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by Justin Ball

matte black shower heads: fad or here to stay?

Whether you’re dreaming up a complete bathroom remodel or simply want to switch up your shower hardware, there’s a good chance adding a matte black shower head has at least crossed your mind. 

Matte black bathroom hardware has been growing in popularity for several years - and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. From farmhouse bathroom designs to sleek, modern remodels, matte black shower heads are kind of everywhere these days!

But are black shower heads a classic choice that will work for your bathroom long-term? Or are they simply a fad that will fade out as quickly as it grew?

At The Shower Head Store, we think matte black shower heads are here to stay. Google searches for matte black shower heads and similar products have grown exponentially over the last several years. After seeing very few searches as recently as 2016, in 2021 thousands of people are searching the internet for this modern look every single month.

But don’t just take our word for it! Keep reading to explore some of the pros and cons of black bathroom accessories and what to consider when deciding if this trend is right for you.

Benefits of a Matte Black Shower Head

If you’re considering a matte black shower head for your bathroom or remodel project, it’s important to explore the pros and cons of this trendy hardware. Luckily, if you’ve got your heart set on black - there are many benefits.

Matte Black Shower Fixtures Are Stylish and Classic

Typically when someone is considering black bathroom accessories, it’s because they’re after a certain look. After all, it’s a popular trend! Unlike some short-lived trends, however, we think matte black bathroom hardware has staying power.

Why? Because whether it comes to fashion or home decor, black is pretty much always in. It’s easy to pair with just about any bathroom design - complementing natural wood and dark wall colors and contrasting nicely with a light and bright bathroom design.

A Matte Black Shower Head Is Versatile

While many people who add a black showerhead are also upgrading to a full set of matte black bathroom accessories - you don’t necessarily need to change out all your bathroom hardware.

Black shower fixtures can easily be paired with a chrome sink faucet or even brass or gold bathroom fixtures. Black also pairs beautifully with everything from marble tile to natural wood elements, so it makes the perfect, modern foundation for your bathroom design.

They’re Long Lasting and Durable 

Style isn’t the only benefit of a matte black shower head. These classic bathroom fixtures are also durable, easy to clean and can last for years to come. Whether you’re in the market for a matte black shower head with handheld or a matte black rain shower head, there are many high quality options out there to fit your personal style and budget.

Of course, not all black showerheads are created equal, so it’s important to do your research to determine the materials your shower head is made of, how to clean it and what to watch out for when choosing a shower head.

A matte black shower head and black bathroom fixtures in a white bathroom

Are There Downsides to a Matte Black Shower Head?

Like any home product, even the most stylish and durable accessories aren’t completely perfect. And matte black shower heads are no different. If you’re considering black bathroom fixtures it’s important to understand what potential cons to watch out for.

Black Shower Heads Can Become Worn Over Time

While most matte black shower head systems are highly durable, if they’re not cleaned and cared for properly they may become faded or scratched over time (just like any other bathroom fixtures). However, as long as you’re taking care of your fixtures this shouldn’t be a major concern.

The Cost of Black Bathroom Accessories Can Add Up

While black showerheads can go with just about any other bathroom accessories, if you want your bathroom to have a cohesive look, you may find yourself spending a good chunk of change upgrading all of your fixtures.

If you’re already planning a remodel or refresh of your bathroom space, then this is likely already in the budget. But if you just need to change out your showerhead, a matte black showerhead could result in a bigger upgrade than originally planned.

Black Shower Heads May Be Made with Cheap Parts

Like any other color and finish of shower head, matte black shower heads can be made with cheap plastic parts. A plastic showerhead won’t last as long as an all-metal shower head and may be more likely to become scratched, worn or faded over time. 

When purchasing a matte black shower system, it’s important to research the materials the shower head and other fixtures are made of to ensure you’re buying a quality product.

At The Shower Head Store, we’re committed to providing only all-metal shower heads (including our matte black shower heads) because we know they are the most durable and functional long-term.

How to Choose The Right Matte Black Shower Head for Your Bathroom

When determining whether matte black shower parts are right for you, it’s important to consider more than just the look and style. We all want a bathroom that looks nice, but you probably want one that functions well too (after all, getting clean is typically the end goal!). 

Here are some of the factors we recommend considering when you’re choosing a shower head system for your bathroom:

The Type of Shower Head

Do you want a simple, wall-mounted shower head or are you going for a more luxurious ceiling-mounted rain shower head? Do you need a black showerhead with handheld or maybe a combination rain shower and handheld shower head?

No matter what kind of shower head you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it in matte black. So it’s important to determine which shower head features - other than color and finish - are most important to you.

For example, if you’re looking to create the ultimate self-care experience at home, then a rain shower head may be your best fit. If you have young kids or dogs or simply want more flexibility in your shower head, then a matte black detachable shower head may be a better option.

The Material of the Shower Head

We mentioned before that one of the possible downsides of a matte black shower head is that many are made from plastic and other low quality materials. While plastic shower heads can be very budget friendly, they can also break, fade and generally wear out faster than a metal showerhead.

That’s why we recommend looking for an all-metal matte black shower head when upgrading your bathroom fixtures. Be sure to read product descriptions carefully to determine the material of the shower head itself, as well as the shower head hose, valve and other key parts of the system.

If it’s not clear what material a shower head is made of, you can use our simple guide to plastic vs metal showerheads to figure it out.

Shower Head Maintenance and Cleaning

Chances are you’re cleaning your shower regularly no matter what type of shower head you have (if not...maybe take a break from reading this to go do that real quick!). But it’s still important to explore what it takes to maintain different kinds of bathroom fixtures and other home products before installing something new in your bathroom.

After all, if a product is going to require significantly more upkeep than another product option, you may decide you’d rather spend your Saturdays doing something other than scrubbing.

Luckily, when it comes to matte black shower heads, maintenance is generally pretty simple. The finish is typically durable, so you don’t need to worry too much about scratching or damaging your fixtures while cleaning, but there are still some cleaning techniques to keep in mind:

  1. Maintain the matte finish: If you’re investing in matte black bathroom hardware, then you’re going to want the finish to stay matte. So, you’ll want to avoid cleaning products that add shine. 
  2. Simple is best: To avoid adding shine or damaging the black finish, you’re better off using a simple soap solution than any harsh chemicals. Make some soapy water with ph-balanced dish soap and get to scrubbing! Make sure to do this regularly so you don’t see too many water spots or build-up.
  3. Avoid acids: Acids can wear away at the matte black finish - even on high quality shower heads.
  4. Use a gentle cloth: To ensure your matte finish is protected, avoid common cleaning tools like brushes and scouring pads. As long as you’re cleaning regularly, a soft microfiber cloth should be plenty to get your fixtures clean.
  5. Rinse and dry: The best way to avoid soap scum and other dirt and grime? Rinse your shower head and other matte black bathroom accessories with plenty of water right away and then dry them thoroughly.

A matte black shower head system with rain shower and handheld

Our Top Choices for Matte Black Shower Heads & Accessories

There are many great options out there for matte black shower heads and accessories. At The Showerhead Store, we base our recommendations on style, functionality, ease of use and durability.

With these things in mind, our top choices for matte black bathroom hardware include:

Hammerhead Showers All Metal Single Function Handheld Shower Head Set, Matte Black

This all-metal matte black shower head is built to last, made from stainless steel and brass and featuring a corrosion resistant black finish. The hotel spa sprayer head is rated at 2.5 GPMs and is handheld for the ultimate flexibility. This showerhead comes with a hand held shower head, shower hose, shower head holder, thread seal tape, rubber washers and detailed instructions.

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Hammerhead Showers All Metal Low-Flow Handheld Shower Head Set, Matte Black

This low-flow matte black shower head with handheld is California compliant and perfect for anyone looking for a high quality showerhead that is also built for water efficiency. This all-metal showerhead is made from stainless steel and brass and features a handheld sprayer rated at 1.75 GPMs, providing a nice balance of pressure and coverage.

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Hammerhead Showers All Metal 72-Inch Shower Hose, Matte Black

Just need a new shower hose to pair with your matte black shower head? This 72-inch all-metal shower hose is made with anti-corrosion stainless steel and features explosion-proof tubing. The showerhead hose also includes universal brass connectors and comes with the hose, rubber washers and detailed installation instructions.

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matte black shower head with handheld
matte black shower head low flow handheld
a matte black shower hose for a matte black shower head

All Metal Single Function Hand Held Shower Head Set

HammerHead Showers All Metal Low Flow Handheld Showerhead

Hammerhead Showers 72-Inch Flexible Shower Hose

Find Your Perfect Matte Black Shower Head

So, are matte black shower heads just a fad or here to stay? At the end of the day - only you can decide that. After all, one trend that will never go out of style is designing a bathroom you love - from the style to the function!

If you’re ready to go all-in on black bathroom fixtures, be sure to visit The Shower Head Store to shop our collection of all-metal matte black shower heads and accessories.

If you have any questions about our products or how to use them in your home, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Justin Ball
Justin Ball

Hey there! I'm Justin Ball, founder of The Shower Head Store and HammerHead Showers®, the leader in All Metal Shower Heads and Accessories.

Before starting our own business, I worked for Moen Inc, so I know a thing or two about plumbing fixtures. When I'm not developing our products, I'm writing articles and filming videos so you have the best product experience, no matter which brand you buy. Thanks for your support!

Cheers! Justin Ball



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