How to Choose an Overhead Shower

There is a sense of luxury associated with the use of an Overhead Shower. Those who don’t like the idea of getting into a bathtub, or are strapped for space in the bathroom, would prefer to bathe under an overhead shower. Given the wide array of choices you have for height, dimensions of the shower used, style, and controls, it would be a shame not to make the most of the options before you.

Kinds of Showers

Fortunately, the designers of overhead showers don’t follow the “one size fits all” philosophy of the fashion industry. You don’t need to be restricted to a single material as showerheads come in diverse materials these days including brass, plastic, stainless steel, chrome, and faux metal. You can also choose the kind of shower which is most appropriate for your needs — jet type, rain showers, waterfall showers, massage showers, and even hand-held Jacuzzis.

Factors Which Could Affect Your Choice

How high you desire to have your overhead shower will be restricted by the kind of water supply your house has. In households where water supply is scanty, or where the water pressure is low; installing an overhead shower makes little sense. You would be able to use it rarely, if ever. In homes where there is abundant water supply, you would choose from shower heads which vary in dimensions, and shapes.

The shape will define the kind of shower you get

The round ones have additional options of how many circular rows there are. The rectangular ones will deliver a smart shower to awaken you — a bit rudely — when you have your morning shower. Sometimes, of course, you might prefer a shower which delivers a gentle massage too.

Does Your Overhead Shower Slap You?

Whether you shower in the morning or at night or both, the last thing you want is that your overhead shower slaps you. To prevent that, it is vital to install appropriate flow controls which can prevent your feeling you are standing under a waterfall when all you need to do is to wind down for the night. A gentle shower with warm water will soothe away the day’s exhaustion, and set up your body for sound sleep. You might even want to install two separate controls when you don’t use a mixer to control the temperature of the water you bathe in.

Temperature Control Is Vital in Variable Weather

In a country like India where there are vast ranges in the temperature outside the home, you would need to control the temperature of the water flowing out of the overhead shower. In extreme winter you don’t want a shower with chilled water. Similarly, in houses where the water in the overhead tank gets heated in the afternoon, or even late morning in the summer months, you don’t want to be scalded by it.

Positioning Is Another Major Aspect to Consider

Before you choose a specific design, you would do well to consider beforehand whether you desire a ceiling-mounted overhead shower, or a wall-mounted one. Remember, this will impact the angle at which you received the water flow. The ceiling-mounted showers pour the water directly on your head. When you shower under a wall-mounted showerhead, you need to constantly twist and turn your body to ensure that water reaches all parts of it. The hand-held showers direct the water flow to exactly where you desire it. However, unless it is a quick shower, your arms will tire out after a little while.

Expert Tip

Don’t leave the choice of shower head to your plumber. Browse catalogs at a hardware shop, or online to know what your options are. After all, no one knows your home better than you.