Rain shower heads are one of those bathroom fixtures that were only found in the homes of the rich and famous, up until a few years ago. They give you luxury performance, a shower experience that’s second to none. They truly are just like standing outside in a torrential rainstorm. Fortunately for those of us with average homes – and average incomes! – rain heads have become much more affordable in recent years. You can find them for under $100 in some cases, such as the Waterpik Rainfall+ rain showerhead ASD-833. Of course you can also spend considerably more than that, depending on exactly what type of head you’re looking for. There are several features of a rain showerhead that will have a bearing on the price.
There are various sizes of rainfall showerheads available, from round 8 inch and up. The size and design you settle on will have to fit your bathroom if you’re renovating an existing one. If you’re designing a bathroom from scratch, whether as part of a new home project or adding a new bathroom to your existing home, you’ll have a bit more freedom. Many of the rain heads you’ll find are designed to replace your existing showerhead. A unit like the Kohler K-13693-CP 10″ traditional round rainhead with Katalyst technology can be installed in place of almost any head. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, you can get something like the ceiling mount Dream Light Rain Canopy from Jaclo. This is a fixed shower head that is inset into the ceiling above the shower. A head like this one really needs to be planned for when plumbing a shower, since it won’t use the same plumbing as an existing shower head. Ultimately the size you choose will depend on two factors:
- Whether you’re replacing an existing head or plumbing in a new one
- The size and shape of the bathroom itself
The design of your bathroom will play a large part in the finish you choose for your shower head. There are many different finishes, including:
- Brushed or polished nickel
- Brushed or polished bronze
- Brushed or polished gold
The main difference between brushed and polished is how “shiny” it is. Brushed finishes are more subdued, almost dull, where polished finishes have a smoother, shinier look.
You’ll want to match the finish to your bathroom design. For example, if you’re creating an “antique” look with a clawfoot tub and distressed metal sink you might choose a bronze finish. But if you’re creating a contemporary bathroom design, polished nickel or gold might be a better choice. Just keep in mind that you’re probably going to be using and looking at these fixtures for years to come. Don’t get something that is too trendy or it might start looking dated before too long.
Rain shower heads tend to use more water than standard heads simply because of their design. They have more water jets, particularly on the larger sizes, and the whole point is to get the sensation of standing outside in the rain. But that doesn’t mean they have to be inefficient. Models like the Waterpik EcoRain rain showerhead use less water while still giving you the “spa” experience of a rain head. Some heads also have multiple flow settings, such as the Moen two-function 8″ diameter rainshower showerhead S6320AZ. You can choose between a higher or lower flow, with the lower setting obviously being more water-efficient. Adding a rain shower head to your bathroom is one of the easiest ways to create a luxury experience at home. And with the wide range of models, prices and performance available from today’s manufacturers, you’ll be able to find something fits both your needs and your budget.