The 10 Best Dual Showerheads
This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in March of 2016. Turn your mediocre bathroom experience into a refreshing spa-like one, with one of these dual showerheads. With two streams of water drenching your skin, you won’t need to spend time and effort angling the spray or contorting your body to ensure you don’t miss a spot. Plus most of these are adjustable, to give you everything from a light drizzle to an invigorating massage. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.
May 04, 2021:
Neither the Bright Showers Multi Spray nor the Hotel Spa All-in-One were available during this update, and we decided on removing both items, noting some questionable claims attached to the latter option and wondering whether it truly deserved to be ranked.
We added the Kohler HydroRail-S K-76471-CP to our list because, if nothing else, we believe that the company deserves to be brought up in any relevant conversation regarding showerheads. It’s a smart-looking fixture that’s neutral enough to do well in just about any bathroom, and while it is rather feature-bare, compared to other options in this category, its build quality is unlikely to disappoint. The company puts its full confidence behind this fixture with a limited lifetime warranty.
The Moen Nebia N207C0SRN became the second option from the company that’s ranked here, and like the Moen 26009, it features a limited lifetime warranty and smart magnetic docking system. It separates itself from the 26009, however, with rain functionality delivered by its primary head and mist functionality delivered by its secondary head. It’s also a relatively low-flow fixture, and can purportedly use as much as 45% less water than the company’s typical, 2-1/2-gallon-per-minute fixtures (like the 26009).
If these dual-head models are a bit much for you, then you might find that you have better luck spotting something you like on our generalized list of showerheads. Or, contrastingly, if these options aren’t grandiose enough for you, then you might be interested in checking out our rankings for shower panels.
March 25, 2020:
During this busy round of updates, the Waterpik Dualspray, Giantex Luxury, Kes Outlet and Aqua Elegante High Flow were all removed due to availability issues. In addition to these new omissions, we also made the decision to eliminate the Zoe Industries Firstmate – in light of poor ratings its received, and the Ana Bath System – considering that our rankings already included a very similar offering that was available for nearly half the price. Some of our new additions include the Hotel Spa All-in-One – which has a built-in ion filter, the Dream Spa LED Combo – an unassuming-looking model with turbine-powered LEDS that light up according to your water temperature, and the Moen 26009 – a model from a well-reputed company that has a clever magnetic dock for its secondary head.
A few things to think about for this category:
Flow Rate: Most people should be ok with most of the models in this category, as far as their output pressure, but users who are already battling low water pressure (or just folks who enjoy a good, high-pressure shower) are going to want to look for whatever option allows the most flow possible. While models like the Pulse ShowerSpas Aqua Rain System feature a 2-1/2-gallons-per-minute flow rate, others – like the Moen 26009, which has a 1-3/4-gallons-per-minute flow rate – will allow for less pressure. Models, like Bright Showers Multi Spray, have internal flow restrictors that can be permanently removed during installation, to further increase their output.
Spray Settings: Half the luxury of a nice showerhead is being able to customize your shower experience by adjusting its spray settings. While models like the AquaDance Premium and Hotel Spa All-in-One have have six and seven spray settings, respectively (though only on the primary head for the All-in-One), other models have considerably less. The Bright Showers Multi Spray only has two settings for each of its heads, and the DreamSpa Rainfall only has one setting on its rain head.
Bells and Whistles: Many options in this category have fun and useful extra features that go above and beyond the normal call of duty for a showerhead. While the Pulse ShowerSpas Aqua Rain System has an integrated soap dish attached to its slide bar, the Hotel Spa 6-in-1 comes with an extra, wall-mountable bracket for its secondary head, and the AquaStar Spa Station has a built-in, turbine-powered thermometer.
Axor Bathroom Fixtures Every one of these offerings could make a stylish and modern addition to the right bathroom. They won't come cheap, but are likely to look stunning, and the company's kitchen faucets are pretty good looking, as well. axor-design.com
Waterpik Showerheads This company is focused on engineering therapeutic showerheads that use water pressure to sooth muscle tension and improve flexibility. Several independent clinical studies are posted on their website, testifying to the efficacy of their equipment, and they have a variety of fixtures to choose from, including a few dual styles. waterpik.ca
Two Heads Are Better Than One
Most models give you the option of using one or both heads at any given time.
For many, a hot shower provides a place of refuge and space for reflection. It can wake you up and prepare you for the day ahead and help you wash away your worries at night — but we can all acknowledge that our supply of time and water is finite. Installing dual showerheads is not only an exceptional way to up the opulence of your bathroom, but doing so can also make your grooming routine more efficient.
One of the main benefits of having two heads is the versatility they offer. Gone are the days of contorting your body to access hard-to-reach areas whilst struggling to stay in that comforting stream. A manifold design with side-by-side swiveling sprayers is one of the simplest versions available, and yet it offers levels of adjustability that you can't attain with a single head. You can position each spout to target your upper and lower body simultaneously, so rinsing is a lightning-quick affair. It also enables you to clock some steamy time with your significant other or to double up if you're both running late in the morning. Most models give you the option of using one or both heads at any given time.
There are seemingly endless combinations of pressure options, too. You’d be hard put to find a design that doesn’t have at least five different settings to suit your preferences. Common varieties including misting and rain-style options that run the gamut from light, bubbling sprays to high-pressured power mists.
Double showerheads are straightforward to install. Many units boast a universal fit and require few tools, so you can retrofit them to your existing set-up instead of calling in a plumber. Thankfully, most manufacturers understand that not everyone feels confident messing around with their bathroom fixtures and thus include step-by-step instructions to ensure things go smoothly.
Creating A Sanctuary
We’d all love for our bathrooms to be more like a spa, but budgets often get in the way of that epic remodel we all dream about. Thankfully, a full-blown makeover isn’t necessary to amp up the luxury levels of your water closet — just a few small upgrades that even the thriftiest can appreciate.
Doing so not only removes the unappealing manufacturer packaging of your shampoos, conditioners, and lotions from sight, it adds a cohesive feel to the room, too.
No matter your aesthetic, a great way to make your bathroom feel palatial is to change the presentation of your toiletries. Consider containers that fit into your motif, such as vintage-inspired canisters for a retro theme or rustic holders for something pastoral. Doing so not only removes the unappealing manufacturer packaging of your shampoos, conditioners, and lotions from sight, it adds a cohesive feel to the room, too. You can upgrade your soap dispenser to match and find an elegant caddy for your tub. If you have the space, round things out with a tray to accommodate perfume bottles and your favorite novels.
Plants can have a miraculously rejuvenating effect on a room. They improve air quality, add a touch of sophistication, and bring you back to nature while you relax. Succulents like peperomia and aloe vera are easy to care for and don’t need a lot of light, so they’ll thrive regardless of how cramped or dim your bathroom might be. If you’re looking to save space, place them on a DIY shelf, or opt instead for an attractive terrarium that you can hang in the corner.
Consider expressing yourself through eye-catching, artful designs. Whether it’s a patterned rug or framed print, there are myriad ways to create an unexpected ambiance with pieces that reflect your personality. Instead of hiding your towels away, put a vibrant set in a bold print or soothing color out on display.
It’s also helpful to focus on eliminating distractions that will get in the way of your you time. Opt for ambient candles with relaxing scents like lavender and eucalyptus in lieu of harsh overhead lighting, and drown out jarring sounds with a waterproof speaker that plays calming music or white noise.
Bathing Through The Ages
Our ancestors get a bad rap when it comes to hygiene, as we tend to imagine them unwashed and living in their own filth. While there are definitely some dark and dirty swathes of history (various plague pandemics come to mind), there were also some serious feats of ingenuity when it came to keeping clean. Although wealthy Egyptians and Mesopotamians had servants pour jugs of water of their heads in the privacy of their homes, other civilizations took things a bit further.
Inventors improved on this dismal start throughout the 1800s, adding hand pumps and adjustable sprayers.
The Greeks, for instance, devised a system of lead pipes that ferried water into communal rooms that elites and common citizens alike could use. These spaces were akin to a modern-day locker room in construction and even had bars for clothing to hang on.
Ancient Romans also used a clever framework of aqueducts to supply people with an abundance of water, with pipes ending at fountains or in homes. Inspired by the Greeks' proclivity for turning natural hot springs into beautiful bathhouses, they used this ingenious system to furnish elaborate public baths, one of which is still in use in Algeria. Bathers would undergo a series of grooming rituals through rooms of varying temperatures, and there was even space for vendors to sell food.
People used public baths well into the Middle Ages in much of Europe. Although the church disavowed communal bathing, the clergy placed a strong emphasis on holiness through cleansing, and they encouraged citizens to stay clean. They built public facilities near monasteries, and many basilicas had baths that anyone could use.
Folks started getting really crafty in the 18th century. William Feetham patented the first mechanical shower in England in 1767, but it was too flawed to gain much traction. Inventors improved on this dismal start throughout the 1800s, adding hand pumps and adjustable sprayers. When reliable indoor plumbing started to show up, we could finally do away with the manual pumping and enjoy showers with running water. They popped up in military barracks, prisons, and boarding schools, although taking a bath was still the king of convenience and a Sunday ritual for many families at home.