How to Choose the Right Style Shower Head for You
The right shower head can make quite a difference to a shower experience. Explore the different types to choose the right one for you
Shopping for a new shower head can be a daunting task as there are so many different options available. Should you opt for a fixed or handheld shower? A wall-mounted unit or a recessed design? A single, basic shower head or a complete shower system with multiple water outlets? The key to picking the right shower head for your bathroom is to think about your needs and lifestyle, in particular, how you use your shower. For example, does the whole family bathe there or is it your own personal pamper zone? Also consider what spray pattern you prefer (do you like a full, heavy, massaging spray or lighter rain-like droplets?). The size and design of your bathroom, along with your budget, will come into play, too.
Below, we take you through some of the most common types of shower heads and sprays, so you can work out what style fixture is your shower soulmate – one that enhances the functionality of your bathing area and delivers a blissful showering experience, too.
If your favourite place to unwind after a long, tiring day is in the shower – under a steady stream of steaming hot water, of course – then a rainfall shower head (or rain shower) is a must-have addition to your bathroom. These luxurious fixtures simulate the soothing feel of rainfall for a relaxing, refreshing and indulgent showering experience.
If your decorating style is bright, bold and a little out of the box, then a basic chrome shower head may be a little too simple and staid for you. Have some fun and showcase your personality by choosing a shower fixture that’s functional but funky, like this bright orange wall-mounted rain shower. Notice how it adds visual interest and character to the all-white bathing area, which is chic but could appear a little lifeless if not for the bright bursts of colour.
Can’t decide between a traditional wall-mounted or rainfall shower head and a handheld fixture? Enjoy the best of both worlds with a dual head shower that offers a double hit of functionality and style, not to mention an invigorating and customisable shower. Though luxurious, these shower heads (which can be operated separately or together) aren’t the most water-efficient fixtures around, so be sure to check its Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme rating before making your final shower head selection.
If you geek out over high-tech gadgets for the home, then we’re sure you’d be all for incorporating a flashy, cutting-edge shower fixture into your bathroom, like the eye-catching computerised LED-illuminated shower head that steals the spotlight in this bathing area. The innovative rain shower not only delivers a luxurious and stimulating shower experience, but infuses the space with an ultra-contemporary (and almost party-like) vibe, too.
WaterTile Ambient Rain Overhead Rain Shower, Kohler.
Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker, Kohler.
Desire a shower that makes bathing a breeze for young and old alike? Look no further than a handheld shower head. Designed to sit in a wall bracket or attach to a wall-mounted, height-adjustable sliding bar, these detachable family-friendly fixtures provide additional reach and control when showering. They’ll prove extremely handy when rinsing your hair, bathing your little ones, giving your four-legged friends a wash and even cleaning your shower enclosure.
Suffer from aches and pains down your back or legs? Consider incorporating body sprays or jets into your shower set-up so you can enjoy a relaxing, invigorating hydrotherapy spa treatment at home – every day if need be! Body spray nozzles or flush-mounted heads (like the ones seen in this shower) are usually arranged in vertical rows on opposite or adjacent walls (they’re often positioned at shoulder, hip and knee heights) to provide a full body massage.
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Replacing your shower head is an easy way to update the look of your bathroom. If you’re working to a tight budget or are happy with a standard shower fixture that’s free of all the bells and whistles, choose a wall-mounted shower head that may offer a simple showering experience but exudes five-star style, like this chic yet compact design. For a bolder look, try an oversized or sleek square-shaped shower head.
If you alternate between wanting a pleasant, soothing shower one day and a vigorous, massage-like showering experience the next, then a multifunctional shower head that delivers a variety of spray patterns is an ideal solution for your bathroom. This sleek, multitasking nozzle boasts three settings – normal, soft and pulsating massage – which allows users to customise the shower to suit their needs and mood. Some models also feature water-saving, mist, and jet settings.
Clubmaster 3-Jet Showerhead, Axor Carlton.
Do you and your family actively look for ways to reduce your carbon footprint and water consumption? Swapping your water-guzzling shower head for a low-flow fixture is an easy way to do your bit for the environment, while saving money at the same time.
This spa-like shower set-up is ideal for those who appreciate the finer things in life and desire a serene, luxurious space where they can unwind and pamper themselves at the end of each day. It features dual rain shower heads, a hand shower and multiple body sprays to provide the ultimate blissful showering experience.
Raindance Rainfall Overhead Showerhead and Body Spray heads, Hansgrohe. Citterio Shower Set with Raindance Handshower, Axor.
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What’s your shower head style? Do you love luxe rain showers or are you a loyal fan of handy handheld shower fixtures? We’d love to know, so share your thoughts in the comments section.