July 6, 2012

A Low-Flow Rainshower That Actually Rinses My Hair?

Doubters.... Believe it or not, this showerhead exists!
Moen Envi showerhead
Last week I attended an event and was the lucky winner of a Moen Envi eco-performance showerhead.  Of course I immediately asked my husband to install it (as independent as I am, I have to accept the fact that he is stronger and will be able tighten things much better than I will).  Our previous showerhead was a basic Hansgrohe model.  I've always loved Hansgrohe, and it's usually my go-to line for shower faucets.  And though that showerhead was a basic model, it was great - their water technology really makes for a great shower.
Envi - Full rainshower spray
So I was skeptical when I was about to replace my Hansgrohe with a Moen, especially a low-flow Moen rainshower.  For one, you always hear people complain about not being able to fully rinse their hair with a rainshower, so when the flow is reduced by 20% you expect even less.  The saving grace was going to be the switch that changes the spray from a full rainshower to a more centered direct flow.  But guess what?  After using the showerhead now, I've never needed to switch to the more concentrated spray!  The rainshower function, at the 2 gpm flow (current industry standard is 2.5gpm), offers a wonderful and relaxing spray that still has enough pressure to rinse my hair.  
Envi - Optional concentrated spray, with the flick of the lever on the right
The secret, as many higher-end faucet manufacturers have discovered, is the technology behind the showerhead, which has 2 elements:

The Flow of the Water
While many lesser quality rainshowers are gravity-fed,  Moen's Immersion  technology is a self-pressurizing system that increases the force and flow.


The Shape of the Water
This showerhead features Fibonacci-inspired, spiral-shaped nozzle patterns to provide full-body coverage that envelops the user in invigorating body sprays, no matter what the spray setting.

The Fibonacci sequence is fascinating.  It's naturally everywhere, and I'm constantly amazed at how it's used in science and technology to make products better.

A couple fun posts about the Fibonacci Spiral:

Disclaimer:  Though I received this showerhead for free as part of a raffle, I was under no obligation to review it or promote.

(images from moen.com)