Raise your hand if you’re tired of your bathroom.
Mine shot right up. I’m not in love with the color, the flooring, the vanity, and so on. It’s like a honey-do list for champs. The only thing it has going for is that it’s functional — and even that comes into question time and again.
Though the bathroom tszujing is still a ways off, I’ve already started planning for it. I’m circling a few color choices. I’ve got my eye on a couple vanities. I even know the exact type of tile I’d like to install.
But the shower head? Well, this is where I stumble. Odd, right? Once I started looking into the selections, the number of options stunned me.
Here’s what going into my considerations:
Take something as basic as the stream. You’ve got multi-setting models where you can adjust it to mist, massage, pulse, and trickle — a water-saver when soaping up. Or aerating models, which use a mix of water and air to make the flow feel more substantial while using less water.
My current shower head is so old it can’t be adjusted, so I’m lucky that I’m okay with the setting as it stands. I’m not sure what my husband thinks of it, but he’d likely agree it would be nice to have options.
Standard wall mount is the most common, obviously. But you’ve also got top mount, which gives you a deluge of water from above. Then, there’s sliding bar, which can accommodate various heights. And, of course, handheld.
Personally, I’d love to go handheld. After all, I’ve got kids. Not only would they love to play with it (and flood the bathroom, of course), but it’d make bath time so much easier.
No more doused heads when I have to pour a cup of water over them to wash out the shampoo.
Did you know you should also consider the internal design of your shower heads? Some models come with a self-cleaning feature, while others actually have inner workings that minimize blockages. If they could do that for the drain, we’d be all set.
As far as price goes, you can spend anywhere from $5 to $1,000 — if not more. And that price often comes down to the shower head’s features. Those with more bells and whistles tend to cost more.
But don’t confuse higher price for quality. When comparing two models with the same features, a hefty price tag doesn’t necessarily mean a better product. It’s time to do a little digging to determine the overall reviews.
Other things to keep in mind while choosing a shower head are whether the model is used in hotels and its gpm. If you’re considering one you can find at your neighborhood Best Western, it can attest to the durability and constant use it can take.
Gpm, on the other hand, gives you an idea of how many gallons of water will be used per minute. If you’ve got a tank-less water heater, the higher gallons per minute could pose a problem.
You use your shower daily; why not enjoy it with a great shower head?