Buying a showerhead may seem like a very straightforward task, but it can be more difficult that many people think. To the untrained eye, the hardware section of your local department store may seem to be filled with a mishmash of interchangeable showerheads ready to be slapped onto any old shower spout. Unfortunately, that isn’t exactly true.
Though a basic showerhead replacement is something we are rather confident you can manage on your own, we wanted to walk you through a few basic things everyone should consider before purchasing a new showerhead. Take a moment to read (or at least skim through) this article to be sure you make the right decision. Don’t do what my husband did the first time he changed our showerhead – know what you are getting and only get it once.
Choosing a Style
The first step to selecting a style is knowing which styles are available to you. Here is a basic list of the different showerhead styles; we’ll get into more detail about each of them in a moment: handheld, adjustable handheld, basic, basic adjustable, rainfall, and shower towers.
Handheld showerheads are probably exactly what you think they are. They feature a hose which is attached to a showerhead so that you can move it about as you see fit. Some handheld showerheads feature only one setting. That single setting will differ depending upon the model you choose, but it is usually small, soft jets. Fixed showerheads are stuck permanently to a stem jutting out from the wall or ceiling. These also feature only one setting.
Either handheld or fixed showerheads are also available in models with adjustable settings. These settings usually include rain shower (small, soft jets), power shower, and pulsating massage. Sometimes, they even include combinations of those three options.
Rainfall showerheads are usually fixed, but it is possible to find them in handheld options as well. These showerheads rarely have multiple settings and are built to resemble the feeling of being caught outside in a warm rainstorm. They usually feature many more nozzles than any of the other types of showerheads and allow the water to fall gently instead of forcing it through the nozzles.
Tower showers are large vertical bars with multiple showerheads attached to them. They often require fancy plumbing work behind the wall, as well as high water pressure.