As simple as shower heads may seem to some people, there's a wide variety available. If you plan just to take short showers and don't need anything too elaborate, you can go with a standard fixed shower head. These attach directly to a wall, and while some models have adjustable heights and different settings, they are fairly simple compared to other versions on the market. Most are fairly affordable, though, and they'll do their job just fine.
If you want a greater range of motion out of your shower, consider buying a hand-held shower head. Instead of being permanent fixtures on your shower wall, hand-held shower heads are removable, making them good for getting to hard-to-reach places or washing something other than an adult body such as children or pets. They don't work quite well if you just want to stand underneath a deluge of water and take a short shower.
If you want the best of both worlds when it comes to these products, you can always get a two-in-one model. These attach firmly to a wall fixture over your head if you just want to stand under your shower head, but they can also be removed if you need a hand-held one instead.
No matter what kind of shower head you want, most modern heads come with various settings, and some even come equipped with features to make them resistant to hard water buildup and other kinds of wear and tear.
Knowing When to Replace Your Shower Head
The most obvious sign that you need a new shower head is a distinct lack of water pressure. When you aren't using your shower, water still sits in your pipes until you turn it on. As clean as your water may appear to be, it does contain things that build up in your pipes and on the inside of your shower head. Eventually, this buildup will start to create a blockage in your pipes and your shower head, causing a drop in water pressure when showering. This is a bigger and more common problem in homes that have hard water, but it can happen to anybody's bathroom if you go too long without cleaning or replacing your shower head.
The product can be cleaned with some white vinegar or a cleaner that removes calcium deposits, but if the problem is too severe and your low water pressure is making showering difficult, it's time to buy a new shower head.