A good quality water filter can help reduce the amount of chlorine and other contaminants in the water that comes out of your showerhead, providing you with clean, healthy water for bathing.

So, can you put a water filter on a shower? The answer is yes, you can install a water filter in your shower. There are several different types of water filters that you can choose from, depending on your needs and budget.

In general, most water filters for showers will capture sediment and reduce the hardness and chlorine content of the water as it flows through them.

Types of Water Filters for Showers

There are several types of shower filters available on the market today. They all work with varying levels of effectiveness to remove contaminants from your shower water.

The popular options are divided into these 3 main categories:

  • Carbon block filters – These filters contain activated carbon which helps remove contaminants such as lead, chlorine, and other chemicals from your shower water. Carbon block filters tend to be one of the most affordable types of filters available and they have a long lifespan. These are a good choice for shower heads that deliver a high volume of water, as they do not slow down the flow rate.
  • Reverse osmosis filters – Reverse osmosis (RO) systems use multiple stages of filtration to remove impurities from your shower water. They can help reduce levels of lead, mercury, nitrates, and other substances that can be harmful when ingested or absorbed through skin contact. RO systems tend to be more expensive than carbon block filters but they also last longer and offer better filtration performance.
  • Whole house systems – If you want to filter all the water coming into your home from a single point rather than just filtering at specific outlets (like the shower), then a whole house system might be what you need. Whole house systems use multiple stages of filtration to remove contaminants from all incoming water sources so you can be sure that all your tap water is clean and safe for drinking or bathing.
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Choosing the Right Filter for Your Shower

When choosing the right filter for your shower, it’s important to consider factors like cost, filtration efficiency, maintenance requirements, and installation difficulty.

It’s also important to consider whether you want a point-of-use system or a whole-house system if you want filtered water throughout your entire home.

Once you’ve narrowed down what type of system would work best for you based on these factors, the next step is to do your research and find the perfect filter for your unique needs. There are many different options available, so it’s important to read reviews and compare features before choosing which one is right for you.

What Kind of Water Filter Is Right For Your Shower?

The answer to what water filter you should get for your shower will depend on what kind of contaminants you’re trying to remove from your water.

If you’re looking to reduce lead, chlorine, and other chemicals from your water supply, then an activated carbon filter is likely your best bet.

Activated carbon filters are designed to absorb these types of contaminants from the water before it reaches your tap or showerhead. They should be replaced every 3-6 months for optimum performance.

If you’re looking for something that will also reduce sediment and other particulates, then a multi-stage filtration system may be more appropriate for your needs.

Multi-stage systems typically include two or more different types of filters (such as sediment filters and activated carbon filters) that work together to remove a range of contaminants from the water. 

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These systems tend to be more expensive than single-stage filters and require regular maintenance in order to keep them functioning correctly.

How To Put a Water Filter On a Shower

Once you have selected the right type of filter for your needs, you then need to look into the installation process.

Installing a shower filter is usually quite simple and straightforward. Most units come with detailed instructions that walk you through each step of the process.

It can often be as simple as detaching your shower head and attaching your new filter in its place.

Some shower filters will also require you to cut your water supply line or install a diverter valve, but this is typically only necessary for more advanced systems that are designed to filter all the water coming into your home.

So if you buy a more complex option and you don’t feel comfortable tackling this project yourself, you should consult with a professional plumber who can help ensure that everything is installed correctly and safely. 


So can you install a water filter on your shower? Absolutely! With the right type of filter – and some helpful instructions – you can easily enjoy cleaner, safer showers without having to break out the toolkit or call in an expert plumber.

You can install point-of-use systems like carbon block or reverse osmosis filters directly onto individual fixtures like faucets or showers or opt for whole-house systems if you want filtered water throughout every outlet in your home.

Make sure you do some research beforehand to figure out which type would work best based on factors such as cost, efficiency, maintenance requirements and ease of installation before making any final decisions.

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About the author

I started working as a quality control manager with the Water Authority of Nassau County in 2005. After a few years, I moved into Water Waste Prevention, where I currently work as the production supervisor. I love my job and the people I work with, but most of all I love spending time with my family.