Choosing a Shower Fixture
No matter how nice your shower space feels, the fixture is what really makes it special. Get it right, and you'll never want to leave. But if you choose one that doesn't do all you had hoped, you might wonder why you went through your remodeling project in the first place. The first step to selecting the right shower fixture is understanding your options.
A top-mount shower fixture either installs directly onto the ceiling or hangs down from an extension arm. As the name implies, this type of showerhead allows water to stream from above.
A handheld showerhead can be removed from its mounting and offers a good choice for bathing applications. It can be useful in situations where the user has limited mobility or for bathing children or pets. The ability to move this fixture around also makes cleaning the tub or shower easier. It is often used with a sliding bar (described above).
Many showerheads mix air and water to create the feeling of enhanced water pressure, allowing less water use than a regular fixture. Although these showerheads may initially cost a little more, they will ultimately help save money on monthly utility bills.
Some showerheads may be enhanced by LED lights to provide adjustable, mood-matching illumination.
Current government standards mandate that showerheads may use no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute at 80 psi pressure. Low-flow showerheads, however, use even less, and the EPA developed a program called WaterSense in 2005 that allows showerheads with no more than 2 gpm to earn that label. These showerheads help protect the environment through less water usage, and they can save you money on your utility bills accordingly. However, if your home already suffers from low water pressure, a low-flow showerhead won't be the best choice. Instead, look for a model that is specifically designed to mitigate this issue.