Types of shower heads and what are their pros and cons?

Types of shower heads and what are their pros and cons?

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If you like showers but haven’t tried using other showerheads, you’re missing out. Occasionally, showerheads need to be replaced, data collected from homeowners show that over time showerheads can have flow issues from buildup of calcium or lime deposits. but whatever the reason, shower heads can change the entire showering experience and are typically easier to install than you think. This article will inform you of all the different kinds of showerheads on the market as well as the pros and cons of each.


This is the most popular of the showerhead types and probably the most cost-effective. It requires very little maintenance and is easy to use. The wall mount showerhead is usually of the single spray type, i.e. there are no variations or adjustments of the water that is sprayed on the user. Based on price, showerheads may be classified into basic, upgraded, and luxury showerheads. The price range for upgraded wall mount showerheads is $40 to $80, depending on the material from which it is made.

The downside of these type of showerhead is that they are permanently fixed to a spot and cannot be moved. Depending on the height at which it is installed, it may be inconvenient for very tall people.


This type of showerhead offers a great deal of flexibility that cannot be got from the other types. It is attached to a hose to facilitate easy use and is adequate for tall people and getting water in hard to reach places. The handheld showerhead comes with a standard 5-foot hose but this can be changed to an extra-long 8-foot hose to increase its reach. It is fairly easy to install without the services of a plumber.

The downside to its use is that it restricts the user’s motion by committing one hand to hold the showerhead. Furthermore, the handheld showerhead requires that an adequate length of flexible hose be attached to the showerhead from the wall fixture, thereby increasing the overall cost.

New innovative functions include easy-to-clean anti-clog nozzles, and a variety of spray settings to reduce the water usage.


If holding a showerhead is a bit uncomfortable, then a body spray might be another option to consider. These are mounted on the wall but at different body levels and they help with cleaning various parts of the body at the same time.

This type is easily customizable to personal taste. The body spray showerhead may be affixed to different walls of the shower room so that the user is hit by the water from both sides. The downside to this showerhead type is cost, this showerhead has to be slightly recessed into the wall and more than one has to be used to effectively cover the body from the desired side(s). Also, as many as four showerheads may be installed, this increases water usage and the utility bill cost significantly.

The body spray showerhead presents a bit of technical challenge in its installation but requires little maintenance after.


Functionally, the rainfall showerhead is similar to the body spray type. It is mounted on the ceiling of the shower room and provides for an even downward flow and pressure so that the whole body is hit by the water at once, just like in a natural rainfall.

The rainfall showerhead is flat like a board and comes in different shapes, mostly rectangles and squares having a diagonal length within the range of 10 to 16 inches. Newer designs come with an adjustable arm to raise or lower the head.

The rainfall showerhead and ceiling showerhead are virtually same with minor differences, the sole difference is that the rainfall showerhead is always flat by design, the ceiling shower head, however, is usually but not necessarily flat, its overall shape and design are based largely on preference.


The sliding bar showerhead is an innovation meant to cater for persons on the extremity of the height scale, the showerhead is affixed on a vertical bar adjustable to the height of the intended user so that nobody is too short or too tall to enjoy the shower spray. This showerhead is fairly more expensive than the regular shower head. The downside to using this showerhead type is maintenance, the sliding bar must be constantly checked and kept in good condition to enable the users to take advantage of its defining feature.


The ceiling showerhead, as the name implies, is affixed to the ceiling of the shower room allowing for the same effect as the rainfall showerhead and installing it may involve some constructive modification to the ceiling. The ceiling showerhead can be of any design but it is usually flat so that it can be recessed into the ceiling quite easily. It’s water usage about the same as the rainfall showerhead.

Showerheads may be made from brushed nickel, chrome, bronze, etc. Most modern showerheads include flow restriction features to regulate water usage and utility bills. The average price range is $25 to $45 for basic shower heads, $40 to $120 for upgraded showerheads and $150 to $250 for luxury shower heads.

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