7 Types of Shower Heads and How to Choose One

April 21, 2023by Precise Plumbing

One of the least complicated ways to increase one’s standard of living at home is by replacing a leaky old shower head with a newer model. The morning shower is not only a time-saving and effective way to prepare for the day ahead, but it also saves money and floor space compared to a bathtub. In this article, we’ll show you the different types of shower heads and how to choose the best one.

Types of Shower Heads

Standard Wall Mount Shower

Standard wall-mounted shower heads have a wide range of varieties, from simple designs to elaborate, feature-rich models with adjustable discharge angles and modes. Some showers have a single setting, while others offer vapor, massage, and a variety of other shower effects. Prices vary, but if you’re looking to save money, you should begin your search here.


However, the thing about standard wall-mount showers is that they are fixed into your wall. A short piece of metal tubing is used to affix these to a shower wall. Some stationary shower heads are adjustable so that the angle of the water discharge can be altered. Some models cannot be adjusted, so you are left with the water flow they provide.


Another downside of this shower head is that it’s limited to the height of your bathroom ceiling. So if your bathroom ceiling is low, you might want to choose a different type of shower head.


The good thing about the wall-mount shower head is that it’s the least expensive option and the simplest to install. Although, a minor upgrade to a higher-quality finish or multifunctionality will cost slightly more.

Top Mount Shower Head

If the thought of daily rainfall from up high appeals to you, then this is the showerhead for you. Top mount shower heads are also sometimes called ceiling shower heads.


Now, unlike the wall mount, the top mount shower head is suspended from the ceiling. The vertical waterfall allows for more mobility. This is probably one of the most luxurious shower setup choices due to its increased height and adaptability. However, since this type of shower setup calls for more plumbing work, it inevitably comes with an equally luxurious price tag.


If you’re thinking about getting a top mount shower head for your bathroom, there are certain considerations you should make.


Plenty of space? You might want to make sure your tub or shower is big enough to accommodate all that “rainwater.” Because of the larger shower head, more of the bathroom will be drenched with each use.


Consider your ceiling. The first rain shower heads were permanently attached to the ceiling. However, the expense of installing new pipes in the ceiling of your bathroom can make this a hassle. As a result, wall-mount shower heads got the most favour.


Think about size. The diameter of shower heads that are attached to the ceiling can range from 6 inches to 12 inches. More “rain” is created by larger heads. A smaller head with fewer nozzles may be preferable if your home’s plumbing runs on lower water pressure.


Finally, function. Do you like a strong and stimulating spray or one that is more soothing and relaxing? Waterfall, mist, or rain? If you’re the only one who uses the shower, you can install whichever type of shower head you choose. Pick a flexible, multi-use head that can be adjusted to meet the needs of everyone in the household, especially if you have kids.

Shower Panel Systems

A shower panel is a multi-nozzle shower system that covers the entire body. Water pressure and temperature can be adjusted based on your preference. A Mississauga bathroom renovation company will be needed to put in shower panels.


Shower panel systems are very adaptable, allowing for increased or decreased water pressure in certain areas. You can buy a unit that fits your needs or customize one by picking the output volume, the spray options, and the number and location of the spigots. A spigot is a type of water faucet that may be turned on and off. Leaving a spigot open will cause water to continuously flow.


It’s important to keep in mind that homes with shower panels typically use more hot water. Verify that installing more shower heads does not violate any local environmental regulations.

Handheld Shower Heads

A handheld showerhead is the most versatile option you can get. Why not have a two-in-one unit if you can’t make up your mind between a removable and a permanent installation?


These showerheads are detachable from the wall and mounted on a lengthy arm, making them the best option if you have children and pets.


Your kids can learn to shower on their own with the help of a handheld showerhead. A handheld showerhead is convenient for washing and rinsing a child’s hair while keeping soap out of their eyes and mouth.


Do you have trouble removing the unsightly soap scum and mildew from the walls of your shower? You’re more likely to give your shower a short cleaning with a handheld showerhead before you towel off because it’s within easy reach.


Although everyone can benefit from a handheld showerhead, the elderly and individuals with disabilities are especially well-suited to use it. Most handheld showerheads have a hose that is 3 to 6 feet (0.9 to 1.8 meters) long, while fixed showerheads only go so high.

hand held shower head

Aerating Shower Heads

Aerating shower heads mix air and water to simulate higher water pressure without really increasing it. Despite the higher initial investment, aerating shower heads reduce water usage and therefore utility costs over time.


Larger drops of water are produced by aerated shower heads because of the blending of water and air. This creates the impression that there is more water present than actually is. So what you’re left with is a high-end shower head that uses up to half as much water as conventional models.


However, as with any cutting-edge innovation, aerating shower heads can have unwanted side effects. The first thing most people who install an aerator in their shower will notice is that the temperature needs to be raised. Your properly heated water is diluted with ambient air thanks to the aerator, causing the water to be colder when it hits your skin. Even if you’re heating less water overall, you may need to use a bit more energy to achieve the desired temperature.


Aerator shower heads are a cheap and easy method to benefit the environment and your wallet. It’s not hard to replace a head on an old body with one of these. While there is some variation in cost, all of them are reasonably priced.

Lighted or LED Shower Heads

LED-equipped shower heads add a layer of convenience and comfort to your daily shower routine by providing dimmable, ambiance-appropriate lighting.


The water pressure from the shower propels a miniature dynamo, which powers the LED bulbs and makes batteries unnecessary so you don’t have to worry about being electrocuted.


Because there are no batteries in the LED shower heads to be destroyed by the water, you also don’t have to worry about being exposed to battery acid. Even if there is a power outage, the LED lights on your shower head will continue to shine because they do not require energy to function.


They can also detect the temperature of the water. Some models change colour to blue when it is too cold, green when it is ideal for a shower, and red when it is too hot.


The convenience of LED shower heads is often underestimated. The cost of an LED shower head is not much higher than that of a standard shower head. Additionally, some models include detachable LED attachments, so if you’re ever not in the mood for colourful lights while showering, you can just remove the LED and continue using the shower head as you would without it.

How to Compare Shower Heads

Design and Operation

The spray pattern on most multifunction shower heads is adjusted by turning a dial. The controls should be obvious and simple to use, even under heavy water pressure. The head of handheld versions shouldn’t be difficult to attach or remove, and it shouldn’t come loose suddenly.


Nozzles made of scale-resistant silicone or polymer are easier to maintain than their metal or plastic counterparts because you can just rub them clean with your hand. Additionally, take into account factors such as warranty length, quality of customer service, and ease of obtaining replacement parts.

Easy to Set Up

Ideally, you shouldn’t need anything more than an adjustable wrench and some plumber’s tape. This eliminated any possibilities that needed drilling or attaching hardware. Of course, it’s different if you’re just replacing your shower head or renovating your bathroom.

Water Pressure

The water pressure varies from shower head to showerhead. The low water pressure that is typical with rain shower heads is not to everyone’s taste. However, there are many shower heads available that are made to increase water pressure.


Spray modes, massage settings, angle adjustments, LED lighting for ambiance, and technology that can soften even the hardest water are just some of the features. Anything goes (up to the bathroom ceiling, at least).