There’s nothing more important for the perfect shower than getting the right shower head. But how do you know which one to choose?
Relax, and let us do the hard work for you. We’re going to explore ten of the best shower heads available right now. And our buying guide will help you select the features that are most important to you.
Ready? Let’s get started.
The Best Shower Head on the Market 2019
1. WASSA High Pressure 3 Inch Anti-leak Fixed Chrome Shower Head Our Top Pick
If you need a shower head that can cope with low water pressure, check out WASSA’s model.
The design is super-simple. The shower head just screws onto your existing shower arm. There’s no need to call a plumber, and you can install it in seconds. The package includes a G ½ connection thread and Teflon tape.
There’s no hose, though, so wherever your current shower arm sits, that’s where this will go. If the existing height or position aren’t to your liking, this shower head won’t change that. There is, though, a brass swivel ball joint. That allows you to change the angle of the spray easily.
It’s finished in chrome, including the face of the shower head, and it looks pretty smart. The individual nozzles are surrounded by silicon, and there are 45 of them. That’s more than enough to create a vigorous stream of water.
And that’s the real selling point of this shower head. If you’re in an area with low water pressure, or your system has low flow rates, this will cope brilliantly. There’ll be no more trying to wash beneath a pathetic dribble of water.
The brass connection is designed to prevent cracking and leaking too. So that strong stream won’t weaken over time.
Just be aware – this is so effective, that in some cases the water pressure can be uncomfortably strong. And there’s no option to turn it to a gentler setting. If you have reasonable water pressure already, this may not be the best choice.
2. Delta Faucet 7-Spray Touch-Clean Hand Held Shower Head
If you like a choice of different spray patterns, consider the 75700 shower head from Delta Faucet.
This comes with seven options. Choose from a full body spray, a wider version of the same pattern, or a full body spray with massage. There’s also a drenching spray, and an energy conserving setting.
Finally, there’s no need to waste water if you get into the shower and find you’ve run out of shampoo! Just choose the pause setting and the water will reduce to a trickle until you return. The advantage over just turning off the taps is that it will still be just the right temperature.
It’s easy to select different settings. There’s a dial on the shower head that moves smoothly into position. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, and there’s a click to tell you when it’s in the right spot.
The spray holes are coated in rubber, and they’re designed to be easy to clean. Mineral deposits can simply be wiped away. That’s a real advantage if you’re in an area with hard water.
This shower head comes with six feet of tangle-free hose, so you can adjust the height as needed. Anyone with long hair will appreciate not needing to spend half an hour drying it after every shower. It’s not as flexible as other hoses out there, though.
The shower head is easy enough to install – expect the job to take between ten and fifteen minutes. And it comes with a fifteen-year warranty for peace of mind.
3. Aquadance by HotelSpa 24-Setting Slimline Shower Head and Hand Shower Combo
This shower head and detachable hand shower combination will give you a choice of no fewer than 24 settings. That’s surely enough to keep the most demanding shower lover contentedly experimenting for ages.
This package includes a fixed mount overhead shower head, plus a shower head on hose that you can move around. There’s also a three-way shower arm diverter so you can use the shower heads separately or together. And you’ll get five feet of flexible, chrome-plated hose.
The 24 settings are the result of using both shower heads in combination or separately. If you want to know how many settings you can have through one head, the answer is five. You get a choice of vigorous Power Rain, softer Massage, medium Rain/Massage, and a water-saving option.
The fifth option is Pause, which slows the water to a trickle. It’s perfect if you want to shave in the shower.
There’s plenty of choice in terms of the water direction. The detachable shower head can, of course, go wherever you want it to. But the overhead bracket is adjustable too.
The rubberized jets are designed for easy cleaning. Any build-up of limescale can simply be rubbed away. You won’t need any tools for installation, and there’s a ten-year limited warranty if you buy from an authorised dealer.
It’s a smart looking package, but just be aware that, despite appearances, it’s made of plastic not chrome. It looks the part, but doesn’t have the same quality feel as more expensive options.
4. Luxe RainLuxe Shower Head Round
If you’re looking for a shower head that screams modern style, check out Luxe’s overhead option.
Its clean lines wouldn’t look out of place in a luxury hotel. The shower head is an oversized, ultra-thin circular disc containing 143 silicone jets. These are designed to be self-cleaning, so they’ll stay looking good, even if you have hard water.
There’s no flow restrictor here, so you’ll get a firm stream of water whether you have high or low pressure. And at a full 12 inches in diameter, you won’t find bits of your body left out in the cold!
One thing you won’t get here, though, is a choice of settings: this is a simple waterfall cascade. It provides a luxurious spa-like experience. But if you prefer different options, this won’t be the right shower head for you.
The direction of the head is completely adjustable. We’re not sure, though, that this is something it’s worth playing around with. It works best positioned parallel to the ceiling, where you’ll get the experience of standing in warm rain. Angle it, and you won’t get the same pressure from all nozzles.
It can be installed either from the ceiling, or on a standard wall-mount pipe. It’s super-easy to do – just screw it in place and you’re done.
This looks expensive – but it isn’t. It’s made of plastic with a chrome finish, rather than solid chrome. But let’s face it – once it’s in place, who’s going to know?
5. DreamSpa Ultra-Luxury 9" Rainfall Shower Head/Handheld Combo
DreamSpa’s package combines a fixed rainfall shower head with a detachable version for showering versatility.
In this case, the rainfall part is square, rather than round. It’s a little smaller than the Luxe version, at 9 inches by 9 inches. But that’s still big enough to give shoulder to shoulder coverage for most people.
The real design innovation here is in the method of selecting the shower setting. Rather than turning a dial, there’s a simple button on the detachable shower head. It’s easily pressed with your thumb while you’re showering.
There’s a choice of high-power rain, waterfall or aeration massage – that’s a gentle mist to you and me. Press the button until you reach your required setting.
The face of the detachable shower head is larger than most too – a generous 4.75 inches. It’s a smart rounded oval shape, and gives good coverage.
You’ll get a chrome finish here, although the base material of the detachable shower head is plastic. The hose is stainless steel, and it’s nice and flexible. It also comes with a suction cup for the shower wand, so you can position it wherever you want.
One restriction with this model is that it comes with a two-way, rather than a three-way diverter. That means you can choose from the overhead shower or the detachable shower head. But you won’t be able to use both at the same time.
Installation is pretty straightforward. It connects to any standard overhead shower arm in minutes, and you won’t need any tools for the job.
6. AquaDance High Pressure 6-Setting 3.5" Handheld Shower
AquaDance’s shower head can be used either overhead, or held in the hand.
Here, you’ll get six different settings. That means plenty of choice, whatever kind of shower you’re in the mood for.
Choose power rain for an early morning wake-up call, or pulsating massage to ease your muscles after exercise. There’s also power mist, rain massage and rain mist. And you can reduce the flow to a trickle but keep the temperature constant with the pause setting.
The settings are selected with a pointer that you push around a dial. It’s easy to move, and clicks when it’s in position for each setting. The massage settings aren’t, though, quite as effective here as with other shower heads we’ve tried.
The chrome face is 3.5 inches long, and it’s easy to keep clean. The rubber jets allow you to remove limescale with a rub of your finger.
The handle is designed to be comfortable to hold. And you’ll get five feet of flexible stainless steel hose included in the package. Brass nuts allow tightening by hand to ensure there are no leaks.
Although there’s only one shower head here, it’s easy to change the angle of the stream. The overhead bracket is fully adjustable.
You won’t need any tools for installation, and Teflon tape is included in the package. You should be able to get the whole thing done and dusted in just a few minutes.
7. Briout Detachable Hand-Held Shower head
Another shower head that can be fixed overhead or used by hand, Briout’s has a classic round shape. It uses 66 nozzles to create a good spray, and there are plenty of options when it comes to the settings.
47 of the nozzles sit in two concentric circles closest to the rim. They’re self-cleaning, so you won’t have any issues with limescale build-up.
Another 19 nozzles are made of ABS plastic. They’re situated closer to the center of the shower head, and produce a stronger stream of water. They’re designed not to clog or leak.
A small selector is pushed to different positions on the shower head for the setting of your choice. With power mist the water sprays out through the central holes only. The result is higher pressure and an invigorating shower.
With power rain, only the outer nozzles are used. They’ll again give you a higher intensity shower, but over a broader spray pattern.
Pulsating massage uses the second band of nozzles to give a rhythmic shower. And rain mist and rain massage use different combinations of nozzles.
The hose has brass nuts to allow for hand-tightening, and an insert to avoid it cracking during installation. There are also nylon nipples to stop leaks, and to prevent any distortion resulting from the hot water. It’s five feet long, nice and flexible, and it’s stainless steel – so it looks smart.
We’ve heard good things about Briout’s customer service too. The only niggle we’ve found with this one is pretty minor. The plumbing tape included in the package isn’t the best. Get your own for better results.
8. AquaStorm by HotelSpa 30-Setting Luxury Shower Head
If you have low water pressure but long for a luxurious shower, check out the AquaStorm shower head from HotelSpa.
With this one you’ll have the choice of two shower heads – one fixed overhead shower, or a second hand-held option. You can use either one separately, or both together.
There’s a choice of six different settings too. Power rain, power mist, pulsating massage, rain massage or rain mist. And if you’re concerned about the environment – and your water bills – there’s a water saving option.
You choose your desired setting by moving a lever around a dial. Each position is clearly marked by a click.
Both shower heads are a generous four inches in diameter, creating a pleasant wide spray. The overhead bracket is fully adjustable too, so you can position the water wherever you want it. Together with the option to use both shower heads at once, you’ll never have to worry about cold shoulders!
The package includes a flexible, stainless steel hose measuring five feet long. There are also brass nuts for connecting it up, washers, plumber’s tape and a manual to make installation easy.
It comes with a lifetime warranty, and customer services are contactable direct by phone or email. So if anything doesn’t go according to plan, you should be able to get it resolved quickly.
The only real gripe here is the switch to transfer the water between the overhead and hand held shower heads. It’s fairly high and it take a little effort to turn. That’s a pretty minor issue, though, for a great shower at a competitive price.
9. Aqua Elegante 6 Function Adjustable Luxury Shower Head
If you’re looking for a shower head to attach directly to a shower arm, consider Aqua Elegante’s six setting option. There’s no hose here – you simply screw it in place. That means it won’t take more than a few seconds to install.
This is specifically designed to increase water pressure in low flow showers. It attaches to the shower arm with a durable brass fitting, and there’s a mesh screen to filter out impurities.
The flow regulator is easy to remove if you want an even higher flow. But be aware that you’ll be using up more water – not the best for the environment or your pocket.
The construction here is reassuringly robust. The shower head is made from resilient ABS plastic with a chrome finish. It’s BPA free, and it won’t rust or corrode – which means you shouldn’t have to deal with leaks.
The nozzles are made of silicone, so they’re easy to clean. Any mineral residue will simply wipe away.
The ball joint means you’ll be able to point the shower head in any direction. And there are six different settings to choose from.
At the invigorating end of the spectrum, there’s a traditional full spray and a firm, pulsating massage. A lower pressure option is great for rinsing hair, while a water-saving setting is useful for shaving. Two mixed modes use different combinations of nozzles for a medium-intensity shower.
Some of the options aren’t that distinctive – particularly if the flow regulator is in place. And this doesn’t produce the widest flow pattern, so be prepared to move around to get everything wet.
Overall, though, a great shower head, producing excellent pressure even in low-pressure settings.
10. AquaHomeGroup Luxury Filtered Shower Head Set
If you find your water leaves behind a residue on your hair, this could be the shower head for you.
AquaHomeGroup’s offering includes a replaceable filter cartridge with vitamins C and E. The water passes through the cartridge before leaving the shower head. The manufacturers claim the enriching vitamins stimulate the body’s immune system and remove toxins and waste.
This sounds like a bold claim to us. But if you want your shower to be a talking point, this certainly fits the bill!
And there’s no denying that the filtration system, using no fewer than 15 stages, is impressive. It begins with a stainless steel mesh and includes layers of everything from stone to activated carbon.
The purifier removes chlorine, heavy metals and sediment like rust or sand. If your water has any odd odors, this is definitely worth a shot.
Installation is easy. The instructions are nice and clear, and you won’t need any tools. The only niggle is that there’s no indicator when the cartridge needs to be replaced. You’ll need to learn by experience here.
The shower head comes in a very attractive presentation box. If you’re looking for something that’s good enough to give as a gift, this fits the bill.
Still not sure which is the right shower head for you? Take a look at our buying guide to help make the right decision.
Fixed or hand-held?
Do you want to soak under a fixed stream of water? Or do you need a shower that can be directed to – or away from – particular body parts?
A fixed overhead shower can be beautifully relaxing. Large waterfall heads will deliver a luxurious spa experience. But you won’t be able to avoid getting your hair wet. And you won’t be able to direct the stream of water where you choose.
If you opt for a hand-held shower, choose one that can be easily removed from the stand. Some inexplicably have fully enclosed holsters, which restrict your movement.
And if you’re looking for the best of both worlds, a number of the showers on our list have dual heads. If you want to be able to use both at the same time, look for models with three-way adapters. Two-way versions will mean you’ll have to choose between one or the other.
Do you want a choice of settings?
Some people like a particular kind of shower. That might be a firm jet for a morning wake up, or a mist to relax them in the evening. If that’s you, choose a shower head to suit.
But if you like to mix it up, go for an option with a range of settings. Those on our list offer anything from five to thirty options. Bear in mind, though, that higher numbers of settings usually result from two shower heads that can be used together.
In most cases, the setting is selected by turning a lever on a dial. The exception is the DreamSpa model on our list, which has a button on the hand-held shower head. That makes it easy to change the settings one-handed.
What about your water?
Remember that your water system can make a big difference to your shower. If you have low water pressure, look for a shower head specifically designed to increase pressure.
And if your pressure is already good, steer clear of low-pressure models. You may find your skin stinging under the high-intensity jet if you don’t!
If you’re in an area with hard water, look for shower heads with rub-clean nozzles. That will make it much easier to keep things looking smart.
And if you’ve got problems with odors or chemicals, look for a filtering shower head. The AquaHomeGroup model on our list is a great option.
Time to choose!
We hope you’re now ready to pick the best shower head to meet your needs.
Our top pick for a fixed overhead shower is the WASSA model. If you’ve got low water pressure or flow, it will transform your shower experience.
And for a hand held shower, you can’t go wrong with the six setting model from AquaDance. It gives you bags of flexibility for an unbeatable price.
Whichever head you choose, we hope you’re soon enjoying your perfect shower!