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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

Fixed showerhead

There are three types of showerheads:

Fixed Showerheads
They're mounted permanently to the wall of the shower unit. Some fixed showerheads are mounted in such a way that the height can be adjusted.

Hand-held Showerheads
These 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 hang low or high on the wall depending on your needs. They're also useful for bathing children and pets, and they make cleaning the shower and tub easy.

Showerheads with Hand Showers
If you can't decide whether you want a fixed or handheld showerhead, consider a 2-in-1 unit where the handheld unit is attached to the fixed showerhead.

Shop Fixed and Handheld Showerheads

Materials and Finishes

Oil-bronzed finish on a handheld showerhead

Materials

Most showerheads are made of metal, solid brass or plastic with a chrome or colored finish.

 

Finishes

Fixed and handheld showerheads come in a variety of finishes to complement the other hardware and faucets in your bathroom. The most popular colors and finishes include:

  • Oil-rubbed bronze
  • Brushed or polished chrome
  • Brushed or polished nickel
  • Copper
  • Polished or antique brass
  • White
  • Off-white

Other Considerations

Handheld showerhead

Energy Savings
For energy savings, look for showerheads that have a WaterSense label to save water and money. These low-flow showerheads use 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 80 psi (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 80 psi. Levels substantially lower than that can make a dramatic difference in the effectiveness of the shower. If it feels as if 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.

Spray Patterns
Look for a unit in which the spray pattern is easily adjustable. Most showerheads offer three different spray patterns including:

  • A wide coverage that feels like a drenching rain and is ideal for everyday use
  • A drenching spray pattern that's good for rinsing shampoo from your hair
  • A targeted pattern producing a sharp spray that's ideal for sore muscles

 

Other Features
Would you like to sing along to music while taking your shower? Consider a showerhead with a built-in wireless speaker. It can stream your music playlist or even get you caught up on the morning news. This showerhead synchronizes with your Bluetooth® enabled devices (tablets, laptops or smart phones) and can last for seven hours before you need to recharge the removable sound capsule.