If your shower faucet is in need of a serious upgrade, then you are probably going to want to upgrade it. This is true if your old one is broken or clogged with limescale, but it’s also true if you feel like it’s not performing the way it used to perform. In that case, it might be a good idea to go ahead and buy a handheld showerhead as a replacement.
A brand-new handheld faucet not only looks better but more than likely it’s going to restore water pressure that’s been lost due to hard water buildup. However, that’s only true if you buy one of the better models currently available. Which is why we’ve decided to list ten of the best handheld shower faucet models, as well as a short guide on buying and maintaining shower heads.
10. Dream Spa 1432 3-Way Shower Head
This 3-way shower head delivers two separate nozzles for the best shower performance possible. It has a 7-inch rainfall head that delivers water as if it were rain and a 4-inch high-powered head which has 7-different settings. The settings on the high-powered head include a pulsating massage, hydro-mist, power rain, pulsating massage and water-saving pause modes. It also features a 5-foot stainless steel shower hose and comes with all the parts needed for installation, including a 3-way water diverter with an anti-swivel lock nut. This high-quality unit is designed to bring the luxuriousness of the spa into the home so the consumer can enjoy a nice relaxing shower.
9. Delta 75701 7-Spray Shower Hose
Available in both white or chrome plastic and in both 2.0-GPM and 2.5-GPM models, this 7-spray hand-held shower head has the look and power for just about any home. It has soft rubber touch spray holes that allow lime buildup to be easily wiped away and has several useful spray settings. This head can deliver a full body spray, a spray with massage features, shampoo rinsing spray, a drenching spray and a drenching spray with massage. This product comes with a nice long 72-inch hose and is designed to use up to twenty percent less water than many comparable showerhead models.
8. Hydrolux Full-Chrome Luxury Shower Combo
With this 3-way unit, the user can determine how they want to take a shower. It has a 4-inch oversize chrome face that’s approximately 4-inches in diameter and comes with a 5-foot flexible stainless-steel shower hose. This unit comes with 24 different water flow patterns, has 5 full-settings and a 3-zone click lever dial. It also has jets which can be rubbed clean when they begin to build up with lime or calcium. This unit has brass hose notes that allow for easy hand tightening and has an angle adjustable overhead brackets. Some of the settings included on this model include massage, water-saver mode, and power rain.
7. Moen Magnetix Shower Docking System
This showerhead conforms to the Water Sense Program standards, which means that it eco-friendly. This product just doesn’t save water, however. It also has a number of features which make it quite handy in just about any shower. It features a 3.5-inch diameter spray that’s equipped with 6 unique spray functions that allow the user to select their spray force and customize their showering experience. The spray head attaches to the docking system using a magnet, so it can easily and effortlessly be pulled on and off of the system to be used as a handheld showerhead.
6. Aqua Dance High Pressure 4-Inch Shower
This high-quality shower is capable of being used as either an overhead or a handheld showerhead. It has a chrome-face 4-inch head that has 6-independent settings including power mist, rain massage, pulsating massage, power rain and water saving mode. It also has an ergonomic grip handle and a 3-zone click lever dial. Another fantastic feature that can be found on this product is its rub-clean jets which allow for easy shower maintenance. This product includes an angle-adjustable overhead bracket, brass hose nuts, and comes with free Teflon tape to install it. And installation of this model is a snap and can be done without the use of additional tools.
5. KES LP150 Shower Head With Extra Long Hose
Constructed with high-quality stainless-steel finish, this product is designed to be not only durable but to look good, too. It is a single function handheld showerhead, but it does deliver a nice spray of water. It’s also equipped with a 79-inch hose, so it can give most people the extra reach they need to shower or for rinsing off the shower walls or cleaning household pets. And since this product doesn’t a pressure restrictor at all, it will deliver a powerful stream of water. Overall, this product is designed for people who need a little bit of extra water pressure and reach with their handheld shower hose.
4. Aqua Elegante High-Flow Shower Head
Made of high-quality plastic and equipped with a stainless steel shower hose, this product is capable of giving the user many years of use. It comes with a shower arm bracket mount to install it, and the unit can be installed quickly and easily. And although this showerhead doesn’t have many of the advanced features or settings that comparable handheld showerheads do, it does have one big advantage over these other units. It’s capable of delivering really high-pressure. And that alone makes it a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to upgrade their current shower but don’t want to spend a fortune to do it.
3. Briout Handheld Shower Head
This showerhead has a large 4.1-inch head that can be adjusted so the user can customize their shower. The face of it has 19 ABS-nozzles and 47-TPE nozzles. Some of the settings which can be found in this unit include a rain massage, pulsating massage, power mist, rain mist and power rain. It’s manufactured using high-quality ABS plastic and comes with everything needed for installation. It comes with a removable 2.5-GPM flow-restrictor, 3 rubber washers, Teflon tape, a swivel shower bracket and 5-foot stainless-steel hose. And all of these features come together to make a really good handheld showerhead that will provide the user with a relaxing showering experience.
2. Vida Alegría H5+ Head With Hose
Designed to be easily installed, this product can be set up and ready to go in under 5-minutes. It comes with a 7-foot hose which is useful for showers, cleaning and for washing household pets. This product has a nice design that allows it to look beautiful in just about any bathroom and has silicone jets that resist hard water corrosion. A great feature about this product is that it has five different spray settings so users can customize their showering experience the way they see fit. This product is equipped with a flow restrictor, but that can be removed by the user to increase shower pressure.
1. Yoo Mee High-Pressure Shower Head
Designed to deliver powerful water pressure, this handheld showerhead is a big improvement to the standard showerhead. It has 3-distinct settings: high power, pulse massage and mixed. It also has a 79-inch stainless steel hose that gives it the reach people need to thoroughly wash their bodies or for washing off the family dog. This product also comes with everything a person needs to install it. This includes a water flow regulator, hose gaskets, Teflon tape and an instruction manual. This is a shower unit that will give the user the shower experience they desire and the water pressure they’ve been missing.
Buying a Shower Head
While everyone wants to buy the best looking shower head that they can afford, aesthetics aren’t the only thing that people should be thinking about. There are a number of other factors that need to be taken into consideration when purchasing a new shower head for your home. We’re going to check out some of the more common features that should be considered below.
Types of Shower Heads
When it comes to buying shower heads, there are several different models available. There are all kinds of systems including standard wall mounted systems, top mounted and sliding bar systems, shower panels and of course, handheld showerheads. Below are some quick explanations for each type.
- Standard Wall Mount – This is where most people begin their search. There are some versions which are simple and others which are more elaborate. These units usually provide good water pressure, but there’s not a whole lot of flexibility when it comes to using them. In order to benefit from them, you basically have to stand underneath them. And if you ever need to rinse your shower walls, then you are going to have to find another solution because these showerheads aren’t going to help you.
- Top Mount – These systems attach from the ceiling or hang down from some sort of extension arm. They do a good job of simulating rainfall, but they’re not without their drawbacks. For one thing, they often require professional installation, which can be expensive, and they often suffer from the same limited versatility that most wall mount systems suffer from.
- Sliding Bar – Using a mounting base, these showers can be adjusted up and down depending on the height of the user. Which actually makes it pretty versatile. However, they can often be difficult to install. They also often require that the bar and the shower head are purchased separately.
- Shower Panels – These systems are highly-customizable, but unless you have considerable home improvement experience, then you are probably going to have to hire a professional. This adds extra cost to a system that’s already on the high-end of the shower scale.
- Handheld Shower Heads – These shower heads are pretty easy to install, are fairly inexpensive and give the user quite a bit of versatility. They can create a spa-like experience at home, the heads can be enlisted to clean the shower walls, they can be used to clean children and pets, and they conserve water.
Length of the Hose
One of the things that you are going to want to consider is the length of the hose. While most handheld showerheads have pretty long hoses, not all of them do so it’s important to do your research. For the average person, a hose that’s between 59 and 73-inches usually works out pretty well. However, ADA compliant shower head hoses are usually at least 84-inches, so if you are someone in your home has a physical disability, then you may want to get a model with a longer hose.
According to governmental guidelines in the United States, shower heads cannot exceed a flow rate of 2.5-gallons per minute. However, some of the shower heads on the market only provide about a portion of that amount. So it’s important to look for 2-GPM shower heads, or if you want a whole lot of pressure, 2.5-GPM shower heads.
Maintaining a Handheld Shower Head
If you live in an area with hard water, then you are probably going to need to clean your shower head on a regular basis. Sure, there are some handheld showerhead models which are made with silicone jet nozzles that do a fair job at preventing hard water buildup, but they can’t fight it off forever. At some point, the shower head is going to have to be cleaned. Cleaning a shower head, particularly a handheld one, isn’t all that difficult, however. All you have to do is to set aside a few moments of your time, get together the right supplies and you can have your shower head working well again.
What You’ll Need:
- Pot or bucket large enough to hold shower head and water
- A rag
- A wrench
- Old toothbrush
- Soft cloth
- White vinegar
How to Clean the Shower Head
- Remove the Showerhead – There’s usually a nut that holds the shower head onto the pipe, so you’ll have to unscrew it. Sometimes that can easily be done by hand, but if you can’t unscrew it by hand, then you’re going to have to use a wrench to undo it. If it does, place the wrench on the nut to protect it, and then use the wrench to turn it counterclockwise.
- Place Showerhead in Pot or Bucket – Ideally, you’ll want to use a pot or bucket which is just the right size to hold the showerhead and the white vinegar. This will keep you from having to use a bunch of vinegar.
- Pour in the Vinegar – Next, you’ll want to pour in the white vinegar. The acids in the vinegar will begin to neutralize the hard water minerals in the shower head but won’t hurt the showerhead itself.
- Soak the Showerhead – Now, you’ll want to soak the showerhead anywhere from 30-minutes to overnight. If the showerhead is plastic, leave it to soak overnight. If it’s made of brass or copper, you’re going to want to remove it after 30-minutes to prevent the acid from corroding the metal.
- Rinse it – The final step is rinsing the handheld showerhead. Most of the minerals clogging it should flake off as its being rinsed. If not, then use your old toothbrush to scrub it. If the unit still isn’t unclogged, then you may need to repeat the process.
- Inspect the Showerhead – After it has been soaked once or twice, rinsed off and scrubbed, it’s time to take a look at it. If the showerhead looks good, install it and test it out. If the showerhead still doesn’t perform, then it may be time to just give up and buy a new handheld shower head. We have a nice selection of the ten best ones currently available above this article.