A Guide To Choosing Your Shower Head

Fact: You use a shower head every day… well, hopefully you do!

For such a commonly used bathroom fitting, it is surprising how often this one feature is overlooked in the design process.  That’s why this post exists – to give a voice to the forgotten shower head!  Follow this guide for some great tips on how to choose the right shower head for you.

What are your options?

Your first decision is to decide what shower layout you will have.  There are many options for a shower setup, ranging from a standard shower head extending from the wall, to a movable handheld shower, or a combination of the two that is perfect for a combined bath/shower.  These are all of your possible set ups:

Table with eight possible shower head and handset layouts

Eight possible shower head configurations

Who will be using the shower?

Will the shower head be in the master bedroom, a guest bathroom, or the kids shower?  Maybe it’s a shower that the whole family will share?  For a shower head in a guest bathroom, a standard head should suffice, but for the kid’s bathroom you should consider a handheld shower.  This will assist in showering the kids, washing hair, and easy cleaning of the shower.

Another factor to consider is the height of the people using the shower.  If the whole family will be using the same shower, you’ll need a height-adjustable shower so that both the kids and parents can enjoy a comfortable shower.  You could either have a handset on a rail which can be moved up and down to change the height, or you could have a head on a height-adjustable arm.

If the shower is in the master bathroom and you will be the one using it every day, go for gold!  Pick the layout you most prefer – whether this is a ceiling head giving a luxurious rainfall shower, or a combined head and handset for the best of both worlds.  Or why not try a multi-spray shower head for the ultimate shower experience.

Multi-function sprays

Shower heads can have either a standard, single spray that are generally usually cheaper than their multi-function counterparts, which offer various patterns of water spray for a truly relaxing and therapeutic shower experience.  For example, this shower head pictured below has five sprays including a massaging jet spray for relief of stress and muscle strain, a strong waterfall spray for hair washing and heavy cleaning, and a relaxing mist spray.

Five shower spray types of the Coral shower head

Coral shower head with five spray functions


Your next decision is how you want to mount your shower.  If you are just replacing an existing shower head you’ll have to stick with your existing layout, unless you want to spend thousands on redirecting the plumbing in your shower.  For a major bathroom renovation or building a new house, you have the luxury of choice. 

For total extravagance, a rainfall shower head is a great way to go. It’s the popular trend in shower design right now and rightly so!  Giving you a fully immersed experience, not only does it look great but it feels great too.  The other option is to have the arm extending out from the wall, which allows an angled shower.  Whilst this is a more conventional layout, it is ideal for when you don’t want to get your hair wet.

Water Efficiency

Water efficiency is undoubtedly a high priority when choosing a shower head, because as well as helping the environment, a water efficient shower head will also save you money.  All Australian shower heads are required to comply with the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme (WELS), which rates water efficiency on a star scale of zero (the lowest efficiency) to six (the highest efficiency).  WELS also requires the litres per minute to be shown for each shower head so that you know exactly what you are getting.  Switching from a standard shower head, which uses 12 to 22 litres of water per minute, to a three star WELS shower head, which uses 9 litres per minute will save you 26 litres of water for an average 7 minute shower – that equates to 9,000 litres saved per person, every year.  Just think about how much that will reduce your water bill!  For more information on ways to save water, click here.


Whilst function should be foremost in your decision, style will no doubt play a factor – a well-chosen shower head can add an extra touch of style and class to your bathroom.  For an ultra-modern look, choose a square head or handheld shower, with a matching mixer tap.  In keeping with the modern theme, you could go for newly popular rose gold or black fittings.  For something more traditional, a round shower head and matching fittings may be more appropriate.

Black square shower head on wall mounted black arm

Black Tahiti Shower Head on Quadro Arm

So whether you are replacing an old, worn out shower head, or fully renovating your bathroom, it is important to take the time to choose the best shower head for you.  You will need to consider who will be using the shower head, the spray pattern, how it will be mounted, and what design you are trying to achieve.  Hopefully this guide has helped you gain a better understanding of the many shower head options available, and assisted you in choosing your perfect shower head.  Check out our range of shower heads, handheld showers, shower columns, shower arms, rails and more!

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