Choosing the right shower head goes beyond opting for the most recent version of the brand you currently use.*

Modern choices include shower heads with removable Bluetooth speakers, LED temperature indicators, and magnetic docking systems for handheld showers. Add an array of styles and finishes, and choosing a new shower head can get overwhelming.

To help cut through the chatter, we’ve put together a few things to take under consideration before you start shopping.

Single-function shower heads – Straightforward without any bells and whistles, this shower head appeals to buyers who want uncomplicated spray each and every shower. Advances in materials mean a variety of finishes and styles that are also easy to clean.

Multi-function shower heads – Would you prefer a massaging spray or more of a rainshower? Whatever your mood or need each day, a multi-function shower head adjusts to provide the right kind shower.

Hand showers – The whole family can get clean with this versatile and … handy … shower head. Not only can it adjust to accommodate various individual heights for both adults and children, it can function just fine on its own or together with a stationary shower head.

Rain shower – Heavy drops falling straight from above are what differentiate a rain shower head from the others. Like the showers in tropical forests that inspired their creation, rain showers provide a drenching fall of water that can invigorate you at the beginning of the day or relax you at the end.

Body sprays – Homeowners interested in a more luxurious experience can choose to install body sprays in conjunction with one or more shower heads; usually a handheld and a rain shower. Depending on the design, body sprays can be installed on just one wall or three for the ultimate shower experience.

*If the shower head is the only thing changing, worrying about a valve may not matter, but if the entire system is being replaced, then be sure you have the right valve assembly as well.