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What to keep in mind when choosing showerhead?

September 1, 2015

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Nowadays, there is a whole lot to consider while choosing a shower head. Gone are the days when you had but one simple option that stood overhead and sprayed water over your head in a steady stream. From sleek and steely handheld sprays to vertical wall slides, showerheads come in various forms. Given the range, it is best to analyze not only your requirements but also all that is on offer to select the best shower head for your bathroom.

Types of Showerheads

Showerheads come in two basic types – fixed and handheld. Fixed are those that are mounted permanently on the wall of the shower unit. Top mount is a standard showerhead that has the water cascade down from above. They are either hung from the ceiling or from an extended arm fixed to the wall. Standard wall mount comes with varied features and can be either a simple single unit or a combination of different features for optimal showering experience. A variation of this model is a vertical wall mount that can be adjusted by sliding up and down to suit different people.

A handheld showerhead is removable from its mounting and can be used for other things like washing besides bathing. There are models which offer a two-in-one combination. Showering panel systems offer an excellent combination of features with an all-in-one advantage as this shower head with handheld combo  handheld shower and showerhead combo shower system  from Ana Bath that can both look good and offer a nice experience in the shower.

The Finish

You can choose the showerhead to match the décor of your bathroom. They do come in different finishes – brass, chrome, stainless, gold, platinum, and aged pewter to name a few. While remodeling if you are looking at a shower/bath combination, a showerhead to match the finish of the tub faucet would be ideal.

Features

There is an irresistible array of features to choose from when shopping for a showerhead. Full body spray offers a traditional pattern of showering – a thorough wash. A misting spray replicates the misty feel by spraying micro- droplets. The varying water flow of a massage spray is designed to soothe aching muscles. Rainfall shower is another great feature that gives you an abundant rush of water to shower under.

Water Conservation

Water conservation is an important aspect to consider if you wish to go green. An average showerhead offers the option of slower flow of water but some of them are specifically designed to help conserve much more water than a normal one.

Pricing

Before you go about matching your requirements, expectations with what is available in the market, it is better to set a price guideline. The price range of showerheads vary significantly based on all the above factors, so be prepared and look for a showerhead that fits within your budget.

Installation

The standard models of showerheads are easy to install and can be done on your own. Complex models are the ones that need professional help in installing. If you decide to install it yourself, you might want to check for clear instructions on the installation process. It is wise to leave complex ones to professionals.