We received the Waterpik NSP-853 Power Spray Plus Massaging Showerhead for Christmas, and so far, it’s certainly a far cry above the stationary few-settings fixed mount showerhead we’d been using prior. The Waterpic is medium to light weight, with many different sprayer settings, is virtually self-cleaning, and saves lots of hot water compared to showerheads of decades past. It produces lots of different strengths and widths of sprays from fast-pulsating focused sprays to steady-stream gentle spread-out showers, and you can get even more by positioning the spray type lever in between the detented positions. This is versatile bathroom accessory product that’s simple to install and operate, and we’re quite pleased with it.
Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages
- Energy saving and water saving. Features an eco-spray mode that significantly reduces water usage, while still providing plenty of moistening and rinsing power.
- OptiFlow technology. Provides spray force regulation through a wide range of input water pressures. Even when the water pressure is low, you still get an invigorating shower experience.
- 5-foot hose. Reach all those hard to get to places, when cleaning bathroom, pets, and small children, who typically sit in the bottom of the tub, well away from mounted shower heads.
- Showerhead holder pivots for easy spray aiming. The included holder stand can be repositioned by loosening the pivot ball nut (the part closest to the water pipe), moving the whole assembly to the desired position, and then tightening the nut.
- Standard bathroom fixture threaded inlet. Accepts other hoses than the one included. In fact, we used the Danze brass interlock shower hose our Waterpik, for more length and longer service life.
- All required parts included. The package includes the shower head itself, the connecting water host, and washers for both hose ends.
- Chrome finish. Shines with a mirror-like sheen, and resists hard water deposits due to plastic construction of the case. Also, the hose features a black and silver spiral chrome-looking ribbon thread
- Removable water strainer. The filter screen reduces internal clogging by catching any large particles such as stones, concrete bits, or sand, before they enter the shower head unit. This plastic screen type of filter can be removed simply by taking the feed hose off the shower end, and pulling it out with a pair of needle nose pliers.
- Hand held shower. The easy-grip handle is long enough to comfortably fit into most hands.
- Flexible plastic sprayers. The anti-clog nozzles, should they ever stop up with mineral deposits or sediment, can be cleared by vigorously rubbing them, and then rinsing under the tub faucet.
- Simple installation. Can be installed without special tools, pipe tape, plumbers putty, or any other leak preventing sealants. We installed our with just an adjustable wrench, and we only needed THAT to removed the old showerhead.
- Eight different power sprays. Spray adjustment level moves to eight detented spray positions, including a tension relieving pulsating massage, full-body slower pulse massage, a wide full-body spray, wide-spreading power mist, slightly narrower power mist, mist combined with a power jet spray in the center of the total spray, powerspray, and the water-saving eco spray.
- Massaging streams effective up to several feet away. Even when this shower head is not held in the hand, and sitting in the included holder, the massage stream pulses still relax muscles when you’re standing or sitting at the far end of the bathtub.
- Warranty. Limited lifetime warranty.
- Easy to find. We’ve seen these units at Walmart for less than $35. Look for them in the clear plastic heat-sealed packaging with the blue and white label with the orange text.
Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Limitations
- Noisy water saving mode. The eco-spray mode is hissy and noisy; particularly in households with high water supply pressure.
- Hose stiffens during water-saving mode operation. Hose can become notably less flexible when running this head in eco spray mode
- Mostly plastic construction. We’re skeptical about the durability of plastic water accessories and fixtures. Even the threaded hose ends appear to be completely metal-free. However, as materials technologies advance, the heretofore true stereotype about plastics may eventually become JUST a stereotype.
- Stock hose has polarity. Be sure to match the so-labeled end of the hose to the shower head, and attach the other end to the holder.
The picture below shows the installed Waterpik NSP-853 showerhead. Note however that the hose is not the one that came with this showerhead, but rather, it’s a Danze brass interlock shower hose. We chose this hose instead of the standard issue one for the extra length, and because it is more flexible and was built with much more metal than the Waterpik stock hose.
This Waterpik plastic showerhead definitely embodies a sign of the times, which seems to be a movement away from metal plumbing fixtures. While plastic may resist deposits and corrosion better than chrome and brass parts, it’s also more susceptible to breakage due to over tightening, rapid temperature changes, and loss of flexibility due to aging, in our experience. However, we’ll keep an open mind. The unit performs as advertised and is cheap enough that we’ll feel that we got our money’s worth from this gift, should it last only a few years. We’d rate this showerhead therefore, at 90 out of 100.
- Installation Guide
- Instructions and Users Manual
- Waterpik NSP-853 Official Product Web Page
- Waterpik Web Site
- Where to buy the Waterpik NSP-853 Massaging Showerhead
- 2015-12-12: Added appropriate tags.
- 2015-01-09: Originally published this article.