Getting the water temperature just right for either your bath or your shower no longer requires you quickly sticking your hand under the water for a quick test.
Delta‘s Temp 2.0 Technology provides color-coded temperature read-outs as well as bright digital displays so stepping into the tub or under the shower is always just right.
The entire line of Delta Temp 2.0 fixtures – shower heads, tub faucets and hand-held showers – includes three colors for easy temperature readings; blue for cold (73 degrees); purple for warm (100 degrees); and red for hot (113 degrees).
Additionally, the digital display is large and back-lit for easy reading so there’s never any guesswork when it comes to water temperature.
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.
Since saving money is at the top of most homeowners’ lists – and water conservation is gaining traction – there are some steps people can take to get the most out of their showers no matter if they’re getting clean, relaxing or reinvigorating.
1. Shower head: New technologies are giving manufacturers the freedom to design and deliver shower heads with lower flow rates that don’t skimp on water pressure. From the hansgrohe Croma to the Grohe Tempesta and Kohler Katalyst, satisfaction with water pressure remains high while saving water and money on water bills.
2. Hard water: Most Americans live in a hard water area so it’s important to take care of your shower head so it doesn’t get clogged with the minerals hard water leaves behind. Periodically remove the shower head from the arm and soak it in a vinegar and water solution, or fill a plastic bag with vinegar and water and attach the bag to the shower arm with a rubber band. Keeping nozzles free-flowing reduces the amount of water wasted in longer showers.
3. Update old fixtures: Turning an existing shower in to a spa-like experience no longer means tearing up the wall behind the faucet. Both Kohler and Grohe offer high-end retro-fit kits that can be installed with existing plumbing. Not only do the kits look great and install easily, they’re also designed to conserve water without compromising performance. Homeowners save time and money upfront and for several years to come as well.
A great shower is the sum of many parts working together. From mixing the water to delivering it to the shower head, investing in quality components will transform your morning shower into an enjoyable and exhilarating experience.
The essential components
First you will need a shower faucet (mixer valve) to mix the hot and cold water. Mixer valves are available with or without a thermostat and can be either concealed (built into the wall) or exposed.
Most head showers are used in combination with a concealed mixer. The water pipe containing the mixed water is concealed in the wall behind the tiling until it reaches the shower-head.
Hand showers can be used with either concealed or exposed mixers. You will require a shower hose and a riser bar or shower holder to attach the shower to the wall. A riser bar is the preferred choice if the hand shower is your only shower as it lets you adjust the height of the shower-head.
Choose a hand-shower that offers a choice of different spray patterns. This allows each user to personalize their experience.
Riser bars are ideal for multi-generation households as the height of the shower can be altered to suit both children and adults. Grohe Shower Faucets
Concealed mixers or thermostats give you the freedom to locate the shower controls wherever you choose. If you are planning a large walk-in shower then locate the controls close to the entrance, so that you can turn the shower on without getting hit by an initial rush of cold water.
The controls should be easy and intuitive to use. Look out for levers and handles which move smoothly with little effort.
When it comes to shower systems and shower faucets no one does it better the Grohe. They are the king of the shower system and Rain Shower head. The Faucet Expert recommends Grohe Shower Faucets and shower systems. Grohe Faucets is also a leader in stylish kitchen and bath faucets.