Are you looking to replace or upgrade your RV showerhead?
In this article, we’ve listed and linked the six best-rated RV showerheads on the market today.
Every showerhead is lightweight, easy to install, and conserves water. Plus, unlike factory showerheads, you won’t have to choose between form and function because most RV showerheads on our list have residential-like features.
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In an RV, the water can come from one of two sources — the freshwater tank with the help of an onboard water pump or a pressurized external source like the campground's water hookups.
RV showerheads work best when there is a balance between the water pressure and the flow rate. The better the balance, the stronger the pressure will be at the showerhead.
Water pressure, measured in pounds per square inch (psi), is the rate at which water flows through pipes into faucets, showers, toilets, and other appliances. Because water pressure varies at the source, this article calls out the water pressure through the showerhead, not the water pressure at the source.
Flow rate, measured in gallons of water per minute (GPM), is the amount of water that flows out of a showerhead each minute.
The best RV showerheads have a flow rate of 2.5 GPM or less and have a water pressure output between 30 to 80 psi. Although controlling the water pressure at a campground is difficult, you can help regulate the water flow by attaching a pressure regulator between the water source and hose.
Want to know more about how the water works in an RV? Check out RVezy's Simple Guide to RV Holding Tanks [Capacity and Usage].
Look for products designed with water-efficient technology or a WaterSense label on the packaging to ensure you're buying a product that saves water and performs well.
Showerheads with an on/off switch or pause button help conserve water because they allow you to temporarily stop or lower the water flow to a trickle without changing the temperature settings or wasting excess water.
Want to know how to conserve water and have a consistent flow of hot water? Attach a color-changing ShowerMi$er device to the RV shower outlet and wait for the color sensor to indicate when the hot water reaches the showerhead. The ShowerMi$er prevents water waste by eliminating the need to run the shower until the water is hot enough to feel comfortable.
What's the difference between RV and residential showerheads?
While RV and residential showerheads may appear similar, RV showerheads are typically more water-efficient and made with lighter components than residential showerheads. Plus, RV showerheads are built to withstand movement and better adapt to changing temperatures.
Can you use a residential showerhead in an RV?
Technically, yes, you can use a residential showerhead in an RV. However, it may not be the best option because residential components are made with heavier materials and have higher flow rates. A higher water-flow rate will fill your RV's gray water tank and deplete your freshwater supply more quickly.
Does the water source's pressure affect the performance of an RV showerhead?
If the water pressure is too low, it may cause issues with water flow and temperature fluctuations. If the water pressure is too high, it can damage the plumbing system.
Use a water pressure regulator between the water source and the RV to ensure optimal and consistent pressure for your water heater and other water-dependent appliances.
What is a water shut-off valve?
A water shut-off valve helps regulate the water temperature better than turning the water on and off while lathering. The shut-off valve differs from the RV showerhead's built-in flow control valve (on/off switch) because a shut-off valve completely stops the flow of water, while built-in showerhead valves maintain a trickle.
To stop water flow in an RV shower without a trickle, install a shut-off valve at the base or head of the shower hose. After you've installed the new valve, you can keep your showerhead's flow control on/off switch open and use the new shut-off valve instead.
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