Gone are the days when a shower was simply attached to the taps of your bath. There are so many shower types available today that it can seem like a mind field trying to choose the right style for your bathroom. There are things to consider, such as, the design and style of room and making sure this fits. More importantly, you'll want to take into account the water pressure within your home and who will be using the shower.

 

Electric showers

Red Ring Electric Shower

 

Pro’s: Very inexpensive to buy, can be installed easily, a hot water supply is not needed. You can keep the temperature dial on your preferred temp, so you won't need to find this every day.

Cons: Can be costly on the electric bill, that’s especially if you opt for a higher Kw option.

Electric showers are by far one of the most common shower types that are available. The popularity for electric showers is down to there simplicity, for example you only need to plumb in a cold water feed. This means less copper piping work. The electric shower is sometimes used in several locations throughout the home because of the ease of installation. Extremely popular in new builds thanks to their ease of fitting and use.

Also, electric showers work by heating elements up quickly raising the temperature of the water very fast, this means in the depths of winter it can sometimes mean the water is sometimes colder when they are warming up. It’s important to remember that the higher the KW the more electric the unit will consume.

Manual mixer showers

Pro’s: Offers a sense of luxury as these mixer showers are typically much more powerful than electric showers. You can usually mix and match your shower head and valve, to match your bathrooms decor scheme.

Con’s: If somebody was to draw off the hot water supply while in use this can cause a blast of cold water for whoever is in the shower!

Manual mixer showers are rather simple in design. They work by simply mixing hot and cold water together with water that’s generated by the boiler. The main downfall of manual mixer showers is that the hot water supply can drop off and this can sometimes cause a burst of hot or cold water while the waters mix to the desired temperature. This isn't recommended for family bathrooms as it can be dangerous for children.

Thermostatic mixer showers

Rondo Thermostatic Shower

 

Pro’s: Regulates the water temperature a lot better than standard manual mixer showers, a pump can also be added for extra power

Con’s: Can be slightly more expensive than a normal mixer shower options

Thermostatic mixer showers are very popular because they can regulate water temperature much better than standard manual mixer showers. If a kitchen tap was run whilst the shower was in use you may feel a slight change of temperature, but nothing like you would with a manual shower mixer. This prevent scalding and the unpleasantness of an unexpected cold shower. It also makes it safe for busy family bathrooms.

If your bathroom doesn't have the required water pressure, you can boost this with a pump to provide the shower with a much higher flow rate of water.

 

Hopefully this will have helped you narrow down your shower choice. Whilst the style is important you may need to look at your family's needs first. You may find that there are options that cover both style and function.