Shower head

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If you want to feel like you are bathing in a rainforest, or relaxing at a spa when you shower, then keep reading. Shower heads have come a long way over the years. With handheld, dual, and multi-spray settings, the best shower heads can truly elevate your showering routine.

Besides, some of our best ideas come to us in the bathroom, while we are showering. A recent study reveals why. Researchers say the mind actually works better when there’s a moderate level of engagement. “Say you’re stuck on a problem,” says Zac Irving, a University of Virginia assistant professor of philosophy, in a media release. “What do you do? Probably not something mind-numbingly boring like watching paint dry. Instead, you do something to occupy yourself, like going for a walk, gardening, or taking a shower. All these activities are moderately engaging.”

Why not try out a new shower head to get those creative juices flowing while bathing. With so many designs to choose from, where do you start? Don’t worry, we’ve done the legwork for you. StudyFinds turned to 10 expert sources to compile a list of the five best shower heads for an invigorating bathing experience. As always, we’d like to see your own recommendations in the comments below!

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The List: Best Shower Heads, According to Expert Reviews


1. Kohler Forté Multifunction Shower Head

This single wall mount shower head is tops among many reviewers. For about $100, it comes in several finishes too. Forbes points out it, “infuses two liters of air per minute into the spray, giving you plenty of power and volume to rinse off shampoo bubbles and soap residue in the form of large droplets.”

“Though it’s smaller, it’ll fit better in tighter showers, and it still features a full-coverage spray, as well as a pulsating massage and silk spray. The shower arm and flange is also sold separately, so it’s easy to replace your existing shower head with the Forté,” adds Popular Mechanics.

Kohler Forté Multifunction Shower Head
Kohler Forté Multifunction Shower Head

The New York Times notes the shower head, “installs easily, and you can adjust the spray settings smoothly with one hand.”

“Kohler’s showerhead provides nice coverage. The main setting strikes the necessary balance between feeling firm but relaxing. You can easily switch to a concentrated massage mode or a fine mist. Overall, it’s a solid, well-balanced fixed showerhead option that you should consider if you like the look or the brand,” adds CNET.

2. High Sierra Classic All Metal High Efficiency Low Flow Shower Head

If you prefer a single-setting low flow shower head, for $40, this is a solid choice. CNET points out it, “conserves water as well with a 1.5 gpm rating. The default coverage setting offers as much coverage and velocity as shower heads that use a full gallon more. That velocity isn’t overpowering.” 

High Sierra Classic All Metal High Efficiency Low Flow Shower Head
High Sierra Classic All Metal High Efficiency Low Flow Shower Head

“With its solid metal construction and clog-free nozzle, it’s one of the most rugged, dependable low-flow shower heads available. The patented nozzle delivers a robust and full spray of large water drops for a powerful experience and minimal water usage. Installation is a snap—no surprise, considering the simplicity,” adds Bob Vila

According to Forbes, “This ends up using 40% less water than high-pressure heads, saving you money on utilities in the long run. Choose from five different finish options, including a trendy matte black and nickel. ”

Although, steer clear of this shower head if you are looking for multiple water settings and a large range of motion.

3.  Waterpik PowerPulse Massage Shower Head

Do you like a handheld shower head with multiple spray settings? Starting at $30, the PowerPulse is worth checking out. The Waterpik PowerPulse comes in several varieties, even a 2-in-1 version, which Good Housekeeping notes, “it doesn’t get better than this two-in-one shower head from Waterpik. Not only does it have 10 settings, but it also has dual-use overhead and handheld parts you can use at the same time or individually (so you won’t freeze when rinsing off shaving cream).”

Waterpik PowerPulse Massage Shower Head
Waterpik PowerPulse Massage Shower Head

“Waterpik’s PowerPulse delivers an impressive 2.5 gallons per minute to get you washed off fast. This detachable shower head features seven different spray options—including three massage features—to help you customize your cleaning experience,” adds Forbes.

The Spruce points out its, “5-foot-long hose should give you all the flexibility you need during your showers.”

4. Speakman Hotel Anystream Shower Head

Maybe you like a basic shower head, like the ones found in many hotel bathrooms. If you do, this one deserves a look. Plus, the price is wallet-friendly, starting at around $30. 

Speakman Hotel Anystream Shower Head
Speakman Hotel Anystream Shower Head

“Plungers inside the shower head nozzle control the spray force intensity, which the brand says makes it an ideal shower head for low-water pressure homes. The plungers also resist buildup, keeping the shower head relatively easy to maintain. You can switch between Intense, Massage, and Combination settings for a customizable spa shower experience,” according to House Beautiful.

Good Housekeeping adds the shower head is, “available in several finishes, like nickel, chrome and brass.”

“Another major perk of this shower head? It blends in with just about any style,” raves Forbes.

5. Moen Attract Magnetix Dual Shower Head

For about $100, this dual-shower head is sure to give you full coverage when showering. “If your priority is complete spray coverage, this versatile shower head from Moen could be a great option. It features dual shower heads: a detachable option for handheld use and an extra-wide fixed unit, both of which can be used at the same time. Despite the large and bulky shape, it was surprisingly simple to install,” according to Insider

Moen Attract Magnetix Dual Shower Head
Moen Attract Magnetix Dual Shower Head

Coming in several finishes, “the Attract will have you feeling like you’re showering at a 5-star hotel. With an ultra-broad face and handheld shower head, this gets you three shower heads in one: Use the main rain shower head, the hand shower or both simultaneously for a head-to-toe water immersion experience,” notes CNN.

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