Column: Showerhead ideas and options


For many of us, our days begin or end with a nice, hot shower. With that much popularity and use, it’s no surprise that showerhead designs have taken a leap forward. In the past, most showerheads were stationary and mounted at an angle on the wall.

But the days of the standard showerhead fixture are long gone, and in its place are new designs and innovations that add to the level of luxury and comfort in your home.

If you’re considering a redesign, you’ll first need to determine the amount of space you have to work with, and you can begin the process of choosing your showerhead (or showerheads). Below is a list of popular showerhead options:

Standard Wall Mount- It’s a classic setup, but you can modernize it by selecting a showerhead with a moveable head or with different massage settings.

Multiple Wall Mounts– Showers shared by two people could benefit from two showerheads with adjustable water pressure settings. Most of the time, dual showerheads are installed either facing each other or side-by-side.

Handheld Showers- If you are installing dual showerheads, you’ll probably want to make sure that one (or both) of the showerheads is a handheld model, because they are so versatile and easy-to-use. They are also very handy for washing your hair, pets, or even rinsing the shower unit itself.

Rain Showerheads- These models are designed to be affixed to the ceiling and give off a spa-like feeling. A rain showerhead provides a water stream that comes from directly overhead. Some rain showerheads are installed flush to the ceiling, which works well in shower spaces where the ceiling is lower or cannot accommodate a wall-mount head.

Sliding Bar- This showerhead moves up and down along a wall-mounted base to accommodate for height differences in users. This is a great option for a bathroom shared among multiple family members.

Jets and Body Sprays- For added luxury, you might choose to install jets or body sprays. You might think of these body sprays as Jacuzzis you stand up in. Heads or sprays are installed vertically on the walls to create a crisscross water pattern that delivers pressure wherever you choose. Some models can even be controlled by a remote control system.

Showerheads are rated using a system called a flow rate, or the number of gallons of water they spray per minute. Showerheads can use upwards of 8 gpm if they are a model with a heavy water usage system. However, you can seek out low-flow showerheads, which have been designed to save water in an environmentally friendly way. Low-flow models use only 2.5 gpm. Consider all of your options during a bathroom remodel to ensure you make the best selection and add value to your home.

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