One childhood pastime I don’t think I can ever forget is playing in the rain. Because I grew up on a large farm, showering in the rain was a regular activity. After growing up and settling down in the city, one way I’ve been able to partially replicate those wonderful moments is using a rain shower heads.
The truth is, nothing can compare to running around naked with other kids on a hilly grassland during a downpour. But a rain shower head too can give a lot of magical moments in the bathroom. And it can also offer you a lot of options. Like determining the temperature of the water and the intensity with which it falls on your body. Something you cannot do in the rain.
Yet, buying the perfect rain shower head requires a little research. There are so many options to choose from. What are the criteria you should have in mind when looking to buy a rain shower head?
Below, I have put together some considerations that may help you end up with a good rain shower head.
What to look out for before buying a rain shower head
Rainfall shower heads come in many different designs, shapes and materials. When shopping for a shower head, you should take note of these important factors:
Like many bathroom equipment, rain shower heads are available in a variety of materials and finishes. This is a good thing since it will help you look for a shower head that complements your existing bathroom decoration. The most common materials for rain shower heads are chrome (brushed or polished), stainless steel, copper and nickel, among others. You should know that these materials and finishes have their advantages and disadvantages. They perform differently when it comes to durability, ductility in high temperature, malleability, versatility to plumbing installations and resistance to corrosion.
Why should you keep this factor in mind when shopping for shower heads?
The answer is simple. If, for example, the water supply to your home has high corrosive properties, then look for shower heads made of materials like brass that has high resistant to corrosion.
Water Saving Feature
With some coming at over 20 inches in diameter, a rain shower head is a big bathroom equipment. It generally uses more water than an ordinary shower head.
Water usage regulation is common in many countries of the world. For example, the Department of Energy (link) in the United States limits per-minute flow of residential shower heads to 9.5 liters.
To play their own part, shower head manufacturers often include water saving features in their products. Saving water in shower heads works majorly in different ways. One is to aerate the water stream of the shower head for efficient water usage. Another way is making use of advanced flow principles to alter nozzles of the shower head. Then there is the high-speed oscillation of spray head to make shower heads use water more efficiently.
You may desire more than staying in the shower and allowing water to fall on you. If you want more control in the way the water falls on your body, look for shower heads with 2 or more spray settings. Many shower heads are designed to spray different pattern of water. The most common patterns are massage, calm or gentle spray, high-pressure spray and intermittent spray.
Ease of Installation
This is another feature you must look out for when shopping for shower heads. Nowadays, manufacturers design shower packs having in mind the end users. Some shower heads are designed in such a way that you can unpack and start using them within a couple of minutes. It doesn’t matter whether you are a woman or man, or whether you are tall or short.
But some still come hard to install that you will need to call in a plumber to help. To save yourself hassles, make sure you read online reviews of the particular shower head you are planning to buy. You can easily deduce if it’s easy to install or not by going through reviews dropped by users.
Normally, shower heads are either installed overhead on the ceiling or on the side wall. To get the rainfall effect, most rain shower heads are installed in the ceiling over the head of the bather. Many times, it is impossible to install a shower head in the ceiling due to reasons like the distance of the ceiling to the floor. Shower heads can also be installed on the wall over the head of the bather by using extension arms.
If your home water supply pressure is low, then make sure you buy high-pressure shower heads. Many come with technology that makes them deliver powerful spray even if water supply to them is of low pressure.
This is another important factor you may want to consider before buying a rain shower head. Many people erroneously think that because a product comes with a higher price it is good quality. The most important thing when it comes to price is to make sure a product has all the features you want. A $35 rain shower head may serve you better than a $100 one.
With some of the top shower heads coming with a lifetime warranty, why won’t you take advantage? You only need to understand what the warranty entails. For some products, you will need to buy from one of their accredited distributors to enjoy the warranty.
The Best Rain Shower Heads in 2018
Moen S6320 Velocity Rainshower 8-Inch Showerhead
When it comes to quality shower heads, it’s only a few companies that can compete with Moen. They deliver another masterpiece with the release of their S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rainshower 8-Inch Showerhead.
The S6320 Velocity Two-Function Showerhead boasts of Moen’s immersion Rainshower technology, designed to give exceptional shower experience in the bathroom. The technology works by channeling water through specific paths in the showerhead. It then concentrates the natural force of the water which results in an enhanced shower experience.
It comes with rubber water sprayers to make cleaning easier. Another lovely feature is the attached lever that makes you choose whether to concentrate the water flow to 30 nozzles for a powerful spray, or let it flow from the complete 100 nozzles for a calmer shower.
The S6320 Velocity Two-Function Showerhead comes in three beautiful finishes so you can create the perfect kind of look for your bathroom.
Like most shower heads on this list, the Velocity is very easy to install and can be tilted to the desired angle in the bathroom. It also comes with Moen’s lifetime warranty.
HotelSpa Giant Stainless Steel Rainfall Square Shower Head
If you find yourself often wishing, after a heavy day’s work, for a refreshing dip in the rain, then you can try out the HotelSpa Rainfall Square Shower Head. It comes with a boatload of benefits for rainfall lovers.
The 10” square shower head ensures there is no part of your body that does not feel the rainfall effect. No need to be moving about under the shower. Just station yourself under this 10-inch square shower head and enjoy the calming effect of an artificial rain shower.
The HotelSpa Stainless Steel showerhead is designed with remarkable thoughtfulness. It has a solid brass extension arm that allows you to adjust the height and angle the water falls on your body. If you either want the shower head closer to your body or further up, this has been taken care of.
The stylish slimline design and polished chrome finish will make your bathroom look like something from a 5-star hotel. No wonder the HotelSpa shower head is a common feature in many hotels and spas all over the world.
It is made super easy to install. It even comes with a lifetime warranty provided you purchase from an authorized distributor.
SomovWorld Luxury High-Pressure Rain Shower Head
That the SomovWorld Luxury Rain Shower Head is an excellent product cannot be put up for debate. The rave reviews it has been getting on Amazon is an attestation to that. What is more baffling is how this 6-inch item is beating bigger products as a rainfall shower head.
If low water pressure has been preventing you from having a great time in the shower, then the SomovWorld Luxury Rain Shower Head is the perfect tool you need. It delivers a powerful rainfall shower at any pressure. And if for any reason, you still want it to do more, just remove the water restrictor.
With many shower heads, you need to remove and clean regularly so the nozzles will not be clogged due to lime and hard water deposits. The powered anti-clogging silicone jets of this SomovWorld shower head prevent such deposits. It is very easy to install and comes with additional water filter and Teflon tape.
AquaDance High-Pressure 6 Settings Rainfall Shower Head
Another product designed to make sure you get awesome shower experience even when you have low water pressure in your home is the AquaDance High-Pressure 6 Settings Rainfall Shower Head. At 7 inches diameter, it is one of the smaller heads on this list. But don’t let that deceive you, this rain shower head is a powerful product that offers your household a lot of options in the bathroom.
On offer are six water spray settings. They are power rain, pulsating massage, power mist, rain massage and rain mist options. And there is the pause mode to make sure you save water. No matter how tired you feel, or what your emotions are, the AquaDance Rainfall Shower Head ensures you come out of the shower in a great mood. No matter the time of day, you will always find a spray setting to suit your needs. The high power click lever dial allows you to change spray settings with no hassle.
The shower head also comes with industry standard features like:
- self-cleaning jets for easy cleaning
- adjustable ball joint to tilt to the perfect angle
- detailed installation manual, and
- lifetime warranty
The installation requires no tool and you can start using it a few minutes after delivery. The beautiful box in which this AquaDance shower head is packaged turns it into the perfect gift item.
SR SUN RISE Luxury 12 Inch Large Square Stainless Steel Shower Head
When it comes to usage, a lot of rain shower heads out there don’t offer buyers many options. Not the SR SUN RISE Luxury 12 Inch Large Square Stainless Steel Shower Head. It offers a bather a couple of sleek choices. But one feature that attracts my attention is the Advanced Air Injection technology.
As the name implies, the advanced air injection feature is a process through which this ultra-thin shower head makes use of air current to deliver substantial rain shower. A problem with the many rain shower head is that when the water pressure is low in the home, their effectiveness is highly reduced. The water energy technology in the SR SUN RISE 12 Inch Stainless Steel Shower Head eliminates this issue completely.
If you feel this may be too big in your bathroom, it also comes in two smaller sizes: 8 and 10-inch variants.
Wantba 6" High-Pressure Rainfall Massage Shower Head
One thing you will find yourself doing constantly if you want your shower head to last is cleaning the nozzles. And if the water supply to your home is kind of hard, this you will be doing very often.
Wantba, a shower head manufacturer, has envisaged this scenario and has come up with a product. The Wantba 6" High-Pressure Rainfall Massage Shower Head can be dismantled in seconds to remove debris and buildup.
And that’s not where its main strength lies. This Wantba shower head offers a powerful rainfall massage. If you don’t enjoy the full massaging power of a shower in your home, or it takes forever to wash away shampoos and conditioners from your hair due to low water pressure, then this may be what you need.
ShowerMaxx Luxury Spa Grade Rainfall High-Pressure Shower Head
What does the phrase “engineered high-pressure jet nozzles” mean? That is what ShowerMaxx, the manufacturer of Luxury Spa Grade Rainfall High-Pressure Shower Head, claims is included in the product.
It means a shower head designed to give out high-pressure spray for a refreshing spa-like experience. No need spending several hours to clean the shower after a few weeks of usage, this one comes with silicon jets nozzles that are self cleaning.
This ShowerMaxx product is made of ABS and comes in 4 finishes. Whether it’s chrome, brass, brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze, each finish is designed to bring a touch of class to your bathroom.
And there are still more features on offer: it comes with a water-saving flow restrictor you can remove if you feel the pressure is not enough, a mesh filter to keep out sand and other particles, a brass joint to tilt the showerhead to your desired angle and a step-by-step guide to make the installation process an easy one.
Difference between a Rain Shower Head and A Normal Shower Head
There are a couple of difference between a rain shower head and basic shower head. One of the most important distinctiveness is that rain shower heads are usually bigger in diameter. While basic shower heads are no more than 4 inches in diameter, a rain shower head can measure up to 20 inches. Some large-size rain shower head can accommodate two or more bathers at the same time. A single bather will have a wider coverage without the need to move about in the shower. Unlike ordinary shower head which may require you to turn and move around to have a particular area of your body cleaned.
Because of the larger surface area, rain shower heads use more water than basic shower heads. To be compliant with energy saving standards, most manufacturers will include a water saving feature in their products. This comes mainly as a form of washer device. Users can remove the washer themselves if it inhibits the adequate flow of water, especially in areas where water pressure is low.