You most likely come here looking for the perfect shower head and let me assure you that you have come to the right place. We have listed the best shower heads available in 2016 that have been getting the best ratings and reviews in recent months. The comparison list and shower head reviews can be found here below if you scroll down.
Shower heads used to be a pain to install but now they are an easy installation that can be done in under 10 minutes. Usually no tools are needed and you’re in and out of the bathroom after 1 or 2 careful checks. The variety of shower heads available are a true testament to just how valuable our bathroom is. The shower heads listed below should be the building block to a fully updated bathroom, because with a top shower head you’re also going to need the best everything correct?
You might also be interested in the following types of shower heads?
- Low Flow Shower Head
- High Pressure Shower Head
- Handheld Shower Head
- Rain Shower Head
- Shower Panel
- Steam Shower
- Bluetooth Shower Head
Top 11 Reviews of theShower Heads
- Vida Alegría 5" Spashower 5+
- Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 4.7 x 3.7 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Chrome Polished Nickel
- Material/Finish: Chrome
- Installation Method: Wall-Mounted
- Moen S6320 Velocity 8"
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.5 x 4.1 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Chrome
- Material/Finish: Brass,Metal
- Installation Method: Wall Mounted
- Speakman S-2005-HB
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Polished Chrome
- Material/Finish: Constructed of lightweight Speakman® engineered plastic
- Installation Method: Wall Mounted
- KOHLER K-10282-CP
- Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 5.5 x 5.5 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Polished Chrome
- Material/Finish: KOHLER finishes resist corrosion and tarnishing.
- Installation Method: Not specified
Vida Alegría Spashower 5+ High Pressure Hotel-Type Shower Head
First on the list is the Vida Alegría Spashower 5, a low priced shower head with a lot of premium features that you would find in a grand hotel. Modes included in the set are relaxing rinse, pulsating massage, drizzle mode, two mix modes and drenching rain. The drizzle mode is the most interesting since it saves water and would be ideal for users who want to preserve water and keep that part of the bill as low as possible. It uses a brass fitting and ball joint that is safe from many of the downfalls of cheaper shower heads, allowing you to not worry about leaks, cracks or even the original installation moving if it is installed properly.
Included with the installation is ultra-thin Teflon tape that will stop any leaks and easy to follow step by step instructions for complete installation of the shower head. Power is restricted through the use of a 2.5 GPM flow restrictor that can be removed to fully take advantage of your current setup. Low pressure setups are fully supported if that’s what you’re looking for, so no worries about incompatibility.
One of the best warranties on this list, you’re promised a no hassle warranty that lasts for 3 years total and guarantees satisfaction. Customer support is very easy to get in contact with whether you call or email them. Customers most interested in this model will want the multiple spray modes, most notably the drizzle mode which would be perfect for RV’s. The company is very green friendly and not only is the shower head easy to install, it comes in a premium recyclable box that won’t make you lose your mind trying to open it. This company has taken every precaution with their product which is why they stand so firmly behind it, and as rare as it is, one of the best items on the list is the first one mentioned.
The shower head weighs about 5.6 ounces and comes with a chrome finish that’s nice on the eyes. Realistically that is the only gripe is that it is a very plain looking finish, but that’s only a minor gripe about the aesthetics. The showerhead itself is plastic but chrome plated, but the connection to the water supply is the much stronger and reliable brass. It would have been nice to get an all brass product, but for the amount of money you’re spending it already is an incredible deal. This is highly recommended and one of the best shower heads on the list by far.
Moen S6320 Velocity 8″ Two-Function Rainshowerhead
Things just got really interesting with this high priced Moen shower head with the unique immersion technology that may change the way you shower. For the most coverage you can depend on the 8 inch diameter to give you the greatest experience when you’re in your bathroom. Self-pressurizing technology grants up to three times more spray power when rinsing, making it one of the more valuable assets on the list. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with this one, and they keep it simple with two functions consisting of rain shower and concentrated rinse. You’ll get great customer support and a limited lifetime warranty, so the product is not only built to last but will grant you exceptional years of performance. With one major moving part in the lever that grants rinse or spray functions there is little to worry about with parts wearing out. This is also a blessing and curse of the product, as you will have a limited set of options to use compared to others, but those same lack of functions means that there will be little chance of breakage in the long term.
For users that want the most coverage, this is the best product on the list to consider. Moen faucet users will be right at home and fall in love with the transitional style, without the need to worry about coordinating their bathroom options to match. Available finish options are chrome, brushed bronze, antique bronze, brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze. They all sound alike in appearance but look much, much different to the eye. With 2.5 gpm flowing out of the shower head, buyers have the option of limited the water flow to as little as 30 nozzles or the full 100 for the ultimate rain immersion. For those that prefer 2 gpm, there is a WaterSense certified model that’s easy to acquire. This will be preferable to some users that peruse this list, and it’s always nice to have the option. Weight of the head is about 2 pounds, and it is very sturdy and easy to use. Installation may not be as easy as some of the other models on the list, but if installing to a bathroom that already contains other Moen products, things will be a lot more straightforward. The limited functions may turn off some users, but for the best coverage and water power combo you can’t go wrong with this shower head.
This hotel inspired shower head is one of the easiest to install on the list, and is a nice low priced option for someone that just wants a simple setup without the fuss. Anystream 360 technology has been patented through Speakman and is usable throughout this model and others, though your mileage may vary depending on model. It does a great job of combining individual functions into separate assignments to create the most pleasing experience, and has a 2.5 gpm flow control that will work with most standard plumbing connections. Five adjustable jets are included that have the option of 8 pulsating massage sprays through 50 individual streams. Another sought after feature are the self-cleaning nozzles that not only offer a level of consistency in coverage, but keeps you from having to deal with years of gunk building up in them from repeated use. This is the same type of shower head used in a lot of mainstream hotels, so that should give you confidence with your purchase. The warranty included is a limited lifetime that will cover most parts and labor associated with a breakdown.
As far as looks go it has as classic flower shape, more like a belled casing with flared lip. It’s recognizable but nothing too fancy like some of the others on the list, and the T handle used to change the streams is in a bit of an odd place. Available streams include gentle rain, massage streams, combination spray and coverage spray. The coverage could stand to be better, and it’s possible that even with the different spray combinations the water pressure will make you feel like it’s nothing special when switching from one to the other. In some setups switching from gentle rain to massage may feel no different from one another, which is a really big letdown for users who like those options. The shower head is quite light, and is well under 1 pound. And when it comes to durability, it’s a bit on the flimsy side and is made from a reengineered Speakman plastic. Whether that will hold up through the warranty will be completely up to how it is used in your current setup. This is one of the low tier units on the list, and it shows pretty easily. But for buyers that just want a basic setup then this would be the way to go.
KOHLER K-10282-CP Forte Single-Function
As yet another low priced item on the list, this Kohler escapes the curse of being just another cheap shower head by conforming to some late market trends. The 5 ½ inch diameter of the spray face will satisfy many users that are looking for a wide coverage area. It doesn’t have a full 100 nozzles but maxes out at 72, which will be adequate for a large amount of buyers, but more seasoned buyers will notice the smaller range it provides. Cleaning the nozzles are a lot easier with this model, so there are no worries about hot water buildup as it is more resistant to the problem. More of a self-cleaning feature would have been nice, but the price of the product is so low that this is just as good a feature.
Owners of the Forte Suite will find that this fits right in, adding an extra bonus to your already professional setup. The Forte Collection has been around for years so it should come as no surprise to owners how well this fits in. As per the other items in the suite, it would have been nice to have a shower head that implemented more premium features.
Where this shower head shines above the others is design, and you’ll notice that it is more appreciated for its design over its actual functionality. It really is a very sleek, shiny and professional looking shower head that will fit comfortably in most modern and traditional bathrooms. This cross compatibility is welcome in bathrooms that both have a distinct style and ones that are thrown together with a personal customization. Installation is such a breeze that users can opt to do it themselves, even without ever previously installing a shower head themselves. Adjusting the angle of the head is simple enough and it firmly stays in place afterwards due to the solid construction. Another fault to mention is that it is only single function, which really strips out a good portion of what would have been possible if it was multifunction. It does have the standard 2.5 gpm capacity and can be installed with only a strap wrench and sealant tape. The build is decent enough that it’s sturdy, and the unit comes with a limited warranty that should cover most problems. There are a lot better items on the list than this, but if your only priority is a shower head that will fit with your décor, then this one is it.
- AKDY AZ-6021
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 8 inches
- Flow Rate: Not specified
- Color: Chrome
- Material/Finish: plastic/chrome
- Installation Method: Wall Mounted
- HotelSpa® European Designer
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 4.5 x 6.2 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Nickel
- Material/Finish: Brushed Nickel
- Installation Method: Wall-Mounted
- Speakman S-2252
- Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.8 x 4 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Polished chrome
- Material/Finish: Brass/Polished Chrome
- Installation Method: Wall Mounted
- Niagara Conservation
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9 x 3 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.5 GPM
- Color: Chrome
- Material/Finish: Chrome
- Installation Method: Handheld
AKDY (TM) Bathroom Chrome Head 8″ AZ6021 Rain Style
AKDY has a very interesting unit on this list, which simulates rainfall in a way that no other can. It is also a good option if you are looking to choose a stylish shower head for your home. This low priced plastic shower head takes its unique 8 inch square shaped head and gives you the best rainfall experience of any on the list. The only downside is of course that it has a single function, but if this is what you’re looking for in a shower head then this is the one to beat. The arm is not included, and even if you factor in the price it still remains as low as any on the list as a total package. Excluding the arm from the final package is a bit puzzling, especially since it is essential to the rain style experience. This is considered a generic brand by some in the industry, but generic isn’t always a bad term. If users opt to purchase the combo set that includes the arm, they can save a little money on the backend. So how is the quality from this company when compared to the others on the list, and is it durable?
Durability of the item is going to be hit or miss, depending on your needs. The plastic is the most cheaply made on the list, to the point where the feel of it is flimsy. Even with the chrome finish it still looks a bit on the breakable side, and the rubber nozzles used to keep the unit from clogging looks weird on the unit. You do get a 1 year warranty against manufacturing defects, and weight is a solid 1.4 pounds. For self-installers this one will be a breeze to set up and get going, and even with the aforementioned quality concerns, it still delivers the best rainfall experience of any item on this list. Take the plunge and buy this shower head to try it for yourself, it really is worth the asking price. Even the most expensive item on this list won’t give you the same rainfall experience that this unique shower head provides. Reviews are mostly solid from all over the place, so plenty of users are casting their vote as satisfied. If buying from this particular company makes you a bit nervous due to notoriety issues, then spend your money elsewhere on the list.
HotelSpa Designer Collection High-fashion Extra-large 7-setting Luxury Hand Shower
Following the trend for the list up to this point this HotelSpa shower head is a low priced item, but has the premium features of some of the higher priced items on the list. Prospective buyers can look forward to a one of a kind design from France from one of the top European designers in the field. This is not only one of the prettiest designs on the list, it serves as one of the most functional with up to 7 settings. The head is extra-large at 4.25 inches and will give you full coverage and that one of a kind luxury feel of owning a shower head that is tops in the market. Available shower settings include eco rain, massage rain/spray, rain and power spray. When changing settings you’ll be pleasant surprised with how easy it is to access and change the dial, which is a 3-zone click lever with soft-grip rubber and handle. Installation is easy due to being a tools free install, and can be done in under 10 minutes including setup. If you’re looking for quality then most will be surprised that for the given price you also get a 5 foot flexible stainless steel hose that comes with conical brass nuts so buyers don’t have to strain their hands for tightening.
If purchased from an authorized distributor you can expect them to fully honor the lifetime limited warranty, which is one of the tops on this list. Paying close attention to who you buy from during the purchase process will greatly determine the effectiveness of the warranty. The unit comes with a bit of heft at 1.2 pounds, which is attributed to the great quality and years of durability you can expect. It’s a contemporary look with a brushed nickel finish and 2.5 gpm of water consumption. For most bathrooms the look will not only fit well but should enhance the overall look. Flexibility of the hose is great, and you won’t be struggling trying to get it to move around. There is a downside associated with removing the flow limiter, and it requires a bit of handiwork with some pliers. Without a straightforward method to remove the flow limiter, most users will just opt for the original restriction and never be the wiser. There is definitely a setting for everyone when using this shower head, something that some of the more limiting heads on the list lack. This is easily one of the best on the list and pinches into the top 5.
Approaching the mid-priced range is this Speakman shower head that comes with the familiar Anystream 360 technology that they’ve become so famous for. Brass construction means you’ll be using this for years without worry or need to call in the warranty. Up to 48 individual sprays do their rounds while using 6 adjustable jets. The coverage isn’t as wide as some would like, but you do get great water control from the 2.5 gpm while maintaining compatibility with most standard plumbing connections. If something does go wrong, rest assured that Speakman will take care of you with its limited lifetime warranty, one of the many reasons a lot of hotels go with the brand. Having low water pressure won’t downgrade the quality of the shower head as it specializes in handling low water pressure conditions. You’ll get the same excellent usefulness out of it no matter what your water conditions are, as it’s easily adaptable to most conditions. The unit practically takes care of itself with the patented Speakman plunger system and self-cleaning nozzles, leaving you with a system that not only maintains itself but stays out of your way while you enjoy the relaxation it provides.
Five finishes are available and include brushed nickel, chrome, oil rubbed brass, polished brass, and polished chrome. They’re all beautiful to look at, and there is bound to be one that fits great in your current bathroom. Installation takes a couple of minutes and only requires the included plumbers tape. Using the simple lever on the side of the shower head lets you change the settings, but the required click through to each one can be a bit annoying at times. Using a trial and error process to finding your correct setting could have been completely avoided by using a dial instead, but not too many points should be taken off since the lever is of such high quality. If you look at it as a way to retain authenticity, then it really pays off for the little trouble you have to go through. For those interested there is a 2.0 gpm version for sale with a polished chrome finish. You won’t get as many finish options as the original 2.5, but it was nice of them to make the 2.0 a hassle free option for the customer. Great quality, great price and an even better shower head makes this a prime choice on the list for buyers.
2.0 GPM Niagara Chrome Handheld Massage
Challenging the previous Moen for lowest priced on the list is this Niagara Conservation model, that goes beyond offering the typical shower head and does something a little unique. It’s one of the best for users that want to save water, and thanks to the 2.0 gpm output it manages to save up to 20% in water usage compared to regular shower head models. With the package you get a 72 inch tangle free hose that not only should meet your length requirements for the bathroom but is true tangle free, and wraps and moves very easily. Turbo massage is handled by 9 jets, which can manage to give you a heavy hit of water or a softer, gentle experience. The 9 jets may seem slightly underpowered to some that have experienced a more thorough output from more expensive showerheads, so beware. The sprays are non-aerating and puts more of the focus with the water working for you rather than it just forcing itself out of the shower head at max capacity. Maintaining and cleaning the unit is a breeze, since the unit itself is self-cleaning and requires very little upkeep over the years.
Along with the good comes the bad, and there are also durability questions about this unit and the thermoplastic material it uses for the body. You do get a 10 year guarantee, so customer support is there for you when needed. As for the weight it comes in at a hefty 1.1 pounds, so it may be more durable than the previous item, but that weight is probably more inclusive of the attached hose than the actual showerhead. There are no other finishes available so most users will run into the usual décor clash and whether it’s worth the money to buy a shower head that doesn’t fit in with your current design. Adventurous users can simply remove the red screen during installation for unrestricted water flow, thus destroying whatever green features they may have gained with the purchase. This is an option for buyers who want to take advantage of the long hose but don’t care about saving water. The usefulness of this unit is more likely with RV’s and those that need the long premium hose in their shower head. For the rest of the buyers perusing the list their wants and needs may lie elsewhere than this particular item.
The design and construction of the 2.0 GPM Niagara chrome handheld massage showerhead ensure that the head is corrosion-resistant fits all the standards showerhead arms in the mare, has easy no tool installation and comes in a high impact ABS thermoplastic body which is strong and durable.
- H2oVibe Rain Showerhead
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.9 x 4.2 inches
- Flow Rate: Not specified
- Color: Polished Chrome
- Material/Finish: Polished Chrome
- Installation Method: Wall mounted
- Ana Bath SS5450CBN
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.3 x 13.1 inches
- Flow Rate: 2.31 GPM
- Color: Nickel
- Material/Finish: Brushed Nickel
- Installation Method: Showerhead plus handheld
- Moen 21313
- Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 4 inches
- Flow Rate:
- Color: Chrome
- Material/Finish: Metal/Chrome
- Installation Method: Wall Mounted
H2oVibe Rain Showerhead Jet with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Things just got a whole lot more interesting with this second to last shower head which is the most modern on the list, but still only broaches the low price range. As the only shower head on the list with Bluetooth functionality, it sets itself far apart from the other low priced offerings by giving buyers a unique take on style and functionality. Lovers of the spa will enjoy the extra wide head that simulates the full rain experience while showering and has up to 3 times more spray power than most of the shower heads on the list. But what about the Bluetooth functionality and what is that all about? A small Bluetooth speaker/microphone fits on the inside of the shower head and gives you full access to any Bluetooth enabled device up to 33 feet away. This means that you can listen to whatever is on the device whether it be music, soothing rain sounds, class instructions, or whatever streaming audio that you decide puts you in a comfortable mood. You can even take calls due to the built in microphone, with a push to speak button embedded on the Bluetooth speaker unit with enhanced noise reduction.
The sound whether taking a phone call or listening to audio is clean and crisp, meaning that this is in no way a cheap Bluetooth speaker that buyers are dealing with when making the purchase. The speaker is detachable, so it has more than one function and can be taken anywhere you want and function the exact same. The shower head shouldn’t go too unnoticed, and is of very good quality and is a sturdy pound in weight so it can take a nick or two. Like all modern devices, it comes with a rechargeable battery that can be recharged using the included micro USB cable. Any USB port that allows charging will accept it, and you can even use your phones wall charger to power the unit. Through one charge you get a continuous 8-10 hours of uninterrupted streaming, which is the general usage for devices with that type of battery anyway. Out of all the shower heads on the list, this may not provide the best water control, but it does provide the best experience. Buyers will have to make their own decision with whether they can separate the exciting integration of technology from the functionality of the shower head for their own personal needs. But this is indeed one of the more intriguing items on the list and worth a look by all.
Ana Bath SS5450CBN Handheld Shower and Showerhead Combo Shower System
Last on the list is this low priced offering from Ana Bath that is an interesting combo containing a shower head and handheld shower. Both options have the same 5 functions and are 5 inches in size, so you’ll get ample coverage either way. The big winner for this package is the 60 inch stainless steel shower hose for the handheld unit that is both a joy to use and very professional looking. They’ve also included their own water saving technology within the unit so you’ll automatically save on your water bill after installing the shower head. Installation is a breeze, and requires no special tools and can be done with just your hands in under 10 minutes. Available modes are massage, bubbling and saturating so you’re covered with some of the best options in two available shower heads. The finish is very professional, but there is only one finish to choose from, and that would be the PVD brushed nickel finish. A lifetime warranty is included, but considering how durable the entire set is, it’s doubtful you’ll need to take advantage of it.
It’s probably the heaviest on the list at 2.6 pounds, which is great for your piece of mind if you use it a lot. The set is CSA certified and has a strange 2.31 GPM, so not quite 2.0 and not 2.5 for the masses. They also removed the limit that makes you choose one or the other when showering, meaning you can have both on at the same time. This is the winning antidote for this product, and for that reason alone it comes highly recommended. You can remove a piece to make the water flow better, and instructions are included as it is easy to do. As the last item on the list it still suffers from the décor matching problem, with only one available finish for users that have bathrooms they want to match up with it. It has a professional enough finish to where it will fit with most bathrooms, but of course that is going to be up to the users taste completely when deciding. Buyers will be pleasantly surprised with just how useful this system is in the long run, and how solidly built the construction turns out to be. For those that decide to make the purchase, they’ll be granted years of excellence and functionality.
Moen Incorporated 21313 Fixed Mount 2.5 GPM
This Moen Incorporated is one of the lowest priced shower heads on the list yet still maintains some good functionality when compared to the others on the list. There are 3 settings to play with on this chrome finished model, and it has an output of 2.5 gpm. Unfortunately this is the only finish available for this model, so if it doesn’t fit with your décor you’ll be out of luck unless you plan on applying your own finish. Cleaning is a snap as it’s set up so you can just rub the nozzles clean, providing for an easy way to clean the shower head between sessions without taking up too much of your time. Changing the settings is as easy as flipping the easy to access lever, and with only 3 settings to play with it becomes less of a hassle than with a model that has the same setup but several more settings. A lifetime warranty is included with top tier customer support should you ever run into any problems with the product. There may be some durability issues, as not only is this one of the lowest priced on the list but it is also the lightest weighing only 9.6 ounces.
The weight and durability comes as a surprise since the makeup of the shower head is metal, but it just goes to show that not all of the same materials are created equally. When attaching the inside threads it uses a light duty plastic strip that’s very easy to damage, so there you have some more questions of durability with the unit. The 3 available sprays are pretty much low, medium, and high. So essentially it is 1 setting with 3 variations of how strong you want it to come out. There are definitely some questions with this shower head and whether it will fit into your setup, and if it’s even worth the cost savings than getting another on the list for a little bit more. This is the bare minimum that this list has to offer, and it does an adequate job when installed. Setting it up is no more difficult than any other shower head, but with issues concerning how well it will last over the years, even with the lifetime warranty it may turn out to be a hassle. Give it a shot if you’re just looking for a simple replacement and not to modernize your current bathroom setup.
A Guide To Buying And Choosing the Best Shower Head
Buying a shower head, just like any product, requires some planning. The fact that there are different types, designs, shapes, and functionalities makes things a bit challenging. When you want to go out shopping, it is important to have a checklist which will guide you in finding a shower head that not only meets your needs and preferences, but one that fits well in your bathroom. The market is flooded with different types of shower heads and choosing one from all these products can be a daunting task if you do not know what you are looking for.
An important shopping rule is to have specific qualities that you are looking for in a product as this will help you to zero in on a product that matches most if not all of your preferences. It is an easy task getting the right shower head for your bathroom when you know exactly what you are looking for. Most people do not realize that there is an array of modern showers with amazing features and many times better than the normal showers in their bathroom. If you are renovating your bathroom or you simply want to get rid of the old rusty and plain shower head here are some crucial points to keep in mind.
Shower Head Shapes
Pay close attention to the shape of the shower head you are purchasing in order to know what type of coverage you’ll be getting and whether it fits your needs. If you’re into the rain fall experience, then the best showerhead to purchase is the wide head models so that you get the most coverage. If that is specifically what you’re looking for, then purchasing the AKDY (TM) Bathroom Chrome Shower Head 8 would be the perfect choice since it simulates the rainfall experience the best out of any on the list. You don’t have to settle just for using this model, as there are plenty of the wide head models that do a great job of rain fall experience while providing other functions. There is also the more traditional bell shaped shower head, which is still commonly used and offers better water savings but has less coverage. This is ideal in situations where you want some advanced functionality but not at the cost of your water bill. Considered old by many standards it is still used in many housing setups, hotel setups, and even RV’s. Some shower heads could be considered hybrids, but they are much less popular in nature and you won’t run across them as much as the others.
When dealing with hybrids in general the ones that come to mind are more along the lines of the H2oVibe Rain Showerhead Jet with Wireless Bluetooth Speaker. It is a full round head but has a hole in the middle for a Bluetooth speaker. This still gives you the full rain experience, but if you look at it and think about it carefully, you are getting 40-50% less coverage than if you had a full headed model without the Bluetooth. This is where some hybrids can get tricky in their usage, even the ones that are predominantly meant for certain functions. Shower heads are really important to get right the first time, as well as the rest of the unit. You can’t change the shower head, you can’t change its built in settings, and you can really modify it other than the standard gpm that limits it. On some models you may even run into a situation where the length isn’t in the range that you would like with a built in hose, and unfortunately, there’s no way to change that. Pay close attention to the shape, size, settings, and speaks of the shower head you are purchasing so you don’t have regrets later.
Is Installation Easy?
Believe it or not, installation is mostly painless with all models on the list. Some don’t even require tools to be installed, and can be installed in less than 10 minutes. Not only are the directions clear and straightforward, but they leave little room for error. In some cases all you will have to do is block your drain from particles falling in and protect the tub area while you work. Turning off the water supply is simple enough, to keep you from accidentally getting drenched or from excess water coming out. Removing the old showerhead is as simple as twisting it off counterclockwise by hand. For some situations you may run into the need for a wrench, but that is rare in occurrence and is as easy is doing it by hand. Make sure to clean the area before applying the new shower head, as you wouldn’t want to transfer any rust or other problems to the new unit. Buyers will usually be supplied with Teflon tape or plumbers tape depending on the model, and you use this to tape the threads and press them in deep before applying the new unit. This also prevents leaks from happening or any other problems that will make you have to remove the unit and reapply. After that it is as simple as screwing on the new showerhead and checking for leaks. It really is that simple, and if you run into more complex setups you can always have someone install it for you.
Keep in mind this is the default setup, and yours may require some tinkering around to get correct. Don’t be afraid to consult the manual or ask for help, as a small plumbing problem can quickly turn into a huge one. There is nothing wrong with reapplying the tape in order to make sure that it is on correctly. Manufacturers give generous portions in their offerings for just such a problem, so reapplying is not a bad thing at all. If leaks were not to be kept in check, you could end up rusting out not only your new shower head but damaging your entire bathroom. Small mistakes can lead to big problems in your pocket if you’re not careful with the initial setup. It’s usually because of this that beginners opt to have a professional install it for them, despite the extra costs. If buying an expensive shower head, the cost to have someone install it correctly won’t seem like much as compared to having someone install a cheaper shower head.
Now this is where things get complicated and users go from the do it yourself model to the let me call a professional. This delves into an area that will be more beneficial for the common user than you may realize, so take note. There are 3 notable types of valves, and it’s important to know which one you have so that you can choose an accompanying shower head. A pressure balancing valve would be the simplest of the 3 because they are an all in one solution that is the most common in most homes, allowing you to handle multiple settings with a single control. One control lets you change the temperature of the water from hot to cold, turn the shower on and off and adjust the volume of water to your need.
This setup is especially useful for children as they can learn it quickly and operate it on their own in no time. Manual thermostatic valves are for users that prefer more control over their bathroom experience. If a buyer is big on customization, then this would be the ideal valve before moving up to the modern digital thermostatic valve. A separate volume control for each temperature is used, and you’ve most likely ran across this one as often as the pressure balancing valves. By having the option to set each individual temperature for all components then you have complete control of your hand showers, body sprays shower heads and more. Last on the list is the digital thermostatic valve, which is the most modern of the setups but also the rarest.
This is definitely not a beginner friendly install and requires a professional to get it done right the first time. With a digital install you can set the mood of your bathroom experience with the accompaniment of lights, music and even steam. It overloads the senses however you want it to, and the interface is like something out of a sci-fi movie. The setup looks complicated but the actual use of it is very intuitive and easy to get into. This would be the next step up for buyers that enjoyed the Bluetooth shower head in this list, and would give them the ultimate bathroom experience. Getting rid of all the levers is also a germ free solution to those concerned about bacteria in the bathroom, since everything is relied upon a digital interface. With the proper setup a savvy buyer could put together a cheap voice activated hands free bathroom, which would be the ultimate in bathroom design by miles.
When looking for premium shower head features things get really tricky since premium features are user based, and some things may attract one person and not the other. One can also focus on manufacturers that pass off normal features as premium features. Bad premium features include gpm restrictors that can’t be changed, which is a rare but unfortunate truth about some products not on this list. You always want to have the option of changing the gpm of your showerhead, even if it is unintended by the manufacturer.
Many even include instructions on removing the restriction in their manual and it won’t void your warranty by doing so. For makers that don’t include the information it is technically easy to do and there are always video demonstrations and step by steps online to get you through the process. In most cases you will be set and rolling without any limits in less than a few minutes. Settings are something else that falls under premium features but is a bit hard to cover, since a lot of the products on the market only have 1 setting and not multiple settings. There are rainfall specific shower heads, multifunction rainfall showerheads with massaging and sprinkle functions and even shower heads that focus solely on water savings. These type of shower heads contain settings in the lose sense in that they give multiple options to choose to disperse the water, but in reality the real settings are light, medium and high.
Multi-function shower heads with massage and other settings is one of the best things you will ever feel, as it really does manipulate the water in a way that makes it feel like heaven. Make it a point to tell whether it is clever makers disguising the real function of the product or if it really mimics what the function is on the box. If you go through 3-4 settings and they are all vaguely familiar, then chances are these are not premium features at all and you’ve been duped. Premium shower heads can have as many as 13 different functions, and each and every one of them feel different when applied. If you’re a user that only favors a specific setting then these multi use shower heads will be of no use to you and you can focus on more specific types on the list like rainfall or water saving. But in short, don’t get tricked by false premium features, and don’t prioritize features in a shower head that you won’t actually use.
Do Prices Make a Difference?
Of course price makes a difference! But if you’ve gone carefully through the list you will notice that there are not a lot of high priced or even medium priced items on the list. Some of the best shower heads on the market are at an affordable price, but make no mistake about it that the most expensive item on the list is the Moen S6320 Velocity 8″ Two-Function Rainshower Showerhead with Immersion Technology, and it is well worth the asking price. Now the gap in price is pretty big between this item and the lowest on the list, but gap between features and premium value is a lot less.
There is no one shower head on the list that blows the other out of the water, and that is just an attribute that’s worth noting since it can be easy to get lost in the shuffle when you look at all the options. There are however some cheap options in the market that should be avoided fully, because the build quality is so bad that it doesn’t justify your time or consideration. One so called generic item made the list, but that is only because it is of high quality and offers a similar experience to the brand named items. That item is of course the AKDY (TM) Bathroom Chrome Shower Head 8 which was not only a surprising addition, but is a very good choice for those who make the purchase. You will find similar build quality and execution in this product as you would find in a Moen shower head, and that isn’t an easy task to accomplish.
Along with the price you pay for shower heads the only other cost would be if you wanted to have it installed by a professional. The market makes owning a shower head one of the cheapest accessories for the bathroom since it doesn’t require a lot to install. All installations come with the usual tape and can be done without the use of tools at all. There are very few pieces to deal with, and the mechanics are so simple that things rarely break over the years. Most are self-cleaning or are easy to clean on their own, requiring little maintenance over the years in order to keep up. Shower heads are the ultimate set it and forget it bathroom accessory, and that benefits both the buyers and makers.
The Best Brands to Consider
Brand name consideration is always something that most consumers look out for, since loyalty to one brand means compatibility with their other products and warranty programs. There is nothing wrong with sticking with one brand, as it can be a beneficial relationship. Moen is an incredible brand that is mentioned on this list a couple of times and has been in business since 1956. They offer premium faucets and fixtures to the general public and since 2011 became part of the Fortune Brands Home and security company.
Moen was originally founded by inventor Alfred M. Moen, an American that invented the single-handed mixing faucet. He ran with that idea and built one of the most successful companies in history, and as one of the most notable engineering students from the University of Washington. He even managed to serve as head of the research and development department in his company until 1982, all while holding up to 75 patents. He is in the hall of fame of the Kitchen and Bath industry, which is surprising to many who didn’t even know such a thing existed.
Another big name would be the Kohler Company, an American manufacturing company that has been in business since 1873. They are the oldest brand on the list, and also the most universal as their interest go far outside of plumbing products. They handle tiles, engines, generators and even furniture. But they are best known for their plumbing products and iron clad customer service in the industry. The founder is John Michael Kohler II, who was actually a former Mayor of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The company’s reach and influence is massive, and totaling acres and acres of land. They even have a village named Kohler, and when it comes to financial prowess it’s easy to see that they even dwarf Moen.
You’ll see a bulk of their products in multiple business, home and even farm areas when compared to the others on the list. Their reach is worldwide, and as such their products meet the standards of several different homes and businesses they are installed in. A lot of homeowners refuse to install any other product and exclusively shop with Kohler in mind, especially if they have a specific design in mind. If you’re a buyer that wants to have an international type design in their home that is not found in traditional stores, then Kohler would be the way to go to finish it properly.
Which Ones are Kid Safe and Environment Friendly?
There are a lot of green products on this list, and thankfully most of them have the option to forgo the green label for regular use, leaving the choice entirely up to the consumer. A kid safe installation will always be one that starts with a base of the pressure balancing valve. If you install a shower head that uses this as the base system then you will forgo a lot of headaches that can come with using a digital valve, or even a Manual thermostatic valve.
So really the most kid friendly option is more to do with valves than the actual shower head, since shower head settings aren’t going to affect the temperature of the water or change the pressure enough to where it can cause harm to children in your home. A digital valve is definitely a no-no the realm of having a child operates bathroom functions electronically, as playing with the wrong settings could hurt the individual. There are locks in place in a digital setup to keep this from happening, but it also takes out the elementary setting of a pressure balancing valve, one that a kid can learn how to use on their own.
Environmental friendly options are any that have a 2.0 gpm restriction, which will lower your water bill by a ton in the short and long run. This is most beneficial for RV’s since there will be a limited amount of fresh water available at any giving time. If you take long RV trips, the correct 2.0 gpm setting could potentially change the way you spend your trip since you’ll be saving so much in water. In homes where frugal living are a big concern, there is a place for the 2.0 gpm showerheads since some water bills can go as high as a hundred dollars per month from bad water pressure.
When the water bill almost beats out the electric bill, then purchasing a 2.0 gpm supported shower head is a must option in order to get the water controls under control. Installing the correct shower head won’t mean anything if it is done wrong, as small leaks can lead to big water problems down the road. So even with the correct purchase always make sure that the installation goes without a hitch, or all the money you plan on saving will be going down the drain at a later date.
Things to Keep in Mind before Purchasing
Evaluate your needs in your current situation. Not everyone needs multiple settings on their shower head, especially if your favorite setting is something as simple as rainfall. Rainfall is one of the most universally loved settings on the shower head, and in bigger bathrooms it really is an immersive experience when the steam builds up proper. There is also options like the hybrids, namely the Ana Bath SS5450CBN 5 Inch 5 Function Handheld Shower and Showerhead Combo Shower System.
This set includes a shower head and handheld shower that operates together at the same time. This is a big benefit to couples who shower together, and can really make bathroom time more of an enjoyable thing. Many couples know the reality of showering together is one person in a nice stream of water while the other stands on the cold side of the shower untouched by water and freezing. Besides getting a rainfall shower head with great coverage, you can opt for this hybrid system so that you can either shower or rinse at the same time. It’s a really nice purchase that isn’t any more expensive than a regular shower head.
Buyers should also consider brand names when buying, but not so much that they don’t look at the other items on the list. Let’s say your entire bathroom is made up of mostly Moen items, then you would most likely want to go for the Moen shower head. Not just for aesthetic reasons, but because there was a reason the rest of your bathroom was built with the same brand- you liked the brand. There is nothing wrong with sticking with a tried and true brand that you know and can count on. And in many design situations it becomes a lot easier to match the ware with other wares, and not have to worry about something being a bit off with it.
Even if one company offers 7 different finishes for their shower head there is no guarantee it will match the same color of the different brand name you have installed in your bathroom. Slight differences in hardware can make a big difference when you actually have it installed, and realize that the minor variation is throwing your entire bathroom off. Sometimes to avoid a headache it’s best to go with what the buyer knows best, but that doesn’t mean you should completely forget about the other options.
Other Bathroom Items to Consider
When looking at the shower head with Bluetooth speaker functionality it brings about a lot of other accessories in the bathroom that would be awesome to own, yet don’t get enough attention. Ever had access to a towel warmer in your home? Not only are there consumer models available, but you have the option to get an easy portable unit or have one built right into your home. The electronic and hydronic models have many differences that will suit your needs and they work remarkably well.
The price range can be as low as $200 and as expensive as $3000, depending on what route you decide to go with. Users can choose between freestanding plug in models which is the most common or the more home friendly built in models, that all come either wall mounted, floor mounted, or freestanding. It’s a simple luxury that will pay for itself within the first year, and if you’re savvy enough will save you plenty of money on installation if you do it yourself. The actual towel warmers themselves are not really that expensive if buyers are willing to get their hands dirty doing the install.
Shower panels have recently had some sort of rebirth and are now not just considered for the rich, and can be found in multiple homes across the world. Shower panels are important in order to set the mood of your relaxation to the fullest, and although the fully benefit from a digital valve setup, it is not a requirement. A good panel with have waterfall options, a high quality handheld shower head, mood setting LED lights, a clock and even a high quality radio to keep you entertained. Usually the finish on these models are absolutely astonishing, making you feel like the King or Queen of a large castle.
A great shower panel is pretty much like having a control panel of various options to enhance your bathroom experience and just unwind. Now put a good shower panel together with a good towel warmer and you have an experience that is unlike any other. It’s one of the easiest ways to bring your shower up to date with modern standards and make your bathroom a place of sanctuary. The prices on the available models may scare some buyers, but when you consider all of the functions they combine into one, even the lowest tier begins to be worth its asking price.
If this was your first time seeing a Bluetooth speaker that was built for the shower, then most will be surprised to know that it has been around for a while now. Waterproof Bluetooth speakers are very much something that has made headway for the past couple of years, and really became important with the introduction of Siri for IPhone. Google followed up with their voice control becoming more accurate starting with Jellybean, and then of course now everyone who owns Windows 10 has Cortana as their voice control unit.
Earlier there was a mentioned about a completely voice controlled bathroom that wouldn’t break the bank, and that will be possible because of technologies like these. Just talking about the audio portion of the equation, you can purchase a Bluetooth 5-7 speaker system that is water resistant and place it around your entire bathroom. Now with only the sound of your voice you can issue commands using your preferred device to play music, radio, or even talk over the phone. For a truly one of a kind experience load up a rainforest soundtrack or even nature sounds, and it becomes an unreal experience that can’t be simulated without modern technology.
Digital vs. Traditional
As tempting as it is to move your bathroom to the digital age, doing so can be a jarring experience for the rest of the people in the household. Sometimes traditional is the best option, and it’s safe to say for most people that it is still the preferred choice when upgrading the bathroom. If on a budget traditional allows for several upgrades at once while a digital upgrade would put most buyers in the hole a bit. There is also the learning curve involved, and as much as people don’t want to mention it, the pain of calling technical support if something goes wrong when you’re just trying to relax.
For the mainstream, a digital bathroom isn’t quite ready for primetime. For technology sake it is on the same level as solar panels, a technology that has been around for years but only recently has started to become affordable to the mainstream masses. There is also the embarrassing etiquette of guests having trouble figuring things out, including how a simple voice command can flush the toilet. It’s a small learning curve that will eventually die down like all modern things do, and it will be a joy to all when it does.
With the traditional setup many users also have the option of going to an older Victorian style, an international style with bidets, or even just sticking to present popular styles found in magazines. The possibilities are endless, and all of the customizations are a lot more affordable when going this route. You’ll also avoid the embarrassment of guests asking you how things work in your bathroom. Users that watch a lot of HGTV have found that they can mimic similar setups on the shows for a fraction of the price when doing self-installs. Indeed if doing self-installs, a traditional setup really trumps a digital setup.
A digital setup requires professional installation which is an unwanted added cost that can’t be avoided. If not in a rush, a single person with some good know how could completely redo their bathroom in an acceptable amount of time, all without a pros guidance. Traditional is the clear winner in this battle, and will be for a very long time. It’s the only setup that is easy to install, used worldwide, and doesn’t require hours on the phone with customer support if something goes wrong. Go with traditional, but don’t be afraid of what digital has to offer in the coming years.
Where to Get Ideas?
Want the best ideas for shower heads as well as overall design for your bathroom, including upgrades? HGTV, or Home and Garden TV is one of the best visual sources. Besides giving in-depth how-tos with home improvement and design they provide the best ideas for anyone that is stumped with trying to figure out their next bathroom upgrade. There are several shows that cater to the masses in this regard and they’re easy to follow and are worth recording if you have the channel. Sometimes the oldies are the best, and in this case one can’t beat ‘This Old House’.
It comes as a television show, magazine, and huge website that gives in depth information on remodeling and home projects. Some of the most interesting designs in the world came from this franchise, and they’re still going strong after over 900 episodes on the air and a magazine that has been distributed since 1995. They have a sister series called ‘Ask This Old House’ and ‘Inside This Old House’ that are as equally informative as they are entertaining. There have been several other spinoffs from the series and it is continually one of the most popular series and distribution in the world.
Another place to get ideas for your bathroom upgrades is through computer programs like HGTV’s Home and Landscape Platinum Suite, Ashampoo Home Designer Pro, and Chief Architect. These are all easily accessible and easy to use programs that novices can jump right into. For players of the Sims, this has been built into the game from the very first one that came out, and for collectors of the Sims 3 and all of the store content, they became instant interior decorators that spent hours at a time building the insides of 3d houses rather than playing the actual game. The above mentioned software is even more powerful, and just as easy as playing a video game. It comes highly recommended to those planning a bathroom project.
Types Of Shower Heads
The type of shower head you purchase will not only affect the appearance of your bathroom but will also determine the kind of experience you will have when taking a shower. There are different types of shower heads and here are the main ones:
Standard Wall Mount
The standard wall mount shower is a common shower head which is now available in amazing designs, filled with different features and now comes in multiple spray modes and adjustable angles. The technology included in these shower heads ensure that corrosion is reduced and hard water buildup is prevented. Some will have a single setting while others will come in a number of modes such as massage spray, mist, rain shower among other modes. Wall mount showers are great in any bathroom especially where space is limited.
Top Mount Shower Head
A top mount shower head is among the most traditional shower heads and will either hang from an extension or directly from the ceiling depending on the pipe connection as well as your preferences. If you prefer your water falling directly from above like rain, then this is the line you should be following.
Sliding bar Shower Head
A sliding bar shower head is one that is designed to give all individual using the shower a great experience. The shower head will slide up and down to adjust the water coverage according to the individual’s height. This is a great piece for a family with members that differ in height.
Hand Held Shower Head
Just like the name suggests, the handheld shower head is one that comes with a unit that can be held close to the body. Apart from an adult shower, the handheld shower head can easily be used in other applications such as washing kids and pets. If you are torn between the traditional shower head and the handheld unit; your decision will be made easier by the two-in-one system that has both shower heads.
A shower head filter is a water filter designed to be used before a showerhead to clean the water before it reaches you. The filter can effectively get rid of chlorine, dust, odors and other synthetic chemicals that might pose some health hazards. Keep in mind that you cannot simply trust the water you are using and one of the best was to ensure that you and any other individual using the shower is safe is through the installation of a shower head filter. When you are buying the filter or when you are buying a shower head that comes with a filter there are some qualities that need to be checked. Ensure that the filter can eliminate 96% of the chlorine in the water, get rid of all the dirt and impurities, does not affect the water flow and is easy to install.
You need a shower head filter that you can install without necessarily seeking the assistance of a plumber or any pother professional. Since you will need to replace some elements in the filter after some time, it is crucial to know that the filter you have purchased will not give you a difficult time. As much as you want a functional shower head filter, you also need to think about your bathroom décor. A good filter is one that serves its purpose of filtering all the impurities to give you a clean healthy shower and also enhance the appearance of your bathroom.
The fixtures of a shower head are the other parts which ensure that the shower head is working as it should. This include the hose pipes for the handheld shower heads, the taps, the levers for mode changes and any other fixtures that complete the system these parts are important when you are buying a shower head because they can add to your budget and you need to know how many more parts you need to buy for your shower to work perfectly.
When you are shopping for shower head fixtures, ensure that they match well with your bathroom style to complete a great appearance. Some of the most important things to check include but not limited to the color of the fixtures, the finish, the style and the materials used n the construction. Always ensure that the fixtures will work perfectly in your bathroom and keep in mind that they need to be long lasting and strong enough to withstand heavy use.
From early 1990s, shower heads have been limited by the EPA in the US through the 2.5 gpm (gallon per minute) flow rate. This limitation is aimed as the conservation of both energy used in running the water heaters and saving water. When you are purchasing a new shower head, keep in mind that an average family will use about 400 gallons o water in a day and thus you need a shower head that will assist a great deal in saving water. Rather than sticking to the standard 2.5 gallons per minute, select a shower head that will dispense about 2 gallons per minute as this will save about 20 percent of the water use din the shower.
Pressure is another issue, when you are purchasing the shower head, keep the water pressure in your home in mind. This will help you in choosing a shower head designed to mitigate the low pressure issue and still give you a great experience. Remember that though you are buying the shower head to improve your bathroom experience and appearance, you should also think about the environment and buy a shower head that is engineered according to measures set to save water and energy.
The list is exhaustive but contains a lot of important information about getting started with the best shower heads and ultimately the best bathroom experience. There are a lot of options to go through, but every single one of them except for the most extreme can be installed by you in a no fuss no hassle situation. Any bathroom can be a fortress of solitude if you start with the shower head and work your way around to the sink, the tub, even the overall colors.
Some bathrooms live in bland oblivion, neglected and not given the proper respect they deserve. In more cases than one a simple upgrade to the shower head will lead to another upgrade here, and another upgrade there. Next thing most buyers know their bathrooms are the most updated and important places in their house! It really is a possibility, and there is no reason why it shouldn’t be for many of the buyers reading this list. The pricing is so friendly that it fits most budgets, and many of these options don’t require any major renovations. Shower heads in general require just the use of your hands and some time, and you’re all set.
For users that are interested in other bathroom options like shower panels, towel warmers and even Bluetooth items, there are a wealth of products to choose from. The industry is still young, and even Microsoft’s Cortana is new enough to where integration with the bathroom digital age is a few months away from perfection. The tide is still strong for it, and although most users won’t modernize their bathrooms with digital technology, the traditional uses of many items for the bathroom are so perfected that it isn’t a necessity.
Bathroom upgrades are so various that it all comes down to choice, so make the simplest choice by choosing a shower head that best represents your bathroom. Choosing the best shower head from this list will net you the creative juices to get started with the bathroom revolution that is taking place worldwide. In a cost effective marketplace users are the winner, and it is consistently getting bigger each day. Choosing the best shower head from this list is the first step to making your bathroom the most welcome place in the house.