In the past year we've seen a number of scandals resulting from companies misrepresenting their products. ..Read more
High Efficiency Showerheads
We’re proud to report that High Sierra’s showerheads can now be found at some extraordinary hotels, motels, and beds and breakfasts. A sampling: ..Read more
Las Vegas, Nevada—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized High Sierra Showerheads, a small, family-owned, made-in-USA manufacturer of water-saving shower heads based in Coarsegold, California, with a 2016 WaterSense Excellence Award for Strategic Collaboration - one of its top water conservation awards - as a leader in saving water for future generations. The award was presented at the annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference on October 6, 2016. ..Read more
You could write whole books (and people have) on the history of the shower. But the history of the shower head itself is very brief.
It's not because shower heads are new. Modern shower heads have been around for nearly 250 years. It's because there hasn't been much development over their history. You might be surprised to learn that most of the shower heads being sold today are not significantly different in design from the ones our great-great-grandparents used. ..
Some technologies never change. Some products are almost exactly the same as they were half a century ago. That certainly applies to simple tools such as the rake, the screw driver, or the hand saw. Let's see, what else ... furniture, weather vanes, flannel shirts ...
BUT SHOWER HEADS?
Yes indeed. The fact is most shower head designs have not changed much over the past century, even though the flow rates were cut in half in 1993 to 2.5 gpm and are now being reduced even further.
This is something that I have been pointing out for a while now on my High Sierra Showerheads website and other media, attempting to explain why todays low flow shower heads (other than the High Sierra) have such weak sprays.
Recently, I came across an antique, 1940's vintage, all-brass shower head offered for sale on Ebay. I was amazed at how closely it resembled today's ultra low flow shower heads, which are being manufactured by the millions in China (mostly out of plastic, of course) and distributed throughout the USA.
So I bought it to get a closer look. ..
High Sierra Showerheads inventor and founder David Malcolm will be interviewed on Michael King's Home Talk radio show on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5:00 to 5:20 pm EST. ..Read more
We're thrilled to announce that High Sierra Showerheads has been named a finalist in the Prize for Water Startups, a business plan competition that is held annually by non-profit organization Imagine H2O. Based in San Francisco, Imagine H2O's mission is to inspire and empower people to "turn water challenges into opportunities." ..Read more
It happened to me again last week, for the umpteenth time, on a quick overnight trip to the California Coast. I wanted to take a strong but soothing shower
(you know, plenty of rinsing power but no sting) after the long drive. When I entered the hotel bathroom, my heart sank. Mounted above the tub was
this plastic monstrosity, with a dial surrounded by dozens of tiny holes—many of them visibly clogged with mineral deposits.
Yes, I'm talking about The Dreaded Hotel Water-Saving Shower Head Experience. I’m sure it’s happened to you.
Needless to say, the shower I took that evening was lousy. Water dribbled weakly from the partly clogged shower face. Turning the "massaging" dial had no effect on the comfort or power of the spray. Rinsing off was a lengthy, unsatisfying ritual. My wife didn't like it either. The next morning, she said her hair felt flat, like that of the Seinfeld crew in the famous low flow shower episode. ..
Versatility is a wonderful thing to have in a product. We've all heard the cliché about "It slices, it dices, it will even shine your
shoes ... etc. etc." Some power tools can do just about anything. Many modern weed whackers have four or five different attachments for different jobs.
But is there such a thing as an extremely versatile shower head?
You betcha. It's called the High Sierra Showerhead, and it's made right here in the California foothills. ..
We all know that "Green" behavior is something most people look upon favorably. Wanting to help the planet—or even just your own community—by saving resources and using environmentally responsible products is a good thing.
But isn't there a bit of self-denial and discipline involved? Don't we have to sacrifice pleasure and performance to use products that are environmentally sound?
Not really. In fact, we would like to remind you here and now that many environmentally sound products are vastly superior to their wasteful counterparts. Just for the heck of it, we will call the enjoyment and/or consumption of these products "Greedy Green."
Greedy Green is good. Greedy Green is in. Greedy Green is happening all around us. ..