Space? Pressure? Throw distance?

Find the perfect overhead shower for your customers

Every job is different. Sometimes the shower space is tiny, other times your customer wants a roomy walk-in shower. But the water pressure is not always sufficient for larger installations. Which overhead shower should you recommend to whom? Find out in this shower guide for bathroom professionals. We are here to back up your consultation expertise with descriptive and accurate planning examples.

Specific support for planning shower spaces

Many customers feel overwhelmed when looking for the perfect overhead shower, as there is an abundance to choose from. They want to make full use of a large space or have no water seep from a small shower. First item on a bathroom expert’s agenda: Find the perfect overhead shower out of the wide range of options. Not an easy task!

This guide focuses on hansgrohe overhead showers that have the option to adjust the angle. They are adaptable miracles in the dream shower – and the solution to many space problems. Are you unfamiliar with throw distances and the way they cascade from the shower head? This guide will see to that.

Large, round Rainfinity overhead shower with wall connection.
Showering doesn’t get much nicer than this. This modern dream bathroom has been fitted with Rainfinity shower heads. The angle of the round overhead shower with wall connection can be adjusted to suit the space.

Our planning examples feature the following ranges with flexible shower arms:

Each of these hansgrohe rain showers with wall connection sets new standards in terms of shower design in its respective price segment. And they all offer sensual feel-good experiences with their microfine PowderRain spray type

More details on the scientific development that hansgrohe puts into these feel-good sprays can be found further down this page.

Which overhead shower for which shower space?

A mini shower cubicle or spacious walk-in shower: hansgrohe rain showers with angle adjustment can be adapted to each customer’s specific bathroom architecture. But you do need to take a few figures and measurements into consideration before installation.

Which factors determine the choice of overhead shower?

  1. The size of the shower area
  2. The diameter of the shower head
  3. The throw distance of the sprays
  4. The pressure ratios 

hansgrohe’s indulgent showers put to the test

Important when choosing the best rain shower: Most overhead showers require a minimum operation pressure so that they can create a lovely spray pattern and spread a feel-good sensation. Please check the required values with us online: They are provided in the flowcharts in the product data sheets, which are available to download for each shower.

Our practical shower test revealed clear results for pressure and throw distance. You can find more information on all parameters at the bottom of this page.*

Shower area? Wet area? Dry area?

Now to your installation. Please calculate the available shower space you should plan for. Please note: Many of your customers want a dry zone in the shower – a place for towels, bathrooms and furniture that must remain dry. You need to plan in this buffer zone for rain showers that spray water at an angle. The values in our planning examples refer to the wet area.

The shower area often consists of a wet and dry zone.
Important for your planning: The available wet area predetermines your customer’s shower area. Please always subtract the dry area to avoid mistakes.

Ready to perfectly plan the available wet area? Click on the symbol with the relevant dimensions now. This will take you directly to the relevant planning example.


The best rain showers for shower areas of up to 90 x 90 cm

This is the most common shower space customers have. For the conventional 90 x 90 cm shower area, you can recommend and install all three hansgrohe overhead showers with adjustable angles:

  • Pulsify S 260
  • Rainfinity 250 
  • Rainfinity 360 

Each of the example images for the throw distance shows a different operating pressure and inclination angle.

The ceiling-mounted Pulsify S: a perfect all-rounder

For the 90 x 90 cm shower size, the ceiling-mounted Pulsify S 260 overhead shower with PowderRain is the hansgrohe all-rounder for every need. In this downpour version of the Pulsify, the shower arm has a variable length and position so that it can be adapted to the user(s) during installation. The shower arm is available in lengths of 240 and 390 mm and sits in the middle of the ball joint.

Example calculation for the installation:

  • Divide the diameter of the spray pattern on the floor (roughly 450 mm at 2 bar) by 2 = 225 mm. 
  • To this 225 mm, add the length of the shower arm plus the distance between the wall and the shower arm (in exposed installation systems).
  • A shower arm with a 390 mm length and 50 mm distance from the wall therefore has a throw distance of 665 mm.

In addition to the Pulsify S, the hansgrohe range boasts a variety of ceiling-mounted overhead showers perfect for smaller shower areas.

Throw distance for the Pulsify S 260 ceiling-mounted overhead shower.

The best rain showers for 100 x 100 cm shower areas

For a 100 x 100 cm shower area, you can recommend and install these two hansgrohe overhead showers with angle adjustment:

  • Pulsify S 260
  • Rainfinity 250 

Each of the example images for the throw distance shows a different operating pressure and inclination angle.

The best rain shower for shower areas of 120 x 100 cm and above

For standard and walk-in shower areas of 120 x 100 cm, you can recommend and install the hansgrohe Pulsify S 260 overhead shower with angle adjustment. This is also highly suitable for even bigger shower spaces. In each of the images showing examples of the throw distance, the operating pressure and inclination angle are different.
As a reminder: You must check the water pressure in your customer’s bathroom before making your recommendation.

*Key information on the measurement data in our practical test

  • The hansgrohe overhead showers with adjustable angles were affixed at a standard height of 2.05 m.
  • The sprays’ throw distances were physically measured from the shower’s tap design (thermostatic mixer/tap/concealed valve) at 2 and 3 bar operating pressure. 
  • You should allow for slight deviations of up to +/- 50 mm in the throw distance. This has already been factored into the planning examples.
  • The throw distance of the PowderRain spray type was tested. Values may deviate slightly in multi-spray overhead showers that also feature Intense PowderRain.

Pulsify and Rainfinity: adaptation artists for every bathroom

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Hansgrohe spray research: Where spa sensations are scientifically developed

Hansgrohe spray research is the only work of its kind in this industry. In the state-of-the-art research and development lab in the Black Forest, a team of experts works on smart technologies and functions relating to experiences with water. This is where every product is put to the test using specialised methods. In other words, what, how and why water flows through showers and taps from the AXOR and hansgrohe brands is anything but a coincidence. Our water design is a thoroughly tested and meticulously documented scientific masterpiece.

Why does Hansgrohe run its own spray research department?

  • Because parameters such as throw distance, minimum operation pressure, hygiene standards and acoustic group need to be 100% reliable for bathroom experts and customers worldwide.
  • Because by having a variety of spray types and the option to customise them, we can offer sensational wellness experiences and make our customers’ lives easier. 
  • Because premium products require top-class development conditions – and only the highest quality tools we use on a daily basis are sustainable.
  • Because we are a green company, so we consider it our duty to design products so that they use less water and energy. Because every droplet and every kilowatt-hour counts for our planet.

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