ADA Shower Heads – You’re in Control

The ability to rely on consistent water temperature, pressure and reach is essential for an enjoyable and relaxing shower experience. This applies even more to people with limited mobility, who do not always have the luxury of easily adjusting the shower head or controls. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) 2010 Standards for Accessible Design specifies requirements that shower heads must meet to be considered “ADA-compliant.” These guidelines, given in ADA Section 607.6, are as follows:

  • The shower spray unit must have a hose that is 59” long at minimum. This makes meeting mobility needs possible for a wide range of users.
  • The shower spray unit should be able to be used as both a fixed-position shower head as well as a hand-held shower.
  • The shower head (if height is adjustable) can be mounted on a vertical bar, but the shower head and vertical bar should not obstruct a user’s reach to any grab bars that may also be installed.
  • The shower spray unit water temperature should not exceed 120°F, and the unit should include an on/off control and a non-positive shutoff.
  • ADA Section 607.6 also makes an advisory that water pressure in hand-held units should supply equivalent water pressure to fixed shower spray units.

Meeting ADA guidelines for shower head installation helps ensure that users with a wide variety of needs have a comfortable and safe experience.

Often when specifying shower heads for ADA restrooms, the wording is general such as “provide ADA compliant shower head.” They are most often specified under the Plumbing Division. Sometimes the specifications state a specific manufacturer or manufacturer list. At this writing, there were 279 projects in ConstructConnect within the Plumbing Division that specified ADA “shower heads” and 388 for ADA “showerheads” for this year. Since some contain a specific manufacturer, the field has room for product manufacturers to become a basis of design or position their shower head as THE ones for ADA restrooms.


Now that you are aware of some of the guidelines for installing ADA-compliant shower heads, here are some manufacturers that make ADA specific products:

American Standard. American Standard has a legacy spanning 140 years as a premier North American manufacturer of plumbing and building products. American Standard manufactures faucets, sinks, whirlpool tubs and many other high-performance fixtures for the kitchen and bath. See their selection of ADA-compliant shower heads, including the 3-Function Hand Shower with Pause Feature on their website.

Ferguson. Ferguson is a leading supplier of residential and commercial plumbing products. With a 65-year history, knowledgeable staff, and locations worldwide, Ferguson is an excellent resource to consult for advice on various ADA compliant products. Browse Ferguson’s collection of ADA shower heads, including the Leland Single Handle Single Function Bathtub & Shower Faucet by Delta.

Kohler. Since 1873, Kohler, located in Kohler, Wisconsin, has been a world-renowned manufacturer of plumbing products. See their selection of ADA-compliant shower heads, including the Awaken® G110 on their website.

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