Pricewise: Vintage-Look Handshowers
They cut a convincing period profile while standing ready to hose down shampooed heads, pets—even the tub itself. Here's how two compare, starting with price
Not so long ago, handshowers were viewed as a curiosity best relegated to European hotels. But they've begun to prove their can't-live-without-it usefulness, whether providing a freestanding tub with its only shower or an existing shower with a second-in-command. We found two, both based on an iconic design and made of solid brass: one handcrafted in Europe, the other factory-made in Asia. Here's a look at their major differences, from flow to heft.
Rohl Perrin & Rowe Edwardian Handshower and Hose in Satin Nickel
Weight: 1 pound 15 ounces
Is it for you?
If you want an authentic British reproduction piece—heavy, lustrous, and handmade.
About $560; Rohlhome.com
Solid brass, handcrafted and finished in England with triple plating for durability. Generates a solid, generous spray. White rubber rim helps protect showerhead (and tub) from dings.
Inset is high-quality porcelain with a warm white finish and subtler ribbing. Neoprene-and-brass hose is surprisingly thick and ropey.
Could easily serve as your only shower. Feels as if it came from a manor house. Satin-nickel finish contributes to its lush look and costs an extra $113 over chrome.
Strom Plumbing Sign of the Crab Handshower and Hose in Chrome
Weight: 1 pound 5 ounces
Warranty: Five years
Is it for you?
If you want a similar-looking, slightly smaller model that's less likely to smash your toe.
About $140; Rejuvenation.com
Solid brass, triple-plated parts are cast in Asia and assembled in the U.S. Smaller holes on the angled head generate a finer spray. Protective black rubber rim prevents accidental scratches.
Inset is ceramic with porcelain coating and has thick ribs for a good grip. Vinyl-and-brass hose is narrower.
Comes close to any well-made 2.5-gallons-per-minute regulation low-flow showerhead. Overall, feels lighter, nimbler, and more kid-friendly.