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Showerhead Buying Guide

There's nothing better than an invigorating shower. Want to upgrade your showerhead to something a little more versatile, luxurious, or accessible? If you're shopping for a new showerhead as part of a top-to-bottom bathroom renovation or just to refresh your shower and bath, read on to learn about all the factors you need to keep in mind when browsing and shopping for a showerhead.


Types of Showerheads

Kohler MasterShower 2.875-in 2.0-GPM (7.6-LPM) Polished Chrome 3-Spray Rain Showerhead

Pictured: Kohler MasterShower 2.875-in 2.0-GPM (7.6-LPM) Polished Chrome 3-Spray Rain Showerhead

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  • Fixed showerheads are mounted permanently to the wall of the shower unit.
  • Some fixed showerheads are mounted in such a way that the height can be adjusted to accommodate different people. Look for this feature if very tall and very short people share your bathroom.
  • Look for side-located adjusters for easier spray alterations.
Moen Refresh 7-Spray Handheld Convertible Shower Massager

Pictured: Moen Refresh 7-Spray Handheld Convertible Shower Massage

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  • Hand-held showerheads are connected to the wall by a flexible tube or hose, allowing for a range of motion.
  • They most often hang on a fixed-mount bracket, which can sometimes be fixed low on the wall to adhere to the principles of universal design.
  • Hand-held showerheads are useful for bathing children and pets, and they make cleaning the shower and tub easy.



For energy savings, look for a low-flow showerhead, which uses less water than a standard model. According to Canadian government standards, no showerhead can have a water flow rate greater than 2.5 gallons per minute at a standardized pressure of 80psi. Low-flow showerheads use even less than that, which translates to lower energy costs to the consumer.

But not every home has water pressure as high as 80psi, and levels substantially lower than that can make a dramatic difference in the effectiveness of the shower. If it feels like you never can get the shampoo rinsed out of your hair properly, look for a model designed specifically for low water pressure use.

Some showerheads also come with a cut-off valve that allows you to stop the flow of water while shampooing, greatly reducing the amount of water used in every shower.

Spray Patterns

Drenching rain pattern.

Fine mist pattern.

Sharp spray pattern.

Massaging swirl pattern.

Examine the holes on the showerhead to determine the spray pattern.

Different spray patterns and options are available in various models of showerhead.

  • A wide, round showerhead feels like a drenching rain, which can be advantageous for users with thick hair.
  • A fine mist pattern provides a soothing and relaxing shower experience.
  • A massaging unit can offer a sharp and/or undulating spray in order to soothe tense muscles, particularly in the shoulder and neck areas.
  • Look for a unit on which the spray pattern is easily adjustable, even with soapy hands.
  • You can discern a showerhead's spray pattern by examining the holes on the showerhead, or head to your local Lowe's store and ask a Specialist for assistance.

Now you know it all!
Figure out which showerhead style and function is best for your and those in your home, and start shopping!

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