Published on April 9th, 2014 | by Greg0
Let It Rain: The American Standard Modern Showerhead
Plumbing isn’t something we regularly cover on these pages. We’ve seen Bluetooth showerheads and even lighting systems for your bathtub, but rarely find them compelling enough to put through a serious review. However, apartment seekers regularly complain about their water pressure and the cheap showerheads that are in most apartments, and we thought it was time to get out our wrenches and suggest a simple DIY fix that will make your mornings nicer- few things can improve your AM attitude like a better shower.
The American Standard 10″ Modern Rain Showerhead is a pretty simple, but quite effective. There aren’t multiple settings, and there’s no extra function. It’s barely adjustable at all, in fact. But it is incredibly simple to install- we managed it in under two minutes, and all you need is some silicone tape (cheaply found at any hardware store) as well as a decent wrench. The tape winds around the threads and serves as a seal, and you simply screw the showerhead on then tighten (but don’t over-tighten!)
With older showerheads, one issue you could face is that they would clog- these are specially designed to avoid that problem, and every single nozzle worked and offered the same level of pressure. There is just a bit of extra pressure as well, we found, a wee bit more than you might expect- and it helps, since you want a little bit of thrust to your water to jar you alive. It’s far gentler than a pushy traditional model though, and tapers a bit, directing some of the spray inward where you need it. And the Modern Rain is large enough to offer complete coverage, plus it looks swanky- it makes your shower feel like you’re at a hotel or spa, without the eye-popping price tag.
Available in several finishes, including chrome, nickel, and brass, this is the perfect showerhead for when your piping is directly overhead, as in some urban apartments- we wouldn’t suggest installing at an angle, only horizontally. With a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute, the American Standard Modern Rain offers a great shower experience with no bells or whistles, at a very affordable price point- under $100, online and in stores.