Guide To Shower Heads and Mounts: 13 Different Types of Shower Heads and Their Uses

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There are so many different types of shower heads on the market these days that it can be hard to know which one is right for you. Do you want a rain showerhead head? Or maybe a handheld showerhead? How about a spa-like experience with a luxury showerhead?

In this blog post, we will explore all of the different types of shower heads and mounts available and help you decide which one is best for your needs. We will also go that extra step and tell you all the different things to consider before buying the showerhead.

13 Different Types Of Showerheads

There are numerous different types of showerheads on the market and they all provide a unique experience. Whether you are looking to have a quick shower or spend time singing your favorite song we have you covered. Let’s look at the 13 most common types of showerheads.

1. Handheld Shower Head

Handheld Shower Head

A handheld shower head is typically attached to a 60-70 inch plastic or flexible chrome hose that is portable so that you can reach parts, which a fixed shower simply cannot, as well as allowing you to wash the shower walls when they get grime on them.

These handheld shower heads are also great when showering the kids or pets and can also be left in the mount and used like a fixed showerhead.

Most handheld showerheads allow you to change the spray pattern. Usually, you get 3 different settings, but the higher-end models can come with up to 11 different spray patterns from a massage to a jet spray to a soft spray and more.

If you ever have a problem with either your showerhead or the hose, then no need to worry because these parts can be independently replaced.

What we like:

  • Very versatile
  • Shower kids and pets and even wash the shower walls
  • It can be used as a handheld or fixed showerhead
  • Various shower patterns

What we do not like:

  • hose tends to crack after a while

2. Wall Mount Shower Heads

Wall Mount Shower Heads

The wall-mounted showerhead is by far the most common type of showerhead found in homes. It is fixed to the wall, so the height cannot be adjusted; however most showerheads attached to the wall can be swiveled left, right, and back and forth for the perfect position.

Relatively simple to install, these showerheads can be installed by even the most novice of DIY enthusiasts.

What we like:

  • Simple installation
  • Cheap to replace

What we do not like:

  • Can not adjust the height

3. Low-Pressure Shower Heads

Best Shower Head for Low Water Pressure - The Original Fire Hydrant Spa ©™ Plaza Massager Shower Head US Trademark Serial Number 87180090 in Chrome

If you are environmentally conscious, then a low-pressure shower head may be the best option, as it will also reduce your water bill in the long run.

The GPM or gallons per minute symbol states how much water is flowing out of your showerhead per minute.

A typical showerhead will be approximately 2.1 GPM. However, you can also get showerheads with a GPM rating as low as 1.25.

It is important to note that a showerhead with a low GPM rating will significantly reduce the water pressure.

What we like:

  • Great for the environment
  • Economical

What we do not like:

  • Only one setting
  • This leads to a reduction in water pressure

4 . High-Pressure Shower Heads

High-Pressure Shower Heads

If you live in an area where the water pressure is low then a high-pressure showerhead may be the solution. These showerheads work by reducing the rate at which the water flows out of the head, consequently causing the pressure of the water to increase.

Similar to you squeezing the mouth of a water hose while watering your garden, causing the water to squirt a lot further. In this instance, you didn’t increase the amount of water but only the water pressure.

What we like:

  • Stimulating showers
  • Various options
  • Less water used
  • Cheaper water bill

What we do not like:

  • Can be expensive

5. Dual Shower Head

 Dual Shower Head

Dual showerheads incorporate the best of both worlds. You have the option to either use the fixed showerhead or simply grab the handheld head and shower yourself.

Most models will not allow you to run water through both the fixed and handheld showerheads at the same time but there are some manufacturers that offer this feature.

What we like:

  • Versatile showering experience
  • Multiple spray options

What we do not like:

  • Expensive

6 . Waterfall / Rain Shower Heads

Waterfall / Rain Shower Heads

The feeling of standing under a waterfall conjures up images of zen and relaxation. The waterfall showerhead is considered to be the most luxurious of all showerheads giving you a spa-like experience.

Typically they are attached to the ceiling but if you do not have the correct pipework then you can install the showerhead on a metal arm avoiding any expensive pipework installations in the ceiling.

Unfortunately, the one major disadvantage of having a rain shower head is that it only has one spray setting so if you felt like having a power shower then you are out of luck.

What we like:

  • Relaxing shower experience
  • Luxurious look

What we do not like:

  • Expensive
  • Difficult and expensive to install ceiling pipework
  • Only has one setting

7. Filtered Shower Heads

Filtered Shower Heads

Do you find that your skin gets dry and your hair is frizzy and brittle after a shower? A filtered shower head is a great way to remove any impurities from your water such as chlorine, heavy metals, and bacteria that not only cause this dryness but can be potentially dangerous for your health too.

The filter does need to be replaced every few months depending on how often you shower and the quality of water in your area but the benefits of having clean water running over you while you shower outweigh the cost in our opinion.

What we like:

  • Cleaner water
  • Better Health

What we do not like:

  • Filters can be expensive to replace

8. LED Shower Head

Is it dark in your bathroom? Do you feel the need for a disco in your bathroom? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then you need to get a LED showerhead. We are just kidding, but these shower heads are great fun to shower under and are relatively new on the market.

Turning your shower on causes the pressure of the water to turn the lights on, and they will either change hue to a predesigned sequence or the color will change as the water temperature changes.

They don’t have any other reason but to make your shower experience a little more fun, but there is nothing wrong with that. It could also be a great way to enhance your child’s showering experience with a light show.

What we like:

  • Great shower experience
  • Changing lights

What we do not like:

  • What’s not to like

9. Aerating Shower Head

3.5” Multi Function High Pressure Shower Head by WaterPoint, with 7 Spray Settings Including Aerated Bubble Stream, Deep Massage, Heavy Rinse, Rain Mist, Heavy Rain, Wide Angle Rain, Heavy Power Rain

An aerating shower head works by mixing air with the water, conserving the amount of water that flows through the showerhead while increasing the pressure of the water. The water pressure will still be sufficiently powerful enough for a pleasant shower experience, but water consumption is reduced by 50%, consequently reducing your water bill.

It is important to note that this type of shower head will only work if you already have good water pressure. If you live in an area where the water pressure is low, then we would not suggest an aerated shower head as it will further reduce the water pressure during the shower.

What we like:

  • Less water used
  • Reduce water bill

What we do not like:

  • Must have good water pressure

10. Shower Panels

lenArt Wall Mount Stainless Steel LED Shower Panel Tower System, Rainfall Waterfall Shower Head, Hydroelectricity Display with Massage Jets,Black

The sleek and futuristic design makes these shower heads look like they belong on the Starship Enterprise, and they generally have the features to match.

The different manufacturers include different features, but typically they will consist of a combination of a few or all of the following depending on the price of the shower panel:

Rainshower, waterfall showers, handheld showers, built-in LED lights, jets that spray different parts of your body, temperature controls, and more.

Shower panels are quite complex devices therefore if you are not confident then we would recommend hiring a professional to undertake the installation.

What we like:

  • Aesthetically beautiful in design
  • Numerous features
  • Great showering experience

What we do not like:

  • Need to hire a professional for installation
  • Expensive

11. RV Shower Head

RV Shower Head

These shower heads are generally meant for RVs as there is a finite amount of water on an RV however, you can also install them in your home as they are a great shower head to use for saving water. Despite the finite reserves of water, the narrow spray provides an adequately high-pressured spray allowing you to wash your body with ease.

Naturally, reducing the amount of water you use will have a direct effect on your water bill as well as a positive effect on the environment.

What we like:

  • Use less water
  • Great for the environment
  • Good water pressure spray
  • Cheaper water bills

What we do not like:

  • The spray area is smaller due to the cone shape
  • Basic showerhead designs

12. Navy Shower Head On/Off Switch

DOILIESE High Pressure 6 Setting Shower Head Hand-Held with ON/OFF Switch and Spa Spray Mode - Hand Held Shower Head

In the navy, you don’t have a lot of time or water to have showers, so conserving water is a priority. The navy showerhead has a built-in switch on the handle of the showerhead, allowing you to turn the water on or off while maintaining the temperature.

This conserves a lot of water because you are not searching for the right temperature while the water is draining away.

When the water is turned back on via the switch, it will be the same temperature as it was when you turned the water off.

What we like:

  • Saves water
  • great for the environment
  • Cheaper water bills
  • Perfect for washing pets and kids

What we do not like:

  • It cannot use with standard electric showers
  • Expensive to buy

13. Eco Performance Showerhead

Eco Performance Showerhead

This is the last showerhead in the environmentally friendly showerheads we will look at.

If you are concerned about the environment and the impact of excessive water usage, then this is another option to choose from.

Most eco-performance showerheads will use around 1.5 GPM of water, which will drastically reduce the amount of water you use while showering. However, this will come at a price. The water pressure will drop, making it difficult to wash the soap off your body.

What we like:

  • Use less water
  • Excellent for the environment
  • cheaper water bills

What we do not like:

  • Loss of water pressure
  • Unsatisfying showers
  • Difficult to wash soap off

Other Considerations When Choosing A Shower Head

There are some things that you will need to take into consideration before going and actually buying and installing your brand-new showerhead.

Mounting From The Wall Or The Ceiling

You will need to decide whether you want your showerhead mounted from the wall or the ceiling. If you have a high water pressure, then we would recommend a wall-mounted showerhead as the force of the water can be too much for a ceiling-mounted showerhead.


It is good to know what your shower will mainly be used for. Will you shower the kids and or pets or did you want a rain shower to stand under forgetting your worries and stresses? These may not seem like important questions to answer at the moment but they can be very useful in the long run.


The style of your shower head is also important, as it needs to match the style of your bathroom. If you have a modern bathroom, then you will want a shower head that has a modern design. Likewise, if you have a traditional bathroom, then you will want a shower head with a more classic design.


The finish of your showerhead is also important, as it needs to match the rest of the fixtures in your bathroom. If you have a chrome finish on your faucets, then you will want a showerhead with a chrome finish.

FAQS Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best showerhead?

The best showerhead is the one that fits all your needs. Whether you will use your shower to wash your kids or pets, or is it a powerful jet that you want? Once you decide on the main factors, then it will be a lot easier to know which showerhead best suits you.

Are all showerhead fittings universal?

The short answer is yes. Typically the thread size for almost all showerheads in the US and Canada is 1/2 inch NPT. The only showerhead that may not fit correctly would be the RV showerhead as they are smaller in size.

Do waterfall shower heads use more water?

Typically waterfall or rain showers do not use more water compared to standard showerheads. However, it is advisable to check the GPM rating of the showerhead before purchasing. The standard is 2.5 GPM or gallons per minute for a good powerful shower.

What material is best for shower heads?

You want to pick a material that matches the bathroom. That being said, brass, stainless, or coated plastic are the best materials. It is important to note that heavy metals, even though more expensive, will last longer as long as you clean and maintain them.

How do you increase water pressure in the shower?

The first thing is to make sure your water shut-off valve is fully open. The next to do would be to clean the showerhead of any possible grim build-up. If you have a handheld showerhead, then check the shower hose, and if necessary, then replace it. If none of these really help, then it might be an idea to call a plumber to determine what the problem is and how to fix it.


There are many different types of showerheads and mounts available on the market, so it is important that you do your research before making a purchase. We hope that this guide has helped give you an overview of the different types of showerheads and their uses. Thank you for reading!

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