Rainfall Shower Head FAQs

Rainfall shower heads feature a larger face with more spray nozzles but less water pressure than standard shower heads offering a lusher, more “rainfall” like shower experience. We get a lot of questions from customers wondering if switching to a rainfall shower head requires renovation. See what our experts have to say:

Q: Will a rainfall shower head work in a regular 45 degree shower arm?

Yes and no. It will spray water and may even be a nice upgrade from your current shower head, but a rainfall shower head is designed to be an overhead shower head with its face horizontal to the ground so that the spray falls straight down, like rain. A rainfall shower head that isn't angled properly will have a noticeably weaker spray.

Q: What kind of shower arm does a rainfall shower head need?

Rainfall Shower head.

The Four Types of Standard Shower Arms

There are two types of shower arms that optimize the performance of rainfall shower heads. The first is a ceiling arm which is a straight arm installed right in the ceiling. The second is a wall mount shower arm with a 90 degree bend. Depending on your shower's needs there are different variations and sizes for ceiling mount and wall mount shower arms. (Shopping tip: If you need a wall mount shower arm, be sure that it extends far enough from the wall for your particular shower head.)

Q: Is it easy to replace and install a new shower arm?

Yes. Just be sure that the size of your new shower arm is the same as your existing one (standard size is 1/2” npt thread) so that you can use the existing elbow installed behind the shower wall.

Q: I'd like to install a rainfall shower head but don't have enough height where my existing wall mount shower arm is installed. Are there any solutions?

Yes, look for an “s-shaped” shower arm or other shape designed to add height specifically for rainfall shower heads.