How to Choose the Right Shower Head
Updated: Aug 23, 2022
Are you thinking "what shower head do I need?" Confused by the many shower head options out there? Wondering what shower to buy?
We're here to help.
When it comes to choosing a shower head, there are many factors that you need to consider in order to get the perfect one for your needs. Here are some tips on how you can choose the right shower head for your home.
How to Choose a Shower Head
Given below are the categories you need to keep in mind if you're shopping for a shower head.
However, if you are wondering whether you even need a new shower head, take a look at this article which explains when you should replace your shower head.
Type of Shower Head
First, you need to decide what type of shower head you want. There are many different types of shower heads available on the market, so you need to make sure that you choose the right one for your needs.
The most common types of shower heads are:
Handheld shower heads
Fixed or wall-mounted shower heads
Handheld + wall-mounted combo shower heads (also known as dual shower heads)
Rain shower heads (also known as rainfall shower heads)
So, figure out what it is that you need the most out of your new shower head.
If you have a large bathroom, like the feeling of rainfall, and enjoy low and constant water pressure then go for a rain shower head.
If you don't have a lot of space in your bathroom and want good water pressure, go for a handheld or wall-mounted shower head instead of a rain shower head.
If you have a child or a pet, it's best to go for a handheld or adjustable shower head since it is detachable and can be moved around.
If you’re wondering what type of shower head is best, the answer is that it fully depends on your requirements, budget, and bathroom configuration.
Size of the Shower Head
Once you have decided on the type of shower head, you need to consider the size. There are many different sizes of shower heads available, so you need to make sure that you choose the right one for your needs.
Of course, note that when we talk about size, we mean the size of the shower plate, the shower handle (if it's a handheld shower head), and the shower hose. Do you want a narrow shower head or a large one? Or perhaps a medium-sized one? Do you prefer a thick handle or a thin handle? A long or short hose? For example, if you have a pet, you might want a longer hose to make it easier to bathe your furry friend.
Whenever you are buying a shower head, make sure you look at the measurements clearly. For example, you might want a smaller shower head for your hair wash basin but a larger one for your bathtub or shower room.
Note that most shower heads follow a universal standard size when it comes to the pipe thread and thus can fit in any shower "elbow/arm" and any bathroom. The standard shower head thread size is 1/2 inch, according to both the NPT (National Pipe Thread) and BSP (British Standard Pipe). Additionally, most shower heads follow the international standard connection and use a 2 cm connector which allows them to be fitted in almost any bathroom in the world.
If you're looking at a shower head that does not follow the standard size, make sure to get a connector that does so that you can fit it properly.
So what you really need to focus on is just the diameter of the shower head, size of the handle, and length of the shower hose, based on your showering needs.
When it comes to choosing a shower head, you also need to make sure that you choose one that is made of durable materials. There are many different materials used to make shower heads, so you need to make sure that you choose the right one for your needs.
Some of the most common materials used include plastic, metal, and chrome.
No matter what type of shower head you choose, make sure that it is made of durable materials so that it can last for a long time.
Ease of Installation
An important factor that you need to consider when shopping for a shower head is the ease of installation. Some shower heads are very easy to install, while others require a bit more work.
If you're not handy or don't have much experience with plumbing, then it's best to choose a shower head that is easy to install.
Another important factor to consider is the water pressure. You need to make sure that you choose a shower head with the right water pressure for your needs. Of course, to point out the technical aspect of things, note that most shower heads that increase water pressure actually increase just the water flow.
If you live in an area with low water pressure, it's a good idea to get a shower head that has increased water flow, such as the StoneStream EcoPower, since it will allow you to have an efficient shower every single time.
Water Filtration or Water Softening
If you live in an area with hard water, then you need to make sure that you get a shower head with a built-in water filter and/or water softener. This way, you can have soft water every time you shower, which is not only good for your skin and hair but also good for your pipes.
Wondering if hard water really is that bad for you? Check out this article to see how hard water can damage your hair — you'll immediately realise why a water softener shower head is absolutely essential!
Some shower heads come with different spray settings, while others only have one. If you like to have different spray settings, then you need to make sure that you choose a shower head with multiple settings.
Different spray settings will allow you to enjoy the massage-like benefits of the shower head. It will also help you control the stream of water based on your needs (are you just washing your hair? Your dog? Trying to remove a stubborn stain from your leg?).
On the other hand, if you're not too fussed about having different spray settings, then a single-setting shower head will suffice.
It's also a good idea to choose a shower head that comes with a warranty. This way, if anything goes wrong with the shower head, you can simply get it replaced or repaired without having to spend any money.
This is also a reason why it's good to go with reputed brands — like StoneStream — since they always offer a warranty on their products.
Price and Colour
Finally, you need to consider the price. Shower heads are available in all kinds of price ranges, so you need to make sure that you choose the one that fits your budget.
Know that you'll probably have to dish out more money if you want a shower head in a different colour (such as copper) to match the rest of your bathroom. Generally, people prefer metallic shower heads, clear shower heads, or matte black shower heads.
By following these tips, you can be sure that you will find the best shower head for your needs.
Choose the StoneStream EcoPower — Ideal for All Your Showering Needs!
Now that you know what to look for when choosing a shower head, why not choose one that ticks all the boxes?
The StoneStream EcoPower shower head is the perfect choice for all your needs! Here are its fantastic features:
It is universally compatible in terms of size and fitting.
It has 200% increased water flow, so you can enjoy an efficient shower every single time. It's perfect for low water pressure areas.
It has a built-in water filter and water softener (mineral stones or polypropylene mesh), so you can enjoy soft and purified water every time. it's perfect for hard water areas.
It reduces water consumption by 35%, helping you save money on your water bill.
It comes in handheld, wall-mounted, and handheld + wall-mounted combo (dual shower head) variants.
The Eco STOP Button variant is ideal for regular showers while the Classic Handheld (without STOP button) is perfect for electric showers.
It has 3 spray settings of rainfall, jetting, and massage which are soothing and efficient.
Due to its gentleness and soothing water stream, it is perfect for babies, pets, and the elderly.
It comes with a 1-year warranty, so you can be sure that you're making a risk-free purchase.
StoneStream also manufactures high-quality shower accessories such as shower hoses, non-slip shower mats, squeegees, and replacement filters. Plus, we have a dedicated customer support team that is always at your beck and call.
All the best in searching for the shower head of your dreams! We hope we helped.