Dornbracht Designs Horizontal Shower System, But Is It Worth It?

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Bathroom and kitchen hardware manufacturer Dornbracht brings showering to new levels. Literally. The German luxury brand known for its state-of-the-art designs and functions has created a Horizontal Shower unit where users lie on a slab while streams of water wash over their body.

The effect, said CEO Andreas Dornbracht, "is total relaxation of the kind that is only possible to someone reclining. Tension in the head and muscles melt away, everyday stress is rinsed away with the water, body and mind are noticeably revitalized."

That sounds all well and good, but the general reception of the manufacturer's showering concept has been less than favorable. The concept has already been criticized as "baffling" and for causing a "beached seal" effect, and we, also, have concerns. Right off the bat, this shower system is obviously geared toward the 1 percent, who could afford such lavish full-bathroom renovations (and presumably can't be bothered with the hassle of standing while showering). And, even if we were able to dole out the funds to take this rather expensive shower, who's going to clean up afterward? Water will get everywhere, even with a central draining system. The spa-like aesthetic is just not worth the hassle.

In the end, we can't fault Dornbracht for trying to push boundaries and using a luxury angle as its selling point. But we say: If you want the relaxation only possible when reclining, take a bath...

Would you buy a horizontal shower? Tell us why or why not.

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