A couple weeks ago I bought an American made shower head. I took a little while before I wrote this blog entry because I wanted to use the shower head before talking about it. I’m glad that I did, because I can honestly say that this is the best showerhead I have ever used.
The shower head I bought was a very high quality brass shower head made by Sloan Valve in Franklin Park, IL. The showerhead is called the Act-O-Matic AC-51.
I began my search for American made shower head at the Home Depot. I was very disappointed to find that even though they had about 50 different shower heads to choose from, not a single one of them was made in the USA. I could not believe it.
So I had to go online. I did searches for “American made shower head” and “shower head made in USA.” Again, I was surprised and disappointed that no American made shower heads turned up in that search. Finally, I went to Ebay and did some similar searches there. Whenever I can’t find an American made version of something in a typical Google search, I go to Ebay to see if I can find it there. It’s true, you can find anything on Ebay. That’s where I found that Sloan’s Act-O-Matic was American-made. I then did a Google search for “Act-O-Matic shower head” and lots of options popped up. I got mine for $58, a steal for a top of the line shower head like this one.
The Act-O-Matic is a very high quality shower head. The one I purchased is a sharp chrome plated head, but you can get it in three other finishes. Here is a little more info on this shower head: http://www.sloanvalve.com/Specifications/ac11.pdf.
What is unique about this shower head is that when you turn off the water, not a single drip leaves the shower head again. It just seals back up water tight. Oh, and the water pressure is fantastic with the Act-O-Matic as well.
Until next time, here’s to doing what we can to support our country by buying American.