This article is all about the issue of hard water and how it can affect the shower in your home. Without a filter in place, hard water can be tough on your skin, mask the shine of your hair and potentially contain other harmful minerals. This may not seem like a major issue but imagine over time, how this could affect your hair and skin, and it soon becomes a concern for every one of us who lives in a hard water area. The solution is out there and it is a shower filter specifically designed for hard water areas and we have collected some useful information, as well as created a top 10 shower filters to help you pick the right one. Our Top Picks Best Shower Water Filters of 2020: Shower Water Filters that are worth mentioning: Our Top 10 Best Shower Filters 1. Pure 7 Filtered Shower Head There are a couple of features that really make the Pure 7 stand out from the crowd and to start with, its about the filter system. Its fantastic filter differs from a lot of the standard shower filters and offers water softening, removal of sediment and reducing harmful contents such as chlorine. So you really can stop worrying about its effect on your skin and shower with clean, soft, safe water. As an added bonus, they provide an extra filter free of charge, with each lasting approximately 6 months. The second feature we love is the shower patterns you can choose from, with 7 available to you, hence the name. So you don\u2019t have to sacrifice functionality for filtration with this model. 2. Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System The Aquasana uses a coconut shell activated carbon filter and this means it will actively remove or reduce harmful minerals, pesticides and metals that you don\u2019t want anywhere near your skin or hair. We found this model to be incredibly easy to install, taking only a couple of minutes and not requiring a degree in engineering to replace your existing showerhead. The only real downside of choosing this shower filter is the cost of replacing the filter cartridges. They do last for a while, so it isn\u2019t a major factor but it is important to note a higher cost than some of the other models on the market. 3. Pelican Premium Shower Filter Pelican has really tried to focus on the premium tag with this model and in many ways, they have succeeded. It will remove 99% of Chlorine and some other harmful minerals from the water, whilst also softening it at the same time. Softer, more vibrant hair and skin is on the cards for anyone purchasing this model. Aside from the filtration, what we do love about this model is it will actually improve the water pressure, so you don\u2019t lose out by installing a shower filter, as you can do with some other models. It comes with two modes, for high-flow or water conservation, so you can manage your water usage, saving money and environmental waste. The filters last for a good amount of time, said to be approx 15,000 gallons of water and are very easy to place. However, they can be a little on the expensive side, so consider how much water your household uses before purchasing this model. 4. Aqua Eva 15 Stage Shower Filter with Vitamin C For Hard Water Next on our list is the Aqua Eva which highlights its use of Vitamin C as a shower filter for hard water households. The biggest benefits for anyone choosing this model are its easy installation and strong water pressure, so you won\u2019t get frustrated setting it up and then realising you will be showing under a trickle of water. Where we found this model to be lacking is that despite it being excellent for the removal of chlorine, it doesn\u2019t seem to perform well for other types of harmful particles and doesn\u2019t seem to soften the water a great deal. So this one is a bit of a mixed bag but for great water pressure and chlorine removal, we still think its one to consider. 5. Berkey Shower Filter Without Showerhead One on the list which allows you to use your existing showerhead, so you won\u2019t need to worry about losing those amazing shower options, whilst still getting a great filter system. The Berkey Shower Filter excels at removing harmful contaminants in your water supply, including removing up to 95% of chlorine. In terms of filters, this has one of the longest-lasting on the market, stating it will last for an incredible 20,000 gallons (roughly a year depending on your water usage). It doesn\u2019t stop there because the filters are actually quite affordable, so for a long term solution, it really hits the mark. For those with children or anyone who may struggle to lift a heavy shower head and hose, it is important to note that this is on the heavy side. Unlikely to affect many people but you want to be comfortable using it. 6. AquaBliss High Output 12-Stage Shower Filter Another in-line style of shower filter and this one from AquaBliss offers an efficient filtration system that will reduce or remove the majority of harmful minerals including chlorine, bacteria, calcium and metals. It has taken the dual approach of making the water safer and also softer at the same time - a perfect mix. Another one with a simple installation process, taking a matter of minutes and still allowing you to use your own showerhead. It doesn\u2019t stand out and should fit nicely into the design of most bathrooms. This model comes with two filter cartridges, with a combined usage of 40,000 gallons of water and so you won\u2019t need to replace the cartridges in this model very often at all. 7. Culligan WSH-C125 Wallmounted Showerhead Filter This model is all about the showerhead, storing the cartridge inside the head unit and making for an efficient, clean design that still maintains good functionality. Simply unscrew your current showerhead and replace it with this showerhead filter in a matter of moments. It comes with everything you need and the manufacturers offer a 5-year warranty, so you can rest assured of an investment for the future. It will filter a lot of the harmful contents of your water supply and in particular, improve the smell and taste of the water. Where the Culligan WSH-C125 does fall down is water pressure, as unfortunately, many users did find a noticeable drop in the water pressure. This may not be an issue for some and the trade-off against filtered water may be worth it. If you already have trouble with water pressure in your house, then it may not be the best option for you. 8. iSpring SF1S Showerhead Filter The iSpring SF1S is an interesting entry on our list because it is an effective shower filter, stylishly designed, but the filters cost almost as much as the unit itself. However, we still think its a great investment and we will tell you why. Firstly, the filters are pretty heavy-duty, filtering sediment and metals from your water supply and should it ever start to struggle because it\u2019s clogged up, you can easily remove it, unclog and fit it back on. Furthermore, they really have put effort into the design so that it won\u2019t stand out as some ugly attachment in your beautiful bathroom, a worry for many of us! The filters last approximately 6 months, you can get an extended manufacturer warranty and their customer service is outstanding. The only real downsides, away from the cost of the filters are that it could lower the water flow for some people, particularly if your water supply has a lot of sediment or is lacking pressure. 9. Luxsego Ionic Pure Filter Showerhead One of the most budget-friendly models on our list, but still full of great features for anyone wanting a shower filter. The showerhead has three settings and the impressive water pressure means you won\u2019t get frustrated by the lack of water pressure and potentially save up to 30% of your normal water consumption. The Luxsego Ionic does filter chlorine, sediment and rust and help soften the water, reducing the harm it does to your hair and skin but unfortunately, it doesn\u2019t really do much against other harmful minerals. So if this is an important factor for you, then it might be worth considering a more expensive option from our list. 10. Dewifier Water Softener Shower Filter Last on our list but by no means least, is another budget-friendly shower filter but this time it is a great choice for removing harmful contaminants, as well as softening the water supply. You will see a noticeable reduction in chlorine, improvements to your hair and skin and a nicer smell to the water. On top of that, it lasts quite a long time, on par with other more expensive models and replacements are inexpensive. Perhaps the biggest issue we have found in tests and from customer feedback is its impact on water pressure. There have been reports that it will reduce the pressure of your water, particularly if you already suffer from this issue. Summary To summarise, there really are some fantastic options out there for anyone considering a shower filter, whether because of hard water where you live or the potential contaminants found in the water. Whatever your reason, consider the type of filter system you wish to go for and keep an eye out for the ones that maintain or improve on your water pressure. We\u2019ve highlighted ten of our favourites with a variety of features and benefits and hope they help you find the right one for your home. Benefits of the shower filters There are some really great benefits of installing a shower filter in your home, both from a healthy and appearance perspective. Softens the water Perhaps the most obvious benefit of purchasing a shower filter is that it will help make the water supply softer, helping improve your hair and skin and reducing the harshness of the water. Aside from the personal benefit, it will reduce the build-up of limescale and damage to the faucet and other parts of the shower. Reduces harmful contents From a health perspective, a water filter is fantastic because it helps stop much of the harmful bacteria that can sometimes be found in water supplies, particularly in areas where the supply isn\u2019t that great. Furthermore, there have been studies that suggest a lot of chemicals find their way into the water supply, such as pesticides from farming and pharmaceuticals, and shower filters can help reduce the amount of these that make their way onto your skin. Helps with chlorine We\u2019ve put chlorine reduction as a separate benefit because of the prolific use of chlorine by industry and the potential for chlorination to not filter out as much as expected. Chlorine can remove some of the natural oils in our skin and so a shower filter will help reduce the chances of this happening. For those thinking of installing these in family bathrooms, it will mean the water coming from your shower is safer for children, which is a fantastic bonus. The Types of Shower Filter Shower filters generally fall into three categories but are, for the most part, made up of two sections, a filter for the showerhead and one for the line part (prior to the showerhead). The difference is relatively clear but each has its own advantages: Showerhead Filter In essence, this is a replacement for your current showerhead, but one that includes a filter. This type will filter out harmful bacteria and minerals and with improvements all the time, they are becoming more stylish. However, the real downside here is that it will probably have a different design to the rest of your shower equipment and may not match the design you have gone for, sacrificing this for filtration. In-line Shower Filter The other filter option is placing a filter between the showerhead and the wall unit or water supply. The biggest advantage here is that you don\u2019t have to replace your existing showerhead and can keep the design and features if, for example, it has multiple settings that you like to use. It will still filter harmful contents as you would expect from a shower filter. Combination of In-line and Showerhead Filters For those who really want the full filtration system then you can buy the showerhead\/in-line combo. With this option, you shouldn\u2019t lose much in the way of water pressure but it is important to find that our when you review products. The filter cartridge will normally be placed in the in-line section and it will require more effort to install the entire system.