Rain showerhead vs. traditional showerhead
Rain showerheads are designed to deliver a steady stream of water from directly overhead, similar to a rain shower, as opposed to the jet of water that traditional showerheads deliver. The main difference is in the sensation of the water hitting your skin – rain showerheads typically feel more soothing and relaxing. This will be especially relaxing after your cardio training.
There are some important differences between rain showerheads and traditional showerheads that come with the change in design. Rain showerheads are typically much larger than traditional showerheads, which is both good and bad. On the one hand, a larger showerhead means more surface area of water coverage, which can allow you to shower faster. On the other hand, these showerheads take up more space in your bathroom and can be a tight fit in small showers or flood your bathroom if the bath basin is not large enough.
While water pressure is often cited as a concern, it shouldn’t be. Most rain showerheads can deliver water pressures similar to traditional showerheads, and many are adjustable or come with handheld units to allow you to get more water pressure when and where you need it.
The biggest downside of rain showerheads compared to traditional showerheads is cost. Rain showerheads tend to be very expensive by comparison. However, since there is such an array of rain showerheads on the market, it is typically possible to find a great one within your budget.
In general, bigger is better for rain showerheads – larger dimensions mean more surface area of water droplets, which increases the sensation of standing in the rain and makes your showering more efficient. On the other hand, more nozzles can decrease water pressure if that is something that you tend to struggle with in your plumbing. In addition, you’ll need to make sure that your bathroom has enough space for whatever showerhead you choose, since rain showerheads tend to be much larger than traditional showerheads.
Materials and installation
Look closely at the materials that your rain showerhead is constructed out of, since this will significantly affect both the durability and ease of cleaning of the showerhead. Most showerheads are made out of some sort of metal, which is plenty durable – the main choice may be matching the finish to your existing bathroom style. But the nozzles can be made out of silicone, metal, or another material. Self-cleaning silicone nozzles are ideal if you have hard water that can build up mineral deposits.
Another consideration is how easy it is to install the showerhead you choose. Difficult installations that require a plumber or contractor can greatly add to the price of your showerhead. In addition, rain showerheads can be either ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted. Whichever type you choose, ensure that all of the hardware required for installation comes with the showerhead or is readily available.
Water pressure and capacity
Although many people worry about water pressure when switching to rain showerheads, they compare very favorably to traditional showerheads. Showerheads are typically designed to run at a maximum of 2.5 gallons per minute of water flow, although many people are comfortable showering with slightly slower flow rates. Of course, a higher flow rate will result in both higher energy and water bills, since a shower of the same length will be using both more water and more energy to heat that added volume of water.
Some rain showerheads are incorporated into a shower panel or full showerhead system, which may include multiple heads or a handheld showerhead for added water pressure and the ability to put water wherever you want it. In addition, some rain showerheads come with technological features like a radio or built-in speakers, which can be great if you like to listen to music or sing while you shower.