Last updated: August 29th 2016
To start our guide with the right foot, if you don’t know for sure how these models of shower head works, let’s make it clear quickly and accurately. A hose and a versatile, economic small shower head are what makes this shower an unique type that you can easily handle while you are showering, as well as you can keep it affixed when soaping. Handheld shower heads are quite popular in most of Western Europe as a standard for showers but also share their fame in America besides the wall-mounted showers. They are, most of all, a quite flexible solution for a shower, since you can either keep it affixed and working in a specific angle or hold it and shower your body the way you want.
Best Handheld Shower Head with Reviews
Delta 58065-RB In2ition
The first of three models developed by Delta on the top of our list is a fancy two-in-one model of handheld shower head. While it looks like a random rain shower with a hose, the In2ition comprises a large shower head affixed in the wall that can have its angle customized for your own preference and the handheld shower head connected to the hose working with it either on your hand or together, affixed, with the larger head.This set offers 4 different spray patterns, the affixed shower head works as a full spray when combined with the handheld head affixed. Optionally, you can set the handheld head to provide a jet massage spray either while it is affixed or when you are handling it solo. The same goes for the full spray in the handheld.The hose of this set is quite large, 59-inch wide. The model is available on several different finishes to make it a varied option for all kinds of decor sets.
Delta Faucet 58467
This second Delta model also works as a combo, but its shower heads are smaller, both the affixed and the handheld, specially the second one, which will make it a more economic shower experience but nonetheless, with less spray. The modern design is also an addition, specially when it comes to convenience. The set of 4 different sprays can be controlled on the handheld head, either when stacked in the affixed head or working solo.Not much different from the previous model, the 4 pray patterns are a combination of the possibilities of both heads separately and together. As a plus, yu have a quite larger hose, up to 82-inch long. Is a lot of hose, the kind of shower head you can use even to clean up the window. It is available in two finish options, either chrome or stainless steel.
Delta Faucet 51521-WHB
The last Delta of our list is the Faucet 51521-WHB, which works as a compact, simple slide bar combined with a handheld shower head. The latter is attached to the bar through an adjustable holder that can be slide up and down the bar to the height you want. The Faucet model is a more demure option with just one full body spray pattern and the pause option to cease the water with no need to turn off the shower and cold down the water.The hose included with the shower head is still a longe one, 70-inch wide, as the bar is 28-inch long, enough to provide a good range of different customizable heights.
This Grohe shower head is part of the Grohe Relexa Plus line of handheld shower heads of the brand and is available only as the shower head, which is a powerful set up enough for only one purchase. It offers 4 different spray patterns, and depending on the set of hose and hold bars you purchase, this handheld shower head can work both as a stationary head shower or as it is intended, manually.The set of nozzles is quite potent and versatile and you can control the spray you want directly through the lever in the head. You get the standard full spray, the jet massage spray, an aerated champagne spray and the pulsator, that works as a rain shower with smooth jet of low pressured water. The head comes with the SpeedClean technology, an anti-lime build that will prevent calcification inside the hose, shower head and the nozzles.It is available in a chrome finish as well as the whole Relexa line.
This model is a quite unique handheld shower head with an exclusive aerated spray technology that offers a middle ground between champagne spray and jet spray. Its a potent jet stream boosted with microbubbles that have a great function to treat your skin, exfoliating and stimulating a good blood circulation as well as it massages with a singular touch.There is only this option of spray pattern to work along so is not as varied and versatile as other models, even though it offers its own exclusive spray stream. The handheld shower head also comes exclusively with the diverter, so you don’t need to buy it separately, as well as this one is unique and can’t be replaced for a model of other shower. A 59-inch hose is also included with the shower head.
The Hansgrohe Croma C 100 is also only a purchase of the shower head , developed for the Croma line of handheld showers. This model offers 3 different spray options: full body spray, jet massage spray and an intense turbo spray, sort of a boosted jet stream that is harsher than usual. Its compact head is easy to handle as you can do all the three sprays whether it is affixed or is being held, different from other models where you have to keep it stationary for some spray options.The disc of nozzles is 4-inch wide and includes the QuickClean technology, a no-clogging build that will avoid limescale deposits and other impurities blocking out the water stream. This makes the cleaning of the shower head quite easy too. It is available on several different finish options and colors.
With 4 different patented spray patterns, this Kohler model is a quite dynamic handheld shower head that includes a fliping technology, making it quite easy to adjust to any angle you wish with very few effort. You can use it either affixed or in your hands.The sprays are a rework of the sprays we already know as standard: Koverage, for example, stands for the full body spray, Kotton is their version for champagne spray, the Kurrent is a focused massaging jet while and Kurrent are ideal for massaging the body and Komotion is a customized and softer massage spray that delivers water in specific circular pattern.Kohler also made several finishes for this model, including nickel, chrome and bronze, either polished or brushed.
Ana Bath SS5450CBN
We talked about this model in our essential guide list of shower heads, and surely we could not forget to include it here too among the best handheld models. This shower head is not only one, but two different heads that can work together, so is shower head sprays galore over you. One head is affixed, and the other is made to be held, but can also work affixed besides its stationary sister.
Both heads offers 5 different spray features, the aerated spray, called bubble spray, the jet stream spray (massage), full body spray (saturated), a combo of the aerated and the full body spray and for last, a combo of the full body with the jet stream spray. The core of this model is made of plastic but has a brushed nickel finish and PVD coating layer that will protect it from corrosion. The disc of the head is 5-inch wide and the flow rate of this model is quite economic, from 2.31 to 2.35 gpm.
A little bit more affordable than the Ana Bath model, this Peerless set is alos a combo of two shower heads in one, but different from the Ana’s set of sprays, this one offers 3 patterns individually for both sprays, so you can have any of the options with any of the shower heads, either the affixed or the handheld one. The spray patterns are though more simple: a full body, a jet massage and a full jet massage, which can be translated as a full body spray that works with the high pressure of the jet spray. To alternate between the options all you have to do is rotate a dial that is the face of shower head per se.This model includes a hose 60-inch long and a 3-way diverter, so you can connect it to water source to feed either one or other head or both heads at the same time.
The last model of our list is one of the most versatile, even though is also the most affordable one since it is made mostly on plastic, except for the hose. The Delta 75700WH has a white finish and a quite compact shower head disc that includes seven different spray patterns. While it is hand held, you can also keep it affixed in the support bar and shower with the head steady while your hands are free. The spray options are the full body, the fast spray (jet), slow (rain shower), full massage (full body spray with a jet feature of high pressure), energy-saving (pause) and the champagne spray. The options of sprays can be alternated through a dial in the shower head. The model also comes with a 72-inch hose.
What are the benefits of handheld shower heads?
Handheld shower heads are great to provide mobility and accessibility during the showering as you can have the spray whenever you need in your body with a full close, not to mention it is specially useful if you just need to wash one or another part of your body, like your legs after waxing/shaving, to wash your hair in a rush with no need to get under the shower all naked, and are even useful to clean up the bathroom as the hose can reach outwards the shower stall. Pet’s wash? Much simpler and easy with a hose.
But to make it even better, the popularity of handheld showers is the fact they have smaller heads and will consume less water than many other shower heads, the reason why they are so popular in Europe.These days there are many inventive and versatile models of handheld shower heads that include since a set of two different heads working combined as well as heads with LED lights.
What to Look for on the best handheld shower head?
Versatility is always the motto of handheld shower heads, so is always up to you how much versatility you need combined with your own standards of water flow, style and design of the shower and, of course, price.Handheld shower heads are by standard smaller than other models, since you can’t handle with convenience and comfort the equivalent of rain shower head in your hands. Would be heavy and clumsy. The price to pay for that is less covering, less water, but more economy when showering and the possibility to have multiple different sprays.
Always pay attention likewise to additional technologies that avoid limescale deposit and corrosion. Handheld showers work with hoses and small shower heads, it will be much more complicated to keep them functional and clean if they are not set with this kind of easing features.We selected 10 of the best models available in the market that match this combination of must-have features, all them with their unique features and excellence.
While you can have both an affixed shower head and a handheld one with several of these models, the versatility of handling your own shower head is something other types of shower heads do not offer. You can also check our lists for other types of shower heads, like the best wall-mounted high pressure models , which provide great high-pressure showering, or even the rain shower models (#8) for a quite natural and full covering showering experience.
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