A handheld showerhead, sometimes also known as a handicap shower head is, without doubt, a great addition to any bathroom. Apart from being incredibly flexible, it also comes in handy in homes with children, the elderly, the disabled, expectant mothers, and pets. This is because these versatile heads make it easy and fun to bathe these special beings, directing the flow of water right where it is needed.
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A handheld showerhead typically comes with a stainless steel hose and sometimes a mounting kit on which they are installed. Those with a longer hose let the users shower in different positions, for instance, while seated due to limited mobility. They are also pretty flexible for bathing pets.
There are two other types of showerheads.
Fixed shower heads
These showerheads are usually installed permanently onto the wall of the bath area either on the side walls or on the ceiling. Some are installed with an adjustable height to cater for varying human heights.
These showerheads combine the features of the fixed and the handheld showerheads. For these, the handheld bit attaches to a fixed showerhead to give it a little flexibility.
Here is a guide to help you make an informed decision during your purchase?
What size do you need?
This will be determined majorly by your needs and the available bathroom space. Dual shower heads are suitable for spacious bathrooms while a large shower head will offer wide shower coverage.
How much weight is comfortable?
The weight factor is very critical considering that most applications of the handheld showerhead involve people who are delicate, limited in ability, or those who totally lack the handling ability like pets and small children. For this reason, it is important to select a showerhead that is lightweight enough to be used comfortably without putting pressure on the user.
How versatile is it?
How many spray settings do you need in a showerhead? Should it have a pause function for more user flexibility and obviously water conservation? Some come with an adjustable head and hose making them suitable for people with limited movement, for instance, those with arthritis.
Length of hose
Bear in mind that you may need a longer hose for your showerhead if you intend to shower while seated or when using it on kids and pets.
Common showerhead materials include stainless steel, brass, chrome, and plastic. Most come with a shiny chrome finish while others are made entirely of chrome which happens to be the best material because it is durable and easy to clean.
Ease of cleaning
Because of the environment of its application, a showerhead will have minerals accumulate on it over time which affects how it operates. In this case, you are better off selecting a material that will be easy to clean like the chrome mentioned above. Others are designed with a self-clean element which is an added advantage.
Best Handheld Shower Heads for the Elderly 2023
Here are 3 best performing handheld showerheads that have made it top on our list. They have stood out in terms of features, form, and functionality.
#1 YOO.MEE ADA Handheld Shower Head
YOO.MEE’s tough plastic handheld showerhead, about 3.3 inches in diameter, is an excellent shower head for elderly, disabled, and those with conditions like Parkinson’s disease and arthritis. It is quite flexible to use thanks to its 79 inches stainless steel hose with an attractive shiny chrome finish for easy maintenance and a wide-enough head of diameter 3.3 inches.
It is built with a textured handle wrapped with silicone which is the same material used on its large switch element for easy non-slip handling. This shower head comes with four spray settings including a pause setting that stops water flow for convenience during operation and for conservation purposes. Other settings include the bubble spray, full spray, and soft spray settings. YOO.MEE’s handheld showerhead is ADA certified.
- Lightweight for easy handling by frail users
- Pause function conserves water
- Switch device may be a little difficult to use compared to a push button
- Lacks a handle strap for added safety given that it is a certified shower head for disabled people
#2 Deliao Elderly Handheld Home Care Shower
Deliao polished chrome handheld shower head is made of durable but lightweight ABS plastic with rubber nozzles while its 79 inches hose is made of stainless steel with a shiny attractive chrome finish and a brass metal connector. This makes it among the most hygienic and the best showerhead for elderly people since typically, its rubber-tipped spray nozzles, 50 in number, will not accommodate the accumulation of minerals plus it is easy to maintain with a simple wiping with a damp cloth.
It features a soft-grip handle attached with a strap that loops at the back of the hand for added safety. This showerhead is operated by a push control button. Some noteworthy additional features in this showerhead are the integrated vacuum breaker which, together with the control button, reduces the flow of water to a trickle when adjusted and a suction cup kit for mounting it.
- Water conserving trickle and pause settings
- Push button easy and convenient to operate
- Quality construction standards, ASME A112.18.1/cUPC Certification
- Easy installation without the need for drilling holes
- The adhesive mount is more permanent and harder to uninstall when there is a need to change its position
#3 Moen Home Care Hand Shower
Moen’s D28001CH stands out for its extra long 84-inch hose. This makes it the most suitable handheld showerhead for elderly people who may need to bathe while seated, caregivers who assist users during bath time, and for those who use it on pets.
This shower head is fitted with an on/off switch used for switching flow patterns of water from the shower spray, slow spray, to the slow trickle. Its soft grip handle has a safety strap which loops at the back of the hand to provide additional safety and firm easy handling for the user.
It features a shiny chrome finish to suit a range of bathroom decors and has an ADA compliance mark of quality.
- Extra long hose for added flexibility and function
- The on/off switch lets you resume your previous flow pattern after a pause.
- The plastic head needs extra careful handling as it could easily chip, crack, or break compared to metal
With the kind of application that the handheld showerhead is intended for, it understandable that users will have very specific needs thanks to their wide range of situations. This is why the best showerhead is one that will meet these specific needs. Still, getting one whose utility can extend to other applications around the home and whose safety detail is at its best is certainly an added advantage.