Rain shower heads are very fashionable at the moment, and you do not have to be doing a complete bathroom renovation to change the shower head in your bathroom, nor do you have to spend a fortune. However, if you are renovating your bathroom, or at least upgrading the hardware and fixtures, there are quite a few different rain shower units to choose from, ranging in price from a simple chrome unit for about $ 30 to a very sophisticated stainless steel piece for about $ 1500. The price of the head is there before something to consider. You do not want to buy the most expensive fitting available and then have to sacrifice on other fixtures – unless you are very very careful, mixing expensive with cheap can be a disaster in the finished product.
Things to consider include:
- Finish. Most of the available rain shower fittings are in chrome or stainless steel, but you can also choose from white, brushed nickel or even oiled bronze, depending on the look you are going for in your bathroom.
- Shape. Do you wish something that is round or square, and if it's round, what sort of diameter? Round rain shower heads range in diameter from 6 inches to about 16 inches, and the square ones will vary from about 8 inches to 20 inches.
- Ceiling, Wall or Hand Held. Shower heads can be mounted either on the wall or the ceiling or hand held. If your pre-existing shower fitting is fixed to the wall, you may want to stay with that arrangement rather than have to move and re-route the pipes in the wall, but if you are doing a complete makeover, re-routing pipes may not be an issue at all, in which case it boils down to personal taste and the outlook look to be achieved in the renovation. Hand held shower heads are most often mounted to the wall or bathtub.
- Water Pressure. Something to bear in mind is that the larger the rain shower head, the higher the water pressure required to provide an efficient shower, so if your water pressure is on the low side, you might want to think about a smaller sized head, which doesn 't mean that you can not have the "rain" effect desired.
So there you have it, and it's not that difficult really. Look around at what's available both online and in the store – seeing and touching physical products can give you a good feel for the item – and then make your purchase.