There are so many types and styles of shower heads
that searching for the right one can feel a bit overwhelming. We offer over 1,500 shower heads
from more than 15 different manufacturers in a variety of shapes, sizes, finishes, and spray patterns. It sounds like a lot to go through, but when you consider the fact that most of us shower daily, selecting the right shower head becomes very important. After all, a great shower can set the tone for the day and help you relax at night, and a great shower starts with the best shower head for you.
A few questions to ask yourself when starting your search:
- What are your water conditions, such as hard water?
- Are you on a well, or just generally have lower water pressure?
- What kind of spray patterns do you prefer?
- Will your shower head be ceiling or wall mounted?
- Are you trying to match or coordinate the colors and styles in your bathroom?
- What's your budget for a shower head?
Once you've answered these questions, you'll find you've narrowed the list of possible shower heads from over 1,500 down to something much more manageable. Then, depending on your preferences, you can filter your shower head options even further. To make this easier for you, we've listed a few of the most popular shower head feature requests, along with links to the products:
Massaging Shower Heads
The ever popular massage feature is a water pulse technique that helps massage and relax tense muscles in your shoulders and neck after a long day's work. Massaging shower heads come with multiple spray settings allowing you to get one shower head that will work for your entire family. Installing a massaging shower head is very easy and generally takes less than 5 minutes for those who like to do-it-yourself.
These shower heads are earth friendly in that they help to conserve water by using less, while still providing a great showering experience through improved manufacturing designs for the water flow. In the past, to get around the reduced water use requirements, a water restrictor would be put inline to lower the amount of water able to pass through. However this method wasn't ideal because it really did hamper the performance of the shower heads themselves, especially in homes with lower water pressures. Current shower head technology means these shower heads don't just meet the low water regulations but also are designed to flow better too.
Most massaging shower heads are available in many finishes and styles to coordinate with your bathroom décor and colors. Here's a few of our favorites:
Rain Fall Shower Heads
Rain shower heads, sometimes called downpour shower heads, are growing more popular and are much different from the way shower heads have been historically. Designed to provide a soothing shower experience, these showers (much like the rain) fall more gently on your scalp and skin to provide a great soaking rinse. You'll find this to be a much more calming and relaxing shower than you've been used to.
These rainfall shower heads can be installed just as your old shower head, or you can go for a more custom approach by selecting the ceiling-mounted rain fall shower head, which is also known as a waterfall shower head. Here are a few pages with some of the best rainfall shower heads we have found:
Filtered Shower Heads
We are often asked about filtering shower heads. Showering with a chlorine filter is beneficial as it removes the chlorine from your shower water, which is added by most municipal city water districts to disinfect you water, making it safe for drinking and cooking. In a hot shower, chlorine is more easily absorbed through the open pores of your skin and re-vaporized into the air to than be inhaled into your lungs. Chlorine can not only cause your skin to age faster, but it also rapidly depletes moisture from both your skin and hair, causing itchy dry skin and the dreaded "bad hair day". Not to mention, the dangerous effects of inhaling chlorine into your body through your lungs.
The filters we offer use combinations of Chlorgon and KDF filter media to remove chlorine and other impurities in your shower. Testing has found this filter media to be much more effective in chlorine removal than standard carbon filters. The reasons for this comes from a couple of conditions found in a shower:
- The temperatures in a shower are typically between 85-105 degrees, versus your regular drinking water which ranges from 60-75 degrees. Activated carbon filters most efficiently remove chlorine at temperatures from 50-80 degrees, with dramatically reduced performance at higher temperatures.
- Your shower water typically flows up to 2.5 GPM (gallons per minute) per current federal regulations. When compared with most drinking water filters (which commonly flow at .5 GPM) there is much less contact time with the activated carbon, resulting in less material being filtered.
- Lastly, the volume of water is much higher in a shower than in your drinking water filter, yet the filters are much smaller. This would cause an activated carbon filter to more quickly reach its filtering capacity, whereas these KDF/Chlorgon shower filters are able to handle the higher volumes of water without sacrificing their effective filtering capacity.
We offer some excellent filtering shower heads and hand showers on the following pages:
Shower heads for low water pressure
Are your showers less than satisfying? Many people attribute this to low water pressure in the showers, but it is more common that this is an issue where the water's velocity coming out of the shower head isn't high enough for your shower, regardless of your water pressure. This can be from an oversized shower head, hard water scale build-up, overly large spray nozzles, or an undersized shower valve. Or you could be living in an area with lower than normal water pressure, like a high-rise condo, yacht or boat, mobile home, RV, or on a private well. But whatever the cause is, you aren't happy with the shower you are currently experiencing.
If your shower head has been in use for quite some time, and used to perform more satisfactorily, then it is usually a simple matter of removing mineral deposits, which is easily done by soaking the shower head in white vinegar. Or it could be that your showerhead is simply not well designed and so has a lower output than some, which would mean a new shower head that is better suited for low water pressure would be the solution.
Here are a few of the best shower heads for low water pressure:
Hard water stains and your shower head
Hard water stains can be troublesome to remove, especially if they've been neglected for a long period of time. Most water in the United States has hardness minerals from 3 to 50 grains per gallon (gpg). Other contaminants such as iron and/or manganese only make things worse. This hard water reacts with soaps and detergents to form the insoluable soap curd that you see on your shower doors, as a ring around the bathtub or dingy, yellowish clothes and on dishes. You might know this by its other name: soap scum. When water is heated for showering, washing clothes, dishes, etc, the hard calcium and magnesium ions in the water become insoluble and form the white chalky scale we are so used to seeing, clogging our shower heads.
To truly be rid of this hard water, you need to install and maintain a water softener to remove all, or most, of the hardness minerals. But you can also just live with it and regularly do a deep cleaning in order to keep your fixtures and faucets looking their best. To do this you would remove your shower head and soak for a few hours, or overnight depending on how bad it is, in white vinegar, which is a mild acid. In between deep cleanings, shower heads with easy-clean nibs make it simple to wipe off most of the scaling.
You can find shower heads with rub clean nozzles all over our site, including these pages: