According to Handy, it is not easy to choose a shower faucet since they can be categorized based on many different factors such as handle, configuration, the type of valve, and more. However, it is worth it to spend some time learning about the basic details of different types of faucets in order to enjoy a much better experience during bath time.
Here are a few factors that you need to consider when deciding what type of shower faucet might suit your needs better:
- The number of controls – Shower faucets usually come in the following control configuration:
- Separate temperature and flow control valves that are used in a single overhead shower setup.
- Single temperature and flow control valve that features only one outlet and single temperature control.
- Dual outlet and four flow control valve controls that allow you to adjust the flow rate of dual outlets individually and control the temperature as well.
- Dual outlet single temperature and diverter control valve that acts as a switch instead of a flow control regulator.
- Multifunctional control valve that features three controls and three outlets.
- The type of valve – Shower faucets feature two different types of valves set up as follows:
- Thermostatic valve – Thermostatic systems allow you to regulate the temperature of the water by using the dial on the valve faceplate. And modern thermostatic valves are safer since they come equipped with anti-scald technology that prevents sudden temperature increases which can otherwise result in burns.
- Pressure balancing valve – Pressure balancing valve systems rely on spring gaskets to control the flow of water and water pressure. However, such systems cannot detect the water temperature.
- The number of handles – Shower faucet systems come in the following handle configuration:
- Single handle shower faucets allow users to adjust the water flow and temperature.
- Double-handle shower faucets that come equipped with diverters which also act as a third handle.
- The configuration of the shower faucet and the bathtub – Shower faucet systems come in the following bathtub and faucet configuration:
- Shower-only trim kits come equipped with thermostatic valves.
- Tub and shower combo faucets that share a common handle and a diverter.
- Tub-only faucets that come in the following three options — wall mount faucet, deck mount tub faucet, and floor mount or free-standing tub faucet.
- The number of showerheads – Shower faucet systems come in the following showerhead configuration:
- Handheld showerheads that offer great ease of use and flexibility.
- Fixed showerheads that come in single or multi-function units and allow you to adjust the direction of water flow.
- Solo hand showers are usually mounted on their bracket or sidebar.
Handy suggests you also consider the showerhead shapes and sizes when comparing all the options. Showerheads come in square, rectangle, or circular shapes. The sizes can vary from starting from a 3-inch circular model to a large 20-inch ceiling unit. And, if you want luxury along with it, you can compare the showerhead functions and spray patterns too.