Dual shower heads can be a great way to upgrade your current bathroom without having to do a lot of renovation or remodeling. Many of these fixtures can be installed in place of your existing showerhead, so all it takes is some simple do-it-yourself skills. Others might require a plumber to install them properly, but even then you will spend far less than you would on a renovation project.
These double shower heads can add a bit of the “spa experience” to your daily routine. You can choose from multiple shower head designs, such as the Speakman S-2252-2 which is literally a twin-head replacement for your existing head, giving you a more luxurious shower. Or you can choose something like the Kohler K-45209 Hydrorail-R bath/shower column which gives you a handheld head as well as an overhead fixed unit.
The best choice will depend on what you’re looking for. If you want to upgrade your current shower to give you higher water flow, but don’t necessarily want a separate handheld massage head, one of the dual fixed heads is the way to go.
But a double shower head that has one removable, handheld piece can be more versatile. When the handheld head is attached, it functions just like a standard fixed showerhead so you’re not losing any capability this way.
You might also want to consider something like the Delta In2ition series. This showerhead has a removable handheld massage unit that mounts in the center of a fixed showerhead. When the handheld unit is attached, it functions like any other fixed-head shower. But when you remove it, the outer ring continues to function as an overhead shower, while the handheld unit works at the same time.
Some Things To Consider When Choosing A Dual Shower Head
One of the things that many people overlook when installing a dual shower head is how their water pressure will be affected. If the pressure to the shower is already on the weak side, a double shower could be even worse.
Many of these types of heads will have a higher water flow, simply due to the fact that there are now two heads instead of one. But that means the water pressure can be cut in half, so it can have an impact.
If your water pressure is on the low side, you can find high pressure shower heads that essentially multiply the pressure as the water passes through. Truth be told, they aren’t actually increasing the water pressure so much as the force at which it is delivered.
In other words, you’re not going to get more water from your shower, it’s simply going to be delivered with more force. But it’s not really the pressure that most people complain about anyway – it’s the force of delivery. That force is simply affected by low water pressure.
Something else to consider is how many people use the shower, and whether or not they will need to adjust the angle of the showerhead.
If your entire family uses it, and their heights differ by much, you have two choices:
- Use a rain shower head that basically points straight down
- Use an adjustable shower head so each person can adjust it for their height
The first option will require a specific type of mount, since the shower head needs to be overhead for anyone using it. This could require new plumbing in the ceiling above the shower, or it could mean replacing the head with a shower bar that allows overhead mounting.
The second option will typically be easier to install, since you can use the existing plumbing for it. A head like the Grohe 27 007 000 works well in these situations.
However your bathroom is designed, you’ll be able to find two in one shower heads that will suit your needs. You’ll just need to determine exactly what features you want, and how much effort (and money) you want to put into the installation.
But this simple upgrade can make a world of difference to your bathroom.