Let's Take a Shower
Usually the first five minutes in any hotel room that I'm staying in is reserved for inspecting the plumbing. I generally start with the lavatory because it tells a story of the waste design and that can be verified by looking then at the bathtub. Then the quality of the fixture connections such as stops and supplies. The tub and shower valve get criticized the most. Then the toilet is checked for movement and the level of sound when it's flushed. I've repaired or adjusted many lavatory pop-up assemblies along the way, which are sometimes very easy to adjust without tools.
What I often stare at the longest is the shower head. Sometimes it is near the ceiling and sometimes it's at eye level. It can be small and powerful to large and useless. The "S" shaped shower arm is apparently an afterthought for the eye level version. The hotels with the missing shower heads tell me that probably it had some appeal to the last guest. This happened in San Diego recently, so I call down to the front desk with my complaint and sure enough, shortly thereafter maintenance has arrived with the industries best? Speakman. There was an apology along with the installation for the finish color. Polished Brass was installed instead of chrome temporarily until supplies arrived.
The Speakman brand can be found throughout the hospitality industry and countless institutional settings. By my last (very rough) calculation, there were 53 Speakman shower heads available. This count does not include Hand Showers. The finish selection is wide and many installation configurations prove to satisfy many plumbing or preference issues.
For example the two headed shower head Speakman S-2252-2 produces a wide pattern and provides convincing argument that each head only allows 2.5 gpm. My favorite is the Speakman S-2280-AF Anystream Showerhead because the traditional shower arm is not needed. This wall mounted showerhead has a flange to stabilize the entire assembly.
For some of us the routine shower must be an experience or event rather than a function of daily bodily maintenance. Rain Drop Shower Heads or sometimes called a Shower Cans provide a gentle experience and for some a brief journey in the mind through a Costa Rican Rain Forest.