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Finding the Perfect Shower
Ahh, the shower. It can wake you up, soothe your senses or relax your body - and it starts the minute you step into the water. But, do you prefer a powerful spray, a gentle rainshower or a pulsating massage? With so many options to choose from, how can you find the shower that’s best suited for you?
Learn more about today's showering options, from showerheads to body sprays to temperature controls, and transform your shower into the shower of your dreams.
The most popular of all showering options, fixed showerheads are attached to a shower stall wall or ceiling. Hundreds of new designs give you the option to create a luxurious, spa-like feel or a contemporary look. The benefit of these showerheads is that many can be adjusted for different types of water delivery to suit any mood. Plus, many consumers are adding two fixed showerheads - creating a shower built for two - or a shower that can provide great front and back coverage at an affordable cost.
"An intense pulsing spray is what people usually look for when shopping for a fixed showerhead," said Jerry Capasso, wholesale bath product manager, Moen Incorporated. “The massage function is great for stress relief, but a good showerhead also offers a wide, even spray pattern for washing and rinsing off."
In the fastest growing category of showers, these unique showerheads feature an enlarged spray face and simulate the look and feel of a natural rainfall for a gentle, soothing experience. Since most rainshower showerheads are gravity-fed, they can have a "drooping" water pattern, similar to a watering can. Often they don't provide enough water pressure to even wash the shampoo from your hair.
But innovative technology from Moen has changed all that - providing a more powerful, rain-drenching experience with Immersion® rainshower technology. A patented, self-pressurizing system that increases the force and flow of water delivery. Best of all, innovative Immersion technology is not limited to standard rainshowers – Moen has included it in its new Envi™ Eco-Performance rainshower, so you can reduce water usage by up to 20 percent while still ensuring a satisfying, rain-drenching experience.
Many consumers will supplement their tub or fixed showerhead with a handheld shower. Often, these hose-mounted handheld showers are attached to a holder that can be adjusted up or down on a wall-mounted bar. This height adjustment capability, combined with the shower's handheld operation, makes this setup suitable for anyone.
"You can shower without getting your hair wet or detach the showerhead from the holder to wash your child's hair, bathe the dog and even rinse the far corners of your tub. Most importantly, a handheld shower provides a safer showering experience for the elderly or disabled, who may need to sit while showering," adds Capasso. Plus, many handheld showerheads offer added functionality, like Moen’s Envi™ Eco-Performance hand shower offers three unique settings: “Relaxing” wide spray, “Invigorating” concentrated spray and “Refreshing” combination spray, all while using 30 percent less water than the standard showerhead. The transitionally styled hand shower is available in Chrome, Chrome/Brushed Chrome and LifeShine® Brushed Nickel, to coordinate with bathroom faucets and accessories.
The vertical spa combines your favorite showering features into one unbelievable experience. This shower offers a combination of a fixed shower head, adjustable body jets and even a handheld shower. The body jets can be aimed in any direction to envelop the user in water, creating a truly invigorating full-body experience.
Taking the vertical spa one step further, Moen’s ioDIGITAL™ vertical spa offers the ultimate in temperature and flow control, with four custom presets and one-touch activation of multiple spray outlets – allowing the user to select a shower or body spray, handshower or rainshower – or choose them all for the ultimate showering experience. Plus, an optional remote control even offers the ability to turn on the vertical spa from across the room.
As you evaluate today’s showering options, go beyond the basics and add some luxurious extras. After all, a shower should refresh your body and relax your mind.