but honestly…METAL in the shower is just begging for corrosion and hard water stains. Plastic, while not as cool sounding when you plink it with your finger tip, is certainly more hygienic to me in this setup.
I bought a lighter rendition of the 36-setting shower head. I think mine is like 24 settings? I’ve had it for almost 2 years, and have now brought it with me to a second apartment.
The unit is mostly plastic, but like someone said above, it means there’s no corrosion and it also seems like there’s a lot less mineral build up than on other shower heads (I haven’t seen any on mine).
The kit it came with included a number of parts to let you customize the output/flow, and included teflon tape to prevent leaks, along with rubber gaskets.
I have purchased a couple of these. The ones with the handheld extensions and multiple spray settings have been great. The adjustable “rain” shower heads were terrible. The adjusters broke when you tried to tighten them (and I don’t mean I tried to overtighen them) and when it filled with water it would sag under its own weight. Certain models are okay, but the brand name “Ultra Luxury” is quite a stretch.
Robert R. Here representing the Manufacturer. Below is an interesting read relative to metal vs. ABS plastics. Most shower heads on the market are chrome plated ABS Plastic and hope that the below will help with some of the concerns posted about quality and reliability. Our products are of high quality and supported with warranties that replace any broken part for each product.
I thought my shower is Metal, but its Plastic!
Plastic vs. Metal
Metal (brass or stainless steel) is widely used in manufacturing of permanent-mount bath fixtures, such as faucets and towel racks. However, when it comes to showers, ABS Plastic is the undisputed material of choice for world’s top shower manufactures.With the exception of few simple fixed-mount models, practically all shower heads on the market today are made from chrome-plated ABS plastic, not brass. There are several reasons why:
Advancements in Shower Technology
Only simple shower heads with one or two settings can be made from brass. Advanced multi-setting shower designs can be produced only through high-precision plastic injection process. Today’s highly durable impact-resistant ABS materials are designed for years of reliable daily use.
Hand Shower Safety
Most showers sold today are hand-held systems. If your hand shower was made from metal, it would be too heavy to hold and dangerous to operate. Should such hand shower accidentally fall, it would likely crack your bathtub or injure you.
Unjustifiably High Cost
Brass material would increase the cost of your shower 3 to 4 times without any impact on its performance or durability. Metal showers can leak and break just like those made from plastic. It is the quality of parts, design and assembly that determine shower head reliability, not the material.
The truth is, a high-quality ABS shower will last for years. It will be as reliable as those made from brass years ago, only more user-friendly, with better features and far less expensive.
I bought one of the rainfall showerheads on an extenstion.
There is not one metal component on this item.
You must use extreme caution attaching this item to a steel shower fitting, as the abs threads are soft and can be cross threaded easily.
the instructions say to assemble the unit completely and then attach it to the shower, doing it over again, I would definitely install the connector to the shower fitting first, as engaging these threads is much easier than trying to spin the whole unit on straight.