Things You Should Consider When Picking Out A Shower Head

There are so many types of shower heads on the market, and many are long-lasting, efficient, and offer multiple settings. However, no one shower head will satisfy every consumer because we all want different things when we shower. There are some things that everyone should consider when picking out a shower head, including spray pattern, water flow, water pressure, as well as aesthetic features.

One of the first things to consider is whether you want a firmly mounted shower head or one that can be moved around. Some people prefer to have a mounted shower head that is firmly adhered to the shower ceiling. This enables the water to fall on their head while showering.

However, a shower head that is mounted to the wall is the most commonly purchased type. Many people also want a shower head that has detachable parts. This allows the shower head to become handheld at a moment's notice. This can be especially helpful when bathing a pet or child or just to help rinse out shampoo.

Water pressure and flow matter

Shower heads have different water flow rates, which are measured in gallons per minute (GPM). A higher flow rate will give you a more powerful shower, but it will also use more water. If you are concerned about water conservation, choose one with a lower flow rate. A standard shower head uses 2.5 GPM, and a water-efficient shower head must use 2 GPM or less to earn a WaterSense label from the Environmental Protection Agency. Shower heads with the WaterSense label have been certified by the EPA to meet water efficiency and performance standards.

If you have low water pressure and want to boost it, you will want to choose a shower head designed for low-pressure systems. Some shower heads have built-in pressure boosters that can help to increase the water pressure. They use aeration and spray patterns to increase pressure without increasing the amount of water used. You can find these high-pressure shower heads in both mounted and handheld versions.

Whether you have high or low water pressure, another important feature to consider is the spray pattern. Shower heads come in a variety of spray patterns, including rainfall, massage, jet, and combination. Consider which spray pattern you prefer or if you want a shower head with multiple spray patterns.

Type of finish and price

It's also important to consider aesthetics and practicability when you buy a shower head. You'll want to think about what type of finish will look good in your bathroom. Shower heads come in a variety of finishes, including chrome, brushed nickel, and bronze. Choose a finish that matches your bathroom fixtures and that you find aesthetically pleasing.

Price is always a big factor, too. Shower heads can range in price from a few dollars to over $100. Reflect on what falls within your budget when choosing a shower head. Chrome finishes are both the most common and the most affordable. 

You'll also want something that you can easily install depending on your level of expertise. Some shower heads are easier to install than others. If you are not comfortable changing a shower head yourself, either choose one that is easy to install, have it professionally installed, or ask a handy family member or friend for help. Finally, it always helps to read reviews of different shower heads before you make a purchase.