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Things to Consider while Choosing the Right Handheld Shower for You

Things to Consider while Choosing the Right Handheld Shower for You

choosing a handheld showerWhen it comes to installing a shower in your bathroom, you have a range of options among which a handheld shower offers a lot of benefits including convenience, functionality and ease of use. Let’s see what to consider while choosing a handheld shower.

Handheld Showerhead – What is it?

A handheld showerhead is also known as a shower spray unit or adjustable shower head. It comprises of a long, pliable hose with its one end attached to a water outlet and a showerhead at the other end. The water outlet may also consist of water supply to other sources like a standard showerhead, a sink faucet or a tub spout.

Why a Handheld Showerhead?

A handheld showerhead has many benefits over a standard showerhead, such as the user can take a bath from it from a seated position, a caregiver can assist a patient or elderly with bathing with this type of showerhead, parents can bathe children with it, pet parents can bathe their pets and more. Moreover you can even rinse down the shower after using.

A Wide Range of Options

There is a wide range of styles, types and options available among which you can choose the best handheld shower head for you. The main differences lie in the point of attachment like shower arm, sink faucet, bathtub spout or diverter valve and types of parts that come with the unit.

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Features of Handheld Showerhead

Handheld showerheads have got many features and while buying one you should pay attention to each of them so as to make an informed choice.

On/Off Control: While some models of handheld showerhead have the standard showerhead controls, some other models have an on/off switch placed on the showerhead itself. This makes a seated user to operate showerhead and control the flow of water, especially when the seat is not located within an easy distance from the shower controls.

Vertical Slide Bar/Grab Bar: In most cases, the vertical slide bar included in the handheld showerhead kit is not designed to use as a grab bar. There are only a few models in which a vertical bar is provided with a dual purpose, to use it as a grab bar and also to support bathers while stepping in and out of the shower or tub.

Handle/Safety Strap: Some models feature a C-shaped handle or safety strap in which you can slip your hand so as to hold the showerhead without having to grip it firmly. This feature is useful for those having arthritic hands.

Shape: Handheld showerheads are available in various shapes. The classic style has a showerhead with a handle having a slight curvature, because of which the water is directed naturally downwards over your head. Modern models come with different shapes like cylindrical, flat paddle, cube shaped wands or even a ring-shaped.

Switches: The types of switches placed on showerheads may include a knob, a button or lever-style. If your hand movements are limited due to arthritis or if you have your finger strength reduced, pay keen attention to the shape of switch as you should be able to hold it to operate.

Weight: If your hand or finger strength is limited, choose a showerhead made of a light material. Typically plastic models are more lightweight than metal models.

Materials and Finishes: You can get many colors, materials and finishes in handheld showerheads, ranging from colorful plastic models to gold, copper, brass, silver or ceramic, to showerheads finished with pewter, bronze, oil rubbed bronze, nickel and more.

Water Conservation: Low-flow showerheads using 2.5 GPM or less are more eco-friendly and also can lower your water and energy bills. If you cannot find a low-flow style in a handheld showerhead you want, you have the option of purchasing a part called a “water-saving showerhead adapter” and attach it between the showerhead and shower arm and it will reduce the water flow.

We hope that using this information, you can make an educated decision and get the best handheld shower head for your needs.

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