The Best Shower Heads for Your Bathroom


Casey Clark

There’s nothing better than a hot shower after a long day or a cold one to get your day started. However, if you don’t have a sturdy, durable, adjustable showerhead, it can quickly turn what’s supposed to be a relaxing practice into a hassle. If the water pressure is too high, it can be an unpleasant experience. Too low? Takes forever to shower. Not adjustable? Unable to clean your whole body. With that in mind, you might want to consider investing in a showerhead that’ll better suit your needs, because it can make a huge difference. Whether you value a showerhead with a hose, high pressure, or LED lights, there are different options to browse, from Moen to Kohler.

What you should know about showerheads

  • Different types: As with anything, there are different types of showerheads to choose from: wall mount, top mount, handheld, sliding, aerating, and lighted. A wall mount is the most popular type of showerhead and works to prevent water buildup and corrosion. Top mounts are ideal for a steady stream, similar to a waterfall, if that’s more your speed. A sliding bar allows for adjusting to different heights for everyone to have a pleasurable shower experience. A handheld showerhead helps to get hard to reach areas clean. Aerating showerheads utilize water and air to create the illusion of high pressure. Lastly, some showerheads have LED lights in them for a relaxing ambiance and to add a little pizzazz. 
  • Gallons per minute: Similar to how a car travels at miles per hour, showerheads operate at gallons per minute (gpm). Standard showerheads typically operate at the federally regulated 2.5 gpm. Also known as flow rate, this allows users to know how much water is being used per minute. 
  • WaterSense label: Some showerheads have a WaterSense label for eco-friendly properties. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2 gpm. This label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads.
  • Price: Showerheads vary in price from $30 to $1,000 (and some are even more or less!) depending on the type and brand. Keep in mind that the more features the showerhead has, the more expensive it’ll likely be.
  • Thread size: In the United States and Canada, the standard thread size for a showerhead is ½ inch (NPT—National Pipe Thread Tapered). Most showerheads are made with these dimensions, making them universally applicable to households.  

Our Picks

Top Pick

Jolie Skin Co Shower Head Red

Jolie Skin Co. Showerhead

Best Filter

Shower water typically contains chlorine and heavy metals, but Jolie’s showerhead has a built-in filter to protect your hair and skin. The filter contains KDF-55 and calcium sulfite, which removes chlorine without sacrificing water pressure to provide a spalike shower experience. Soft water is better for hair and skin; hard water dries out your skin and can leave behind mineral residue. The best part? When it comes to installation, just tape it with the provided teflon tape (plumbers tape), twist, and secure it with a wrench, and you’re all set. This filtered showerhead is available in six bold monochrome colors from red to black to match the aesthetic of any bathroom design. Jolie offers a subscription service where customers can receive a Jolie and one free filter, followed by a new filter every three months. 

Pros

  • Helps prevent damage caused by hard water
  • Filters out chlorine
  • Standard NPT pipe fitting

Cons

  • Subscription encouraged for cheaper filter refills
  • Two-part system (showerhead and filter)

Specs


ABS (plastic)


1.8 gpm


No warranty (returns accepted within 60 days)

Splurge

Delta Single-Setting Metal Raincan Showerhead

Delta Single-Setting Metal Raincan Showerhead

Best Eco-Friendly

If you’re looking to preserve water, this Delta rain showerhead uses at least 20 percent less water than competitors. It can be mounted on the ceiling or the wall, and its rubber Touch Clean spray holes are designed to resist mineral buildup. Not only does it have a finish that repels liquid, but the showerhead can easily be wiped clean. This showerhead has an eye-watering $1,000 price tag, but if you prioritize low maintenance, sustainability, and pristine water pressure, this showerhead is a great option.

Pros

  • Easy cleanup with Lumicoat finish
  • Standard NPT pipe fitting
  • WaterSense labeled

Cons

  • Shower arm and flange sold separately
  • Only one spray setting (soft rain spray)

Specs


Metal


2.5 gpm


Lifetime limited warranty

Popular

Hai Showerhead

Best Value

Gurin Showerhead

Gurin Showerhead

Best High Pressure Showerhead

For many bathers, a high pressure shower is a necessity to get the spalike benefits. Made with silicone jets, this fixed showerhead offers a steady flow of water to easily rinse off soap without skin irritation. The silicone nozzles serve as anti-clog devices to ensure a steady stream of water that can be adjusted up, down, left, and right for a full body clean. To assemble the showerhead, twist it on and add some Teflon tape for extra security and stability. Plus, it’s leak resistant so you don’t have to worry about excess drips before and after your shower.

Pros

  • Anti-clogging nozzles
  • High pressure
  • Water filter included

Cons

  • Wall mounted only
  • Only one mode

Specs


Plastic with chrome finish


2.5 gpm


Lifetime limited

Worth A Look

Speakman Icon Shower Head

Speakman Icon Shower Head

Most Durable

Regardless of what you’re looking to get out of a showerhead, one thing you should definitely consider is its durability. Made from solid brass, this one is designed to resist corrosion with its iron-free construction—and therefore last longer than other brands. This adjustable sprayer offers 360 degrees of streaming water through self-cleaning plungers that are designed to prevent water and sediment buildup. 

Pros

  • WaterSense certified
  • Self-cleaning plungers

Specs


Brass


2.5 gpm


Limited lifetime

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High Sierra All Metal Showerhead

High Sierra All Metal Showerhead

Best Low Flow

This low flow showerhead provides users with a stream of large drops to help get the most out of your shower time. Made from entirely solid metal, it features a clog-free nozzle and a swivel ball joint for easy movement. Not only will you be getting clean, but you’re also saving water and helping preserve the environment, with each use starting at just 1.25 gpm. It’s available in three colors: chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze. 

Pros

  • Patented nozzle
  • Energy efficient
  • Low pressure

Specs


Metal


2 gpm


Lifetime limited

Worth A Look

Kohler Forté Multifunction Handshower Kit

Kohler Forté Multifunction Handshower Kit

Best Multifunction Kit

Kohler has been a leading brand in home appliances for years, thanks to their durable, high quality selection. This shower set comes with a handshower, flexible hose, slide bar, and slide bar trim. The sprayer has three settings: full coverage, pulsating massage, and silk spray. Installation is fairly simple but does require some tools, like a drill, level, and silicone sealant. Along with a WaterSense label, this eco-friendly option has a water pause mode that temporarily reduces water flow—key for when you’re shaving your legs or working product into your hair. 

Pros

  • WaterSense labeled
  • Lightweight and easy to hold
  • Thumb tab makes it easy to switch modes

Cons

  • Requires some home improvement experience to install

Specs


Metal


2 gpm


Lifetime limited

Worth A Look

Waterpik High Pressure Shower Head

Waterpik High Pressure Shower Head

Best Dual Head Spray

Make the most out of your shower with this dual showerhead that works to massage and clean at the same time. Featuring a three-way diverter, this showerhead allows users to choose from fixed, handheld, or both at the same time. If you have muscle aches or tension, this chrome showerhead uses a massage technology that’s been clinically shown to soothe muscle tension, increase flexibility, and promote restful sleep. 

Pros

  • 12 total spray settings (6 from each showerhead)
  • No pipe tape needed
  • Patented PowerPulse massage technology

Cons

  • Steady high pressure massage force
  • Not for sale in certain states – CA, CO, HI, MA, NY, OR, VT, WA

Specs


Plastic


2.5 gpm


Limited lifetime

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FAQs

Do all showerheads fit any shower?

The standard size for showerheads in the United States and Canada is ½ inch NPT (National Pipe Thread). It’s safe to say that most showerheads will work with your space; however, where the challenge comes in is how you want it mounted. Some people have/prefer a wall mount while others like them mounted to the ceiling. In these instances, it’s best to work with a plumber to see how they can best accommodate your needs. 

How often should I change my showerhead?

This depends on how much you use your showerhead and where you live. It’s recommended to change your showerhead every six to eight months, especially if you live in a hard water area. Showerheads have the potential to grow sediment and build up mold and black spots. Additionally, it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. However, regular cleaning can help extend the life of your showerhead. 

Do showerheads affect water pressure?

Yes, different showerheads yield different water pressures. Low water pressure showers tend to have specialized holes to decrease pressure in addition to the legally required flow reducer. To get more, you’ll want to find a showerhead that has more holes. 

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