When remodeling your bathroom, one of the most important decisions you can make is what kind of showerhead you want. Luckily, there are several different types on the market for you to choose from. Personal preference is obviously the most important factor in the decision, but you will also want to take into consideration your budget, your home’s water pressure and heating system, and the type of water you have (hard or soft).
Fixed showerheads—also known as wall mounted—are mounted directly to the wall and cannot be moved. The showerhead can be shifted to change the direction of the spray, but the height cannot be adjusted to accommodate a shorter or taller person.
These types of showerheads are the most common. They are durable, easy to maintain, and cost effective. Some only have a single spray function while others have multifunction options. The diameter of a fixed showerhead is typically 5” or less.
Rainfall/waterfall is another type of fixed showerhead. The diameter of the showerhead is typically 6” or more. The showerhead can be mounted on the wall or the ceiling. For a ceiling mount, the water pipes will have to be redirected into the ceiling. To have an overhead rainfall/waterfall showerhead without the hassle of moving the plumbing, there are overhead shower arms that extend away from the wall and out into the center of the shower.
Rainfall/waterfall provide a gentle, soothing water flow that mimics natural rain and increases the coverage of the shower. These types of showerheads are available in single function and multifunction. Some have adjustable water pressure and water saving features.
The major downside of rainfall/waterfall showerheads is that they are expensive.
Handheld shower heads share the popularity vote along with fixed shower heads. These devices include a metal or plastic hose. A handle is mounted to the wall much like a fixed shower head. The showerhead can then be taken off the mount or moved up and down a handlebar for easier use. This makes bathing children or pets easier to do. Cleaning the bathtub/shower is also easier to do with a handheld. Handheld shower heads not too expensive, though they are subject to more wear and tear than the fixed shower heads. Plastic hoses will not last as long as metal ones.
Dual showerheads combine a handheld and a rainfall/waterfall into one unit. Some, but not all, of the dual showerheads can be run at the same time. If running both showerheads at the same time, the water pressure will be weaker. These types of showerheads can be expensive.
Filtered showerheads help reduce the amount of chlorine, scale, and other minerals in the water. They do not soften the water, but there are water softener showerheads available for that purpose. These types of showerheads are single function, and the filters need to be changed every six months or so. Before purchasing one, make sure that it has been certified by NSF International.
Low Pressure/Low Flow
Low pressure/low flow showerhead will give a spa-like experience without increasing the water bill. These showerheads are designed to work efficiently with low water pressure and conserve water. Some options have rainfall/waterfall and massage features. The downside of low pressure/low flow is that there is a time lag in temperature changes.
High pressure showerheads provide a powerful and steady stream of water for a massage-like shower. Some have multifunction features. The downside of high pressure showerheads is that they use more water and can cause a higher water bill than normal.
Shower panels are basically multiple showerheads and body sprayers built into a panel that is mounted on the shower wall. The panel can be several feet tall and at least a foot wide. Most shower panels also feature a handheld showerhead. They also have temperature control features, water that spurts in multiple directions, and LED screens. Despite the high-tech and futuristic look, shower panels are low maintenance. They can be expensive.
If you are interested in remodeling your bathroom into a home spa, give us a call at Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. to set up a free consolation and estimate. Shakespeare has been helping our customers create well thought out, beautiful bathroom designs in Lancaster County, PA since 1998. We will listen to all your requirements and inspirations for your space, and then help you create a functional, relaxing, comfortable design that meets all of your requirements.