Today we are choosing the best rain shower head because indulging yourself on a daily basis is something you can do and something you should do! There is nothing better than a steamy but gentle shower to get you going in the morning. Just when you start thinking that you would rather be in bed or you start wondering if going to work is all that essential, a perfect shower can take you back to thinking that life is good and it is good to be awake and living it. Hence, the need to look into the market for shower heads with a rain spray feature.
As usual, our reviews will cover the most important characteristics of each product, such as the price, dimensions, general description, materials and similar. We also tend to include information on the features that make each product different from the other alternatives. In addition, we always try to include information on durability, expected lifetime and warranty information. These reviews are no exception and generally follow this pattern. So, without further ado, here are the three shower heads that really, really impressed us and hopefully they will impress you too.
Best Rain Shower Head: Moen S6320 Velocity 8 Inch Two-Function Rainshower Showerhead with Immersion Technology
The Moen S6320 Velocity 8 Inch Two-Function Rainshower Showerhead with Immersion Technology is our top choice for the best shower head with a rain function.
This shower head also had another mode – a concentrated rinse. The difference between the two is quite dramatic – essentially the same amount of water is sprayed out of 100 nozzles with the rain function and out of 30 nozzles with the concentrated rinse function. So there is quite a bit of variation.
This is certainly a plus since we always like to have alternatives and we love products that have more than one use – provided they can perform both well!
Two other things you should know about this shower head are regarding its size and flow rate. The diameter on this shower head is 8 inches, which is quite generous. The overall dimensions are 10.3 x 9.5 x 4.1 inches. One more thing – the listing price of this shower head is about $250, which can be regarded as pricey. However, we were able to find it for less than $200 on discount.
The flow rate on this shower head is 2.5 gallons per minute, which is on the high side of the range, especially considering green initiatives in some states that limit the flow rate of shower heads. The Velocity Rainshower Showerhead does come in a Water Sense version, where the flow rate is compliant with such regulation at 2 gallons per minute. Speaking of water intensity, you should know that the Velocty Rainshower Showerhead also comes with Moen’s Immersion Rainshower technology which is basically a self-pressurizing system that increases the force and flow of water delivery.
Here are a few more things worth mentioning before we move on to our #2 pick. All the Moen shower heads with Immersion technology come with rubber spray formers which are very easy to clean from mineral deposits that are bound to accumulate over time. At least with this shower head you will know an efficient way to get rid of them and you will not be forced to buy a new shower head instead. Also, you should know that this shower head comes in a variety of finishes, from highly reflective chrome to brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, antique bronze and brushed bronze. It is not only the finish that is of good quality, but also the overall material used for making this shower head, which is brass rather than plastic. Lastly, here is some warranty information. All Moen shower heads come with a limited lifetime warranty and this one is no exception. The warranty is against leaks, drips and finish defects – covering all the main issues that may arise when using a product like this one.
Second Best Rain Shower Head: Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead
The runner-up for best shower head with a rain function is the Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead. Before we start listing all the ways in which this shower head is just as good as or even better than our top pick, we should point out that this shower head is also twice as expensive at about $550 a piece as the listing price.
However, we were able to find this one for a discounted price as well, and the discount was significant, brining it much closer price-wise to the Moen S6320 Velocity Rainshower Showerhead.
With that in mind, let’s look at the main characteristics of this shower head. The diameter of the Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead is 9.375 inches, thus it is quite large. However, its total volume is actually smaller than that of the Moen S6320 Velocity Rainshower Showerhead since its dimensions are 9.4 x 9.4 x 1.8 inches. The spray disk is fully plated in chrome, which is done to extend the longevity of the shower head. This shower head also comes with some specially designed technology to give the impression (and effect) of higher water pressure as well as to enable easy maintenance. The AirPower technology utilized by Hansgrohe enriches the water stream with air, which improves the effect of the shower, gives a better shower experience and decreases the necessary amount of showering time. This is just the added effect to the already strong stream of water that comes with a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute, which both our top picks have.
The warranty on the Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead is only for 1 year, which is a considerable shortcoming given its price. This is one of the reasons why this shower head did not win the #1 spot. Another reason was the price itself – we felt that there were not enough relevant differences to justify the price difference. However, if and when price is not a concern, the Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead is the better choice in terms of design – it simply looks sleeker and just amazing.
Third Best Rain Shower Head: Delta Faucet T14286-SHQ Arzo, Monitor 14 Series Shower Trim
The last shower head we want to mention in the category of rain shower heads is the Delta Faucet T14286-SHQ Arzo, Monitor 14 Series Shower Trim.
It is the largest and heaviest of the three with dimensions of 17 x 7.2 x 17 inches and weight of 6.6 pounds.
This shower head also has a unique design which is inspired by mid-century modern geometric furniture design.
The shape of the shower head is square and the spray nozzles are arranged in diagonal lines, giving it a modern, urban look.
The shower head comes with a sleek looking L-shaped handle for the shower head – an accessory that is not included with either of the other two shower heads. However, there is a part that you would need in order to use the shower head – you need to purchase the rough-in valve model R10000-UNBX separately. In terms of price, it is a lot closer to the Moen S6320 Velocity 8 Inch Two-Function Rainshower Showerhead than to the Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead – its listing price is about $300 and the discounted price we were able to buy it for was more around $200.
In terms of quality of materials, this shower head is made of brass just like the other too. The finish is chrome as well. One thing worth mentioning is that this shower head does not have water pressure enhancing features, unlike the other two. It also does not offer any variety in the intensity of the stream. This results in a less satisfying showering experience, even if the flow rate is 2.5 gallons per minute. Regarding the warranty conditions, it comes with a Faucet and Finish limited lifetime warranty, which is pretty decent. Overall, we’d say this is a really solid shower head with a great rain stream and easy installation.
To conclude our reviews of the best rain shower head we would like to point out the main advantages of each product. Firstly, the Moen S6320 Velocity 8 Inch Two-Function Rainshower Showerhead – it is the most affordable, it has two spray intensity settings, it is easy to clean and it comes with a decent warranty. The Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance Downpour AIR Showerhead has a sleek, elegant design and great spray and pressure features. The Delta Faucet T14286-SHQ Arzo, Monitor 14 Series Shower Trim has a unique and modern geometric design and a solid warranty. You have a lot of variety to choose from, but regardless which one you choose, you will be getting one of the best shower heads with a rain feature out there.