Ever wanted or needed to replace a showerhead? Looking online or at your local hardware store can make your eyes cross. Read on to discover the pros and cons of various showerheads.
There are three main types of showerheads: fixed, handheld and overhead (rain). Each varies on flow, efficiency, adjustable settings or functions (think pulse, massage) and cost.
Fixed showerheads – These are the most common showerhead fixture you’ll see or find. Fixed showerheads are typically screwed into the wall (sometimes the ceiling). These designs are typically streamlined and pipes are hidden behind the wall. There is also no risk of accidentally soaking the bathroom in water. Though the pipework is hidden, it can be costly and difficult to install or replace.
Handheld showerheads – HH heads are typically installed with a bracket or riser rail. While they possess the potential to accidental spray the bathroom if not rehung properly, they offer many benefits as well. If you have tall family members, they will appreciate being able to adjust the height. Also, if you have children or pets, bathing them is leaps and bounds easier with a handheld head. In addition, removable heads make it easier to clean your bathtub and shower.
Overhead (Rain) showerheads – These wide-streamed showerheads cover a large service area in a rain-like effect. These heads may require additional installation and can be quite costly. While some reviews share their dislike of low water pressure from these types of heads, many found them to be fast and fun.
Once you decide how you’d like to mount and use your showerhead, you can decide on other factors:
Flow/Water Efficiency – Consumer Reports found you can still get a good, clean feeling from low-flow showerheads. Low-flow showerheads are marked with specific labels that denote they are EPA approved.
Temperature – Some fixtures contain variable temperature settings. If you find that your water isn’t getting hot enough (a common concern we hear from homeowners), contact your plumbing professional to adjust the temperature at your water heater.
Adjustable Settings – Pulse, vibrate, massage. These are a few of the settings offered on many showerheads. These settings contribute to a relaxing shower experience.
Cost – Top-reviewed models are not necessarily the most expensive. Showerheads can range from $20 to more than $2,000! Make sure you check online reviews. People are usually quite passionate about their showerheads and love sharing their positive and negative experiences.
Showerheads come in all shapes, sizes and materials. Whether you choose to install it yourself or have a professional assist, make sure you read the instructions thoroughly, and do not proceed if you’re not certain. Please feel free to share or leave a comment if you have any questions or concerns!