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Is the Jolie Shower Head Worth the Investment? Check Out Our Review!

The Jolie shower head claims to improve your overall beauty and personal care routine, but does it live up to its claims? We tested it to find out!
A close-up of the Jolie shower head installed in a tiled shower
Photo: Stephanie Cronk for Bob Vila

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I live outside the city: not quite in the country with rolling acres, but definitely in a rural enough location to have well water. Along with the well water and serene views comes hard water.

Anyone who lives in an area with hard water knows how, well, hard it can be on your appliances, pipes, and even your hair and skin.

Enter the Jolie shower head with its built-in water filtration system. The manufacturer claims that the Jolie will filter your water, resulting in softer skin and more manageable hair. While there are other filtered shower heads on the market, this one caught my eye for its aesthetic appeal, too. I decided to install the Jolie shower head and put it to the test to see if it lived up to its claims of overhauling one’s personal care routine.

Jolie Shower Head: At a Glance

Two water testing strips showing the difference in water hardness before and after installing the Jolie shower head
Photo: Stephanie Cronk for Bob Vila

Rating: 9/10

SPECS

  • Setting type: Rain shower head
  • Shape: Round
  • Installation type: Wall-mounted

PROS

  • Includes everything you need to install the shower head, including a small wrench and small roll of plumber’s tape
  • Aesthetically pleasing design that’s available in multiple finishes to match various bathroom fixtures
  • Provides a steady and strong rainfall of water

CONS

  • No filter indicator to tell you when to change the filter; the user must remember to do so every 90 days.
  • Only 1 setting for waterfall: rain

Get the Jolie shower head at Amazon for $165.

What is the Jolie shower head?

The Jolie high-pressure shower head is a filtered shower head that is focused on removing chlorine, heavy metals, and other contaminants from shower water. The goal is to improve the condition of the user’s skin and hair without decreasing the overall shower pressure. The shower head is classified as a rain shower head that is wall-mounted.

You may be wondering what sets this shower head apart from other filtered shower heads, and I was wondering the same. It turns out that the Jolie features cutting-edge filtration that uses a proprietary blend of KDF-55 (a medium that reduces contaminants) and calcium sulfite.

How easy is the Jolie shower head to install?

One of Jolie’s claims is that the shower head can be installed by anyone in just a couple of steps. First, you’ll need to remove the old shower head. Most shower heads simply screw on and off; however you may need a wrench to help you unscrew your current shower head.

After the old shower head is removed, it’s time to install the Jolie. To do this, wrap the plumber’s tape (included in the box) around the threaded part of the shower pipe. Do this two times, then tear off the tape. Take the Jolie shower head and simply twist it onto your shower pipe until it is completely secured. You can use the included wrench to make sure it’s tight and there are no leaks.

I found the installation process to be very easy, and I really appreciated how the company included a small roll of plumber’s tape and a small wrench. The wrench was small enough to make tightening easy even in small spaces.

Does the Jolie shower head work?

Once the shower head was installed, I was really excited to jump in and see if it really would make my skin and hair feel softer. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the shower head did not cause my water pressure to dip, and I really enjoyed the rainfall shower type, something we did not previously have. The rainfall shower seems a bit more gentle to begin with, then when adding in the filtered water, it was the softest water I’ve enjoyed in the 8 years I’ve lived in my home.

I tested my home’s water straight out of the faucet using hard water testing strips. Water hardness is measured by the amount of calcium carbonate (milligrams per liter) present in water. A reading of 0 to 60 mg/L indicates soft water; 61 to 120 mg/L is moderately hard; 121 to 180 mg/L is hard; and more than 180 mg/L is very hard. My test measured a water hardness level of 122. After I installed the Jolie shower head, I retested the water out of the shower head and was pleased with the results: The water hardness measured 12, which is considered soft water.

Now, the real test was going to come when my teenage daughter showered. She has had notoriously frizzy hair since moving into this house, and if the Jolie could help control her frizzy, wavy hair, I would be a believer.

I wanted a true test, so I had her wash her hair with a clarifying shampoo just to ensure there were no products or chemicals in her hair. She noticed how soft the water felt immediately when stepping into the shower, and how her skin felt much more moisturized after she stepped out. She let her hair air-dry, and she could instantly tell a noticeable difference in the level of frizz. Now, this shower head is not going to be a cure-all for frizzy hair, as frizz naturally occurs with some hair types. For my daughter, though, the hard water definitely makes the frizz worse. With the addition of the Jolie, however, her hair was softened and less frizzy overall.

A close-up of the Jolie shower head running in a tiled shower
Photo: Stephanie Cronk for Bob Vila

Is the Jolie worth it?

The Jolie is definitely a more expensive filtered shower head. What sets it apart from other filtered shower heads is the modern and sleek design, ease of use and maintenance, and its money-back guarantee.

If you’re in the market for a filtered shower head and you’re looking for a reputable brand that stands behind its product, the Jolie is a good choice. The design and quality of the shower head is definitely worth the money, and I have no doubt that this unit will last for years.

Should you buy the Jolie shower head?

The Jolie shower head is a worthy investment, especially if your home has hard water and you struggle with dry skin or dry/frizzy hair. For me, the shower head transformed my skin more than my hair, but that’s because I don’t have naturally frizzy hair. My skin doesn’t feel tight when I get out of the shower like it did in the past.

Something to keep in mind when deciding on the Jolie shower head is the filter replacements. Jolie recommends replacing the filter every 90 days. There is no indicator on the unit that reminds you, so it’s something you have to remember to do. Jolie does offer a filter subscription that has a new filter delivered to you every 90 days.

However, if you’re in the market for a high-quality filtered shower head that does not sacrifice water pressure, the Jolie may be the perfect replacement for your current shower head.

Get the Jolie shower head at Amazon for $165.

Meet the Tester

Stephanie Cronk brings more than 15 years of retail and digital publishing experience to the Commerce/Product Reviews team as executive editor. Her experience spans many industries in the commerce world, and her primary focus is on buyer’s guides and tested-product reviews.

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Stephanie Cronk

Executive Editor

Stephanie Cronk joined the Bob Vila team in 2020 as the executive editor of Commerce, bringing over 12 years of retail and digital publishing experience to the Commerce/Product Reviews team. Her experience spans many industries in the commerce world, and her primary focus is on buyer’s guides and product reviews.

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