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Shower head buying guide

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 2 years ago 4 min read

Here at Victoria Plum, we know buying a shower head can be confusing, especially when there are so many different options to choose from.

We’ve put together this handy guide to give you an overview of the shower heads that are available, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers.

Types of shower head

Fixed shower head

This is one of the most common types of shower head, and simply comes straight out of the wall and points down at a fixed angle. There is still a wide variety of styles to choose from though, along with modern functionality such as adjustable spray patterns and flow strength. This style is usually best for smaller shower enclosures.

Mode Renzo round slim stainless steel shower head

The Renzo round shower head from Mode Bathrooms looks sleek and stylish, without compromising on your showering experience

Wall arm shower head

This type of shower head is fixed to the wall, but extends further out via an arm, and often features a larger shower head that points straight down. These shower heads can usually be adjusted to different angles, but generally only have one type of flow pattern. These are sometimes called rainforest or rainfall shower heads.

Mode Renzo square slim stainless steel shower head 200mm

The Renzo square shower head is a highly contemporary, minimalist design

Ceiling arm shower head

This is similar to a wall arm shower head, but, as the name suggests, this type is fixed to the ceiling. The wall and ceiling mounted shower heads can be a good choice for wetrooms or larger bathrooms with walk-in showers, adding a real touch of luxury and style. There are also lots of different styles available, for both contemporary and traditional bathrooms.

The Bath Co. Camberley shower head with round ceiling arm

Create a luxurious, overhead shower with the traditional Camberley shower head and ceiling arm from The Bath Co.

Shower head styles

Contemporary shower heads

Contemporary shower heads (sometimes referred to as modern shower heads) tend to be simple in shape and form. Some are designed to be ultra-slim which are ideal for minimalist style bathrooms. Aside from the more common chrome, special finishes, like black and mirrored finishes, are gaining popularity.

Mode Spencer round thermostatic twin valve matt black shower set

The Spencer matt black shower set will add an on-trend aspect to your bathroom

Traditional shower heads

If your decor is more traditional in style, a traditional shower head will be more suitable for your bathroom. Traditional shower heads tend to be more elaborate in their design, with rain can styles proving popular.

The Bath Co. Winchester traditional shower head

The Winchester traditional shower head is a typically luxurious design

Frequently asked questions about shower heads

What is the difference between a jet and rain shower head?

A jet shower head is more powerful and the pressure is directed towards a smaller surface area. A rain shower head takes a more natural approach and is designed to give you the sensation of showering in rainfall. Many have different pressure settings so you can determine how powerful you want your shower to be. We even stock body jets for an even more luxurious showering experience.

How do I know which shower head will fit my existing shower fittings?

We provide compatibility information next to all the products on our website, along with measurements so you can order a new shower head to fit your existing system or buy a completely new one. Either way, our specifications should help you know exactly what you need.

How should I choose my new shower head?

There are several important factors to consider when choosing shower heads. You should think about the type of showering experience you like and keep this in mind when making your selection. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • How powerful do I want my shower to be?
  • How water is distributed
  • What will fit with my family life?
  • Does it match my existing shower?
  • Is it easy to clean?
  • What do I want it to look like?
  • Do you want a head with different settings (massage, jet, mist)?
  • How much do you want to spend?

Information such as minimum water pressure required, water projection, weight and cleaning information is all available on our website: just click on the product you like to find out more.

If there’s anything else you want to know, you can easily speak to a member of the team online via our online chat (in the bottom left corner of the website).

How do I remove my old shower head?

Replacing a shower head is relatively straight forward and you can find out how to do it in our expert guide or watch our video below.

How do I fit my new shower head?

All shower heads come with fitting instructions enclosed. If you follow these instructions carefully, you should have no problem fitting your new shower head, though it’s always best to hire a professional plumber if you’re not totally confident in installing bathroom fittings yourself.

You should always consider the height of your family members when fitting a new shower head: it should be within easy reaching distance for everyone to be able to switch the shower on, and adjust the settings, as well as high enough so no one has to stoop down to use it comfortably. Make a light marking in pencil on the wall to guide your way.

My shower head isn't working very well. What can I do?

If it is visibly dirty or covered in limescale, the best thing to do is to clean your shower head, by following our expert guide. If it still doesn't function as well as you'd like, even after cleaning, you may want to investigate whether you have sufficient water pressure.

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Whichever design or style you choose, you'll find a fabulous selection of shower heads at Victoria Plum.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 2 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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