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Rain Shower Heads vs. Normal Shower Heads

May 1, 2016

Kohler Moxie Rainhead

Rain shower heads offer a luxurious alternative to your run-of-the-mill shower. The heads are usually larger and hang directly overhead, simulating the experience of showering in the rain (but, you know, much more hygienic). But they're very different from your traditional shower head.

Interested in buying a rain shower head? Dive in and learn more.

Rain Shower Heads vs. Normal Shower Heads


Rain shower heads (also known as rainheads) tend to be wider than your run-of-the-mill shower head. That’s because instead of spraying a concentrated stream of water directly at you, they hang directly over you and shower you more gently. That means you get a more luxurious, spa-like experience, but it also means the head needs to cover more area.

Width and Height

Before you spring for a rain shower head, you’ll want to be certain that you have enough room in your shower for it.

For one thing, rain shower heads cover a wider area than normal shower heads. If your bathtub is too small, you’ll run the risk of flooding your bathroom every single time you take a shower.

On top of that, most rain shower heads need to be fit horizontally, streaming water straight down (as opposed to a normal shower head, which sprays outwards) and you’ll likely have to buy some new hardware that lets you mount your new shower head at a 90 degree angle. That will lower your shower head some, so make sure you have ample room under the head to shower comfortably. Some also may need to be mounted from the ceiling.

Water Pressure

Many people worry that a rain shower head won’t be able to deliver the same kind of water pressure that their normal shower heads can. A gentle rain-like shower sounds great, but all the time?

It’s true - rain shower heads are different, but they can still deliver a high-enough pressure shower for you to feel clean. Many also come in adjustable and hand-held models, which allows you to take more control of your shower. So you shouldn’t let a fear of low water pressure affect your buying decision.


The major sticking point for most people considering a rain shower head is price. They’re considerably more expensive than normal shower heads.

As you’ll see below, though, there are plenty of options, some more affordable than others.

Types of Rain Shower Heads

Nearly every manufacturer of bath products has a rain shower head on the market.

At Visionary Baths & More, we’re big fans of products from Kohler, Delta and Moen. 

Kohler offers a wide-ranging selection of rain shower heads, including Moxie rainheads.

Moxie Rainhead by Kohler

The Moxie rainhead’s claim to fame is its built-in BlueTooth speaker. It pairs wirelessly with any BlueTooth-enabled device to stream music, weather, news, jungle sounds - whatever helps you to enjoy your new rain shower head.

The Moen Velocity shower head is also a popular choice. 

Moen Velocity Shower Head

Users of the Moen Velocity head rave about the fact that they can still get fantastic water pressure no matter what. That’s important - the Velocity sports multiple different types of water sprays, from concentrated streams to a gentle rain shower.

From Delta, we might recommend the Metal Raincan.
Delta Metal Rain Can

Users of the Delta Metal Raincan shower head love the gentle spray of the shower head, comparing it to a spring rain. They do note, however, that you’ll want to make sure that you have enough room in your shower to install the shower head horizontally.

In the end, it’s up to you if you think a rain shower head is worth the price and will work for your bathroom. But if you ask someone who uses one daily, they’ll likely tell you that there’s nothing better than waking up to a shower that feels like a gentle rain.

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