The best shower heads of 2020 – CNET

A good shower head can make a big difference when it comes to starting your day on the right note. Whether I’m feeling groggy in the morning, need a boost of energy midday or am trying to relax after a workout, a hot shower tends to cure a lot of what ails me. A bad shower, on the other hand, might leave me feeling more grumpy than when I started — especially if the spray pattern doesn’t provide enough coverage or the water pressure feels weak.

It can be a tall order to find the best shower head, but a good one can make all of the difference in your bathing experience. You can find dozens of options at hardware stores and online retailers. Most look similar and lots offer the same general combination of features — a full coverage “rain” setting and a narrower, more intense stream often called “massage.” 


Delta’s clever showerhead tucks a handheld into the main body. 

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The price, finish and materials can vary wildly, and you can also look for a shower head with a lower gallons per minute (gpm) rating if you’d like to save water. Some showers include a handheld sprayer and others include a wider variety of spray pattern settings. 

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To help you pick the best shower head, I’ve spent the past few weeks testing a wide variety of them. All feature easy and non-invasive installs — which was important for my rented apartment. All are reasonably priced between $50 and $200. All are relatively efficient with water — with ratings between 1.5 and 2.5 gpm. Otherwise, all of the shower heads I tested are highly regarded in terms of both customer and industry reviews. 

If you’re looking for an affordable shower head that you can install yourself, here are my picks for the best options you can find. Once you make your purchase, here’s a guide to installing a showerhead yourself and here’s how to keep your showerhead clean

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