Waterfall & Drencher Shower Buying Guide

When it comes to showers you really are spoiled for choice, but if you're looking for luxury, then nothing matches the experience of a waterfall or drencher shower.

But what are they? What do you need to know when buying? And what’s the difference between the two types of shower head? Well, Plumbworld is here to explain everything you need to know about waterfall and drencher shower heads.

What is a waterfall shower?

Waterfall showers, or more specifically waterfall shower heads, bring the feeling of a luxury spa straight to your bathroom. These, and drencher shower heads, are fixed to your wall or ceiling to provide incredible style and comfort.

Waterfall shower heads have grown in popularity thanks to an “outdoor feel” trend in bathroom design. They have the ability to mimic rainfall or even a cascading waterfall for a truly calming shower experience.

When looking for a waterfall shower head, you’ll see it has holes like a standard drencher head but also includes an extra slot which provides the waterfall effect. Waterfall shower heads are available in wall or ceiling-mounted options.

What is the difference between a drencher and a waterfall shower?

A waterfall shower differs from a drencher shower, quite literally, in how the water falls from the shower head.

With a drencher shower, the water comes out vertically, at a 90-degree angle, providing a larger quantity of water than a standard shower.

What type of shower works with a waterfall shower head?

Waterfall shower heads work best with mixer showers as these aren’t an all-in-one system, unlike electric and power showers, for example.

Read more: What are the Different Types of Shower?

As mixer showers don’t require an inbuilt pump or heating element, the designs of the showers can be much more focused on aesthetics. More often than not, valves are quite minimalist and don’t protrude into the showering area too much. They can also be concealed behind the wall and out of sight, whilst retaining their standard functionality. 

The types of shower valves available vary widely, from standard valves with single and double controls to, bar valves. What's more, you can also opt between exposed and built-in valves. All of these can be found in a variety of styles, shapes, and designs, allowing you much greater control over the look and feel of your bathroom.

What should I consider when buying a waterfall or drencher shower?

If you're looking to but either a waterfall or drenched head, there are a few areas you need to consider. Keep reading to find out more.


Waterfall and drencher shower heads, unlike standard shower handsets, are designed to spray at a straight 90-degree angle, helping to provide a truly luxurious shower experience.

However, if you like the flexibility of a shower handset, then most drencher or waterfall showers also have the capacity to attach a shower handset. Make sure to check before purchasing.

Since many of these shower heads are wall or ceiling-mounted, you need to consider whether your plumbing is compatible with the showerhead. Alternatively, you will need to consider what modifications may be needed install this type of shower head in your home. If in doubt, please consult a plumber.

There are wall-mounted styles that can be placed, which will allow you to replace your standard shower head with a waterfall design. A plumber will be able to advise you about the best option for you.

Spray pattern

The spray pattern of the shower is another thing to consider before purchasing a waterfall or drencher shower. Some cheaper models describe themselves as waterfall designs but don’t have the same spray capability as a high-end model.

If the shower head you’re looking to buy only has holes around the perimeter, it’s unlikely to provide the drenching effect you desire. Make sure that there are holes covering the head fully, from the centre to the perimeter, to achieve a full drench or waterfall experience.

You also need to consider how the waterfall effect will fall in your shower. Will you need a shower screen or shower curtain? The last thing you want is to constantly be mopping the floor after a shower.


Like your spray pattern, you need to make sure that you have the space for a waterfall shower head. If your waterfall shower system is wall-mounted, you may find that slot that provides the cascading water effect, isn't suitable for a smaller bathroom.

If you have a walk-in shower enclosure, shower bath, or usual enclosure, you will need to measure its size against how the distance of the potential waterfall or drenched spray from your new shower.

Adjustable settings

When it comes to showering, we’re all different - many people like different setting during their shower. If you’ve got a lot of people living in your home or will have guests over regularly, consider a shower head with adjustable settings.

You should consider allowing a range of water flow so that everyone can experience their ideal shower. From a fine mist or massaging spray to a waterfall, your shower head should be adjustable for a relaxing spa like experience.

BubbleSpa showers

Now, if you're looking for true luxury then you'll love the innovative BubbleSpa shower. Kelda’s patented bubble technology turns the shower into a tranquil, multi-sensory experience.

The rhythmic tapping of bubbles against the skin imitates the fingertip-tapping technique used in traditional Swedish massage. Ideal for destressing after a long day at work, Swedish massage is associated with tension release and relaxation.

If you're looking for more inspiration on showers and shower heads, take a look at the following suggested posts - Rainfall Showers and Rainfall Shower Heads - Benefits of Dual Shower Heads - Thermostatic Shower Buying Guide.

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