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- Style is Key. The rule of thumb is the match the finish or color of your showerhead to the faucet and tub filler. Also the style should have a similar look, but not necessarily matching. Today's showerheads offer not only massage but up to 25 different spray patterns from fine mist to drenching rain.
- The Jet Set. There are numerous showerheads available on the market. Choose a handheld version with a controlled spray to bathe children, wash a pet or help those who need to shower sitting down. Some mount on a vertical slide for versatility and allow for height differences. The wall-mounted shower is most common with an overhead shower placed on the ceiling. This may require more water to operate. Body spray showerheads are small showerheads installed in series of two or three along opposite walls. The ultimate is body mist shower with a series of jets in a single bar to gently wash the body and have adjustable force and spray patterns.
- The Self Clean Test. Do you live where there is hard water? Then think about a showerhead that offers self-cleaning capabilities. Also if you live by salt water, ask about special protective coating for polished brass and chrome fixtures. You will be able to maintain the good looks without tarnish or discoloration or even pitting.
- Get into The Flow. Low-flow showerhead conserve water by restricting flow through smaller openings. The federally mandated effort to save water has reduced the flow of showerheads to no more than 2.5 gallons per minute. Some showerhead manufacturers offer flow restriction mechanisms that reduce even lower. While they save water at this lower level, the water temperature may be lower than desired.
- Price Check. You will find a wide price range of showerheads, from $20 to $500 and up. Generally you will get what you pay for with the lower priced models offering less features and less warranty, if any. If you are replacing a wall mounted showerhead, you will probably select another one. Changing to an overhead showerhead may mean expensive plumbing renovations
- On Guard. Will your shower be used by small children or older adults? If so, select antiscald protection. If you replace old mixer valve with an antiscald one, this is an expensive plumbing expense. Think about an antiscald fitting which install in between the shower arm and your new showerhead.