Shower Questions and Answers

I have just read your article about rain showers which I found very informative. I am looking at them for my bathroom given their good reviews. I am wondering however if they save any water? Also I have read about air technology where air is pushed into the water to create larger droplets of water which saves you money. Is this what a rain showerhead does? And saves me money or are they two separate things as I can’t find a definitive answer online.


Hi James,

Thanks for your question. A rain shower is designed to make a shower flow feel more like natural rain, which means making droplets of water instead of jets of water. Generally a rainfall shower head does not save you water and money.

The high-pressure shower heads can use air to increase the pressure feel of the water flow, this allows actual gallon per minute flow to be reduced. This saves you water and money without giving up a good shower feel (the jets of water feel). Though generally you don’t get the rainfall effect with the low flow shower heads.

So unfortunately they are two separate things, rainfall or water saving.




I have a shower, 35x55x96, all tile. Can it be converted to a steam shower by adding the proper doors and a generator? Thank you, I am clueless.


Hi Ellen,

Thank you for the question. Yes, pretty much any bathroom can be renovated to include a steam shower generator. As you’re just starting the process to investigate this project, it might be good to find a plumber to quote you on the work required to complete your renovations.

By the sounds of things, if you have a well tiled bathroom, then it could be as easy as installing the correct doors and a steam shower generator, although you will probably need to have a hole put in through the wall/tiles for the outlet.



Hi, I love your site. I’m looking for a great rainfall showerhead, and wondering why your top rated option, the ALFI 16″ Round Ultra Thin, doesn’t have a review. Is this truly your favorite, or was it a ratings error? How does it compare with the Moen S6320, the Hansgrohe Downpour, and the square version of the same model?



Hi Matthew,

Thanks so much for the love. Unfortunately, we simply can’t review every shower head out there, even all the excellent top quality ones. We try our very best to add something unique in our individual reviews when compared to our top 10 selection so sometimes other product reviews can be more useful and get a slight preference. On comparisons to the Moen S6320 there are a lot of differences. ALFI’s has a lower flow rate and a much bigger spray area so the ALFI will have a lighter rain feel than the Moen.

Aesthetics is the other big difference with the Moen available in a few different finishes which may be the only option for you if you are looking for an oil rubbed bronze or brushed finish, plus being smaller as mentioned. A tough call to make and really depends on personal taste and the space that you have available in your shower. The Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour is pretty much in the middle of the two for size, but a lot more expensive than the competition. Square versus round difference in the ALFI is simply in how it looks, performance is the same.




I currently have a white acrylic shower tower which was installed around 2000. The thermostat on it has died, and as it has no markings, I am not able to find out where I can get a replacement. So I think my only option at the moment is to buy a whole new shower system.

The problem is, my bathroom decor is white and gold, and these days, everything is chrome – which would not match. I really would like to find a replacement that is white (even if I have to remove the fittings and gold-plate them myself). Do you have any suggestions?

– Anjuli A.

Hi Anjuli,

Thanks for your great question. Thermostats are often the first things to go, although after 14 year, hopefully you got your money’s worth from your old shower tower.

On the replacement front, one option would be to have a local plumber come out and take a look. While you might not know the exact brand and make of the broken part,, an expert might be able to find a similar enough thermostat cartridge to get your shower tower working again.

That being said, for a 14-year-old shower panel and for the cost of parts and plumbing labor, buying a whole new system might give better value.

This AKDY Acrylic White Shower Panel may suit the color scheme you are looking for. We have not specifically reviewed this one however the AKDY brand is reputable.

This Rozin Champagne Gold Bathroom Shower Panel looks pretty impressive in a gold finish, though again we have not done a specific review.

Thanks for your question,

Richard –


I live in a small condo built in 1983. The fan does not vent to the outside. It is not
strong enough to collect all the moisture and creates mold. Which fan is best for my
small bathroom.

Ellie M.

Hi Ellie,

Thanks for your question. Condo bathroom fans can present a tricky problem.

Unfortunately a newer and stronger fan might not fix the problem. In best practice the fan should be vented to the outside of your home. This is often quite difficult given the tight spaces between concrete ceilings and floors.

What should fix the problem is to find a way to get the ducting and all that moist air right out of your condo. That might mean running ducting back down through the ceiling then turning so that it can go out through an exterior wall.

Another option may be to use two fans to solve the problem. If you have any windows or can modify an exterior wall, then potentially a window or wall fan will ease the load on your current fan. This might give a better look for less, but it will be less effective than sorting the ducting.

There are simple, cheap ducting kits available like this one on Amazon, although the real cost is in the labor to have it installed.

I hope this advice will solve your problem.


Richard –

I’m trying to find a good hand held shower head that can handle high water pressure. I’ve gone through 3 shower heads in less than 3 years now and they all start leaking from the sides of the head due to the pressure. The 3rd one just broke and I need to replace it ASAP but I don’t just want to go to Home Depot again and waste money so I was hoping you could help.
I’ve been Googling shower heads for high pressure but everything that seems to come up is for people with low water pressure who want to increase their pressure.
I’ve been to a couple of web sites to look at their shower heads and they look promising but like I said I don’t want to waste the money only to have the thing brake on me after a few months. Do you have any recommendations?

Hi Jasmeet,

Thanks for your question about finding a hand held shower head for an area with high water pressure. If the water pressure in your area is strong enough to destroy a shower head in under a year, then there’s a strong chance that the water pressure in your house is too high – and that it could also be causing damage to other appliances and fixtures in your house, like mixer taps and your toilet, as well as other appliances that are connected to your mains water supply including your hot water service, dishwasher and washing machine.

What I’d recommend is installing a water pressure reducing valve like this Zurn Wilkins Pressure Reducing Valve just after your water meter, so that you can reduce the water pressure in your whole house to protect everything from getting damaged. You’ll need to get the correct size. That one comes in 0.75 and 1 inch. Once you’ve done this, you should be able to install any shower head of your choice rather than trying to find one that is capable of handling the high water pressure that you’re feeding in to it.

However, if you don’t want to do that and just want to find a hand held shower head that can handle high water pressure areas, I’d strongly suggest one like the Moen 26112SRN Engage Magnetix Six-Function 5.5-Inch Handheld Showerhead. Being a quality product from Moen, it has a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects to protect your investment in the product and according to the product specification sheet it can handle up to 80 psi of water pressure. Or, for a really cost effective solution, you can easily install a KES Shower Water Flow Control Valve (or something similar). It will only set you back around $10.

I hope that this answers your question and helps you fix your problem with high water pressure destroying shower heads in your home.


Richard –


I am hoping to find a shower panel that has a filter. I have found a few shower heads with filters but not panels. Any suggestions?


Hi Angel,

At the moment, we have not found any shower panels on the market that include a filtration system. However, this doesn’t necessarily stop you from creating your own unique system, using components from Amazon.

When you (or your plumber) is installing the shower panel, you can install a shower filter to filter the water that is going in to the shower panel. The easiest way to do this would be to install an item like the Aquasana AQ-4100 Deluxe Shower Water Filter System or the Rainshow’r CQ-1000-NH Dechlorinating Shower Filter on both the cold and hot water lines that go into the back of your shower panel, remembering that you will need to have these somewhat easily accessible to swap filters every 3-6 months depending on your water usage. You (or your plumber) could also slightly modify the plumbing on the back of the shower panel to include a filter after the mixing valve.

Obviously, this may end up looking a little unsightly having extra plumbing appearing from behind the shower panel to allow access to the filters so they can be changed easily. The alternative would be to have a much larger filtration system installed that filtered all of the water in your house. This way, you’d also be protected from the harmful effects of chlorine and other chemicals in the water supply when using other taps in your home – i.e. the bathroom sink, kitchen sink and also when washing your clothes.

A whole house water filter system, like the Home Master HMF2SdgC Two Stage Water Filtration System has both a Fine Sediment filter to remove dirt and other elements from the water and then a Carbon filter to remove chlorine. These are typically installed just after your water meter, or where the water supply enters your home, so that every tap in your home (including your hot water service) is supplied with clean, filtered water.

I hope this answers your question.


Richard –