Seeking top quality multi-setting hand-held shower nozzle

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by pmhlb, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. pmhlb

    pmhlb New Member

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    Hello,
    Well, the subject line tells it all. My current showerhead is coming to the end of its life. I am looking to get a top quality multi-setting hand-held shower head (with a long hose)that can also be hooked up to be the main overhead shower. (Hope this makes sense!)

    I live in Ottawa (Ontario), Canada, where there are lots of plumbing shops with advice. I would, however, rather have advice from those who have been-there/done-that and can recommend a great product from first-hand experience.
    Thanks!
    Paul
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    using the words "top quality" and "hand held shower" in the same sentence is almost an oxymoron. ALsons makes good ones, and if you can find one of the "rare" brass ones then you will probably have one of the best ones available.
  3. pmhlb

    pmhlb New Member

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    I know that 'top quality' and 'hand-held' aren't necessarily go-togethers, but we LOVE the hand-held for getting at those not-so-easily-reached spots, and so are reluctant to give it up. I hear there are multi-function types or setups where there is more than one showerhead. Can't find much info, though.

    I am not a DIYourselfer, so all advice (at any level) is welcome!

    Paul
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; I hear there are multi-function types or setups where there is more than one showerhead

    Those are "original installation" systems, NOT a retrofit after the walls and tile are done.
  5. there is no "best" in terms of handheld handshower thingies. Paul, go web search and come back with a couple product links and I can comment more on the features you will get and what to expect.
  6. BobL43

    BobL43 DIY Senior Member

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    The hand held shower itself, if made of good old solid brass would be pretty heavy, so the cheap looking (well, not really) plastic made ones that resemble metal is the one I bought it was not really cheap, but my wife picked it out, the Delta Intuition Lahara model. works well, comes with a lifetime function and finish warranty. The pros here may or may not call it a piece of junk, but it suits us just fine. And no, we did not buy it because of that TV commercial where they are washing off the painted on football uniforms with this model. I bought the whole package with a new cotrol valve and tub spout, but the hand held part may be sold seperately. It has controls that allow the hand held or stationary sprayer or both or pause.
    We bought ours at home cheapo. In the past, we have found Delta to provide excellent customer service in getting us replacement parts if needed. American Standard has also been very helpful when needed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kf4ufAwdCao
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
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