Good Low-Flow Showerhead… Bricor

Bricor ShowerheadsOr… How Consumer Reviews Can Help Save the Planet

In a simple twist of fate, it seems my desire to be green will inevitably test my patience– especially as a homeowner.

This time, it’s waterflow, most specific, our showerhead. Too much water is being wasted whilst I shave my legs and Colin does whatever he does for 15-20 minutes in the shower… I will never understand why it takes men so long to get clean.

So I’ve been spending the last hour and a half trying to find reviews for a good low-flow showerhead that aren’t two years old. I stumbled across a great site on WordPress: Green Gear, where the owners were kind enough to create a video review of the Bricor product.

Although I am still stumped on how I am supposed to figure out what level of water pressure I have (so I can buy the right model), I really grateful for the review.

The Net is Mightier Than the Sword

Online, consumer green reviews are the best way to understand how we inevitably will have to live with something we spend our money on. By sharing, reading/viewing and using reviews we can be environmental. Here’s why:

  • We create a community.
  • Reviewing products publicly forces the manufactures to pay attention to trends and feedback.
  • Using reviews can keep us from unnecessarily investing in poorly manufactured products that break or dissatisfy us (ie. ones that we’ll quickly replace). That’s simply called REDUCE.
  • In sharing consumer reviews, we begin to limit the number of products people buy, driving the market toward those items which are better quality, longer lasting and produced supporting the standards we choose, not those that choose us.

At the moment, it feels as if consumers are “boxed in” by the same old shopping choices. But with patience and by supporting each other, providing as much information as we can, we do have the power to reshape our consumer culture, using the online community as our launch pad.

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home. 

  12 comments for “Good Low-Flow Showerhead… Bricor

  1. January 5, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    I hear your plea on the low flow water thing, but that’s one place I can’t give. Low flow just doesn’t get the soap out of long hair. I’m not quite as green as you, but I try to do my part where I can. I conserve by lathering with shower gels when the water isn’t running. When our current water heater goes out, I’m totally shooting for a tankless one!

    On a few side notes, if you’re interested in reviewing products, consider expotv.com where you get paid to do it. I’m not brave enough to put myself in front of a camera. 🙂

    As for consumer options, I have a friend who swears by paperbackswap.com because she’s an avid reader. Even bookcrossing.com recycles books to other people in lieu of them purchasing their own copy.

  2. January 6, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Hey Nicole, I think you might be surprised that the Bricor model will get the soap out of your hair. My wife has a long head of red hair and says the bricor is does very well. It uses a mechanism in the head to create a vaccum that will increase the water pressure and then it introduces air into the mix to cut down on water. It’s just strong enough and will only use 1.5GPM vs. 2.5GPM of normal showerheads. Check out my review at greengear.wordpress.com

  3. January 7, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Thanks Zane! I’ll have to check it out.

  4. cc
    January 7, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    I think you have a husband problem rather than a low-flow problem. Five minutes is plenty for a male shower. Other options is showering together, which can either cut or increase shower time. It depends.

  5. January 8, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Nicole, take Zane’s advice and try out some of these better models. It’s definitely worthwhile to check reviews before investing in something like this. I have to admit… I love a back-breaking shower and hate to give up high-pressure head.

    By the way, EVERYONE in England uses tankless water heaters. And I can attest that they are awesome for on-demand water heating.

  6. January 8, 2008 at 6:06 am

    CC,

    Yeah, the showering together is definitely something I’d recommend. Doesn’t matter if it takes longer, because the other benefits are worth the energy spent! (-;

  7. John
    January 11, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Well, I was going to weigh in on the shower thing with men (basically its our one opportunity for peace and quiet away from the women and kids in our lives) but hearing my little sister talk about showering together creeped me out too much so I am going to refrain.
    Don’t little sisters know they never get older than about 12 in our minds?

  8. January 28, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Elizabeth – Did you see that there’s going to be a Green Gear conference in NYC on February 1st? Was wondering if you’ll be attending.

    http://www.greenergadgets.com/

    I just saw the email in my spam as I was getting ready to empty it… thought you might be interested!

  9. Zane From Green Gear
    February 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Hey, if you guys are looking for another choice, we just reviewed the Evolve Road Runner and we really like it. It’s more gentle, so if you like the power of the bricor it might not be right for you but it is very quiet, low flow, and has a great showerstart feature.

    Oh, and on why men take so long in the shower… Half the time I’m still sleeping in there!

  10. March 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Here’s an easy water conservation tip. Install a Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve in addition to a low flow showerhead! It’s a hot water recirculation system that will save water, time, and energy! In many homes it takes a long time for hot water to circulate to the faucet or shower. Waiting for the water “to heat up” wastes valuable water down the drain. The Hot Water Lobster is an electricity free solution. Installation is quick! Anyone can install it in 15 minute or less and it costs only $179.95.

    The Hot Water Lobster was developed and is manufactured in the United States. The Lobster is designed according to strict manufacturing standards to ensure easy installation and long maintenance free operation.

    Check it out at:
    http://www.hotwaterlobster.com

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