Waterpik is a brand of highs and lows. They have some really good, unique products that fill important niche purposes, but they have a lot of uninspired or just plain bad designs as well.

I’m going to try to give a clear guide for what their best options are and why over the course of this article, but if you’re in a hurry, just take a look at my favorite:

IN A RUSH? MY TOP CHOICE

Flexible Neck 6-Mode NML-603

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How Do I Pick The Right One?

There are a few main things to keep in mind when looking for any shower head, some more important than others.
These come down to: settings and function, construction, price, and aesthetics. I’ll give a quick rundown of each.

Settings And Function

Multiple settings are always a plus. They give increased options and add value to what would otherwise be lackluster offerings, which makes them appealing enough to give a try even if they are otherwise unremarkable.

Most brands have a special setting that they take the most pride in. For Waterpik this appears to be the Power Pulse massage, a high pressure, deep massage feature that improves on their (and the) original massage function for shower heads.

As a rule of thumb, every unit with multiple settings should have at least a jet and massage setting in addition to their normal full body spray. Other settings like rain, bubbles (or champagne), different massages, or especially a pause feature are gravy.

Construction

Waterpik, unfortunately, doesn’t have much in the way of options for construction. They almost exclusively make their products out of the standard issue high grade plastic and chrome finish.

While not bad materials, things like stainless steel or brass construction are always pluses to look for, and Waterpik products lack these. This means they generally won’t be as long lasting as more sturdily constructed models, though this isn’t as much of an issue because:

Price

Waterpik products don’t cost very much. The ballpark of $30 to $40 is where 90% of their products worth discussing lie. The construction therefore can be forgiven; it’s not like they’re over charging you.

This makes this brand great if you’re on a budget, or want to try out a more niche product type before shelling out for a more expensive one (like with a rainfall type, which are generally divisive; people either swear by them or don’t get what the big deal is).

Aesthetics


Let’s be blunt: Waterpik products run the gamut from “ugly as sin” to “unremarkable”. For those who don’t care about bathroom or shower aesthetics, this isn’t a big deal. Truth be told, given the aforementioned low price, it doesn’t really bother me either; a focus on aesthetics would raise the price for no additional function.

It’s just good to keep in mind that these are not style pieces, and I won’t judge them as such (save for one egregiously ugly unit at the bottom of the list), so I won’t really be discussing looks as much as with other brands like Moen or Speakman.


Best 10 Waterpik Shower Heads

1. Flexible Neck 6-Mode NML-603


I love the design on this one.

While ugly, the flexible hose that locks in place where you set it is always nice and convenient, making it perfect for families that share the same shower, adjusting to any height (the hose is 18 inches, making it very adjustable).


The 6 settings move it up in my estimation among some of the similar offerings from Waterpik as well, giving the full range of expected settings: full body spray, pulse massage, high pressure massage, jet function, and combination settings.


The tiny 3.5 inch face is a bit disappointingly small, but that gives it a focus other products lack (making it great for thick hair), and makes it perfect as a second shower head (like a handheld you can freely let go of without worrying about it falling to the ground).


For the asking price (little over $40), this is an EXCELLENT unit.

2. -773T Dualspray 2-in-1 Adjustable Rain


A very strange dual type.


Most dual design consist of a fixed shower head and a handheld in one. They’re also usually pretty cumbersome and I don’t like them; they feel awkward to use and my shower feel smaller.


This is neither, which is odd, but not unwelcome. The top head is a rainfall style, while the bottom has more intense sprays, allowing for very nice combinations of the two.


The top part only does “drenching rainfall”, or a combo of that and the Power Spray from the bottom shower head.


The bottom gives you an assortment of a full body spray, Power Spray, pulse massage, and a combination of any of those three with the others, for a total of 7 settings across the two heads.


The price is about what you’d expect for two parts (a little over $60), which is a great price for this odd duck of a combo shower head. I’d give it a try unless you have a pressing need for a handheld.

3. XRO-763 High Pressure Powerpulse Massage Hand Held


As a high pressure junkie, I really like this one.


The main settings are nothing to get excited about, but they’re a nice assortment: full body spray, Power Spray, a combo of either of the above plus a pulse massage, water saver, and pause.


The real draw, however, is the Power Pulse massage, a high pressure massage that boasts twice the pressure of a normal shower massage function, making it the closest you can get to a deep tissue massage with a shower head.


Lightweight (though sturdy) plastic and touch clean nozzles round out this under $40 package, and it ends up as one of my favorite Waterpik products.

4. SM-623CGT 2.0 GPM Original Shower Massage


The original massage shower head is still pretty good.


First thing that comes to mind: I like that all the settings are clearly labeled on the face. Most (including a lot of the ones from this brand) make you kind of guess which setting you’re on. It’s a nice feature.


The 6 settings themselves are also pretty nice: full body spray, Power Spray, pulse massage, slow massage, a combo of full body and massage, and the evergreen favorite: a pause feature.


While the flow is a bit low for my taste at 2.0 GPM, it makes up for it with a high pressure form its small 3.5 inch face. While a bit small for some’s taste, it makes a good high pressure shower out of the flow it has.


Construction is nothing to speak of: plastic and chrome, easy to clean nozzles, but for under $30 you can’t expect more.

5.  653 CG Original Shower Massage Hand Held


A handheld version of the above option.


These take equal spots in my estimation, both are the same in most regards. Same settings (full body spray, Power Spray, pulse massage, slow massage, a combo of full body and massage, and a pause option), same construction (plastic, chrome, and easy clean nozzles), and nearly the same price (this one’s a little over $30.


This all comes down to whether you think this works better as a fixed or handheld option. I can see arguments for both. The massage options are always better in a handheld in my opinion, but the regular shower options work exceedingly well from a fixed perspective.


I’d give both a look, and pick your favorite.

6. High Pressure 7-Mode PowerPulse Massage


A fixed version of the Power Pulse handheld.


This one sits significantly lower just because massage functions aren’t nearly as desirable in a fixed unit. The main settings (full body spray, pulse massage, water saver, power spray, a combo of  power or full body spray plus pulse massage, and pause) are fine, but the Power Pulse massage is the main draw, and it’s just not that satisfying when only aimable at head and neck.


While $10 cheaper than the handheld version, so not a bad price, it’s not as good as some of the other options.

7. High Pressure 6-Mode Rain


No settings, but not bad.


This one only has one setting, one Waterpik touts as “high pressure Rainfall+”.


While not true rainfall (it doesn’t fall, it’s an angled, fixed unit), it’s pretty nice. The 6 inch wide face gives a very wide coverage at a good pressure (which usually drops the larger the face), making for a very satisfying hot shower.

While the construction is nothing to speak of (plastic and chrome, touch clean nozzles), and it has no settings, the main function is good enough for me to recommend it IF you like the setting it provides.


For a little over $30, it’s not too bad all in all. Give it a try if it sounds appealing.

8. AST-233E Aquascape CHR


An interesting design, though still fairly standard.


This is a shower head for a very specific kind of person. It’s an eco flow (2.0 GPM) with an extra wide spray from its convex face, giving it 50% wider coverage than the average types. These two combined make it great for someone who wants a water saver shower head that also envelops similar to a rainfall shower head (though sadly, still from the wrong angle).


Other than that, it’s a pretty standard unit. Plastic with a chrome finish, easy to clean nozzles, two settings (power spray and full body spray), and the head can be rotated as well for a slightly different spray, and it comes with pressure boosting technology for 30% more pressure.


For under $40, not a bad deal, though is a bit niche.

9. RPB-173 2.5 GPM RainFall+


As simple as it gets, but it will get you clean.


I’m always torn on what to think about “faux rainfall” types. On the one hand, they can often give a passable imitation of a true rainfall shower head at a much, much cheaper price. On the other hand, they are much smaller and don’t give the full experience, while lacking any of the adjustments or extra settings an equivalent price traditional unit would.


This one sits lower on the list for that reason; while it’s made of quality materials (high grade plastic, chrome, and touch clean nozzles) and has a very good extendable arm (adjustable to be comfortable for people well over 6 feet tall) and has a good price (well under $40), it doesn’t do as much for you as a traditional shower head with a rain setting, and isn’t as good at being a rainfall as a true rain shower head (being only 6 inches across its face instead of the minimum 8 I’d consider for a true rainfall type).

10.  Neck 6-Mode Rainfall


Ugly, but not terrible.


This one is in a bit of an awkward position. While cheap (not much over $30), it’s not cheap enough to give it a pass on being a very simplistic and hideous application of the rainfall design. The adjustable hose is nice, but hardly revolutionary; most rainfall types shave an adjustable arm anyway.


This leaves it as having its large face (12 inches, but very few nozzles for a rainfall design) and Power Spray alternate setting as its only claim to fame, which doesn’t speak too well of it all in all.


The construction being entirely plastic doesn’t really help matters on the quality front. It’s better at being a rainfall style than the above option, but not by too terribly much. Give it a look if you want a cheap test of what a rainfall shower feels like if you’ve never had one before, but avoid otherwise.


Conclusion


Flexible Neck 6-Mode Power Spray NML-603

The only one I’d say to avoid in most circumstances is our last option, the flexible rainfall shower head. Other than that, I think everything here has something to offer for someone, and my top 3 in particular are great for just about everybody.

Multiple settings are a big swing factor for a lot of people, myself included. Not because I’ll generally use ALL of them, but having a wide assortment lets me test which one feels great and have a couple to swap to on stressful days I need a shower to unknot my muscles or something. The fact that a lot of Waterpik shower heads, even otherwise unremarkable by most standards, lack these extra settings is unfortunately a turn off for a lot of customers.