Best Rain Shower Heads 2017

Best Rain Shower Heads 2017

As a child do you remember the fun you had just standing in the rain.  Yes the water felt funny as it fell on your face, but you also felt so happy and relaxed.  

This might of been fun, but it wasn't all that practical.  Afterwards you'd be left feeling cold. Your mum nagging at you to get out of those wet clothes before you "catch your death of cold."

Wouldn't it be great to enjoy the pleasure of standing in the rain once more or repeating that shower experience whenever you wanted?

Now you are ready to begin installation of a rain shower head.  

These types of showerheads have been designed so that they mimic the way that rain falls.  With these systems the water falls on to you from above.  But with conventional showerheads the water sprays on to you on a slant.  This helps to give the feeling that you are getting showered with rain. 

How To Choose The Best Rain Shower Head 

The rain or rainfall shower head is a superb choice for any bathroom.  Not only are they elegant looking, but also stylish.  They also providing you with a relaxing spa experience.  

If you are thinking about buying such then check out our guide below.  This will help you choose the best rainfall shower head system.

Shower Head Size 

It is important to choose the widest one possible.  This will ensure that you get as much coverage as possible when taking a shower.  Be aware that a rain shower head can be quite big.  You should measure the size of the shower enclosure before buying.

Water Saving

With a rainfall shower you shouldn't have to worry about how much water you are using.  When having a shower you’ll find more energy gets used to heat the water the more water you use. 

You can save money by choosing a rainfall showerhead fitted with a restrictor valve.  You can still enjoy a wonderful shower, but money won’t be pouring down the drain.

Cost 

A good rain shower head system isn’t that expensive.  You'll be able to find one that fits your requirements for between $10 and $20.  There are of course expensive rain fall shower heads available.  But these tend to come with extra features, such as built-in speakers. 

Quality

There isn't any need for you to buy a major brand to get a good product.  It is important that you take time to read through rain shower head reviews.  Take a look at some of the reviews others have left on Amazon.  This way you are sure to find the right rain shower head for your bathroom. 

Spray Design And Settings 

There are some rainfall shower heads that come with different spray settings.  They also have a more advance spray design.  

If you want something that just looks nice.  Then go for one of the more basic designs that only has a single setting.

A head with more spray settings is great for those who want to experience more in the shower.  Such can provide you with not just rainfall but also drenching and mist settings.  Plus they can even provide you with an powerful massage.

Shower Arm Fit 

Look at how the rain head shower system will fit in the cubicle.  Does it need to be wall or ceiling mounted?  Also is it suitable for fitting on to the arm of your current shower?  Look at information and pictures of your chosen rain head shower head.  This will tell you if the one you've chosen is suitable or not.

But if in doubt, you may want to consider investing in a new shower arm.  Choose one of course that is best suited to your new rainfall shower head.

Hand Held Shower Attachment

Some showers come with a second hand held shower head these can be useful for all sorts of things, even washing the dog! If you have a busy family full of children and pets one of these might be useful.

Style And Finish

It is best to choose one that matches the fixtures and fittings in your bathroom.  If the taps in your bathroom are chrome then go for a chrome rain shower head.  

Having said that you can make it more of a feature if you go for an oil rubbed bronze finish which can add a bit of class to your shower.  So don't be afraid to be a bit more daring and turn your average shower into a great one. 

Finally,  do you need an adjustable shower head or a fixed one?

Why Buy A Rainfall Shower Head?

1.  Offers A Gentle Relaxing Shower

Rather than sharp jets of water you get droplets like rain falling on you.  I know which I would prefer.   This will allow you to shower in luxury each morning. 

2.  Offers Style And Flair 

A large rain shower head doesn't only look great.  They also have a unique style.  A good quality rain style shower head will add a touch of class to your bathroom.  

3.  Offers More Coverage

A huge rainfall shower head means you'll have a great shower every time.  This is because it will ensure that your whole body gets covered with water. 

4.  Offers More Options 

If you choose a more advance rainfall shower head you’ll get more spray patterns.  This means you can choose a shower spray that suits you.   Want a hot strong shower set the spray to drenching rainfall.  As for soreness in muscles then choose a spray pattern than helps to massage them.

Installing A Rain Shower Head

You don't need to waste money on hiring a plumber to install a rain shower head.  They are actually easy to install yourself.   Below is a quick guide to show you how easy installing rainfall shower head can be. 

Step 1 

Before installation begins make sure you have everything you need.  Also after opening up the package check that everything is there.

Also make sure that you read the instructions in detail.  So you will see if you need to buy anything else.

Step 2 

You need to isolate the water supply to the shower.  Do this by turning off the shutoff valve.  If you cannot find the shutoff valve then you'll need to turn off the water supply to your home.  

Now you need to remove the old shower head if there is one.  To do this you may find a wrench useful.  But be careful make sure that you don't grip around the screw threads too tight.  If you do you could cause damage to the connector and it won't be leak proof any more. 

Step 3 

Next you need to ensure that the connection to your new rain shower head is watertight.  To do this you need some plumber’s tape.  Take this and wrap it around the shower arm threads.

Step 4 

You now have to decide on the position where to mount the shower head.  You need to ensure that there is plenty of space around the location of the mount.  You want enough space to allow for the size of the rainfall shower head you’ve chosen.  This is especially vital if you intend to mount it on the ceiling.  Also important if you have selected to install an oversized rain shower head.

Step 5

Now you are ready to screw the new shower head on to the connector. It is best to tighten it by hand rather than using any tools.  If you use tools you are at risk of damaging the rainfall shower heads finish.

Step 6

After step 5 you should now be ready to turn the water back on.  Now turn the shower on and check for any leaks.  If you notice any turn off the water supply and tighten up the rain shower head some more.  If you find this hasn’t helped then apply some more plumber’s tape.  This should help to prevent any further links.

 Best Rainfall Shower Heads 2017

We have based our list of rain shower heads based on design, quality and features.  These are ones that many have found provide reliable and consistent performance.

They have been built to last and provide features that help to sooth and relax the body.

Now take your time and compare the models on our list.  This way you can decide which one is going to be perfect for your bathroom.

We have placed showerheads in order of price.  Starting with the least expensive model that you can buy.

Thunderhead TH2.5

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

6 Inches

2.5 GPM

90

Yes (Removable)

Wall

For the least expensive model this one still offers a very powerful showering experience.  As well as being extremely functional, you’ll find this one is easy to use.  It will provide you with an invigorating shower that will also prove relaxing. 

This model comes with everything you need to be able to install it yourself.  With a smaller size head it is suitable even for the smallest space. 

It comes with a mounting bracket.  This allows you to convert a wall mounted shower arm into an overhead one.

Water from the Thunder TH2.5 is even spread through the 90 nozzles.  Even it water pressure is low you'll find that this won't effect your shower.

Pros
  • Easy to install so saving you time
  • 90 Nozzles provide a powerful stream of water when bathing
  • Easy to maintain as minerals and hard water cannot build up on it
  • Can be used even when water pressure is low
  • The showerhead is movable so can be adjusted to suit the height of the person using it
  • Can remove the water restrictor, allowing for even more water to flow
Cons
  • Not as durable as others as made from plastic
  • It is much bigger than it looks in pictures, so need to consider the size of your shower space
  • Not suitable if the shower space is small

 

Ana Bath SS5450CBN Shower Head

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

5 Inches

2.35 GPM

200

Yes (Removable)

Wall

This unit is actually made up of two shower heads, one that is fixed (rainfall shower head) and a handheld one.  Each of which comes with a wide range of spray settings for you to select from.

Both have a brushed nickel plastic wrap finish.  This helps to ensure that it is suitable for any bathroom design.

Even though this has 2 separate shower heads.  You’ll find that it will last for quite some time.  Most people have found that it lasts for 3 years or more.

  So if you are looking for a dual type one then this is the best.

Pros
  • This is an attractive looking design
  • Both generate a good amount of pressure even when both turned on
  • Both generate a good amount of pressure even when both turned on
  • Comes with 5 unique shower modes.  These are available for both of the heads.
Cons
  • The water divider unit is flimsy
  • You may need to hire a plumber to install it
  • Quite expensive for what it is.

Delta Touch Clean Raincan Showerhead

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

8 3/4 Inches

2.5 GPM

100

Yes (Removable)

Wall/Ceiling

This rain shower head is worth investing in.  Especially if your current one doesn't offer enough coverage, force or consistency.  The Delta Touch Clean Rain Can Showerhead isn't all that expensive.  Yet it should provide you with everything you need.  So ensuring that each time you shower you have an enjoyable experience.

Water flows through at a rate of 2.5 GPM.  Ensuring that it provides you with a steady and consistent stream of water.  This in turn ensures that you get the most out of your time in the shower.

Keeping this rainfall shower head clean is easy because of its touch clean feature.  The amount of work to maintain this rain shower is minimal.

Pros
  • Not only looks great, but the water pressure levels are really good
  • No need to remove the water restrictor as it provides a decent water flow rate
  • The spray provided is comfortable
  • Coverage is wide allowing you to stay in the same place.
  • Cleaning this type of rain showerhead is easy.
  • Is a great price
Cons
  • Need to buy a separate shower arm
  • Only offers a single shower setting

American Standard 1660.683.002 Modern Rain Easy Clean Showerhead

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

10 Inches

2.5 GPM

100

Yes (Removable)

Ceiling

Like the model before the American Standard Modern Rain Easy Clean Showerhead is made from brass.  So you can be assured that it is going to last for a long time. 

This one does not come with the arm and flange.  You will have to check your shower to see if this one is suitable.

Like others this one is very easy to install, and easy to maintain and clean. 

Unfortunately this rain style shower head doesn’t come with adjustable settings or spray patterns.  But then it is one of the least expensive models in this review.  But it is still a great deal overall.   

This is one of the best for mounting to the ceiling and provides a good area of coverage as you shower.

Pros
  • Offers wide coverage, but shouldn’t be mounted too high up
  • Is simple to install and use
  • Looks stunning.  Will maintain its look for some time
  • Maintenance is easy.  Needs just to be wiped clean occasionally
Cons
  • Not exactly cheap to buy
  • As it is ceiling mounted you may find adjusting the direction of the flow of water difficult
  • Don’t install too high up or coverage is reduced

Moen S6320 Velocity

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

8 Inches

2.5 GPM

100

Yes (Removable)

Wall

The Moen Velocity showerhead lets you enjoy a traditional shower or a rainfall one.

Comes with 2 settings.  You can enjoy a relaxing rainfall shower or a more high pressured one.  To change between the 2 takes a flip of a switch.

This shower is fitted with Immersion technology.  A mechanism that allows this rain shower head to pressurize itself.  This helps to increase the flow as well as the force of the water as you shower. 

As for build and construction you’ll find that this is among the best.  Plus it also comes with a lifetime warranty.  For those who want a shower head that is going to last for several years, then this is the one for you.

Pros
  • Looks really great and is suitable for any bathroom
  • With different finishes available finding one that suits your bathroom won’t prove difficult
  • Being wall mounted you can easily install this yourself
  • The water restrictor can be removed easily just with a screwdriver
  • Comes with 2 shower options that can be changed easily.
  • Customer support provided by Moen is good
Cons
  • One of the more expensive rainfall shower heads available

ALFI Ultra Thin Rain Shower Head

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

16 Inches

2.2 GPM

324

No

Wall Or Ceiling

The ultra thin construction and sleek design will fit in perfectly in your bathroom. 

Time has been spent on ensuring that this has been made to the highest standard. 

The use of high quality stainless steel ensures that is built to last. 

Not only will this huge rainfall shower head remain rust free.  You will find that it won't look smudged when handled.

Again this one is easy to install.  But now you have the option to choose whether it is wall or ceiling mounted. 

You will find that cleaning and maintaining this large rainfall shower head is easy.  This is because of the clear rubber nozzles fitted.

Pros
  • The large showerhead offers good coverage.  You’ll feel like you’ve been caught in a rain shower
  • Price is very reasonable
  • Despite a low price it works very well
  • Installation is very easy
  • Water pressure is even, even when you tilt the head
Cons
  • It isn’t suitable for mounting on a wall as it is too big and heavy
  • Cannot be angled so your body and hair will always get wet

Grohe Cosmopolitan 210 Rain Shower Head

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

8 Inches

2.5 GPM

120

No

Ceiling

The Grohe Cosmopolitan 210 Rain shower head may be one of the smallest.  But the spray coverage provided is great.   

This one is fitted with DreamSpray technology.  This helps to ensure that water gets distributed evenly between the nozzles.  It also comes with a number of other features that improve its performance.

With such wide coverage adequate pressure is required.  Yet it still performs well even when water pressure is low.

As for cleaning and maintenance, like so many others this won’t be a problem.  This is because it comes with its SpeedClean Anti-Lime technology. 

To install this model you will need to buy the rainshower arm and flange.

Pros
  • All finishes available look great
  • As the disk is flat you’ll find the stream of water from it is a lot better than some other models
  • Has a lot more nozzles on it that you would find on some other rain shower heads
  • Build quality is excellent, so will last a long time
  • Maintenance and cleaning is very easy to do
  • Comes with a feature that protects against lime scale.  It can be removed with a wipe of your fingers.
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
Cons
  • It is quite pricey as it only comes with one setting

Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead

Specification

Size Of Head

Flow Rate

Number Of Nozzles

Flow Restrictor

Mounting

9 1/2 Inches

2.5 GPM

100

No

Ceiling

The Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead is a great choice.  Whether you want to just replace a shower head or remodel your bathroom completely. 

It offers you 2 modes that can be switched between easily. You can either enjoy a conventional shower or a rainfall one. 

But what makes this model stand out from others is the Air-Jet system.  Like others it only allows 2.5 gallons of water per minute to be released.  Yet the Air-Jet system makes it feel as if it is using 6 or more gallons per minute.  

You only have 2 choices of finish when it comes to this adjustable rain shower head.  You can choose between chrome or brushed nickel. Either of which will suit any bathroom.

As it is made from brass it means this rain style shower head is built to last.  It won’t really need any repairs or need to be replaced any time soon.

Pros
  • Is one of the best rain showerheads available today
  • It will maintain its great looks for a long time

  • Cleaning and maintenance of this is easy
  • Offers a rain shower experience like no other
  • With such wide coverage it feels as if your standing outside in the rain when using it
  • You can decide what sort of rain it is that you stand under when showering
Cons
  • Installation of this can be quite tricky so you may want to hire a plumber
  • The cost of this shower head is a lot higher than you would expect.  But it is built to last and comes with a number of different settings and is easy to maintain
  • Have to buy an extension arm to really reap the full benefits of this rainfall shower head

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