rain shower head for under $400- recs?

illinigirlJanuary 29, 2014

Our budget is as follows:
$400 for the rainhead
$100 for the stem
I have the diverter valve and diverter trim already selected

At ferguson's we randomly chose an Opella 12" square head, but I had no idea going into our selections meeting that my husband wanted a rain head, so I hadn't done any research on it.

Please advise. thanks!

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kudzu9

Shower components, like rain heads, are often grossly overpriced. There is nothing very sophisticated about the design of rain head shower heads that would cause them to command a big premium, but I have seen some for sale for over a thousand dollars that did not look any better, were not built any better, and did not perform any better than ones for $100.

There are many styles of rain heads and I don't know your design tastes, so I am not going to recommend a specific one. I suggest you go to Amazon.com and build.com and put "rain head shower head" into the search box. You may be surprised at what you can get for your money from well-known manufacturers. The reviews can also be very helpful.

When I was looking for a replacement shower head last year, I was prepared to spend quite a bit. However, after several hours of research online, I settled on a $42 Delta-brand solid brass shower head that turned out to be absolutely perfect for my needs. You, too, can find a deal for a rain head and arm for a lot less than $500.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 10:30PM
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miruca

Check Costco.com

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 8:16AM
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sas95

We have the Moen Velocity and I highly recommend it. It's well under your budget, and has 2 settings, one for light rain, and one a bit more concentrated. It has held up well for 2 years now, and is well under your max budget.

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 10:28AM
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rebecca3142

Delta might have one that fits your budget.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 11:36AM
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icekream

This is what we have and I love love it still going strong 3 years later. In fact we are putting it in the next house!

Here is a link that might be useful: Hansgrohe rain shower

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 12:21AM
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analyst-therapist

Try riobel. They have good quality with not so crazy prices.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 2:13AM
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raehelen

I don't have a rain head from them, but I do have a shower system that has seen constant use for 5 years and we are really happy with it. I would have gone with Hudson Reed again for this BR but I wanted brushed nickel and almost all of their fixtures are chrome.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hudson Reed shower heads with arms

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 3:21AM
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mongoct

I put in a 12" rain head years ago. An Aquabrass 2512. Chrome. I don't recall what I paid for it, but it wasn't exorbitant. Probably about $175.

Not sure what style you are looking for, the 2512 is a bit bulky. But it's a good head, no issues, I'd install another with no worries.

I just did a quick search and I saw it for $245.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 5:06PM
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nycbluedevil

I have that same Hansgrohe one and love it!

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 5:39PM
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