Before diving any deeper, you'll want to know where this fountain of youth is going to be installed. Will it be installed on a Shower Arm coming from the Wall or the Ceiling? The great thing about Rain Shower Heads is they can be very versatile.
So, this question should be pretty easy to answer, as you'll likely fall into 1 of 3 groups.
a) You're replacing an existing Wall Mount Shower Head.
b) You're replacing an existing Ceiling Mount Shower Head.
c) You're updating from a Wall Mount to a Ceiling Mount Shower Head.
Take note that option C is no small undertaking and will require a plumber and tile workers to get the job done. An easy compromise on option C is to install a Wall Mount Overhead Shower Arm.This will give you a "Ceiling feeling" without the cost of a shower remodel.
If you've done any Rain Shower Head shopping yet, you've probably had these two words thrown at you a lot:
Coverage is how much area the Showerhead covers with its spray.
Pressure is how strong the flow feels on your skin.
With Shower Heads in general, the more you increase one of these factors the more you decrease the other. That's why it's so important that you have an idea about what it is you want out of your Shower Head.
The good news is, if you're looking for a Rain Shower Head, you've pretty much already sided with having more Coverage. But don't worry, it's not like a Rainshower is going to feel like a leaky faucet dripping on you, it's going to feel like a...Rainfall. Just imagine, large Rain Droplets hitting your skin and giving you a warm shower experience that envelops you!
Now that you've laid the groundwork, you'll want to find a Shower Head Diameter that meets your needs.
Most Rain Shower Heads range in size from 8 Inches to 12 Inches. And while I said that Rainfall Shower Heads can be very versatile, you'll want a Rain Shower Head that matches your installation type.
Offering the best combo of Coverage and Pressure, the 8 Inch is great for both Wall Mount and Ceiling Mount installations.
With immense Coverage and drenching Rainfall spray, the 12 Inch is optimal when installed as a Ceiling Mount or using a Wall Mount Overhead Shower Arm.
Why not use a 12 Inch Rainshower as a Wall Mount? Well, since the amount of water is spread so wide, the water can come out kind of limp from a Wall Mount Shower Arm. It's really a matter of gravity with these larger Rain Shower Heads. If you want the drenching effect that these big Rain Shower Heads give, and you don't have a Ceiling Mount Shower Arm, go and grab yourself an Overhead Shower Arm!
If you're like most people, then you'll probably gravitate to one spray setting. Yes, there are Rain Shower Heads that offer multiple functions, but let's face it, we're here for that drenching Rainfall Spray.
Settings are great, but then, maybe a Rain Shower Head isn't for you. They can be especially unimportant if you're going to install a Rainshower as a Ceiling Mount. I mean, are you going to get on a ladder to adjust the setting every time you want a different function?
Now that you've invested all this time in finding the best features, it might as well last. Right? So, steer clear from the imitation Shower Heads made from cheap plastic. Plastic cracks, leaks and has even been shown to collect more bacteria inside of the Shower Head than Metal Shower Heads.
This is a high end plumbing fixture, not an iPhone case. That's why it's important to get a Rain Shower Head made from high quality metal components. A Rainshower that you can have the confidence will be there to give you amazing shower experiences for years to come. While Solid Metal Rain Shower Heads do exist, they are in limited supply.