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Best Shower Filter For Perfect Skin: Review of the Top Brands

Here at Tools of Men, we do an exhaustive amount of work on trying to identify the best product for men to take their grooming and skin care routine to the next level.  Whether it’s using a specially formulated exfoliator or shampoo for men, it’s our core purpose to give men information they need in order to make an informed purchase decision.

Last Updated: October 16, 2017


Even if you invest in the most expensive products on the market, you will hit a limit with how far you can take your skin care.

This wall is usually defined by environmental factors – general pollutants, living conditions, etc.  For example, if you live in the New York City area, you are subject to environmental pollutants every time you go outside – there is just simply no way to prevent exhaust fumes, and god knows what else is in the air from interacting with your skin.

Now one of these environmental factors that we always thought would be a prohibiting factor for men is water quality – especially when showering.

When you jump in the shower every day (or every other day), you really have no say in the quality of the water that comes out of the wall.

What’s the alternative?

Fill a Brita filter and pour it into the bathtub?  Get bottles of water from the local grocery store and empty them into the tub.

Both would be ridiculous and time consuming!

Clearly, there is no option to get clean and purified water out of your shower head…

Or at least that’s what we though a few weeks ago.

Alas, when doing an extraordinary amount of research, we came across perhaps one of the best inventions and perhaps the greatest secret weapon for your skin care game – shower water filters.

They come in all different shapes and sizes, but with countless research we have identified the best shower filters on the market that will not only improve a man’s rugged skin, but will also work wonder on woman’s as well (should you share your stall with someone else).

Here’s a summary of the best shower filters that we found on the market that will be sure to filter out all the bad stuff to make your skin look and feel healthy:

Comparing The Best Shower Filters On The Market
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Title Vitamin C Filter Inline Shower Assembly by Sonaki AquaBliss High Output Universal Shower Filter Alolli High Output Universal Shower Filter with Replaceable 4-Stage Filter Cartridge Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System Pelican Water PSF-1 3-Stage Premium Shower Filter New Wave Shower Filter With Free Aromatherapy Diffuser Ring Culligan WSH-C125 Wall-Mounted Filtered Shower Head with Massage WaterChef Premium Shower Filter System Culligan ISH-100 Inline Shower Filter Bath & Relax Filtered Hand Held Shower Head Filtration System
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Dimensions 9.8 x 7.9 x 2.7 inches 5.4 x 3.7 x 3.7 inches 2 x 0.4 x 6.8 inches 8.5 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches 3.8 x 3.8 x 6.2 inches 3.6 x 3.6 x 8.6 inches 5 x 9 x 13 inches 6.8 x 12 x 3.8 inches 3.5 x 7.5 x 10 inches 3.1 x 3.1 x 9.8 inches
Item Weight 1.5 pounds 15.2 ounces 12.3 ounces 2 pounds 4 pounds 1.8 pounds 1.1 pounds 3.1 pounds 14.9 ounces 11.2 ounces
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 Before you invest in the best shower filter for your bathroom, there are a few things that you need to know before you click that ‘buy now’ button.

Here we outline a few of the key details on shower filters, what exactly they will be blocking, and how they will make your showering experience one that you will look forward to on a daily basis.

Purpose of Getting A Shower Filter

As we eluded to in the intro, the core purpose of getting a top-rated shower filter is to rid all the bad stuff (or at least most of it) from the stream of water before it hits your skin.

While we absolutely love taking a hot shower in the morning, there’s something very bad going on at the surface of your skin.

Not to remind you too much like your 8th grade bio glass that slept through, we just want to mention what goes on with your skin when you crank up that heat on the shower dial.

As you would probably guess, you have hairs both long and short all along the surface of your skin (except for your lips, palms, and soles).  At the base of every one of these hairs you have these tiny glands called sebaceous glands.

These glands throughout the course of a day excrete a natural oil called sebum oil.

Sebum oil is responsible for keeping the surface of your skin well hydrated and nourished.  They play a pivotal role in the overall health of your skin and scalp.

:: But let’s rewind for just a second ::

Before the water ever hits your skin, it gets treated at your local water plant (more on this in a minute).  They infuse chemicals into the water to effectively disinfect it before it ever gets to your home or apartment.

Without these chemicals water would wreak havoc every time you turned on the faucet (i.e. disease, corrosion, etc.)

:: Fast forward to your shower ::

As the water comes out of the faucet at a high temperature, your pores are wide open and the chemicals in the water are released into the steam.

The most notable chemical that is infused in your water will be either chlorine or chloramine.

This gaseous form of chlorine can cause your skin to be dried out (or in more severe cases, irritated).

Now just to clarify one thing:

Overall this isn’t a terribly dangerous thing, and we definitely aren’t trying to scare people!  There are not daily news reports of people having adverse reactions to their water while showering.

In fact, the EPA and CDC both go on to say that chlorine in water is incredibly safe.

But what we do want to concentrate on is the drying of your skin.

When you use one of the best shower filters that we outline below, they will work to drastically reduce this chlorine and other hard metals and minerals before they ever come out of the shower head.

An effective filtration system can ensure that your skin care routine is living up to its fullest potential and allowing you to look your absolute best.

What Is The Difference Between Chlorine vs. Chloramines

chlorine in your water


That’s the last sound you hear before the water leaves your house.  Unfortunately, that poop-infused toilet water is going to come right back and hit you in the face.

No don’t worry about searching google to see if this is true – sadly it is.

As much as we don’t like to think about it, water is a finite resource.  Therefore, water treatment plants play a key role in our day to day lives.

Whenever you flush the commode and your epic poo makes its way to the treatment plant there is a lot that is going on.

While this whole process is well beyond the scope of this article, let’s just summarize it really quick:

They need to filter out all that raw sewage and drain the water to make it drinkable again.

Once it’s made to a passable drinking quality, they add chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine.

Fluoride as you may be aware, is responsible for making sure that your teeth don’t fall out of your mouth by warding off tooth decay (source).

Chlorine on the other hand, is used to disinfect the water before you drink it.  If the water treatment facility didn’t do this step, there were would likely be grave health concerns nationwide whenever you went to fill up your cup from the tap.

Now when it comes to choosing the best shower filter for your home (or apartment), there are two types of chlorine that can be filtered: chlorine (aka free chlorine) and chloramines.


Chlorine has been around in public waters for years.  Per the CDC site, it was first used in 1908 and as of 1995 was found in 64% of all community water systems (source).

Prolonged exposure to chlorine on your skin however will cause pronounced dryness along with brittle hair follicles.  This is largely due to the stripping of sebum oil that we mentioned earlier.

This type of chlorine is also commonly referred to as free chlorine.  A common drawback of using chlorine in water treatment is that it may chemically react to other dirt or germs that could lead to health issues.


Very much like chlorine, chloramine is a chlorine compound.  Therefore, the water treatment plant will not only add chlorine to the water, but they also add in ammonia.  When combined, depending on the chemical compounds, it will create monochloramine, dichloramine, or trichloramine (di and tri chloramine are usually not found in drinking water).

Chloramines has a longer life span and can travel much further than chlorine. In addition, chloramines tend to have an improved taste and smell when compared to a chlorine infused water.

Additional Information

When researching, you may notice that some shower heads may refer to total chlorine.  This is the term used when water contains both free chlorine and chloramines.

If you want to find information about your local water company, check out the CDC website for additional information in the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) section.

Filtration Systems Used In Shower Heads

When it comes to selecting the best shower filter for you, there are a lot of options particularly around the filtration system.

Whether it’s a multistage filtration system or one that simply runs water through an intermediary holding chamber before it comes out of the spout, here are a few options at your disposal:

Vitamin C Filters

By and far one of the most effective filters at removing chlorine and chloramine is going to be Vitamin C.  This type of filtration system is an intermediary holding chamber that water passes through before it comes out of the shower head.

Of all the options on the market, this will be the best shower filter that can actually remove chloramine.  Since chloramine is a compound element, filters like KDF 55 (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) or Calcium Sulfite simply cannot filter out chloramine.

Basically these filters rely on Vitamin C in powder form that is held in a chamber.  Through its restrictor valve it will let just a tiny amount of this powder to escape in order to mix with the water to effectively kill the chlorine and chloramine particles.

Since the water doesn’t have to pass through a tiny filter, this shouldn’t restrict water flow (i.e. no noticeable drop in water pressure).

An additional benefit of Vitamin C is its natural antioxidant property.  This means that it will help prevent free radicals on the surface of your skin.  Furthermore, Vitamin C will help to give you more radiant and healthier looking skin.