How to Shop for a Showerhead

Don’t drown in the ocean of options—we’ve got you covered.

Everything you need to know before swapping your showerhead, with help from plumbing distributor Ferguson, whose nationwide showrooms are smart shopping solutions for bathrooms and beyond.

Before You Go:

  • Think about who’s using the shower. Just you? You and your better half? Your family of five, plus the dog?
  • Consider your shower preferences and habits. Do you like a relaxing mist or a pulsating, vigorous spray? Do you dream of a detachable handshower that can help you spray down Fido?
  • Manage your expectations. Updating a showerhead is an easy job to tackle. Are you considering a bigger change, such as adding body sprays or an overhead rain showerhead? Then you’ll need to call in a pro.

 

What to Measure:

  • The size of the shower arm—that’s the pipe coming out of the wall. Measure its diameter as well as how far it sticks out. And note whether the threads are on the outside or inside of the pipe (that’s “male” and “female” in plumbing-speak).
  • The distance from the shower arm to the ceiling (if it’s within about 2 feet).
  • The length, width and height of your shower stall.

Things to Bring:

  • The measurements.
  • A measuring tape.
  • A photo of any finish you’ll match the showerhead to, such as on a body sprayer or a tub faucet (not all bronzes and brushed nickels are alike).

Before You Buy:

 

  • Check for fit. Many showerheads are designed to fit a standard shower arm with a ½-inch outer diameter and male threads.
  • Consider the showerhead’s arc, the angle of your shower arm and how much headroom exists above the pipe. Is there room to angle the showerhead and spray how you like it?
  • Find out if the showerhead is covered by a warranty, and ask about overall durability and performance.
  • Shop where you can actually feel the water. Many Ferguson showrooms have working showerhead displays where homeowners can experience spray patterns (with their hands!) before purchasing.

 

 

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