Showerheads don’t often strike people as a particularly important purchase, but taking the time to make sure you pick up a model which is right for you is well worth the effort. Doing so means that you can customize your showering experience, lets you add features which you might otherwise have neglected to consider, and could save unnecessary maintenance in the future.
Fixed or Detachable?
You probably already have a good idea of whether you want a fixed showerhead or one which can be detached, but it’s still worth taking a few minutes to consider the pros and cons of each one. Detachable models tend to look a little less glamourous, but they’re usually essential if you have small children, or if you have pets you need to clean in your bath. Fixed showerheads are often more stylish, and since they’re simpler they’re also usually a bit cheaper. Of course, you do lose flexibility.
Rainfall or Standard?
Rainfall showerheads are extremely fashionable right now, as they easily give your bathroom an air of luxury, and many people prefer their gentle spray to the thinner streams which often come from standard models. However, they’re also non-adjustable, and you’ll always need to get your hair wet – unless you don a shower cap – since the water comes directly from above.
Kids or Adults?
If you’re going to have children regularly using your shower, it might be a good idea to pick up a showerhead which has an inbuilt anti-scald mechanism. These will automatically restrict the flow of water when it becomes too hot. Other options include installing an anti-scald valve, but this often means having to go in behind the wall.
Hard Water or Normal Water?
Do you know whether you’re living in a hard water area? If you are, it’s definitely something to take into account when you’re buying a showerhead. Plastic heads are preferable, since they’re far less prone to becoming clogged up with minerals. Metal models aren’t so lucky, and buying one often means committing to frequent de-scaling. However, some newer all-metal showerheads are coated with Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), which helps alleviate the problem.
Showerheads are never the most important thing you’ll buy for your home, but it still makes sense to consider all of the options. Ask yourself these questions, and then find your perfect model.