Nothing beats a great shower. The feeling of a nice long hot shower on a cold morning or a cool shower on a hot day can do wonders for the mind, body & soul. A great shower can make you feel like a million dollars while a bad shower can leave you feeling miserable. There are many factors that make or break a great shower, but lets start with an obvious one, the shower head.
Great shower heads are key to great showers. The best shower heads have just the right amount of water pressure & shower spray area to suit your preferences.
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The Different Types of Shower Heads
Are you tired of your shower being too cold, low pressure, too short & difficult to clean? Don’t suffer any longer! Here at AGreatShower.com, we’ve put together a resource to help you find the shower head that best suits your preferences.
There are many types of shower heads allowing you to cater to your individual needs and tastes, bathroom configuration and your budget. These range from the standard wall mounted shower head through to rainfall shower heads, or high tech shower heads that include LED lights or Bluetooth speakers.
Wall mounted shower heads
The simple wall mounted can do the job – and it’s a standard fixture in many American homes. If you’re looking to improve your shower experience on a budget, then why not just replace your existing shower head with a new one? This is also a great way to improve your shower if you’re living in a rental – most landlords will allow you to switch the shower head, provided you put the original one back when at the end of your lease.
When it comes to wall mounted shower heads, our pick is the Speakman Anystream Hotel massage shower head. Not only is the best selling fixed showerhead on Amazon, with over 160 5 Star reviews, it’s also the standard fitting in luxury hotels including Marriott and Renaissance hotels and resorts. There’s an adjustable dial that allows you to customise the water flow and mix betweeen 8 pulsating massage jets and 40 full body sprayers, to allow you to create the perfect shower for you. For less than $35, it’s a great upgrade to any bathroom that can be installed easily in minutes.
Ceiling mounted shower heads
An alternative to a fixed wall mounted head is to ceiling mount the head. Ceiling mounted heads allow more room for taller people and while any shower head can be wall or ceiling mounted, it is typically done with larger shower heads for aesthetic purposes.
One great shower head to ceiling mount would be the American Standard 10″ Modern Rainshower. Due to it’s large size and because it is a rainfall effect shower head, it’s ideally suited for a ceiling mounted installation. The one downside to any ceiling mounted shower head is that the extra distance that the water has to fall before it hits your body means that many people report that the water feels as though it has a lower pressure and cooler temperature. You can overcome this to some extent by installing an extension arm from your ceiling mounted pipe, to drop the shower head closer to your body.
Hand held shower heads
Handheld heads give you the flexibility to wash better in those hard to reach places. Hand held heads are great for children or older people with limited mobility. Some handheld showers include a wall mounting clip to allow you to use it like a more traditional wall mounted unit, but these can be a bit loose. The latest trend of “combination” shower heads means you don’t have to compromise – you can have a sturdy wall mounted head as well as a handheld head, and switch between them as required.
Our #1 pick is the Ana Bath 5″ Combo Shower System, which features a fixed shower head and a handheld shower head, and allows you to switch between the two of them or have both running at the same time. It has almost 100 5 Star reviews on Amazon, and most customers are extremely satisfied with it. A few people have reported that they needed to remove the flow restricting discs from the shower heads to improve their shower experience in houses with low water pressure, but this is really easy to do – they can be easily pried out with a screwdriver or tweezers.
Rain shower heads
Rain shower heads are designed to give a showering experience just like standing in the rain, but much warmer. Rainfall showers are incredibly relaxing and have a more gentle water flow than the traditional shower spray pattern.
When it comes to rainfall shower heads, our pick has to be the Moen Velocity S6320 Rainshower Showerhead. One of the best features is that it has two spray settings, allowing you to easily switch between a powerful jet, resembling a more traditional shower, using the middle 30 nozzles or a rainfall mode with all 100 nozzles activated across its 8″ diameter. This is great if you want a rain shower and your partner doesn’t, or vice versa. It also has a sturdy feel to it, easy to clean rubber nozzles and a lifetime warranty from Moen.
LED Shower Heads
LED shower heads can add some light, color and fun to your shower experience. Depending on the model, some LED heads will change color based on the water temperature of the shower – red for hot, green for warm & blue for cold! Other models allow you to switch between the “temperature” mode and random colors, for your own private dance party in the shower. Also worth looking at when it comes to LED shower heads is how the light is powered – some are battery powered, while others generate their own power from the water pressure.
Our pick is the MagicShowerhead SH1026. It has cycles through 7 different colors, about every 10 seconds, going from white to yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green before cycling back to white. Like some of the other products in this category, it does not require batteries – it uses the water pressure to generate enough electricity to run the LEDs – and this seems to work in most households without issue. It has a flow restrictor in it to limit the water output to 2.5 gallons per minute, however this can be easily removed if you like your shower to have more water pressure.
Shower heads with speakers
Shower heads with speakers allow you enjoy your favorite tunes in the shower – after all, who doesn’t love a good sing in the shower? Different shower speakers have different connectivity options, ranging from a basic AM/FM radio to more advanced units with Bluetooth connectivity to stream all your favorite songs from your cell phone.
Our pick of this category has to be the Kohler Moxie Showerhead and Bluetooth Speaker. This unit is what all other Bluetooth shower heads are compared against in terms of both the quality of the spray pattern and the convenience and quality of the speaker module. The Bluetooth speaker in this unit is held in place magnetically, and is easily removed to recharge the in built lithium ion battery which lasts approximately 7 hours. If you’re really enjoying your favorite track, you can always take the speaker with you as you finish getting ready – there’s no need to stop the music just because you’re getting out of the shower.
Chlorine filtering shower heads
In most areas, tap water is treated with chlorine to make it safe to drink – however for people with some skin conditions such as eczema, the chlorine in the water can dry out the skin and cause their eczema to “flare up”. This is why many eczema sufferers are installing a chlorine filter on their shower head, to remove this nasty chemical from their shower water.
Our pick has to be the Culligan Filtered Showerhead. Not only is it extremely affordable, costing less than $30 at time of publication, but the included filter will treat up to 10,000 gallons of water – which is about six months of regular usage. There are over 480 people who have left 5 Star reviews for this product on Amazon for one main reason – it really works and has helped to improve their eczema or other skin conditions by removing the chlorine from their shower water. It’s a must buy if you, or anyone in your family, suffers from eczema or dermatitis.
Novelty shower heads
Novelty shower heads are a great way to add some fun for the kids. Or maybe as a funny gift for someone who has a favorite cartoon character. A cheap and fun head could be a great way to introduce a young child to bathing in the shower once they are old enough to stop using the bathtub.
In this category, we really like the Rinse Ace “My Own Shower”, for a number of reasons. Firstly, kids absolutely love it – it means they can step into the shower with mom or dad and have the water at their height. Also, because it is fitted with a quick release hose, you can remove the hose after shower time and be sure that there isn’t a choking hazard in your bathroom. It has a suction cup on the back that allows it to be stuck to the tiles in your shower, like a kid’s sized wall-mounted shower head, or you can use it as a handheld shower to wash your children and introduce them to showering.