Shower Heads and Faucets (Bathroom) Buying Guide

Shower Heads and Faucets (Bathroom)

Getting Started

Showers can be simple hygiene occurrences, or spa-like experiences produced by the design of the showerheads and faucets.  A complex system can produce a simple shower when needed, and then an enhanced “event” when desired. Designing the shower system will take some forethought and planning.

What to Consider

Shower Faucets

Available in a variety of architectural styles and materials from polished chrome and brushed nickel to antique brass, the shower set should complement or match the tub and sink sets. For showers in tubs, manufacturers produce complete sets to match the tub filler faucet, handles, shower head and diverters.

Single Handle — The most popular design because it allows the user to balance the volume of water and temperature easily and quickly.

Two Handle— While traditional in design, they require additional effort in adjusting the water temperature. When replacing a two-handle set, a two-handle design will accommodate the original layout.

Handles should match the showerhead and the faucets used throughout the bathroom.

Shower Valves

Showerheads / Components

Cost Considerations

Complexity and functionality forms the major portion of the cost. A showerhead with a pressure-sensitive valve is the least expensive option. Add body sprays, a handheld showerhead, and ¾-inch pipe may have to be installed to the hot water heater.

Professional installation, if needed, is another large expense.

Valves - pressure-sensitive valves are much less expensive than thermostatic valves and the less expensive option may be appropriate in simple shower set-ups. If multi-delivery units are used, a thermostatic valve will be needed to supply the amount of water desired for the experience.