Don’t look now but the holidays really are upon us. While we would never recommend a full bathroom renovation as the perfect gift (though that would be a heck of a gift), there actually are bathroom items that can really elevate this year’s bounty. We are not talking about crocheted toilet paper covers.
We are thinking more along the lines of showerheads. Don’t roll your eyes – changing/upgrading your showerhead might just be the single most important thing you do this season. And here’s why:
Multiple spray options – most showerheads now come with the option of switching up the ‘spray.’ This means that you can go from pounding massage-type streams to gentle misty droplets quite easily.
WaterSense listed – try never to buy a product that isn’t WaterSense listed – this label indicates that the showerhead will not pump out more than 2.0gpm (gallons per minute), in keeping with strict water conservation regulations. If you fall in love with a showerhead that isn’t WaterSense listed…we recommend looking for fixtures that limit the flow to 2.5 gpm.
Solid brass construction – we are not talking about the finish, we are talking about the material the fixture is made of and nothing beats solid brass. Nothing. Durable and reliable, a fixture in solid brass also means that it is more readily available in a multitude of finishes.
So here are some of our picks for what’s out there now:
This Kallista Michael Smith Showerhead is shown in Chrome, but it’s available in Brushed and Nickel Silver.
● Solid brass construction for durability and reliability
● Sprayface resists hard water build-up and is easy to clean
● 2.0 gal/min (7.6 l/min) flow rate
● Three core spray and two mix spray options available with a simple turn
– rhythmic pulse spray
– wide coverage spray
– soft aerated spray
Rainshower® F-Series 20″
The Grohe F-Series (shown at the beginning) is perfect for anyone who craves the rainshower experience.
• GROHE DreamSpray® perfect spray pattern
• SpeedClean anti-lime system
• Suitable for instantaneous heater
• 20″ x 20″
• Rain spray
• 1/2″ NPT Female thread
• Max Flow Rate 2.5 gpm at 80 psi (9.5 L/min)
Brizo offers something called H20kinetic, which helps products produce larger water droplets – and is quieter than conventional showers and uses no moving parts. And the water savings can be substantial; 1.5 gallons of water per minute actually feels like 2.5 gallons per minute; this can result in a 36% decrease in water usage compared to a high-flow system. Read a bit more:
H2Okinetic® products produce larger droplets that retain their heat longer for a massaging effect and a denser spray pattern for a feeling of drenching coverage; together these effects help the user feel more enveloped in the warmth of the water. The all-around experience is achieved with up to six H2Okinetic® body sprays in addition to an H2Okinetic® showerhead.
And finally…we also like Newport Brass‘ showerheads.
Newport Brass considered all the details when designing their stunning Metro bathroom collection with ADA compliant flat lever handles – both architecturally designed and completely functional. Even the pressure balanced mixing valve trim is perfect for ease-of-use in the shower. The lever handle works flawlessly with the control valve to adjust the temperature and water flow. Constructed of solid brass which ensures long wear and an inherent quality each fixture is manufactured in California.
So – the takeaway here is that if you are looking for a gift that benefits the giftee and the gifter — come in and see us!
- Available in 27 unique Finishes
- Solid Brass Construction
- Face plate with ADA Compliant Lever Handle and Diverter pull-knob
- Intended for use with Newport Brass rough valve item 1-595 or 1-685 as specified (Required Accessory)
- ADA compliant traditional lever handle assembly and insert options for control valve
- 2.0 gallons (7.6 liters) per minute maximum flow rate showerhead