Best Shower Heads of 2021
written by: Michael Lamew
Table of Contents
- Best Shower Heads of 2021
- Quick Comparison Table
- Shower Head Reviews
- #1 Hansgrohe 27474001 (Editor’s Choice)
- #2 Moen S6320EP Velocity
- #3 Ana Bath SS5450CBN
- #4 Speakman S-2005-HB
- #5 Kohler K-10282-CP
- #6 Kohler K-9245-CP
- #7 AKDY AZ6021
- #8 Culligan WSH-C125
- #9 Ana Bath Anti-Clog Dual Shower Head
- #10 Aqua Elegante
- #11 SR Sun Rise Ultra Thin
- #12 Speakman S-2252 Anystream
- #13 Waterpik FlexNeck – with Power Spray
- #14 Moen Magnetix
- #15 Delta 3-Spray Touch Clean
- Our Ultimate Guide
- Summing it Up
Did you know, there’s over 6,000 different models of shower heads available on the web in 2021?
Yet, only a handful of these units are worthy enough to earn a spot in your bathroom.
On this page, you’ll find our top 15 best shower heads available this year.
Avoid the headache of dealing with low-quality shower heads that can break within a year, and go with one of our highly-reviewed shower heads.
To begin your search, let’s start with a quick comparison.
Quick Comparison Table
Shower Head Reviews
Below you’ll find 2021’s TOP 15 shower heads reviewed.
If your current showerhead is showing signs of rust, weak water pressure, or if it’s just plain boring … you’re going to LOVE our top-rated shower heads of the year!
#1 Hansgrohe 27474001 (Editor’s Choice)
The Hansgrohe 27474001 earns our highest regard because it is the industry leader when it comes to quality, price, and performance.
If your master bathroom contains an old, ugly, worn-out shower head, the Hansgrohe 27474001 will surely give your bathroom the 180 degrees turn around it needs.
This Hansgrohe model has 180 easy-to-clean silicone nozzles, that work together via the “RainAir Spray Mode” which infuses water droplets with air.
This process leads to a more relaxing spa type shower experience, with water droplets that feel lighter, fuller, and softer.
Combo this Hansgrohe model with our best shower door of the year and give your bathroom a stunning modern update.
If you’re looking for 2021’s top value shower head, the Moen S6320EP Velocity just might be your match made in heaven.
First, and important to note, this shower from Moen has an 8″ face, that is covered with 100 easy-to-clean silicon nozzles.
These combine to create a blanket-like water flow coverage, that can’t be replicated with cheaper & smaller sized shower heads.
Also, another benefit, the Moen S6320EP is fantastic when it comes to saving water.
Due to its design, you won’t have to worry about weak water flow pressure, and at the same time, you’ll save a good amount on your water bills while helping the environment. Sounds great right?
Another plus, this Moen S6320EP comes in 3 awesome finishes:
- Brushed Nickel
- Oil-Rubbed Bronze
If you’re looking for this year’s top versatile shower, the Ana Bath SS5450CBN is an absolute home run.
The Ana Bath SS5450CBN is a fixed + handheld shower head that really goes above and beyond when it comes to the showering experience.
The best thing about this shower is it’s multi-head spray faces – since they come stocked with 5 spray modes each:
- Rain + Massage
- Bubbling + Rain
Also, we love that the spray channels are made with silicone nozzles, where you can remove limescale and hard water buildup with the swipe of your finger. This is a MUST HAVE feature if you’re spending around $100.
Another feature worth noting is the 3-way water diverter. This is a key component that helps the Ana Bath SS5450CBN dispense water through the handheld shower head, fixed shower, and both simultaneously.
Ultimately, with the Ana Bath brushed nickel shower, you’re getting an incredible value for the price.
If you take pride in calling yourself a “value hunter,” look no further than this top-shelf adjustable shower head, the Speakman S-2005-HB.
Speakman is among the best and most traditional brands of showers, and this model specifically is quite popular, from gyms to hotels and most standard lodging places.
It includes the Anystream 360 patented technology that enables a whole body spray of water jets and versatile performance for up to 5 different adjustments of spray patterns, including a focused high water pressure massage jet spray.
To change the setting, simply flip the lever and alternate between intense sprays that laser in on focus areas, and gentle more soothing sprays that glide over your entire body.
The Anystream 360 is made of sturdy durable plastic, making the price more accessible than metallic models.
Lastly, it includes a Limited Lifetime Warranty, just like many of our top-rated shower bases here so you can create a shower you can trust.
If you’re looking for the best cheap shower head of 2021, we love the Kohler K-10282-CP.
The Kohler K-10282-CP brings you industry-leading performance from one of the biggest shower manufacturers today, without breaking the bank.
This model is a single function wall-mounted shower, and it provides strong water pressure from its focused jets on its 5.5-inch spray face.
Important to note, even though the Kohler K-10282-CP is cheap in price, that doesn’t mean it sacrifices performance when it comes to spray patterns. In fact, the Kohler K-10282-CP has “Katalyst Air-Induction Technology,” which infuses each water droplet with air, making them heavier, and better for retaining temperature.
The Kohler K-10282-CP comes in three different brushed metallic finishes: nickel, chrome, and bronze.
Lastly, the Kohler K-10282-CP makes for an excellent high-pressure shower head, as it provides a 2.5 gpm flow rate.
For more top-quality products like this one, check out our shower faucets review page.
If you’re looking for the best bluetooth shower head of 2021, our top pick is the Kohler K-9245-CP.
It’s tough to see in the picture, but this shower unit from Kohler has a removable Bluetooth speaker that syncs with (R)-enabled devices including smartphones, mp3 players, laptops, and tablets. It has a range of up to 32 feet.
The water-resistant bluetooth speaker pops in and out of the showerhead and is charged using micro USB.
#7 AKDY AZ6021
If you’re looking for the best rain shower head of 2021, not including the more expensive models we’ve already reviewed above (Hansgrohe/Moen), you’ll love the AKDY AZ6021 Rain Shower.
This small modern rain shower comes with a sleek square design, all made in plastic, making it also quite affordable, even though it is finished on polished chrome to make it even more refined and impressive for modern decor sets.
The AKDY AZ6021 is 8 inches wide and features silicon jets that can be swiped spotless with your finger. Easy as that.
Also, this AKDY model
Lastly, due to its lightweight plastic construction, the AKDY AZ6021 is super easy to install, and you don’t have to worry about it weighing down your current shower arm.
For more top-rated rain shower options like this, check out our rainfall showerhead reviews page.
While this Culligan model is one of the most accessible of our list, it offers some of the best features that no other models here have for you.
If you live in cities where water is not that trust-worthy even for showering, a good model with a filtering system is a must-have.
The Culligan WSH-C125 Shower Head already comes with a water filter system embedded in the shower head, and it will filter excessive chlorine, scale, and many other impurities and toxins.
As a plus, this shower head has 5 different spray patterns, from a powerful jet stream to a smooth whole body spray.
After 10,000 gallons of water, you have to replace the filter. This occurs in around 6 months, so you only have to remember once per year, to ensure you have clean water in your shower all year round.
If you’re looking for 2021’s top-rated multi-head shower head, look no further than the Ana Bath Anti-Clog.
When you’re looking for a multi-head shower, there are 2 key points to keep in mind.
First, you have to make sure that the fixed shower is top notch. With the Ana Bath’s multi-headed system, we love that this shower has 5 different spray settings, and as its name suggests, they’re “anti-clog” jets.
Who likes to scrub limescale and hard water deposits? Not me. Probably not you either.
Second, and also important to note, you have to make sure the handheld portion is also the best on the market.
That said, we’re happy to confirm that the handheld shower head portion of the system is the best you’ll find around.
How many multi-head showers have 5 spray settings? Not many. Then, out of all the multi-head shower heads on the market today, how many can say their handheld shower head ALSO has 5 spray settings? The answer would be … even less.
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#10 Aqua Elegante
If you’re looking for 2021’s best high flow shower head on the market, you’ve hit the jackpot with the Aqua Elegante 3″ Shower Head.
The Aqua Elegante earns our top spot because of its unique ability to boost the water pressure in your shower. So how does it accomplish this?
The key is its removable flow restrictor.
Once removed, your shower will be feeling brand new, with its newfound ability to provide powerful and intense streams of water that work to melt away the stresses of the everyday grind, like a spa.
Our favorite overhead shower of 2021 goes to the SR SUN RISE Ultra Thin 12″ Rainfall Shower Head.
If the Hansgrohe 27474001 was too expensive for you, the SR SUN RISE Ultra Thin is an excellent alternative.
Right off the bat, you’ll notice that the SR SUN RISE Ultra Thin is made with 304 stainless steel, that is ten layer chrome plated. This creates a modern design that’s both beautiful to look at, and great for long-lasting performance.
We love that the SR SUN RISE shower head is coated in nozzles that are made with silicon. This makes them super easy to clean.
This is important because you want to avoid limescale and hard water build-up.
Also, we love that this overhead shower head has an adjustable arm (not pictured). This is important for creating the perfect angle for your shower set up.
For more best-rated products like this, check out our shower tower review of our top-rated unit of 2021.
If you’re looking for the most powerful shower head on the market in 2021, the Speakman S-2252 Anystream takes the cake.
We’ve reviewed other high-pressure showers, but the Anystream is the most powerful, in our view, due to its superior coverage. Its superior coverage is provided by the 48 individual streams on the 6 adjustable plungers and spray face.
The Anystream S-2252 has 3 different spray settings “Intense,” “Rain,” and “Flood.” The “Intense” mode was our favorite in particular.
Waterpik has been making top-notch showers for over 11 years, and in 2021, they’re still one of the top-rated brands around.
By popular demand, we’ve selected our favorite Waterpik showerhead of 2021, the Waterpik FlexNeck in chrome.
Waterpik has a TON of options when it comes to shower heads, but the FlexNeck in chrome reigns supreme due to its rare versatility.
The 18″ FlexNeck hose does a fantastic job at bending to the angle you desire, whether that’s above like a rain shower head, or maybe to the side when you’re cleaning your shower walls.
To add to its versatility, this Waterpik flexible shower comes with 6 awesome spray modes.
Our favorites … we have 2. First, is the “Full Body + Power Spray,” which has the strongest, and widest coverage. Second, we loved the “Water Saving Trickle” spray mode. It’s one of many creative ways to save water in your shower and energy.
Lastly, this Waterpik shower comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and easy installation.
#14 Moen Magnetix
Moen has been a leader in the shower industry for over 14 years since it’s birth in 2004.
Today, in 2021, they’re still as popular as ever.
Our favorite shower from Moen, this year, is the Moen Magnetix.
Most handheld showerhead models today do not come with magnets to hold them firmly in place, but rather, they come with hostlers, that you have to lift and slide in place.
The Moen Magnetix saves you the hassle of trying to re-rack your shower head while there’s shampoo in your hair, and your eyes closed. Simply reach out in the general vicinity of the base, then … SNAP! You’re back in place.
This Moen Magnetix comes with 6 different water spray modes, making this magnetic shower wonderfully customizable.
Also, worth noting, handheld showers can be terrific for improving bathroom safety for seniors.
Delta is no stranger to the shower industry, so to make our list more complete, we had to select our favorite of 2020!
This year, we love Delta’s 3-Spray Touch-Clean Shower.
To start, this Delta shower comes in 7 fantastic finishes:
- Venetian Bronze
- Aged Pewter
- Champagne Bronze
- Chrome/Polished Brass
- Polished Brass
If you’re having trouble matching your current shower faucet finish with your brand-new shower, this is a great product.
With the wide variety of finishes, you’re sure to find something that goes well with your bathroom design.
Also, this Delta shower comes equipped with 3-spray modes: Full Body, Massage, and Drenching. The “Massage” setting is our go-to after a stressful day.
Lastly, this Delta shower has a standard flow rate of 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute).
Our Ultimate Guide
If you’ve looked through our list, and you’re still not sure which shower head to pick in 2021, read through our Ultimate Guide to get the most out of your money.
To further aid you in your search, you’ll find out:
- What To Look For
- The TOP 3 Shower Head Brands You Can Trust in 2021
What To Look For
Spray and Coverage
Typically, you’ll want to look for a powerful spray (around 2.5 GPM), and full-body coverage. This can be achieved with most shower heads with spray faces > 7 inches or so.
To properly access a shower head’s “overall design” its best to ask yourself things like:
- How easy is it to use?
- How easy is it to clean?
- Is it heavy, or lightweight?
- How does it look?
When selecting a showerhead, it’s important to consider it’s quality, as you don’t want to end up with a dud, when you were looking for a stud.
To evaluate quality, ask yourself:
- What is it made out of?
- Is it solid construction? Or, hollow?
- How “thick” is its metal or material?
Ease of Installation
The final thing you should ask yourself before selecting a shower head in 2021 is … “How easy is ____ to install?”
Before you purchase, it’s best to know what you’re getting yourself into. For example, going from an old wall-mounted shower head to a new wall-mounted shower head will take less than 5 minutes. No biggie.
On the other hand, going from an old wall-mounted shower head to a new ceiling-mounted showerhead will probably take a couple of hours, and may even require the help of a professional.
Shower Head FAQs
How much are shower heads?
On average, standard shower heads are going to cost anywhere from $10 – $200+ depending on the size, materials used, brand, and other features.
“For high-end custom shower heads, the price can reach $1,000 or more.”
– Justin West, service coordinator for Scotto Plumbing Services, in Clear Water, FL. (1)
Are shower heads universal?
Yes, most US shower heads are universal.
What is the best flow rate for a shower?
The best flow rate for a shower depends on what you’re looking for.
If you’re looking for an intense, powerful spray, go with a 2.5 GPM shower head.
If you’re looking to save money by reducing your water usage, or a more gentle feeling rain spray, go with a 1.8 GPM shower head.
The TOP 3 Best Shower Head Brands You Can Trust in 2021
In terms of excellent products, craftsmanship, customer service, design, price, and overall performance, to name a few, here are our TOP 3 shower head brands you can trust in 2021:
Summing it Up
There you have it, now let’s review.
Today, among a sea of options, all ranging in reliability, performance, and price among other factors, the cream has risen to the top, in the form of our TOP 15 shower heads of 2021.
Don’t waste your time, and money, installing a low-grade shower head that might break within the year. Instead, get a huge return on your investment with one of our recommended shower heads.
If you’re looking for the best shower head money can buy in 2021, go with our #1 rated Hansgrohe 27474001.
If you liked the style of the Hansgrohe 27474001, and want to see more options like it check out our best rain shower head page with the top highly reviewed models of 2021.
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