PureShowers VITAMIN C IONIC Shower Head Water Filter

Shower water is exactly the same water we get from the tap and as such it contains many harmful contaminants including heavy metals, asbestos, fluoride, chlorine, and other chemicals and impurities. Showering in such polluted/toxic water is as bad as drinking it because it affects our hair and skin – it causes our skin to be constantly itchy and dry.

Key Features:
  • Removes effectively chlorine, scale and other impurities
  • Includes Vitamin C block to considerably improve hair and skin
  • Easy to assemble and fits most standard shower hoses

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Things we like

  • Removes effectively chlorine, scale and other impurities
  • Includes Vitamin C block to considerably improve hair and skin
  • Easy to assemble and fits most standard shower hoses
  • Ability to maintain stability for water pressure and flow
  • Reasonable price and friendly customer service
  • No complicated filter replacement and maintenance

Things we don't like

  • No pressure regulation function
  • A bit difficult to remove the film from Vitamin C block
  • Vitamin C block is prone to leaking

Shower water is exactly the same water we get from the tap and as such it contains many harmful contaminants including heavy metals, asbestos, fluoride, chlorine, and other chemicals and impurities. Showering in such polluted/toxic water is as bad as drinking it because it affects our hair and skin – it causes our skin to be constantly itchy and dry.

Installing a shower filter system can help get rid of these contaminants and protect your skin and hair from their effects. PureShowers Vitamin C Ionic handheld shower filter is one such filter system.  

This shower filtration system utilizes Vitamin C and other three filtration stages to get rid of a wide variety of contaminants. It’s a very effective filter system that considerably improves the quality of the shower water without affecting its flow or power. In this review, we’ll take a closer look at it and let you know how it works, what it removes, and what users think about it should you consider getting it. Read on for more details.

The Filtration Process

The filtration process of this PureShowers shower filter involves four stages that include a Vitamin C block followed by three stages that consist of different water filter stone balls; Negative Ion tourmaline alkaline stone balls, FIR ceramic stone balls, and zeolite stone balls.

The four filters together remove a multitude of impurities from the shower water hence preventing the negative effects it may have on your skin and hair after showering in it.

The first and second stages are a combination of the FIR (Far-infrared) mineral ceramic stone balls and the Zeolite stone balls which are contained in one cartridge that makes up the bottom half of the showerhead.

The FIR ceramic stone balls, in particular, combine the effective filtering properties of ceramic stones with the health benefits of the far-infrared molecules. Together they filter out chromium, lead, and other heavy metals. They also help to make the water feel softer, and as well kill bacteria, and absorb several other impurities present in the water.

The Zeolite stone balls, on the other hand, provide amazing water filtering properties. Like the FIR ceramic stone balls, they effectively clear out heavy metals and equally help soften the water by trapping calcium and magnesium ions which are the main causes of hardness in water.

The third stage consists of the Negative Ions Tourmaline alkaline stone balls which occupy the top half of the showerhead. They produce negative ions as well as make the water alkaline as it passes through them.

The negative ions are quite beneficial as they help increase oxygen flow to the brain and make you feel instantly refreshed. Making the water alkaline is also beneficial to the body – it gives the water anti-aging and detoxifying properties, and as well makes it able to hydrate the skin properly.

The last stage before the water sprays out of the showerhead is the Vitamin C block which sits just on top of the Zeolite stone balls. Recently, Vitamin C has become one of the effective dechlorination methods in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Standard (AWWA, 2005b).

It gives such successful results that a lot of manufacturers have incorporated it into their shower filter systems. PureShowers is one of them and they have included it in this shower head filter.

Also known as ascorbic acid, this Vitamin C block is incredibly effective at neutralizing chlorine and chloramine from the water (which tend to cause dry skin) – it clears more than 90% of these chemicals from the water. Besides that, it’s able to stop skin aging too.

Many users were really delighted with the filter’s performance. Most of them reported feeling the difference in the quality of the water straight away mentioning that it was improved considerably. They reported that their dry skins felt smoother and much softer after only using the shower filter for a week – there was no itching either after showering and the skin no longer dried out as it used to.

Users also liked the fragrance from the unit’s Vitamin C block. Not only does it effectively clears out chlorine and chloramine from the water, but it also gives it a lemony/orange scent that smells so fresh and zingy – there’s no smell of chlorine or chemicals in the shower or water whatsoever.

Another advantage of this unit is the softening effect of the FIR ceramic stone balls and the Zeolite stone balls. They cut down the amount of salt and minerals in the water, thereby reducing the hardness of the water and preventing scale buildup within the showerhead itself.

Users reported that the hard water residue/scale they used to have was visibly reduced by at least 40% after installing the showerhead and unlike other numerous showerheads, this one never stopped functioning because of limescale, even for those who had extremely hard water.

Installation

The filter was relatively easy to fit for most users as it simply attaches to an existing shower hose, replacing the existing handheld showerhead. You just remove the current shower head from the metal hose and then attach this shower head directly onto the hose. It fits onto a great majority of standard shower hoses with no fuss.

However, several users reported having difficulty taking the film off the unit’s Vitamin C block. You also need to ensure all the provided washers are located properly, particularly the one supposed to seal the cartridge container – you have to ensure that it fits well within the retaining pegs.

You may have to gently stretch it to fit properly when you screw the two halves of the cartridge together. You have to do this slowly to prevent the washer from moving away from the retaining peg.

The filter works bests at a pressure of 20 to 80 psi, and a temperature of 4 to 65°C. The filter itself doesn’t slow down the flow and pressure of shower water. In fact, many people reported that both the flow and pressure are much better than before – the spray is strong and steady.

Some, however, found the spray to be so powerful that it can be uncomfortable in certain parts of the body while others claimed that it’s so powerful that it can’t be used on kids as it hurts them, even when the pressure of the water is low. Unfortunately, unlike the PureShowers’ Ionic shower head, this one doesn’t have the option to adjust the pressure.

The other issue is that a few users reported that some water tends to remain in the head. You have to unscrew it so as to drain it out. There were also those that claimed that the Vitamin C block leaks out for the first couple of minutes when you turn off the shower causing a yellow water puddle in the bath. Not many people had these issues, but still, they are worth keeping in mind if you are considering getting this filter.

Maintenance and Filter Replacement

This PureShowers filter does need some maintenance. If you live in an area with hard water, you’ll need to frequently clean the showerhead face which is stainless steel. It’s not challenging as you just need to remove the chrome shower head face by twisting it anti-clockwise.

Once you do this, you get access to the stainless steel shower head faceplate which you can then give a good clean and return in the opposite way that you took it off. The beauty of this unit is that you can also take it completely apart to clean or remove limescale from every section.

Apart from cleaning, you’ll need to replace the Vitamin C block and the stone filter balls – you don’t have to replace the entire shower head again every time.

The unit has a capacity of 2500 liters which lasts an average of 3 months or more depending on the quality of your water. Several users reported using it for up to 4 months before noticing that it’s no longer effective.

The replacement process itself isn’t hard. To change the Vitamin C block, you just twist off the showerhead face, remove the old Vitamin C block, put in the new one, and then take off the stick which says, “Open” in order to allow the flow of water through the block – you have to ensure you’ve cleaned the face before putting it back on.

Replacing the stone filter balls is equally a straightforward process where you just take the showerhead in both hands, and then twist the bottom half in an anti-clockwise direction so as to separate the two halves. This gives you access to the filter balls both in the top half and the bottom half of the showerhead. The next step is just to remove the filter balls and replace them with new ones.

Final Remarks

This is an effective and reliable shower water filter. Many users were pleased with its overall performance as they reported a significant improvement in the quality of their shower water.

It utilizes four powerful filtration media that seem to work well in removing contaminants from the water, especially heavy metals, chlorine, chloramine, and other chemicals and contaminants. It also removes hardness minerals thereby making the water soft and reducing limescale.  It’s an ideal filter for treating any shower water, especially if you live in a hard water area.

The customer service is also great. The company often responds to customer queries quickly, so in case you have any issues with the filter you can always reach them through email or by directly calling their customer service.

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