Tell Me About Trends: Handheld Showerhead Slide Bars

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Every time I’ve moved into a home the first thing my husband and I both do is stand in the shower. We’re tall compared to most people making many showerheads hit or miss. After years of dealing with ducking, it’s a requirement for us to fit under it before signing on the dotted line. It has been no surprise to me to see the rise in popularity of the handheld showerhead slide bars. More than that it’s a trend we welcome in the remodeling world.

Understanding the Logic Behind this Fixture Choice

The set up is stylish and functional, and how many things in your life fulfill both of those? Bringing in an adjustable head serves a couple of purposes the most obvious being: it’s adjustable! Most come with a knob that you twist and then slide the holder up or down to achieve the perfect position and tighten back up. To add to the customizable height the showerhead is handheld. Giving your dog a bath? No problem! Just lift the handheld portion off the bracket holding it. Have a bench that you use to shave? Simple! Install a bracket next to it and you can place your showerhead beside you while you get that perfect shave.

Picking a Handheld Showerhead Slide Bar

Manufacturers have awakened to the rising popularity of handheld showerhead slide bars. We’re seeing more finishes, styles, and configurations allowing the consumer to achieve the look they dream of. It’s easy to see why this trend is becoming a standard for many homeowners looking to upgrade their shower. We personally love the streamlined looks that Hansgrohe provides in their Croma, which combines a rain showerhead with a slide bar! Many makers you’re probably familiar with also produce these: Moen, Kohler, and Hansgrohe.

When choosing a set up there are a few things to take into consideration. While style is a valid point safety is first. Not all slide bar setups are rated as grab bars. If you are planning an ADA compliant shower, not every style will work. We recommend starting with Moen’s Home Care Collection and Speakman’s slide bars. The next thought is style with a focus on the finish. If you plan to mix your fixtures (for example a slide bar from Grohe and a fixed showered from Moen) you may find that their brushed satin nickel varies in color. Make sure you can get an idea of how closely each maker’s finish resembles the other before going ahead. Finally the overall style of your bathroom. While eccentric is in (the idea of mixing more than two styles), but most homeowners are looking to coordinate. Consider the overall shape (more rounded versus more squared) to coordinate your handheld showerhead on a slide bar setup with.

It’s definitely a trend that is here to stay. So keep it in mind when remodeling for the added beauty and value it will bring to your home.

We love feedback and encourage you to add to the conversation! Do you have a phenomenal look featuring a slide bar? Make sure to post it in the comments!

*Please note that not all slide bars are rated as grab bars.*