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Elias Perez
Elias Perez

Where To Buy Shower Heads __FULL__

All shower heads may seem the same, but it's important to choose one that provides the flow rate, stream settings, and aesthetics you want. Some shower heads offer a spa-like experience, while others are aimed at saving water. You'll get a different experience from both.

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After testing 12 models with high flow rates, impressive stream settings, and practical designs, the Kohler Flipside proved the perfect combination of them all. The Flipside fits snugly on a half-inch shower arm and switches streams by flipping the head around the axis, as opposed to using a lever, switch, or handle.

There are four stream settings on the spray head: coverage, soft, circular, and massage. I was most impressed by how effective the flat stream was, compared to the circular spray patterns of most shower heads. Although there are fewer options than many other shower heads offer, the lack of extra levers or switches helped to give the Flipside a high-end, minimalist feel. The Flipside was also easy to rotate on its axis, even when my hands were soapy and slippery.

After using this shower head regularly for over six months and rotating it frequently, I didn't notice any structural issues with this functionality. It's also easy to clean, and any water spots easily rub off with a cleaner and soft towel. I feared that the Flipside's swiveling operation would negatively affect its performance, but flow testing revealed a 1.81 GPM flow rate, coming close to its 2.5 GPM limit.

The Hopopro is constructed of primarily ABS plastic, which unfortunately does give it somewhat of a plasticky look, as opposed to the shiny finish of more expensive models. Most of its nozzle heads are made of rubber though, which was a pleasant surprise at this price point. There are a few nozzles in the center of the unit that are plastic, but that's a fair trade-off for the price. If you're mostly interested in the high flow rate, low cost, and easy operation, this shower head will do the trick.

In order for a handheld shower head to be effective, it needs to work just as well in your hand as it does when mounted to the wall. The Waterpik High-Pressure Powerpulse 9-Spray does just that, thanks to a long handle that is easy to grip and maneuver and extend over your head when attached to the shower neck. The 4.5-inch diameter face also helps provide a wide, expansive spray.

This handheld design also makes the Powerpulse massage setting especially useful. The powerful setting focuses the water into a narrow, pulsating stream, allowing you to maneuver it close against any particularly sore body parts. The shower head also features eight other stream settings, like a fine mist and a "water-saving trickle."

The main drawback to the Waterpik is its many plastic components. This construction makes it more vulnerable to cracks and breakage if dropped, especially if your shower has hard tiles. That said, it does come with a lifetime guarantee.

If you have the budget, the Moen S6320 Velocity Two-Function Rainshower has a high-quality construction and practicality that make it worth the price. The Delta In2ition 5-Spray and Delta HydroRain Two-in-One 5-Spray are within the same price range, but their clunky designs and inconvenient operation couldn't compete with the Moen.

Installing the Moen wasn't as straightforward as other models I tested due to the short connection that attaches to the shower arm. This wasn't a huge deal, but it did take a few extra minutes to get the threads to catch. Once installed, the Moen looked great. Its extra-wide 8-inch face gives it a classic rain-shower look, and its 100 nozzles promise great functionality.

One of my favorite characteristics of the Moen was the movement of the adjustment lever. Unlike other models that have loud mechanical clicks when you switch from one setting to another, this lever smoothly and quietly transitions from a full-coverage mode to focused rinsing. The surprisingly strong overall feel of the water also helped to put the Moen on top over other high-end models. Its 1.85 GPM was one of the second-highest I tested, which is definitely needed for a wider shower head like this one to work effectively.

You may expect a water-saving shower head to deliver only a light sprinkle, but the High Sierra High-Efficiency has a great flow rate and dense, pressurized spray. It produced a 1.37 GPM flow rate during testing, which was impressive considering the High Sierra maxes out at 1.5 GPM.

Some people may find this model too small, especially in a spacious shower, and may prefer a larger option with a little more character, but the High Sierra is great for those who want a shower head that will produce the strongest stream while still conserving water. If your main priority is a high flow rate and you live in a state that allows 2.5 GPM products, you should probably choose a different model.

If your priority is complete spray coverage, this versatile shower head from Moen could be a great option. It features dual shower heads: a detachable option for handheld use and an extra-wide fixed unit, both of which can be used at the same time. Despite the large and bulky shape, it was surprisingly simple to install and took me about 30 seconds to twist into place and complete the hose connections.

The Moen Attract 26000: This basic handheld sprayer was a fine option in my testing, but it didn't have the versatility and spray coverage that the Moen Attract 26008 provided with its added rain shower. If you're not concerned with maximum coverage or the sheer number of spray settings, this handheld sprayer might be a perfect fit for you. Its magnetic cradle was especially strong, which is always a plus.

Kohler Moxie: The integrated Bluetooth speaker of the Kohler Moxie was easy to set up, fun to use, and sounded great. I even removed it from the cradle and used it as a standalone speaker in my office for a while. Unfortunately, the thin stream and relatively weak flow rate made this shower head more of a novelty than a legitimate contender.

Delta In2ition 5-Spray: A high-priced shower head should be flawless, but the Delta In2ition just didn't have the pressure to be used effectively, and its magnetic cradle was far too weak.

Handheld: These shower heads sit in a cradle and can be used as a fixed shower head if you like, but they also have a long, flexible hose that allows you to use them as a handheld unit.

I researched more than 30 shower heads based on reviews and tested 16. I also leaned on my experience as a residential carpenter for four years and consulted two experts: Nick Yahoodain, CEO of Advanced Builders and Contractors in Los Angeles, California, and Monica Higgins, a remodeling expert based in Southern California.

I installed each shower head and used it at least three times during the day. I went through my usual cleansing routine with shampoo, conditioner, and body wash and made sure to stagger my showers to reduce the chances of other appliances or household plumbing factors affecting my testing. Showering while running dishwashers or washing machines, or even at the same time as someone else, will increase the demand for your water supply and can sometimes result in a lower flow rate than usual.

Installation and fit: I installed each shower head, timing how long the process took and noting any issues that came up. I have four years of experience as a general contractor, so my installation time will most likely be quicker than yours. Nonetheless, I made sure to note if the installation was easy or not.

Appearance: I took the overall style, design, finish, material, and size into account when comparing the appearance of each shower head. People have vastly different bathroom styles, and some options may match better with certain aesthetics.

Overall feel of water: I based this on how the water physically felt throughout the shower. I noted the size of the water coverage coming out of the shower head, how focused or dispersed the water droplets and streams were, and how strong and pressurized the water felt overall.

Flow rate: I calculated the actual flow rate of each shower head and compared it to the max it could handle. I would fill a 5-gallon bucket for 60 seconds, weigh it, subtract the weight of the bucket, and divide that number by 8.3 (the weight of a gallon of water). This gave me the gallons per minute (GPM) of each shower head.

These flow rates can't be compared exactly across all the products because they all have different flow-rate restrictions. But by looking at the max flow rate of the product along with the tested rates I calculated from my shower (which has an average pressure of 64 parts per square inch or PSI), I got a general idea of how each shower head performs under the PSI of an average household.

Beyond the basic categories of fixed and handheld (the former being the one mounted up on the wall, and the latter the one with a hose that you can pick up, aim, and spray where you need to), the world of showerheads presents an abundance of aesthetic choices. Showerheads take multiple forms (rectilinear, curvilinear, exotic) and styles (traditional, transitional, contemporary), and every brand advertises unique spray technologies with obscure trade names. But all showerheads should, at the very least, deliver a satisfying, consistent spray using any water pressure or showerhead height. We set out to present both fixed and handheld options, and we narrowed the field to 18 finalists that met the following criteria.

Nebia by Moen also makes a less expensive spa shower, the N214R0, that doesn't have a handshower. We turned the handshower off on the model we tested to see how it felt and much prefer the dual option.

We tested the 1.5 gpm Niagara N2915CH, which is similar to the High Sierra. With two spray settings, the Niagara is technically more versatile, but its rain shower is far less powerful and lush. Its second setting, with six swiveled jets of water that come out from the head in pairs of two, creates uncomfortably cold gaps at the center, under a higher showerhead. 041b061a72


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