Top 5 Shower Heads: Even though they may all appear to have the same features, it’s crucial to pick a shower head that offers the flow rate, stream settings, and aesthetic you prefer. While some shower heads are designed to save water, others provide a spa-like experience. Both will give you a unique experience.
The top shower heads, ranging from handheld to rainfall options, were selected after 16 types were tested and two professionals, remodelling specialist Monica Higgins and CEO of Advanced Builders and Contractors Nicholas Yahoodain, were consulted.
You can read more about the various shower head types here and find out how we tested the shower heads there.
1. Kohler Flipside
The following are the results of the survey. The Flipside switches streams without the use of a lever, switch, or handle by simply flipping the head about its axis. It fits snuggly on a half-inch shower arm.
The spray head has four stream settings: massage, gentle, round, and coverage. The effectiveness of the flat stream in comparison to the circular spray patterns of other shower heads most impressed me. Although though there are fewer settings than many other shower heads, the Flipside has a premium, minimalist feel because there aren’t any additional knobs or controls. Even with my hands slippery from bathing, it was simple to move The Flipside around its axis.
I’ve been using this shower head frequently for more than six months, and I haven’t noticed any structural problems with this functionality. Also, it is simple to clean; any water stains may be removed with a cleanser and soft cloth. I was concerned that the Flipside’s swivelling motion would have a detrimental impact on its performance, but flow testing showed a flow rate of 1.81 GPM, which was almost at its 2.5 GPM limit.
Pros: Soft rubber nozzles, chrome finish, and no delicate levers or switches
Cons: For some states, the flow rate may be too high.
2. Hopopro High-Pressure Showerhead
The Hopopro High-Pressure Showerhead offers a very wide spray zone despite its low cost, which is not typically the case with inexpensive models. Also, it offers a 1.81 GPM flow rate, which guarantees a constant, powerful stream. The 4.1-inch diameter head’s adjustable spray settings, which range from a gentle mist to a concentrated massage spray, are easy to navigate with a simple lever.
Installation was as simple as it gets; all you have to do is twist it in. I valued the fact that Hopopro came with a little wrench, which none of my previous shower heads did, as well as a roll of plumbers tape to ensure a tight fit. Even if you have a lot of tools on hand, having the proper one in the package is practical.
Although the Hopopro is mostly made of ABS plastic, it unfortunately has a more plasticky appearance than more expensive models that have a polished finish. Most of its nozzle heads are made of rubber nevertheless, which was a pleasant surprise at this pricing point. A handful of the nozzles in the unit’s centre are plastic, but that’s a reasonable trade-off given the cost. This shower head will work if your main concerns are the high flow rate, inexpensive cost, and simplicity of use.
Pros: Simple use and a large selection of spray settings
Cons: Construction is a little fragile.
3. Waterpik High-Pressure Powerpulse 9-Spray
A handheld shower head must function equally as effectively in your hand as it does when fixed to the wall in order to be effective. Thanks to a long handle that extends over your head when attached to the shower neck and is simple to grab and manage, the Waterpik High-Pressure Powerpulse 9-Spray does just that. Also, the 4.5-inch diameter face contributes to the wide, expansive spray.
Also, the Powerpulse massage setting is very practical thanks to the handheld style. The strong setting concentrates the water into a confined, pulsating stream that you can direct directly on any particularly achy body parts. Eight more stream options, including a fine mist and a “water-saving trickle,” are also available on the shower head.
The Waterpik’s numerous plastic parts are its biggest flaw. Because of this design, it is more likely to shatter and break if dropped, especially if your shower has hard tiles. But, it does have a lifetime warranty.
Pros: Rubber nozzle heads, a wide range of spray settings, and a long reach
Cons: numerous plastic parts, rather plasticky appearance
3. Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rainshower
If you have the money, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rainshower is worth the cost because to its high-quality design and functionality. While being in the same price range as the Moen, the Delta In2ition 5-Spray and Delta HydroRain Two-in-One 5-Spray couldn’t compete because to their awkward designs and difficult operation.
The Moen’s small connection to the shower arm made installation more difficult than with other models I evaluated. Although it wasn’t a big deal, it did take a little longer for the threads to catch. The Moen looked fantastic after being installed. It has a traditional rain-shower appearance thanks to its extra-wide 8-inch face, and its 100 nozzles ensure exceptional functionality.
The movement of the adjustment lever was one of my favourite aspects of the Moen. Its lever easily and silently switches from a full-coverage mode to concentrated rinsing, unlike other models that have noisy mechanical clicks when you change settings. The Moen was distinguished from other high-end models by the remarkably robust overall feel of the water. For a larger shower head like this one to function properly, its 1.85 GPM was among the second-highest I tested.
Pros: a silent adjustment lever, a high flow rate, and an aesthetic design
Cons: Only two settings, a little challenging to install
4. High Sierra All Metal 1.5 GPM High-Efficiency Showerhead
The High Sierra High-Efficiency shower head features a fantastic flow rate and a dense, pressured spray, contrary to what you may expect from a shower head that uses less water. It achieved a flow rate of 1.37 GPM during testing, which is astounding given that the High Sierra can only produce 1.5 GPM.
The High Sierra was quite simple to install, and because to its compact size, it was doable with just one hand. You won’t have to struggle with straightening it out after installation because to its compact cylindrical shape and lack of an adjustment lever. The chrome finish has a contemporary look and is simple to clean.
The High Sierra is perfect for those who want a shower head that will provide the strongest stream while still conserving water. Nevertheless, some people may find this model to small, especially in a large shower, and may prefer a larger choice with a bit more character. If a high flow rate is your top priority and your state only permits 2.5 GPM goods, you should probably go with a different type.
Pros: High flow velocity, robust design, and less clogging potential
Cons: One spray mode, 1.5 GPM, may not be sufficient for certain people.
5. Moen Attract Magnetix 26008
This adaptable shower head from Moen can be a wonderful choice if perfect spray coverage is your top goal. It has two shower heads: one removable for handheld usage and the other extra-wide fixed, both of which can be used simultaneously. It was very easy to install despite its big, hefty shape; it only took me about 30 seconds to twist it in and finish the hose connections.
The Moen Attract Magnetix 26008 has a lot of spray settings, which originally overwhelmed me, but I rapidly became familiar with them. I also liked that you could totally shut off the water to either head to increase the pressure in the other. After you’re done, it’s simple to quickly reattach the handheld head thanks to a powerful magnetic dock, in contrast to the more affordable dual-head models I tested, which occasionally dropped off if not positioned precisely.
However, the plastic parts (particularly on the handheld sprayer) raise some questions because they might be susceptible to breaking or failing, especially if dropped while being installed. The rain head does, however, have rubber spray nozzles that make it easy to clear mineral deposits, and the entire machine is simple to clean.
Pros: Strong magnetic dock, extensive spray coverage, and premium appearance
Cons: For tiny showers, the plastic nozzle heads on the handheld wand can be excessively cumbersome.