Whether you do it in the morning, at night, or in the middle of the day, there’s something about a shower that makes you feel alive. Of course, that’s only a good thing if you have a decent shower head. People say you should first invest in an expensive bed, but I’m just as comfortable on a Korean yo or cheap mattress. What really makes me happy is the feeling of water running over my body.
Curious, I contacted the two biggest companies I knew of (Moen and Delta) to obtain their latest shower heads and find out what makes them so special. What we got in were a couple of chrome 2-in-1 shower heads with two very different approaches to the design.
Delta In2ition H20Kinetic 5-Setting Two-in-One Shower Head ($242 at Deltafaucet.com)
Delta Faucets is a brand of Masco Corporation, a manufacturer of home improvement and construction products. The company has been revolutionizing faucet design since the 1950s, and the In2ition line of shower heads represents the latest in design technology (we’ll check out their faucets later this year).
While not the same design as Moen’s competing shower head, the In2ition system does use small magnets in addition to the fitted ledges to hold the handheld shower head in place. Only time can tell how well the system holds up, but I never felt any fear of it coming loose. Even if it did, it wouldn’t
As you can see from the closeup, these aren’t just ordinary holes to let water through – it’s what the company brands its H20kinetic Shower technology, which sculpts water into a unique wave pattern that gives you the feeling of more water than it’s actually producing. Other spray settings include full body spray, full spray with massage, and a pulsating massage spray.
A simple twist of a knob switches the water stream between the fixed and handheld shower heads (or both) and the 60-inch hose allows you to spray places you normally couldn’t, bathe pets/kids easier, etc. You can also pause the spray to take a moment to get soap out of your eyes or groom without having to turn the water off and possibly ruin the perfect temperature and pressure you found.
It also complies with the EPA’s WaterSense label, which means it’s certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient. Water conservation is important, and the bathroom is the most water-intensive room in your home. There’s a daily struggle many of us face between unwinding/meditating/relaxing in the shower and responsibly conserving. This shower head relieves some of the consequence when we lean toward selfishness.
Keep in mind the Amazon Prime price is as low as half the listed price for some finishes. I have Chrome, but it also comes in Stainless, bronze, brushed nickel, and other finishes. Replacing the default shower head in the house with this masterpiece completely transformed the experience of showering.
While a constant and steady stream, it’s softer water than I’m used to spraying on my body. It was as though I was being hugged by a warm blanket of water. But I didn’t have much time to enjoy it, because I had a second shower to take with a whole other shower head.
Moen Attract Magnetix Rainshower Combo ($159 at Moen.com)
Fortune Brands Home & Security is another American home improvement products manufacturer, with a portfolio including Master Lock and Sentry Safe in addition to Moen, the company founded by inventor Alfred M. Moen, who’s credited with inventing the single-handle water faucet.
Moen’s latest line of shower heads are based around what the company calls its Magnetix technology. This magnetic docking station is simple, sleek and allows for a completely different design approach than Delta. Moen’s fixed showerhead is a full-sized circle, as opposed to a horseshoe to make room for the handheld. The result is a full-coverage rainshower spray.
Simple button presses switch between 6 spray settings on the handshower, giving you a wide variety of secondary sprays to compliment the generous coverage from the fixed head. While this shower head definitely got me wetter than the other (and I love the aesthetic), it is using more water to accomplish the effect.
However, what really stuck out was how easily the magnetix system kept the handheld steady and straight. Often these can look straight but weren’t properly docked, so when you turn on the shower, it sprays in the wrong direction like Jim Carrey in Me, Myself, and Irene
I was initially terrified at the idea of using magnets to protect my naked body from being bludgeoned with a mace by my own shower, but in practice, it’s actually an ingenious feature.
While I’m done showering for the day, there is one last shower head I have to mention in this article that I received last year for review from Kohler.
Kohler Moxie Bluetooth Speaker Shower ($95 at Kohler.com)
In 1873, John Michael Kohler created a manufacturing company in Wisconsin that’s still known today for its innovative plumbing products (as well as a hospitality branch). During my winter holiday cocktail guide, I learned John’s grandson Herb also creates a delicious chocolate brandy.
This shower head was actually what made me consider what other technologies are out there. The unique shape of this bluetooth speaker allows it to be easily placed in and removed from the fixed shower head dock. While much smaller than the 2-in-one systems above, the water pressure and coverage is still respectable in this head. It’s softer and feels like a fuller coverage than a vanilla shower head.
You can also get an overhead rainshower version, but this product is aimed at an entirely different audience than those above. What really sells the showerhead is the speaker, which manages not to fall out to destroy your toes (a fear I definitely had for weeks upon receiving it). It’s loud enough to be heard over the shower and can be removed to take with you outside the shower.
There are better bluetooth speakers and showerheads out there, but it’s the combination of the two that makes this an interesting product to check out.