Home Improvements

Different Types of Shower Heads

If you want to upgrade your bathroom, one of the best things to invest in is a new shower head. But how do you pick the right one when there are so many different types of shower heads? Is it purely an aesthetic difference, or do the different types mean something?

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about the different options available to you.

Woman standing in a steamy shower with two types of shower heads above her, one is a rain shower head and the other is a detachable shower head

Detachable Shower Heads

One of the most common options is a detachable shower head. These consist of an attachment from the taps that you can hang on a shower head mount. 

This type of shower head offers freedom and versatility in the shower. You can adjust the height (and sometimes water pressure) of the attachment. Sometimes you’re able to free it entirely and use it in a hand-held manner. 

Many prefer this option if they live in a house with other people, children, or pets. When everyone has different preferences, or you’re sometimes having to clean up a child or pet, then the freedom to change the settings can be extremely helpful. 

White tiled wall with a silver detachable shower head in its mount

Rain Shower Heads

Often thought of as the pillar of luxury, rain shower heads are a trendy bathroom option. Much like the name suggests, these shower heads do their best to mimic the feeling of falling rain. 

These shower heads are typically large circular or square heads. They’re relatively flat and offer a gentle water pressure, but they allow a lot of water to flow at once. Depending on the size of the shower head, some plumbers suggest mounting this type of shower head directly to the ceiling rather than to the taps. 

Since these shower heads use a lot more water and you have less control over the direction of the flow, it’s often recommended that you have a detachable shower head installed too. 

If you want to bring a sense of luxury to your home, talk to one of our expert plumbers to help you install it. 

One of the most popular types of shower heads, an outdoor flat circular rain shower head with water pouring out of it, catching the light

Water Saving Shower Heads

As more people do their part to help the planet and reduce their bills, water-saving shower heads are becoming increasingly popular. These shower heads are specifically designed to reduce water usage while still giving the same feeling as standard shower heads. 

However, one of the ways these shower heads work is by reducing the water pressure of the shower. This means if your house already has low water pressure, then this won’t be a good fit for you. 

Bathroom in grey light with a mounted shower head angled downwards. Square window above the shower.

Double Shower Heads

If you’ve got a bathroom with lots of space, why not expand the shower? You can install multiple shower heads, and use whichever one is your preference on any given day. 

This is a great way to fill space without the bathroom feeling cavernous. It also gives a lot more flexibility for different preferences regarding shower heads, pressures, and more. 

A large shower with two different types of shower heads, both gold. One is a detachable shower head, the other is a circular rain shower head.

Filtered Shower Heads

Unfortunately, the water flowing out of our taps isn’t always as clean as we’d like it to be. Specifically, there are problems like hard water or a build-up of minerals. This is why a lot of people invest in hard water filters

While most hard water filters are attachments you can install where your water connects to your house, there are smaller attachments for your shower heads. Some shower heads even come with filters as part of their function. 

If your home’s water has a high mineral content, or you’re concerned about the quality of your water, then a filtering shower head will be best for you. 

Person's hand reaching up to a shower head, water pouring down over their hand

Choosing Between Different Types of Shower Heads

When there are so many options to choose from, finding the right shower head can get overwhelming. 

At the end of the day, the choice usually comes down to how much you’re willing to spend, your water consumption and pressure levels, the size and height of your shower, and your personal taste. Make sure you’re choosing what’s right for you. 

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