Showerheads in all their glory are arguably the best aspect of bathroom plumbing in Las Vgeas: giving us a hot, relaxing time of quiet, a sort of respite from the worries which bombard us outside their steamy spray. Consider this your guide for all you need to know about showerheads, and possibly some information you never even thought of!
Prior to 1994, showerheads had a flow rate of 5 ½ gallons per minute, but since then with the involvement of the EPA and a little repiping, the flow average rate per showerhead has decreased to an average of 2 ½ gallons per minute, thus conserving half the water which used to be wasted in this one area of the home. Don’t be misled by price: the highest price-tag is not always the best; some of the top-rated showerheads are quite reasonably priced.
There are a number of showerhead types which offer a variety of functionality, some with incredible water-efficiency.
- Multi-Setting Models: Provide adjustable flow patterns up to as many as twelve settings such as massage, mist, wide stream, narrow stream, pulsing, and even a water-saving trickle while applying soap or shampoo.
- Single-Setting Models: Provide one setting and tend to cost considerably less than their multi-setting counterparts.
- Multi-Head Models: Provide a spa-like experience in your own home with a fixed or handheld showerhead as well as several body jets mounted on a vertical tower. However, with such comfort comes a higher price tag. These are the most expensive to purchase, install and run, oftentimes using as much as 10 gallons per minute of water.
- Custom Models: Modern showers are created with unique showerhead designs, from luxury panel showers, to artistic expression through showerheads with special lighting, to pocket showers which can be taken on the go and are in essence a waterproof reservoir which holds enough water to have an outdoor shower while camping.
- Aerating Showerheads: Mix air with water, producing a misty spray which makes the water-flow feel more substantial, and they don’t create as much steam and moisture.
- Handheld Showerheads: Leave it in the holder or remove it to focus the spray on a particular body-part, allowing for quicker cleaning and rinsing.
- Rain Showerheads: Large heads and wide spray patterns provide a soft, soothing flow of water.
- Low-Flow Showerheads: Features can include a pause button to start and stop water during the shower, a shower timer to manage the time spent in the shower, a temperature gauge which keeps water-flow to a trickle until the desired water temperature is reached, and water volume controls to let you manually adjust the gallons per minute.