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Choosing a Showerhead

An invigorating shower can get the day off to a smart start. Learn about the different types of showerheads and determine which one will work best in your bathroom.

Choosing a Showerhead

Types of Showerheads

Types of Showerheads

There are two basic types of showerheads:

Fixed are mounted permanently to the wall of the shower unit. Some fixed showerheads are mounted in such a way that the height can be adjusted to accommodate different people.

Hand-held are connected to the wall by a flexible tube or hose, allowing a range of motion. Hand-held showerheads most often hang on a fixed-mount bracket, which can sometimes be fixed low on the wall to adhere to the principles of universal design. Hand-held showerheads are also useful for bathing children and pets, and they make cleaning the shower and tub easy.

For energy savings, look for a low-flow showerhead, which uses less water than a standard model. According to government standards, no showerhead can have a water flow rate greater than 2.5 gallons per minute at a standardized pressure of 80psi (pounds per square inch. Low-flow showerheads use even less than that, which translates to lower energy costs to the consumer.

Not every home has water pressure as high as 80psi. Levels substantially lower than that can make a dramatic difference in the effectiveness of the shower. If it feels like you never can get the shampoo rinsed out of your hair properly, look for a model designed specifically for low water pressure use.

Some showerheads also come with a cut-off valve that allows you to stop the flow of water while bathing, which greatly reduces the amount of water used in every shower.

Different spray patterns and options are available. A wide, round showerhead feels like a drenching rain, while a massaging unit can offer a sharp spray, a fine mist or a combination of several sensations. Look for a unit on which the spray pattern is easily adjustable, even with soapy hands.

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