Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the shower choices that you have for your new bathroom? Not to worry, we’re here to give you an overview of the different options that are available to you and their pros and cons so that you can make the best shower decision for your home.
For many people digital showers are the perfect combination of high tech and affordability. A digital shower is going to give you the ultimate in convenience. No more playing with taps to determine the right temperature! With a digital model you’re going to get the perfect temperature every time, with digital controls and display, and with some models even a remote control to set your temperature before you even get into the shower itself.
Obviously, the biggest pro of a digital model is that convenience, but with an exposed digital shower you’ll also get easy installation. A hidden model will require space either behind or above the shower to conceal inner workings, but will then give you a smooth and sleek look to your shower stall.
There are a few disadvantages to digital models though. They’re not, in general, suitable for homes with an existing water pump. You’ll also need to ensure that you choose the right model for the kind of water system that your house has, determining before you choose a model whether you have a gravity fed, high pressure or combination boiler water system. If in doubt, ask a plumber, as the wrong model could prove disastrous.
Digital models are surprisingly cheap, with prices ranging from just a little over two hundred pounds.
Thermostatic showers are probably the most common choice for households in the UK. These showers can be digital or manual, but all models will be able to maintain a constant pre-set temperature, adjusting quickly to influxes of cold or hot water to make sure that you never have an unpleasant surprise during your morning shower.
Installation is pretty easy, and most homes will be able to accommodate a thermostatic shower model. Maybe the only real down side to these models is that they do tend to be rather basic, and often lack the more high tech components that many modern consumers prefer in a new shower. When it comes to pricing though, thermostatic showers are perfect for those on a budget, and you can get your new shower for around just fifty pounds.
Electric showers can be a great, cost effective way of getting a shower into a small bathroom. Rather than depending on centrally heated water, an electric shower heats its own water, meaning both that it never runs out of hot water and that it heats only as much water as is needed. Additionally, since many electric showers also contain pumps to strengthen water flow these models are good choices for homes that have low water pressure.
An electric shower model is going to be a good economic decision, but installation can be tough, and since these models will use both water and electricity it’s a good idea to get them professionally fitted to make sure that there aren’t going to be any accidents.
When it comes to price, electric showers are again an excellent budget decision, since you can get a complete system for around fifty pounds.
Mixer showers are another common shower choice in the UK. By drawing water both from your hot water system and your cold water system, a mixer shower is able to give great pressure and flow for a luxurious and effective shower experience. Water is mixed inside the shower workings, meaning that you’ll always get the temperature that you desire.
A mixer shower is going to be a great choice for houses that have a high pressure water system, but those in low pressure homes will find the results of a mixer shower to be disappointing. You’ll also need to make sure that your home has a plentiful supply of hot water, since a mixer shower is going to use plenty of this and should your centrally heated water not be up to the job, you’ll find yourself getting a cold shower half way through. Again though, prices are very affordable, with a mixer shower system available for just around fifty pounds.
If you’re looking for a bit of luxury but your home has low water pressure, then a power shower is going to be for you. Like a mixer shower, a power shower is going to draw both from your hot and cold water systems and then mix water to the perfect temperature for you. A power shower, however, is going to have the addition of a water pump to boost water pressure.
These models are great choices for low pressure households, but there is a catch though; a power shower is going to use around three times as much water as a regular shower, so running costs are going to be higher. Purchase price is going to be higher too, with a power shower system starting at about a hundred pounds.
For the truly luxurious bathroom, only a shower panel tower is going to do the job. A panel tower will not only mean that you get showered from above, as with a normal shower, but there will be sprays directed horizontally from the tower itself as well, meaning that you get a really full body shower experience.
Again though, there are going to be a couple of catches. You will need a pretty high pressure water system to install a panel tower shower, and installation itself is going to be more difficult than with a regular shower. Then there’s the cost, since this is the most expensive kind of shower system that you can buy, with prices going from around two hundred pounds up into the thousands.
There are so many shower choices available that there really is going to be a perfect shower for every bathroom. A little research into what kind of water system you have, and careful thought about how much you have to spend, and then you’ll be ready to choose one of these great showering systems for your new bathroom.
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