Showering in a stall with a shower panel makes it difficult to ever go back to a typical showering experience. Suddenly, the stream of water coming from your overhead showerhead or handheld wand simply doesn’t cut it. I like to think of a shower tower as the shower version of a whirlpool bathtub. The various jets and settings allow you to customize the experience into one that is fully relaxing and enjoyable. Showers don’t need to only be for getting clean, after all.

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Before we get into reviews of some of today’s best shower panels, there are a few things I would like to quickly address with you. First of all, shower panels are often referred to as shower panels or panel towers. It can get really confusing when one person, store, or website calls an item by a different name that some of the others. If you see those terms in other places, chances are that they are talking about the very same thing we are talking about. I simply chose to stick with the term “shower tower” because people often confuse the term “shower panel” with the glass or plastic wall panels often used to build shower surrounds.

Secondly, you may want to find out a little bit about your water pressure before going ahead and purchasing or installing a shower tower. People with mid to low water pressure will find that they may not be able to run every function of this shower at one time, because the pressure will not be strong enough to create a steady stream of water out of each and every nozzle. That being said, those people can still use these showers, they will just have to choose one or two functions at a time.

Finally, let’s look at some things you should consider which will help you narrow your choices of available shower towers.

Are you looking for a massage? – If you are someone who, like me, relies on their shower as a place to relax tense muscles you will want to find a shower paenl with massage jets. Don’t be fooled by pictures of shower towers with small, jet-like nozzles lined up and down the panel; not all shower tower “jets” are actually made for massage purposes. Some tower jets only provide a mist or a spray, but do not manage to provide a strong enough stream of water to massage muscles.

Is style important? – There are many styles of shower towers available. For the most part, though, they fit into the streamlined appeal of industrial, modular and contemporary bathrooms. They are rarely designed to fit into country cottage, farmhouse, vintage, or steampunk bathrooms. That being said, we did manage to find one which may suit those styles. Unfortunately, you may need to decide what is more important to you – style or function.

Which functions and extras are you interested in? – It is important to know what options are available to you before beginning your search – otherwise, how can you compare individual towers? Here is a basic list of some of the most popular functions and extra features in the world of shower towers: fixed showerhead adjustable in height and direction; rainfall fixed showerhead; waterfall fixed showerhead; handheld showerhead with multiple functions; adjustable height for handheld showerhead; tub spout; color-changing LED lights tied into water temperature; backlit LCD display of water temperature and functions currently in use; the ability to adjust functions separately; shower mirror; shelf; multifunctional massage jets.

Best Basic Shower Panel with Tub Spout
Blue Ocean Aluminum SPA392M

This Blue Ocean shower panel is built to give you all of the basic functions for which a shower panel is known, with the added luxury of a tub spout. Usually, tub spouts are only found on very advanced shower tower systems, such as some of those listed further down this page. I wanted to find something which appealed more so someone who is looking for a basic shower tower but who still requires a tub spout. That search brought me to the Blue Ocean Aluminum SPA.

You may wonder why it is important that this panel features a tub spout at all. Allow me to tell you. As someone whose family uses as tub/shower combination for all our bathing and showering needs, it is very convenient to have a system such as this one. Instead of having to settle for a basic tub/shower combo where there is a spout at the bottom of the wall and a separate showerhead at the top, a system such as this one will allow us to reap all the benefits of a shower tower. Relaxing, full-body massage jets no longer need to be confined to the inside of the bathtub or to a separate shower stall – we can have it all.

Aside from the addition of the bathtub spout, this is a rather basic shower panel. But don’t let that fool you – even the more basic shower panels have a lot to offer. The appeal of a basic panel usually lies in its visual aesthetics, because some of the more advanced options have far too much going on for many people’s tastes. This particular tower is best suited to contemporary or industrial bathrooms. I base this opinion on its polished chrome finish and the use of tempered glass on its fixed showerhead.

The basic functions of this panel include an overhead rainfall showerhead and a separate handheld showerhead which clips to the side of the panel. Eight powerful jets allow you to massage almost any part of your body, mostly because you can easily angle them to point upward, downward, side to side, or even on an angle. One slightly advanced feature included with this tower is its backlit LCD digital display that allows you to accurately read the temperature of the water.

Best For Relaxation
Décor Star 004-SS Stainless Steel Rainfall Shower Panel

If you are searching for a shower panel which will create a relaxing experience but aren’t quite looking for something with strong massage jets, you may have stumbled upon just the right panel for you. Instead of hard jets, this one incorporates into two sections on the panel over 100 nozzles that all produce soft streams of water. These soft streams will gently caress your body instead of pummeling it with strong jets. Some people need the powerful jets of a full massage system. Other people, however, cannot handle such pressure on their skin or muscles and would be best suited to using this type of shower system.

Let’s take some time to discuss other aspects of this shower tower. It measures a total of 64 inches high, making it one of the tallest towers on our list. Its height also means that it really isn’t suitable for use in a shower/tub combo; it should only be used inside a shower. Though it may fit in the space between the top of your tub and the ceiling (if you have a high ceiling), it isn’t likely to leave enough room for a tub spout and does not feature one of its own.

In addition to its soft body jets, this tower includes a stationary overhead showerhead and a handheld showerhead. The stationary showerhead features two different settings – a rainfall setting which douses you with the water of 50 small nozzles, and a slot-like opening which mimics the effect of standing under a tiny waterfall. The sleek, rod-like handheld showerhead resembles a wand more so than a showerhead. Its sleek design is very much in keeping with the modern contemporary and industrial feel of the entire ensemble.

Most Popular
AKDY JX-9821 Stainless Steel Rain Waterfall and Jets Panel

Despite having a few of my own favorites on this list, I must give credit where credit is due. Of all of these shower panels this one is, by far, the most popular. It has received the best consumer reviews and is apparently one of the best sellers. Why is that? Well, to be honest, I’m not quite sure. From all of my calculations and best comparisons, this seems like a rather average shower panel. It doesn’t feature a tub spout or fancy color-changing LED lights. It doesn’t even feature a backlit LCD digital temperature readout.

The more that I think about it, though, it seems possible that it is its very basic nature which has made it so popular. By focusing only on the essentials, AKDY was able to create a solid shower tower which easily manages all of its basic functions with no problems. Perhaps this has translated into incredible reliability that has driven its popularity. However, its popularity may also be based on its visual design. A soft, sweeping curve from the panel to the showerhead, a classy brushed chrome finish, and clean lines make this a rather versatile tower in terms of interior design.

In case you are wondering what I mean when I say that it has basic functions, allow me to expand on its various features. Its stationary overhead showerhead has a total of 50 small nozzles for a rain shower experience, as well as a large slot-style opening for a miniature waterfall experience. The slim, handheld showerhead resembles a curling iron in shape and size. It features tiny nozzles which create strong streams of water designed to strip excess oil and conditioner from your hair. Six strong massage jets are paired at the top, middle, and lower sections of the panel. Each can be angled in any direction to hit the spots where you need it most.

Best Value Stainless Steel
Décor Star 005-SS Shower Panel

The simple fact that Décor Star advertises this panel as fingerprint resistant tells me that there are probably many of you out there looking for something like this. Stainless steel is all the rage in contemporary and industrial designs, as evidenced by the many stainless steel shower panel and appliance options. As someone who has owned stainless steel appliances in the past, I understand the frustration that many people feel when dealing with stainless steel. It is so easy to smudge and mark up with fingerprints!

If you want the look, feel, and durability of stainless steel for your shower tower but are fed up with cleaning it over and over again, this is probably the tower you want. I must admit that I am not quite sure how Décor Star managed to make this stainless steel fingerprint resistant, but I have read many consumer reviews which attest to the fact that it does, in fact, work.

Still, I would like to draw your attention to this tower’s incredible price. It is between half and one third the price of its competitors. In my opinion, this is a great deal, considering that it is very popular and quite comparable to its competition.

Looking at the other aspects of this tower, it appears to be on par with the others on this list. Its popularity, therefore, cannot be summed up simply by its fingerprint resistance. It features a large stationary showerhead with both rain shower and waterfall nozzles for a relaxing and cleansing experience. Its handheld showerhead provides the strong streams of water required for cleaning your shower stall and rinsing even the thickest of all hair conditioners.

One knob allows you to switch between the various functions (showerheads and jets) offered by this tower. Another knob allows you to easily adjust the temperature. Its jets are really more like soft sideways rain showers than massage jets, but still provide a very relaxing experience. Its overall squared and straight-lined design is perfect for any modular, industrial, or masculine contemporary design.

Most Adjustable
AKDY AK-787392M Tempered Glass and Aluminum Panel

Whether you are dealing with significant muscle problems or simply enjoy all the bells and whistles, this is the most adjustable shower panel we were able to find; I hope it will suit your needs and desires.

It took me a minute to not be overwhelmed by the appearance of this space-age shower panel. I mean, honestly, I was a little intimidated by its robot-like appearance. This is, however, exactly the appearance that some of you are searching for. The many knobs and nozzles on this panel are only a glimpse of the adjustability and customizability it offers.

A total of eight massage jets, each able to angle however you please, will help relax any tense muscles. Even the handheld showerhead has multiple functions. Easily switch between rain shower, power shower, and massage functions by rotating the switch on the outer edge of the showerhead’s face. The main overhead showerhead can be adjusted upward and downward by moving the arm it is attached to. It can also be adjusted to point forward or backward.

A couple of additional bonus are included here as well. Firstly, this tower has a tub spout. This may not be a big deal to a lot of people, but it sure is to me. I have a tub/shower combo and am very excited by the idea of not having to install a separate spout and tower. Also, this tower is available in five different finishes – mirrored (great for those who pluck or shave in the shower), blue, gold, stripy grey, black.

Best Rustic and Steampunk Appeal
Pulse Showerspas 1011-BN Kauai III Rain Shower System

Dare I say that this is a cute shower tower? Many people may cringe as I say that, arguing that it is, actually, rather masculine. Who says masculine things can’t be cute, though? All of this arguing aside, this is definitely a very different design from anything we’ve seen this far on this list. I’m not even sure how to describe it, other than to say that it has a rustic appeal with a steampunk flare. It doesn’t feature large panels with knobs and buttons and digital displays. Instead, in keeping with the steampunk style, it is stripped down to its basics and its aesthetic focus is on its function. The piping has been formed and shaped to make it a piece of art as much as it is a shower tower system. It is available in an all-polished chrome design or a more rustic brushed chrome and oil rubbed bronze option.

Despite its interesting design, this is the most basic shower panel on our list. It features no massage jets and no majorly adjustable features or fixtures. That being said, it gets the job done and does include a few extras. If you are looking for a quality, rather basic shower panel to compliment your rustic, vintage, or steampunk design, take a closer look at this option with me.

The disc-shaped fixed showerhead features many tiny nozzles for a gentle and relaxing rain shower experience. The handheld showerhead will give you a slightly stronger stream of water for a better rinse. The handheld wand is on its own separate, yet connected, tracking bar; this allows you to slide it upward or downward to whatever height you prefer. A small shelf has been attached to the tower to hold your soap, razor, shower speaker, or shampoo bottle.

One thing you should know about this system is that it does not feature a water flow or temperature control. You will need to use an existing valve tap or install one separately. It does, however, have a diverter which allows you to switch between the overhead and handheld showerheads, as well as a switch which allows you to turn on its massaging pulse option.

Best Shower Tower with LED Lighting
AKDY 5333D Aluminum Rain Style System

Whether you are trying to teach young children about water temperature or simply enjoy some nice lights in your shower, you will probably be impressed with this LED-lighted shower tower system. When the water is cool, tiny LED lights in the fixed showerhead and the handheld showerhead will light up blue. When the water is warm, they will be a soft salmon pink/orange. When it is hot, the lights will turn red.

Color changing lights aren’t new in the world of showerheads and faucets. They are, however, rather rare among popular shower towers. I am not only impressed by the popularity of this system, I am also impressed with the temperatures AKDY chose to use to define cool, warm, and hot. In my opinion, other companies have selected temperatures which are far too high. Their hot settings are past the point of scalding and their warm setting reaches far beyond temperatures which are safe for children. For this system, on the other hand, cool is defined as anywhere below 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius), warm is between 90 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit (32 and 40 degrees Celsius), and hot is anything over 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius.)

This system has much more to boast that its lighting system, however. I suspect that these other features and functions are what have made it so popular among shower tower connoisseurs. The oversized showerhead features many small nozzles for a gentle rain shower and can be adjusted in both angle and height. The handheld shower has many different functions and can slide up and down on its tracking rod. This system also features a bathtub spout and eight mist jets. A mirror and shelf have been added to this tower for improved functionality. Now you can shave and pluck in the shower and always have somewhere convenient to store your razor and tweezers.