Which Shower Should You Choose?

Purchasing a new shower can be a tricky process, and you may be looking for a shower as part of a bathroom or house refurbishment. Alternatively, you may have been forced to find a new shower due to a plumbing problem or breakage, in which case you may not have a clue where to start!

There are many different types of showers, and they can vary in design, appearance, power, and so on. The most important thing to know, is that there are two main types of shower; the electric shower, and the mixer shower. The type that you choose may depend on the plumbing that is available in your bathroom. A mixer shower works in the same way as a mixer tap – it combines hot and cold water in the shower unit to create warm water, and you control the flow and the temperature with a dial or handle. Mixer showers can often be the simplest to use, however they do require both a good hot and cold water supply.

Alternatively, an electric shower draws in cold water which is passed through a heating element, which then brings it to the required temperature. The type of shower that is suitable for your bathroom will depend on the plumbing that is already in existence, the layout of the bathroom, the water pressure available and so on. It may be worth asking the advice of a qualified plumber before you choose your new shower, if you are unsure.

Each type of shower can offer different benefits, and many people choose to install electric showers for economic and eco-friendly reasons. Electric showers heat only the water that is needed, so no extra energy is lost by heating a large tank of water and only using a little – which can often happen when using a mixer shower. This means that the energy costs involved in running an electric shower are often much lower than those for a mixer shower. However, because of the manner in which electric showers heat water, many people find that as the temperature is increased the water flow becomes slower. This is because if you want a very hot shower the water must stay in the shower unit longer, to be heated to a higher temperature. The drop in water pressure should not be a problem in most households, but it can put some people off. Opting for a higher power rating electric shower will provide a more powerful water flow so is worth considering if water pressure is important to you.

Some people choose to have a mixer shower as opposed to an electric shower where possible, because the shower controls that are mounted on the wall of the shower cubicle are often smaller and neater than a large box, which some people find unsightly. Mixer showers which have a simple handle or control mounted onto the wall will have the rest of the plumbing concealed behind the wall, which can look very neat and clean. Electric showers do not have this option, as the heating element and connections need to be mounted inside the wall unit. The range of showers available should make it easy for you to find something to suit your bathroom, and it is easy to find advice online and from professional plumbers to help you make your decision.