Best Showerheads of 2017

A new showerhead gives you the opportunity to customize your shower experience. Our shopping guide is here to help you find the best showerhead to meet your family's showering preferences.

Make Your Bathroom an Oasis with the Best Showerheads

Nothing beats a rejuvenating shower to get your day off to a refreshing start or to help you wash away tension and unwind before bed. But if your showerhead inspires more sighing than it does singing, it's probably time for an upgrade.

Whether you're looking for a showerhead that will wow with a sleek design and dazzling selection of settings, or you simply need a showerhead capable of conserving water without sacrificing pressure, today's market is positively flooded with options suited to every need. If shopping for a showerhead has you feeling the pressure for all the wrong reasons, we're here to help.

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Ready to shop? Take a look above at BestReviews' top three picks for the best showerheads. For everything you need to know to find the perfect showerhead to banish your bathroom blues, you've come to the right place.

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Replace Showerhead Often to Keep Germs and Bacteria at Bay

If it's been years since you last replaced your showerhead, a new one is long overdue. Showerheads provide an optimal environment for bacteria, and experts suggest replacing your showerhead as often as every eight to 12 months.


Customize Your Shower: Different Types of Showerheads

Rainfall Showerheads
Featuring a wider-than-average head, rainfall showerheads are designed to mimic the sensation of being caught in a gentle downpour. Rainfall showerheads are large enough to provide total coverage, which is a sensation many enjoy. While most rainfall showerheads don't offer much in the way of spray patterns, this unique style is gaining popularity fast. Some high-end rainfall showerheads offer a concentrated rinse option as well.

Filtered Showerheads
Does your neck of the woods have hard water that saps the moisture from your skin and hair? Filtered showerheads reduce chemicals like chlorine that can leave your locks looking less than luxurious. Keep in mind that filters need to be replaced every few months for optimal performance and flow. But replacing filters is easy, and some filtered showerheads even come with a free replacement filter.

High-Pressure Showerheads
The slow trickle of an inept showerhead can make showering feel more like torture than a treat. Whether caused by plumbing or the showerhead itself, low pressure is frustrating. High-pressure showerheads are designed to provide a more invigorating experience. Most do this in one of two ways: through a built-in pressure chamber, which forces water out at an increased rate, or simply by reducing the number of outlets for a more concentrated and intense flow.

Low-Flow Showerheads
Low-flow showerheads reduce the amount of water used during the average shower. These water-saving showerheads are not only eco-friendly, but they can help you save on utility costs too. By injecting air into the water or using individual concentrated streams, low-flow showerheads don't sacrifice pressure. The pressure of most modern low-flow showerheads is indistinguishable from other types.

Handheld Showerheads
Handheld showerheads are loved by many for their extended reach and versatility. Some modern handheld showerheads are a combination of wall-mounted and handheld—the two showerheads can be used independently or at the same time.

Specialty Showerheads
If you want to take showering to the next level, consider specialty showerheads, which feature built-in speakers, LED lights, and other luxury extras. Some specialty showerheads even have Bluetooth capability.

A quick 10-minute shower can easily use 50 gallons of water. If you're interested in reducing water usage without sacrificing pressure, consider a low-flow showerhead.

Wall or Ceiling? Mounting Your Showerhead

Wall-Mounted Showerheads
Showerheads mounted to the wall are the most common. While wall-mounted showerheads may not be the most versatile in terms of height adjustment, they come with a variety of features and are easy to install without professional assistance.

Ceiling-Mounted Showerheads
If you or someone in your household is very tall, a ceiling-mounted showerhead is your best bet. Choose a showerhead with a larger diameter, such as a rainfall showerhead. Keep in mind that because the water has a longer way to fall from a ceiling-mounted showerhead, the overall temperature and perceived pressure may be reduced.

Sliding-Bar Showerheads
If your household consists of varying ages and heights, a sliding-bar showerhead is a great option. A sliding-bar showerhead has a straight long neck attached to a wall-mounted bar that slides up and down to accommodate different heights.

By law, manufacturers must limit showerhead pressure to no more than two and a half gallons per minute.

Pre-Wash: What to Consider Before Buying a Showerhead

Spray Settings
Some showerheads have only one spray pattern, while others feature as many as 12 adjustable spray settings. If you frequently suffer from aching muscles, a versatile showerhead with settings such as massage, pulse, and jet stream can be helpful. However, keep in mind that the more feature-packed the showerhead, the more it will cost.

Construction Materials
When shopping for a showerhead, look at the overall construction as well as the material used for the nozzle.

  • Body: Remember that the finish doesn't always describe the construction materials. In the case of cheaper showerheads, a chrome finish will likely be nothing more than shiny plastic. Look for a showerhead with a mostly metal construction, which is more durable.
  • Nozzle: Pliable rubber or silicone nozzles are more resistant to limescale buildup. Some showerheads come with convenient self-cleaning nozzles, while others feature antimicrobial technology to help keep water purer between cleanings.

Design
You can find showerheads to complement the decor of every bathroom. Popular showerhead finishes include chrome, polished brass, brushed nickel, and titanium.

Installation
Hiring a professional plumber to install your showerhead can add significantly to the total cost. If you'd rather install your showerhead yourself, wall-mounted showerheads tend to be the quickest and easiest, and some can even be installed without tools.

Price
A showerhead's price is determined by its features, materials, and brand. A basic showerhead without additional settings or features can cost as little as $10. Midrange showerheads fall between $25 and $50. High-end showerheads can cost $100 or more.

Although pricier options generally offer better durability and a wider selection of finishes, a good showerhead doesn't have to break the bank. There are many midrange showerheads that outperform their price tags.

FAQ

Q. I like the idea of a rainfall showerhead, but I don't want the hassle of mounting it to the ceiling. Can rainfall showerheads be wall-mounted?
A. Absolutely. All you need is the correct arm. For the full effect of a rainfall showerhead, the best type is a 90° arm, which will allow the showerhead to face down just as it would if mounted to the ceiling.

Q. Why is there white stuff on my showerhead nozzle?
A. This is likely caused by mineral buildup, commonly seen in areas with heavily treated water. To clean, simply remove the showerhead and soak it overnight in one-part vinegar and one-part warm water. Or fill a gallon-size plastic bag with the vinegar and water solution and tie it around the showerhead. Use a toothbrush to gently scrub the showerhead the next day.

Q. Will a high-pressure showerhead use more water?
A. No. High-pressure showerheads are designed to deliver more pressure using the same amount of water, and they may even reduce water usage by speeding up your shower time.

Not sure if your low-flow showerhead is up to snuff? Test it by holding a gallon container under it and timing how long it takes to fill up. A good low-flow showerhead should take at least 24 seconds to completely fill the container.
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