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The Best Rain Showerheads

Last updated on January 10, 2024
Best Rain Showerhead

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When you’re looking for new ways to relax after a long day, taking a warm bath is often at the top of the suggestion list. Sinking into a bubble bath with a book or a glass of wine can take your stress level down a few notches, but you can enjoy the same benefits with a great shower.

What takes a shower from good to great? It’s all in the nozzle, baby. The showerhead that came with your bathroom gets the job done, but a rain shower head transports you to your own personal waterfall.

The way you install your shower head will affect how your “rainfall” feels. “If your existing shower head is already in the ceiling, you’re halfway to happiness!” says Vicki Liston, a home improvement expert and host of “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning show with fun tutorials. “Most of us have a wall-mounted showerhead to contend with and we have to make compromises,” she says. Liston recommends purchasing a smaller shower head (6 inches to 8 inches) for wall-mounted scenarios. If you have ample water pressure, you can get away with a 10-inch showerhead.

“If your water pressure is just ‘ok,’ choosing a small 6-inch head will amp up the pressure inside the unit and force water out at a higher rate,” adds Liston.  “If you have good to excellent pressure, venture higher into the 8-inch to 10-inch heads.”

When you’re choosing your ideal rainfall showerhead, take a look at its installation instructions, water flow rate and pressure levels, number of settings and cleaning instructions. For a more detailed look at choosing rain showerheads, take a look at our Tips & Advice.

Our Picks For The Top Rain Showerheads

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Our Take
 Top Pick

Sparkpod Rust-Proof Easy Clean Rain Showerhead

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SparkPod

Rust-Proof Easy Clean Rain Showerhead

More than 90 anti-clogging silicone jets, a self-cleaning nozzle and a wide coverage area make this rain showerhead number one. It's a snap to install, and it links to all standard-size shower arms. The chrome finish adds a touch of class to any bathroom.

Overall Take

Self-Cleaning NozzleA self-cleaning nozzle with a wide coverage area.

 Strong Contender

WaterPoint Adjustable Angled Rain Showerhead

WaterPoint

Adjustable Angled Rain Showerhead

The polished chrome finish on this rain showerhead really makes it stand out from the rest. The showerhead is easily adjustable to any angle and offers high water pressure without increasing your water consumption. You won't even need any tools during assembly!

Overall Take

Economical PickYou'll love the budget-friendly price tag on this rain showerhead.

 Runner Up

Tudoccy Polished 3-Spray Mode Rain Showerhead

Tudoccy

Polished 3-Spray Mode Rain Showerhead

With this rain showerhead, you'll be able to use the rainfall spray, handheld spray or both at the same time. There are also nine different spray modes, including soft, intense and massage. That means you'll enjoy a customizable experience every time you hop in the shower.

Overall Take

Fully Customizable The extension shower arm included with this rain showerhead is adjustable up to a full 180 degrees.

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NERDON Chrome Self-Cleaning Rain Showerhead

NERDON

Chrome Self-Cleaning Rain Showerhead

With this rain showerhead, you'll be able to switch between three different spray modes. Use just the rainfall showerhead, just the handheld sprayer, or use them both for maximum coverage. Since the showerhead's jets are made from silicone, they won't clog or rust. That makes them virtually maintenance-free.

Overall Take

Maintenance-Free PickThis rain showerhead is constructed using a 304 stainless steel that is just as strong and durable as it is elegant and shiny.

Our Expert Consultant

Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations.

What to Look For

  • Home improvement expert Liston recommends choosing a metal rain shower head instead of a plastic option. “Plastic may be cheaper, but you get what you pay for,” she says. “Plastic cracks and leaks much quicker and it can harbor gross bacteria.”
  • Look at the shower head’s installation instructions before you buy. Most of them install in minutes without any tools.  Simple installation means you won’t need to call a plumber to enjoy your new showerhead, and that will save you some serious cash.
  • You’ll also want to make sure that your new rain shower head fits your plumbing connections. Some showerheads fit most standard U.S. plumbing connections, but you should still look up the specs on your shower head connector to double-check.
  • Think about the type of shower experience you’re looking for when you hunt for rain showerheads. Do you want to wash your hair under jets that mimic a waterfall? Look for a showerhead that hangs directly above you for that outdoorsy waterfall vibe. Do you want to reach every nook and cranny with your rain shower head? A shower head with an overhead spout and a handheld accessory provides a more complete clean.
  • Each showerhead lists a “flow rate.” This number tells you how many gallons per minute your shower head will pump out. Think about your current water pressure situation when you’re looking at this number.
  • A high-pressure flow differentiates rain shower heads from standard showerheads. However, using all of that extra H2O isn’t great for the environment (or your water bill). Some showerheads come with a built-in flow restrictor, so you can reduce the amount of water you use during most showers and save the high-pressure settings for special occasions.
  • Take a look at the number of jets on your dream shower head. More jets equals more pressure and a more realistic rainfall experience.
  • Most rainfall showerheads offer a number of custom settings for a different vibe every time. Compare the number of options each showerhead offers before you buy. Some offer settings like rain, aeration and high-pressure waterfall. Others might only have one setting, but that’s perfect for someone who wants the high-pressure rainfall effect without extra bells and whistles.
  • Your showerhead will last longer and work more efficiently if you clean it regularly. Make sure your choice has easy-to-clean jets. You can detach the nozzles from the base for easy cleaning with some models.
  • To prevent lime and soap scum buildup on other showerheads, pour about six tablespoons of salt down the back of the showerhead. Follow that with a half-cup of a hot water and vinegar mixture, then place the showerhead (holes down) in the rest of the water and vinegar solution. Swish it around for about a minute. After that, re-install the showerhead and let it run (with only hot water) for about 15 minutes. Your showerhead will be as clean as the day you opened the box.

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You probably take a shower or bath almost every day of the week, but daily bathing wasn’t popular for most of human history.

The Romans bathed regularly in their famous bathhouses, but frequent bathing fell out of favor after the fall of the Roman Empire. The rise of Christianity brought in a new age where good hygiene was a sign of vanity and a religious taboo. Mass casualties from the Black Death in the 14th century showed people that cleanliness was a lifesaving habit.

Inventor William Feetham was granted the first patent for a shower in 1767, but it relied on an exhausting hand pump that made daily showering difficult. Our modern showers first made their appearance around 1850 after the invention of indoor plumbing.

Daily showering is considered a must today, and we’ve come full circle with rain showerheads. Ancient tribal people bathed underneath waterfalls when they had the chance, but modern rain showerheads are considered luxury bathroom accessories.

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