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Buying Guide

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What are the different types of showers?

Showers are available in four different types: Mixer, Power, Electric and Digital.

Mixer showers

Mixer showers blend both hot and cold water for the desired temperature. They are ideal if you have lots of stored water from a combi boiler or large hot water cylinder and generally provide a faster flow than electric showers.

Mixer showers have three different temperature controls:
With manual control, your shower temperature may vary depending on changes to the incoming water supply.

Pressure balancing mixers compensate for an imbalance in pressure between the hot and cold water, providing you with a stable showering temperature.

Thermostatic mixers are great for families with young children or the elderly as they monitor and adjust the incoming water temperature.

Power showers

Power showers blends hot and cold water to the optimum temperature. They have an inbuilt pump so are able to significantly increase the flow rate from a gravity fed system.

  • Great option if you have low water pressure.
  • Can use more water than other showers.

Electric showers

Electric showers use an element to heat the cold water as it passes through the unit, so it doesn't use up any stored hot water. There's no pump involved, so the amount of water will depend on your mains water pressure. They're also independent of the hot water system, so if your boiler fails you can still have a hot shower.

  • Heats water on demand, economical to run.
  • Only requires a mains cold water supply.
  • The higher the kilowatt rating, the more powerful the water flow.

Digital showers

Digital showers allow you to pre-programme the water temperature and water flow to suit your personal preferences, giving you complete control. There are two different types of digital showers: a low pressure variant which has an inbuilt pump as part of the valve and a high pressure variant.

  • Wireless remote control connects to the shower's processor box.
  • No pipes on show as water is delivered through the riser rail, celling or wall.

What water system do you have?

The type of water system you have in your home will affect the type of shower you can install.

Low Pressure Gravity System

A cold water tank with a hot water cylinder below it (usually found in an airing cupboard). The water in the cylinder is heated by a boiler or immersion heater and fed to the taps via a pipe.

Mains Pressure Combination

A combination, or combi, boiler heats water directly from the cold mains supply. If you have a combi boiler you won't have a tank in the loft or a cylinder.

Mains Pressure Unvented

A hot water cylinder which is directly fed from the mains supply, without the need of a cold water tank. The water is heated by a boiler or immersion heater.

Cold Mains Supply

An electric shower fitted to the cold mains supply. The water is heated automatically when it's switched on which means you don't use up any hot water stored in a cylinder.

  Low pressure
gravity system
Mains pressure
Mains pressure
Cold mains
Mixer Yes Yes Yes No
Power Yes No No No
Electric Yes Yes No Yes
Digital Yes Yes Yes No

Key features

Check out some of the other things you should consider before making your choice.

Flow rate

The amount of water that a power shower can generate. The higher the water flow, the more powerful the shower.

Thermostatic temperature

This ensures a constant water temperature, which prevents spikes that can lead to scalding. Manual temperature control showers do not have this.

Easy clean

The showerhead has rubber nozzles that help to prevent build-up of limescale, which can cause blockages.

Push button

The temperature and flow settings remain the same each time the shower is used.



Shower Heads

A simple way to give your shower an upgrade. Some shower heads feature different spray modes and are limescale resistant.

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Shower Screens

Our range of shower screens offer great protection against water spray.

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Shower Pumps

Boost the water strength and overall performance of your mixer shower with a pump.

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Shower Hoses

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