It’s the end of a long day or moments after a great work out. What’s the one thing that will make everything right in the world? The majestic feeling of standing in a hot shower. Water pouring all around you cleaning off the cares of the day or soothing some aching muscles. Isn’t is just pure, intoxicating joy? We all long for that perfect shower – the one with just the right amount of pressure, maybe it has the added feature of a massage spray or it is hand-held. But, to get the best shower experience we have to start with the shower head. So, how do you select the best one?
Everyone faces challenges when remodeling their bathroom, and a shower head is no different. You might think that your biggest challenge is the overwhelming selection of shower heads. In reality, your primary obstacles are space and water pressure. No matter the size of your shower, you can get the best (and best looking) shower head for you and your shower.
Here are the basics on what to consider when shopping for the perfect shower head:
Type – There are two types of shower heads: fixed/mounted and hand-held. A fixed/mounted shower is installed in the cradle that comes with the shower head kit. The hand-held shower head can be set-up to be used by hand or by leaving it in the cradle that comes with the kit.
Height – When considering shower head placement, it’s important to take into consideration the various heights of your family (or guests) that will be using the shower. We recommend placing the shower head above the height of the tallest person in the family. This may determine whether you invest in a hand-held or fixed/mounted shower head.
Spray patterns – Spray patterns refer to how the water will flow out of the shower head itself. Will it be a steady stream, a massaging-type spray or a rain shower flow? This will determine your level of comfort in your shower and with your shower head.
Water volume – The average home, with a normal single-head shower and half inch water pipes, will use up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. The volume of water used will depend highly on the shower head.
Cost vs. Water Usage – You will notice that shower heads not only come in all shapes and sizes, but also price ranges. We’re all for luxury in a bathroom; however, a higher cost does not always equate to higher quality or being lower on water usage. You can just as easily find the perfect shower head for under $100 as you can a shower head system for $2000. However, a shower system is usually has multiple shower heads with a higher water volume – about 10-15 gallons of water per minute — with a spa feel. Keep this in mind when deciding between a shower head versus a shower system.
You now have all of the basics to start shopping for the perfect shower head. Be sure to visit iBathTile.com for the latest in stylish selections.