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Updated March 2017

Best Showerheads

Updated March 2017
Moen
Velocity Two-Function Rainshower
Culligan
Shower Head with Massage
Hansgrohe
Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead
Speakman
Icon Anystream Shower Head
Kohler
Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker
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Bottom Line

It is an expensive showerhead, but it's a luxurious one that will more than pay for itself in the long run.

Good water pressure, filter that gets rid of chlorine and a budget-friendly price make for a good, but not great showerhead.

If you want a low-flow showerhead that actually delivers some good pressure, this is a great model.

An excellent upgrade from a basic, smaller shower head and you won't be disappointed.

This product allows you to safely listen to music in the shower without sacrificing the quality of the showerhead itself.

Good

Huge showerhead with two modes: gentle rain and concentrated rinse. Outstanding water pressure; great warranty.

5 spray patterns including massage; affordable; filter removes chlorine in water, which is better for hair and skin.

Innovative design injects air in shower head so this low-flow shower stream feels like a full shower. Three modes.

Infinitely adjustable water streams, built to last, and the price is reasonable.

Great water pressure. Wireless speaker can be used both in and out of the shower.

Bad

Expensive, but here's a hint: go for the basic chrome finish to save some money.

Filter has to be changed every 10,000 gallons—not expensive, but mighty inconvenient.

Still a low-flow showerhead, meaning it takes a lot of time to get shampoo out of your hair.

It is a low-flow shower head, but the company includes instructions on how to remove the flow regulator.

Volume can't be adjusted on the speaker; it can only be adjusted on the device you're streaming from.

Best of the Best
Moen
Velocity Two-Function Rainshower
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Bottom Line
It is an expensive showerhead, but it's a luxurious one that will more than pay for itself in the long run.

Bad
Expensive, but here's a hint: go for the basic chrome finish to save some money.

Good
Huge showerhead with two modes: gentle rain and concentrated rinse. Outstanding water pressure; great warranty.
Culligan
Shower Head with Massage
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Bottom Line
Good water pressure, filter that gets rid of chlorine and a budget-friendly price make for a good, but not great showerhead.

Bad
Filter has to be changed every 10,000 gallons—not expensive, but mighty inconvenient.

Good
5 spray patterns including massage; affordable; filter removes chlorine in water, which is better for hair and skin.
Hansgrohe
Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead
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Bottom Line
If you want a low-flow showerhead that actually delivers some good pressure, this is a great model.

Bad
Still a low-flow showerhead, meaning it takes a lot of time to get shampoo out of your hair.

Good
Innovative design injects air in shower head so this low-flow shower stream feels like a full shower. Three modes.
Best Bang for the Buck
Speakman
Icon Anystream Shower Head
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Bottom Line
An excellent upgrade from a basic, smaller shower head and you won't be disappointed.

Bad
It is a low-flow shower head, but the company includes instructions on how to remove the flow regulator.

Good
Infinitely adjustable water streams, built to last, and the price is reasonable.
Kohler
Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker
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Bottom Line
This product allows you to safely listen to music in the shower without sacrificing the quality of the showerhead itself.

Bad
Volume can't be adjusted on the speaker; it can only be adjusted on the device you're streaming from.

Good
Great water pressure. Wireless speaker can be used both in and out of the shower.
How We Decided
  • 83 Models Considered
  • 13 Hours Spent
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 113 Consumers Consulted
  • Zero products received from manufacturers.

    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Shopping Guide For Best Showerheads

    Many people don't think too much about their showerhead; they just use whichever one comes with the shower. However, switching things up could give you a much more satisfying showering experience.

    If you have low water pressure or think you would enjoy a range of spray settings, a new showerhead could be just what need.

    But how do you select the right one? The market boasts hundreds of models, and you need to narrow your choice down to one.

    At BestReviews, we seek to help you find the ideal products for your individual needs. We pride ourselves on our honest and impartial reviews, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    If you're ready to buy a new showerhead, we invite you to examine our five winning picks at the top of this page. If you'd like to learn more about showerheads and how to select the perfect one, please read on.

    Richard
    EXPERT CONSULTANT

    Richard is a seasoned small business owner in the hardware industry. He also owns a pool maintenance business and serves as an advisor on groundskeeping committees for a number of prominent organizations. He’s a regionally renowned safe cracker/locksmith expert, and in his spare time, he renovates and repairs vaults, safes, appliances, and a number of other products.


    Richard  |  Hardware Store Owner, Do-It-Yourself Guru
    If you have low water pressure, don't fear! New technologies can increase the power of the water flowing from your shower, all the while sticking to a low GPM. If this piques your interest, look for a showerhead specifically designed for use in low water pressure areas.

    Should You Replace Your Showerhead?

    Before you begin your quest for a new showerhead, you might be wondering if it's time to replace yours. The answer is probably “yes."

    Of course, if your showerhead is damaged, leaking, has poor water flow, or is otherwise subpar, you might be seeking a replacement for that reason. But did you know that many experts suggest replacing your showerhead every eight to twelve months?

    As it turns out, showerheads are the perfect place for dangerous bacteria to grow and thrive. For example, the Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) that grow on some showerheads can cause lung infections. Granted, these bacteria shouldn't cause too much of a problem for healthy individuals. But they pose a definite risk to people with weakened immune systems.

    In short, it's best to err on the side of caution and replace your showerhead annually.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Between the darkness, heat, and moisture of a shower stall, your showerhead is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. As such, you should change your showerhead at least once a year.

    Showerhead Types

    Let's take a look at some of the most common showerhead types on the market:

    Showerhead types

    Single-Setting Showerheads

    Single-setting showerheads offer no choice in spray speed or settings; they’re either "on" or "off.” Some people consider these showerheads to be too basic, but others prefer a no-frills showerhead. They simply don't want or need any complicated settings.

    Staff

    Buyers who just want a basic showerhead should look at single-setting models.

    Showerhead types

    Multi-Setting Showerheads

    Multi-setting showerheads provide a range of spray settings from which to choose. Whether you want a strong, powerful shower or a gentle rain bath, this type of head allows you to tailor your bathing experience. The Culligan Filtered Shower Head in our product matrix offers five different settings, including a massage mode.

    Multi-setting showerheads suit people who like to tinker with different shower pressures. They’re also great for households with multiple people, all of whom prefer different settings.

    If you suffer from tight or sore muscles, you might benefit from a showerhead with a massage setting like the Culligan Filtered Shower Head.

    Showerhead types

    Rainfall Showerheads

    Rainfall showerheads are large — often eight or nine inches wide. The Moen Velocity on our shortlist is eight inches wide, and the Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead is a whopping ten inches wide. This type of head showers water down on you softly, like a gentle rain. It’s ideal if you like to feel the water covering your entire body at once but you're not married to the notion of a powerful flow.

    Staff

    If you like a softer flow in the shower, consider a rainfall showerhead.

    Showerhead types

    Low-Flow Showerheads

    Low-flow showerheads use a smaller amount of water than other types, yet they make you feel as though the flow is as strong as any out there. These products are as excellent as they are eco-friendly, and they could save you money on your water bill.

    EXPERT TIP

    There are two types of low-flow showerheads: aerating showerheads that mix air with water to increase water volume; and laminar-flow showerheads that separate jets of water for the sensation of more water.


    Richard  | Hardware Store Owner, Do-It-Yourself Guru
    Showerhead types

    Speaker Showerheads

    Speaker showerheads like the Kohler Moxie combine a regular showerhead with a wireless speaker. Most of these products work via bluetooth, so they'll pick up any bluetooth-enabled device within a specified radius. You can play music from that device, and it will come out through the shower speaker.

    If you like to listen to music in the shower, look for a showerhead with built-in speakers.

    Considerations

    Considerations

    Fixed vs. Handheld

    Some showerheads fix directly to the wall. Other “handheld” models attach to a flexible hose.

    • Fixed showerheads may swivel so you can adjust the general direction of the flow.

    • Handheld showerheads are more versatile. They affix to a wall bracket, but they can be easily removed from the bracket and used in a handheld fashion to direct the flow wherever it's needed.
    Considerations

    Nozzle Material

    Some shower nozzles are made from the same metal as the main body of the showerhead. Others are made of plastic, rubber, or silicone.

    • Showerheads with metal nozzles tend to accrue less bacteria build-up.

    • Showerheads with nozzles of plastic, rubber, or silicone don’t build up as much limescale as their metal counterparts. Limescale can pose a particularly annoying problem in hard water areas.

    The Culligan Filtered Shower Head with Massage comes with a rubber “anti-clog” nozzle that may suit consumers in hard water areas where limescale causes problems.

    Considerations

    Finish

    Presumably, you want whatever showerhead you choose to match the finish of the hardware throughout the rest of the bathroom. The majority of bathroom hardware exudes a chrome finish, so all our top picks have a chrome option.

    Notably, however, most of our top picks offer other finish options, too. For instance, in addition to Polished Chrome, the Kohler Moxie can be purchased with a finish of White, Brushed Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze.

    The Hansgrohe, Kohler, Speakman, and Moen showerheads on our shortlist can all be purchased in several different finishes. The finish you choose may affect your final price.
    Considerations

    Ease of Installation

    Most showerheads are easy to install. Even if you have little to no DIY experience, you would probably fare well on your own with any of the showerheads on our shortlist, provided you have standard U.S. plumbing.

    However, there are showerheads on today’s market that are tricky to install. In these cases, you may wish to hire a professional plumber.

    Some showerheads require no tools for DIY installation; others require an adjustable wrench and some plumber’s tape.

    Price

    Showerhead prices range from about $10 to several hundred dollars.

    It's hard to judge a showerhead on price alone. A higher price tag doesn’t always equal a superior or more durable product. That said, a basic showerhead costing $50 or more is probably worth a look. If you want to enjoy a variety of spray settings or other features from a quality brand, however, you're probably looking at a cost closer to $100+.

    Our Best Bang for Your Buck product, the Speakman Icon, currently sells for $67. For the price, you get a beautiful brass fixture in your choice of six hues which include Polished Chrome, Polished Brass, and Matte Black. True, it’s not a basic $10 model, but the owners we surveyed were glad to have spent a little extra on the comfort and convenience of this product.

    Go up in price a bit and you can get our Best of the Best product, the Moen Velocity showerhead, for $149. Most owners agree that this head’s water pressure is outstanding. The water rushes down from an eight-inch showerhead with “immersion technology” that makes you feel like your entire body is enveloped in the flow. Many owners love it so much, they say they have a tough time getting out of the shower in the morning.

    If you live in a hard water area, look for a showerhead with a plastic, rubber, or silicone nozzle. These materials don’t clog with limescale as easily as metal nozzles do.

    FAQs

    These are some of the most frequently asked questions by consumers about showerheads:

    Q: What does GPM mean?

    A: GPM stands for “gallons per minute,” and for our purposes, the measure refers to the output of the showerhead. As a rule, the higher the GPM, the stronger the water flow. However, as a water-saving measure, federal laws restrict the sale of showerheads with an output greater than 2.5 GPM.

    Q: Will I need a plumber to install my new showerhead?

    A: Showerheads are fairly easy to install if you're keeping the rest of the stall as is. Just follow the directions that come with your product. You’ll probably need an adjustable wrench and some plumber's tape.

    Of course, if you don't feel comfortable doing the job yourself, a professional plumber could certainly handle it. It’s a small job that shouldn’t cost too much.

    Q: How do I clean my limescale-clogged metal showerhead?

    A: If your metal showerhead is clogged with limescale and you’re not inclined to buy a new one, try this DIY treatment. Fill a strong plastic bag with at least one cup of white vinegar and some hot water. Securely attach the bag to the showerhead so the affected nozzle is immersed in the vinegar solution. Leave the bag there for several hours. The vinegar should disintegrate the build-up.

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