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Down With Rain Showerheads! 8 Reasons You’ll Regret Hopping On This Hot Bathroom Trend

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Somewhere along the line, homeowners were sold a bill of goods in the bathroom fixture department.

We went from the workaday angled showerhead to something fancier known as a rain showerhead, which can purportedly turn the humble bathroom into a luxury spa.

But who decided this was necessary? And honestly, must every moment be an “ahhh spa” one? Can’t we just lather up (and rinse) the way we always did without having a massive sieve dangling over our heads?

If you can’t tell by now, I’m no fan of the rain showerhead, which is sometimes marketed as a waterfall showerhead. And there are home experts and designers who feel similarly.

And yet, the rain showerhead is considered a must-have in a lot of new construction and bathroom renovation plans. So if you’re on the fence, at least read the following before joining the other sheep in this waterfall showerhead flock.

Here’s why rain showerheads need to be given the heave-ho—right now.

1. You feel like you’re drowning

Um, a rain showerhead equals a lot of water pouring down on you—and it can feel like your nose and mouth are filling up fast. Some folks must dig that sensation of being flooded in the shower. But for me, it’s akin to drowning, an event I don’t want to mimic when I’m just trying to wash away the day’s grime.

And if you wear contacts in the shower (I’ve got awful vision and usually have them in), all that water in the face can up the risk of a lens washing down the drain. When that happens, I’m not only blinded, but I’m out money, too!

2. The pressure’s for the birds

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Part of the pleasure of a nice hot shower is the force with which the water hits your back, soothing sore muscles and offering a gentle massage. But a rain showerhead’s pressure is almost nil.

“Rainfall showerheads often reduce water pressure, whether because it’s ceiling-mounted or the design of the fixture,” says Briana Ellis Hoag, owner of Ritual Architecture. “And with the water spread across so many holes, it takes longer to rinse shampoo, too.”

3. Rain showerheads are pricey

You can pick up a decent showerhead at a big-box store or home center for well under $100.

But the waterfall version will set you back hundreds just for a cheap version. And you could easily spend thousands of dollars for a high-end fixture. So if money is no object at your house and you love the soft beat-down of little drops of water, a rain showerhead is for you.

4. You need a big bathroom to make it work

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Kara Harms, the lifestyle and design blogger at Whimsy Soul, loves a good rainfall shower. But she points out that “you need a large walk-in shower space to make this piece enjoyable because otherwise, you have no room to move around without being hammered with water.”

The bottom line: If you own a standard-sized tub, this fixture isn’t ideal, and you’ll want to stick with the practical, angled head instead.

5. You can’t wash as easily

“Because of the vertical nature of the rain showerhead, it’s harder to get water to specific parts of your body,” says Hoag.

So good luck trying to shave your legs under a deluge the way you can with an angled head.

6. Got a new ‘do? It’ll get ruined

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Splurging on new locks or a fresh blowout means you want to keep your head out of the water when you’re sudsing up in the shower.

But with a rain showerhead, you’re forever trying to awkwardly stick the body parts you want to wash in the stream without getting your hair wet. This silly dance should never take place, especially when naked. So think carefully about a waterfall fixture if you have a standing weekly appointment at your local salon.

7. You might end up with a workaround

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After living with a rain showerhead, some people miss the conventional device and end up installing a second fixture to compensate, which leads to increased costs. Or you could make like Harms did and pick a waterfall head that works like an angled one.

“I just upgraded my bathroom showerhead with a small rainfall-style version that can move and tilt so I can adjust it for different users and tasks,” she explains.

Still, she admits, “the water pressure is a bit weaker than the old showerhead. But it feels more luxurious, so I think it’s a fair trade-off.”

8. Renters usually can’t get one

This last point is more about equity than the actual rainfall aspects of the showerhead.

If you rent your apartment, you probably have a standard setup in the shower that doesn’t allow for the installation of a rain showerhead. This big sprayer must be put in at a 90-degree angle, which requires special construction that might not be a part of your rental agreement.

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