When we are redesigning our bathrooms or shower rooms, there can be many decor points to get excited about such as the paint color, bathroom rugs, flooring and tiles, and even toothbrush holders!

You may not think that the shower faucet itself is anything to get excited about but that couldnt be further from the truth, especially given the wealth of choice you have when it comes to choosing one.

Not only can faucets for showers be chosen based on the valve (this determines the type of showerhead or faucet you can have), but also you can choose one based on preference and design. By preference, we mean how you want the shower to feel on your body.

Yes, that’s right! Long gone are the days when the only showers available produced a slow trickle of water. Now there are so many options to choose from and you can really personalize the water flow.

In this article, we are going to be giving you the lowdown on all things shower faucet-related. We will be going into detail about all of the different types of shower faucets and what they may be best suited for.

We will be exploring these different types of shower faucets in terms of appearance and function, rather than plumbing aspects, to give you an idea of what they are like visually and in action. This will help you determine what style and design suit you best – after all, not everyone likes a super-powerful stream of water each morning!

If you are remodeling your bathroom, or even if you just need a replacement for an old shower faucet, we highly recommend that you have a read through our article to find out which type suits you best.

Single shower heads

The basic shower faucet that we all recognize is the single showerhead. This is typically fixed to your wall and produces water flow from one single head covered in nozzles.

The water can often be adjusted, allowing for harder or softer pressure. However, this depends on the type of single shower head you have.

Some of them may not have the ability to change the pressure of the water flow. Some models may also allow you to change the flow pattern choosing between concentrated streams, a spray, and a normal flow.

In terms of appearance, you can often choose from many options. You can get some made from solid metal, in the colors that match your existing bathroom decor.

Rain showers

These types of shower faucets are becoming increasingly popular because of their spa-like feel. This faucet is placed on the ceiling of the shower so that it is right above the user. In appearance they are typically quite large and flat, often having a square shape.

The water flows out like rain and depending on the model you may be able to adjust the flow to suit you – a light drizzle or a heavy downpour depending on your mood! The good thing about these showers is that, in terms of appearance, they are relatively subtle.

Even though they are large, because they are fitted on the ceiling they go relatively unnoticed. However, when the shower is turned on it is a different story”! Your friends will be begging for a sleepover so they can experience the luxury of this shower!

Waterfall showers

Another super popular shower faucet type is that of the waterfall shower. The waterfall shower does what it says on the tin in that it resembles a waterfall when it flows out.

These are very different to all of the other shower faucet types on here, as rather than flowing water out from different nozzles, a large stream of it comes out allowing you to feel as though you are showering in nature.

Whilst this may be aesthetically pleasing, it can take some getting used to if you are someone who has previously had showers that can allow for more direct, targeted streams of water.

They are often mounted to the ceiling for a full downpour effect. Some people choose to install them as part of a series of different types of showerheads so that they have the option for more direct streams of water from a traditional shower faucet.

Handheld showers

These types of showerheads are typically attached to a flexible water tube giving you the ability to dismount it from its holder and direct it wherever you want on your body. These are another common type of shower faucet often seen in tub/shower combos.

They are typically fixed to the side of the wall and have a control station allowing you to choose the temperature and water pressure. These are a great choice for someone who may have limited mobility, or for families with children who may need to adjust the shower faucet to a lower height.

Shower sprays

Shower sprays are another faucet that often features alongside the main shower faucet such as a single head or rainfall faucet. Typically they are attached to the inner walls of the shower, spraying out water onto the sides of the body. These are a great feature for some added luxury in your shower.

Multiple head showers

Multiple head showers are a mixture of any of the shower faucets we mentioned above. Typically there will be one main shower head faucet, for example, the rainfall shower. However, you can also choose to attach a handheld shower faucet and some shower sprays (also known as body sprayers), too.

Final verdict

As you can see, there is certainly a wealth of choice when it comes to picking out the right shower faucet for you. You can really personalize your shower experience depending on your preferences, how you want the shower to feel, and even the design of your bathroom.

Whether you want convenience and a shower that you can move around based on your and your family’s needs, or you want to bring nature into your bathroom, there is bound to be a shower faucet on our list to suit you. Calling on professional like Kettering Piperight Plumbing to install shower fittings and faucets is always recommended.


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We are sure you are now feeling as clued-up as can be on all things shower faucet related. Thank you for reading our article, we hope it has proved useful.