I love my Multipure water filter and posted about it more than 2.5 years ago now! Today, however, I signed up to be a distributor because I wanted to buy the same kind of filter that I have for my niece. Because I am now a distributor, I can offer discounts! You would still order it yourself (I don’t get any of your personal info or anything), but if you use my code, you get a discount. I just did it today, so I don’t have everything set up yet, but if you want a discount, email me or comment here and I’ll figure out exactly how to make it work. You just need my code when you order.
Filtering shower water is important. Here is a great blog post on shower filters.
I currently use a Sprite shower filter. You can buy these almost anywhere. I’m pretty sure they sell them at Whole Foods, and I know they sell them at Integral Yoga, since I purchase my new filters there. I change the filter every six months. I didn’t check the specs on this filter. The only problem I have with this filter is that the shower head doesn’t tilt down far enough. It’s not really a problem if you shower in your bathtub. However, I have a shower stall, so with the filter on the pipe, the stream is pushed out from the wall more and since it doesn’t bend enough, the water hits the wall behind me around my shoulders, which is doable, but inefficient.
Multipure, the company from which I buy my drinking water filter, makes a nice shower filter that looks like it’s a bit better than the Sprite. It seems like you would have the same problem I mentioned above with this shower filter. I have unsuccessfully searched through hardware stores looking for an angled pipe adapter to increase the bend in my shower pipe (this terminology is all wrong… sorry).
Here is a filter that Mercola recommends (warning, link has video that starts automatically). It looks like a great filter.
I know you were only asking about shower filters, Elizabeth, but I figured I’d mention bath filters here, too. I currently use a Cuzn bath ball water filter. I am not crazy about it. It has a whole lot of stuff that comes out of it when you first use it, and it takes about 4 – 6 entire bath fillings for that to stop. Also, water splashes around and out of it when it is filling, so nowhere near all the water you put into your bath gets filtered. I know of many other bath filters, but don’t know of any that are necessarily better.
I use the MP880SC from Multipure and I like it a lot. Aside from the great specs, I also appreciate that it can be used under the sink or on the countertop. The SC is the same as the SB, but comes with a diverter valve to hook to your existing faucet so you can install it in about 30 seconds, and it’s particularly good for renters. It is easy to clean, as well. They recommend changing the filter every year, but I change it every six months. I’ve had it for almost two years, and I’m still happy.
In my last apartment, I installed an under the sink water filter made from generic parts, which is a real money saver. Here is a great selection of generic water filter housings (or BFS – Basic Filtration Systems). I used to buy my filters from Best Filters and I liked them. They were very courteous and knowledgeable when I called, and they shipped fast. Their prices are good, too. They also sell the Multipure filters and generic type filters I mentioned above (it would be much less of a pain in the ass to buy a generic filter from Best Filters because they put all the parts together).
In my last few musings on water filtration, I’d like to mention two things:
- Pure Food and Wine / One Lucky Duck (NYC’s awesome raw food restaurant/store) uses a Tensui water filter and they seem very happy with it (at least when I heard them talk about it). Also, if you bring your refillable water bottle into their store/restaurant, they will refill it for you for free.
- If you need to be frightened into buying a water filter, here ya go! Wait, there’s more! Another! Ok, you see where I’m going with this. Filter your damn water.