Rain showers are often included in a bathroom remodel to add a touch of luxury and upgrade your bathroom. You can find rain showers in spas and high-end hotels and they’re making their way into luxurious home bathrooms, as well. But are they the right choice for you?

When you’re planning your remodel, consider the pros and cons of a rain showerhead. Here’s everything you need to know to make your choice …

What Is a Rain Shower?

A rain shower uses a special showerhead to mimic the feeling of all-over water that you get during a downpour. This personal warm rain shower is achieved using a much wider showerhead than normal.

Most rainfall showers often use gravity to do all the work of distributing water, creating a softer-feeling downpour. Typical showerheads provide a more concentrated, directed stream of water.

Are Rain Showerheads Worth It?

This depends on your preference! Rain showerheads aren’t for everyone. While some may swear by their rainfall showers, others may prefer a more traditional showerhead.

These rain showerhead pros and cons can help you make your choice when planning your bathroom remodel:


  • The gentler fall of water is better for those with sensitive skin.
  • The wider stream of water covers more of your body at once.
  • This shower style tends to provide a soothing experience.
  • Many mid-range and high-end showerheads offer adjustable settings to customize each shower fully.
  • The elegant look adds a special touch to your space.


  • Some rain showers are more expensive than typical shower options.
  • Rain showerheads are not suitable for small showers.
  • Rain showerheads provide lower water pressure, which can make rinsing soap from thick hair difficult.
  • There are fewer adaptive options – such as handheld showerheads – available for rain showerheads.

Do Rain Showerheads Use More Water?

A rain showerhead uses the same amount of water as a standard showerhead with the same flow rate. They just distribute the same amount of water over a larger area.

Water efficiency varies by model. Some manufacturers don’t take it into account at all while others offer incredibly efficient showerheads. When you’re shopping around for a rainfall showerhead, check the flow rate. A lower flow rate means more efficient water usage.

Bathroom Rain Shower Ideas: Making a Luxury Shower Part of Your Remodel

So, you’ve decided on a luxury upgrade; now you need rain shower bathroom ideas and inspiration!

There are a wide variety of ways to incorporate your new fixture. First, you’ll need to choose placement. You can mount your rain shower from the ceiling or the wall.

If you’re planning to convert a regular shower to a rain shower, you can save money by sticking to a wall mount. Odds are, that’s already how your plumbing is set up. This setup may require forced pressure to get the water to the showerhead, leading to a higher water pressure than a ceiling mount.

If you want to maximize your rain shower experience, a ceiling mount lets the gentle shower hit from directly above, most closely mimicking actual rainfall. You can get the overhead experience even with vaulted or sloped ceilings; your showerhead will descend from a ceiling-mounted arm.

Next, choose your bath style: A walk-in shower with a rain showerhead is one of the more popular options, but you can also add a rain showerhead to an existing tub-shower combo.

Beyond those considerations, you can add extras to make your rain shower even better. Keep a large shower versatile by including a rainfall showerhead and a traditional showerhead. One allows you to relax while the other provides more pressure for direct washing. Control the temperature as normal, but use a diverter switch to swap between functions easily.

Rain showerheads also come in lots of different styles to match any bathroom aesthetic. You can choose round, square, or rectangular designs, as well as from a range of finishes.

What Size Rain Showerhead Should I Get?

That depends on the size of your bathing space! A large showerhead in a large shower gives you the most water coverage. If you’re working with a tub/shower combo or a smaller shower, a narrower showerhead with a more limited stream will fit your space better.

The three most common sizes for rain showerheads are 8-inch, 10-inch, and 12-inch.

How High Should a Rain Showerhead Be?

To achieve that overhead rainfall feeling, most rain showerheads are installed 80 to 84 inches off the shower floor, which is higher than standard showerheads. We can also customize the height of your rain showerhead to match the height of the people who will be using it.

Make Professional Rain Shower Installation Part of Your Bathroom Remodel

Daniels Design and Remodeling makes rain shower system installation a luxurious option for our custom bathroom remodels. To get started on the bathroom of your dreams, schedule a conversation with one of our designers.