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From saving money on utility bills to creating a spa-like shower experience, having the right shower head makes a dramatic difference. Whether you prefer simple shower heads or multi-jetted panels, there are options out there to suit every style and every budget.
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Table of Contents
- Shower Head Cost
- Shower Head Cost Factors
- Best Shower Head Brands
- Shower Head Replacement
- Shower Head Types
- How To Install A Shower Head
- How To Clean A Shower Head
- Find A Pro
Shower Head Cost
The sheer variety of shower heads means there are options at nearly every price point. Similar to the way that basic shower liners cost less than intricate tiled shower enclosures, shower heads vary in price.
- Average Minimum Cost of Basic Shower Heads: $25 to $45
- Average Minimum Cost of Upgraded Shower Heads: $60 to $120
- Average Minimum Cost of Luxury Shower Heads: $150 to $250
Shower Head Cost Factors
Just like remodeling the bathroom, the size, finish and design that you choose has a direct impact on the price. Basic models provide simple function and minimal decorative value for budget-friendly prices. They typically have a single setting, and they don't offer adjustable spray patterns. Upgraded shower heads offer multiple spray patterns and settings. Luxury shower heads incorporate extra features such as wireless speakers or multiple shower head nozzles for a spa-like experience.
Best Shower Head Brands
Although there are many quality brands on the market, several shower head makers stand out from the crowd.
With a moderate price point and a lifetime limited warranty, Speakman is one of the most popular brands among homeowners and hotels. These shower heads are widely available at home improvement stores such as Lowe's and The Home Depot in addition to online through Speakman, Amazon and Wayfair and other websites.
One popular model, the Speakman Anystream, sells for approximately $80. It features 360-degree technology and 48 individual sprays from six adjustable jets, a rain setting and solid brass construction for durability.
From simple shower heads that cost approximately $40 to $50 to ceiling-mount shower heads with integrated LED lighting that sell for $2,455, Toto offers a range of products, all of which provide stellar performance and rubber nozzles that minimize the buildup of limescale. Homeowners can buy these shower heads at local stores such as Walmart and The Home Depot or via the Toto website and Amazon. Toto shower heads come with a limited lifetime warranty.
Delta is a familiar name that can be found in most home improvement stores and online through vendors such as Amazon. One of Delta's standout products is its In2ition 58480-PK. This handheld shower head retails for approximately $125 and it offers excellent water economy with a rate of two gallons per minute, along with great water pressure. Another distinctive feature is interchangeable elements that allow you to purchase parts separately or as a complete unit, which means you can easily replace any part that breaks without buying a new unit.
Moen is another well-known brand that delivers an excellent shower experience and a variety of stylish finishes. For example, the S6320 Velocity, which sells for $185, boasts an 8-inch diameter that's large enough for a memorable shower experience while being compact enough to fit neatly in standard showers. This shower head features self-pressurizing channels for reliable water pressure, and it adjusts easily between a rainfall shower setting and a concentrated rinse setting.
Moen shower heads retail for anywhere from $30 to more than $300. The S6320 sells for $150 at retailers such as Amazon, The Home Depot and Lowe's.
Hansgrohe offers a variety of luxury shower heads such as its 10-inch Raindance shower head system, which sells for $285 on Amazon. The Raindance shower head has an anti-calcification feature for easy cleaning and an innovative system that combines water and air for a soft, relaxing shower experience.
The company has been in business since 1901. Consumers can buy Hansgrohe shower heads at showrooms and online.
Shower Head Replacement
Although some homeowners may claim that they've had the same shower head for 20 to 30 years, most experts recommend replacing your shower head every five years or so to keep up with the evolving technology and water efficiency that conserves water while saving homeowners money on their utility bills. This is a job commonly performed during shower installation, or while updating the bathroom. Other reasons to replace your shower head include the following:
- Style Update: Changing the shower head is a fast, relatively simple way to give a shower a new look.
- Added Luxury: Simply upgrading to a rainfall shower or a shower head with multiple spray patterns increases homeowners' enjoyment of their showers.
- Eliminate Gunk: Limescale and calcium deposits can create nozzle-clogging build up over time. When cleaning doesn't clear things up, replacing the shower head is the next best option.
Shower Head Types
Homeowners have many different types of shower heads to choose from, which provides a variety of ways to configure the shower. From multiple shower heads to wall panels, homeowners have more options than ever, including:
- Standard Wall-Mounts: These traditional shower heads offer a budget-friendly option and simple installation on the wall of the shower.
- Ceiling-Mount: Installed flush or semi-flush to the shower ceiling, these shower heads provide spray the user from directly above.
- Handheld: These versatile shower heads feature a hose attached to a handheld shower head, usually with a device that anchors it to the wall. These shower heads offer a convenient option for rinsing shampoo from hair, washing pets and rinsing the tub and shower.
- Sliding Bar: These shower heads feature a bar mounted on the shower wall and shower heads that can be adjusted up or down along that bar. This makes it easy to adjust the height of the shower, which becomes particularly convenient for families or anyone who shares a shower with someone of a different height.
- Body Spray: These shower head systems feature multiple heads installed on shower walls to create head-to-toe sprays.
- Shower Panels: Vertical jets run from neck to knee levels on these spa-inspired shower head panels that homeowners can install on one or more shower walls for an invigorating or relaxing massage experience.
How To Install A Shower Head
If you're installing a panel or bar-style shower head, the instructions may differ. For most common shower heads, you need minimal tools and materials, and the job can typically be accomplished within one hour.
Tools and Materials:
- New Shower Arm (Optional)
- New Shower Head
- Plumber's Putty
- Adjustable Wrenches
- Slip-Joint Pliers
- Teflon Tape
- Electrical Tape
- Remove the old shower head. Turn it counter-clockwise or wrap the slip-joint pliers with electrical tape to avoid scratching the finish before gripping the shower arm with the pliers and unscrewing the shower head with an adjustable wrench. Clean the shower arm threads to remove rust and debris.
- If you need to install a new shower arm because the existing one is corroded, wrap its threads with thread seal tape and carefully turn it onto the wall fitting. Seal the wall opening by applying plumber's putty before sliding the shower flange over the arm and pressing it into the putty. If you're reusing the shower arm, skip to the next step.
- Wrap the threads of the shower arm with Teflon tape and install the new shower head by screwing it onto the shower arm and tightening it by turning it in a clockwise direction.
- Turn the shower on to check for leak. If the new shower head leaks, tighten the shower head with an adjustable wrench.
How To Clean A Shower Head
Mineral deposits commonly accumulate in the holes of shower heads, causing them to spray unevenly, or with reduced force. Cleaning the shower head removes gunk and mineral deposits to restore the shine and full function of the shower head.
Tools and Materials:
- Adjustable Wrench
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Plumbing Tape
- Remove the shower head by wrapping a rag around the arms of an adjustable wrench and unscrewing the shower head from the shower arm.
- Rinse the shower head thoroughly to loosen and remove debris.
- Scrub the nozzles with distilled white vinegar and a toothbrush to remove mineral deposits. Optionally, poke the nozzle holes with a toothpick to remove clogs.
- Soak the shower head in vinegar for eight hours or overnight. Rinse it thoroughly.
- Reinstall the cleaned shower head after wrapping the shower arm's threads with a fresh layer of plumber's tape.
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Last updated on Nov 17, 2016