Choosing The Best Handheld Shower Head For Your Needs

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The best handheld shower head will differ from person to person. There are a variety on the market that will suit your needs. It’s just a question of finding the one that will suit the aesthetic of your bathroom and offer the right spray and pressure variances for your preference.

Handheld shower heads are the most popular shower head installed in bathrooms worldwide. They have become the main shower head of choice. The flexible hose allows for ease of removing from the wall and spraying wherever you need.

These shower heads make it effortless when cleaning all areas of the shower area. And many of these shower heads can be adjusted to suit the needs of the individual showering.

There are points to consider when choosing the best handheld shower head for your needs. Here are a few considerations to ponder.

Choosing the Best Handheld Shower Head For Your Needs

What to consider when choosing the best handheld shower head for your needs

Size and shape of the shower head

Handheld shower heads can come in circular or rectangular shape. Circular is by far the most popular style chosen as it generally can have the spray adjusted.

circular handheld shower head the plumbette

Smaller shower heads tend to give a more direct flow, rather than a spray experience. A wider, rounder head can spray a larger surface area than a rectangular head.

Adjustable spray settings

Many of the handheld shower heads on the market can give a spray experience to suit all showering needs within the household.

If you’re a creature of habit and prefer to have the same shower setting every time, this may not make a big impact on your decision.


Chrome is the most popular colour choice for handheld showers. They can come in other metallic colours, but they are limited in their adjustment settings. Matte black, gold and white are available to consumers to purchase to suit the tapware colour in the bathroom.

matte black handshower

Bundled with a rain shower head

There are some tapware brands that can bundle a rain shower head and handheld shower in the one installation. It includes a diverter so there is choice on which shower head you wish to use. It’s important if you decide to have two shower heads to purchase a mixer tap with a diverter or else you will only ever get water through one shower head.

Rose Gold Handheld Shower
Image by Aspect 11 designed by Scope Building Solutions

Take note of the WELS Scheme

A 3 star rated shower rose will spray 6 Litres to 9 Litres per minute. The WELS Scheme shouldn’t be confused with water pressure as the quality of the shower head fitting can still be water efficient, yet give a decent pressure experience. The more stars on the WELS rating, the better it will be for your water bills. However, if you do find a handheld shower head that doesn’t give the best WELS rating, your plumber may be able to install a restrictor.

Tap Location

There are clever ways to install the tap for your handheld shower head. The mixer lever can be installed on an adjacent wall or to the far lower side of the shower head to ensure the first spray doesn’t hit your arm when you turn the tap on.

Smooth or rippled hose

Each shower head will come complete with a hose. Many have a smooth hose, which makes it easy for cleaning and less weight when holding the hand shower. Rippled hoses offer a textured look and can allow for more easy and flexibility of movement in the shower. They are susceptible to bursting though. The hoses can be changed to get your desired look and function.

Try before you buy

Reece Bathroom Life Stores and their larger show rooms have a spray booth where you can test the shower to feel the spray and weight of the shower in your hand. You can learn how easy it is to adjust the head to different settings.

reece shower bay

Here are some handheld shower heads to consider. Dad and I used to install a lot of the Posh Solus MK3 Handheld showers because of their price and quality. Many of these handheld shower heads have a 10 to 15 year warranty.

Posh Solus Mk3 Handshower with bracket

Posh Solus MK3 handheld shower

Posh Domaine Handshower with wall bracket

Posh Domaine Handshower

Satinjet Escape MK3 Handshower with wall bracket

Satinjent Escap MK3 handheld shower head

Mizu Bloc MK2 Handshower with wall bracket

Mizu Bloc MK2 best handheld shower head

Grohe Power Soul Cosmopolitan 130mm Hand Shower

Groe Power Soul Handheld Shower

Con-Serv Breeze Hand Shower

Con-serv Breeze handheld shower


Meir Australia Matte Black Handheld Shower Bundles

Meir Australia Matte Black Shower Bundle


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