There are two types of shower head - fixed or hand-held. A fixed shower head needs to be installed in the wall or the ceiling, while a new hand-held design can usually be screwed onto the existing hose. The height of a hand-held shower can be adjusted, while fixed heads are often larger. Massaging jets, a luxurious option, concentrate the water through nozzles. Some rotate the flow; others have rain or mist settings. High-tech designs with lighting are dramatic. Some change colour, and, as this is powered by the water flow, there is no wasted energy. Water-saving shower heads reduce consumption without limiting pressure. Some restrict the water flow by injecting air into the stream, or by pulsing the water flow, which is undetectable to the user but still saves water. In hard-water areas, look for models with nozzles that have a plastic head rather than metal to make removing limescale easier.
Axor LampShower by Nendo
The soft bulb in this striking design creates a relaxing glow as you shower, while the wide rim of the ‘lampshade’ means water can fall in a large area.
Axor LampShower, chrome-plated, spray disc can be removed for easy cleaning, 275mm, £1,236, Hansgrohe.
Joyou Hand shower
This screw-on hand shower with massage options comes in six shades, from Fuchsia Pink to Aqua Blue (shown). Perfect for a pop of colour.
Hand shower, plastic, screws onto a shower hose, 5 spray settings, 102mm, £9.99, Joyou.
Crosswater Revive shower head
This minimalist fixed shower head has two settings: rainfall or waterfall, the latter giving a massage effect. Settings can also be used together.
Revive shower head, chrome-plated solid brass, H370xW270x D598mm, £525, Crosswater.
Victorian Plumbing Premier LED fixed shower head STY071
Water-powered LED lights cycle through different colours (green, purple, blue, red), changing every five seconds for a de-stressing shower experience.
Premier LED fixed shower head STY071, chrome, 1 spray setting, 300mm, £139.94, Victorian Plumbing.
Vitra Elegance shower head A45660
In wall- or ceiling-mounted options, this classic shape suits an elegant scheme. The large rose creates a satisfyingly luxurious flow.
Elegance shower head A45660, gold finish, £221 (also in chrome finish, £118), 215mm, Vitra.
For more ideas for your country bathroom, visit the Country Homes & Interiors’ home page.
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