Exploring Different Types Of Shower Heads

Posted on: 8 July 2016

A nice, relaxing shower is often the perfect thing after a long and stressful day. The right amount of hot water at just the right temperature, cascading in just the right manner, can make any care slip away. Now that you have your new shower enclosure installed, you are just one step away from having the perfect experience in the perfect shower. The right shower head can make all the difference. The question is – how much do you really know about the different shower heads on the market?

Understanding the Basics

Start by familiarizing yourself with the basic types of shower heads. There are four:

Wall Mount: Wall mounted shower heads range from simple to elaborate. The most standard has numerous adjustable angles and spray types. Many are built with technology to counter hard water build-up and corrosion by default.

Handheld: Removable from its base, this head is useful for washing other things, like children or pets. It can come in a two-in-one set with a wall mount. Remember to get one with a good grip for wet and soapy hands. You can opt for a dual handheld and wall-mounted shower head. This type of shower head would technically have two heads. One stays mounted to the wall, while the other can be removed. This dual shower head is perfect if you and your spouse want to shower together.

Top Mount/Rain: This type of shower head hangs directly down from the ceiling. It delivers a good amount of water in a calm, rain-like manner. Many people value this model for its soothing, stress-relieving capabilities.

Sliding Bar/Body Spray: Multiple tiny shower heads are built into the wall on a fixed or sliding surface. These heads cleanse every part of the body in a water massage. It's almost like having your own personal spa.

Water Pressure and Economics

As much as you may wish every shower could feel like a spa day massage, there are energy conserving laws prohibiting excessive water use. By law, no shower head can produce more than 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute).

All show head models are sold with the correct pressure output by law, but you'll want to make sure your plumbing and water heater can accommodate you chosen head. If pressure is a concern, look for an aerating model as the mixing of air and water creates the illusion of increased water pressure without using additional water. 

A new shower head can cost anywhere from $5 to $1,000. Keep in mind the people who will be using the shower. If it's just you, a full massage with a body spray model may be ideal. If guests are a consideration, something easier to use, like a handheld or wall mount head, might be best.

For shower enclosures, contact a company such as Jesse's Tri-City Glass & Mirror Inc.