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20 Different Types of Bathroom Showers

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Quicklist: Types of Bathroom Showers

  1. Prefabricated 
  2. Custom
  3. Manual Mixer
  4. Thermostatic Mixer
  5. Electric
  6. Quadrant Enclosure
  7. Curved Enclosure
  8. Neo-Angle Enclosure
  9. Corner Enclosure
  10. Tub-Shower Combo
  11. Sliding Door
  12. Pivot Door
  13. Hinged Door
  14. Multi-Setting Head
  15. Single-Setting Head
  16. Shower Tower
  17. Concealed Shower
  18. Exposed Rain Shower
  19. Body Shower
  20. Waterfall Shower

There are a lot of options to consider and a lot of decisions to make when buying a shower for your bathroom. Today we’re going to walk you through all of the details and options that you may not have even considered.

Chief among these are shower type, style and design. And then there are the smaller, yet just as significant factors, like door type, shower head type, and adding in any extra features that interest you to help create the ultimate showering experience. After all, we are in there almost every day!

Of course, you can always skip the custom design process in favor of a pre-built, pre-fabricated shower instead. Which can sometimes be even more difficult, trying to find the perfect shower to fit your space.

Here are the most important things to keep in mind when buying a bathroom shower. For a detailed diagram illustrating the parts of a shower, go here.

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Different Types of Bathroom Showers 

Prefabricated and Custom Showers

First things first, do you want a prefabricated shower or a custom shower for your bathroom? Custom showers can be a little bit more pricey but will fit your space perfectly, or pre-fabricated showers can be more affordable but may not be your first choice.

1. Prefabricated Shower

DreamLine Prism 34 1/8 in. x 72 in. Frameless Neo-Angle Pivot Shower Enclosure in Brushed Nickel, SHEN-2134340-04

Though they’re available in all price ranges, a prefabricated shower is your best bet when shopping on a tight budget.

As the name implies, a prefabricated shower is self-contained with a preconceived design. It comes in a single-piece construction, most often made out of molded fiberglass, plastic, laminate, or another synthetic material.

The single-piece prefabricated shower contains all the normal bathroom shower features, including panels, shelves, a grab bar, a base (also known as a shower pan or shower tray), and more. It will usually be a quadrant shower enclosure.

The benefits of prefabricated showers include their relatively low price, ease of installation (DIY it up), and water tightness. Though not the most extravagant shower experience, you will still get clean!

The downside is a lack of options. Your prefabricated shower will likely look plain and uninspired, as more imaginative shower designs are not one size fits all.

There are also only a handful of sizes available for prefabricated showers. You can’t custom-fit yours to the space you have available.

2. Custom Shower

Hands sizing up an imagined shower area in a bathroom.

Expect to pay an arm and a leg more for a custom shower. Yet know that money is well worth it in the long term for the ultimate shower experience. Who doesn’t want an overhead showerhead?

Not only are custom showers usually eco-friendly and longer-lasting, but they also add much more resell value to your home than a prefabricated shower.

As the name implies, a custom shower is built from scratch in your bathroom. It’s unique and is designed to meet your specific needs and preferences. Do you want a walk-in shower? You got it. Feeling specific about your shower size? No worries.

With that said, your options for a custom shower are nearly endless. You can select from a variety of design options to create a bathroom shower that’s different from any other. This can sometimes be overwhelming!

In addition to the infinite range of design options, a custom shower can be built to any size, even in very tight spaces where a prefabricated shower wouldn’t fit. Another neat thing is that you can design an unconventional shower drain.

For example, you can choose a frameless shower enclosure, a curbless shower enclosure, a shower chair, a handheld shower head, or a fixed shower head. The possibilities are endless.

The downside is that, in addition to their much higher price tag, custom showers are a very difficult DIY project. Most people are better off hiring a professional contractor to do the job for them.

Shower Type

The main category for types of bathroom showers, after prefabricated or custom, relates to the mixer. The shower mixer is the device that mixes hot and cold water together. It also often controls the specific water pressure.

1. Manual Mixer Shower

A manual mixer shower is the traditional type of shower valve. It’s still seen in the majority of home bathrooms today.

It mixes hot and cold water together each time you shower. Move the valve controls to decide upon a specific temperature each time you shower.

Not only are manual mixer showers easy to use, but they’re also relatively simple to install. This is also definitely the most affordable shower valve to choose from.

2. Thermostatic Mixer Shower

Thermostatic shower

Source: Fontana Showers

Those with small children should consider a thermostatic shower. This is a surefire way to maintain the perfect water temperature during the entire duration of your shower.

A thermostatic valve controls the temperature of the water for each shower. Simply set it to your preferred temperature, and each shower will have a constant temperature. This is also easier on your shower pump.

This reliable shower system prevents scalding, increasing safety for households with small children, as well as the elderly. However, it does require you to know the exact preferred water temperature for each member of the household!

Thermostatic mixers with a digital control panel are often referred to as a ‘digital shower,’ as you are not manually controlling the temperature but instead delegating it to an internal control system.

3. Electric Shower

Shower beside a heater system.

Unlike thermostatic and manual mixers, electric showers don’t require a hot water supply. As long as there’s a cold water supply, you’re good to go. Electric showers contain a built-in heating unit to heat cold water.

Electric showers are an excellent choice when remodeling a home basement since they don’t need to be connected to a hot water supply. However, these are not the most energy efficient because it requires more energy to heat up the cold water supply.

Shower Shape and Style

After getting past the most technical aspect of shower type, it’s time to look at shower style. Now we’re getting into the fun parts.

The shower style is the most important design decision to be made. It relates to the basic shape and layout of your finished bathroom shower. You can also choose between having a framed shower or a frameless shower.

1. Quadrant Enclosure Shower

Frameless Rectangle Shower Kit with Base

Source: Wayfair

A quadrant enclosure shower or rectangular shower enclosure is a type of freestanding walk-in shower.

As the name implies, they come in a rectangular or square shape. They also come in an endless variety of sizes to fit into just about any space.

Rectangular enclosure showers are usually open and spacious. In a bathroom with limited space, they can be easily tucked away into a small corner. So if you happen to live in New York City, this is probably the type of shower you’ll be choosing.

2. Curved Enclosure Shower

DreamLine Prime 38 in. x 74 3/4 in. Semi-Frameless Clear Glass Sliding Shower Enclosure in Chrome with White Base Kit, DL-6703-01CL

Another type of freestanding walk-in shower, a curved enclosure shower or curbless shower, utilizes a rounded entryway.

Most of the time, curved enclosure showers are shaped like a slice of pie. The end that faces the room is rounded, while the other end is squared off and fits nicely into a corner.

Curved enclosure showers maximize shower space in smaller bathrooms. They also add a contemporary flair to any bathroom.

3. Neo-Angle Enclosure Shower

DreamLine Prism Lux 34 5/16 in. x 72 in. Fully Frameless Neo-Angle Hinged Shower Enclosure in Satin Black

Neo-angle enclosure showers are undoubtedly the most modern looking of any freestanding walk-in shower. We’ve all walked into a fancy Air Bnb bathroom and simply gasped at the elegance of their shower.

The majority of them have a five-sided base, often in a diamond pattern to neatly fit into a corner of a bathroom.

Though many neo-angle enclosure showers are small, the door placement at the center of the shower makes entry and exit a breeze.

4. Corner Enclosure Shower

Corner Enclosure Shower

A corner enclosure shower is simply any freestanding walk-in shower specifically designed for use in a corner.

Though rectangular, curved, and neo-angle enclosure showers all fit in the middle of a room’s wall, a corner shower cannot. A corner enclosure shower is often the best option for tiny bathrooms, but it s a little bit more pricey than the rectangular shower stall.

5. Tub-Shower Combo

Tub-Shower Combo

The only type of bathroom shower on this list that’s not the freestanding, walk-in variety, a tub-shower combo, is any shower installed with a bathtub as a base.

A tub-shower combo is a space-saving design for those that want both a bathtub and a shower in their bathroom. Combine the two together to save floor space.

The downside is that tub-shower combos aren’t always that attractive. They’re the type of shower most often installed in hotels and apartments. You will also most likely need a shower curtain, depending on the shape and style.

However, several manufacturers have recently released tub-shower combos with a bigger emphasis on clean design and style. An added bonus is that you can also place all of your cosmetics on the side of the tube rather than using a shower kit.

Bathroom Shower Door Types

Your shower door is another design element that dictates both the style and functionality of your shower as a whole. The fun part of this is that you can also decide on the shower wall texture. Do you want textured glass? No problem! Frosty? You got it.

1. Sliding Shower Door

Sliding Shower Door

Those bathroom designers who are low on bathroom space should strongly consider sliding doors.

A sliding door doesn’t open outward. Instead, it slides along the front of your shower to reveal an opening. This is helpful for particularly tiny bathrooms, where if it had an opening door, it might hit the sink or the toilet.

Make sure to select a sliding shower door that’s watertight. Full-length watertight panels are needed to seal the shower door so water doesn’t leak out during use.

2. Pivot Shower Doors

Pivot Shower Door with CleanCoat® Technology

Source: Wayfair

Pivot doors are perhaps the most common type of bathroom shower door. This option is a great one for people who can be a little bit more liberal with the space in their bathroom.

Also known as swinging doors, these shower doors usually open outwards from the shower in a smooth swinging motion.

The hinges for the door are located solely at the very top and very bottom of the door. This makes them a popular choice for glass showers because of the clean, modern look they provide.

Pivot doors are a great alternative to sliding doors for small spaces. Bathroom showers without enough room for a sliding door can often utilize a pivot door.

3. Hinged Shower Doors

Hinged Shower Doors

Hinged doors are very similar to pivot doors. Both types of bathroom shower doors swing open in one smooth motion.

The key difference is hinge location. While pivot door hinges are tucked out of the way, hinged door hinges are often located in plain view. They’re usually installed prominently on the sides of the shower door.

Because hinged doors are most commonly used on more spacious neo-angle showers, there’s also the option to have yours swing inward into the shower.

Bathroom Showerhead Types

Your bathroom showerhead is one of the most important individual elements of your shower as a whole. Your shower faucet will often dictate how enjoyable your shower experience is. Not everybody is in the mood for a fire hose-level power shower.

A weak sprinkle just doesn’t get the job done. You want your new shower outfitted with a showerhead that provides a steady, invigorating flow.

Your top bathroom shower head options include:

1. Multi-Setting Showerhead

AquaDance Chrome High Pressure 6-Setting, 7" Rainfall Shower Head – Tested to Meet US Quality Standards, Angle-Adjustable, with Tool-Free Installation Finish

A multi-setting showerhead is highly adjustable. Did you just get in a mud fight? Wide and centerjet will probably get you clean. Are you just cooling off after a hot summer day? A simple wide setting should suffice.

Move between a number of settings to select flow type. The top multi-setting showerheads have more than a dozen options, including favorites like mist, massage, and pulsing.

A multi-setting showerhead also lets you toggle between stream sizes, from a narrow stream of water up to a wide one.

2. Single-Setting Showerhead

Forté Rain Full/Standard Shower Head

Source: Wayfair

As the name implies, a single-setting shower head only has a single setting. But that doesn’t need to be a bad thing, as some of us are okay with one spray pattern.

The flow type can’t be changed. You get the same stream type and pressure whenever you’re in the shower.

The benefit of a single-setting showerhead is its price. They are the most affordable shower heads on the market.

3. Shower Tower

OUGOO Shower Panel Tower System, 2 Body Jets, Handheld and Temperature Display, Easy Connect Shower Column 304 Stainless Steel for Retro-Fit & Remodel, Brushed

A shower tower is a unique type of showerhead that’s quickly becoming popular in high-end bathrooms.

Most shower towers consist of a vertical strip with several body jets. These outlets spray water directly at your body to create an almost Jacuzzi-like experience – but in a shower. You can decide which area you would like water to come out from the shower. This is especially helpful if you don’t want to get your hair wet.

Shower towers also have a fixed shower head at the top of the vertical strip that works much like a traditional showerhead.

Other Design Options

Here comes the fun part – customizing your bathroom shower to your specific preferences.

Numerous design options include shower design, materials used, color and finish, specific dimensions, and additional features that allow you to make your bathroom shower all your own.

1. Bathroom Shower Design

The shower shapes and styles outlined above can all be further tweaked to meet your needs.

Instead of installing your shower in the traditional manner, why not consider one of these unique bathroom shower designs?

Concealed Shower

DULABRAHE Bathroom Rainfall Shower Fixtures System Concealed Ceil Mounted 20X14 Inch Rectangular LED Waterfall Rain Shower Head Bath Body Combo Jets And Brass Hand Shower Chrome Polished

If minimalism is your cup of tea, you should check out a concealed shower.

The shower head is hidden away behind various design elements, so it’s not immediately visible when you step into the bathroom.

Most concealed showers have a shower head mounted on the ceiling of the shower. Instead of the stream of water coming from a shower head on the wall, it instead falls from the ceiling.

Specific options are endless, but many concealed showers utilize a rainfall or waterfall-type flow from the ceiling.

Concealed showers are also known for coming with additional features like built-in LED lighting. That’s one great way to set the mood!

Exposed Rain Shower

BULUXE Thermostatic Rectangular 12 x 8 Inch Rainfall Shower System with Handheld Shower (Exposed Mounting, Matte Black)

Similarly to a concealed shower, an exposed rain shower lets the water fall directly from above your head (rather than at an angle).

Unlike a concealed shower, however, an exposed rain shower has a shower head mounted on the wall instead of from the ceiling.

Exposed rain showers give you the chance to feel like you’re taking a shower out in the middle of nature during a rain storm.

Some high-end exposed rain showers even add bursts of air into the mix to create the effect of realistic raindrops.

Body Shower

Shower

Body showers often utilize a shower tower (or similar design) to spray water on your body from the sides.

The strong jets of water are designed to help soothe an aching body, much like jets in a bathtub or hot tub.

Body showers often come with numerous flow settings. Usually, among these are a massage and a mist setting.

Waterfall Shower

Waterfall shower

Source: ArchiExpo

You don’t see waterfall showers very often. This uncommon bathroom shower type emulates a waterfall.

A unique shower head is mounted directly above the standing area. A heavy rush of water falls from the shelf-like shower head over your body.

2. Bathroom Shower Materials

Most pre-fabricated showers come with built-in shower walls. These are often constructed from fiberglass, acrylic, or another synthetic material.

Custom showers, on the other hand, can be created with a much greater array of materials. In addition to fiberglass or acrylic, you can boost the style factor with tile or stone.

Tile

Modern bathroom with concrete tiles.

Tile is a very stylish choice for bathroom shower material. Tile is also a very popular shower floor material, and the shower wall doesn’t always need to match!

Line the walls with tile for a unique look. Tile is available in a nearly endless variety of colors and styles. Create custom patterns with yours for an eye-catching design.

The downside to tile is that regular maintenance is required. The grout between the tiles needs to be cleaned on a regular basis, and getting into all the nooks and crannies can be rather a labor intensive. You can check out alternatives to tile in the shower here.

Stone

Bathroom with stone walls for the shower area.

Few materials make as elegant an addition to your bathroom shower as stone.

A stone shower is highly attractive and gives off a modern vibe. They’re relatively easy to clean and upkeep, although resealing is needed on a regular basis.

The downside to stone is that it’s the most expensive material choice, but it will last forever.

Fiberglass and Acrylic

A single piece of fiberglass or acrylic can be shaped to create the entire wall for your shower.

The single-piece design means they’re one of the most durable and waterproof materials available. Fiberglass and acrylic are undoubtedly the most effective (and inexpensive) choices. They are also wonderfully easy to clean!

The downside to fiberglass and acrylic is that they tend to yellow as they age. These materials are also the most susceptible to scratching.

Bathroom Shower Color and Finish

Depending on the material you choose for your shower, you might be able to further customize the specific color and finish.

Tile, in particular, can be just about any color you want it to be. Add a finish on top for either a subdued or more vibrant look.

Each additional feature inside the shower can further be customized based on color. Most shower heads and valve controls are stainless steel, yet can be found in other colors if desired.

Bathroom Shower Dimensions

The great thing about a custom shower is that you can get one in just about any size.

Freestanding, walk-in showers are particularly spacious. This type of bathroom shower does away with the bathtub to give you even more room to shower and walk around.

While small showers are great for small bathrooms, big showers are the current trend. Primary bathrooms and other large bathrooms often feature showers with expansive dimensions.

Showers are even created with more than one person in mind. A spacious shower can be outfitted with several shower heads for a “his and her” experience.

3. Bathroom Shower Features

In recent years, showers have incorporated an impressive new range of features.

There are features that add to the functionality of a shower, and then there are features that are largely there for their aesthetic appeal.

Pick and choose from these additional features to further tailor your bathroom shower to your liking.

Accessible Shower 

Accessible Shower

Accessible shower features are those created with limited mobility users in mind.

Low-step thresholds provide an easy entrance for the elderly, while roll-in thresholds make showering easier for those in wheelchairs.

An extra grab bar is another accessible feature that makes showering easier for everyone – not just those with limited mobility.

Built-in Shower Seats
Built-in Shower Seat

Why not incorporate a built-in seat into your shower for an even more comfortable place to relax? A shower chair means you don’t have to stand the entire time that you’re showering. It also is a helpful area to shave your legs and can act as extra storage space for your cosmetics.

Handheld Showerheads

Woman using a handheld showerhead.

A fixed showerhead certainly gets the job done. But few things are nicer than a handheld showerhead that enables you to give yourself a full body shower with ease. It’s also a good way to save water if you’re shaving your legs or washing your dog. It’s also a way to help keep the water flow in the exact area you’d like it.

Steam Shower Generators

Many of today’s luxury bathrooms are outfitted with showers that have built-in steam generators. It’s difficult to imagine anything more dreamy and relaxing than a steam room in your own house. That would help make the cold winter months a little bit more bearable.

LED Shower Lights

Adding LED lighting to your custom shower can enhance the mood and make the experience even more relaxing.

Some LED lighting can even be timed to the water flow. As the stream changes, the light pulsates in a pattern of different colors. Though not necessary by any means, sometimes life is about wanting, not about needing.

Water System and Pressure

Water pressure is one of the first factors to check before buying a bathroom shower.

The water pressure in your home directly influences the best type of shower for you. Different shower types require different amounts of water pressure to function properly.

Though you can check your water pressure yourself with a pressure gauge, it’s easier for most people to call in the help of an experienced professional.

After you figure out the water pressure of your home, it’s time to figure out what type of water system your home uses.

The most common home water systems include:

  • Unvented Water System – Large volumes of water are heated and stored in a water tank under high pressure for immediate use.
  • Combination Boiler – Water is heated as you need it and is not stored. It’s heated as needed.
  • Gravity System – This fairly uncommon system utilizes a cold-water tank (usually stored in a loft or attic space) that trickles water down via gravity. A pump can be used to increase water pressure.

Best Type of Showers for Various Purposes

Spa-Like Experience: A Double Shower

Shower with Power High Pressure Double Shower Heads with Handheld Spray. Adjustable Ball Joint and Detachable Head with Pressure Control Valves for an Enjoyable Spa Bathing Experience.

Wouldn’t you love to indulge in a spa-like experience every day after work? And since it’s almost impractical to go to a spa daily, why not bring the spa to your home? All you need is a good shower system, a good body wash, and some soothing music in the background.

Now to the crux of the matter: choosing the shower. Your best choice would be a double shower — it instantly adds a luxurious feel to your home. Since it can accommodate two people simultaneously, it would be an intimate way to unwind with your partner at the end of the day.

Besides, a double shower makes it significantly easier for you to bathe your kids and pets since it’s more spacious.

Elderly: A Custom Shower

An elderly woman sitting on a bathroom.

Although taking a shower is a fundamental element of self-care, senior citizens sometimes struggle. That is especially the case if the older person has decreased mobility. Luckily, you can install a customized shower to cater to the specific needs of the older adult.

The shower can have features like a power seat so that the senior person does not have to stand throughout the shower. Other features you might consider adding include a non-slip floor surface, grab bars and easy entry.

If the older person cannot shower unassisted, you can go for a half-height shower door for assisted washing. The good thing about custom showers is that there is so much latitude for creativity. 

Outdoors (Pool house): A Waterfall Shower

Rain Shower Head with Handheld High Pressure 10'', Rainfall Waterfall Square Showerheads for Bathroom with Hand Held Spray Combo, 10 Settings with Long Hose & Adjustable Extension Arm - Matte Black

So you have an exterior living area to which you’d like to add a shower? Ideally, you want it to ooze serenity — to feel like an extension of nature. But it doesn’t always have to blend into the background. So a good choice would be a waterfall shower. Waterfall showerheads are characterized by a wider surface area than traditional showerheads.

Therefore, a rainfall shower is gentle, giving you a sensational feeling. Since you are installing it outdoors, space is most likely not a limitation so you don’t have to worry about the wide showerhead.

Kids: Thermostatic Mix Shower

GELISURE Shower Faucets Thermostatic Shower Set Shower Faucet Hot and Cold Shower Faucet Bathtub Thermostatic Shower Mixer Wall Mounted

As kids grow older, there comes a time when they transition to taking showers on their own. So you might wonder which type of shower would make their transition as smooth as possible. That’s a thermostatic mix shower for you. This shower maintains an exact temperature for the duration of the shower.

The thermostatic valve mixes the hot and cold water to your pre-determined temperature. If there are any changes in the temperature or pressure of the water, the valve adjusts the hot to cold water ratio. Your most significant task would be remembering the preferred temperature of every family member — though that can be solved by getting a digital thermostatic mix shower.

Bathroom and Shower Combo: Prefabricated Shower

A simple bathroom with a shower.

Some people prefer enjoying a soothing bubble bath. Others prefer washing up in the shower. But what if you could have both, albeit with space limitations? A prefabricated bathtub and shower combo would do the trick.

The combo caters to the needs of every family member, and the prefabricated option is budget-friendly. Prefab showers are usually made of plastic, acrylic, or gel coat fiberglass. Although most of them are white or off-white, you can still find one in a different color.

You can also choose other features, like shelving, seating and door configurations. A prefabricated bathroom and shower combo would also be the perfect fit if you are a DIY enthusiast since they are so easy to install. On the downside, they have a generic appearance and a limited size selection.

Environment: Electric Shower

FOSET Electric Shower

As we are chasing luxury, it is our responsibility to conserve the environment. In that case, an electric shower would tick all the boxes. An electric shower heats water from your cold water instantly. The water is then pushed through the showerhead.

That means the shower only heats the water you will use, making it more energy efficient. Another benefit of an electric shower is that it’s compatible with all water systems. It is also quick and easy to install — you won’t need extra plumbing work as long as you have a cold water supply.

Most importantly, the shower is ready for use whenever you need it. You don’t have to switch it on for a few minutes before stepping into the shower. Should your boiler break, you can still enjoy a hot shower.

Overall Bathroom Design

No one wants a bathroom shower that sticks out like a sore thumb. That’s why it’s important to match your shower to the style and décor of the bathroom as a whole.

Look through shower types, shapes, and sizes for one that will work best with the space available.

If your bathroom is small, choose a smaller model that tucks away in a corner. Those with more space might consider a more spacious shower, possibly even one with several shower heads.

Consider the overall look of your bathroom when making a decision. Is it rustic, traditional, modern, contemporary, or Victorian? Choose a shower design that fits the bill.

It’s also important to consider ventilation and lighting when adding a new shower. Poor ventilation will create a breeding ground for mold and mildew.

Ensure you follow the National Kitchen and Bath Association guidelines for a ventilation system hearty enough for the size of your shower. Showers with a steam generator require even more ventilation.

Perhaps the best ventilation option is a humidity-sensing unit. A bathroom fan turns on immediately when it senses moisture in the air.

Lighting is less important than proper ventilation but still important to consider. Though ceiling fixtures do the job, they often cast shadows throughout the room.

Consider mounting other lighting fixtures like vertical strips, sconces, or task lights in or around your shower. Bright LED bulbs provide the best illumination possible.

Dimming switches are a smart idea for all the lights in your bathroom. You can dim the light levels to create a romantic mood or increase them when applying makeup or another similar task.

Cost and Budget

The cost of your new bathroom shower depends on many factors.

Depending upon the type of shower you select, you can expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars all the way up to $10,000 or more.

The biggest factor to take into consideration when it comes to cost is whether you want a prefabricated or custom shower.

Prefabricated showers are a much cheaper option. Not only are they affordable upfront, but they also cost a lot less to install. In fact, installing a pre-fabricated shower can be a DIY job for those with little experience.

Custom showers, on the other hand, can get very expensive very fast. In addition to the high cost of materials, a custom shower usually needs to be installed piece by piece. It’s almost always a job for a professional contractor.

And then there are other extras you might want. Shower towers, LED lighting, and mist generators all cost more.

The same goes for higher quality materials like stone or tile. Outfitting your bathroom shower with these is much more expensive than using fiberglass or acrylic.

ImproveNet.com lists the national average for shower installation by a professional contractor at $2,749.

They go on to give the average range of a new shower installation as $1,181 on the low end and $2,846 on the high end.

HomeAdvisor gives slightly different figures. They list an average range of $1,143 to $5,371, although, of course, there are outliers.

Top Brands Smart Shower Systems

Shower

Smart shower systems are making a splash in the marketplace. Consumers, who are tired of their boring old bathing routine, are embracing innovative new designs. Smart shower systems have many features like they can be controlled using your phone, and they can also sync with other devices in your home.

Kohler

Kohler has always been on the cutting edge of modern design, from the classic style of their bathtubs to their innovative shower heads.

Integrated with Alexa, A few of their options include wall-mounted showers, vessel sinks,  and a new digital personal assistant that lets you customize your shower setting by temperature, duration, and even adding music. 

Grohe

Grohe is another popular brand name that you can find in many homes. They have an extensive line of products, from kitchen sinks to toilets and shower systems as well.

Their line includes several different types of shower systems, such as the Grohe Allure Brilliant Thermostatic Shower System, which includes a showerhead, slide bar, body sprays, and volume controls for each. Geothermal smart control gives you push-button control over the flow and volume

Moen

Moen is one of the most popular brands for smart shower systems. They have a wide range of products, including the Moen Ensemble, which is a six-jet system. This system has many different settings that can be adjusted to your liking.

There are also several other options from Moen, like the single-handle faucets with motion sensing and touch technology or their double-handle faucets with motion sensing and touch technology.

Their smart technology also integrates with Alexa, Apple Home Kit, and Hey Google. You can use your voice to set the temperature of your shower using your phone or by using the digital controller. With the remote app, you can start, stop, or pause your shower if needed. 

Delta

Delta is another well-known brand that offers both faucet and shower systems for your bathroom. They are known for their quality products and stylish designs. Their shower systems include handheld showers, fixed shower heads, and body sprays. Delta also has a wide variety of finishes to choose from, including chrome, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and stainless steel. 

The Delta Temp2O Shower features an LED digital temperature display that lets you set the temperature for your shower, so you’re never shocked by cold water when entering. Delta products can be found at Lowe’s, Delta Faucet, and Amazon.com.

Brizo

Brizo offers a wide range of products, including faucets, showers, tubs, and sinks. Their line of shower systems includes handheld showers, fixed shower heads as well as body sprays. The brand also has several finishes, such as chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, and brushed nickel, to choose from.

A few of the options include Pressure Balance Showers, TempAssure Thermostatic Showers, and Sensori Thermostatic Showers. 

DreamSpa

DreamSpa is one of the most popular lines of smart shower systems on the market. They offer both stand-alone options and connected ones that work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The stand-alone options are powered by batteries, while the connected ones use electricity.

The number of features available in each model varies as well, but all models include Bluetooth capabilities so you can control them from your phone or tablet (or even your voice if you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home device). 

One popular feature is the All Chrome Water Temperature Controlled Color Changing 5-Setting LED Shower Head.  It has five settings, including Power Rain, Pulsating Massage, and Hydro-Mist.

H2Okinetic Showers

H2Okinetic makes smart showers that are easy to install and use. The company offers several different models, including ones that are customizable based on how much water pressure you need in your home:

The H2Okinetic High-Pressure Shower Package comes with everything you need to get started using a smart shower system. It includes one handheld showerhead and one fixed showerhead, as well as an extra-long hose so that you can reach all areas of your body.

The setting allows you to control the water speed and volume, including droplet size, to use more or less water. Works well for homes with low water pressure. This system can be found at Delta Faucet and Amazon.

Where to Buy Bathroom Showers Online

Our recommendations for reputable online providers of bathroom showers include:

Smart Shower

Frequently Asked Questions

When did showers become common? When were showers invented in homes?

While people have used different methods for bathing over the generations, the shower as we know it today did not become patented until 1767. It continued to be refined, and in the 1920s, it had a wider use in the US. However, it was not until the 1980s that showers became popular. The early showers were controlled with a hand pump and used less water than a bath.

 Do showers hydrate you?

No. Your skin does not absorb water in a way that will rehydrate you. 

Do showers have shut-off valves?

Showers do not typically have their own shut-off valve. Toilets and sinks have their own shut-offs, but tubs and showers do not.

What is the best caulk for showers?

Caulk that has pure silicone, latex with silicone, and acrylic with silicone are the best types of caulk for showers. It adheres well to tub and shower materials. However, if you want a more durable caulk that does not come in contact with paint, choose pure silicone caulk. 

Are steam showers good for you?

Yes, steam showers help improve your circulation and reduce stiffness and joint pain. In addition, they can improve your cardiovascular system, improve metabolism and improve weight loss. 

What do professional cleaners use to clean showers? 

Professional cleaners use gentle scrubbing. First, they soak the shower in detergent or cleaner. Then cleaners go through multiple scrubbing stages to protect the shower surface and clean it. 

How large are walk-in showers?

A walk-in shower must be a minimum of 36 inches by 36 inches. However, walk-in showers could be as big as 60 inches by 42 inches. 

How long do showers last?

The type of material from which a shower is constructed dictates how long it will last. A shower can last anywhere between 10 to 20 years. 

How long do fiberglass showers last?

A fiberglass shower can last from 10 to 20 years, but it has an average lifespan of 15 years. The more it is used, the faster its lifespan shortens. If abrasive cleaners are used, the surface will deteriorate faster.

How long do acrylic showers last?

An acrylic shower is also referred to as a prefabricated fiberglass shower. This shower lasts about ten years.