Best RV Shower Heads in 2019
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"A Shower! A Shower! My Kingdom For A Shower!" Do you feel this way about showers? There's no luxury like taking a long, hot, high pressured shower. We have come to love them in our homes.
Water pressure seems to always be the key ingredient in a good shower experience. Nowadays showers can come with multiple heads, shooting water out of the wall and from above at the same time. What a fantastic experience, steaming and massaging your muscles into total relaxation.
Enter the RV shower head. We hope you don't think you're going to get this type of spa shower in an RV. Especially not if you dry camp. Water doesn't go very far when you're not attached to an endless supply!
Most standard RV shower heads are a miserable piece of the cheapest plastic likely ever made. They offer no pressure whatsoever. Most of them look like this:
Most people can NOT stand what their rig came with so they choose to do the most simple RV modification out there- the RV shower head replacement.
RV Shower Heads Compared
RV Shower Head Reviews
Do you have to have an RV-specific shower head? The answer is yes and no. Yes, you will want to get one that stops the flow of water, if you ever dry camp. (When you dry camp, your water supply is limited.)
However, you can alternatively purchase an after-market flow stopper of your own and use it on a regular shower head. (So, no, you don't HAVE to have an RV-specific shower head.)
Here we have chosen the best shower heads. Some have flow-stoppers, others do not. We labeled ones with a valve 'RV Shower Heads'. See the video lower on this page for information on how to install your own flow-stopper valve and, possibly, a check valve.
The RV shower head upgrade is one of the easiest modifications you can make to your new RV and it is well worth the effort and cost.
The Oxygenics Fury RV shower head is a step above the Oxygenics Body Spa shower head in that it offers a wider spray and has adjustable settings. The Body Spa has only one setting and the spray is narrower. The Fury is a little more expensive than the Body Spa for these reasons.
Continue Reading Oxygenics Fury RV Shower Head Review
The extra features of the Fury gave it a step-up from the Oxygenics Body Spa, which is probably the most popular shower head in RV history. Still, you get the lifetime guarantee, the water savings and the good pressure you would in the Body Spa, which the Oxygenics RV shower head is known for.
The Oxygenics brand is popular for its good water pressure and excellent customer service. Even the Camp Addict founders each have an Oxygenics Body Spa shower head in their rigs. We have both been happy with them aside from the drip that still happens (standard) when the water shut-off valve is engaged. (You will find this in EVERY shower head that comes with such a valve.)
The Oxygenics Fury is our top pick for an RV shower head, winning just over the Body Spa.
Oxygenics Fury RV Shower Head Features and Specs:
- Oxygenics technology that mixes air with the water to give stronger spray without using more water.
- 5 spray settings: Oxygenics, Wide Stream, Focus Stream, Wide Stream + Focus Stream, and Massage.
- Rubber grips to allow you to hold it more easily.
- Comfort control lever lets you adjust water pressure to your liking.
- To reduce clogging of the shower head, the internal parts have a non-stick coating.
- 'No Clog' Guarantee: Limited lifetime guarantee against clogging of shower head.
- WaterSense certified: Independently certified to use up to 20% less water than Federal regulations require, while still giving you a powerful shower.
- Max flow rate: 2 gallons per minute (GPM)
- Included with shower head: 72" (6 foot) hose, wall mount bracket, and plumbers tape.
- Available finishes: White, chrome, and brushed nickel.
- Dimensions: 3.75" Wide x 2.8" Deep x 9.7" Long
- Weight: 2 pounds
The Oxygenics Body Spa shower kit is probably the most well-known of the RVing shower heads. This Oxygenics RV shower head is reasonably priced, offers a strong water stream, and is miles better than the typical piece of junk shower head that is standard on most RVs.
Continue Reading Oxygenics Body Spa RV Shower Head Review
The Oxygenics Body Spa is a basic, one-setting handheld RV shower head. It has an integrated SmartPause® valve that reduces water flow to a trickle and comes with a shower hose.
It's a no-frills way to increase your RV shower water pressure. If you want an Oxygenics RV shower head with a few more features, consider the Oxygenics Fury.
The Oxygenics Body Spa is very easy to install- usually you simply unscrew your old shower head hose and screw on your new Oxygenics hose and shower head.
This Oxygenics RV shower head does come with a mount if your new head does not fit the existing mount. All you need is a screwdriver and possibly a drill. The unit comes with plumbers tape along with screws.
Oxygenics RV Shower Head Review
Oxygenics Body Spa RV Shower Kit Features and Specs:
- Spray patterns help speed up shower time, especially for those with long hair
- Patented Oxygenics RV shower head technology takes existing water pressure and amplifies it while widening coverage spray, all while minimizing water use and extending the life of fresh water tanks
- SmartPause® valve limits water flow during soaping while keeping water temperatures consistent (except when it doesn't - see this below)
- Mineral buildup and clogging, even in hard water conditions, is minimized due a to non-stick coating on internal shower head parts
- Includes a limited lifetime guarantee against clogging or performance failures of any kind
- Max flow rate: 2 gallons per minute (GPM)
- Included with shower head: 60" (5 foot) hose, wall mount bracket, and plumbers tape
- Available finishes: White, chrome, and brushed nickel
- Dimensions: 1.5" Wide x 4.5" Deep x 8.25" Long
- Weight: 1.6 pounds
The Niagara Earth handheld massager is not an 'RV ready' model, but is such a good shower head we had to include it as an option. You can purchase an aftermarket flow-stopper to conserve water. Read this section of the below RV shower head guide for more details on doing so.
Continue Reading Niagara Earth Handheld Shower Head Review
With the Niagara Conservation Earth handheld shower head, you can adjust the settings to have different sprays of your choice (3 settings). The gallons per minute (GPM) is nice and low at 1.5 and its reviews are stellar. This combination of plusses is what got it to the top of our non-RVing shower head list.
No Low Flow Valve
This shower head is not 'RV ready' in that it doesn't include a 'low-flow' valve (for water conservation). However, you can very easily add one, which will greatly reduce the amount of water used. Learn how to add a shut-off valve here.
Niagara Conservation Earth Handheld Shower Head Features and Specs:
- Uses 20-40% less water than other low-flow shower heads
- Three spray settings: 9-jet spray, shower (45 nozzles) and combo
- Consistent water flow rate is guaranteed due to patented pressure compensating technology
- Shower head has a large spray diameter with an even, vacillating motion for the water output
- Corrosion-resistant, high-impact ABS thermoplastic body
- Max flow rate: 1.5 gallons per minute (GPM)
- Included with shower head: 72" (6 foot) hose and mounting bracket (though the bracket is for home use, not necessarily RV use)
- Warranty: 10 years
- Dimensions: 2.7" Wide x 3.3" Deep x 8.6" Tall
The Ecocamel Jetstorm has been an RV staple on the other side of the pond for a good while now. Recently they have become available in the United States. This model works much like the Oxygenics brand in that it infuses air into the stream, producing a stronger spray using less water.
Continue Reading Ecocamel Jetstorm Shower Head Review
We placed the Ecocamel RV shower as the runner-up only due to the price. The price includes just the shower head (hose and shut-off valve are sold separately).
However, most RVs come with an RV shower hose already installed in the unit so this is most likely an optional purchase if you decide to go with the Ecocamel Jetstorm.
If you need a water shut-off valve, you could follow the instructions in the video on this page and purchase one yourself through Amazon.
The Ecocamel Jetstorm is a quality shower head and it gets the job done. It's just a bit pricier than the competition.
This shower head is not 'boondocker ready' in that it doesn't include a low-flow valve (for water conservation). However, you can add one per these instructions.
Ecocamel Jetstorm Handheld Shower Head Features and Specs:
- Plastic body
- Uses up to 45% less water than a conventional shower head
- Shower head faceplate with rubber nodules that you can wipe clean to prevent hard water buildup
- Unique Aircore technology injects air into the water stream, increasing the pressure while reducing the water amount used
- Max flow rate: 2 gallons per minute (GPM)
- Dimensions: 4.09" Wide x 2.4" Deep x 8.88" Tall
- RV shower hose not included
RV Shower Head Guide
If your rig came with a factory-installed shower, you ARE NOT A HAPPY CAMPER. It's no secret that these factory heads are miserable pieces of plastic with limp pressure at best. Have fun getting all the soap out of your hair with one of those.
Here's how a crappy shower head shower goes: Shower #1- The pressure is miserable, so you turn the faucets all the way open to compensate. It's still not good. Because you have the water flowing wide open, you run out of hot water before you are even finished. You're thinking, "that wasn't cool". You assume that maybe some of the hot water was used earlier to do dishes. Next time you will make sure there's a full tank of hot water.
Shower #2- You make sure the hot is full, and proceed to get into the weak no-pressure shower. You certainly aren't enjoying it. Then, you run out of hot water AGAIN!
This won't do.
The good news? You have options. You have to replace your shower head. It's almost a given unless you get a rig that has already had a new head installed to replace the factory piece of you know what. Another negative of the factory installed pieces of junk is that they allow mineral build-up fairly quickly. You can quickly end up with even less water flow once this starts to happen.
Jaime and Scott Sichler
Full-Time RVers/Bloggers at "Away We Winnebago"
Our first travel trailer had terrible water pressure. Coupled with the standard entry-level shower head, I couldn't get the shampoo out of my hair before running out of hot water.
Desperate for a better solution, we found the Oxygenics RV shower head, which immediately made a dramatic difference since it creates better water pressure while using less water - a win/win for boondocking. Even with a small 6-gallon water heater tank, we've never run out of hot water.
When we got our current RV, swapping out the shower head with a new Oxygenics RV shower head was our first purchase. We talk a lot about our Oxygenics and are always dumbfounded when people can't grasp the benefits and chose to shower under a trickle of water. We like it so much, we bought one for my brother's camper. He liked it so much, he installed it in his house bathroom!
Many RVers, especially those who dry camp or boondock, are going to need an RV shower head with good flow (pressure) as well as water saving things such as a low-flow or shut-off switch and a low GPM (gallon per minute) rating.
RV fresh water holding tanks are only so large and the hot water heater tank is also going to be way WAY smaller than the one you have at home. Typical sizes are only around 6 to 10 gallons. Therefore, you must conserve.
There are shower heads made for just these needs. It's really the easiest RV modification available out there and it's very inexpensive and totally worth it. There's no need to suffer. Your shower can be more enjoyable. If the above scenario sounds like you, it's time to upgrade.
We encourage you to only buy low-flow shower heads for the simple reason that water is valuable and we can all afford to use less. If you are dry camping, you will definitely want one with a low flow or low GPM (gallons per minute).
Key Things To Look For In An RV Shower Head
Will It Really Save Water?
Yes, it will. Let's imagine using one gallon of water to try to rinse the soap off of your body. You have two showers to take. The first shower trickles out water. The second shower has good pressure. Which shower do you think will get all of the soap off of you? The second!
You will likely need another half-gallon to get the rest of the soap off of you with the ridiculous trickle shower. This is similar to how a good pressure shower head works. You will use less water and in less time.
Will A Water Saving Shower Head Save Me Money?
You bet it will. The average shower lasts about 8 minutes. A regular non-saving shower head will use about 3.8 gallons of water per minute. At that rate, you would use about 30 gallons of water. That could be your entire fresh water tank! If you have a family of four, you are in trouble.
With a lower flow shower head AND the tip below, you will also save money on water if you are boondocking and have to pay for a fresh water fill. Many places charge to fill up your RV fresh water tank. The less you use, the less you spend.
Problems With Water Flow 'Stoppers' In RV Shower Heads
So, if you have an RV shower head and you have the kind with a valve that is supposed to limit the flow, you may have noticed that it DOESN'T completely stop the flow. It takes it down to a dribble. What's this silliness about?
I, Kelly, got an Oxygenics Body Spa shower head with the flow regulator (Oxygenics calls it a SmartPause® valve). I'm happy with the pressure but have been very unhappy with how it doesn't totally stop the flow (I know, they don't claim to try to fully stop the flow).
However, there are big issues with this, at least for me. I know some other people that have had this same complaint.
Oxygenics Shut-Off Valve 'Dribble' Comparison.
We made this comparison to show you that not all shower dribble experiences are the same. It depends on the water pressure in your rig. All shower heads with a 'stock' shut-off valve will still leak with the valve in the 'off' position. It's an industry standard, not a design flaw (but we see a lot of flaws about it).
The Oxygencis RV shower head shut-off valve is called a SmartPause® valve, and is not designed to shut off water flow completely. This is what the FAQs from the Oxygenics website says about the SmartPause® valve:
Our SmartPause® valve does not function as a shut off valve. It allows you to minimize the shower pressure down to a pencil-size stream. This is a necessary safety feature as hot water can back up in the water line when water is stopped. This can result in the hot water spilling into the cold water channel – creating a high risk of scalding.
The first video is Camp Addict Co-Founder Marshall's shower head. It puts out way more water than Camp Addict Co-Founder Kelly's shower head (second video). The amount of water coming out will be related to how strong your RV water pump is, or the pressure from the city water source (if 'plugged in' to a water source).
You can solve the 'problem' of your shower head dribbling by adding your own non-leaking shut-off valve. See the video a bit more down this page about correcting the dribble.
Add Shut-Off Valve At Your Own Risk!
Marshall's Oxygenics RV Shower Head
Kelly's Oxygenics RV Shower Head
What's so bad about it? Well first, it's still wasteful. The water that trickles out is wasted and your pump kicks on to up the pressure, so you are wasting battery power, too.
That's not the worst part. The worst part is while it is dripping, mine starts getting very cold. I (Kelly) couldn't let my shower head stay up on the mount because the water dripping would splash on me, making my shower VERY uncomfortable. So I let it hang on the floor of the shower while I lathered.
Then, because it was cold, I had to be very careful when I turned it back on to not get any on me. (But usually, I did get splashed by some. NOT fun.) Then MORE water gets wasted once you turn it on because you have to wait for it to warm up before you use it. It's been very frustrating and has made for a much less comfortable shower than necessary. This is a super annoying 'feature' of any shower head 'low-flow' valve.
I scoured the internet looking for an answer. I even wrote Oxygenics an email to ask them why these devices purposefully 'leak'. They replied with a stock answer that didn't even come close to answering my specific question.
All I ever found out on the internet was that it's supposed to prevent scalding. Hmm. Well, I sure wasn't getting scalded, instead, I was getting frozen! I could have been getting scalded, had the hot water been under higher pressure than the cold water. It's a flawed idea and design.
After sending that email, I kept looking, and I FINALLY found an answer! It's a very thorough answer, too. It came in the video below from FitRV. All you need to correct it is a separate shut-off valve and a check valve.
Add a Shut-Off Valve At Your Own Risk!
Leaky Low-Flow Valve & Water Temperature Issue Fix
Finding a shut-off valve that TOTALLY stops the flow is not easy. However, we have linked to one below.
It's fairly simple- if your water gets cold when you shut it 'off' (with the switch that comes on your shower head), you need to install a check valve on the hot water side of your shower lines. If your water instead gets hot, you need to install a check valve on the cold side of your shower water lines.
(NOTE: There may be an issue with installing the check valve that James mentions in the above video. See below for more information.) Then, you also may connect a flow stopper valve either to the head end of your shower head, or to the base end of the shower head where it attaches to the shower itself.
This will take care of both problems- the temperature change and the constant drip of water. If you so choose to take this action, you can use any shower head that you like! It turns any shower head into one with a stopper valve. This is why we reviewed 'non-RV' shower heads as well as RV shower heads.
Flow Stopper Valve/Backflow Valve Installation Test
4/25/17: Camp Addict founders, Kelly and Marshall, ordered the shut-off valves and back flow preventer parts shown in the video above and we are going to install them in our own showers. Once we have our results, we will report them here! Hopefully this will be the true death of the RVers 'cold shower blast'.
5/23/17: UPDATE- Both Kelly and Marshall both got the back flow preventer and the shut-off valve. We each only installed the shut-off valve. Both of us have had NO issues with water leakage or with a temperature change. VICTORY! We still recommend installing a back flow preventer on the side that is effecting your water temperature. (See below regarding the back flow preventer.) Still, we have each had showers with no issues with the temperature changing, and the showers no longer drip. The 'cold shower blast' seems to be solved! For us. Your mileage may very.
Back Flow Valve Installation Issue
Below is the water shut-off valve referenced in the above video and the ones that Marshall and Kelly installed in their rigs per this section. We no longer recommend the water check valve that James mentioned in the video due to the possibility of incompatible threads.
Water Shut-Off Valve
You don't have to buy a shower head made specifically for RVs. However, there are good ones out there that use few gallons per minute (GPM) and come with the low-flow valve.
However, you have the freedom of using any type you wish. You can install your own flow stopper which will truly stop all of the water flow. In other words, you aren't restricted to using a product marketed as an RV shower head.
An RV shower is not usually known to be a super luxurious thing. But today it's better than it used to be with technology's help. Whichever you use, get out there and use it.
Camp on, Addicts!