The Most Popular Types Of Mixer Showers

When choosing a new shower, you need to know that there are three basic types – electric, mixer and digital - each with their own benefits, plumbing requirements and installation implications. Mixer showers are incredibly popular as they are hardwearing and easy to maintain, yet also contemporary in design.

A mixer shower takes the hot water from your boiler and cold water from the mains and mixes them together as you use the temperature control. In homes with a high pressure water system a mixer shower will usually provide a greater flow of water than electric showers. In homes with low pressure a pump may be required to increase the water flow from your shower.

Mixer showers can have either thermostatic or manual temperature controls, can be surface mounted (exposed) or recessed (concealed) when installed and are available in system specific models including gravity-fed, high pressure and combi.
A mixer shower combines performance, power and practicality; it’s suitable for nearly all types of plumbing systems. They are popular as they are available in attractive deigns yet are hardwearing and offer greater resistance to lime scale than electric showers.

When choosing a shower, it’s better to choose thermostatic mixer showers which automatically adjust to maintain a constant water temperature even when the water is being used elsewhere in the house. This way you’re sure to avoid a sudden spike of hot or cold water, which is particularly important if elderly people or children live in the house. Thermostatic mixer showers are available in various designs and are very user friendly. Most feature a sliding riser rail kit and hose allowing individuals to adjust the height of the showerhead easily to suit their needs.

An exposed mixer shower is known for its reliability; it’s surface mounted and easy to install: the pipe work sits on the top of the wall finishing making the shower more flexible in terms of positioning. Exposed showers are cheaper to install than concealed versions and are easier to access if repairs are ever required.

A concealed mixer shower is often called a recessed shower, as the body of the shower valve and pipe work is concealed in the wall to give it a neater and more minimalistic finish. If you want to fit a concealed mixer shower in your bathroom, there needs to be a cavity or a space behind the walls.

Gravity fed mixer showers receive water under gravity directly from the hot and cold water tanks and mix them together to reach the desired temperature. Their performance depends upon water supply and sufficient pressure. If you have large hot water tanks and the pressure is high then you’re provided with a powerful flow of water. Water pressure depends upon the location of the cold water tank; for sufficient pressure, it needs to be located at least one metre above the showerhead.

Their reliability and contemporary style ensure mixer showers remain a feature of modern bathroom design.