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Find the Perfect Shower System for You - A Comprehensive Guide

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August 16, 2023
Kallista Design

A shower system is more than just a showerhead and a valve. It's a complete system that can transform a daily routine into a spa-like retreat. From luxury shower heads to valves and other components, there are various factors to consider when shopping for shower systems.  

This overview will provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision and create your own luxury shower experience.

Components of a Shower System

When buying a shower system, think about the specific needs of your project. The size and style of the space as well as your personal preferences should guide your decisions.  

Let’s learn how valves, trim, and fixtures come together to create the perfect oasis.

Shower System Valves and Trim

A shower system with a valve is a basic but essential component. Shower valves and trim work together to regulate water flow and temperature in your shower system. Basic shower systems use a minimum of two or three valves, while large double showers may utilize six or more.

The valve is the internal plumbing component that controls the water flow, while the shower trim is the visible control that allows you to adjust the temperature and volume of water, usually in the form of a handle.  

What Is a Thermostatic Shower Valve?

Pinna Paletta® Thermostatic Trim, Lever Handle

A thermostatic shower valve is an essential component of any shower system. It regulates the water temperature and maintains a consistent temperature throughout your shower, ensuring a safe and comfortable experience.  

What About Anti-Scalding?
½ Inch Thermostatic Mixing Valve

Water temperature and anti-scald features are crucial for a safe and comfortable shower experience. Make sure to choose valves with high-temperature limits for peace of mind. Some rough-in assemblies allow you to preset a comfortable maximum temperature.  

What Is a Diverter Shower Valve?  

A shower diverter, also called a transfer, is a valve that controls the flow of water between different shower components. For example, a diverter can switch the water flow between a rain showerhead and handheld shower.  

What Does a Pressure Balance Valve Do?

Cross Handle Shower Trim

A pressure balance valve ensures constant water pressure even if there is a change in water supply or demand. These valves are particularly useful in households with fluctuating water pressure or temperature. Pressure balance valves work by balancing the hot and cold water supply, ensuring a consistent flow of water.

What Is a Volume Control Shower Valve?

As the name suggests, a volume control lever manages the volume of the water, as well as the on and off function. This is usually paired with a separate thermostatic valve to control the temperature.  

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Fixtures for Shower Systems

When it comes to creating luxury shower systems, choosing the right fixtures is key. From standard showerheads to rain showers and handhelds, each fixture brings its own unique benefits and advantages. When selecting components of a shower system, consider your personal preferences and needs, as well as the overall design and style of your bathroom.

Standard Showerheads

Script™ Showerhead

Standard showerheads are a popular choice for many homeowners looking to create a comfortable and practical shower experience. There are a variety of options available on the market, ranging from traditional to contemporary designs, each with its own unique features and benefits. Many standard showerheads offer single or multi-spray settings, providing options for wide coverage, pulsating sprays, and soft aerating sprays.  

Some showerheads even use air-induction technology to mix air and water, producing a powerful and even flow of water.

Rain Showerheads  

Air-Induction Large Contemporary Rain Showerhead

Shower systems with rain showers and handheld fixtures are an increasingly popular option. Rain showerheads offer a unique and indulgent experience, providing users with a gentle, cascading release of water that can be both relaxing and invigorating. The best rain showerheads feature air induction technology, which reduces water output while ensuring a drenching spray and even water flow.  

Additionally, a range of sprayface sizes are available to appeal to individual tastes, with many rain showerheads constructed from durable and reliable materials such as brass.


Handshower With Hose by Laura Kirar

Handshowers provide added flexibility and convenience in the shower. Designed to fit comfortably in the hand, many handheld showers offer a variety of spray options, from massaging to soft aerating to pulsating choices. Some models even come with sleek, sweeping wands that release an immersive yet gentle drench of water.

Bathtub Faucets and Spouts

Bathtub spouts and tub faucets are essential components of a shower system designed for a tub/shower combo layout. Spouts and wall-mount faucets are installed on the wall above the tub and feature a diverter that allows you to switch the water flow between the spout and the showerhead.  

Central Park West Freestanding Bath Faucet

Some bathtub faucets are freestanding and can be used in conjunction with handshowers for added convenience and versatility.  

Showerhead Arm

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Air-Induction Soft Modern Rain Showerhead

A showerhead arm is the component that connects the showerhead to the valve. They come in different lengths and shapes, so choose one that fits your space and desired experience.

Saving Water

If you're concerned about water conservation, choose a shower system with a low-flow showerhead. These showerheads use less water without sacrificing water pressure or shower experience.  

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, water-saving showerheads use a maximum 2.0 gallons-per-minute (GPM), while standard showerheads use 2.5 GPM.

Shower System Finishes

When it comes to shower systems, the finish of the fixtures is just as important as their functionality. Finishes range from cool to warm, and you can choose colors that are compatible with your vision. In addition, some finishes are “living” and develop a unique patina over time, while others are more durable thanks to powder-coating or physical vapor deposition (PVD) technology.

Polished Nickel  
Pinna Paletta® Shower System

Polished nickel shower fixtures can be a great choice for those who want a modern and luxurious look in their bathroom. This cool, silver finish is perfect for those who want a sleek and sophisticated look. The PVD finish is highly durable and will maintain the purity of color and reflective surface for years to come, making it a worthwhile investment for your home.

Matte Black  
One™ Shower System

For those who want a softer, more textured look, matte black shower fixtures may be the perfect choice. The rich charcoal coloration of the finish is heightened by the slightly textured, matte finish, making it a perfect complement to a wide range of bathroom styles. Plus, the durability of the finish ensures that it will look great for years to come.

Brushed French Gold  
Per Se® Shower System

If you want to add a touch of modern elegance to your bathroom, Brushed French Gold shower fixtures may be just what you need. This new signature KALLISTA custom finish features a luminous golden glow and subtly textured fine brushstroke detailing. The precision-applied PVD finish ensures long-lasting durability that will withstand the test of time, making it the ultimate form of luxury in your bathroom.

Elevate Your Shower Experience With Luxury Fixtures

Upgrade your showering experience with a custom shower system that caters to your unique preferences. Complete shower systems include multiple components, from showerheads and tub faucets to valves and trim. Each element must work seamlessly together to deliver a spa-like experience in the comfort of your own bathroom.  

When you're looking for the ultimate in luxury, consider exploring KALLISTA shower systems and fixtures. With attention to detail, artisan finishes, and innovative technologies, KALLISTA products deliver a showering experience beyond compare.

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