Today I wanted to take a quick look at a product I’ve heard great things about with the Cirrus Shower line of products. With 10 x’s more surface area coverage and 13 x’s more thermal efficiency, Cirrus claims to be a revolutionary showerhead that uses 75% less water. Cirrus uses water-atomizing CloudMaker technology that transforms your shower experience into a hydrotherapeutic session.
Now, there is a lot going on with what I said there, but I think the part everyone will be focused on is the 75% less water. Water bills are a fact of life everyone has to deal with, and lessening the amount you use without changing too much about the way you live can feel like free money sometimes. Is the Cirrus Showerhead a product that many feel lives up to that hype, though?
What is the Cirrus Shower?
Equipped with replaceable NanoFilters containing three layers of mineralized stones, the Cirrus Shower aims to be an eco-friendly smart home device. The marketing isn’t just about how it can save you money by using less water, but how it can lessen your impact on local water usage as well. In a more eco-conscious world, this is a plus to keep track of.
Compared to a standard showerhead that yields 13.78 gallons a person a day, the Cirrus Shower averages 3.4 gallons per person a day. With a daily water savings of 10.3 gallons per person, a family of four that consumes 15,089 gallons per year can save close to $817 between their electric and water bills.
Given the slightly above hundred dollar price tag that is attached to the head, that means for bigger households it would quickly make up for the cost and then some. For someone who lives on their own and who takes quick showers there would still be some savings to be had overall by the end of the year, but not as much. Still, less water usage does cut a corner to help with always growing prices.
Looking back at a traditional showerhead, which consumes 2.5 gallons per minute, this replacement can reduce consumption up to 0.625 GPM. That amounts to a 75% savings in water consumption. The math speaks for itself, and the general online opinion points to this being a shower head that still functions well despite the lower water usage.
“For the average household, this 75% reduction translates into over 15,000 gallons of water saved per year.”
How is Cirrus Shower Different?
I know the important question to ask here as the market gets more competitive by the day, what differentiates Cirrus from other smart showerheads? For one, Cirrus uses water-atomizing CloudMaker technology turning your shower into a pressurized mist. According to Cirrus’ Kickstarter campaign, “Cirrus envelopes your entire body in a cocoon of warmth increasing surface area coverage 10-fold.”
Instead of using a nozzle that shoots a jet stream, the CloudMaker showerhead strategically disperses particles of mist all around you while showering. This is where the main negative I’ve found people talk about with this product comes in.
If you enjoy a shower that has an immense amount of pressure behind it, then with lower water showerheads in general that won’t be something you can get much of. Do note that this isn’t an issue unique to the Cirrus line, though. Any lower water usage shower head will make a sacrifice with the pressure it can offer.
The second biggest difference is Cirrus’ innate ability to optimize thermal efficiency. With normal showers only 3% of the thermal energy used to heat shower water hits your body, there’s a 97% waste factor – meaning most of your hot water is going straight down the drain.
Since the CloudMaker creates tiny mist droplets, the heat stays on and around your body instead of being wasted. This makes for a spa-like shower experience that Cirrus describes as “luxurious.”
More important than Cirrus’ own description of their product are the thoughts of their customers. General consensus is a bit split on just how much of Cirrus’ uptalking holds true, but one opinion is common among all who use it. Those who like hot showers get a lot more out of Cirrus than they do regular showerheads that use up all the hot water in a near-instant.
Cirrus Shower NanoFilter
What really sets the Cirrus apart is the fact that it’s not just a showerhead. Whether you want to integrate it with your traditional showerhead or use it with Cirrus, there’s a three-layer NanoFilter system that purifies your tap water.
The Cirrus Core contains mineralized stones that claim to balance pH levels, eliminate water impurities, and create a natural spring water effect for a cleaner, more hydrated skin. Lasting 2-3 months per family of four, the intuitive NanoFilter cartridges light up when they need replacing.
This is something that can create more of a cost for smaller households. I understand that a repeating purchase on a shower head is a deal-breaker for a lot of people, but the cost isn’t too bad for what is on offer.
Here is a rundown of the different minerals that come with the Cirrus Core system:
- Tourmaline stones to balance pH levels
- Far-Infrared stones to filter water impurities such as chlorine, dirt, and bacteria
- Germanium stones to give a natural spring water effect for softer, cleaner, more hydrated skin
There is also the option of adding six essential oil infusers into the Cirrus Core system. It’s not a part of the product I put too much stock in, but it can be an addition that some customers enjoy.
The modern Cirrus is also super easy to assemble (fixed by magnets), will save you money, and optimizes every droplet of water.