In our on-going series about how to install shower filters and also some of our most common questions from our customers, this article details how you can install a hand held shower filter in your shower. We'll discuss what type of shower you need, the various accessories you will need and the tools you will need to install it. So without any further adue, here's the information you're looking for!

What is a hand held shower filter?

Hand held shower filters are probably our most popular product. That's probably because it is the easiest type of shower filter to install. It will retro fit into the majority of bathrooms and showers and also looks great. Often you can install a hand held shower filter you won't even notice that there is a shower filter there at all. This is because these shower filters tend to have their cartridges neatly tucked away in either the actual head of the shower filter, such as this Paragon Hand Held Shower Filter:

Paragon Hand Held Shower Filter

Or they can also have the cartridge inside the handle itself, such as this AquaFilter Hand Held Shower Filter:

AquaFilter Hand Held Shower Filter

Where ever the cartridge might be installed, all these types of shower filters have one design specification in common, as the name suggests they will have a shower head with some type of appendix that you can hold in your hand when you are showering. Though having said that - more often then not they will be setting inside a cradle whilst you're showering rather than actually being held in the hand!

Another feature of 100% of hand held shower filters is that they will all connect to a flexible hose. Hoses can come in a variety of different materials, the most common material that hoses are made from is metal, but they can also come in plastic. Most hand held shower filters are not sold with a new hose (such as the AquaFilter ones listed above), but higher quality shower filters such as the Paragon Hand Held Shower Filter will come with a new hose. Changing the hose in your shower might be a good idea when you are installing a new shower head and shower filter, that is because old hoses tend to have a build up of scale, dirt and other contaminants which as water passes through will contaminate your shower water. So if you are installing a new shower filter to keep your water cleaner, it would also be a good idea to change your hose to make sure that the water that you are filtering isn't already soiled from the old hose that you've had for oh so many years.

What equipment do I need to install a hand held shower filter?

Other than the new shower filter itself, as mentioned above, you will also need a flexible shower hose and a shower head holder (these can also be called; shower head bracket, shower head riser bracket, hand held shower head holder). If you already have a hand held shower head in your shower and you're just replacing it for a filtered one, you probably already have a hose and a bracket. If the shower filter you purchased doesn't come with a hose, then at this point you can consider whether you just want to keep your old shower hose or purchase a new one. Also you might want to take a look at your old shower head bracket and consider whether it is so old that it might need replacing? Is your shower head often falling forward and you have to keep adjusting the tension in the bracket? Does the bracket actually no longer move up and down the riser? You might want to consider replacing the bracket at this point. On our store we have a universal shower rail bracket that will fit most risers if you are considering replacing your old one.

We also recommend that you grab a clean towel (preferably a dry one!) and maybe a tea towel so that you can get a good grip on the old shower head when twisting it off. You really do not need any special tools or equipment to fit the hand held shower filter, just a little time and the towels we've mentioned earlier (but you don't even really need those, they're just good to haves).

How to install my new hand held shower filter?

Let's imagine that you're replacing the hose along with the shower head, the first thing you are going to need to do is locate both ends of the shower hose. One end of the shower hose will be attached to the end of your shower head. The other end will be attached to a small 'male' threaded pipe (it's a male pipe because it is has a protrusion which fits inside the cavity of the female threaded shower hose, who knew pipes could be so raunchy??), but you won't see the pipe yet because the 'female' threaded part of the shower hose is screwed onto it.

Lots of showers look different, but here's two examples of the shower hose screwed onto a the male threaded pipe of a shower:

shower hose atttached to bottom fo electric shower Shower hose attached to tap from wall
Shower hose attached to bottom of electric shower. Shower hose attached to shower pipe coming directly from wall

If you want to install a new hose, then which ever way your shower hose is attached, you need to first unscrew the hose from the male threaded pipe, this is usually done in an anti-clockwise direction. So that you can install the new hose.

Do you remember how we mentioned you should have a dry towel?
Well, here's where it will come in handy, because when you disattach the shower hose from the pipe some water that was sitting in the hose will spill out. So go ahead and clean that up or else you might slip!

Once off, it will resemble something like this :

shower pipe threads

Then you will be left with a hand held shower head attached to a pipe, kind of like the picture of the Paragon shower head above.

At this point if you are changing both your shower hose and shower pipe, then you can go away and throw away both the pipe and old shower head (or if you like to keep these things for a rainy day or spares, go ahead and dry it out somewhere before putting it away in the cupboards).

If you are replacing the hose with a new one, then grab the new hose and twist it onto where the old hose was attached, twisting in a clock-wise direction. Twist it as far as it will go onto the thread to ensure that you do not get any leaks.

If you are not replacing your shower hose and want to keep the old shower hose, then you just will do the next step.

Remove the old shower head from the hose. Do this by again locating the end of the shower hose that is attached to the shower head then twist the shower hose in an anti-clockwise direction. This will slowly remove the shower hose from the end of the shower head. At this point you might want to use that tea towel to get a good grip on the hose, so it can be a little tricky if it's been on there for quite some time.

Once the old head is off, you need to get the new hand held filtered shower head onto the hose. Do this by aligning the 'male' threads at the end of the shower head with the 'female' threads of the cavity of the shower hose, like this :

Then gently twist on the new shower head to the hose, twisting in a clockwise direction.

Make sure it's all the way as far as possible.

Then voila! You've done it! You have successfully installed a new hand held shower filter. Pop it into your shower bracket and go ahead and enjoy having a healthy pure shower free from chlorine, heavy metals, scale and other contaminants!

If you need any further help about this, just ask us questions in the comments section.