A quality shower head is an important part of any bathroom renovation. Whether you are fully renovating your bathroom or simply updating it, it is important that you take the time to carefully consider your shower head purchase. Though you may not be aware, not all shower heads are created equally. Some are better for people with low water pressure whereas others are best for people with high water pressure. Some shower heads are best for people who are concerned about water conservation and some are simply wasteful where water is concerned.
I want to use the space on this page to explore some of the best showerheads on the market. I will do my best to discuss what types of design styles these showerheads work best with, but keep in mind that they are more about function than style.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the basic things you should consider when purchasing a showerhead before we get too deep into the reviews of the showerheads themselves. If you are looking for a more in-depth discussion of how to choose a showerhead, take some time to check out the special article we wrote on that exact topic. For now, though, let’s look at the basic considerations.
Is it compatible with your plumbing? – If your plumbing is already set up for the type of shower head you plan to use and the location of that showerhead, you should be fine. If it is not, you may need to consult a plumber about making the necessary changes or consider a different type of showerhead.
Do you want fixed or handheld? – Personally, I prefer a handheld shower head. I simply feel like I get a better clean when using one. Also, it is nice that it can get to those hard-to-reach areas of our shower/bath combination unit when I am cleaning the bathroom. Handheld showerheads are great for children too. You can simply pull them down off their holders so that the kids can easily wash their hair and bodies.
Do you have high or low water pressure? – Different shower heads handle water pressure differently – some amplify it, some tone it down and disperse it a bit, and some reduce it so that you aren’t wasting water. Knowing your water pressure and selecting the right showerhead for that pressure and your desired shower experience is very important.
Of course, this discussion merely scratches the surface of the things you should consider when purchasing a showerhead. Showerheads are an important part of the bathroom in terms of function, which to me makes them rank a little higher in terms of consideration than things such as hand towels. I encourage you to take a moment to read our buying guide to get a full handle on what it is you need.
Best Handheld Showerheads
Handheld showerheads offer more freedom in the shower than fixed ones. You can reach all sorts of places, not only when cleaning your body but also when cleaning your bathroom. They often include multiple settings, such as massage and spray. Let’s take a look at some of the best handheld showerheads we’ve come across in our research for 2016.