The Top 3 Features to Look For In a New Shower Head

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Saturday, December 29, 2018

Buying a new shower head can be such a daunting task when you’re considering the variety of styles and designs available in the market today. Then again, this is a decision you have to make. Shower heads are must-have appliances for the majority of the population. So, here’s a closer look at the top three features to look for in a new showerhead to help you make an informed decision regarding your purchase:

1) Spray Settings, Shower Styles, and Filters
The size of your household is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing your showerhead. For instance, if you live alone, then there is nothing wrong with choosing something that you truly adore such as the 12” square rain shower.

If you have a family or roommates, however,  it is a smart move to choose a shower head that offers multiple spray options to suit every individual. For instance, the AST-233E is curved to maximize the water coverage reaching the body, giving everyone a satisfying showering experience. Similarly, opting for both a head and an arm with a variety of movements makes it easier for anybody to shower regardless of his or her height.

Now, this is where the role of a handheld shower comes in handy. These types of showerheads are just as effective as the fixed types, despite the majority of them being used for bathing pets and children.
What’s more, a multi-spray shower head gives you several controls that are useful when showering.

One more thing to think about is the chlorine in your water. Shower filters are necessary to reduce chlorine and other harmful contaminants in your shower water.

2) Water Flow Rate
The recommended shower head flow rate should be 2.0 gallons per minute or less. This proportion might sound weak to many, but the good news is that most of the manufacturers have developed efficient technologies that are capable of providing a satisfying experience using just a fraction of the water.

Low-flow shower heads are known to reduce water use by either pulsing the outgoing streams or introducing air into those streams. Additionally, the laminar flow technique can also be used by such shower heads to shoot out many small streams.

However, hair-rinsing can be a daunting task with such heads due to the low pressure. The showerheads featuring the laminar flow, on the other hand, are an upgrade on the aerated types. They give a more refreshing feeling, but the high water pressure can cause a stinging shower.
In a nutshell, it is advisable to choose a showerhead with a pressure-compensating flow regulator that makes it possible for the flow to be tailored to match the actual pressure in your home.

3) Scalding, Shower Shock, and Various Temperature Troubles
Heat loss in the aerated shower heads is another factor to put into consideration. Adding the cool air to the water flow for your shower can lower its temperature by a considerable amount. With all their greatness and refreshing effects, low-flow shower heads pose a serious risk of thermal shock when fitted with an older valve that lacks the Automatic Temperature Compensation (ATC) feature. Therefore, the best way to regulate the temperature of the outgoing water is to install a thermostatic valve on the shower head outlet.

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