Speakman S-2005-HB Hotel Anystream Review

Introducing the top pick for the best shower head on the market today – the Speakman S-2005-HB.

It features a stunning design that will make you feel like you’re living in a luxury hotel. With four beautiful finishes available, it’ll suit your aesthetic needs no matter the style of bathroom you have. This shower head is equipped with 50 soothing full-body sprays and 8 powerful massage jets giving you three distinct setting options: Intense, massage and combination, so you get the best of both worlds. This high-pressure shower head is also incredibly easy to install and can be ready-to-go within minutes.

The Speakman S-2005-HB is a fantastic high pressure shower head. After one shower you’ll see why it’s the top rated shower head around.

4.7/5

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Easy to install
  • 3 distinct spray settings
  • Flow restrictor is easily removed
  • 4 stunning finishes to pick from
  • Simple knob to adjust the settings
  • 2.0 and 2.5 GPM models available
  • Used in luxury hotels around the world

Cons

  • Finish scratches off easily
  • Made of plastic
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What’s Good?

Aesthetically pleasing

The Speakman S-2005-HB is a gorgeous looking shower head that will turn any bathroom into a spa-like experience. The first thing you’ll notice when you take it out of the box is its size. It’s huge! And for good reason. The head is 5 inches across so not only does it look and feel great, it provides a wide, consistent spray that will relax and keep you squeaky clean. You’ll never want to leave the shower! The chrome finish is a delight to look at and with a bit of regular maintenance, will stay shiny for years to come. It’s no wonder this shower head is standard in hotels across the world.

4 stunning finishes to pick from

The toughest decision you’ll face when choosing the Speakman S-2005-HB is what finish to get. Pick between 4 unique finishes: polished chrome, brushed chrome, brushed nickel or polished brass. No matter what style of bathroom you have, Speakman has the right one to fit your needs.

Polished Chrome

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Brushed Chrome

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Brushed Nickel

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Polished Brass

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Easy to install

This shower head is a breeze to install and requires minimal effort. Even a toddler could do it!

Pro tip: Don’t let your toddler do it.

What you’ll need:

  • Plumbers tape
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Patience

First you need to wrap the plumbers tape around the thread of the shower arm. This ensures a tight seal and prevents any leakage.

Second: Attach the shower head by turning it clockwise until you cant turn it anymore.

Third: Use the adjustable wrench to tighten the rest. Or if you’re really strong you can just use your hands, but you should probably use the wrench. Don’t over tighten!

Fourth: Turn your shower on and enjoy the luxury of the best shower head around while wondering why you didn’t do this sooner.

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3 distinct spray settings

With 50 soothing jets and 8 powerful massage sprays the only problem you’ll have with the Speakman S-2005-HB is deciding which settings are right for you. Maybe you’ve had a hard day at work and need to unwind. Simply set the shower head to massage and you have 8 streamlined jets of water kneading your tired muscles into a state of bliss. Perhaps you just want to start your day with a nice relaxing warm shower with an even spray. The 50 individual streams on the outer edge will take care of that, providing you with unmatched water coverage. Or maybe you want the best of both worlds. Set the knob to the middle and you have all 58 jets working in unison to give you the most spa-like shower experience you’ve ever had outside of a spa.

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Simple knob to adjust the settings

By now you may be wondering what this ‘Anysteam 360 Technology’ is about. Is it some new futuristic way to shower? How will it affect my life?

Simply put, it’s just a fancy word for ‘knob’. See the knob at the side of the shower head? That’s the Anystream 360 Technology. Instead of having to turn the whole head, you just turn the knob and presto, the stream will change. It’s actually quite useful when you want to adjust the settings mid-shower because the head can get slippery and is often hard to grip. But with the Anystream 360 Technology (knob) just turn it and you’re good to go.

Used in luxury hotels around the world

The Speakman brand is synonymous with luxury, which is why they’re used in luxury hotels all over the world. If you read any of the customer reviews online you’ll see a pattern: “I used this shower head at the Marriott and loved it so much I had to buy my own” etc.

There’s a reason this shower head is my top pick. It has all the luxury you want in a shower head at an affordable price.

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Flow restrictor is easily removed

Lets assume you’re really picky about your showers. Right out of the box the Speakman S-2005-HB is a beast and should be winning awards or something. But you can also go a step further for an even more powerful and luxurious shower experience by removing the flow limiter inside the head. This will give you an unrestricted flow for even more power.

I haven’t tried this myself so I don’t know exactly how to do it but I found a pretty good guide from an amazon reviewer that will hopefully help.

First, examine the threaded end of the 2005. Inside, you’ll see a convex debris screen with an integrated black rubber washer. The washer ensures a tight seal to the pipe and the screen filters larger debris before it can enter the shower head. Remove this and set aside. Tweezers work well.

 

Now you can see the real culprit. The restrictor is white plastic with spokes connecting the inner hub to the outer radius. If you look carefully, you’ll also note four white plastic tabs placed like compass points. Of course, it’s tempting to think that a firm grasp on these tabs will allow easy removal of the offending restrictor, but no such luck. Use your needle nose pliers, get a firm grip on a tab and prove it for yourself. The restrictor won’t budge, but you can break off the plastic tabs (no help). The tabs are for assembly only and they are no help when attempting removal. Nope, this fix requires power tools. So get out your hand drill and a ¼ inch bit … EXACTLY ¼ inch bit. And drill out that sucker. The ¼ inch bit is self centering (like they WANT you to do this) and since the restrictor is plastic, use a slow speed. But if you’re careful, then within a minute or so there will be nothing but white plastic shards remaining, and the restrictor will be no more.

 

Now turn the 2005 over and tap it lightly on a towel. Use your tweezers, whatever, just get out all the plastic shards otherwise they will find their way inside the 2005 and that would be wrong.

 

Reassembly is a cinch. Just replace the debris screen and gasket (remember that the screen should be convex, not concave) and press it into place without damaging the screen or the gasket.

What’s not so good?

Finish scratches off easily

This seems to only be the case on certain finishes like the polished brass. However, if you take the proper precautions and don’t scratch it when installing it it the first place the finish should stay on. If you regularly care for and clean the shower head it will last you for years to come. They even offer a lifetime warranty should anything go wrong.

Here’s a guide from the Speakman website: http://speakman.com/cleaning-care

Made of plastic

Some people really dislike plastic. They think it looks cheap and ugly. But with the fine selection of finishes they offer for this shower head, you wont even know the difference. Or maybe you will. In that case there are plenty of others to choose from.

The Verdict

As you can probably already tell, I LOVE this shower head. It provides a perfect combination of everything you need in a shower head. It looks great with the option to choose the finish, it has all the settings you could want which are easily adjustable, it’s easy to install and best of all: it’s affordable. With the Speakman S-2005-HB you get luxury hotel performance at roadside motel prices.

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