower head.

It's easy to install the Berkey filter, just like the Aquabliss, and it's easy to replace the filter.

One big difference, though, is the long filter life. The Berkey is good for 20,000 gallons, or about 1 year. That's twice as long as the Aquabliss.

Berkey also gives you a ​back flow attachment that you can use to flush out the filter if it gets a buildup of sediment.

​Berkey KDSF-HEAD Pros and Cons

What People Like

  • No loss in water pressure
  • Easy to install
  • Improves skin and hair condition
  • Long filter life

Don't Like So Much

  • Lowers the shower head about 7 inches
  • Replacement filters a bit pricey

I do want to caution you that there is some question about whether some of the Berkey shower filters on Amazon are authentic. The link I'm giving you below is for the listing by a seller called The Berkey Guy - LPC Survival. I know that he's an authorized Berkey seller and you can trust that it's the real thing.

Click here to go to Amazon to read more reviews and check the current price of the Berkey shower filter KDSF-HEAD.  (sold by The Berkey Guy)

Another option for you is Berkey Filters, another reputable authorized Berkey distributor. They often run special deals, so you might want to check them out here.

​Aquasana AQ-4100

Aquasana shower filter

Next up is the Aquasana shower filter, Model AQ-4100.

​This filter uses a combination of coconut shell carbon and a KDF-55 copper and zinc media to reduce chlorine and improve the pH balance of your shower water.

You can see that the design of the Aquasana is different from the other brands. Instead of the water going straight through the filter, it's directed to the bottom and then is pushed up through the filter media on its way to the shower head.

This is supposed to keep it from clogging up, and it keeps the water in contact with the filter longer for better filtration. 

This video shows how it works:​

Another benefit of the design is that it keeps the shower head higher up than the other brands. That's a good thing for tall people.

On the other hand, the position of the shower head in relation to the filter restricts its movement. You can't point it downward quite as far as you can with a normal shower head. So that could be a problem if you have a small shower stall.​

You can choose either a regular massaging shower head or a handheld wand-type shower head. The wand shower head comes in white or chrome. Prices vary slightly with the different options. 

But, if you love your shower head and want to keep it, you can just get the filter. It attaches to most standard shower heads.

You'll need to replace the filter about every 6 months, or 10,000 gallons. It's simple to do.

Aquasana filters come with a one year warranty and 90-day no questions asked money back guarantee.

Aquasana AQ-4100 Pros and Cons

What People Like

  • Easy installation
  • Nice shower head
  • Good water flow
  • Softens skin and hair

Don't Like So Much

  • Angle of shower head is limited by filter
  • Hose on wand model smells bad
  • Expensive replacement filter

Propur ProMax​

Propur shower filter

If you want a shower filter that reduces fluoride, you'll want to consider the Propur ProMax.

The ProMax has a multi-stage filtration system that "reduces/removes a broad range of 200 + contaminants including VOC’s, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, pesticides, SVC’s, disinfectants, chloraminesinorganic non-metallics, herbicides, pharmaceuticals, PFOA, PFOS and micro-organisms." (source)

It's far superior to the other brands in terms of the wide range of contaminants that it reduces. You can access the independent lab test results here to see for yourself.

Propur Chrome Plus Shower Filter

Propur Chrome Plus Shower Filter

Other options include a chrome filter and shower head in the standard style or wand style. They'll run you between $15 to $30 more than the white plastic one.

Propur ProMax chrome shower filter

Propur Chrome Shower Head & Filter

​You can't buy the filter without a shower head, but you can remove the shower head and replace it with your current one if you like.

​Just like all the other brands, this one is easy to install, and replacing the filter is simple. Propur recommends changing the filter cartridge every 6 to 9 months.

As of this writing, the replacement cartridges are not available at Amazon, but you can get them from PropurUSA.​

Propur offers a one year warranty on the filter, and a 9 month warranty on the cartridge.​

Propur ProMax Pros and Cons

What People Like

  • Reduces fluoride
  • Easy to install
  • Makes skin and hair feel better
  • Good flow of water

Don't Like So Much

  • Leaks sometimes

Click here to go to Amazon to read more reviews and check the current price of the Propur ProMax.

You can also check the price and see if there are any special discounts this month at the Propur website by clicking here.

Other Shower Head Filters Worth Considering

There are some other shower filters that didn't make the Top 4, but they're still worth considering. I'll add to this list throughout the year as new models come out.

VivaSpring Filtered Shower Head

The VivaSpring Filtered Shower Head is a new and very affordable offering from Brondell, Inc.

It has a KDF 55 filter that is certified to reduce free available chlorine in your shower water. Along with chlorine, it can reduce some heavy metals, but it hasn't been certified to do so.

VivaSpring filtered shower head

That filter is contained inside the shower head, so it doesn't cut down on your head room like most of the other filters do.

And speaking of the shower head, the VivaSpring has a beautiful 6.5-inch diameter shower head to give you a luxurious wide spray. It has a chrome finish and there are two color choices for the face - black or light gray.

I wrote a separate review of the VivaSpring. So, if you'd like more details on this shower filter, please see VivaSpring Filtered Shower Head: Classy, Effective & Affordable.

Click here to check the current price at Amazon.

Verdict: What's the best shower head water filter?

There's no doubt that all of these filters will improve the quality of your shower water. All of them take out the chlorine, which can help your skin and hair to feel better. Plus you won't be breathing in those chlorine fumes.

But I do think the Propur ProMax outshines all the others because it reduces so many more contaminants, and so it's my Number One pick.​ If you're going to invest in a shower filter, you may as well go for the one that does the most good.

My Number Two pick is the Berkey​ KDSF-HEAD because it reduces a decent range of contaminants and it has a long filter life.

Number Three is Aquabliss and last place goes to Aquasana.​ 

I hope you found this review helpful and that you can find the shower filter that's right for you. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer as quickly as possible.

Also, if you have any experience with these or any other shower filters, let us hear about it!​

Last Updated on

Marge Sweigart

I'm a healthy living blogger who loves to help people who care about having a healthy home environment make smart choices and save money. Read more

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below

Leave a Comment: