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Part massage therapist, part audience, part microphone—your showerhead does so much more than just douse you with water. It’s an essential part of how you start your day, end your day, or escape your day.

So settling on the right showerhead requires you to know your own personal expectations. Are you looking for style? Versatility? Something that will scour your body with the force of a fire hose? Let’s consider some of the best options available.

Budget performer: KOHLER Awaken G110 Multifunction Showerhead

Four Color Options

Who’s up for some “intense drenching”? Amazon

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If you’ve ever shopped for anything related to your bed or bath, the name “Kohler” is instantly recognizable. When your showerhead includes such specific setting descriptions as the K-72419—including “wide coverage,” “targeted spray,” and, yes, “intense drenching”—you know you’re going to be covering all of your showering needs. It’s a little lightweight, but at its price point, it’s a good performer. Just note that all Kohler bases are not standard, so if you are replacing an existing Kohler showerhead you may need to double-check that this will fit.

Two-in-one: Moen Engage Magnetix 2.5 GPM Handheld/Rain Shower Head

Distinct Settings

Switch easily to the handheld wand. Amazon

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This Kohler Engage Magnetix showerhead comes in two finishes: chrome and brushed nickel. The dual showerhead with hand shower wand shoots 2.5 gallons per minute and has six hardness and pattern settings. The hand-shower has a 60-inch hose and attaches to the base via a magnetic docking station.

Built-in speaker: KOHLER Moxie Showerhead

Sing And Scrub

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This Kohler Moxie showerhead comes with a built-in speaker that syncs to your device from up to 32 feet away. The showerhead has a silicone spray face, 60 nozzles and comes in two models—a 1.75 gallons per minute or a 2.5 gallons per minute—to help reduce water usage. Listen to the morning news or bop your head to your favorite jams while you pump yourself up for work or a date. The wireless speaker can be removed for charging purposes and for use outside of the shower.

Even flow: Delta Faucet 5-Spray H2Okinetic In2ition 2-in-1 Dual Hand Held Shower Head

Most Finish Options

Serious coverage. Amazon

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Rather than push water through pinholes to create the illusion of pressure, Delta engineers steer the liquid into waves to give the feeling that there’s more H2O than there is. Based on the fluidics that helps windshield nozzles spray evenly, the In2ition head circuits water through a series of internal dams to make concentrated, body-covering droplets.

The best: High Sierra’s 1.8 GPM”Reflections X” Low Flow Shower Head

Grooming Savior

It feels like a hose, but uses as little as one and a half gallons per minute. Amazon

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It will take all 20 fingers and toes—if not more—to count the nozzles on most showerheads. On a High Sierra head, you’ll see only one. Inside the sole nozzle, a horizontal pin separates water flow into two streams. The cone-shaped opening directs them to collide with one another, which forms a drenching, rainlike spray.

Internal purifier: AquaHomeGroup Luxury Filtered Shower Head Set

Pleasing In Every Way

It’s almost too nice to be subjected to your singing. Amazon

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The AquaHomeGroup filtered showerhead goes beyond just style and water pressure to create a holistic health approach to showering. Constructed of sturdy metal, the showerhead has an internal water purifier that not only removes harmful chemicals such as chlorine but also rust, sand, and other sediments. The filter system infuses the water with skin-rejuvenating Vitamin C and Vitamin E and is no more difficult to install than a standard showerhead. If you want to feel like you’re doing something healthy for your body beyond just basic cleanliness, this slightly pricier option is the way to go. Just on simple, pleasing style and sturdy feel alone, it scores high.

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