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meeple
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Member since May 2011
6045 posts

Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
Remodeling a shower, and have decided on a rain head and a separate handheld on a slide bar. Looking for recommendations for:
-Rain head that has good flow
-Handheld that can not only slide up/down the slide bar, but also rotate from side to side, as well as up/down (for far/near sprays).

In order to get this functionality from a handheld I think the slide bar is my only option.


lnomm34
Clemson Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2009
11047 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
We went with Kohler products in our shower and have been really happy. The Kohler handshower with the slide bar allows for the movement you're talking about.

Handshowers can get expensive, though. For all of the parts necessary for ours, we spent around $816.

We also did a 10" rain shower. Our shower is 4' x 8' with 8' ceiling height. I think the 10" is just right for our application.

We did a handshower, a rain shower, and a regular shower head. All plumbed into a thermostatic valve and a transfer valve. We did not do any body sprays or anything too exotic.

The parts still cost us $2,400.


meeple
USA Fan
Member since May 2011
6045 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
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Handshowers can get expensive, though. For all of the parts necessary for ours, we spent around $816.

I see handshower all-in-one kits in the $200-300 range, even at Kohler. Are you referring to all of the internal plumbing as well? What are the specific handheld and rain head models that you installed?


lnomm34
Clemson Fan
Louisiana
Member since Oct 2009
11047 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
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I see handshower all-in-one kits in the $200-300 range, even at Kohler. Are you referring to all of the internal plumbing as well? What are the specific handheld and rain head models that you installed?



See below. These were purchased from Kohler on Amazon in 2016 - way cheaper than anywhere I could find.



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ellunchboxo
New Orleans Saints Fan
Gtown
Member since Feb 2009
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re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
We went with this Grohe set.

LINK

It’s a little pricey but it does what you need and I like that you can change the flow settings on both heads.

Image: https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/ae0e5f15-d3b5-4728-a517-1faa67629793/svn/grohe-starlight-chrome-grohe-wall-bar-shower-kits-35052000-64_1000.jpg




meeple
USA Fan
Member since May 2011
6045 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
How do you like the chrome finish? Is everything else in your bathroom chrome as well?

How do you like the pressure from the rain head? Do you have to tilt it some to get underneath?


ellunchboxo
New Orleans Saints Fan
Gtown
Member since Feb 2009
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re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
Everything in the bathroom is chrome. No issues other than water spots that I have to clean.

Pressure from the rain head is fine. They have a setting called Rain O2 that sucks in air as it falls and feels pretty awesome.

Yes I do have it at a tilt because the fitting is only 12”. It’s mounted about 7 1/2 feet up.
This post was edited on 6/11 at 8:53 pm


meeple
USA Fan
Member since May 2011
6045 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
How do you feel about the quality of the materials for the valve, trim, heads, etc?


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shell01
Texas A&M Fan
Marianna, FL
Member since Jul 2014
314 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
We recently went with a Grohe set for our guest bathroom remodel. It's an integrated bath/shower valve, but they make just the shower version as well.
It is thermostatic, and very solid metal construction. Hard to beat for $200!
The handheld and shower pole were very inexpensive but quality as well (around $50 for both.) That RainO2 setting is great.

Only thing keeping us from going with Grohe in the master bath is that most all of their products are limited to chrome, which may not work for what we're doing in there.
Image: https://cdn.cloud.grohe.com/prod/30/34/34159003/1024/34159003.jpg



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Tigris
Montana Fan
Fernando Poo
Member since Jul 2005
9815 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
I've got one of these (16 inch round):

LINK

It's got enough flow and I really like the thing. One caution if you have hard water - be sure to use vinegar to remove the deposits at least once/year. My first shower head was identical, and after a year the nozzles started to spray at odd angles because deposits were blocking the nozzles. I stupidly ignored it and the shower head ruptured with a loud bang. The flow restriction caused a back pressure that was more than it could take. Not hard to do with that large a surface area (1 psi of back pressure = 201 lbs of force on a 16 inch disk).


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byutgr
Member since Apr 2005
399 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
We have a Grohe set, and it is awesome.


meeple
USA Fan
Member since May 2011
6045 posts

re: Shower rain head / handheld recommendations
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We have a Grohe set, and it is awesome.

Which set is it?


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