Here at Tools of Men, we do an exhaustive amount of work on trying to identify the best product for men to take their grooming and skin care routine to the next level. Whether it’s using a specially formulated exfoliator or shampoo for men, it’s our core purpose to give men information they need in order to make an informed purchase decision.
But here’s the deal (and how we got to this article today):
Even if you invest in the most expensive products on the market, you will hit a limit with how far you can take your skin care.
This wall is usually defined by environmental factors – general pollutants, living conditions, etc. For example, if you live in the New York City area, you are subject to environmental pollutants every time you go outside – there is just simply no way to prevent exhaust fumes, and god knows what else is in the air from interacting with your skin.
Now one of these environmental factors that we always thought would be a prohibiting factor for men is water quality – especially when showering.
When you jump in the shower every day (or every other day), you really have no say in the quality of the water that comes out of the wall.
What’s the alternative?
Fill a Brita filter and pour it into the bathtub? Get bottles of water from the local grocery store and empty them into the tub.
Both would be ridiculous and time consuming!
Clearly, there is no option to get clean and purified water out of your shower head…
Or at least that’s what we though a few weeks ago.
Alas, when doing an extraordinary amount of research, we came across perhaps one of the best inventions and perhaps the greatest secret weapon for your skin care game – shower water filters.
They come in all different shapes and sizes, but with countless research we have identified the best shower filters on the market that will not only improve a man’s rugged skin, but will also work wonder on woman’s as well (should you share your stall with someone else).
Here’s a summary of the best shower filters that we found on the market that will be sure to filter out all the bad stuff to make your skin look and feel healthy:
The 10 Best Shower Filters Reviewed
1. Alolli High Output Universal Shower Filter with Replaceable 4-Stage Filter Cartridge
Housed in a long cylindrical casing, this shower filter by Alolli features a multi-stage filtration system that works to rid your shower of the harsh elements.
This filtration system features four distinct stages:
- Stage I – Microporus membrane
- Stage II – American KDF55
- Stage III – Japanese calcium sulfite
- Stage IV – Activated carbon
This filtration system will work flawlessly in both hot and cold water environments. Furthermore, you can expect to block out chlorine, heavy metals, and bacteria.
The filter is swappable, and is rated to last you for about 10,000 gallons of water throughput.
Chrome finish won’t rust in the damp environment and will look great in just about any man’s shower stall.
2. AquaBliss High Output Universal Shower Filter
Beautifully crafted in a radiant chrome casing, this shower filter will be an instant upgrade to your shower stall.
Likely matching the details of men’s shower stalls across the U.S. the chrome finish will be able to blend in without notice.
But like the old saying goes, ‘it’s what’s on the inside that counts’. That couldn’t be more true than with this shower filter.
Featuring three distinct chambers including:
chlorine, impurities, and heavy metal removal
cotton protection lining
This filter will do an amazing job at getting rid of a lot of minerals and chemicals before the water escapes it.
Therefore, if you live in an area where scale or other mineral deposits is a constant battle, it will be a welcome addition.
Like all other shower filters reviewed, the inner filter will need to be changed on a regular basis. Unlike the Vitamin C filter by Sonaki that we outlined above, you won’t be able to visually tell when the filter will need to be replaced.
However, one AqualBliss filter is rated to last between 10,000 and 12,000 gallons of water. Therefore, you should expect to change this filter about once every 6 to 8 months.
Replacement filters are pretty cheap (~$15), and will be recommend to pick one up upon checkout so you aren’t caught in a pinch down the road.
3. Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System
The market leaders in shower filtration systems is without a doubt Aquasana.
Not only will this filter do a terrific job at removing nearly all the chlorine from your water (up to 90%), but will also enhance the pH levels for the cleanest and well-balanced showers of your life.
While similar in design to the Vitamin C filters on the market, this filter by Aquasana does not actually filter out chloramine (should your local water treatment facility use this chemical).
Some multistage filtration systems may impede the rate of which water exits the shower head as the water must force its way through the filters. However, with the separate chamber design seen in the Aquasana, there should be no degradation in water pressure.
Filters for the Aquasana last about 6 months, so be sure to pick up an additional one upon checkout.
4. Bath & Relax Filtered Hand Held Shower Head Filtration System
Definitely one of the most unique items on our list is this shower filter by Bath & Relax.
What really sets this shower filter apart from the rest comes down to the handle. Unlike the others reviewed that have either a multi-stage filtration system or a Vitamin C housing, this shower filter by Bath & Relax relies on mineral balls, negative ion balls, and energy balls to naturally extract the chlorine and other impurities out of the water.
The inline filter is rated to remove 98% of chlorine as the water passes through.
But unlike many filtration systems that attach between the pipe coming out of your wall and the shower head, this filter is built into the shower head.
With the three shower modes, you should be able to find the perfect one for you so you can get not only clean, but feel incredibly soft once exiting the shower stall.
Overall a unique design that includes both a head and filtration system for a rock bottom price tag.
5. Culligan ISH-100 Inline Shower Filter
Another option from Culligan comes the ISH-100. The ISH-100 is one of the smallest shower filters on the market that rests solely behind the shower head.
But don’t let the size fool you.
The ISH-100 can remove up to 97% of chlorine while also taking on scale and eliminating sulfur odor. Noticeably absent of Vitamin C, you won’t be able to remove chloramine from the water with this filter.
Each filter of the ISH-100 is also in-line with market averages and should last you for about 10,000 gallons before it needs to be changed.
Temperature range for the ISH-100 is slightly more narrow compared to others and will be able to withstand between 40 and 120 degrees (Fahrenheit).
6. Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mounted Filtered Shower Head with Massage
Coming in wall mounted or handheld varieties, this shower head by Culligan has a EPA water sense certification and will do an effective job at preventing sulfur, chlorine, and other common minerals found within the water from reaching your skin.
Packed with a 10,000 gallon replaceable WHR-140 water filter, each filter should last you for about 6 months.
To further give you peace of mind, the WSH-C125 has been certified by the NSF.
Universal fitting and sleek design will complement just about anyone’s shower stall.
Teflon tape is included when you swapping out your showerhead with this Culligan shower filter.
7. New Wave Shower Filter With Free Aromatherapy Diffuser Ring
This shower filter by New Wave Envrio doubles at being an effective shower filter and a aromatherapy device for your shower.
In its simple no-frills white casing, you will find a KDF 55 crystal quartz filter that will ensure that chlorine doesn’t come into your shower stall and dry out your scalp or the rest of your skin.
Beyond just chlorine, you can expect to also stop heavy metals and other minerals that come through in an unfiltered environment.
Replacement filters for this shower head are affordable and should last about 6 months before they need to be replaced.
8. Pelican Water PSF-1 3-Stage Premium Shower Filter
Housed in an all-white design, this shower filter is designed to fight both chlorine and chloramines.
But it gets even better.
Up to this point, all the shower filters were only able to last up to 10,000 gallons before they needed to be changed – the PSF-1 is actually rated to endure 15,000 before needing a swap.
Depending on your scenario there is likely a filter for you. Pelican Water offers this filter in three varieties: standard shower filter (pictured above), shower filter + wand, and shower filter + head.
One features that sets this shower filter apart from the rest though, isn’t just the volume of water that can pass through before it needs to be swapped, but that it has an aromatherapy scent bar that can be easily injected into the base. This will allow you to transform an ordinary shower in to a wonderfully smelling aromatherapy bliss.
Overall a terrific water filter that won’t inhibit your water pressure – leaving you with a well moisturized skin post-shower.
9. WaterChef Premium Shower Filter System
This beautifully brushed nickel shower filtration system with shower head is the complete all-in-one system for clean shower water.
The NSF certified filtration system will get the job done in stopping chlorine from drying out your skin.
With the 60” hose, you can easily remove the shower head from the mount and fully flush out all those hard to reach areas of your back or netheregions.
Filters on the WaterChef SF-7C should last you about 6 months and one comes packaged in the box. Additional filters can be purchased online at a relatively affordable price.
This shower filter has no problem operating in extreme temps and has been rated to work as low as 34 degrees and as hot as 140 degrees (Fahrenheit).
Overall a terrific purchase if you want to replace all the hardware in your shower stall.
10. Vitamin C Filter Inline Shower Assembly by Sonaki
Expertly crafted in South Korea, this Vitamin C water filter by Sonaki will remove 99.9% of chlorine and chloramine from your water before it hits your skin.
With a minimalist design, this will work on just about any universal shower pipe fitting and will tuck nicely behind your shower head.
Unlike some of the other filters on the market, you can keep using your own shower head after installation. Therefore, you won’t miss out on any of your preferred settings.
Packed with a total of 3 Vitamin C tubes, each cartridge should last you for about three months with regular shower usage (assuming about 20 minute daily showers).
With the translucent design, you will be able to visually see how much Vitamin C remains, therefore, you don’t have to worry about keeping track of dates.
What most men often do, is change it when they clean their shower stalls.
Once you have exhausted all the cartridges, you can easily find replacements available for this shower head online and are incredibly affordable.