Review: DreamSpa AquaFan Rainfall LED/LCD Shower Head
Your shower head is not necessarily the first item you’d think of for a high tech replacement. The DreamSpa AquaFan 12″ All-chrome Rainfall Shower Head with Color-Changing LED/LCD Temperature Display, however, may force you to reconsider.
The AquaFan fits any standard shower arm, i.e., pretty much any shower arm without a ball end, so installation is simple. Simply unscrew your existing shower head (you may need a wrench), optionally (but always recommended for leak protection) wrap some of the included plumber’s tape around the extension pipe’s threads, and then screw the AquaFan on. That’s it. Naturally, more detailed instructions are included, which you should of course follow, but either way, I can’t imagine anyone running into any problems.
The shower head includes a numeric LCD temperature display with LEDs that change color with the associated water temperature: Blue = cool/below 95° F (35° C), Green = warm/95° F – 109° F (35° C – 42° C), Red = Hot/109° F – 122° F (45° – 50° C), and Flashing Red = Warning Very Hot/above 122° F (50° C), aka “for the ladies.” “Rainfall” is simulated with 123 jets of water from the chrome-plated (no chipping!) ABS plastic head.
In terms of power supply, there is none. The AquaFan gets all it needs from the running water. As you would expect, the LED lights are rated for approximately 100,000 hours, or more than 10 years of daily use.
As required by US federal law, a water flow regulator is pre-installed within the shower head. Unless your water pressure is extremely low, this shouldn’t be bypassed. Assuming our home is average in terms of water pressure, I noticed no real difference between this shower head and our previous, more traditional shower head.
If you’d like a more high tech and spa-like shower head, it’s hard to go wrong with the AquaFan.