The Best Shower Filter Of 2015

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In A Nutshell

Almost all popular shower filters available today only remove 20%-80% of free chlorine (not total combined chlorine) from your shower. This includes shower filters that are certified by the NSF #177 Standard — unfortunately this standard only indicates that a filter will remove 50% of free chlorine in the water.

Also, many cities now treat water with chloramines instead of chlorine. There are no conventional shower filters that will remove more than a small amount of chloramines from your shower water. The only way to remove chloramines is to use a Vitamin-C based shower filter which are only made in Korea and Japan.

Here are my recommendations:

  • If you only want to remove free chlorine and other impurities from your water, I recommend getting a Sprite HOB-CM Brass Shower Filter. This is one of the few showers filters that will remove most free chlorine from your shower.
  • If you want to remove both chloramines and chlorine from your shower, I recommend a vitamin-C based shower filter, like the Sonaki In-Line Filter

For optimal filtration, I recommend a Sprite filter followed by a Sonaki In-Line Filter. See my set-up for example:

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Why Filter Your Shower?

Because your skin absorbs substances while showering. Typically, 60% of the chlorine that most people absorb daily comes from showering in chlorinated water. Chlorine damages your hair and skin  — you can read about the hazards of showering in chlorinated water here.

Shower water also contains things like heavy metals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Ideally, all these things should all be filtered out, but filtering water at the shower head is problematic, because the water is typically hot and under high pressure, making filtration difficult. Carbon filters, which are normally excellent at remove chlorine, cannot handle the volume and heat of shower water.

Because of these problems, most shower filter makers rely on a metallic medium called KDF. Shower filter sellers typically show impressive charts that demonstrate long-term removal of chlorine. However, if you read the tests carefully, you’ll see that they apply to “free chorine” (chlorine that has not combined with other constituents in water), and the unfortunate reality is that KDF-filters have little effect on “total chlorine” (combined chlorine), which is the form in which chlorine exists in most tap water. In fact, chlorine is often added at the water plant as a blend with ammonia called “chloramine.” KDF is not effective at removing chloramine or combined chlorine in general.

Here are the details on my recommended shower filters:

Vitamin C Shower Filter

Vitamin C shower filters are very effective in removing chlorine and chloramines from shower water. Chloramine or NH2Cl  (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) is now commonly being used in place of chlorine for disinfection, but chloramines are not easily removed from water. Carbon filters are virtually useless in showers, because they do not work when the water is warm, and they also get clogged fairly quickly. KDF filters also don’t perform well in hot water, and they don’t remove chloramines. However, Vitamin C filters can remove chloramines effectively from water. To back this up, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission now states on their website that only Vitamin C can be used to remove chlormaines from municipal water. Here is the quote from the Commission:

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has recently been included in AWWA Standard (AWWA, 2005b) as one of the methods for dechlorination of disinfected water mains. SFPUC and other utilities have used Vitamin C for dechlorination prior to environmental discharges of chlorinated and chloraminated water. Since ascorbic acid is weakly acidic, the pH of water may decrease slightly (Tikkanen et al., 2001). Ascorbic acid has been used for a long time as one of the dechlorinating agents for preservation of chlorinated or chloraminated water samples for laboratory analysis.

The full document can be found here.

Vitamin C filters are simple in design — they contain a solid block of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and water runs through the filter and comes into contact with the Vitamin C. The Vitamin C neutralizes about 99% of the chlorine and chloramines in the water, and their effectiveness does not diminish until the Vitamin C is completely used up.

My recommendation for a Vitamin C showerhead is the Sonaki In-Line Filter

The filters last about 2-4 months before they need replacing, depending on how many showers you take. The filter is transparent, so you can see when the Vitamin C has run out.

Refills for the Sonaki filters are priced at $50 for 5 filters. You can buy them at Amazon.

Sprite HOB-CM Brass Shower Filter

If you are just interested in removing free chlorine and sediment from your water, my recommendation is to use a Sprite HOB-CM Brass Shower Filter. This filter is NSF Certified to standard #177 for shower filtration. It removes most free chlorine and some combined chlorine, sediment, hydrogen sulfide, iron oxide. Besides the fact that it does not remove chloramines, this is pretty good filter, and it is constructed with brass instead of the usual plastic.

The filter comes with a one year warranty, it is rated to filter 20,000 gallons or last 12 months, which ever comes first. It should be flipped half-way through the year. If the O-ring on the filter breaks, Sprite will replace it for free.

You can get the Sprite HOB-CM Brass Shower Filter on Amazon for around $51.

See also my review of low-flow shower heads — these shower heads can be used in conjunction with these filters.

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  3. peninsulagirl

    How did you install the two shower filters in tandem on one shower head? How did you prevent a significant decrease in water pressure?

    A second filter with carbon is an inspired idea with the vitamin C filter because chloramine causes lead solder in indoor plumbing to leach into shower and drinking water. Chloramine is a very bad, short-sighted idea IMO. Bladder cancer rates are higher in regions back east where chloramine has been used for as a water disinfectant for several years.

  4. master

    I installed the Sprite Shower Filter as normal on my shower. I then attached the Sonaki Vitamin C filter to the outlet of the Sprite filter. It’s pretty straightforward, and its been working for about a year now! I didn’t notice any change in water pressure, perhaps because I’m also using a self-pressurizing Oxygenics SkinCare Showerhead. See my review of these showerheads here.

    1. Lori

      When I click on your link for the Oxygenics SkinCare Showerhead, it brings me to Amazon where the photo of the shower head is not the same your shower head. Is this because you have an older model that is no longer available? Thanks!

    2. Lori

      I looked at the Sprite Shower Filter link you provided and it shows a silver chrome filter but I don’t see it in the photo of your shower set up. Your photo shows what looks like a white object attached to your shower pipe/arm and then attached to the white object is the Sonaki Vitamin C VitaMax filter and then the Oxygenics showerhead. Just want to make sure I get the right Sprite filter. I currently use the Sprite All In One filter but want to replace that with the Sprite filter and Sonaki VitaMax filter. Thanks for your assistance.

      1. master

        Sorry for the confusion. That older showerhead is not a Oxygenics showerhead (it’s an EarthMassage), but I have a similar set-up in my other shower with an Oxygenics, and it works well.

        1. Lori

          Thanks for the clarification. So you recommend the Culligan inline filter over a Sprite filter?

          1. master

            No, the Sprite gets better reviews than the Culligan filter. But the Culligan is less expensive.

    3. Joe

      I read that Vitamin C (a weak acid) reacts with chloramine to form HCl (a strong acid). It doesn’t seem to me that HCl in my water would be preferable to chloramines. Does anybody have info on the chemistry? I wrote to Sonaki but did not receive a reply.

      Also, I have the Sonaki Vit C filter and did not notice a difference in my water. When the Vit C ran out and I removed it, it appears to me that the filter is a closed system- that the water runs in but I’m not sure how it comes out again. The holes are very tiny so the entire volume of water coming through the shower line couldn’t possibly be passing through those tiny holes. I think the chamber fills with water and in time dissolves all the Vitamin C and simply stays there. I don’t think it’s treating the color amines at all! Have you tested the water for chloramines, before and after?

      1. master

        Vitamin-C (which is ascorbic acid) does form an acid in the process of neutralizing chlorine and chloramine, but it is a very weak and mild acid. Moreover, hydrochloric acid is found in all chlorinated water — it is a byproduct of chlorine disinfection and generally occurs in concentrations too low to be of any concern.

        In regards to your assertion on chloramine removal:

        For decades, Vitamin C has been used to remove chloramines from water. This is from the from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission:

        Q: Is it necessary to remove disinfectants from drinking water in a home setting?
        A: No, chlorinated and chloraminated water is safe for people and animals to drink, and for all other general uses including bathing. EPA believes that drinking water disinfected with monochloramine that meets regulatory standards is safe to use and it does not need to be removed. (USEPA, 2009) The removal of either chlorine or chloramine from drinking water is not necessary for public health but some customers may elect to do so for common household purposes based on personal preference.

        Chloramine is not a persistent disinfectant and decomposes easily from a chemistry point of view (Valentine et al, 1998) but for water supply purposes chloramine is stable and it takes days to dissipate in the absence of substances exerting chlora
        mine demand (Wilczak et al., 2003b). Therefore, it is not practical to remove chloramine by letting an open container of water stand because it may take days for chloramine to dissipate.
        However, chloramine is very easily and almost instantaneously removed by preparing a cup of tea or coffee, preparing food (e.g., making a soup with a chicken stock). Adding fruit to a water pitcher (e.g., slicing peeled orange into a 1-gal water pitcher) will neutralize chloramine within 30 minutes. If desired, chloramine and ammonia can be completely removed from the water by boiling; however, it will take 20 minutes of gentle boil to do that. Just a short boil of water to
        prepare tea or coffee removed about 30% of chloramine. Conversely, chlorine was not as consistently removed by boiling in SFPUC tests. If desired, both chlorine and chloramine can be removed for drinking water purposes by an activated carbon filter point of use device that can be installed on a kitchen faucet. If desired, both chlorine and chloramine can be removed for bathing purposes by dissolving Vitamin C in the bathwater (1000 mg Vitamin C tablet will neutralize chloramine in an average bathtub). SFPUC doesnot recommend that customers remove disinfectants from drinking water. Customers desiring todo so should consult with their physician.

        1. CT

          “If desired, both chlorine and chloramine can be removed for bathing purposes by dissolving Vitamin C in the bathwater (1000 mg Vitamin C tablet will neutralize chloramine in an average bathtub).”

          That’s the problem isn’t it? If 1g of Vitamin C is needed for a bathtub, how much C is needed to make a shower filter that will more than a few showers? Also, it doesn’t say how much is removed. The report seems to think that a 30% reduction in a cup of tea is a great thing. But in our testing at least 70% removal is needed for an effect on topical eczema.

          Lastly, as you pointed out, Vit C does not remove the disinfection byproducts, agricultural and industrial chemicals present in most tap water. Still need carbon for that.

          1. master

            The Vitamin C shower filters have been tested to remove 100% of the chlorine. I don’t have the reference for that right here, but if you go to their websites, you’ll find it.

            I recommend using the ball-style bath filters in conjunction with the vitamin C, to remove some of the other contaminants in the water.

  5. jnls

    Seems that everyone is sold out of the Sonaki Vit. C filter because it is being changed (says their website).
    Do you have a second suggestion that serves the same purpose?

      1. M

        Has anyone tried out this website? I see no contact information, which makes me question its legitimacy.

        Also.. any idea why Sonaki discontinued this popular filter?

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  7. katemadsen

    Hello,

    I would like to install the Sprite filter with the handheld version of the Vitamin C filter…is it possible and how would I do that?

    Thank you.

    1. master

      Yes, I believe it is. You can install the Sprite filter first, and then install the handheld Vitamin C filter to the Sprite filter. I have never tested this setup though :-)

      Justin

  8. curlygirl77

    Now what if someone purchased the vitamin c water filter and they have color treated hair. Would the vitamin c weaken the color/remove it at a faster rate? I look forward to your reply.

      1. MzTress

        Working as a hairdresser for decades, I do know many of the color companies use ammonia to deposit color in the hair, as it causes the (outer) cuticle layer to swell therefore the allowing the color molecules to enter. Citrus has an acidic nature causing the cuticle layer to close and the ph level of the hair to drop (usually a desired effect). A small amount of Vitamin C in the water may actually have a beneficial effect of keeping color in the hair along with a lower ph and creating shinier hair!

  9. d_amethyst

    So I got the Sprite HOB-CM Brass Shower Filter and love it and now want to get one for my kids shower which is a hand-held. I see that Sprite has a hand-held version of this filter. My question is which would be better. Getting the regular Sprite shower filter and attaching it with my current hand-help sprayer or getting the Sprite hand-held filter/sprayer?

  10. tyleraman

    Thanks for the great post. I never thought of combining one or more shower filter/head. My questions:

    (1) Do you use all three filters/heads in-line (Vit C, Sprite and Oxygenics)? If so, I’m assuming the sprite or vit c can be first or second in-line (does it matter) and then attach the oxygenics?

    (2) Do you have an oxygenics head preference? They all seem like they deliver the same qualities to the water – it appears the only difference is look and spray type.

    Wow, this is going to be quite the apparatus!
    Thanks for the feedback!

    1. master

      (1) I’ve added a photo of my current setup to the article. I opted to put the Vitamin C filter after the Sprite, to avoid the possibility of the Vitamin C being removed by the Sprite filter (I’ve heard that the Vitamin C can be absorbed the skin).

      (2) I haven’t tested all the Oxygenics, but I’d pay attention to the GPM (gallons per minute) they deliver. Hopefully they all have similar spray pressures.

  11. shea

    Thanks for the suggestions. I would like to mimic your set up. Seems pretty easy except the vitamin C inline is sold out. The vendor listed above…would you trust them? there is not contact, email, nothing. I found a website in Australia that sells the Sonaki brand.

    http://www.vitaminshower.com.au/products/shower-heads/rain

    They are twice as expensive as the vendor you are showing. Is it worth the $100 and who knows the shipping. Or should I take the risk with this vendor here and pay $50 or so? Also, I have read complaints on the refill cartridges not being as sufficient and the ones that come with the filter. Complaints that they are different. Thanks for the advice.

  12. Ali

    Considering the vitamin C filter is the best one, why did you decide to also put in the Sprite filter? And do you recommend this for me? I suffer from chronic eczema, vitiligio and keratosis pilaris (yes, I know). Do you recommend me using both of showeres (considering I’m on a budget, but if there will be a true benefit i dont mind spending on it. Or any other suggestions?

    1. master

      The Vitamin C filters only remove chlorine, so I added a $16 Culligan shower filter to remove other contaminants in the water. At the time, I could afford to get the Sprite. This filter probably won’t have significant impact on a skin condition. I’d also recommend using aloe vera gel after showering. Hope this helps.

      Justin

    2. master

      For eczema, you probably want the maximum amount of filtration. However, I’d go for a Vitamin C filter first, since chlorine really dries out the skin. Then, after the shower, I’d use some Aloe Gel with minimal additives (aloe with even minor additives irritates my skin).

  13. Marty

    Any idea when the redesigned inline vit c will be available…I’ve got the culligan and sprite. I’d like the in line vit c but Im inclined to wait for the redesign..

  14. Marty

    Thanks, i tried your link with two different cards they didn’t take either although there both good so I’ll try and look and order somewhere else..if I find a place I’ll let you know…

    1. master

      Marty,

      Thanks, let me know if you find a different source, since a lot of readers are interested in finding the in-line filter.

      Justin

        1. Jp

          Thru some digging I understand that carbon filters do not work with warm or typical shower temp water. The carbon removes chlorine from room temp drinking water. The kdf shower filter also has trouble removing chlorine from warm / hot shower.
          What do you think or any input would help in buying ashower filter.
          Ttysoon, Jp

          1. master

            JP,

            Your research is correct — once the water reaches the shower, you can generally only remove the chlorine and some sediment. You need to use a whole house filter, if you want to do more complete filtration.

  15. Owl

    Would this still work for a rainfall shower head? For square shower head that screws on to the wall fixing? Oh and please update if you do find another source for the product! I’ve only just be enlightened about this and it all makes so much sense, I was attributing a lot to hard water but never thought of the chlorine side. Most informative this article, thank you.

    1. master

      Sonia,

      If those shower heads have standard pipes that are accessible, you should be OK.

      Justin

  16. Richard Paul

    I found the sprite on ebay with this info:
    “75% chlorine removal after 10,000 gallons of usage”
    So the sprite rating of 20,000 gal is really a lie by any reasonable standards.

  17. Sharon

    What about the ammonia? When the chloramine is neutralized by the vitamin C, what happens to it?

    1. master

      Thanks for reminding me about this brand — it is nice that it’s made in the USA. I’ll have to update include it in my article update.

  18. Justin

    First off, very informative reviews!! Thank You. I just have a random question, if we are so concerned about our water, how does one “protect” themselves from the bathroom sink (IE: brushing teeth, washing face, shaving, etc) Any thoughts ?? Thanks in advance…

  19. Nads

    The picture of the combined showerheads using te Culligan In-Line Shower Filter and the Sonaki Hand Shower Set Vitamin C Filter is no longer available. Can you advise or post a pic or e-mail me the exact setup for the two intertwined please? Thank you.

  20. Karen

    Justin, thanks for this info. Unfortunately, it is impossible to purchase the inline Sonaki filter any longer… I wonder if they just want to offload their more expensive showerhead/vitamin C combos, which are constructed of plastic and are reviewed as short-lived. Do you have any familiarity with the only other two Vitamin C filter options that I’ve found online: Neutra-C (for handhelds only) or Vitashower?

      1. master

        The Neutra-C filter gets good reviews — I’ve included it in my recommendations now.

        It’s possible that the Sonaki filters would fit into the Neutra-C filter — I haven’t tested yet.

        1. Salma

          Thank you so much for this article. I wonder, though, where is your recommendation for Neutra C (and a few others) listed. I only see the same Sonaki Vitamin C and Sprite filters recommended in this article….

    1. master

      Technically yes, but the vitamin C is contained in sealed plastic so it would probably be difficult.

  21. donna kebea

    Actually I just ordered a handheld inline vitamin c filter and checked to see if the cartridge was sealed. I was able to unscrew the cartridge and open it up. (fantastic)! Now my question is which type of Pharmaceutical grade ascorbic acid do I use, a buffered one and/or 1000mg. It would be so much cheaper to refill this way especially when a refill is upwards of $10.00 each. I guess the best way to determine the residual chlorine would to be a pool water test kit and check the values with the media I using now and with the 1000 mg. vitamin c crystals. Any suggestions/thoughts??

  22. Helen

    I need a filter for my shower head to filter well water that is hard and drying out my hair. I have looked at the Sprite you recommend and the Sante filter and I am confused about the KDF for each and the benefits of having more of that in the filter.

    Please advise.

    Thanks,

    Helen

  23. Peter

    I have purchased these Vitamin C shower filters and when changing the filter believed they were nothing but a scam. 99.99% of the water will not make contact with the vitamin C. The water flows around the cartridge bypassing the vitamin C altogether. There is a tiny pinprick hole at the top of the cartridge only. Water under the huge pressure will exit the most easiest path which is straight out the shower head. The pin prick hole is enough to keep the vitamin C wet (so it can dissolve and look as if it’s doing a good job).

    Unfortunately the only treated water you will get is the initial burst at the start of your shower which probably goes down the drain while you wait for the water to warm up.

    Does Vitamin C neutralise Chlorine? Yes. But does the water that exits the Vitamin C shower filter actually treated? I don’t think so. Someone feel free to correct me. I really want a good shower filter, but I was really disappointed when I opened it up to find that none of the water that hit my skin would have gone through the vitamin C

  24. Peter

    Ignore my previous post. I had a rep from the company ring me straight away after I sent them an email with my concern and he explained exactly how these work. I am very happy with his explanation, and will be purchasing one again. My initial reasoning was flawed and based on ignorance. So from his explanation I can happily say that these vitamin C shower filters do exactly as they state. :)

    1. Adam

      Peter,
      Please share the explanation with the rest of us. I am inclined to think it might be a scam as well, although it could use the venturi effect. I’m curious what the manufacturer claims is the engineering behind these.

      Adam

  25. SukieNYC

    I live in NYC and whenever I leave, my hair looks great after a shower and in NYC it looks terrible. I think it has to do with what is in the water (lots of sediment I believe). Because of the sediment, filters often stop working far quicker than other parts of the country. which one of these filter or any other filter that you would recommend that works better with NYC water (which still makes great pizza and bagels despite this!). Thank you!

    1. California Girl

      I thought it was just me! I have the same experience. In Los Angeles my naturally curly hair is soft an manageable and upon first wash in Manhattan looks I stuck my hand in a socket and fills like straw. My entire family is dry and itchy. HELP! Have tried Sprite and vitamin C tabs. Both seem to help but I wonder if there is something more needed for sediments. Any suggestions?

      Thanks much!

  26. Etienne

    Here in canada the sprite filter is around 100 $ , They also sell some cheaper plastic sprite filter . Are those similar and recommended ?
    Thx in advance

    1. master

      The Sprite filter is good, but there’s not a large difference in result among most shower filters,becuase the water is warm and moving quickly in a showerhead. So I would buy what is reasonably pricedi in Canada. Of course the Vitamin C filters excell at removing chlorine.

  27. Peter

    I have purchased 3 filters now and best thing is, they don’t take up much room and look attractive together.

    First one is the Sprite brass/chrome one. (same as the above pictures). Then I connected the Rainshow’r ‘New century’ filter, and then the next stage is the Sonaki Vitamin C hand held shower with the waffle head design :) So now I am absolutely confident that I have good water coming out of my shower. Best of all, the pressure is still very good. I also hope that the Sprite filter prolongs the life of the other Rainshow’r filter so I only need to bother changing that one every 2 years (rated life 12-18 months).

    I am surprised so few people have heard about shower filters or that they don’t take the health risk claims of bathing in heated chlorinated water seriously. Given that the vitamin C filter alone costs only ~$50 a year, that’s a great investment for your own health and wellbeing.

  28. Patrick

    Why is the Vitamin C filter not sufficient by itself? Why do you have to put it in-line with the Culligan?

  29. BarlsCharkley

    Hey there, really appreciate all this information and am looking forward to replicated your setup. I was wondering if you’ve seen this filter and if it could be substituted for the Sonaki. I don’t have a hose shower so I’d like it to fit just like you have the Sonaki in your picture.

    Link: Neutra-C filter

    Thanks!

  30. JG

    Justin, thanks a bunch man! Very helpfull. Can you tell me is there a mount or an attachment for the Sonaki handheld shower heads to attach to the shower spout at the top? Or does it somehow attach to the bottom bath spout? thx again for your great write up here.

    1. Merci

      Can you break down the best shower setup while using heaven fresh vitamin c filter/shower head. I know with the previous version it was the sprite filter then Sonaki vitamin c filter attached and attach to a low flow shower head.

  31. Mark

    Thanks. The info is very informative.
    I am just wondering if anybody tested Santevia shower filter, or aware of any verified results?

    1. Marty

      Could you give us an update on how long the Heaven Fresh filter lasts, I checked amazon and they are currently not available, $19 on amazon. I also read a review by someone who was repeatedly sent a different refill..To bad the inline filter was apparently discontinued and the other ones seem to get mixed reviews..I would of bought this new one you recommend but the lack of refills and the bad customer service put an end to that, for now..

  32. Chad Hummel

    Going off topic. You recommend the 2 shower filter. I was just wondering if youv’e tested the Berkey filter. I have used them for drinking water and they have rave reviews. Just wondering. Thanks.

  33. Chad Hummel

    Going off topic. You recommend the 2 shower filter. I was just wondering if youv’e tested the Berkey filter. I have used them for drinking water and they have rave reviews. Just wondering. Thanks.

    P.s I do not have chlorine. I’m concerned of other groundwater contaminents and rust/iron, bacteria, etc.

  34. Gea

    Hi …We have hard city water in the Sacramento area. For the last 3 yrs., we’ve been using a Sante shower filter called “Destroyer” with high KDF. While it helps soften the water, my color treated hair still loses color after showering. I’ve been told by Sante that they have another filter that takes care of the cloramines, in addition to the chlorine, (it’s not Vit. C) and that they’re the only ones with this technology. Do you know about this and is it worth my money to try it, as they don’t offer refunds? Also, do you know what exactly it is in the water that causes the hair color to fade? Chlorine, cloramine, or other minerals? I tried the Sprite filter and it was like using nothing at all ….the color loss was even worse than with the Sante. Thanks in advance ….I’ve worn myself out looking for the right filter system and spent a lot of money in the process.

    1. master

      Gea,

      I heard that chloramines can only be removed in the shower with Vitamin C. However, I will look into Sante’s claims.

      I do know chlorine causes color to fade — you see it in the swimmers who spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools. So I’d bet its the chloramines or chlorine. You could try an inexpensive Vitamin C filter and see if it works for you.

      Justin

  35. Lyn

    Any reason why someone couldn’t make a homemade inline unit and then just buy the refill cartridges from Sonaki? The photos of the inline unit do not look like there is much to it, just the housing and the connectors.

    The Sonaki handheld units just seem quite pricey for plastic…..

    1. master

      I thought about that, and I don’t see why you could construct a filter unit yourself. You just need the water to pass across the Vitamin C, for the filter to work.

      1. Lyn

        Thanks for the reply. We already use a Berkey shower filter, so I’m just looking to reduce chloramines.

        The Sonaki handhelds look nice in the photos but I’ve read too many complaints of them cracking or leaking after a couple of months. I’d rather buy a quality handheld and add an inline unit along the hose someplace and just use their cartridges in it.

        My father is a plumber (semi-retired) and I’m going to send him some photo’s to see what he can come up with.

        I’ll keep you posted if it works.

        1. master

          Yes, unfortunately the shower filters from Asia have always been dodgy in terms build quality. I wish a reliable manufacturer would produce one here.

        2. Jude

          Hi Lyn,

          Did your plumber father figure anything out? We’re in the middle of trying to concoct something ourselves and would really appreciate any information you may have.

          Cheers!

  36. Merci

    (I previously posted but got no reply, thanks) Can you break down the best shower setup while using heaven fresh vitamin c filter/shower head. I know with the previous version it was the sprite filter then Sonaki vitamin c filter attached and attach to a low flow shower head.

    1. master

      Merci,

      Sorry for the delayed answer.

      I believe you should be able to attach the Heaven Fresh Filter to the Sprite Filter and use them in tandem, if you like. I have not tested this setup though.

      Justin

  37. Brad

    I’m wondering what type of shower filter would work best for cyanobacteria. We live in S. America and our local municipal water supply is starting to have contamination problems with this bacteria caused by blue green algae blooms in the large freshwater lake they use as a primary water supply. Health advisories have been going out to say don’t use the water for showering without filtering. But most filters kdf, ceramic, vitamin C seem more directed against chlorine, sediment, chloramine while the filters with charcoal would seem to have problems of short life span or effectiveness due to not working well with warm/hot water. Any suggestions as to what type of filter(s) would work best against these little buggers?

  38. Mac

    Thanks so much for this information! I also noticed the huge lack of legitimate shower filter testing.

  39. Sarah Cicack

    For some reason I can’t find the picture of your shower setup. I am lost and want to know how to install the neutra-c filter in conjunction with the sprite filter and oxygenics shower head. I understand how the sprite filter and oxygenics shower head go together. What I’m confused about is how the neutra-c filter fits in there. From what I read online, the neutra-c is only compatible with a hand shower head, which the oxygenics is not. I also read that is has to be upright for it to work properly, which also would not work with a normal shower head. Can you please help me figure this out?

    Thanks,

    Sarah

    1. master

      Sarah,

      I can’t get in touch with the Neutra-C manufacturers. They haven’t replied to any of my emails.

      At this time, I would recommend a Sprite filter followed by a Vitashower SF-1. The build quality of the Vitashower SF-1 is not good, but it is the only in-line Vitamin C filter available currently (besides the Neutra-C). You could also opt for a Sprite filter followed by a handheld version of the Sonaki showerhead.

      Justin

  40. Alana

    Hi! Wow, lots of comments to sift through. I’m guessing your 2013 reviews were based on your own skin issues with chlorine and contaminants? Are you still using and liking the Culligan In-Line Shower Filter and the Sonaki Hand Shower Set Vitamin C Filter inserted? I saw the picture. Have no idea how to do that. You could get a job installing these for people! My husband is suffering from serious sebhorreic dermatitis. Itchy, scaly, a little puffy in the hairline and beard area. This started around the time we moved from Brooklyn to the Philly area. We’re thinking it may be the chlorine in the water. My very light asthma symptoms have increased to where I use my inhaler multiple times a day.

    Anyway, thought I’d reach out directly in the comment section before dropping cash just to see what your latest recommendations are. Thanks so much! We’re in dire need of a fast solution.

    1. master

      Hi Alana,

      I updated my recommendations this week, so the full set-up is a Sprite or Culligan filter, followed by a Vitamin C filter.

      Justin

      1. Alana

        Thanks for the quick reply! Are you a fan of the Heaven Fresh Vit C? It seems to do everything so you wouldn’t need a double filter set-up. And Amazon reviewers seem to like it. Have you tried it?

        We’re also considering starting with just one filter before getting fancy.

        Thanks again!

  41. Brent

    Does the sprite hob-cm filter out voc’s and if not could you attach a filter to the sonakai that does and any recomondations?

  42. amy

    Thanks for the excellent article! I have tried a Sprite with no noticeable results. I had my water tested and there are chloroform and other THMM, which I know Vitamin C won’t help with. My water system doesn’t use chlorine, but chloramine. I also think I have hard water. Since the KDF alone (in the Sprite) didn’t work for me, I am considering an Aquasana, with both KDF and carbon, or a WaterChef with something called thermal guard catalytic carbon. Do you know if either of these carbon options might be effective? Thank you.

    1. master

      Amy,

      Thanks for the feedback. To remove chloramines, the Vitamina C filters are the way to gone, because they’ll remove 90-100% of the chloramines.

      It is difficult to remove those other contaminants at the showerhead because the water is (usually) hot and moving fast. The filters you mentioned might remove some of the contaminants at the shower, but the best solution would be a whole house filter.

      1. Rachael

        Amy, I too, am in the shower head filter search for my home. I have found many bad reviews (more than any other company) on products and customer service with Aquasana. I have done some homework on the Vit C filter and am sure that’s the way to go. …Now I just have to find a good on the counter water filter for my kitchen sink :)

        1. Julia

          Try Berkey for your counter water filter – I love my Berkey water filter! I have the black elements plus the fluoride filters. I have been using these for about 2 years and it is looking to be a good 9/3 years more, respectively, before I need to replace either.

          1. Jacque

            Thanks, great read! I have been trying to decide on a shower filter and I think I’ll be getting a Vita-C filter. Though I was wonder do you have any recommendations for a faucet mount filter for the bath.

      2. D

        They do not remove the BY PRODUCTS of Chloramine.According to NSF, NO filter currently certified for drinking water can take out or reduce the toxic byproducts of Chloramine – if a filter company tells you they can-
        ask for proof from their chemist. Ask for their NSF certification that states that the filter eliminates NDMA, Hydrazine, Iodinated byproducts and DXAA, they will not be able to produce one.”
        http://www.nsf.org/

  43. Joseph

    Hello, I am convinced the water we get is causing our skin issues. After we moved in to our home my 3 month old son son gets really bad skin reaction after shower. I am definitely going to try a shower head filter. My 8 year old son is the same way but not as bad as the 3 month old, my 8 year old son hands are also really bumpy and itch, I am convinced it is the water. What would be a good choice for under sink filter for the restroom that would be used mainly for washing hands? Thank you

  44. Gillian

    Hello!
    Thank you very much for providing all of us with solutions to get non-contaminated water. I just purchased the Sprite HOB-CM high output shower filter and the Sonaki Vitamin hand shower set for my shower and the Crystal Quest bath water filter for my bath tub…my skin is less itchy and dry and I do not smell that horrible chlorine smell. So, thank you! Question: do you know if the EPA or any other organization provides kits to test your water? I want to share this info about the filters with my friends but some of them are so skeptical…they don’t seem to notice the chlorine!!! But I thought if I could prove it to them they may see the light and make the switch :)

  45. C

    For those of you who use the Vitamin C shower filters – Have u actually conducted any water testing to confirm effectiveness in removing Chloramines?

    Also, here’s an idea that I wonder if anyone here has considered (and/or researched). If you have, please share your findings…

    With so many shower filtration methods that address chloramines claiming that they do NOT work in warm/hot temperatures, NOR in showerheads (since it can take around 30 minutes of contact time to be effective), and with the incredibly high price/maintence of whole house systems, I can’t help but wonder about the feasibility of using portable shower systems with a reservoir that can
    (a) either warm up the water in it, or allow someone to pour hot or boiling water in it to warm up the water;
    (b) allow the user to either connect multiple resorvoirs to it, and/or see if the water is about to run out while it’s in use, ideally with an easy refill method before it runs out; and
    (c) include a resorvoir that’s made of Glass or BPA free plastic?

    I’m envisioning the use of countertop / sink chloramine filter (cheaper than whole house) to collect room temperature water (more effective against chloramine removal than warm/hot) being added into the reservoir of the portable shower, with a certain amt of the water boiled to the water warm it up (probably safer than using a temp controlled portable shower system indoors, I’m guessing).

    The need of a Vitamin C tablet in the water reservoir of the portable shower would depend on the effectiveness of the countertop chloramine filter (after water testing before/after). Also, something to keep in mind about the Vitamin C is that most ascorbic acids used for Vitamin C come from GMO sources (Corn or Beets…GMO means genetically modified organisms…very dangerous…look it up)

    Again, if anyone has done any water testing on the Vitamin C filters to confirm it’s effectiveness, please let us know.

    Need to know ASAP, please. Thanks!

    1. C

      Correction: In my previous comment, I stated
      “I’m envisioning the use of countertop / sink chloramine filter (cheaper than whole house) to collect room temperature water (more effective against chloramine removal than warm/hot) being added into …”

      Should actually read
      “I’m envisioning the use of countertop / sink chloramine filter (cheaper than whole house) to collect room temperature water (more effective against chloramine removal than warm/hot), or buying large containers of natural spring water (guaranteed to be chloramine-free) being added into…”

  46. C

    Correction: In my previous comment, I stated
    “I’m envisioning the use of countertop / sink chloramine filter (cheaper than whole house) to collect room temperature water (more effective against chloramine removal than warm/hot) being added into …”

    Should actually read
    “I’m envisioning the use of countertop / sink chloramine filter (cheaper than whole house) to collect room temperature water (more effective against chloramine removal than warm/hot), or buying large containers of natural spring water (guaranteed to be chloramine-free) being added into…”

    1. Harriet Gilman

      I’ve been researching the subject. Vitamin C only goes so far in removing chloramine. It actually leaves you with free ammonia. No thanks. The best solution I found is to use the same substance that we use to protect our aquarium fish from death by tapwater. It is called sodium hydroximethanosulfate. You can buy it in the pet store, in the section where they keep fish-keeping supplies. A couple of trade names are Amquel and ClorAm-X. One tsp. removes all chlorine and all ammonia from 10 gallons of water. The byproduct is a small amount of nitrate/nitrite.
      I knew this works great for the fish in our aquarium, but I was cautious about other applications for it. Well the day came when I was out of bottled spring water and needed to make up a fresh batch of sourdough. I also needed to replenish my kombucha culture. My husband suggested treating some tap water with Amquel. That sounded kind of scary but I tried it. It worked perfectly for both cultures. Having proven that Amquel dechloraminates my Dallas tap water well enough to keep my aquarium fish, my sourdough starter, and my wonderful kombucha tea culture alive — I cautiously washed my hair with it and took a bath with it. Wow! It’s great!
      It’s inconvenient to haul a bucket of warm, treated water into my shower stall or bathtub, but the results for my skin and hair are worth it.
      You will have to do your own research and decide if you want to try this. Nowhere do I find official statements saying it’s perfectly safe for people to drink water treated with sodium hydroxymethanosulfate. But the FDA definitely approves the use of this chemical in the water of fish that you are about to eat. All of thus evidence is enough for me.

      One more possibility is the use of “Campden tablets”. People who brew beer at home use these to treat chloraminated tapwater for use in brewing. There are two different variants in these tablets. Go ahead and read about it on homebrew websites if you’re interested. I understand that the only by-product is sulfite, which is perfectly safe.

      The following link takes you to a site that I have found very helpful in my research:
      http://www.iuhoakland.com/Chloramine.pdf

      1. master

        As I’ve pointed out numerous times in this thread, there is only a trace amount of ammonia produced the ascorbic acid reaction. Moreover, there is no other equivalent product that can be used in shower filters.

      2. Cheryl

        The article says that activated carbon filters leave you with free ammonia, not Vitamin C filters.

        1. Spelljammer

          Actually, activated carbon and vitamin C will leave small traces of ammonium. But all mammals and aquatic life have no problem with it. Also, the vitamin C has a half life removal of chloramine of about 4 minutes. A shower head just doesn’t have enough exposure time. A catalytic carbon filter would be the best, but you need at least 45 seconds of exposure. A non-catalytic carbon filter takes about 4 times as much carbon or exposure time. Maybe another idea is to take a vitamin c filter and place on the input of your hot water tank. It will have plenty of time to break down the chlorine and chloramines. Then put a good carbon filter on the shower head. The way it stands now, chlorine is removed fairly well with a good carbon filter, but chloramine is only removed by maybe 25%…on ANY of the filters out there. Using this “batch” method, probably 80% or more would be removed.

  47. Ula

    What aobut our GMO concerns? Almost all Vitamic C is produced from GMO corn so what would be a better alternative for filtration of chloramine and chlorine?

    1. master

      True, ideally the vitamin C would be organically produced in America, and the filters would be made without plastics, but all I’ve ever found are the Korean vitamin C showerheads. If someone can show me better filter that can remove 99% of chloramines from the water, I’d be all for it.

  48. jlleetn

    I’ve tried both the Vitashower and the Neutra-C shower filter. The Vitashower leaked despite tightening as much as I could. When I tested the water that was filtered through the Neutra-C, it showed no detectible chlorine (both free and total). However, the filter was used up within three days, which is ridiculous.

    1. master

      The Vitashower quality control could be better, but it’s the best option out there for chloramine removal. I’d suggest send it back to Amazon or the retailer you purchased it from. I don’t recommend the Neutra-C.

  49. Lilly

    Has anybody tried the Pelican Water Systems handheld? http://www.pelicanwater.com. I am curious to see how it compares to the Sonaki and the Sprite and the vita shower. I am new to researching this subject. I live in Los Angles in an apartmet building and the water is absolutely horrible. The daily build up and residue in my shower alone is so disgusting I can only imagine what it is doing to my health. They all sound great SMH….

    I just want to know what system or 2 systems even would be the best for my skin and hair. The pelican water system sounded good, but is it just another gimic? Please share your thoughts, I would love a simple straight answer as to which one or 2 to buy, as I do not own the unit and cant have a filtration system installed.
    Thank you for the help!

  50. ekkle

    If I purchase the UV Water Purifier whole house filter will I need a drinking water filter such as Berkeley or New Wave Enviro 10 as mentioned in another post? I am trying to go green so bear with my elementary question.

    1. master

      No problem! UV purifier will only kill micro-organisms. You’d still want another filter to remove heavy metals, pesticides and chlorination by-products.

      1. Spelljammer

        Up to 5ppm of chloramines can be successfully destroyed in a single pass through a UV reactor and up to 15ppm of free chlorine can be removed.

  51. Niki

    My question has to do with what you said previously in the article…..”Personally, I would recommend a Sprite filter followed by a Vitashower SF-1. Unfortunately, the build quality of the Vitashower SF-1 is not good, but it is the only in-line Vitamin C filter available currently. You could also opt for a Sprite filter followed by a handheld version of the Sonaki showerhead.” If you use two different filters together like you said here…..how do they install or work together? Do you install sprite filter first and then sonaki? Would you possibly have a picture of how it would look all together? Thank you!

    1. master

      I did take a picture of the set-up, but I don’t have it handy unfortunately. I’ll take a new photo and post it soon.

      Update: A photo now appears in the article.

      What you do is install the Sprite filter as usual on the shower spigot. Then, instead of attaching your your showerhead to the Sprite filter, you instead install the Vitamin C shower filter where the showerhead would attach. After doing this, you install your showerhead onto the Vitamin C filter.

      1. CAL

        Hi, you said you posted the photo with the brass Sprite metal filter plus the Sonaki?? All I see is the the separate fotos and the combined plastic head with the vita c filter. Can you please post new setup..
        I ordered both these on amazon but dismayed the sonaki may take up to 6 weeks to receive!

        Also do you think this system combo has to include a low flow shower head? I have a previous wand style, and not sure if low flow. Thanks!

        1. master

          You are right, I should update the photo of my set up.

          You do not need to include a low-flow showerhead, I just use that for water savings.

          Six weeks for delivery of filter is disppointing — I guess it is shipping from Korea. Hopefully, it won’t be that long…

  52. Peter

    Is there any way to add vitamin C powder to the Sonaki (or Neutra C) replacement cartridges? From reading reviews they don’t seem to last very long. I thought there might be a way to simply replenish the empty cartridge with your own vitamin C powder.

    1. master

      I’m not aware of an easy method of doing that. I too would like to find one. My cartridges usually last a couple months.

      1. Peter

        Are your cartridges filled with powder? There must be a way of getting more powder into the cartridge. Also, you mentioned you wouldn’t recommend the Neutra C filters, could you elaborate on why not? Thanks.

        1. master

          It’s a sealed plastic cartridge. Not sure how you get the powder in there. I’ve heard that the Neutra-C cartridge dissolve even faster than the Sonaki. However, I haven’t tested them myself.

          1. Peter

            Ok, thanks. That’s weird. If the cartridge is sealed, then how does the water make contact with the powder?

            There are few sources of vitamin C filters here in Canada. I would have to purchase anything from the US and this becomes cost prohibitive with shipping fees and exchange rates, especially if I have to replace the filters every couple of months. The Vitashower is available here. However, after reading Amazon reviews of the new revised Vitashower model (SF 2000) there seems to be just as many complaints about it. I am still looking for a cost effective solution for a Vitamin C filter.

          2. master

            There’s a mechanism that rotates when the water flows, and allows the water to go in. Believe me, if there was a way to get the powder if there, I’d fill up the cartridge.

            Let me know if you find better Vitamin-C filter.

  53. Anastasia Walsh

    I live in the city of Asheville, where water is treated with sodium hydroxide hypochloride. I think that’s bleach. Will I need both the Sprite and Vitamin C filters? Are chloramines produced? What do you think of Mercola’s shower filter? He claims it also reduces other contaminants, like heavy metals. Thanks in advance!

    Anastasia

    1. master

      Both filters would be best in that case. The Sprite filter is better than most for removing contaminants. However, the amount of heavy metals that any shower filter can remove is minimal unfortunately — the water is moving too fast, and it’s usually too hot to filter correctly. I’d guess that Merola’s is similar to the Sprite at best.

  54. Anastasia Walsh

    So the vitamin C filter link connects me to the SF-2000 version of the filter, which is not see-through, like the one you use. I guess Amazon is out of the one you recommend. Any experience with the SF-2000?

    Thanks!

    Anastasia

    1. master

      Yes, the in-line filter has been unavailable for a couple years now. I’ve tried the SF-2000 and worked fine for me, but apparently many of the units are defective. Also, it’s a bit wasteful since you can’t refill it.

      1. Anastasia Walsh

        Thanks so much, that’s really helpful! My next project is a filter for my hose – my veggies hate the chlorine, too!

        Anastasia

        1. master

          Thanks for letting me know about Sante — many shower filter companies are defensive about their claims — they are relucant to even reveal the percentage of contaminants removed. The “Ugly Shower Filter” looks interesting because it uses activated carbon instead of KDF, but my understanding is that even activated carbon usually requires a slow flow rate to be effective. Carbon is better suited to countertop filters, where the water essentially drips through the filter — see my article for more info: http://www.reactual.com/home-and-garden/kitchen-products-2/best-countertop-water-filter.html

          1. veritasca

            Thanks, I sent an email to the “Ugly Shower Filter” person with the point that you made about the effectiveness of the carbon filter with a fast flow rate. Let’s see what the response will be.

  55. vc

    I read people are only getting about 1 month out of filters claiming to last like 3 months and that it’s costing them hundreds per year for filters. Some are just drilling holes in the fitters after they’re empty, refilling with vitamin C powder and plugging the hole with a 20 cent hardware store rubber stopper. Can I just use any pharmaceutical-grade vitamin C powder and do this?

    1. master

      If you are willing to do that, I think it would probably work. I use pharmaceutical-grade vitamin C powder in the bath, and it looks similar to the Vitamina C in the filter (but it is densely packed in the filter).

      Justin

      1. Lulu

        How much vit c powder do you put into each bath, & do you have a particular product/brand you recommend..?

  56. vc

    Thanks for the reply.

    Anyone happen to chlorine & chloramine test these random bottled pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin C powders?

      1. vc

        Yeah, that’s a good article you linked, bookmarked it the other day while doing all this research, knew finding a shower filter wasn’t going to take only 5 minutes.

        You seem to have hit the nail on the head with the Sprite HOC plus a vitamin C filter being the best one can do for filtering showers. Would be nice to filter out all the VOCs but those filters apparently don’t really work with hot and pressured shower water.

        I’m buying a couple pounds of Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C Powder Pharmaceutical grade for like $15 shipped and hoping to refill the cartridges for something like a Sokani or whichever unit I find to have the least problems with leaking etc plus various high pressured spray settings.

        This is a fairly new market, so hopefully the products get better and the filters lower in price (if just drilling a hole and plugging it with a rubber stopper like I plan to doesn’t work out).

        The lowest price I’ve found for a handle head unit and Vitamin C refills is the ION SPA on eBay
        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Healthy-High-Pressure-Filter-Water-Ionizer-ION-SPA-VITAMIN-C-Shower-Head-Blue-/291078146870?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item43c59c0b36

        It uses a gel glob of Vitamin C, but I don’t really trust the design with the vitamin C being in the head – it seems more prone for the water to escape around the vitamin C as it shrinks – seems like these units were originally just made to add things like aroma to a shower. Either way, I’ll just buy the powder separately, drill, and refill something like a Sonaki.

        Thanks.

        1. vc

          and, just something like duct tape can probably be used instead of a rubber stopper after drilling/melting a hole to refill the vitamin c powder in a used filter.

        2. vc

          This is the best deal I could find on USP (pharmaceutical grade), ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C) that is non-GMO:

          http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ascorbic-Acid-Vitamin-C-Pure-Powder-1000g-2-2-LB-USP-/330954257801?pt=US_Dietary_Supplements_Nutrition&hash=item4d0e693589

          2.2 lbs should last about two years for one person showering about every day, which is about how long until the powder expires, not sure yet how much I’ll use up.

          Also, just something like duct tape to cover the filter hole you make in the filter should hold better and be easier to work with than a rubber stopper.

          Take care.

  57. KC

    No shower filter on the market can remove chloramine. Just because the manufacturer says it on the website doesn’t make it true. Ask for independent lab testing from them if they say they do.

    This comes directly from the WQA (Water Quality Association), they test and certify filters to NSF standards, “Chloramines can be removed from water with very low flow rates (5 to 10 minutes contact time) through shell-base activated carbon, followed by mineral zeolite media for residual ammonia adsorption.” Here is where its from. http://wqa.org/sitelogic.cfm?ID=348

    Vitamin C is a decent form of filtering but just like aspirin dissolves in water so does the Vitamin C. You would be lucky to get even 1000 gallons of quality filtration from a Vitamin C shower filter.

    I personally use Rainshow’r shower filters for taking out the chlorine at my house. They actually have test results showing 90% free chlorine removal. http://rainshowermfg.com/

    1. master

      KC,

      You contradict yourself by saying no shower filter can remove chloramines, and then acknowledge that Vitamin C filters can do just that. The Vitamin C tends to run out quickly, but it’s the best solution I’ve found. For $5 a month, it works for me.

      I’m sure the Rainshow’r filter is a decent filter, but the Sprite filter I recommend is certified by the NSF to remove chlorine.

      Justin

      1. KC

        If you re-read what I wrote I said its a decent form of filtration. No where did I say it was decent at removing chloramine.

        The Rainshow’r filters are WQA certified to NSF Standard 177 for chlorine removal at a higher removal percentage for less than the Sprite.

        1. master

          Please, re-read my comment, and you’ll see that nowhere did I indicate that you said the Rainshow’r filter removes chlroamines.

          However, your statements seemed to imply that my recommendations were flawed, which they are not. The Vitamin C filters remove 90-99% of chloramines in shower water. They are not certified, but as my article points out — using ascorbic acid is an established method of removing chloramines from water.

          The Sprite filter is certified to NSF standard 177 — and this certifies that a filter will remove “at least 50% of free chlorine” in the water — so a filter can’t be certified by NSF to remove more than that. If the Rainshow’r filter is also certified to that standard, that’s great.

  58. LS

    What do you recommend if I want strong water pressure, the Sonaki Vitamin C filter and something to remove bacteria? And are all shower heads made w/ plastic water holes? I understand that the plastic lining in the holes makes it hard to remove calcium, lime, etc. w/ products like CLR or vinegar. Would Sonaki or Sprite be an option for strong water pressure, and metal holes vs. plastic? I also have a nickel allergy, but not severe, only noticed from earrings (don’t know if Sonaki and/or Sprite shower heads contain nickel).

  59. Linda B

    I have my set-up a little different Vitamin C filter then Sprite Showers ACT8-CM Traditional Filtered Shower Head. Will this ruin the effect of the Vitamin C you described?

    1. master

      Linda,

      Cool. That should work too –either order works. The vitamin C filter will remove the chlorine first.

      Justin

    1. master

      Well, I thought I answered that in the article. But the short answer is that the Sonaki way to effectively remove chloramines, and the Sprite is the best available filter for the other contaminants in the water.

  60. Monique

    Great article. I was wondering if your heard of or tested Pure Earth technologies. They have a vitamin C based water filter. They are a company out of Georgia and have been around since the 80’s, but don’t know about the effectiveness.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. master

      It looks like they are selling Vitashower products, which are good filters, expect the company’s quality control is a bit lacking. They are essential the same filters that I’m listed here.

  61. Sherry

    Hi Justin This is a great reveiw but I want to know where did you get that peice of shower bracket that hooks on from the pipe coming from the wall in to the vitamin C filter ?I need that. Thank you

  62. Ana

    Great recommendation. Thanks.

    If I may use more of your extensive research: how do you compare the Sonaki you use to the Aroma Sense or the UBS Vita Fresh? The Aroma Sense seems to have better reviews in Amazon.

    Thanks again.
    Ana

    1. master

      I agree, Aroma Sense could be a better product than Sonaki, based on the Amazon reviews. Someone people do allege that the reviews are fake though.

      I didn’t include them in the review, because when I was researching the company about six months ago, I couldn’t find any definite answers about their products.

  63. Joann

    The KDF shower filters, like Sprite, will turn the chlorine into zinc chloride, also harmful to skin and lungs – see Environmental Working Groups info pages with links to the material safety data sheet on it –

    http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/707061/ZINC_CHLORIDE/

    http://www.ewg.org/guides/substances/6497

    So we’ve been scammed. This is why my shower in the Caribbean felt better when I lived there and my hair and skin were better – we caught the water in our cistern from the rain and it was untreated.

  64. Kaylyn

    Which shower filter or filters do you recommend for the following:

    (This is how they treat our water)
    Slow Sand Filtration – Filtration prior to chemical addition
    Sodium Hypochlorite – Chlorine generated on-site at our treatment facility for disinfection
    Fluorosilicic Acid – fluoridation
    Soda Ash – pH stabilization for the purpose of corrosion control

  65. Stephanie

    I am so glad I found this article. Have you every heard of the minerals & chlorine in the water causing hair loss? All other things have been ruled out (thyroid, medication, stress etc) and now my 14 yr old daughter’s hair is shedding abnormally too! So I have been trying to do some research on this subject. A filter(s) will be my next step! Wondering if it is necessary to have my water tested first, if so are the kits to do this at home or do I have it sent out somewhere?
    Stephanie

    1. master

      To cause hair loss, I would think it would have to be an extreme reaction to the water to cause hair loss, or a very contaminated water source.

      If you want to check your water, the least expensive option is usually to have your city/town do the test. In regards to home kits, I’ve found that they are fairly tedious to use, and they only test for the basic contaminants.

  66. Anna

    HI!

    I recently bought the Vitamin C filter suggested above because I noticed my hair was weighed down and my skin was dry. I live in San Francisco and I’m guessing it’s the PH problem you sited. The Vitamin C filter hasn’t made a difference in my skin or hair – it’s still the same as without the filter. Is there anything I can combine with the filter or one specifically for SF water? Thanks so much!

  67. D.

    Chloramine is an OXIDIZER. Ammonia and Chlorine.
    The only thing that will take chloramines out of the water is a Special Filter with a UV LIGHT attached to the building before the hot water heater is attached.
    Only a UV LIGHT will separate the chlorine from the ammonia. I doubt Vitamin C will do anything but raise the stock on who ever sells it and the companies that make the filters. The NSF is not a government agency. They are businessmen. The government uses them. So they are recognized for that reason. I can tell you the last time I looked it said NO FILTER Can take Chloramine out of the water. If a filter is not certified by the NSF then it may not do anything at all or maybe it will. It’s such an extreme expenses and undertaking that many companies take short cuts to 3rd parties. The same process that allows the Poison medicines on the market today.
    A filter, any filter may or may not help remove some of the Chloramine ODOR or Chlorine ODOR. But not the dangerous di and trichloramine that occur in HOT WATER. The Hot Water fumes disperse in the air and can cause your mucosa lining to dry out, that leaves it open to infection in your respiratory and intestinal systems as well as skin rashes.
    Do not believe what the water companies say. They spent millions of dollars to use chloramine because it is cheap and fast. A child died in Louisiana from a Brain eating amoeba due to Chloramine use. Children in Charlottesville, VA had skyrocket amounts of lead in their blood due to Chloramine.
    There have been very few studies done by anyone or the EPA. . They do not know how it affects human skin, respiratory and intestinal systems, animals or our environment. They do not even know if it causes cancer. Plus we had a population explosion and they most likely use much more. There is NO REGULATION by EPA on how much can be used so no one knows,. Especially the VIT C shower head company. Most of the public and doctors do not know it is in the water and did not know it in the 1900s. And doctors do not know how to treat it now because of that.
    So yes, no one complained. There are residual symptoms that mimic other diseases.
    I suggest you go to these websites and educate yourself. The women on the sites above have backgrounds in Chemistry, Attorneys and worked with Bob Bowcock who is the Chief Environmental inspector for Erin Brockovich.
    Suggestions; get the real facts at these two sites; Make a difference; email your political leaders!
    Chloramineinformationcenter.net
    and Chloramine.org.

    1. master

      The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission states on their website that Vitamin C can be used to remove chlormaines from municipal water. They also list four other methods that various industries use to remove Chloramine from the water:

      In the water industry, the most widely practiced methods of dechlorination are the addition of reducing agents, for example, sulfite compounds, hydrogen peroxide and ascorbic acid – Vitamin C (Tikkanen et al., 2001). Granular activated carbon (GAC) filters are also used for dechlorination (Kirmeyer et al., 2004). Breakpoint chlorination is used routinely by some utilities to remove chloramine and/or ammonia in the source water or to avoid blending chlorinated and chloraminated water. During breakpoint chlorination, excess chlorine in chloraminated water consumes the available ammonia and the remaining disinfectant residual exists as chlorine

      Link: http://www.sfwater.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=4125

    2. D

      I would to correct my earlier statement.
      Nothing will take chloramine out of the water. Not even UV LIGHT.

      According to Chloramine.org: A filtration company did a test using Reverse Osmosis. It showed no chloramine in the water. The water was put through a second filter and the Chloramine reappeared. That means the ions can reconnect. The only real solution is to stop using Chloramine. Chloramine has to sit on pathogens longer than Chlorine to kill them.
      May 9, 2013:
      The End Chloramine Working Group (ECWG) responded to a government study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) showing a marked rise in life-threatening childhood respiratory diseases and skin conditions. “The May 3, 2013 NBC News article “Allergies on the rise in US kids government study finds” describes symptoms consistent with those collected and reported by the ECWG for the last decade. The symptoms that are on rise in the CDC study are the same symptoms that are increasing around the country as Chloramine is being used more and more.
      Water system operators are choosing the least expensive option for meeting the EPA regulation. Rather than clean up the source of the water with improved filtration.

  68. Haley Bennett

    Wow, I didn’t know my body actually absorbs chlorine while I am in the shower. I am thinking about buying a new shower head, and, now, I am going to consider buying a filter as well. So, with a Vitamin C filter, does the filter dispense Vitamin C or just absorb the contaminants?

  69. Babban

    What is your take on the omica shower filter.
    I have read mixed reviews. Some people say that this shower filter removed Chlorine, Fluoride.
    Some say it does not.

    1. master

      It looks reasonable. But remember, you can only really remove chlorine from shower water at best, because the water is flowing so fast, and the water is usually warm, which make filtering difficult.

  70. Salma

    Hi,

    The Sprite Shower Filter is not currently available. Is there a different filter that you would recommend for me to use along with the UBS INC Luxury Vita-Fresh Shower Filter (btw, why do you call it Sonaki? Has it been rebranded or renamed since last it was a Sonaki?).

    Please and thank you :-)

    1. master

      The Sprite filter is available on Amazon here. Yes, the “USB Inc” filter was previously called the Sonaki. I believe that’s still the company name.

  71. sangeeta

    We are manufacturing the RO water purifier, so we are looking for a vitamin cartridge which could be introduced in our product and the chlorine reduction shower cartridge, if such kind of materials are available in your end point. Please send us the full specification with all details and quotation for the same.

    Thanks

  72. Michelle

    My hair stylist recommended I get a shower head filter b/c my daughter’s hair is fine and soft and she thinks our water is damaging it (as I’ve tried every hair care product under the sun and nothing has really helped). We have town water, so I talked with the Water Dept. and I was told we have “soft” water. I always thought we had “hard” water b/c we get a pink stain around my dog’s water bowl and in the shower and toilet. About a year ago we installed an Aqua-Pure water filter in the kitchen and the dog’s bowl hasn’t turned pink since. However, I’m not sure what’s being filtered out to clear this up. I know chlorine is not the problem. Do you have any idea what kind of shower head filter I should buy?

    Thanks,

    Michelle

    1. master

      The best you could do at the showerhead is probably a Sprite filter, since it attempts to filter out a wide range of contaminants, but remember that filtering at the showerhead only “adequate” at best. A whole house filter is best choice for comprehensive filtration.

      1. Michelle

        Thank you for your reply! I’ve looked into the whole house filtration systems and they’re pretty expensive. This is not our last house, so I don’t want to put that kind of money into it at this point. I’ll try the shower head filter and see if it helps to start. Thanks, again!!

  73. Nancy G

    In the photo of your set up, what is that white object that looks like an airplane which seems to be attached to the shower pipe? I’m trying to understand if the set up requires any additional components besides the Vit C Inline Shower Filter and the 2nd filter, the Sprite All Brass High Output Chrome Chlorine Removing Shower Filter. Many thanks, N

    1. master

      I think you are referring to the Sprite filter in photo. The other white object is a low-flow showerhead.

  74. Jennifer Best

    Thank you for the excellent article! I have tried a Sprite with no noticeable results. I had my water tested and there are chloroform and other THMM, which I know Vitamin C won’t help with. My water system doesn’t use chlorine, but chloramine. I also think I have hard water. Since the KDF alone (in the Sprite) didn’t work for me, I am considering an Aquasana, with both KDF and carbon, or a WaterChef with something called thermal guard catalytic carbon. Do you know if either of these carbon options might be effective? Thank you.

    1. master

      Thanks for the feedback. You could try either of the shower filters you mention. Just remember that filtration will be moderate at best.

  75. liliana

    Hi. Can you recommend a shower filter for WELL WATER? We have a softner in place but would like a point of use filter to remove any undesirables the water picks up in the home’s pipes. I know there is no issues with chlorine or chloramine but though you might know. Thanks in advance.

  76. JEAN

    FANTASTIC POST. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR doing it.
    I will install the Sprite followed by a Vit-C unit.

    Question::::
    what is your final recommendation for the Vitamin C unit (regardless of the price)?
    1. UBS INC Luxury Vita-Fresh Shower Filter (it is back on Amazon for $63)
    2. OPUS Aroma Sense AS-9000 Aromatherapy Vitamin C Handheld Shower Head ($53)
    3. Heaven Fresh Aroma Luxury Fixed Showerhead HF 501 with Vitamic C and Negative Ions ($79)

    thank you!!!
    JR

    1. master

      I’ve only tested (1) and (2). Personally, I prefer the USB Inc Vita-Fresh filter, because the filter can be installed with your existing showerhead.

  77. UK Shower Head Filter

    Hi guys – lots of cool posts and information about shower filters in the United Kingdom. But just want to let you know about a shower filter store in the UK – PureShowers.co.uy. The website has a large variety of shower filters from KDF ones to GAC ones. Take a look if you’re in the UK and looking for a shower filter.

    Thanks!

  78. Kim

    Thanks for all the great info. I have well water and have struggled lately with its effects on my hair. After reading your recommendations I purchased the Sonaki vitamin C In-Line Filter and I love it. After using for only a week I can tell a big difference in my hair. Not as soft as when I’ve showered at places that use a water softener but still happy with the results. Seriously going to have to consider getting the Sprite to go with it.

    Thanks again!

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