When you’re updating or renovating your bathroom, with a goal of creating a more relaxing spa-like atmosphere, of all the changes you’ll make, nothing else makes more of a difference than a really nice luxury shower head.
We take a shower every day, and that time can set the tone for the rest of your day…so it’s worth investing in a high quality shower head that will leave you refreshed & satisfied afterward.
As a professional home contractor, I helped many clients with the process of choosing the right fixtures for their bathroom renovations, when they didn’t know where to even begin. So, I know how overwhelming it can be to sort through the endless options of shower heads…and I want to help you find the perfect luxury shower head as well.
Considerations To Help You Choose The Best Luxury Shower Head For You
Here are some factors and personal preferences to consider before buying that will help you determine the right luxury shower head for you:
- How much pressure do you like; strong jets of water, gentle raindrops, or somewhere in between?
- What design & style do you like? Are you coordinating with existing hardware & fixtures elsewhere in the bathroom, or switching it all out for something new?
- Wall or ceiling mount? Will you be mounting your new shower head to the existing shower arm protruding from the wall, or will you have an overhead water supply coming through the ceiling?
- Bells & whistles? Many brands today offer models of shower heads with extra features like LED lights, waterfall, rainfall, or massage effects, and more. Some brands also have shower head models that come with a handheld shower wand attached with a hose.
In the end, only you can choose the luxury shower head that’s right for you, based on your circumstances and decisions on all these factors I just mentioned.
…But, here are our top picks for each of the general categories that we feel would suit the average person best, including best quality shower head, biggest bang for the buck, best high-end models that are meant to impress, and the best luxury shower heads for those on a shoestring budget!
Without further ado, here are our top luxury shower head choices!
- Top Quality Pick
- Best Ceiling Mounts
- Best High-End Model
- Best Ceiling Mount With LED Lighting
- Best On A Small Budget
- Best Combination Shower Head & Handheld Wand
- Other Honorable Mentions
Top Quality Pick: Hansgrohe Raindance E 360 AIR Showerhead
If the best quality is what you want, Hansgrohe is the brand of choice for you. They’ve been around for over 100 years and they’re known for high quality, with this showerhead being constructed of solid brass and having a large 14 inch wide face. It delivers 2.5 gallons per minute through its whopping 163 no-clog spray channels, and the air-infused water drops created from the RainAir spray technology will ensure a truly relaxing rain-like shower. With its QuickClean feature, you can easily and quickly rub away limescale deposits from the flexible silicone jet holes.
One really nice thing about having a wide rectangular luxury shower head like this one is that it fits the shape of the human body, delivering a rainfall-like shower evenly across the width of your shoulders, not leaving part of you “out in the cold”.
Best Ceiling Mount: Kohler 12″ Contemporary Round Rain Showerhead
Available in Brushed Bronze, Brushed Nickel, Polished Nickel, Polished Chrome, and even Vibrant Gold. Delivers 2.5 gallons per minute. MasterClean sprayface with translucent shower nozzles resists mineral buildup. Katalyst Spray Technology provides a luxurious and drenching rainfall experience.
Best High End Model: Hansgrohe Raindance E 420 2-Jet Showerhead with Showerarm
This wall-mounted model from Hansgrohe is incredible. Extra wide 17 inch by 8 1/2 inch spray face will ensure you get fully covered under the streaming water from the rainfall shower head.
Best Ceiling Mount with LED Light Shower Head: LightInTheBox
If you want a contemporary, modern, sleek look in your renovated bathroom and custom shower, this model could be the perfect fit for you. Mounted in the ceiling, so the finished surface is flush with the ceiling, and with two built in LED light bars, this luxury shower head not only looks clean and sharp, but will also provide a relaxing, rich, satisfying showering experience, as the rainfall of water falls over your entire body. At 14 inches by 20 inches, this rectangular shower head provides ample coverage of water, enough to not leave a shoulder or part of your body exposed outside the stream of water.
2nd Choice Ceiling Mount with LED Light Shower Head: Lovedima 20″x40″ Stainless Steel Showerhead Set with Multi-Color LED
Here is another model that will definitely help provide that modern, high-tech look you may be going for. And at 20 inches wide by a whopping 40 inches long, with a 2.5 gallon per minute flow rate, it’s going to emit a large surface area of rainfall shower streams.
You can choose with or without LED lighting (but really, why wouldn’t you want those cool lights!?). But perhaps the coolest part about this shower head is that it has built-in temperature sensors that change the color of the LED lighting as the water warms up.
- 32-86°F – Blue
- 87-104°F – Green
- 105-122°F – Red
- 123-212°F – Flashing Red
Best Luxury Shower Head On A Small Budget: Delta 57740-SS Touch-Clean Rain Shower Head
Depending on what price you had in mind, about $300 might still sound expensive, but if a luxury experience is what you want with your shower head, it’s truly one of those “you get what you pay for” kinds of products. This is about as little as you will want to spend if luxury is what you want. You can find many great shower heads for less, just not what we would consider “luxury”.
With that said, even at the low end of the range of what we consider worthy of being labeled luxury shower heads, this rainfall shower head from Delta Faucets will provide a relaxing shower experience with that highly desired rainfall-from-above style, and has a 3 out of 5 star customer rating.
Best Combination Rain Shower Head & Handheld Wand: Atlantis 9 Oil-Rubbed Bronze Rain Shower System
While sleek & modern is the most commonly sought after style by most these days, this “class old-world” style comes in a close second in popularity. This combination model from Atlantis is high-end, garners a 4 out of 5 star customer rating on Amazon, and will lend itself quite well to a bathroom with a rich, luxurious, old-world feel to it.
2nd Choice Combination Rain Shower Head & Handheld Wand: Artbath Black Shower System with 12-inch Rain Shower Head
Going back to the very popular and most-common style people go for today, the sleek, modern, & contemporary, this black shower head combination unit from Artbath hits all the right notes. The thinly designed overhead rainfall showerhead with its touch-clean spray nozzles, the modern shower valve trim handles with simple, clean, square lines, and the handheld wand that perfectly matches & compliments the shower head, this model may be the right fit for your modern bathroom renovation.
Other Honorable Mentions:
Various Luxury Shower Head Features, Continued:
Let’s cover some details on a few of the topics mentioned in the bullet points of factors above…
1. Rainfall Shower Head?
One of the most popular types of shower heads today is the rainfall shower head, or rain shower head, which disperse a much wider area of water out of the shower head, with a softer, gentler flow of water in each droplet, providing a feeling of standing in the rain or under a small waterfall.
Many of these do a great job at providing that luxurious shower experience. If you’re unfamiliar with rainfall shower heads and want a more in-depth look at them particularly, we have a thorough Rainfall Shower Head Buyer’s Guide here on TileShowerDIY.
This video below shows just one example of the numerous types of rain shower heads available for you to purchase today.
The rainshower head shown in this video is the Moen S6345 Square Velocity, and you can find it here on Amazon.
2. Ceiling or Wall Mounted?
While the majority of shower heads mount to the shower arm protruding from the wall, as mentioned briefly in the bullet points above, you can find many models today that are ceiling mounted.
Having the shower head mounted on the ceiling simply enhances that rainfall effect that is so popular today, with the water falling down onto you from directly above.
If your current shower only has a shower head on the wall, and you’re not planning on doing any re-plumbing (either yourself or hiring a plumber) to extend the water supply from the shower valve up into the ceiling, then you will want to stick to looking at only the shower heads that are wall-mounted (don’t worry, you’ll still have plenty to choose from!).
However, if you’re completely renovating the shower, starting from scratch, or will have access into the walls and ceiling for whatever reason, you can easily extend an extra water supply line up from the shower mixer valve in the wall, up into the ceiling, and then protruding down through the ceiling for connection after the ceiling is finished and ready for the shower head to be mounted.
3. LED Lights
If the budget allows, and you want a feature in the shower that is truly stunning and impressive, a shower head with built in LED lighting will do just that. While it won’t make a big difference in the feel of the water itself, it definitely can add to that spa-like ambience.
One of my favorite models with LED lights is the giant 24″ x 24″ square ceiling mounted shower head by Juno Showers, which I review in this post & video here on TileShowerDIY, and it even changes color as the temperature of the water changes!
…Necessary? No. But impressive and eye-catching if that’s what you want!
4. Handheld Shower Wands
Some people find it nice to have a handheld wand in their shower, perhaps for reaching behind the back or under the armpits and such…and they can be very helpful for someone handicapped who can’t stand directly under the overhead shower.
Whatever the case, if you would like a shower head that comes with a handheld shower wand, you’ll find a few of those in our list above, and have plenty to choose from on this product page on Amazon as well.
If you want to choose from others and learn more about this kind of shower head, check out the Combination Rain Shower Heads & Handheld Wands Buyer’s Guide here on TileShowerDIY.