After analyzing 51 shower heads sold by 29 manufacturers, we believe that the Moen S6320 Velocity is the best rainfall shower head for consumers who are looking for a modern-looking shower head with soothing rainfall function and powerful spray. It offers two spray functions and comes with Moen’s limited lifetime warranty against defects on finish, leaks, and drips.
Our second pick is the Hansgrohe 27474001 Raindance which is one of the most luxurious rain shower heads we were able to analyze. It measures nearly 10 inches in diameter which means that it’s able to provide full body coverage, and is finished with chrome or brushed nickel, depending on which version you chose.
Best rain shower heads in 2018
Here’s a list of our top 10 picks when it comes to shower heads with rainfall function. You can check their brief reviews down below, or skip to our buyer’s guide which will help you find the shower head that works for you.
Our review process
Moen S6320 Velocity
- Metal construction
- Several finishes to choose from
- Two spray functions
- Limited lifetime warranty
- A bit pricey
Choosing the best rain shower head isn’t easy because most of it comes down to personal preference and budget. There are a few $1000+ shower heads with rainfall function on the market which are exceptional by all means. However, we focused on shower heads that are tailored for average consumers who don’t want to spend more than a few hundred bucks on a simple shower head and we believe that the Moen Velocity outperforms every other shower head we have managed to analyze.
Despite the fact that it looks plastic on pictures, the Velocity is made of metal which means that it feels authentic and is made to last. Most affordable shower heads are usually only coated with metal-like finish, but the Velocity is the real deal. It comes in several finishes to choose from, including chrome, brushed nickel, and several others.
With that said, the Moen Velocity features immersion technology. This means that it has a self-pressurizing system that channels water into a circular pattern to ensure the optimal water pressure and to provide excellent coverage for shower experience. The Immersion rain shower technology is especially useful for homeowners experiencing low water pressure and
Two spray functions
The Velocity offers two spray functions which can be switched with a simple switch on the lever. The rainfall function uses all 100 nozzles while the invigorating high pressure spray function focuses the spray on the middle nozzles.
Limited lifetime warranty
Nothing says “we trust our products” more than manufacturers offering a lifetime warranty. The Velocity comes with a lifetime warranty which covers any possible defects on finish, leaks, and drips.
The Velocity uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute which is the maximum allowed by the U.S. government. If for some reason you want to experience more powerful spray, the Moen made the flow limiter easy to remove. There is a black o-ring along with green restrictor at the back of the unit. Remove them by using a pair of tweezers or nose pliers and you will immediately experience more powerful spray.
High end rain shower head
Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour AIR
- Large 10-inch diameter with 180 nozzles
- Brass construction
- AirPower technology
- QuickClean anti-calcification function
- 1-year warranty
- Hefty price tag
- Single spray mode (RainAir)
The Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour is one of the largest shower head on our list. It measures approximately 10 inches in diameter and has 180 silicone nozzles which allows it to offer a rain drenching experience for the entire body. It features contemporary design and although it’s a matter of personal preference, we believe that it’s one of the best looking rain shower heads we were able to get our hands on, especially the version with chrome finish.
The Raindance Downpour is made of solid brass which means that it’s resistant corrosion, tarnish, and rust. The sturdy construction adds a feel of elegance and makes it durable enough to last. It has 180 silicone nozzles which could be a little bit more concealed, but that would probably put it in a much higher price range than it already is. It’s available in several different finishes to choose from, including chrome and brushed nickel, so it is appropriate for several bathroom designs.
AIR Power technology
The Downpour AIR features AirPower technology. It enriches the water with air and makes the spray softer and more pleasant while reducing the quantity of consumed water. It uses up to 2.5 gallons of water per minute which means that it’s compliant with federal restrictions.
Easy to clean
The problem of many rain shower heads is that they can get clogged up with mineral buildups. The Downpour AIR features Hansgrohe QuickClean function. The nozzles are made of flexible silicone which means that they require very little maintenance. Simply rub the limescale deposits from the nozzles with a fingertip.
Single spray mode
Unfortunately the Downpour AIR only has a single spray mode which is not unusual since it’s a rain shower head, but considering its hefty price tag, we were expecting at least an extra spray mode.
Large rain shower head
- Stainless steel construction
- LED lights
- 20 x 40 inches – the largest rain shower head on our list
- Not as easy to install as most rain shower heads
- Hefty price tag
- Not appropriate for homes with low water pressure
When it comes to rain shower heads, bigger usually means better, and the largest shower we have analyzed is none other than the Lovedima DM20346. It measures 20 x 40 inches and comes equipped with LED lights that are powered by water flow.
The Lovedima is made of stainless steel. It’s sturdy and finished with either brushed nickel or chrome, depending on which version you choose. It’s one of the largest ceiling-mounted rain shower heads you will find on the market and measures 20 x 40 inches (500 x 1000mm).
LED lights of the Lovedima are powered by water flow, so there’s no need of ever replacing batteries. The lights are automatically activated when the water flow is turned on and the color changes automatically based on the water temperature.
The downside is that you can’t choose the color of the light by yourself. Instead, the lights indicate the water temperature and there’s no way around it unless you have plenty of DIY skills and you don’t care about voiding the warranty. If you only shower with cold water that doesn’t get above 86℉, you’ll never see anything except the blue light. If you prefer hot water, you’ll be stuck with green or red LED lights.
Just like most other ceiling-mounted shower heads, the Lovedima requires more than just basic DIY skills to be properly installed. There are four sets of ceiling support poles included in the package and their length is adjustable between 10.24 and 13.39 inches.
High water pressure required
This rain shower head is unfortunately not appropriate for homes with low water pressure. The manufacturer’s recommended water pressure is 3 to 6 bar (0.3~0.6 MPa).
- Katalyst Spray Technology
- 8-inch diameter
- Heffty price tag
The next in line of our favorite rain shower heads is none other than the Kohler K-13692-CP. It’s a high-end unit that comes with a lot of extra goodies, but it also comes with a hefty price tag.
If most shower heads today look contemporary and modern, that’s not something we can say about the K-13692-CP. It features traditional but elegant design that can fit great into a traditional bathroom that needs a slight makeover. There are several color options to choose from, including shiny polished chrome and less shiny vibrant brushed nickel.
This shower head weights 5.69 pounds and measures 8 inches in diameter. It’s not the largest rain shower head on the market, but its optimized sprayface design allows it to create dense spray pattern for consistent coverage.
Katalyst Spray Technology(TM)
The K-13692-CP features Katalyst Spray technology which is Kohler’s way of maximizing water drops by infusing air into the water stream. This enhances the power of spray and makes the stream fuller and more intense. Because the air makes water drops larger, they are able to retain the temperature longer which results in warmer shower.
The K-13692-CP features translucent nozzles that resistant to mineral buildups and ensure long-term reliable performance.
Single spray function
The downside of the K-13692-CP is that it only offers a single spray function which could turn off consumers who are looking for a rain shower head with additional functions. However, we believe that the rainfall function of the K-13692-CP is powerful enough to wash off the soap with ease.
American Standard 1660683.002
- Easy to clean spray face
- 10-inch diameter
- Brass construction
- Single spray function
The final rain shower head on our list is the American Standard 1660683.002. It measures 10-inch in diameter and features modern and contemporary design.
Speaking about design, the 1660683.002 comes in several finishes. Most consumers will probably opt for the standard polished chrome finish while design enthusiasts will opt for a less traditional satin nickel finish.The unit measures 10 inches in diameter which means that it has enough nozzles for full body coverage.
While cheaper shower heads are made of cheap plastic, the 1660683.002 is made of solid brass. It’s weights 3.2 pounds and it feels durable.
Single spray function
Just like several other shower heads on our list, this one offers a single spray option. If drenching rainfall experience is all you want from a top-mount shower head, this shouldn’t be a problem.
- Multiple spray functions
- Timeless design
- Anystream 360 technology
- Small diameter
Although the Speakman S-2252 is a compact and lightweight shower head that has less spray nozzles than our top two picks, it’s designed to offer a consistent and powerful spray even under low water pressure. It comes in several different colors, and is a beast in a compact package.
The Speakman S-2252 measures 4 x 2.8 x 4 inches and is one of the smallest rain shower heads you will find on the market. It’s made of solid brass which makes it look very authentic and durable. The whole unit weights 1.2 lbs which is a lot for such a small shower head, but the Speakman is definitely one of the most lightweight rain shower heads on the market that aren’t made of plastic. There are several color options to choose from, including polished chrome, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and polished brass.
Anystream 360 technology
The S-2252 features Anystream technology which is patented by Speakman. There’s a handle located at the side of the unit and a simple rotation transitions the spray from gentle drizzle to powerful full-body coverage. There are 6 fully adjustable jets and 64 water sprays, so the options are almost unlimited.
The S-2252 is designed to be mounted on the wall and is easy to install. It fits standard US plumbing connection and comes with a roll of plumber’s tape. All you have to do is unscrew your old shower head and mount the S-2252 on the connection.
Before you rush buying a rainfall shower head for your bathroom, there are several things you should take into consideration. After all, shower heads are made to last and the last thing you want is to get stuck with a unit that will bring you nothing but problems. We have analyzed 51 different rain shower heads that are available on the market and we talked to several plumbers and other experts who helped us put together the ultimate buying guide that will help you make the best decision possible.
When it comes to rain shower heads, the bigger usually means better. However, the size comes with a few downsides that are impossible to overlook. A large rain shower head can have more nozzles that are able to cover more area and enhance the showering sensation. On the other hand, having more nozzles means less water pressure. If you are struggling with water pressure in your house, the largest rain showers are probably not the best option.
Construction / materials
One of the most notable differences between cheap and luxurious shower heads is that the luxurious ones are actually made of metal while cheaper ones are made of plastic and finished with a metal-like finish. It’s needless to say that plastic is much less durable than metal, but metal shower heads are unfortunately usually more expensive. Other than the more affordable price, the only advantage of plastic shower heads is that they are more lightweight. However, weight doesn’t play a key role when it comes to rain shower heads because they are fixed onto the wall or ceiling and you don’t need to move them around like hand showers.
Most fixed rain shower heads offer a single spray function which is enough if the rainfall function is all you need. However, people get bored and we believe that it’s useful to have a shower head that offers several different spray functions and spray patterns.
Nozzles of shower heads are usually made of metal, silicone, or another material. Although shower heads don’t require much maintenance, the nozzles can get clogged up through time, especially if you have hard water that can build up mineral deposits. Self-clfs during each use.
Some rain shower heads can be very hard to install while other require just a few basic DIY skills and some teflon tape. It’s good to know that hiring a plumber for installation can cost more than $100 which drastically increases the costs of owning a rain shower head.
Having a great rain shower head can change the showering experience from something you must do to something you love doing. Many people agree that there’s nothing more relaxing than getting home after a long day of work and enjoying a gentle shower experience with droplets coming out of a top-mount shower head. We will update our list of recommendations as frequently as possible, but if you have a suggestion, feel free to submit your comment below and let us know what is your favorite rain shower head.
If you have a question regarding any shower heads we have reviewed, let us know and we’ll be more than happy to reply as soon as possible.