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The Amazing ThunderHead

Introducing the ThunderHead: a revolution in shower design. Its wide track spray, covering you from shoulder to shoulder, comes from 90 spray jets.  That’s right, 90 jets of water, to deliver to you the shower experience you’ve always dreamed of. No more chasing water around the shower stall first thing in the morning, trying to get your whole body wet. Other so-called power showerheads use only half that number!

And that’s precisely why ThunderHead will outperform any other showerhead you’ve ever used or seen on store shelves. Don’t be fooled by oversized showerheads that promise a dream shower, but don’t come close. The unrivalled ThunderHead actually delivers.

No more adjusting your showerhead to find the desired spray setting. When you choose the ThunderHead, you only need one choice of spray. The ThunderHead’s construction is entirely unique. A pressure chamber provides a great spray, even at low water pressure.

Cleaning the ThunderHead is easy and can actually be done without acids or chemicals. In fact, cleaning the ThunderHead takes only seconds. The ThunderHead’s design is especially helpful for those with hard water, who may have had showerheads choked-up, or clogged-up by debris and scale build up inside.

Because of its smart design, you can clean ThunderHead yourself, simply by squeezing the soft, hollow spray jets. Then simply rub your fingers vigorously over ThunderHead’s flexible rubber jets to remove any hard water build-up in seconds. It’s that easy. No need to remove it to clean it, just reach up, and flex the rubber spray jets. That’s it! Scale buildup comes away instantly!

Along with an easy cleanup, you’ll get a pressure chamber inside the head that drives the water straight out with no “drooping” spray as with so many of those metal can “rainshowers” where the water limps out.

ThunderHead’s awesome spray is only one of its standout features. The extension arm has four self-locking ratchet joints, which are completely unique. You’ll enjoy multiple positions that can be locked in easily without having to twist wing nuts. There’s even a hide-away position that folds the extension arm completely back into itself and out of the way if it is not needed. That means you can tailor the height of the shower for adults and kids!

The ThunderHead can be installed without tools in just seconds. It simply threads on to the existing shower pipe and twists on.

Stop dreaming about the perfect shower. Get the ThunderHead and finally enjoy the shower you always knew was out there, but could never find.

Here’s what ThunderHead gives you:

ThunderHead: The Ultimate Showerhead

  • Awesome spray.
  • Wide spray. Full coverage – wide-track.
  • An oversize showerhead with 90 spray jets!
  • Durable showerhead. Built to last.
  • Easy cleaning – An actual clean-it-yourself showerhead!
  • No more clogged showerheads!
  • Easy to install showerhead. No tools required.
  • Acrobatic arm. Provides multi-position showerhead.
  • Adjustable showerhead – ratcheting joints let you easily move into a series of self-locking positions.
  • Works like the space shuttle arm: moves on both the vertical and horizontal planes.
  • Provides a great looking showerhead with a high tech design.
  • The perfect shower for kids!
  • Fabulous value at only $69.95 MSRP.

Finally – the shower you’ve been dreaming of.

Order yours now! Just add to cart on the ‘Buy Now’ page.

ThunderHead Shower Head

ThunderHead Shower Head

ThunderHead Shower Head

  • Extension arm with four self-locking ratchet joints.
  • Installs in Seconds, no tools required.
  • Soft clog-free nipples.
  • Wide track spread.

Go ahead, admit it….

  • You want shoulder wide coverage.
  • You want multiple positions.
  • You want soft, clog-free spray nipples.
  • You want shower satisfaction.

ThunderHead has leading edge flow design. It delivers the spray you need to soothe those aching joints and muscles. And the swiveling arm pivots effortlessly on four planes.

With over 100,000 units sold since the Thunderhead was introduced in 2005, ThunderHead has proven its appeal and proven its reliability.

We make the best showerhead out there…period.

Thunderhead®:The Ultimate Showerhead

Thunderhead HomeInstallation Instructions

After 15 years in the showerhead business, we have evolved into shower experts and decided to build a truly leading-edge showerhead. Several years and many prototypes later …

We are proud to introduce the ThunderHead with its revolutionary extension arm. This is a high tech shower head with unique features. And it gives you a high-tech product, at a reasonable price. Now that’s outstanding value.

Overhead High
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Down for the kids
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Shower Head Position - Overhead High
Shower Head Position - Overhead Low
Shower Head Position - Side angle for shower doors
Shower Head Position - Down for the kids
Shower Head Position - Fold away up for tight spaces
Shower Head Position - Fold away down for tight spaces

 

A Revolutionary ThunderHead

Old-fashioned shower sprayers were meant for gravity-fed systems and the flow typically droops down. But ThunderHead offers a straight spray, offering up the best shower experience.

ThunderHead is the perfect shower for low water pressure and delivers a great spray that maximizes your water pressure.

That’s because it has an ultra thin chamber inside the head, driving the water and providing a strong straight spray without any drooping. Have an awesome shower, even when water pressure is low!

Is ThunderHead the strongest product in its class? Judge for yourself.

Water sprays evenly from each of the ThunderHead’s 90 spray jets – so there are no annoying gaping holes, like you find in so many showerheads that spray only around the perimeter. ThunderHead delivers full body coverage, delivering an evenly distributed spray, and powerful water coverage.

Self-cleaning showerhead

Do you live in a hard water area? Are you tired of throwing out showerheads because of scale buildup that you can’t get rid of? Looking for a shower nozzle that can easily be cleaned of scale?

We have the solution. The ThunderHead has 90 spray jets on its face that are large, soft, and hollow, similar to a baby bottle. These jets are easily squeezed to break up hard water scale and flush it out.

No other showerhead is made this way. Simply pass your hand over the showerhead face to dislodge sediment. No need to detach the whole unit to soak it in a de-scaler overnight.

It is easily cleaned without resorting to the use of harmful, smelly chemicals. Caustic products destroy the finish and the components of showerheads, and there is no need to use them with the ThunderHead.

Compare showerhead features. You’ll see why we think ThunderHead is the best showerhead on the market.

Multi-position ThunderHead

One of the pivotal features of the ThunderHead is the locking acrobatic extension arm, which has four joints rotating on two different planes.

Shower arms with metal elbows move only up and down and need to be locked manually. Older individuals, or anyone with joint or movement problems, have trouble changing the position of most traditional showerheads because of wing nuts that have to be manipulated manually. The ThunderHead’s acrobatic extension arm, with four ratcheting joints, moves on both the vertical and horizontal planes allowing for an easy adjustment in the positioning of the ThunderHead.

The popular hose type shower arm also has limited flexibility because hoses just can’t bend very much.

But the ThunderHead is a multiple position showerhead with high flexibility. That’s because of its acrobatic arm that can be rotated from one position to another — with ratchet joints that lock firmly into position. It’s the no-wrench showerhead.

A kid’s shower like no other.

ThunderHead is the perfect shower for children because you can rotate the arm down to a lower height and tilt the head.

Great showerhead for kids!

It can even become a fold-away showerhead by simply folding it back upon itself when the conventional position is desired – how’s that for acrobatic!

The arm actually moves the same way as the arm on the space shuttle, i.e. on two planes, horizontal and vertical.

No tools showerhead installation

When installing showerheads, you normally need tools – but not with the ThunderHead. We made the coupling so it fits into the palm of the hand. Just firmly grip the coupling, rotate and twist it on.

No tools required! Easy installation.

Because it has to look great in your home, we gave ThunderHead an innovative leading edge design. Although it’s an oversize showerhead it has a soft and pleasing shape.

So here’s what we give you:

  • No more clogged showerheads.
  • The acrobatic arm provides a multiple position showerhead.
  • Durable showerhead.
  • Great shower for kids. Lower it to the correct height and lock it in easily without tools.
  • Awesome full coverage spray.
  • Easy cleaning with no chemicals.
  • A beautiful high-tech design.
  • Innovative showerhead.
  • At $69.95 ThunderHead gives you an awesome shower at a reasonable price.

Most showerheads spray only around the perimeter. You know what we’re talking about – that annoying gaping hole in the middle of water-saving showerheads.

ThunderHead has 90 spray jets and a nine-inch wide coverage. No more playing dodge ball around the shower stall, trying to get wet!

No need to play “Wheel Of Fortune”, spinning the shower dial around from one gimmicky massage setting to another, but never finding a decent spray. ThunderHead has one awesome spray – we don’t need multiple settings!

Why ThunderHead is smarter:

  1. Awesome spray. The ThunderHead’s awesome spray comes from the pressure chamber inside the head that drives the spray the jets straight out with no annoying drooping that is so common to large “metal can” showerheads. The spray is even strong with low water pressure.
  2. Clean it in Seconds. The ThunderHead can be cleaned completely (and easily) of hard-water scale in seconds by squeezing the 90 flexible rubber jets. The spray jets are large, soft, and hollow, similar to a baby bottle. No other showerhead is made this way. Simply pass your hand over the face to dislodge sediment. No need to detach the whole showerhead to soak it in a de-scaler overnight. Many popular brand-name showerheads can clog up with hard water scale and become inoperative in as little as a few months. This is common to both metal and rigid plastic spray jets, and that’s why we made our spray jets soft and pliable. Clogging showerheads are a thing of the past with ThunderHead.
  3. The Acrobatic Extension Arm. This extension arm is truly revolutionary. It swivels in the same way as the space shuttle arm in that it moves on both the vertical and horizontal plane. Four spring-loaded ratchet joints, allow for multiple self-locking positions. No other extension arm can be set in so many positions. Shower arms with metal elbows, move only up and down, and need to be locked manually. The popular hose type arm also has limited flexibility because hoses just can’t bend very much. But ThunderHead is smarter. Our acrobatic arm can be rotated from one position to another – with ratchet joints that lock firmly into position. For your kids, just rotate the arm down and tilt the head. It can even be folded back upon itself when the conventional position is desired – how’s that for acrobatic!
  4. No-tools, easy installation. When installing showerheads, you normally need tools – but we made the coupling to fit into the palm of your hand. Simply grip, rotate and twist it on directly to the shower pipe.
  5. Sleek, high-tech design fits all decors. Of course, function is all-important, but let’s not forget fashion. Because it has to look great in your home, we gave ThunderHead a soft and pleasing shape.
  6. Outstanding value. At $69.95 ThunderHead gives you a high-tech product at a reasonable price.

Order yours now! Just click add to cart on the ‘Buy Now’ page.

Shower Head History

The Stand – Up Bath

The need to be clean hasn’t always been as pressing as it is today. In fact, the United States is one of the few nations of the world where a daily shower is a must for most citizens. Indeed, most Americans shower rather than bath. A bath has become a way to relax – not something you do before work in the morning.

The desire to speed up the cleaning process isn’t new. Our ancestors started the showering craze with a natural showers waterfalls. This fast – falling water helped scour the bather clean. The next variation was more conducive to land – lovers, but did little to increase the user’s comfort level. After soaping up, a bucket of water, usually of the frigid variety, rinsed the residue away. The process was effective, but totally utilitarian .

That isn’t to say there weren’t some mighty fancy showers right from the start. One of the earliest and most elaborate is the English Regency Shower. Developed around 1810, the 12-foot high tote shower probably had its home in an English manor house. However, even among the English gentry, this bathing apparatus was considered most unusual and somewhat suspicious.

Made of metal painted to look like bamboo, the shower consisted of a basin with a drain on the bottom and a hidden tank at the top, joined by poles about 10 feet long. A pump arrangement on the lower basin forced water up to the top basin through one hollow pole and then down over the bather’s head. The only drawback was that the same water was reused time and time again.

Small hinges around the top held a form of a shower curtain, and the bather probably wore a tall conical hat made from an oiled materials – a forerunner of the modern shower cap. The user of this device was just as likely a man as a woman, for this was the era of the dandy, when men were as fussy as ladies about their toilettes. After showering, men would perfume themselves and choose their clothes for the day – a complicated and time consuming process.

The plumbers of the new world got into the act in the early 1800s. As plumbing moved indoors and became more prevalent, especially among the privileged homeowners in U.S. cities, alternatives to the bathtub emerged. standup.jpg

Left: One of the earliest models on this side of the Atlantic was called the American Virginia Stool Shower. Developed in the 1830s, the all – wood unit was made of walnut and included a revolving seat, much like a piano stool. The machine was placed in a tub, and a hand-operated lever pumped water up to the batller’s head and shoulders. A foot pedal controlled the scrub brush that could be worked up and down the user’s back. This unit didn’t only clean away the dirt and grime, it provided an aerobic workout as well.

Craftmen’s Work: The plumbers true art – lead working – is displayed in some of the units created in the 1850s. These free standing units were crafted entirely of lead bent and wiped by hand. Hot water entered through one of the pipes at the bottom and cold water through the other. Two upright pieces of pipe with ornamental tops were blocked off where the pipe turns inward. They had no use and were include simple for decoration.

Cold water flowed directly from the intake up to the shower head. Hot water, however, was directed through a horizontal section of pipe at the center by blocking off a short curved section of pipe between one end of the horizontal pipe and the vertical pipe at the top. By adjusting a valve on the horizontal section of pipe, the amount of hot water that mixed with the cold was regulated. A faucet on the vertical pipe was included to drain the unit.

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The first real heyday for the showers was the late 1800s. In the 1880s and 1890s showers were much like they are today, multiple heads, body sprays, waterfall spouts, etc.

In 1889, the J. L Mott Irons Works, manufacturers and importers of “the latest and most approved plumbing appliances for all classes of buildings,” included in its catalog its combination unit with “needle, shower, descending douche, liver spray and bidet bath.” The bather was showered with warm water from every angle.

He or she also was surrounded by pipes that moved the water to various outlets. None of the piping was concealed behind walls or in the floor. It was all exposed and formed a sort of cocoon or privacy shield around the user.

According to the catalog copy, the shower, offered in a tub or stall model, was perfect for Turkish and Russian bathing establishments, though private residences were a specialty of the firm.

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The Russian and Turkish bath houses were likely the first place most early Americans saw a shower. The baths were a set – up that copied the lavish public baths of the Roman Empire. There were communal hot tubs, steam rooms and cold baths. The showers were used before and after a bather enjoyed all the other pleasures of the facility.

The grandness of these showers didn’t last. The norm for showers became the single head. Often, the set-up was crude and, once again, strictly utilitarian. At least this time the water was warm.

The possibilities for showers wasn’t tapped again until the 1980s, then it was deja vu all over again. The “vertical whirlpools” as they’re now called offer all the same creature comforts and amenities as the Mott models did more than a century before. History does indeed repeat itself.


The Stand-Up Bath © Plumbing & Mechanical 1994