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Toto. With a flow rate of 1.5 gpm, Upton WaterSense-certified lav faucets use 32% less water than traditional units. The faucet, which features supple, rounded edges and corners for a clean yet cozy feel, includes a 90-degree ceramic-disc valve. It is available in standard-height and tall options. 888.295.8134. www.totousa.com.

Water-Conserving Fixtures

16 WaterSense-certified toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

Water-Conserving Fixtures

16 WaterSense-certified toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

  • Alsons. The Water-Amplifying showerhead with Fluidics Technology allows users to toggle between 1.5 and 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense-labeled unit features a series of chambers that control the shape, velocity, and thermal dynamics of water with no internal moving parts, ensuring an invigorating shower experience, the firm says. It comes in chrome, Brilliance satin nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. 800.421.0001. www.alsons.com.

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    Alsons. The Water-Amplifying showerhead with Fluidics Technology allows users to toggle between 1.5 and 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense-labeled unit features a series of chambers that control the shape, velocity, and thermal dynamics of water with no internal moving parts, ensuring an invigorating shower experience, the firm says. It comes in chrome, Brilliance satin nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. 800.421.0001. www.alsons.com.

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    Alsons.
    The Water-Amplifying showerhead with Fluidics Technology allows users to toggle between 1.5 and 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense-labeled unit features a series of chambers that control the shape, velocity, and thermal dynamics of water with no internal moving parts, ensuring an invigorating shower experience, the firm says. It comes in chrome, Brilliance satin nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. 800.421.0001. www.alsons.com.

  • Caroma. With dual flush options of 1.28 gallons for solid waste and 0.8 for liquids, the Sydney Smart 305 toilet offers an average flush rate of 0.9 gpf, making it one of the lowest consumption HETs on the market, the firm says. The one-piece unit features modern styling and a 16?1/2-inch Easy Height bowl. Round and elongated options are available. 800.605.4218. www.caromausa.com.

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    Caroma. With dual flush options of 1.28 gallons for solid waste and 0.8 for liquids, the Sydney Smart 305 toilet offers an average flush rate of 0.9 gpf, making it one of the lowest consumption HETs on the market, the firm says. The one-piece unit features modern styling and a 16?1/2-inch Easy Height bowl. Round and elongated options are available. 800.605.4218. www.caromausa.com.

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    Caroma. With dual flush options of 1.28 gallons for solid waste and 0.8 for liquids, the Sydney Smart 305 toilet offers an average flush rate of 0.9 gpf, making it one of the lowest consumption HETs on the market, the firm says. The one-piece unit features modern styling and a 16?1/2-inch Easy Height bowl. Round and elongated options are available. 800.605.4218. www.caromausa.com.

  • Hansgrohe. Featuring AIR technology, in which the showerhead draws air inside the spray face to infuse the water for larger droplets, the Raindance S 150 AIR Green1-Jet provides a drenching sensation while still flowing at a WaterSense-certified 2.0 gpm. The unit offers a 6-inch face with 90 no-clog sprays and a QuickClean function for easy wiping away of limescale deposits. Chrome and brushed nickel finishes are available. 800.334.0455. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.

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    Hansgrohe. Featuring AIR technology, in which the showerhead draws air inside the spray face to infuse the water for larger droplets, the Raindance S 150 AIR Green1-Jet provides a drenching sensation while still flowing at a WaterSense-certified 2.0 gpm. The unit offers a 6-inch face with 90 no-clog sprays and a QuickClean function for easy wiping away of limescale deposits. Chrome and brushed nickel finishes are available. 800.334.0455. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.

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    Hansgrohe.
    Featuring AIR technology, in which the showerhead draws air inside the spray face to infuse the water for larger droplets, the Raindance S 150 AIR Green1-Jet provides a drenching sensation while still flowing at a WaterSense-certified 2.0 gpm. The unit offers a 6-inch face with 90 no-clog sprays and a QuickClean function for easy wiping away of limescale deposits. Chrome and brushed nickel finishes are available. 800.334.0455. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.

  • Moen. The 90 Degree bath suite includes a single-handle, single-hole faucet and a two-handle wide-spread faucet (shown), both WaterSense certified for 1.5-gpm operation. The wide-spread unit features the companys M-Pact valve, and the single-handle model includes a Duralast cartridge. Highlighted by sleek, 90-degree angles, the modern-looking faucets come in brushed nickel and chrome finishes. 800.289.6636. www.moen.com.

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    Moen. The 90 Degree bath suite includes a single-handle, single-hole faucet and a two-handle wide-spread faucet (shown), both WaterSense certified for 1.5-gpm operation. The wide-spread unit features the companys M-Pact valve, and the single-handle model includes a Duralast cartridge. Highlighted by sleek, 90-degree angles, the modern-looking faucets come in brushed nickel and chrome finishes. 800.289.6636. www.moen.com.

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    Moen.
    The 90 Degree bath suite includes a single-handle, single-hole faucet and a two-handle wide-spread faucet (shown), both WaterSense certified for 1.5-gpm operation. The wide-spread unit features the companys M-Pact valve, and the single-handle model includes a Duralast cartridge. Highlighted by sleek, 90-degree angles, the modern-looking faucets come in brushed nickel and chrome finishes. 800.289.6636. www.moen.com.

  • Kohler. The Wellworth toilet marks its 75th anniversary with an updated tank design and a WaterSense-certified 1.28-gpf option. A precision-designed water delivery system and a canister flush valve use gravity to increase efficiency, says the maker, and more than 50% of the flush water runs through the rim for a more hygienic rinse. The bowl comes in round-front or elongated shapes and standard and Comfort Height bowl heights. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

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    Kohler. The Wellworth toilet marks its 75th anniversary with an updated tank design and a WaterSense-certified 1.28-gpf option. A precision-designed water delivery system and a canister flush valve use gravity to increase efficiency, says the maker, and more than 50% of the flush water runs through the rim for a more hygienic rinse. The bowl comes in round-front or elongated shapes and standard and Comfort Height bowl heights. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

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    Kohler.
    The Wellworth toilet marks its 75th anniversary with an updated tank design and a WaterSense-certified 1.28-gpf option. A precision-designed water delivery system and a canister flush valve use gravity to increase efficiency, says the maker, and more than 50% of the flush water runs through the rim for a more hygienic rinse. The bowl comes in round-front or elongated shapes and standard and Comfort Height bowl heights. 800.456.4537. www.kohler.com.

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    Toto.
    With a flow rate of 1.5 gpm, Upton WaterSense-certified lav faucets use 32% less water than traditional units. The faucet, which features supple, rounded edges and corners for a clean yet cozy feel, includes a 90-degree ceramic-disc valve. It is available in standard-height and tall options. 888.295.8134. www.totousa.com.

  • Gerber. The Avalanche 1.28 LS one-piece toilet is WaterSense-certified for 1.28 gpf. Dual siphon-jet technology clears waste quickly, the maker says, and a large water surface helps keep the bowl clean. It features a Leak Sensory Pro fill valve to eliminate toilet run-on, an elongated rim, and a fully glazed trapway. White and bone hues are available. 630.754.0278. www.gerberonline.com.

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    Gerber. The Avalanche 1.28 LS one-piece toilet is WaterSense-certified for 1.28 gpf. Dual siphon-jet technology clears waste quickly, the maker says, and a large water surface helps keep the bowl clean. It features a Leak Sensory Pro fill valve to eliminate toilet run-on, an elongated rim, and a fully glazed trapway. White and bone hues are available. 630.754.0278. www.gerberonline.com.

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    Gerber.
    The Avalanche 1.28 LS one-piece toilet is WaterSense-certified for 1.28 gpf. Dual siphon-jet technology clears waste quickly, the maker says, and a large water surface helps keep the bowl clean. It features a Leak Sensory Pro fill valve to eliminate toilet run-on, an elongated rim, and a fully glazed trapway. White and bone hues are available. 630.754.0278. www.gerberonline.com.

  • American Standard. The Portsmouth wide-spread, cross-handle faucet features Old World, traditional styling reminiscent of Colonial Virginia. It offers a WaterSense-certified flow rate of 1.5 gpm and features a ceramic-disc cartridge. The faucet, which comes in polished chrome, satin nickel, blackened bronze, and oil-rubbed bronze, is available in nine additional single- and two-handle options as well as coordinating tub faucets. 800.899.2614. www.americanstandard-us.com.

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    American Standard. The Portsmouth wide-spread, cross-handle faucet features Old World, traditional styling reminiscent of Colonial Virginia. It offers a WaterSense-certified flow rate of 1.5 gpm and features a ceramic-disc cartridge. The faucet, which comes in polished chrome, satin nickel, blackened bronze, and oil-rubbed bronze, is available in nine additional single- and two-handle options as well as coordinating tub faucets. 800.899.2614. www.americanstandard-us.com.

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    American Standard.
    The Portsmouth wide-spread, cross-handle faucet features Old World, traditional styling reminiscent of Colonial Virginia. It offers a WaterSense-certified flow rate of 1.5 gpm and features a ceramic-disc cartridge. The faucet, which comes in polished chrome, satin nickel, blackened bronze, and oil-rubbed bronze, is available in nine additional single- and two-handle options as well as coordinating tub faucets. 800.899.2614. www.americanstandard-us.com.

  • Niagara Conservation. Sava showerheads flow at 1.5 or 1.75 gpm but feature an oversized 4.4-inch-diameter spray head and a pressure-compensating device to ensure optimal performance regardless of the homes water pressure or psi. The showerheads have a corrosion-resistant ABS thermoplastic body and a 360-degree swivel head. They are pending WaterSense certification. 800.831.8383. www.niagaraconservation.com.

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    Niagara Conservation. Sava showerheads flow at 1.5 or 1.75 gpm but feature an oversized 4.4-inch-diameter spray head and a pressure-compensating device to ensure optimal performance regardless of the homes water pressure or psi. The showerheads have a corrosion-resistant ABS thermoplastic body and a 360-degree swivel head. They are pending WaterSense certification. 800.831.8383. www.niagaraconservation.com.

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    Niagara Conservation.
    Sava showerheads flow at 1.5 or 1.75 gpm but feature an oversized 4.4-inch-diameter spray head and a pressure-compensating device to ensure optimal performance regardless of the homes water pressure or psi. The showerheads have a corrosion-resistant ABS thermoplastic body and a 360-degree swivel head. They are pending WaterSense certification. 800.831.8383. www.niagaraconservation.com.

  • Delta Faucet. With its H2OKinetic technology, the Addison showerhead delivers larger, heat-retaining water droplets and provides a massaging effect and a denser spray pattern, allowing for an invigorating experience despite a flow rate of 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense-certified device is available with the companys MultiChoice Universal Valve, which allows for easy upgrades and style changes. It features a scallop-inspired design and comes in chrome, champagne bronze, Venetian bronze, Brilliance stainless, and aged pewter finishes. 800.345.3358. www.deltafaucet.com.

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    Delta Faucet. With its H2OKinetic technology, the Addison showerhead delivers larger, heat-retaining water droplets and provides a massaging effect and a denser spray pattern, allowing for an invigorating experience despite a flow rate of 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense-certified device is available with the companys MultiChoice Universal Valve, which allows for easy upgrades and style changes. It features a scallop-inspired design and comes in chrome, champagne bronze, Venetian bronze, Brilliance stainless, and aged pewter finishes. 800.345.3358. www.deltafaucet.com.

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    Delta Faucet.
    With its H2OKinetic technology, the Addison showerhead delivers larger, heat-retaining water droplets and provides a massaging effect and a denser spray pattern, allowing for an invigorating experience despite a flow rate of 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense-certified device is available with the companys MultiChoice Universal Valve, which allows for easy upgrades and style changes. It features a scallop-inspired design and comes in chrome, champagne bronze, Venetian bronze, Brilliance stainless, and aged pewter finishes. 800.345.3358. www.deltafaucet.com.

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    Brizo.
    Mimicking the movement of waterfalls, Siderna collection faucets combine modern lines with soft, graceful arcs, with a ribbon-like spout and machined glass and metal components. The WaterSense-certified lavatory units come in a single-handle, single-hole model, a two-handle wide-spread, and a two-handle wall-mount. The style also is available in wall- and ceiling-mount raincan showerheads and in three- and four-hole Roman tub faucets. Polished chrome and Brilliance brushed nickel finishes are available. www.brizo.com.

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    Danze.
    One of three new multi-function showerheads in the company’s lineup, the 503E unit offers wide, center-jet, and aeration functions and delivers WaterSense-certified 1.75 or 2.0 gpm. The 1.75-gpm model comes in chrome and the 2.0-gpm model comes in chrome or brushed nickel. A handshower option also is available. 630.679. 1420. www.danze.com.

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    Inax.
    The Satis tankless toilet features the Vortex flushing system, which cleans the bowl with only water pressure and therefore has no tank to fill or associated waiting time. The toilet offers WaterSense-certified dual flushing at 0.92 and 1.32 gpf. Among its luxury features are soft LED lighting around the interior of the bowl and the foot area; a heated seat that plays music upon opening; automated deodorizing, flushing, and lid closure; and personal cleansing nozzles. The smooth, non-porous surface includes baked-in antibacterial treatment. 877.700.4629. www.inax-usa.com.

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    Jado.
    WaterSense-certified Savina lav faucets flow at 1.5 gpm. Inspired by 19th-century designs, the faucets feature intricate detailing and rich ornamentation. The style comes in wide-spread units with lever handles or with porcelain-capped two-handles and cross-handles. Polished chrome, brushed nickel, platinum nickel, old bronze, and antique nickel finishes are available. 800.227.2734. www.jadousa.com.

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    Kohler.
    Available on the company’s Purist, Forte, and Bancroft single-function showerheads, Katalyst technology offers a WaterSense-certified 2.0-gpm flow rate while boasting air-induction functionality that maximizes the air-water mix to create an invigorating spray, the maker says; in addition, a new spray face optimizes water patterns and droplet size for ideal coverage and intensity. Clear nozzles coordinate with all finishes, and the MasterClean spray face resists mineral buildup. www.kohler.com.

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    Toto.
    The Aquia dual-flush toilet is now available in a one-piece model. The high-efficiency unit offers users the option of a 0.9-gallon flush for liquid waste and 1.6 gallons for solid waste. It features an elongated skirt design for easy cleaning and a slender tank. Universal Height models are available. 800.350.8686. www.totousa.com.

SHOWERHEADS

According to the EPA, showering accounts for 1.2 trillion gallons of Americans’ annual water use. But with our collective passion for the shower “experience,” adoption of low-flow models often takes some convincing.

WaterSense-certified showerheads use no more than 2.0 gpm, 20% less than standard fixtures of 2.5 gpm. In addition, devices must meet performance guidelines for both spray force and spray coverage, whose comfort thresholds were determined through research into consumer preferences.

Simply restricting the flow doesn’t ensure a drenching spray, so, like toilets, many manufacturers have re-engineered devices from the inside out. Tactics include changing the shape and number of nozzles, tweaking nozzle patterns, and injecting air into or otherwise reshaping water droplets. A turbine in American Standard’s FloWise showerhead, for example, chops droplets into a size and shape engineered to provide for a drenching feel.

It’s also important to remember that reduced-gpm showerheads are designed to perform at lower flows, so attempts to “help out” clients by doctoring a fixture or removing parts can actually do more harm than good.

WaterSense-certified showerheads install the same as regular units. Installers, however, do need to pay attention to the bathroom’s anti-scald devices; if a showerhead has an ultra-low-flow rate, such as 1.5 or 1.0 gpm, some older valves may not work as well, manufacturers caution. For new homes, just verify with your plumber or manufacturer that valves are compatible; for remodels, particularly with older homes, extra care is needed, and it’s wise to upgrade to a new valve.

FAUCETS

Of the three types of bath fixtures, faucets have raised the least amount of concern among buyers. In fact, many manufacturers converted their entire lav inventories to WaterSense products—which flow at 1.5 gpm, 32% less than the 2.2-gpm max set by federal standards—with little to no fanfare or price increases.

Like toilets and showerheads, WaterSense faucets must meet performance criteria to ensure flows are strong enough for tasks such as rinsing a toothbrush. Most devices were an easy fix, with manufacturers swapping in pressure-compensating aerators engineered to reduce water without altering force.

CHALLENGES

The first hurdle with low-flow fixtures—designing products that conserve without sacrifice—has largely been cleared. Now the challenge lies in convincing consumers that “low-flow” is no longer a phrase to be feared. WaterSense is helping significantly, both for its certification assurance and the EPA’s efforts to educate the public.

“[Pros] need to help us sell this,” notes Zimmerman. “They need to sell it with confidence: that these products work well, that what I’m doing as a builder is to help you reduce the cost of operating your home.”

Katy Tomasulo is deputy editor of EcoHome.