Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Everyone’s Best Friend: A Good Shower Head

Over the past few days, we’ve traveled across half of Ohio, most of Pennsylvania and landed in sunny Florida. While Hotels.com reviews are helpful in finding overnight lodging, they almost never report what we truly want to know: How’s the hotel plumbing… specifically, where can we get a good, hearty, shower to wash away road grit?

According to ConsumerSearch.com, the best shower heads that “deliver a strong stream of water and plenty of coverage,” keep the water hot, are easily adjustable with multiple settings, last a long time, and are easy to install. We agree.

When it comes to showering, spray patterns are the key to a successful bathing experience. ConsumerSearch.com suggests “Some users like a firm, invigorating spray, while others prefer the gentle trickle of a rain shower. Some like a traditional wide spray that provides a lot of coverage, while others prefer a pulsing massage jet. Whatever shower style you like best, look for a shower head that does a good job on that spray setting” That last point is especially important in a bathroom used by multiple people – each person should be able to choose their waterfall preference.

Short or Tall, There’s a Style For All
When installing a new shower last year, we had a lengthy discussion about shower heads options. During the course of research, we were surprised to learn that everyone in the household faces a different direction while showering – some face the water, others face the wall. We came to the conclusion that each person’sheight has a lot to do with it –taller people face the shower head because their face is above the spray while our shorties face away from the water to avoid getting water in their eyes. Who knew? That discovery also made us consider the installation position of the new shower head – too high makes adjusting the settings a challenge for the vertically challenged.

Handheld or No?
Handheld models offer versatility to households with multiple needs, (for example, family members with mobility issues, washing the dog, or using the shower to clean oversized objects). The DIYGuy offers a good “how-to” video on replacing an existing shower with a hand-held model. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=knh1XsuQBoA.

Quality Doesn’t Cost, It Pays
When it comes to plumbing, it truly pays to upgrade to better quality. An inexpensive shower head that wears out or malfunctions detracts from the pleasure of a good shower. Take the time to research your options by working with a good plumber. Some showers have special considerations – including, water pressure, high ceilings, and location. That “3rd bathroom” in a partially finished basement may be a good spot for an inexpensinve dog-washing handheld shower. Your master bath, on the other hand, is well worth a higher end, designer model.

Water You Waiting For? Ray is well-versed in installing showers and shower heads in both new and existing homes and commercial businesses. His team of trained plumbers is available 24×7 for consultation and quotes. Call today: 513-396-5300.