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Shower Head Buying Guide

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Shower Heads come in a variety of styles and usability options. Choose a shower head based on water pressure levels, finishes, features, and spray types. Start by taking a look at where it will need to be installed, and then narrow down your selection based whether you need a wall or ceiling mounted shower head. Read below for more information on types and features so you can find the right shower head for your bathroom.
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Shower Head Types

  • Adjustable shower heads feature several spray options and water pressure levels, and are usually altered by turning the shower head clockwise or counter clockwise.
  • Rain showerheads feature a low-flow spray that imitates the relaxing feel of rainfall. Rainfall shower heads are often an eco-friendly, water-saving option. 
  • Handheld shower heads have a short hose that attaches to the shower head for easier bathing and more options. Handheld shower heads lock into an upright position to work as standard adjustable shower heads also. 

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  • Low Flow shower heads are specifically designed to save water, and many feature several spray options, usually including rain fall, for the most efficient use of water. 
  • Fixed shower heads are the most standard style with just a shower head attached to a pipe or faucet hole in the shower wall. 
  • Dual showerheads offer both a fixed shower head and an attached handheld shower for multiple bathing and use options. 

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Spray Patterns

  • Rain - A low-flow pattern with a larger shower head and a light pressure that mimics rainfall. 
  • Massage - Several pressure options with higher pressure settings for massage-like relaxation.
  • Full - One or two pressure options that utilize all of the shower head holes. 
  • Jet - High pressure water pattern with a concentrated stream option.
  • Pause - Medium pressure with an on-and-off water pattern. 

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Features

  • Installation type - Shower heads are either wall mounted or ceiling mounted, depending on your existing plumbing set-up. Many rainfall shower heads are ceiling mounted for a realistic rain effect. 
  • Finish - Shower heads come in a variety of finishes to match your bathroom, from chrome and brushed nickel to bronze and antique brass. Look for rust-resistant finishes. 
  • Flow rate - Choose a low-flow shower head for more energy savings. According to government regulations, the highest flow rate allowed for shower heads is 2.5 gallons per minute at a standard water pressure level of 80 psi (pounds per square inch). 

Check your home's water pressure levels before selecting a shower head type for the best results. If you have lower water pressure levels, look for a low-flow shower head. 

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