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Best Shower Head

The shower head has been a stable fixture in the U.S. for more than 100 years. The origins date back to the pioneer days, when travelers would pour their precious water supplies through a metal tub that had small holes punched in it. The shower head is a good way to bathe, without using fountains of water at any one time. Over the years, the shower head has become very practical, featuring anti-clogging features, a variety of spray modes, and of course; hand held features. Below are just a few variations of shower heads, and will give you a little better idea of what is available on the market.

Waterpik ASD 833 AquaScape 8-Mode Showerhead with Adjustable Arm

The Waterpik ASD-833 offers a rain-type showerhead with an adjustable arm, making it suited even for people who are quite tall. Although expensive, this showerhead is a very large 8.5 inches in diameter, and offers multiple spray settings to choose from, something which often seems to be lacking with rain-type models. The eight spray settings include different massage and pulsating options, as well as a Powerspray setting that is particularly excellent for rinsing out thick hair.

Waterpik's OptiFlow technology allows for better water pressure without the excessive water usage, and most users find that this showerhead has plenty of flow with the restrictor left installed. Although the showerhead itself is plastic, the adjustable brass arm is of good quality. The ASD-833 is easy to install and clean, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Moen 3867 Four Function Massaging Handshower with Slide Bar, Chrome

This showerhead from Moen is quite pricey, but offers extreme versatility. The 3867 showerhead comes in multiple finishes, and combines the convenience of a handheld showerhead with the adjustability of a 30-inch slide bar, allowing the showerhead mounting position to be moved vertically with ease. The showerhead holder itself also rotates, to allow for adjusting the angle of the spray as well as the height.

The flexible hose is nearly six feet in length, making the 3867 extremely convenient for a variety of uses while the showerhead offers four spray patterns, including massage, and delivers good water flow overall. Although installation can take a bit longer than a standard showerhead, the Moen 3867 is an excellent choice for those who need the most adjustability possible.

Delta 52685-PK Adjustable Arm Raincan Shower Head

The Delta Faucet 52685-PK showerhead comes with an adjustable arm that allows the showerhead to extend up to nine inches above or below the mounting point, for a total of 18 inches of movement. The showerhead itself also swivels 180 degrees, making this showerhead an excellent choice for those who need to accommodate people of different heights. The 52685-PK is a rain-type showerhead, which means that it offers a soft but drenching spray.

Although water pressure won't be as strong as with a non-rain model, flow is good enough that most user choose to keep the flow restrictor in place. Installation is simple, although some find the components to be somewhat cheaply made. However, this affordable adjustable showerhead comes with an extended warranty should any problems arise.

Premier 192056 Single-Setting Sunflower Showerhead

The Premier 192056 showerhead comes with a shower arm that allows for adjustability of 18 total inches of vertical movement. Along with the head itself that swivels 180 degrees, this offers plenty of adjustability to accommodate most needs. The 192056 showerhead is a rain type showerhead, which means that it has a gentler feeling on the skin versus pressurized showerheads. The showerhead itself is easy to keep clean, and installation is simple. Although there is only a single spray setting, water pressure is decent and provides a satisfying showering experience. The Premier 192056 is affordable and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Waterpik RPB-173 Drenching Rain Fall Showerhead

The Waterpik RPB-173 showerhead offers a "drenching rain" effect for full body coverage with its six-inch diameter showerhead and strong water flow. Although the water pressure of your home will make a considerable difference, the RPB-173 is designed to help improve water flow overall. This showerhead does have a removable flow restrictor, although removing this piece will have an impact on your water bill.

The RPB-173 is simple to install and includes an adjustable arm that allows for positioning the showerhead as needed; this adjustability also allows the showerhead to be well-suited for taller people who can often have trouble getting comfortable with a fixed showerhead. Although made of plastic, the RPB-173 is of overall good quality, has an attractive chrome finish, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Waterpik TRS-553 Elements 5-Mode Handheld Shower

The TRS-553 handheld showerhead from Waterpik uses their OptiFlow technology, which can provide up to 30 percent more water pressure without actually using more water. This handheld showerhead is very simple to install, and requires no assembly. The 60-inch hose is flexible, and the entire assembly doesn't feel cheap despite being made of plastic.

The spray nozzles are easy to clean, preventing mineral buildups and maintaining good water flow. The TRS-553 has five spray settings, including a massage setting and although the flow restrictor can be removed, this showerhead offers good performance while maintaining water and energy savings. The Waterpik TRS-553 comes in a choice of two finishes, and is very affordable to purchase.

The Delta Faucet 75700 Handheld Shower Head

This popular handheld showerhead from Delta Faucet offers all the convenience of a high-quality showerhead without the high price tag. The 75700 includes an extra long six-foot flexible hose, while still being able to maintain a strong and steady water flow. Unlike so many handheld showerheads, the 75700 is designed to be held easily easy and use with even wet, soapy hands. This makes choosing between the seven spray settings simple, while the showerhead itself is lightweight and easy to grip. Anti-clog nozzles keep the showerhead mineral deposit-free. This showerhead is simple to install, and Delta Faucet offers a limited lifetime warranty should anything go wrong.

2.0 GPM Niagara Chrome Handheld Massage Showerhead

Although this handheld showerhead from Niagara Conservation might focus heavily on efficiency, its ability to maintain good water pressure contributes to its popularity. This showerhead meets the EPA's stringent WaterSense criteria for efficiency, with the ability to choose between two gallons per minute or one gallon per minute of water flow. This may seem like it would result in an unsatisfying shower, but pressure compensation allows for strong water flow while using less water overall. Unlike many other showerheads, this is accomplished with a non-aerated stream, meaning the water won't feel like needles when it hits your skin and will feel warmer for longer. This handheld showerhead is easy to install, and comes with an extra long six-foot hose with a head which also swivels and rotates for adjustability. Niagara Conservation offers a ten year warranty with this model.

Culligan Handheld Filtered Shower Head HSH-C135

The Culligan HSH-C135 offers water filtration in your shower, which many find results in healthier, softer skin and hair. This handheld showerhead comes with a filter that reduces the amount of chlorine and resulting mineral buildups and odors that are commonly found in tap water. The filter lasts for approximately six months with typical use, and is simple to replace. The HSH-C135 is easy to install, requiring no tools for the process.

The showerhead offers five different sprays, including a massage setting. The flexible metal hose is nearly five feet in length, and newer versions have a strong mounting bracket allowing the showerhead to properly maintain the desired angle. Although the filtration capability does make this handheld showerhead slightly more expensive to purchase, it is nonetheless reasonably priced and comes with a five year warranty.

Moen 23015 Multi-Function Hand Shower Package

The Moen 23015 handheld showerhead is available in multiple finishes to best suit your decor. Whichever finish you choose, each is resistant to the corrosion and tarnishing that can result from regular use, especially with hard water. Although this handheld showerhead is on the pricey side, it can be found at steep discounts with a bit of research.

The 23015 comes with a 60-inch flexible hose, although it can be quite stiff and unwieldy before it has been completely broken in. The showerhead offers five spray settings, with good water flow that feels gentle on the skin. Despite being made of plastic, this showerhead feels like a good quality product, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

Speakman S-2005-HB Anystream Hotel Showerhead

The Speakman S-2005-HB showerhead comes in multiple finishes, allowing it to easily fit into your decor. This showerhead is used in resorts and hotels, providing the same high-end showering experience and build quality that would be expected when away from home.

Even when the pressure in your pipes isn't the strongest, the S-2005-HB provides excellent water pressure with the flow restrictor intact although it can be removed at the expense of your water consumption. This large showerhead has five adjustable jets and eight pulsating massage sprays, resulting in plenty of options to achieve the ultimate luxurious shower at home.

The self-cleaning nozzles reduce mineral deposit build up and the need to clean as often, while a lifetime warranty provides insurance should anything break. Although the S-2005-HB showerhead pivots, it does not offer any further adjustability.

Waterpik RPB-173 Drenching Rain Fall Showerhead

The Waterpik RPB-173 showerhead offers a "drenching rain" effect for full body coverage with its six-inch diameter showerhead and strong water flow. Although the water pressure of your home will make a considerable difference, the RPB-173 is designed to help improve water flow overall. This showerhead does have a removable flow restrictor, although removing this piece will have an impact on your water bill.

The RPB-173 is simple to install and includes an adjustable arm that allows for positioning the showerhead as needed; this adjustability also allows the showerhead to be well-suited for taller people who can often have trouble getting comfortable with a fixed showerhead. Although made of plastic, the RPB-173 is of overall good quality, has an attractive chrome finish, and comes with a lifetime warranty.

Culligan WSH-C125 Filtered Showerhead

The Culligan WSH-C125 is a best-seller thanks to its ease of installation, ability to reduce up to 99 percent of chlorine in water, and long filter life. No tools are required to install this shower filter, which comes with anti clog rubber spray nozzles and five spray settings including massage. The built-in filter is rated for 10,000 gallons, or approximately six months with average usage, while reducing not only most of the chlorine content in the water, but also sulfur odors and scale. This means fewer residues left by minerals in the water, and softer, gentler water on your hair and skin. The Culligan WSH-C125 comes with a five-year warranty and reasonably priced at under $30.

Kohler K-10282-CP Forte Single-Function Showerhead

This showerhead from Kohler can be purchased alongside an entire lineup of products, allowing all of the fixtures in your bathroom to match. A wide array of finishes allows the K-10282-CP to easily match existing fixtures as well, while being simple and easy to install. The K-10282-CP is used in high-end hotels, and uses a large 5.5-inch diameter head with 72 nozzles to provide the experience of showering in the rain. Although the water flow restrictor can be removed, this showerhead offers good water pressure while limited to 2.5 gallons per minute. The K-10282-CP is also easy to clean, with all offered finishes being resistant to the corrosion and tarnishing that can result from hard water buildup.

Delta Faucet 75152 Amplifying Adjustable Shower Head

This showerhead from Delta Faucet meets the EPA's WaterSense criteria for efficiency, while being designed to deliver a satisfying showering experience. The 75152 showerhead can be used in a 2.5 gallons per minute or a 1.85 gallons per minute settings, allowing it to use overall 36 percent less water than a standard showerhead. Although some will not like the effect caused by the addition of air to the water flow in order to retain pressure, it does work to create the sensation of a stronger water flow that retains heat well.

The showerhead is designed to prevent mineral buildup from clogging the spray holes, while easy to clean and install. Like most showerheads, the ball joint allows for swivel adjustments. Overall, the Delta Faucet 75152 is a good choice for those looking to conserve energy and water without sacrificing their showering experience.

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