The History Of Shower Heads: Things You Might Not Know

When you use the shower and the warm water flows through your hair, it gives you a feel of the waterfall. You can enjoy taking a shower even more if your shower head has narrow holes and water comes out like rain.

But have you ever thought that the showerhead craze had been there for around 250 years?

The interesting part?

The shower heads’ overall design and structure did not change much throughout history, and they are almost the same as they were 100 or 200 years ago.


The Ancient Times

The ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians were the first people who focused on the idea of the indoor waterfall and created the showerheads. Later on, the Greeks and the Romans also started working on water pouring systems to attain maximum cleanliness.

The First One Invented

Showerheads approached their pre-modern shape in 1767 when the Englishmen William Feetham, built the first mechanical shower, but this invention did not grab the attention of too many people because it had some drawbacks.

It did not allow hot shower baths and could not recycle the dirty water properly.

So, we can say that people rejected it as personal hygiene was the major concern for them.

After this, the idea of showerheads went behind the scenes, but later in 1889 (78 years later), Edwin Rude ultimately found the solution to heating problems by creating electric water heaters. The scientists of that period also worked on the cleanliness techniques and declared it safe to bathe using the showers.

It gave people the confidence to take a bath using the showers confidently.

Trending in the 20th Century

In the 20th century, they took the modern shape, and the addition of nozzles and water pipes took place in this era. The model bathrooms (1907) of New York City look almost as similar to the bathrooms as we use today, and the same is the case with showerheads. The only difference is the holes’ shapes and sizes, as in this era, we use them with minor holes that more seem like a waterfall.

So it would be right to say that the standard design of modern shower heads is no different from our forefathers, but we have many more styles now than in the past.

Late 20th Century

In 1992, showerheads became the crucial part of every bathroom, toilet, faucet, urinals, and showers. At this time, the US Energy Policy Act also stated that showerheads should not exceed the flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute.

But keep in mind that if you want to keep your shower flowing like a waterfall, you should be paying special importance to the shower heads’ cleanliness because narrow holes can easily be clogged up with dust and dirt.

And yes,

Now the shower heads have entered the 21st century, and we all still love them, no matter where we live in the world. They serve as natural home-based waterfalls that we cannot afford to miss in our bathrooms.

Last Updated on May 17, 2021 by Kaalimbar Vazentini

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Hi, this is Kaalimbar, and I'm a professional plumber by trade and a part-time blogger by night. I've been working in this field for the last 10 years. And this blog is where I share my experience and knowledge with you. See you around.