Match your personal shower style to the latest shower heads
More than anything else, how you shower—or want to—should influence your choice of sprays. Here are some common shower sprays:
Shower head The most common type of shower spray, it’s usually mounted high on a shower wall but may be attached to the ceiling.
Handshower A hand-held spray with a flexible hose. This spray rests in a cradle that’s attached to the shower wall or to an adjustable riser bar.
Rainhead or rainshower An overhead downspout that mimics a natural downpour. It’s usually larger than a standard shower head and may be mounted on the ceiling or on an extender arm attached to a wall. Handshowers may also feature a “rain” setting.
Shower tower An all-in-one unit that stacks various sprays and controls in a linear wall-mount fixture.
Body sprays Smaller sprays mounted on the walls or on a shower tower that direct water to various parts of the body.
Aerated spray A shower spray that infuses the water with air to influence the shower experience and save water. It produces a fine misty spray.
Laminar flow A water-saving shower technology that produces many individual streams of water. If you live in a humid climate, you may prefer laminate flow to the mistier aerated spray.
TIP: Install a shower head above the head of the tallest user and controls at about waist-high (36 inches from the floor).
What’s your shower style?
Whether you speed through the spray or like to linger, there’s a right set of spouts for your shower.
Splash & Dasher Who has time for the water to get warm? A quick soap and rinse is all you need to start the day. Streamline your morning routine with a basic shower head, perhaps with a few spray settings for variety.
- Hansgrohe’s S200 Eco 3-Jet shower head has easy-clean silicone spray channels and nozzles and uses 1.75 gallons of water per minute (gpm).
- Rohl’s EcoClassic shower head has four settings and uses 2.0 gpm.
- KWC’s Ava shower head offers a sleek modern design that uses 2.0 gpm.
Concerned Citizen Torn between your love for a robust shower and a desire to save water, your morning shower has become something of a guilt trip. Give yourself and the planet a break with shower fittings that bear the WaterSense label. Available from a variety of manufacturers, these spouts use 2.0 gpm or less.
TIP: Thinking about minimizing flow with a new shower head? Replace it yourself! Watch this how-to video from the Sierra Club – see Owen Bailey install a low-flow showerhead. Plus, their website is full of great ways to reduce the amount of water and energy your home uses. Check it out @ Sierra Club GreenHome
Morning Person You jump out of bed each morning humming a happy tune. By the time you hit the shower, you’re in full Gene Kelly mode. Supplement a ceiling-mount rainhead with a handshower that can double as a karaoke mike.
- Moen’s 8″ Flat Rainshower comes in 2.0 and 2.5 gpm models.
- Kohler’s Katalyst rainheads comes in four sizes and in round and square models that use 2.5 gpm.
- Grohe’s Rainshower Icon Color Collection handshowers have six spray settings and come in six colors.
Secret Agent You crawl into the shower stall like a mild-mannered slug, but with an invigorating spray, you exit like a superhero. Ease the transformation with a digital shower system that controls single or multiple jets and can gradually ramp up the flow and temperature—plus remember your settings and those of others in your household.
Popped Star Oops! You overdid it again. Soothe those aches (from the gym, the garden or a weekend pick-up game) with body sprays and a handshower that direct massaging flow where it’s needed most.
- Hansgrohe’s T120 Body Shower has an adjustable height handshower and four body sprays
- American Standard’s Monoglide handshower has an easy-glide toggle switch on the handle that keeps your hands out of the spray while you change to one of four settings.
Night Owl After a long day, you like to wind down with a soothing shower. Set the mood for relaxation with multiple flow settings and perhaps a therapeutic LED lightshow.