Newer showerhead designs employ multiple sprays types to take advantage of the beneficial aspects of each type of head. These “hybrid” showerheads have resulted in greater consumer satisfaction and water savings. A utility planning to implement a showerhead replacement program should choose products very carefully. Dissatisfied users will remove the showerhead, or tamper with the flow controls, thus resulting in no water savings. Only the showerheads that remain installed and used will save water for the utility and customer.
Most showerheads are designed to produce a water spray in one of three major categories: a) stream spray; b) atomizing spray; or, c) aerating spray. Individual preferences determine user satisfaction among the different types of spray. Each type has advantages and disadvantages.