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Different Types of Showerheads & Their Benefits

7 min read
  • Shower Features

Remodeling your bathroom comes with a lot of decisions. From color schemes and metal finishes to vanity and tile options, it’s no small project!

And of course, no bathroom makeover is complete without a new showerhead.

If this sounds like the perfect bathroom renovation project for you, you’re in the right place! Here is everything you’ve ever wanted to know about some of the most popular showerhead styles. Explore each showerhead option below and find the perfect one for your bathroom.

1. Standard Wall-Mount Showerheads

This is the showerhead we’re all familiar with, mounted to the wall of your shower. But the only thing standard is the placement. KOHLER wall-mount showerheads are designed for easy installation and are available in a variety of styles and finishes to match any bathroom decor. Our Modern and Traditional wall-mount showerheads even have optional matching handshowers.

Benefits of Wall-Mount Showerheads

  • Available in several styles, from modern and contemporary to vintage-inspired traditional
  • Choose from different finishes to match your existing bathroom decor
  • Easy to replace in any shower with an existing wall-mount showerhead
  • Comes with matching lever
  • Select styles have a matching handshower available

A traditional showerhead and floating shelf against CrossCut dune.

2. Body Sprays

While body sprays aren’t exactly showerheads, they are nozzles designed to enhance your shower experience. Placed on your shower wall, these spray water out horizontally like jets for a full-body hydrotherapy experience. Most people like having body sprays aimed at their shoulders, waist, and thighs or knees so their entire body is covered, but you can completely customize their placement.

Benefits of Body Sprays

  • Can be combined with any showerhead style
  • Allows you to totally customize your shower
  • Available in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes
  • Indulgent full-body hydrotherapy every time you shower

Calacatta shower walls featuring body sprays and teak tray

3. Handshowers

Handshowers allow for the most flexible shower experience. Leave the handshower on the mount for a traditional shower experience, or use the handshower for more targeted coverage. KOHLER handshowers deliver a variety of spray options and slidebars in gorgeous finishes to match your bathroom. Handheld showerheads are perfect for families with children and pets, and KOHLER’s Awaken Handshower Kit is ADA compliant.

Benefits of Handshowers

  • The most flexible showerhead option
  • Great for families with children and pets
  • Perfect for people with limited mobility
  • Available in Polished Chrome, Vibrant Brushed Nickel, and Oil-Rubbed Bronze finishes from Kohler

4. HydroRail® Shower Columns & Kits

HydroRail is a showerhead upgrade that allows you to have both a standard showerhead and a handshower. With a stationary showerhead and a column that the handshower slides on, it allows you to easily toggle between the handshower and showerhead functions. A HydroRail can be installed without interfering with your existing plumbing, so it’s perfect for quick remodeling projects.

Benefits of HydroRail Shower Columns

  • Provides the most flexible, spa-like shower experience
  • Doesn’t require plumbing upgrades, making it perfect for weekend renovation projects
  • Handshower element is great for families or those with limited mobility
  • Available in six beautiful finishes to match any bathroom decor

hydrorail in luxstone shower

5. Rainheads

Rainhead showerheads, sometimes called “top-mounted,” are the ultimate shower indulgence. Mounted on the ceiling of your shower with an extension arm, they have more nozzles for water to flow through, mimicking the feeling of a warm (or cool) rainshower. This type of showerhead is ultra-modern in appearance and elevates any shower to your personal oasis.

Benefits of Rainhead Showerheads

  • Offers a range of rain types, from a warm summer downpour to a complete deluge
  • Creates a unique, luxurious shower experience
  • Completely changes the feel of your shower without a more involved renovation
  • Available in a variety of sizes, styles, and finishes

rainhead showerhead

Katalyst® Air-Induction Technology

In addition to a wide variety of showerheads, Kohler offers another element to take your shower to the next level: our patented Katalyst air-induction technology. With Katalyst, each drop of water is infused with air for a luxurious, unforgettable shower experience!

6. Digital Showers (DTV)

Your phone, TV, and even your appliances are “smart”. Why not your shower? With KOHLER DTV digital shower interfaces, you can control your KOHLER showerhead from one central location. And if you have more than one showerhead, no worries! DTV can control up to three in one space! With DTV, you get just the right water temperature, save water with the Pause feature, and even set a timer for your shower to keep everything running on schedule on those busy mornings.

Benefits of DTV Shower

  • Get the perfect water temperature every time
  • Save water with the Pause feature
  • ADA-compliant and great for those with limited mobility since the shower can be controlled with a touchscreen

No matter your shower needs, Kohler has a showerhead that’s perfect for your bathroom!


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