Here’s the deal: The average person takes more than 28,000 showers in their life. Seeing how much time you spend doing it, you might as well enjoy the experience! One of the best ways to upgrade your shower time is a rain shower head. Unlike a traditional shower had, it mimics the soothing, natural feel of a warm summer rain, with a relaxing effect for your mind and body. Sounds great, doesn’t it? To help you make this a reality, we’ve tested over 40 new and bestselling products. Below you’ll find the very best rain shower heads for sale. But first: Here is what to look for when buying your rain shower head. Generally, speaking it’s smart first to choose if you want a handheld or wall-mounted (including the ceiling) shower head. There are also hybrid models which offer a combination. Let’s take a close look at the most important specs.
Handheld – Handheld shower heads are very versatile, flexible, and economical. For a start, a handheld showerhead will let you direct water exactly where it’s needed. Moreover, handheld showerheads will often have a switch, so that you can cut off the water flow, which goes a long way to reducing water bills. They are also easier to clean. Finally, thanks to the added flexibility that comes with a hose, handheld showerheads can do jobs that their fixed counterparts can’t, like easily cleaning pets or conveniently reaching areas on your lower body.
Wall Mounted – While handheld showerheads are the paragon of flexibility, wall-mounted showerheads are exemplars of stability and relaxation. All jokes aside, though, wall-mounted setups offer a true “standing in the rain” experience. There are several models which offer both, meaning that they are wall-mounted primarily but that you can also attach a handheld piece for extra flexibility. The choice is yours, but the primary benefit of mounting your shower head on a wall or ceiling is that you can simply stand in a gently pour of soft, warm drops seemingly falling from the sky. It’s a wonderful feeling and very relaxing.
Material – In general, there are three basic types of rain showerheads – brass, stainless steel, and ABS plastic, as well as some combos thereof. The order here is indicative of the quality if we’re going by lifetime and durability. If you’re not considering the price, go for brass, but if you’re working on a budget, then ABS might be a smarter choice. Stainless, as the astute reader may have already guessed, is somewhere in the middle, offering sturdy quality and good value. In any case, most showerheads will have an additional chrome finish, though some brass heads might feature a brushed nickel finish. The choice is yours!
Showerhead Size – The diameter of the shower head is measured in inches when fully assembled. Rain shower heads usually have a larger diameter than traditional heads to provide a larger coverage area. Handheld showerheads will generally be around 4 to 6 inches, as they might be unwieldy if bigger. This also applies to those models that are both wall mounted and handheld. Of course, there are two-head combos, one handheld and the other wall mounted. Finally, there are models that you mount on the ceiling – these are invariably bigger (think 8 inches or more) to offer a large-surface downpour.
Hose Included – Having a hose thrown into the deal is a definite plus in our book, but there will be models that don’t require it at all, such as the ceiling mounted showerheads. On the other hand, and especially if we’re talking about handheld heads, a hose is a must. Luckily, most manufacturers will include a hose into the deal. As far as material is concerned, hoses are made from stainless steel or rubber. Needless to say, the stainless steel variety is a bit pricier, but also a bit more long-lived and overall better quality. We recommend checking if a hose is included. If not, just get one – they’re pretty cheap.
Total Weight – The rule of thumb says – the heavier, the better quality. For shower heads, this is true, as brass offers better quality than plastic. Naturally, when speaking about the “total weight,” we imply everything – the head(s), the hose, the mounts, the whole shebang. So, when you see that a certain showerhead weighs five pounds, don’t worry thinking you’d have to hold that thing the whole time you’re taking a shower. The head itself will never weigh more than half a pound (talking about the handheld variety; wall mounted types may weigh more, but you’ll never hold them anyways).
Without further ado, let’s get right into the top ten best rain shower head reviews.