All About Shower Spray Selections
With shower head manufacturers competing to be the best in the
business, there are a dizzying array of shower spray options.
With so many spray options, how can you choose? At the ShowerStore.com,
we have decades of experience and have watched shower sprays
progress over the years. There are some fundamental ways to form
a spray pattern. And most sprays are based on these fundamentals.
So let’s take a look at what makes a shower spray and what
they are good for so you can get the showerhead with the sprays
that you want.
The “regular” shower spray is what we are
all most familiar with: a spray of water coming at us
from a shower head. All shower heads have a regular spray
function. There are two basic ways of forming a regular
shower spray: A directed hole pattern where each spray
is channeled out of a hole (think garden watering can),
or a random pattern where water is shot out randomly
(think of a basic garden sprinkler). You can tell the
difference by looking for individual spray streams versus
a random spray pattern.
Directed hole pattern
A directed hole spray offers a rounder, softer droplet.
These sprays maintain their water temperature better
than the alternative random spray, which means you can
save on your gas or electric bill because you use less
hot water. They feel gentler on the skin, although in
some adjustable spray models they can be made needly
for a more invigorating effect.
- Soft rounded spray drops
- Save on gas or electricity bill
Random spray pattern
A random spray pattern is what many of us are familiar
with from a gym locker room or a navy shower. These sprays
direct a burst of water into a cone, which comes out
in a random spray pattern. These showerheads offer an
invigorating effect because the spray drops are smaller.
Brass Watersaver – formerly called the Skimpy
shower head – uses this approach as does their Tempest.
The Oxygenics shower head uses this approach with added
air. Most showers offering this type of spray are less
expensive models because the pattern is easier to make.
They are sometimes sold as high-pressure shower heads
because it feels like there is more pressure coming out
of the showerhead.
- Invigorating sprays
- More heat loss versus dedicated
The “massage” shower
spray pattern is based on a spray jet that pulsates out
of a small number of holes. One set of holes is temporally
covered as water exits another set of holes, then those
holes are opened as another set is closed. This pattern
continues and creates a pulsating jet of water, which
may help relieve stress. It may also relieve some minor
body aches and pains. ALWAYS CONSULT A PHYSICIAN
BEFORE TREATING ACHES AND PAINS WITH THESE OR ANY OTHER
PRODUCTS. When used underwater, the pulsating
effect splashes less and may be more soothing.
- Pulsating jet of water
- May help relieve stress
- Consult a physician before treating
aches and pains
The “aeration” spray – sometimes
called “Champagne” – is a flow of water
that has been infused with air. Tiny air bubbles make
this shower spray pattern super soft and gently soothing.
It’s great for bathing infants, or for people with
sensitive skin. .
- Super soft spray with tiny
- Great for younger bathers or
people with sensitive skin
The “mist” spray
pattern is created by forcing water through tiny holes.
As the water exits, it breaks apart into millions of
tiny droplets. These droplets rapidly loose their heat.
They also evaporate quickly leaving the bather with a
cooling sensation. The mist spray is great for hot summer
days, or after a long, hard workout. Many mist sprays
give your skin a tingling sensation, which helps invigorate
- Millions of tiny drops
- Great for hot days or after
- Cooling effect
- Invigorating feeling
Jet or Intense spray
Center Jet or Intense Spray
A “center jet” is a regular spray that has
been concentrated into a small area. These are great
for getting shampoo out of hair quickly or when you want
a strong concentration of water on a small area of your
- Concentrated spray
- Removes shampoo quickly
Combination sprays are often a regular spray combined
with another spray. The pattern provides another option
for the bather. Some manufacturers name these sprays “combination”,
or they may give them a unique name like “surf
- Typically a regular spray in
combination with another
- Offers the bather more choices
Revolution Shower Massage offers a twirling shower
spray. In addition to being fun to look at, their effect
is to draw a circle on your body. This pattern is like
a regular spray or massage shower spray, but it moves
in a circular pattern creating a different effect than
a fixed version of the same spray.
- Draws a circle on the body for
a unique effect