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Best Types of Shower Heads

If you’ve had the same shower head for years, you may be amazed to find the wide range of beautiful and innovative products available to update and enhance the look of your bathroom. Shower heads come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes.

Various features and settings allow you to customize the volume and pressure of water spray. The right shower head can create a luxurious, spa-like experience that relaxes and recharges. Let’s explore the different types of shower heads to help you find the best option for your bathtub or shower conversion or to complete your complete bathroom remodel.

Standard Wall-Mount Shower Heads

Wall-mount, or fixed, shower heads are the most common type used in residential bathrooms. These entry-level fixtures are generally no-frills, yet they are available in different shapes from round to square.

Some fixed shower heads allow you to change the waterflow pattern or pressure from a fine mist to a strong spray. Fixed shower heads are typically the most budget-friendly option, and they are easy to install and maintain.

Detachable Shower Heads

A detachable fixture is comprised of a fixed base that holds a handheld shower head which is attached to a long rubber hose. The shower head can be removed from its mount to direct the water where you want it to go.

Handheld shower heads offer many advantages. They make it easier for elderly individuals and others with mobility challenges to shower safely and efficiently. They are also helpful for bathing children and pets, without getting water in their eyes or face. Because detachable shower heads tend to use less water than fixed units, they are also more environmentally friendly.

Rain Shower Heads

As the name suggests, these shower heads simulate gentle rainfall. Some models have a neck that extends out from the wall, while others are installed in the ceiling. Also called waterfall shower heads, rain shower fixtures create an elegant, spa-like look. However, they tend to have limited spray options and features. So, if you enjoy the occasional, high-pressure shower, you won’t find it in most rain shower heads.

Dual Shower Heads

Dual shower heads, or double shower heads, have a fixed shower head and a detachable, handheld unit. They allow you to combine the gentle flow of a rain shower with a more forceful spray in the fixed shower head.

As to whether you can run both shower heads at the same time, that depends on the model. Keep in mind that dual shower heads with this feature tend to have weaker water pressure because they contain a flow restrictor in the main unit—not in each individual head. Yet full pressure is still available when you run one or the other.

Water-Saving Shower Heads

The different types of shower heads mentioned above are usually available in low-flow, water-saving models. This is great news for your utility bill—and the environment. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average U.S. household could save 2,700 gallons of water per year by switching to a WaterSense labeled shower head.

WaterSense products meet EPA standards for performance and efficiency. They are certified to use save energy, cut water use by 20 percent, and perform better than standard models. But you don’t have to sacrifice water pressure to save water. The best water saving shower heads use less water but still provide a powerful spray.

High Pressure Shower Head

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to showering. If you don’t feel clean or refreshed without a forceful spray, you should consider any of the high-pressure shower fixtures on the market.

These models typically create a pulsating, massaging effect that is great for sore muscles after a workout, or at the end of a long day. If you share a shower with others who prefer a more gentle experience, look for shower heads that allow you to customize the spray pattern and pressure. You can find high-pressure settings in fixed shower heads, detachable units, and rain showers alike.

Filtered Shower Head

If you notice an odd smell or your shower leaves your hair and skin feeling dry, your water may contain excess chlorine and other impurities.

Filtered shower heads contain built-in filtration systems that remove everything from minerals and odors to heavy metals from your water. They are also effective for combatting the grow of algae, fungi, and bacteria on shower surfaces. Filtered shower heads can be especially beneficial for people with skin sensitivity or allergies.

Shower head filters are usually quick and easy to install. They can typically be screwed directly onto your existing shower arm in minutes. Different models utilize various filtration technology, and some are designed to target specific impurities. So be sure to choose the right unit for your specific health and wellness concern.

Water Softener Shower Head

A water softener shower head is slightly different than a shower filter, but they serve the same purpose: improve the quality of your water.

Water hardness refers to the amount of dissolved calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. Hard water can cause a residue like feeling on your skin after showering. It also require more soap to wash your hair and body.

Some water softening shower heads remove the minerals that make water “hard” but they do not remove other contaminants that a water filter might. Also, they only function on the fixture itself.

If hard water is a problem, you might consider a whole-house softener to improve water quality for washing dishes and clothing as well. You can also choose a water filter shower head that also softens water for the highest quality water for you and your family.

Re-Bath Partners With Moen to Offer Beautiful High-Quality Bathroom Fixtures

Whatever your preference and style, Re-Bath has a shower fixture to meet your needs. We are proud to be a Moen partner to bring you a wide selection of beautiful and functional shower heads to complete your bathroom remodel and upgrade your space.

Choose from different materials and colors including brushed nickel, polished chrome, matte black, and brushed gold. We can pair your shower head with matching grab bars to make showering and bathing more safe and convenient.

To learn more about how bathroom fixtures can transform the look of your space, call 800-216-8526 or connect online to schedule a free design consultation today.