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Whether you’re completely renovating your bathroom or just need a quick, simple upgrade, don’t underestimate the power of a quality showerhead to turn everyday showers into a more luxurious experience. One of these great showerheads will likely work for your bathroom and showering preferences—from wide rainfall heads to two-in-one handheld designs. Some high-tech options can even add music or aromatherapy to your daily routine.
What to Know About Flow Rate & Water Pressure
Each of these showerheads is rated with a flow rate—typically between 1.5 to 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM)—but you should know that flow rate isn’t quite synonymous with water pressure. A showerhead with a lower flow rate will have more water efficiency, allowing you to save money on your next water bill. Some locations such as New York and Colorado even require a GPM of 2.0 or lower, and California’s standard is 1.8 GPM or less. Check your local regulation and keep in mind that lower flow rates can still have high water pressure.
If you know your bathroom already has issues with low water pressure, you might want to avoid a wide showerhead, often known as rain showerheads, because they distribute the same amount of water across a larger surface, causing you to feel less pressure. However, there are plenty of versatile showerheads listed here with multiple spray settings to accommodate varying pressures and people with varying preferences.
How We Selected These Showerheads
We researched eight expert sources such as Good Housekeeping, The Spruce, and Wirecutter, as well as consumer reviews from retail sites like Amazon, to select these top nine showerheads. We evaluated these showerheads on characteristics such as adjustability and spray settings, finish options, flow rate, and overall value.
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Moen S6320 Rainshower 8-Inch Showerhead
A highly rated showerhead, the Moen S6320 boasts 100 nozzles across an eight-inch diameter with a simple lever to adjust water settings between a full or concentrated spray. Moen uses immersion technology, which claims to be three times more powerful than other showerheads, and its flow rate is 2.5 GPM. At well over $100, this model can be a bit pricey, but we especially like that it comes in four finish options: chrome, brushed gold, brushed nickel, and bronze. However, you’ll have to purchase a shower arm separately (or use an existing one), such as Moen’s curved shower arm or overhead shower arm.
Kohler Forte 1.75 GPM Showerhead
According to Good Housekeeping’s lab, the Kohler Forte showerhead was easy to install and excelled in testing. Its smaller size means it’ll fit better in tighter showers, though its settings still include a full-coverage spray, pulsating massage, and silk spray. Its six finishes will allow you to match the showerhead to your existing hardware, and the shower arm and flange is sold separately, making it easy to replace your existing showerhead.
Delta Faucet 5-Spray In2ition 2-in-1 Showerhead
The Delta Faucet 5-Spray In2ition is a great option if you want a wide showerhead without sacrificing the convenience of a handheld wand. Especially if you don’t have space in your shower for a full shower system, the pull-out wand with a six-foot hose that’s integrated into an overhead showerhead makes this system more compact and versatile to fit in smaller spaces. In addition to being backed by a lifetime warranty, Delta’s showerhead comes with five powerful spray settings, including full body, full body massage, fast massage, drenching, and pause.
SR Sun Rise Rainfall Showerhead
$144.14 (15% off)
Use the SR Sun Rise overhead showerhead to mimic the feeling of actual rainfall. It can be mounted directly overhead, instead of angled near the shower wall. In addition to the wide 10-inch head, it also comes with a handheld wand, 15-inch shower arm, and a 10-year warranty. SR Sun Rise offers its showerheads in chrome, black, nickel, and bronze finishes. Or, you could try a ceiling-mounted showerhead in this 12-inch version.
High Sierra 1.5 GPM Classic Showerhead
At just $40, this High Sierra showerhead has a simple, back-to-the-basics design. Though it doesn’t have multiple setting options, it’s a good choice for those who want a more firm, concentrated spray. The 1.5GPM flow rate will also conserve water, so you’ll save money now and in the long term. It also comes in four finishes: chrome, nickel, bronze, and polished brass.
American Standard Spectra+ eTouch Showerhead
If you and others in your household have different showering preferences, it not only helps to have multiple spray settings, but also an easy way to switch between those settings. The American Standard Spectra eTouch showerhead provides that simplicity, because you can simply touch the rim of the showerhead with your hand to switch between four functions from a fine mist to massage spray. Available in 1.8 or 2.5GPM and in four finishes, the American Standard Spectra is a versatile showerhead that can adapt to everyone’s preferences.
Moen Aromatherapy Showerhead
Turn your bathroom into a spa by adding aromatherapy to your showerhead. This Moen showerhead allows you to use capsules (sold separately) of essential oils that infuse into your shower water with scents such as lavender, pine, and berry. In addition to choosing your favorite scents, to can also select a dilution setting. Nevertheless, no capsule is needed—it can be used as an everyday handheld showerhead with a magnetic dock that makes removing and securely returning easy.
Kohler Moxie Bluetooth Showerhead
If you’re in the market for both a Bluetooth speaker for the bathroom and a new showerhead, consider the Kohler Moxie. This showerhead is integrated with an IPX7-rated waterproof Bluetooth speaker by Harmon Kardon with up to nine hours of playtime that’s perfectly tuned for your shower space. The magnetic speaker is removeable for easy charging, or to take with you elsewhere, such as outside by the pool. It’s also available at 1.75 or 2.5 GPM and an option with Alexa built-in.
Nebia by Moen
$258.99 (33% off)
This collaboration between Moen and Nebia revolutionizes the design of rainfall showerheads by enveloping you in a softer spray, which can save up to 45 percent of water compared to most 2.5 GPM showerheads. The overhead showerhead is mounted on a 17-inch sliding arm, so different users can adjust the showerhead up or down depending on their height. The showerhead can also be tilted up or down and rotate side to side, and you can choose whether or not to add a handheld showerhead to complete your shower system.
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