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To determine the best shower faucet set for your tub and shower we looked at the following features: finish, style, showerhead style, shower valve (also known as a rough-in valve), and price. While finish and style are personal and depend on your design aesthetic choices, a shower valve is important and will impact your installation process. Likewise, the showerhead style will determine whether you have a traditional showerhead or opt for a more modern rainfall showerhead or even a dual showerhead design. These bathroom essentials have different designs that offer a different experience.
After taking all of the above into consideration, we nominated the SR Sun Rise SRSH-F5043 10-Inch Luxury Rain Shower Combo Set as our Top Pick. We liked that this was one of the best shower systems in our guide because of the dual rainfall and shower arm design, the included rough-in valve and the long 70.8-inch shower hose on the shower arm. Keep reading to learn more about the rest of our top picks.
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: A dual showerhead set with a large 10-inch rainfall plate and an included rough-in valve with a sleek chrome finish make this one of the best shower systems in our guide.
These days, rainfall showerheads are all the rage. They give you that luxe spa experience from the comfort of your home. So, if you’re in the market to upgrade the finishes in your bathroom, start with this SR Sun Rise SRSH-F5043 10-Inch Luxury Rain Shower Combo Set. First, we liked that this is a dual showerhead set (a common option we noted with rainfall showerheads). So, if you’re not in the mood to take a shower that feels like you’re being rained on, you can use the included shower arm instead.
You’ll like that the shower arm comes with a holder and a 70.8-inch flexible stainless steel hose. However, this option lacks a function valve (essential if you have a bathtub and want to switch between shower and bath), making it incompatible with bathtub shower combos. But you’ll like the matching stainless steel rough-in valve which features a control to switch between the rainfall head and shower arm, making it one of the best shower systems. The best shower chair will help those with disabilities.
Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: A rainfall shower set that comes with an eight-inch rainfall showerhead and an adjustable shower arm all with a modern finish that’s perfect for a sleek home remodel.
Maybe you felt like our Top Pick was a bit too expensive for your wallet but you still want to update your existing shower with a rainfall showerhead. In that case, our Honorable Mention — Sumerain Shower Faucet Set — is a bit more affordable but still gives you the functionality and luxe experience you’re craving. While this is one of the smaller rainfall showerheads (eight inches), we do like that you still get the dual showerhead feature with an included shower arm, holder, and a 59-inch shower hose.
You’ll like the sleek polished chrome finish, although you can also choose from three other finishes if your bathroom decor calls for something else. But you’ll like that the Sumerain shower set features easy-clean showerheads with soft rubber spray holes that can be easily wiped clean to prevent calcium or lime buildup. And as is standard for dual showerhead designs, the rough-in valve not only gives you control over the water temperature and flow rate/output but also includes the diverter to switch between the rainfall and shower arms. Compare this one to the best shower faucets to see which is best for you.
Award: BEST HOTEL LIKE FINISH
WHY WE LIKE IT: A streamlined single function rainfall showerhead that can create an upscale effect in your bathroom without breaking the bank.
If you only have a shower in your bathroom, a function valve isn’t going to be important. But you also might not need dual showerhead models that come with a shower arm and a rainfall showerhead. If you just want a rainfall showerhead, then the Pop Matte Black Shower Faucet Set is a great option. It’s a streamlined affordable solution for the person who wants an upgrade but doesn’t need all of the bells and whistles.
This rainfall showerhead measures eight inches wide and features a premium black brushed metal finish. We liked that it also comes with a rough-in valve and that you can choose from three additional finishes (brushed nickel, chrome, and oil-rubbed bronze). Plus you can adjust the angle of the showerhead thanks to the swivel ball in the arm. Your bathroom may also need the best toilet paper holder.
Award: BEST ON A BUDGET
WHY WE LIKE IT: An affordable and simple showerhead solution with five spray options and a self-cleaning showerhead from one of the most recognizable shower faucet brands on the market.
If you don’t need a spa-like experience every time you take a shower, then a traditional showerhead is going to be more than enough to meet your needs. The Delta Faucet T14238 is not only our Best Budget recommendation but is also the only showerhead in this guide that doesn’t have a rainfall option. While it’s not as competitive as many of the other options in our guide, it still offers commendable features and is from one of the most trusted shower faucet brands in the world.
We liked that you can choose from four classic finishes (chrome, champagne bronze, Venetian bronze, and stainless steel). Another bonus is that you can switch between five spray options that include fast massage and a full spray with massage mode. However, this is the only option in our guide that lacks a rough-in valve. While Delta does provide a compatible rough-in valve model (R10000-UNBXHF), this may be an issue for someone who was hoping for a comprehensive shower faucet set. The best plunger should always be on hand for bathroom clogs.
Award: BEST FOR ALL-IN-ONE
WHY WE LIKE IT: A dual showerhead design with a rainfall showerhead that also includes a function valve — an essential feature for those searching for shower and tub faucet sets.
If you’re not familiar with rainfall showerheads, it’s easy to assume that they’re only compatible with shower-only configurations — especially since so far, none of the rainfall models in our guide came with a function valve. But the Auktopt Rainfall head System is perfect for homeowners that need a shower and tub faucet set, but still want to create that luxury spa shower experience.
While this tub and shower faucet option doesn’t have that traditional rainfall design (this showerhead is circular and smaller), we do like that you still get a separate shower arm with a long flexible shower hose, as well as a rough-in valve. But the game-changer here is that this model also comes with a function valve so you can switch between bath and shower modes. And considering that this is the same cost as our Top Pick, it’s not a bad option for homeowners with tubs. Also read about the best shower curtain.
Award: BEST DESIGN TWO SHOWERHEAD
WHY WE LIKE IT: A modern oil rubbed bronze shower dual rainfall/arm shower faucet set with three showerhead settings and a function valve makes this the perfect choice for a design-focused bathroom renovation.
Bathrooms are popular home remodeling projects because, for many people, a well-designed shower or bathtub can create an oasis and a place to relax after a trying day. The Gabrylly Wall Mounted Shower Faucet Set is a sophisticated option thanks to the oil rubbed bronze finish. This dual shower faucet set includes a round eight-inch wall mounted rainfall head and a handheld shower arm with a long flexible hose.
But like our #5 pick, we also like that this model comes with a function valve — making it a great option for homeowners with a preference for handheld showerheads and bathtub/shower combos. As is common, this faucet set includes the rough-in valve. But if for some reason you don’t care for the oil rubbed bronze finish, you can also choose from brushed gold, brushed nickel, or matte black. The best tankless water heater is another great addition to the bathroom.
Award: BEST QUALITY
WHY WE LIKE IT: An air-injection rainfall showerhead combination faucet set for powerful and consistent water streams and a large 12-inch rainfall head for the ultimate spa shower experience.
For some people, money is no object when it’s time to upgrade the finishes or rooms in their homes. For that person, we recommend the Embather Shower System. Although it is the most expensive option in our guide, it also features the largest rainfall showerhead. This showerhead measures 12 inches wide while the competitors in our roundup max out at eight and 10 inches. As is common, this is a dual showerhead design with an accompanying shower arm and a 71-inch shower hose.
But what makes this option interesting is that the system relies on air injection technology to help reduce noise while saving up to 30% on water. Best of all, that air injection makes it perfect for homeowners who struggle with low water pressure. As is standard, the rough-in valve is included, and you also get a diverter switch to toggle between the rainfall head and shower arm. You may also want to read our best shower heads guide if you are looking for ways to change your shower experience.
Whether you’re tired of your old boring shower or you’ve always longed for a rainfall showerhead, shower faucet sets are a great way to update your bathroom without investing in a costly or time-consuming home renovation project. To select our top picks, we considered the following — finish, style, showerhead style, shower valve (also known as a rough-in valve), and price.
Except for our Best Budget recommendation, all of our picks are either rainfall or rainfall combination models — combination meaning that it includes a rainfall showerhead and a shower arm. The style you pick is entirely up to you, but if you prefer that spa-like experience, a rainfall showerhead is the way to go. And if you only want a rainfall showerhead (no combination), we recommend our #3 pick. The remaining rainfall options are all combination models.
Within our guide, you’ll find a range of finishes, almost all of our picks come in a variety of styles except for our Top Pick and Best Quality recommendations. Next, you’ll want to think about the shower valve (listed as a rough-in valve in our product reviews). Except for the Best Budget pick, all of our options include a rough-in valve. But, if you have a shower/tub combination, you’ll want to focus on our #5 and #6 picks as these two are the only options that also include a function valve that lets you switch between bath and shower mode.
And finally, the price is, of course, going to be important. Rainfall showerheads tend to be more expensive than a simple classic showerhead — even our #3 single function pick. However, a single function rainfall showerhead is significantly cheaper than the dual showerhead models.