Best Rain Shower Heads of 2021 for A Luxury Experience

Showering is supposed to be a relaxing, pleasant part of the day. But if you don’t have a high-quality shower head, it can be frustrating and disappointing instead. The best rain shower heads give you great coverage and pressure when you need it most.

While getting caught in the rain might not sound nice under normal circumstances, it feels wonderful in the shower. Warm water at high pressure cushions your skin and leads to the ultimate luxury experience. But almost any shower head can claim to be a rain shower head where in reality, that’s not true.

We’ve researched to find the best rain shower heads, so you don’t have to worry about buying a product that doesn’t live up to its reputation.

Best Rain Shower Heads – Comparison

PictureProduct NameFlow RateFinishPrice
Rainshower Cosmopolitan 160Rainshower Cosmopolitan 1602.5 GPMBronzeCheck Latest Price
Hansgrohe RaindanceHansgrohe Raindance2.5 GPMBrushed NickelCheck Latest Price
ALFI 16-Inch Stainless SteelALFI 16-Inch Stainless Steel1.8 GPMBrushed Stainless SteelCheck Latest Price
Waterpik RPB-173Waterpik RPB-173 2.5 GPMChromeCheck Latest Price
American StandardAmerican Standard2.5 GPMPolished ChromeCheck Latest Price
Moen S6320 VelocityMoen S6320 Velocity2.5 GPMBronzeCheck Latest Price
ShowerMaxx Luxury SpaShowerMaxx Luxury Spa2.5 GPMBrushed Nickel FinishCheck Latest Price
Aqua Dance RainAqua Dance Rain2.5 GPMChromeCheck Latest Price
Sun Rise 10-inch RainSun Rise 10-inch Rain2.5 GPMChromeCheck Latest Price
DreamSpa 9 Inch RainfallDreamSpa 9 Inch Rainfall2.5 GPMChromeCheck Latest Price

Top 10 Rain Shower Heads – Reviews

You can bring the sensation of an exotic vacation home with you by switching to a rain shower head. Confused which one to get? All 10 of these best rain shower heads offer optimum pressure and perfect coverage, without using any more water than a standard showerhead.

1. Rainshower Cosmopolitan 160 4-Spray Showerhead

Rainshower Cosmopolitan 160 4-Spray Showerhead

The Rainshower Cosmopolitan by Grohe is an attractive looking rain shower head. The rainshower has a high-gloss chrome finish that won’t fade over time. It’s easy to clean and maintain. Most importantly, it provides a luxury shower experience every time.

One of the most critical traits in rain showerhead is even distribution of water. The Grohe Dreamspray design makes sure all the water pressure is even throughout. It also offers 4 different spray modes. Each mode provides even water pressure. The settings vary from the soft relaxing flow of a gentle rainstorm through a high-pressure jet flow setting.

The Cosmopolitan can also swivel up to 15 degrees in any direction. You can target it for the specific angle that feels best for you. It’s easy to maintain the Cosmopolitan. This shower head is designed in a way so that you can clean the nozzles with the swipe of a fingertip. No cleaner or special tools needed.

Grohe also backs the Cosmopolitan with a limited lifetime warranty. This showerhead will last as long as you use it, with the same attractive appearance and easy maintenance the whole time.

What we liked:

  • Attractive appearance
  • Long-lasting chrome
  • Easy to clean
  • Guaranteed even water distribution in all four settings

What we didn’t like:

  • A little pricey
  • Smaller diameter than many rain shower heads

2. Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour

Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour

The Hansgrohe Raindance Downpour calls to mind romantic storms, dancing in the rain, and the power and beauty of a thunderstorm all at once. It’s more than just a good bit or marketing through the name. The Raindance more than deserves its place on our top ten best rain shower heads.

The Raindance has a nice moderate diameter for a rain showerhead. At 9.38 inches, it’s small enough to fit in most narrow shower stalls. But it’s also significantly wider than a standard showerhead. Extra diameter helps with the illusion and comfort of a rain showerhead.Hansgrohe’s Raindance also takes advantage of their AirPower technology. The water droplets from the Raindance are widened by air. The added air makes the droplets larger, but they land softly against your skin. The result is a more natural feeling, soothingly soft, water. The flexible silicone nozzles make it easy to clean limescale and other contaminant buildups off this showerhead. Since mineral buildup isn’t flexible, it crumbles easily away as the nozzle flexes.

You can use chemical cleaners if you want, but you won’t need to.Removing limescale buildup also ensures that your water quality and pressure don’t decrease over time. However, it’s a ceiling mount showerhead only. You need to have a compatible shower stall, or an adaptor to convert your wall-mount to work with this showerhead. It’s also one of the more flexible showerheads on this list. The Raindance flexes up to 26 degrees in any direction. You can angle and target you’re the showerhead at will, perfect for tall users, or those looking for a thorough clean.You can also order an optional shower wand to go along with this showerhead, which uses the same system to complete the luxury experience.

What we liked:

  • AirPower Technology for a luxurious feel
  • Flexible showerhead
  • Spare nozzles included
  • Moderate diameter, compatible in most shower stalls

What we didn’t like:

  • Ceiling mount only without an adaptor

3. ALFI 16-Inch Stainless Steel Rain Shower Head

ALFI 16-Inch Stainless Steel Rain Shower Head

ALFI’s 16-inch rain shower head is the most durable and long-lasting shower head on this list. Made of 100% stainless steel, this best rain shower head is easy to maintain. It’s difficult to dent and is even fingerprint-resistant. Shower maintenance is a breeze.

It’s also one of the more attractive and modern looking shower heads on this list. It’s incredibly slim design does more than add to the aesthetics though. The thin design also helps maintain even pressure across the whole shower head.

You can get either a mirrored chrome finish or opt for the brushed stainless steel for easier maintenance.

The nozzles on this shower head are similarly easy to clean to the others on this list. But it also comes with an additional 5 replacement nozzle heads in case you ever need to outright replace a dirty nozzle.

With a 16-inch diameter, this shower head is generous and provides the utmost in luxury. Compatible with wall or ceiling mounts, this shower head is universally compatible with all standard shower connections.

It’s also a low flow showerhead. Instead of 2.5 gallons per minute, the industry standard for most showerheads, this ALFI rain showerhead only uses 1.8 gallons of water per minute. While a difference of less than a gallon a minute may not seem like much, it adds up quickly.

Reducing the amount of water used per minute can help reduce your utility bills. Since you’ll be running through less hot water, as well as using less water in general, your electric or gas bill will go down along with your water bill.

What we liked:

  • Wide diameter
  • Low-flower water-efficient showerhead
  • Thin, sleek, modern design
  • Comes with replacement nozzles

What we didn’t like:

  • Only has a 1-year warranty
  • Some users report that the welded seam on the showerhead splits after a couple years’ use

4. Waterpik RPB-173

Waterpik RPB-173

The Waterpik rainfall showerhead is one of the more customizable options on our list. Its flexible design makes it perfect for even the smallest shower stalls. It’s a bit on the small side for a rain showerhead, only 6 inches in diameter. But, the even water pressure means this showerhead also works in even the largest showers.

You can also choose between a standard and an eco-friendly version of this showerhead. The eco-friendly version reduces the flow rate to 2 gallons per minute, without sacrificing the water pressure or distribution. You can also opt for the standard 2.5 gallons per minute, for a more drenching feeling.

The Waterpik is also an easy install showerhead. It’ll be up and ready to use in minutes. You don’t need any tools or a plumber for specialty installation.

You won’t need Teflon tape or other plumbing tapes. All the connectors are standard sized and don’t easily leak. Not having tape on the connections helps improve the appearance of your shower, and helps the showerhead match the rest of your décor.

It also has a modern chrome finish. It’s sturdy and easy to clean and will fit in with most bathrooms.

Since this Waterpik showerhead also comes with an extension arm, you have extra flexibility positioning the showerhead itself. This is a good option for taller users since it’s easier to position the showerhead comfortably even with a standard shower connection.

What we liked:

  • Eco-Friendly Options
  • Has an adjustable extension arm
  • Flexible nozzles are easy to clean and unclog
  • Easy to Install
  • No Teflon tape

What we didn’t like:

  • Smaller than competition
  • Only one finish available

5. American Standard 10-Inch Easy Clean Rain Shower Head

American Standard 10-Inch Easy Clean Rain Shower Head

The American Standard brand is known for high-quality durable products, and they’ve earned the reputation for a reason. Their 10-inch rain shower head is no exception.

A 10-inch diameter is a good medium, while still providing a wide enough diameter to help mimic the sensation and relaxation of a gentle shower.

Despite the significantly wider than average diameter, the American Standard rain showerhead only uses the industry standard 2.5 gallons per minute. You won’t get any extra.

Unfortunately, there is one downside to this showerhead over some of the competition. The American Standard rain showerhead is ceiling-mount only. Ideally, if you already have a ceiling mount shower stall, this showerhead will be easy to install. However, if you’re looking to switch from a wall-mount to a ceiling-mount, you should know that a significant remodel will be required.

However, it’s a lightweight model, just over 2 pounds. Installation is easy, and it’s compatible with all standard shower pipes.

What we liked:

  • Durable design
  • Modern look fits in with most bathroom décor
  • Easy installation
  • Tarnish, scratch, and abrasion-resistant

What we didn’t like:

  • Doesn’t deliver an even flow rate installed vertically

6. Moen S6320 Velocity

Moen S6320 Velocity

The Moen Velocity rain shower head is one of the most customizable shower heads on this list. It comes in 4 different colors. You can match the showerhead to your existing shower décor.

This model also comes with two different spray modes. If a gentle spray mode isn’t enough, you can switch to a high-pressure setting. Both modes use equal amounts of water, so you don’t need to worry about environmental issues regardless of which setting you prefer.

Regardless of which finish you choose, Moen guarantees that the finish won’t flake off. It comes with a limited, lifetime guarantee. The finish also won’t tarnish or corrode, and the warranty covers it if it does.

The unit is easy to install. You don’t have to worry about leaks or incompatibility. This shower head is designed to work with all standard shower pipes. It will also work with most shower filters and other optional accessories.

It’s also easy to use. The single lever on the side of the showerhead controls the pressure, so you can manually adjust to the exact water pressure and flow that’s best for you. The pressure adjustment works with the two different modes. The result is an almost endless variety of shower options.

This model is roughly the middle of the road with 100 nozzles. Some units do have more nozzles for even distribution, but they can cause uneven water flow with too many. 80-120 nozzles seem to provide the most consistent performance.

What we liked:

  • 4 different wear-resistant finishes
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
  • The warranty covers most forms of finish damage
  • High-pressure setting great for rinsing thick or textured hair

What we didn’t like:

  • 8 inches is a smaller diameter than most rain showerheads in its price-range

7. ShowerMaxx Luxury Spa Grade Rainfall

ShowerMaxx Luxury Spa Grade Rainfall

The ShowerMaxx Rainfall is another high-grade luxury option that will mimic the spa experience in your own home. And, since this model comes with a peace-of-mind lifetime warranty, you can trust that you’ll have this showerhead for years to come.

Most rain showerheads come with easy to clean nozzles. This one is a little different. The nozzles are self-cleaning. You’ll still likely want to give them the occasional wipe down, especially if you don’t use a whole home filter or a shower water filtration system.

With 90 different nozzles over a 6-inch diameter, water flow is even across the whole showerhead.

All four of the color finishes on this showerhead are easy to clean, durable, and damage resistant. The chrome finish is also specifically heat-resistant. You don’t need to worry about it flaking or being damaged over years of use. It’s great if you like very hot showers or have a family member who likes to turn the bathroom into a sauna.

It also comes with a pre-installed sand filtration disk to remove large-particle impurities. The Rainfall also comes with a second sand filter disk, extending the time before you need to buy a replacement.

It’s also the most flexible of the shower heads on this list. The rainfall is able to tilt a full 360 degrees, or at least as far as it’s attachment point will allow! You can easily adjust it to work with a wide shower or to reach all the corners to help with cleaning and washing soap residue.

What we liked:

  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Heat resistant finish
  • Affordable
  • Works well with an extender
  • Universal connectors
  • Self-cleaning nozzles

What we didn’t like:

  • Uses Teflon tape

8. Aqua Dance Rain Showerhead and Wand Combo

Aqua Dance Rain Showerhead and Wand Combo

This is the first shower and wand combo on our rain shower head list. The Aqua Dance rain showerhead can be bought by itself, without the additional wand attachment. But, with the three-way diverter from Aqua Dance, it’s worth getting the attachment. You can use them together, or separately, and preserve your water pressure the whole time.

The Aqua Dance showerhead is also built with easy clean nozzles. The showerhead itself is easy to wipe off, and the little nozzles are a breeze to keep clean and clear.

It also has a pause function. Pausing will help to save on water while you soap up, or if you need to step away from the shower for a minute.

The main showerhead is 7 inches, and the miniature showerhead on the wand is 4 inches. Both showerheads have 6 different settings. While only two of the settings are rain settings, that gives you a lot of flexibility in the shower.

The biggest drawback to these showerheads is that they’re plastic. Some users report that the showerhead feels a little brittle as you install. But the Aqua Dance is durable and reliable for long-term use despite being plastic.

It’s easy to install. The wand doesn’t come pre-attached, but it’s also easy to put on. They provide two different washers, small and large, so you know you have the one you need.

What we liked:

  • 6 different settings
  • Combo showerhead and wand
  • Long wand hose – made of stainless for extra durability
  • Easy installation
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty
  • Affordable

What we didn’t like:

  • Made of plastic
  • May require Teflon tape to stay leak-free

9. Sun Rise 10-inch Rain Showerhead and Wand

Sun Rise 10-inch Rain Showerhead and Wand

On the higher end scale of the showerhead and wand combo, is the Sun Rise 10-inch showerhead. This dual head system offers the comfort of a rain shower with a wide showerhead and the flexibility and ease of an additional shower wand.

We went with the 10-inch showerhead, but Sun Rise also offers a 12-inch version of the same set. The 10-inch version offers plenty of coverage, especially when you consider the additional wand. But if you have a large shower stall it may be worth upgrading to the 12-inch set.

However, the wand doesn’t attach directly to the main showerhead. You’ll need two pipe connections to use the whole set. It’s great for steam showers and other large shower setups that provide multiple hookups.

The main showerhead comes in both a ceiling connection and a wall connection version. You can benefit from the Sun Rise combo set with either a wall or ceiling connection shower.

The system is made from solid brass. It has a pressure control system to make sure both heads have equal pressure. Sun Rise also installs temperature control in their showerheads. The control helps prevent sudden temperature changes.

While being made from solid brass means that this is a particularly durable set, it also means that both the showerhead and wand are heavier than average. While installation is easy, you may want someone to help balance because of the extra weight.

What we liked:

  • Solid brass, durable construction
  • Full showerhead and wand set
  • Even pressure control system
  • Temperature control valve – prevents sudden temperature changes
  • Comes in stylish black or sleek chrome

What we didn’t like:

  • Needs two pipe connections
  • Extra weight makes installation tricky

10. DreamSpa 9 Inch Rainfall Showerhead and Handheld

DreamSpa 9 Inch Rainfall Showerhead and Handheld

The DreamSpa Rainfall Showerhead set is another combo option for comfort and flexibility from your showerhead. Both the showerhead and the handheld wand connect to a single wall pipe, making installation quick and easy. It also comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

The showerhead is 9 inches wide, and the handheld is 4.7 inches wide. You can change between different settings the simple push of a button. The shower connects to all standard shower connectors, which also means you can easily connect a filter or other accessories.

The main showerhead is easily flexible. It has a durable brass ball joint so you can quickly and easily adjust. The ball joint is also leak-free, so save the annoying drips.

The hose is 5 feet long. The pressure control in the showerhead will make sure the handheld has consistent performance. You can place the handheld anywhere in the shower for convenient access.

The high-powered setting should be suitable for most users, while the waterfall and rain settings offer a gentler, drenching flow. Easy clean nozzle heads make it simple to maintain the pressure and flow of your shower.

The high-fashion design is also easy to fit into your décor and looks attractive for guest bathrooms and master bathrooms alike.

What we liked:

  • Wide hand-held shower head
  • Attractive design
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty
  • Comes with a low-flow adaptor
  • Great pressure in both showerheads
  • Easy Clean Nozzles

What we didn’t like:

  • Plastic construction


Hopefully, this list gave you a better sense of the options when it comes to the rain shower head. These are the height of luxury. We carefully researched each of the options on this list to find the best models available right now. These showerheads combine reliability, durability, and the ultimate comfort of a hot rain shower.

When you pick out your best rain shower head, there are a few things you should consider. Think about your budget, whether you’d prefer a metal or plastic showerhead. Most showerheads are easy to install, but it’s important to make sure you get the right type of showerhead for the plumbing in your home.

It can be important to consider your existing décor unless you’re planning to redecorate. Rain shower heads have gotten a reputation for being water-wasters, but many of the showerheads on our list are eco-friendly. You can enjoy a luxury shower experience without compromising your morals.

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