LAST UPDATED: 20th Jan 2019

The Best Shower Head in 2019

BEST CHOICE

Triton 5-Position

BEST VALUE

H&S 5 Mode Utility

PREMIUM PICK

GROHE Rainshower

A shower head can make all the difference to whether or not you have a good shower. As mentioned in the best electric shower post, many people suffer from a weaker water flow based on a number of different causes. Thankfully a decent shower head can fix that! Apart from that benefit, there are many great things that shower heads have to offer. They have multiple spray patterns allowing you to turn your shower experience into a spa retreat - as well as a cleaning jet, that blasts through dirt. Some even allow you to turn your shower well into a disco dance floor! We go through these and other features below so read on to find out more!

Our Best Shower Head Picks

First up and top of the list we have the Triton 5 Position. This shower is an ideal replacement shower head and can be used on any type of shower (electric shower, mixer shower, power shower or even bath shower mixer). The five position spray pattern (hence the name) allows you a choice of a range of patterns, including jet, blast, spray, rain or drench. These are each selected by turning the shower head. Each time you turn it, it will click to confirm it has been changed. The nozzle is rub clean meaning that it is easier to clean especially when removing lime scale and other debris from the head. This shower head comes with a 1 Year Warranty for peace of mind. Another great feature is that it has a remove plate which allows a deeper clean.

Key Features

  1. 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (UK Only)
  2. Scratch resistant and easy to clean
  3. Suitable for both Low and High Pressure
  4. 5 Spray Patterns
  5. Removable Spray plate

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: SFXSH600E5KKC
  • Weight: 249g

PROS

  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (UK Only) for peace of mind
  • Plenty of spray patterns
  • Unique spray plate and rub clean nozzles allow easy cleaning inside and out

CONS

  • Not suitable outside the UK and therefore the warranty only covers the UK.

Next up and second on the list we have the Rymerce Ionic Shower Head, which has been reviewed over 1,700 times! This shower head is quite interesting and the concept is fairly new. It features both ionic and mineral balls that act as a filter in order to remove traces of chlorine and other hurtful things found in the water - giving it a sort of spa-like feel to your shower experience. In addition, it offers a massive 200% increase in water flow while using 30% less water. So it is designed to dramatically increase the water throughput while saving you money! Sounds like a match made in heaven? Furthermore this 3 spray pattern shower head comes with a 1 Year Warranty for peace of mind.

Key Features

  1. Offers 200% more pressure
  2. Designed to use 30% less water
  3. 3 Spray Patterns
  4. Features Ionic Mineral Balls
  5. 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Specification

  • Brand: Rymerce
  • Model: B06XVWHPRQ
  • Weight: 200g

PROS

  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty for peace of mind
  • Several of spray patterns
  • The Ionic Mineral ball double filter system is supposed to help remove traces of chlorine and other harmful things from the water
  • Saves you money by using 30% less water
  • Designed to increase pressure by 200% giving a more powerful shower experience

CONS

  • It is not as attractive to look at as other shower heads on the market

Next on the list is the EocuSun 7 Mode shower head. As it's titled this shower head features a whopping 7 different spray patterns! These are Small Circle Rainfall, Big Circle Rainfall, Power Massage, Oxygenic Water Flow, Power Rainfall, Spout and Water Mist. All perfect for dramatically improving your shower experience. This shower head has a chrome-plated stainless steel finish, making it resistant to corrosion, cold and heat. It also includes a hose users say looks great and some sealing tape which is a great touch. The sealing tape gives a snug security to the hose once tightened - ensuring that it is truly secure. Best of all it provides a life long warranty! Which other shower head provides this?

Key Features

  1. 7 Spray Patterns
  2. Lifetime Warranty
  3. Includes hose and sealing tape
  4. Designed to deliver high pressure

Specification

  • Brand: EocuSun
  • Model: B07CYWVYS2
  • Weight: 380g

PROS

  • Lifetime Warranty!
  • So many spray patterns!
  • Includes hose and sealing tape for more secure fit
  • Designed to increase water flow

CONS

  • Quite heavy compared to most shower heads

The Mira Response 4 Spray comes in at number 4 is a very popular one indeed, having been reviewed nearly 500 times! This shower head comes with 4 spray patterns - one of which includes a water saving option. In addition, this shower head is designed to enhance the flow of water by up to 50% giving you a much better shower experience. It comes in two colours: Chrome (as seen in the image above) and White. It features rub-clean nozzles on the spray face, for easy cleaning and limescale removal. Mira also provide a 1 year warranty for this product.

Key Features

  1. 4 Spray patterns
  2. Rub clean nozzle of spray face
  3. Offers up to 50% more water flow
  4. 1 Year Warranty

Specification

  • Brand: Mira Showers
  • Model: 2.1605.106
  • Weight: 195g

PROS

  • Designed to enhance water flow by up to 50%
  • Rub-clean nozzles for easy lime scale removal
  • 1 year manufacturer's warranty for peace of mind
  • Plenty of shower head patterns

CONS

  • Only offers a 1 year warranty

At number 5 we have the H&S 5 Mode Utility Shower Head. This is a simple shower head with 5 spray patterns. Each time you select one it clicks to confirm activation. One is Pulse which is great for giving yourself a deep tissue massage after a long day at work. One thing to note is that you may hear rattling using this spray pattern. This is completely normal as it is caused by a ball-bearing inside the shower head that creates this effect. Does not seem to be covered by any kind of warranty as it is not mentioned anywhere - even on the manufacturer's website, so be sure to investigate before buying.

Key Features

  1. 5 Spray patterns
  2. Light weight
  3. Easy to attach
  4. Fits on most showers

Specification

  • Brand: H&S
  • Model: B01NATTRD3
  • Weight: 181g

PROS

  • Plenty of spray patterns
  • Light weight so will not strain your wrist
  • Simple to attach
  • Stainless steel body so will not rust

CONS

  • Have not seen any information anywhere regarding a warranty, so it is safe to say they don't provide one.

The stylish and contemporary GROHE Rainshower Icon Shower Head is one of the few shower heads I've seen that offers 18+ colours! Usually it is white or chrome - but not this one! Check out the images to see a few of the colours - some of them are really nice too! There is a colour to match any bathroom. As well as this massive array of colour, this GROHE shower head has anti-scalding technology which is a great feature to have. It also has an inner water guide which is designed to prolong the life of the chrome finish. This shower head features two spray patterns: Rain and Smart Rain. It also comes complete with a 5 year warranty of a great peace of mind. This product really does deserve the premium spot of our picks.

Key Features

  1. 2 Spray Patterns
  2. Anti-scalding technology
  3. Designed to reduce water consumption
  4. 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  5. Scratch resistant and easy to clean
  6. Inner water guide
  7. Over 18 colours to choose from

Specification

  • Brand: GROHE
  • Model: 27635000
  • Weight: 381g

PROS

  • Very generous warranty of 5 years for peace of mind
  • Designed to reduce water consumption and therefore save money
  • Unique contemporary design
  • Scratch resistant and easy to clean
  • Robust safety feature of anti-scalding
  • Inner water guide also designed to prolong life of chrome surface
  • Has over 18 colours to choose from! (Check out the images to see more)

CONS

  • Has only 2 Spray Patterns
  • Fairly expensive compared to others, but that is to be expected with this premium shower head.

The Triton 3 Position is comes in two great colours - white and chrome.   This shower head is an ideal replacement shower head and can be used on any type of shower. This shower head has three spray patterns (hence the name). The nozzle is rub clean meaning that it is easier to clean especially when removing lime scale and other debris from the head. This shower head comes with a 1 Year Warranty for peace of mind.

Key Features

  1. 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (UK Only)
  2. Comes in two colours (Chrome & White)
  3. Suitable for both Low and High Pressure
  4. 3 Spray Patterns

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: SFXLAR3POSCH
  • Weight: 181g

PROS

  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty (UK Only) for peace of mind
  • Several spray patterns
  • Rub clean nozzles allow easy cleaning inside and out

CONS

The Sunrise Metal Victorian Shower Head is interesting because it has a modern feel but is actually styled after the iconic Victorian telephone. This shower head has one spray pattern which is designed to be a smoothing rainfall like feel. It also has a nice ceramic handle for a perfect grip when taking a shower. It comes complete with a 5 year warranty for peace of mind. This elegant shower head really is one of a kind.

Key Features

  1. 1 Spray Pattern
  2. Victorian-Telephone Style
  3. 5 Year manufacturer's warranty
  4. Shower head easily removable for cleaning

Specification

  • Brand: SUNRISE
  • Model: SRSH-04
  • Weight: 322g

PROS

  • Very generous warranty of 5 years for peace of mind
  • High quality Ceramic Handle for a more comfortable grip
  • Elegant Victorian-Telephone design
  • Easy to clean
  • Soft and soothing rainfall-like flow

CONS

  • Has only 1 Spray Pattern

Shower Head Buyer's Guide and FAQs

Features To Look For In Shower Heads

Most of the time, we all put up with whatever shower head comes with the shower we buy or the house we move in to. But sometimes enough is enough! Some issues you might be facing could include; a weak flow, not enough spray patterns, leakin or dripping or simply a ghastly design! Here are some of the features to look for in a good shower head:

Spray Patterns - Usually the better quality and better made shower heads will offer more than one spray pattern. You will find that quite often all the fairly decent shower heads have around 3-5 spray patterns. For me, as long as it has at least two, which is usually the standard "Rain" and "Jet", I am happy. I like the Jet pattern for cleaning things and rinsing the bathtub/shower area. For the Triton 5 Position Shower Head for example, the 5 spray patterns included are Jet, Blast, Spray, Rain and Drench - which is more than enough.

Strong Water Flow/Pressure - This one seems obvious but some people are actually content with a small drizzle of water. To me and hopefully to you the reader, a a shower head that delivers a powerful water flow really makes it a good one - or at least helps it feel like a good one! As mentioned in the post about picking the best electric shower, the factor that determines the "power" is the kW and with other shower types, this can be several other things. That said, the shower head can often convert a weaker pressure into a stronger release of water, providing a much stronger pressure or throughput out of the shower head.

Some kind of Warranty or Guarantee - Another fairly obvious one but still, definitely worth a mention. Typically ALL products (though obviously not disposable ones!) not just shower heads, offer some kind of warranty. But the length of the warranty may vary. For example, the EocuSun 7 Mode shower head offers a lifetime warranty, whereas the Triton 3 Position offers a 1 year warranty - and that is only for use in the UK! So before you purchase, be sure to thoroughly check the warranty conditions with a fine tooth comb!

Design - When it comes down to finding a good shower head, I always look at the design. This of course does not affect the way it works in any way but a shower head goes together with all the rest of the features of your bathroom. With most showers on the market the standard shower head that is included is just your average shower head, - which 9 times out of 10 is a very plain white one. The shower manufacturer offers colours like white or chrome because they are the most neutral colours for a bathroom, but this does not always mean it looks good OR suits your bathroom. The GROHE Rainshower Icon shower head offers a massive variety of 18 different colours, which is actually one of the only models I have seen that do something like this.

Types of Shower Head

There are many different types of shower head that exist in the market. We chose to review hand-held shower heads as these seem to be the most commonly sought after. For those that might be interested, I will go through the various types below!

Hand Held - As mentioned above these are what we focused on when seeking the best shower heads available. They are the most common and, in my opinion the best option for the house hold. They can either be left attached to the rail for showering or removed ad-hoc for cleaning specific areas of your body, bath tub or shower well.

Fixed or Wall Mounted - This type of  shower head is fairly self explanatory. It is mounted to the wall. So unlike the hand held shower head, it cannot be removed from the rail it is permanently fixed (or mounted) to the wall. These aren't great because someone will have issues showering. As it is permanently mounted it cannot totally be adjusted to suit varying height. Usually there will be some kind of swivel to slightly change the direction of the water but that is it.

LED - These can be any kind of style whether Hand held, Fixed, Rain etc. The difference is that they light up your shower well, giving you a soothing but disco shower experience! Some LED shower heads even come with sensors that indicate the temperature - which is pretty cool right?

Rain or Rainfall - This type of shower head is similar to the fixed or wall mounted shower heads but is usually fixed above your head so it falls like rain (hence the name). These are great for a relaxing shower experience. Though for this kind of shower head you will need to have a fairly big shower area.

Ionic or Mineral - This is quite a new type of shower head. It has ionic mineral balls or beads inside the shower head that the water passes through. The idea is that they purify the water, removing chlorine and other things from the water that may harm your skin. At the moment these are very popular. In fact, Rymerce's Ionic Shower head is a top selling shower head!

Spa, Body Spray or Jet - You will rarely see these kind of showers anywhere except at your local swimming bars! You know just before entering the swimming pool area you have to walk through those annoying showers? Those are body spray shower heads! They are very awkward for trying to shower with very low amounts of flexibility.

Best Shower Head FAQs

Q: How do I Change the Shower Head?

A: It is actually very simple to do. You simply unscrew the existing one and screw on the new one. When screwing the new shower head on please be careful not to forget to use the rubber/plastic washer included with the new one as it keeps the connection secure while ensuring that water is less likely to leak or come out of the wrong place! Luckily all the big brands (including the models mentioned in this guide) are universal fit so you should have no issues installing your new shower head.

Q: How do I Clean my Shower Head?

A: Most of these brands design their shower heads to have rub off finishes. What I mean by that is, you can simply wipe the shower head off with a sponge or a j cloth to clean it and remove limescale. Some shower heads also have a removable plate which allows you to clean underneath and give it a good scrub.

If like me, you'd prefer to give it a very in depth clean, then here are is a great method I use cleaning mine.

The White Vinegar Method

  1. Fill a jug, protein shaker or Pyrex jug etc with the White Vinegar to about half way - just enough to submerge the shower head itself.
  2. Remove the shower head from the hose by unscrewing it and place into the White Vinegar - be careful not to lose the rubber/plastic washer that should be underneath the shower head inside the hose!
  3. Leave the shower head inside the White Vinegar for a few hours. I like to leave mine overnight just to make sure it is nice and squeaky clean!
  4. After the time has passed, take it out and give it a quick rinse in the bath tub/sink. I use an old tooth brush to give it an extra clean, while it is under the bath tap.
  5. Voila! It should be sparkling clean!

Please note: Do NOT use Brown Vinegar as it can stain or leave marks on your shower head!

Q: How Often Should I Clean my Shower Head?

A: It is best to clean your shower head fairly frequently, otherwise your shower head could get blocked or broken. Most shower heads are designed to last but it is still something you should regularly do. I wipe my shower head fairly often. As well as this I carry out the White Vinegar method mentioned above every 6 months or so, to make sure it is nice and clean internally.

Q: Do I Need Multiple Spray Patterns?

A: This comes down to preference. I myself love having different spray patterns because it gives the option to have a different shower experience each time. This of course depends on the shower head you get or have.

I have the Triton 5 Position head so I have 5 spray patterns. As mentioned above, the 5 different spray patterns are - jet, blast, spray, rain or drench. Jet or Blast is great for cleaning the bath tub (or shower well). Another use for these two patterns is cleaning my trainers or shoes. I happen to live in an area where the grass is cut frequently and I walk my dog every day - so I tend to get a lot of grass on them! These two patterns take the grass of with ease!

Furthermore, as someone that goes to the gym quite frequently I also find Jet to be great to relax my muscles after a crazy workout. Spray, Rain and Drench are great for overall cleaning - as well as rinsing the bath tub. These are the different ways in which I use my shower patterns. In order to see if you need them it is best to have a think and see if they could help you somehow. That said, most decent shower heads on the market will have more than one so it is nice to have the option.

Q: Can a Shower Head Help my Low Water Pressure Problem?

A: Yes it can definitely help, depending on the design or model. But it is important to note that the issue will still technically exist, it's just that the shower head itself will deliver a seemingly stronger pressure or throughput. One of the reasons we ranked the Triton 5 Position top was because users found that it helped with this issue.

Please note: If you are experiencing a lower water pressure problem, you will need to consult a professional to truly get it resolved.

Sources

  1. MoneySavingExpert.com Forum - Money Saving Expert
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