5 best high pressure shower heads

When it comes to a refreshing shower, being under pressure can be a pretty good thing – see our list of the best high pressure shower heads to bring some oomph to your routine

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When designing your bathroom, it is easy to get carried away swooning over fancy baths and pretty bathroom tiles, leaving some of the more practical elements to fall to the wayside. But while choosing a shower head might not be the most fun out of all the bathroom-building tasks (so much chrome!) it is absolutely essential. So to help, we’ve rounded up the best high pressure shower heads on the market. 

The big choice inherent in buying a high pressure shower head is between handheld and wall-mounted models, and while the majority of our picks are handheld shower heads, which users love for their flexibility, we’ve included one highly-rated fixed option too. Finally, while the terminology seems simple enough, it can actually be a little misleading. 

Some shower heads can give houses with low water pressure more oomph for when shower time rolls around, but some are more suited to harnessing already high pressure, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s website for in-depth guidance.  

The best high pressure shower head

1. Hansgrohe Raindance Select S 150

The time-honoured rain dance just got high-tech

Specifications
Gallons per min: 2
Type: Handheld
Material: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+Easy to change modes mid-shower

If you already have a high pressure system and want to channel it through your shower head, this is your guy. Users loved the robust output of the three jet settings, and how easy it was to change between them – even mid-shower – with the select button. The rotating massage jets of the interestingly named 'CaresseAir' mode got an especially warm reception from users, but the ability to not only choose between focused jets and an all-over rain effect, but to mix the two together, is inspired. 

Waterpik Technologies Hand Held Shower

2. Waterpik Technologies Hand Held Shower

Light mist, pummeling massage, and everything in between

Specifications
Gallons per min: 2.5
Type: Handheld
Material: Chrome-plated ABS, stainless steel
Reasons to buy
+Five modes to choose from

Users are spoilt for choice with the five jet modes offered by this Waterpik Technologies handheld shower head, whose variations on a theme range from a gentle misting to a full-on 'pulsating massage' – ooer. With the maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute, and what Waterpik call 'advanced optiflow technology', it’s meant to provide up to 30 per cent more water force than your average shower head, making it a good bet for those who like a really strong spray. Plus, users report it’s simple to set up, so you should be enjoying a proper power shower in no time. 

Grohe Rainshower Icon 150

3. Grohe Rainshower Icon 150

An unexpectedly design-forward option with capable spray

Specifications
Gallons per min: 2
Type: Hand shower
Material: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+Unique shape and choice of colours

In what will no doubt be a pleasant surprise to those who think buying bathroom fixtures is all about trying to tell the difference between shades of chrome, Grohe’s Rainshower Icon 150 is a very stylish showerhead indeed. Its unique doughnut shape and choice of over 15 different contrasting colours are really nice touches for giving the bathroom a bit of character, but how does it perform? Users gave it a resounding thumbs up for being light to handle and easy to clean, with an impressive flow and wide-reaching spray pattern. 

Luminex by PowerSpa LED Handheld Shower Head

4. Luminex by PowerSpa LED Handheld Shower Head

Wake up or wind down with a shower and light show in one

Specifications
Gallons per min: 2.5
Type: LED handheld
Material: Stainless steel
Reasons to buy
+Gradual colour-changing

Showering in the dark might seem like a recipe for disaster, but you’ll be tempted when you see this shower head’s party trick. With built-in LED lights powered by the running water, it puts on a battery-less light show, fading gradually between seven vibrant colours every few seconds for a multi-sensory spa-like experience in your very own shower. The four spray settings number among them rain, massage, a rain-massage mix, and an eco-friendly water-saving mode, so depending what mood you’re in you can go for stimulating, relaxing, or even planet-saving. 

Delta Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead

5. Delta Water Amplifying Adjustable Showerhead

This transformative shower head is said to be simple yet superb

Specifications
Gallons per min: 2
Type: Wall-mounted
Material: Chrome
Reasons to buy
+Simple , powerful operation

Users are positively evangelical about this shower head, with some even going so far as to say that having it was 'a whole new shower experience'. With a simple choice between high or low pressure, it doesn’t boast the most modes of any shower head on our list, but all reports say it does the basics brilliantly. Reviewers were left really impressed (and squeaky clean) by the shower head’s efforts, and found it really easy to set up, although it’s worth noting that many recommended having some Teflon pipe tape on hand for the job. 

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