The best shower heads provide a luxurious experience and a powerful spray, but there’s a lot to think about before you take the plunge and commit to buying a new model.
For starters, there's many different types of shower head. The two most common structural types are handheld and fixed. Handheld shower heads are very convenient because of their flexibility, particularly when washing children and pets, while fixed shower heads are permanently attached to the wall or ceiling at adjustable heights.
Jet shower heads are the most powerful and direct water pressure towards a smaller surface area, while rain showers are more gentle.
Shower heads tend to come with standard size fittings so you aren't limited to choosing shower heads from the same manufacturer as your shower. And while all shower heads should come with fittings and fitting instructions enclosed, it's always best to hire a plumber if you're not confident in fitting it yourself.
If you're looking to replace your shower head, we've done the hard work for you. These are the best shower heads you can buy right now.
Which is the Best Shower Head?
1. Hydroluxe Shower Head/Handheld Shower Combo
This 2-in-1 shower combo is perfect for pampering
Made from: Chrome-plated ABS | Finish: Chrome | Handheld shower diameter: 4 inches | Fixed shower head diameter: 6 inches | Spray settings: 6 | Installation: Tools free
This luxurious two-in-one shower combo from Hydroluxe, which features a fixed head and a handheld shower head, takes our best shower head crown for its array of settings.
There are six settings on each shower head (Power Rain, Pulsating Massage, Hydrating Mist, Rain/Massage, Rain/Mist and Water-saving Economy Rain) to choose from - and you can use the fixed mount overhead shower head and hand shower separately, or both together.
It also comes with an anti-swivel lock nut and angle-adjustable overhead bracket so you can change the direction of the water spray. You won’t need any tools to install it, and it comes with conical brass hose nuts for easy hand tightening.
2. Speakman S-2252 Signature Anystream High Pressure Shower Head
A contemporary model which is impressively designed
Material: Brass | Finish: Chrome | Spray settings: 3 | Diameter: 4 inches | Installation: Adjustable wrench required
Those with tired shoulders and aching back muscles will love this high-pressure shower head from Speakman.
It delivers up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute and features six adjustable jets that produce 48 individual sprays. It has three settings (Intense, Rain and Full Flood) and has a simple side handle that complements contemporary bathroom hardware and accessories.
It’s a little heavy, which is something to bear in mind during installation.
3. Triton High Flow Shower Head
One of the best all-rounders
Finish: Chrome | Spray settings: 5 | Diameter:: 4 inches | Installation: No tools required
This low-pressure shower head ticks a lot of boxes. It is high quality, inexpensive, and the handset is suitable for all shower types: low or high pressure, mixer shower or electric shower.
It has five spray patterns to choose from (Jet, Blast, Spray, Rain and Drench) - simply twist the shower head to cycle through the options - and the universal connection makes it easy to replace your current shower head.
This is one of the easier shower heads to install, perfect for DIY novices.
4. Nosame Shower Head
There are health benefits to purchasing this model
Material: Eco-friendly ABS | Finish: Stainless steel | Spray settings: 3 | Diameter: 4 inches | Installation: Tools-free
There’s a lot to love about this Nosame shower head. Firstly, the sophisticated micro nozzle technology makes the outlet holes smaller which helps to increase the water flow, thereby increasing the water pressure. Secondly, it has three settings (Rainfall, Massage and Jetting) to ensure a perfect shower experience every time.
Additionally, the integral water filtration system uses bio-active stones to remove heavy metals, impurities, rust, odour and bacteria from the water. This is especially useful in hard water areas.
One consideration to make is that while this is easy to install - simply screw onto any standard shower hose - the hose is not included (you can buy the hose here).
5. WaterPoint Rain Shower Head
Great for a quick wash and spending less time in the shower
Material: Lightweight ABS plastic, plated with Chrome | Finish: Chrome | Spray settings: 1 | Diameter : 8 inches | Installation: Tools-free
This WaterPoint model is one of the most impressive rain shower heads available.
A thoughtful feature is the flow restrictor, which limits the shower head to 2.5 gallons of water per minute, an environmentally-friendly measure which helps to reduce water usage. You can remove this if you wish though.
The large 8-inch diameter should be noted too. The size makes each shower feel like a spa experience, covering your entire body and providing a deluxe wash each time.
How to Choose Your Shower Head
While price will inevitably be a primary consideration for many when choosing a new shower head, it is worth assessing the qualities you are looking for.
Your water pressure will likely dictate which shower heads are compatible with your home plumbing. If you’re not sure whether a specific shower head will work in your shower, use a water pressure gauge to test its compatibility, or ask a professional to check for you.
(MORE: How to Choose a Shower)
Be sure to review your current shower set-up before buying a new shower head, as you'll need to consider how effective it will be.
If you have kids or pets, then you might prefer to buy a handheld shower head which will give you more flexibility.
Newer shower heads are equipped with different spray settings. There are high-pressure sprays which are good for massaging muscles, while low water pressure sprays are best suited if you want a gentler experience.
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