It is often said that the first inspirations for showers came from nature itself, in the form of waterfalls. Thus, it is no surprise that as hygiene became more and more of a concern for the human race, so did people strive more and more in order to imitate that body of water that inspired the act of shower bathing in the first place. It has since reached its peak in the form of the waterfall shower head, so far the closest of human attempts to recreate the perfect waterfall for bathing under.
Since the waterfall itself was the source of inspiration that brought about its creation, the waterfall shower simply does that: attempt to make water from your plumbing flow in a way that resembles the single, steady, thick yet gentle stream of a waterfall. It does this by “shaping” the water and diffusing the force of its flow at the same time, effectively imitating the flow of a waterfall right above your head. This also means that this type of shower head is able to deliver large amounts of water more effectively than a traditional shower design can.
An advantage that a waterfall shower has over traditional shower heads is its resistance to lime buildup. This is due to the fact that there is only one large hole that a waterfall flows through, as compared to the numerous smaller holes of a traditional one. This means that it will take a much longer amount of time to block one large hole than many smaller holes, consequently allowing for longer periods of time between cleaning a waterfall head as compared to a traditional or rain shower head.
Sometimes, though, there will be times when you will simply want to take a regular shower, without the unique flow of a waterfall. This is something many recent fixture designers have taken into account as well, with the creation of a variable shower head that can alternate between a waterfall shower and a traditional shower. Having one of these will allow you to switch back and forth flow styles as you desire.
Just as natural waterfalls are not perfect, however, so do waterfall showers have their own flaws. For one thing, the flow of a waterfall shower head cannot be adjusted in some heads, which may not be that good a bit of news for those who still like to take a traditional shower every now and then. Also, some may consider the flow of one large stream as impractical, as it does cannot cover an area as large as the area covered by rain bars and other contemporaries of the waterfall shower. Also, having several waterfall shower heads may be costly, as these will sometimes use up larger quantities of water than low pressure and low flowing shower heads. Take these into account, though, and you will be on your way to experiencing what nature intended a shower to feel like.