A powerful, piping hot shower is one of the things we rely upon most in our bathrooms. Whether it’s getting you energised in the morning, reinvigorating you after your daily exercise, or washing away the stresses and strains of the day, your shower needs to be up to the task. And let’s not forget about washing your children’s hair, or hosing down a filthy dog! But, if you don’t make the right choices and buy the incorrect shower for your house, you could end up with a lukewarm trickle that’ll be more infuriating than helpful.
We’re here to make sure you find the right one for you. By taking you through all the elements you need to think about - from understanding your home water's pressure through to innovative shower features - we’ll help you work out what’s best for you and your family.
First off, you’ll need to know about your home’s boiler and water pressure in order to pick the right shower for you. Water pressure is the force of water in a pipe and it determines the flow of water running through it. The type of boiler or water system you have in your home dictates which showers, and taps, you can choose – as both systems have limitations as to what will work with them due to the water pressure.
Our helpful guide will help you to understand your water pressure system, and recommend the ideal type of shower based on this.
Now that you've identified your water system, you can better explore what shower options are available.
An electric shower works off of a cold water supply and the water is warmed by the heating elements inside within it – just like a kettle. This means you’ll have hot water 24/7. In general, the higher the kilowatt (kW) rating is, the more powerful your shower will be. However, you may notice that the power reduces in the winter. This is because the water coming in from the mains is colder and therefore takes longer to warm up.
For the funky, minimalistic bathroom, choose the Triton Collections Electric Shower. It comes with illuminated, soft press buttons, a phased shut down and is available in 8.5 or 9.5 kilowatt versions.
Manual mixer showers work by mixing hot and cold water together to get the temperature you’d like – you adjust it until you’re happy, like you would when running a bath. They are more powerful than electric showers, but if someone else in the house turns a hot tap on while you’re in the shower, you’ll know about it. The drop in pressure from the hot tap will mean that your shower gets very cold, so you’ll either have to fiddle with the temperature to get it back to comfortable, or let them know to turn off the tap!
Manual mixer showers are cost-effective and easy to use.
Pick the Ideal Standard Ceratherm Chrome Manual Bar mixer shower with diverter and as well as a five year guarantee, you’ll also get a shower that works well with high and low water pressure systems.
A thermostatic mixer shower, like a manual mixer shower, mixes hot and cold water together. However, unlike a manual mixer, once you’ve gotten it to the temperature you like, it will stay within two degrees of that temperature – even if someone else is using hot water in the house. So you won’t need to worry about children using your shower, as the temp will remain at the temperature you set.
Thermostatic mixers can be installed over a bath or on their own in a shower cubicle. If your water system is gravity-fed, adding a booster pump will make it more powerful.
For the modern bathroom, check out the Mira Atom ERD Chrome Effect Thermostatic Bar mixer shower with diverter. It comes with diverter (separate shower head) and boasts safety and eco features.
Like a thermostatic mixer, power showers mix hot and cold water together, but they have the added benefit of a pump that boosts flow rate. So if you have low pressure water system, power showers are a great choice for your home as they offer higher flow rates than electric and many mixer showers.
Our customers rate the Triton Thermo Power Shower with its multiple spray patterns and two power levels, operated by a variable power control.
A digital shower is similar to the mixer showers, except it’s digital controls let you precisely control the water’s temperature and flow rate - and all remotely, so there's no need to get out of bed to switch on your shower. Combining hot water from your boiler or immersion heater with just the right amount of cold water to give you the perfect shower, digital showers also have multiple programmable functions.
Digital showers come with or without pumps and so can work with either low or high pressure systems.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in digital showers, take a look at the Mira Vision High Pressure Ceiling Fed Shower. This wireless digital shower comes with programmable functions like warm-up mode, clock display and eco setting, as well as an additional control that lets you manage the shower from another location – so you can turn off the shower from outside if someone’s been in there too long!
Once you know the right type of shower to suit your home’s water pressure and meet your needs, it’s time to think about the overall look and feel of your showering experience.
Fixed shower heads, with their wider diameters, offer fantastic coverage for a fully immersive showering experience. However, there might be times when you still fancy this option but need something smaller and more manoeuvrable - especially if you’ve got small children or pets to wash. Get the best of both worlds with a fixed showerhead and diverter. This allows you to switch water flow from one head to the other depending on your need.
If you’re set on a fitted shower head, decide whether you'd prefer it to be completely stationary or have its angle adjusted. Having a fixed head on your ceiling obviously limits the adjusting potential (unless you’re very tall), so why not consider making it more accessible by having in on the wall? It’ll make is easier to reach and can be angled down away from the face and head.
If you want to limit your shower's temperature, look for models with a maximum temperature setting. You determine this limit and, once set, your shower's temperature will never go beyond this point, meaning you can confidently let slightly older children shower alone without fear that they’ll accidentally turn the shower up too high.
There’s also Coolshield™ technology to consider. Available on Mira showers, it’s has been developed to make sure that none of the shower valves get too hot. Another way of protecting your children, as well as yourself, while in the shower.
Enjoy a different shower experience thanks to our range of available spray settings. Choices include massaging, saturating and mist sprays – you can even bring the outdoors indoors thanks to a spray that feels like rain. These settings can usually be controlled by twisting a lever on the head, so you’ll need to make sure that you can reach the shower head.
If you’re concerned about the amount of water used, look for showers with water saving options. Some models use an aerating shower head that mixes water with air to limit the amount of water used. Others reduce how much water flows out by including a flow restrictor in the hose or spraying the water in pulses.
Alternatively, some showers boast an automatic shut off feature that is activated in the event of hot or cold water supply failure. This ensures that water isn't wasted if something goes wrong and you’ll be alerted to the issue immediately.
There are a wide range of shapes available - from the geometric, modern look of square and rectangular heads, to the more classic, traditional round shape - we even have star shaped options. And the bigger the diameter, the more coverage you can expect, with our largest shower head, the Cooke & Lewis 1 Spray Chrome effect Shower head measuring an impressive 300 millimetres (mm). And if you’re looking to add a fun touch to a modern bathroom, check our out shower heads with LED lights that change colour depending on the water flow.
Chrome remains a massive trend for bathrooms. It adds a sleek and polished look and is easily coordinated with other fittings and fixtures from taps to towel warmers, toilet roll holders to light pulls. But, if you’re looking for something slightly different, why not think about a gold or nickel effect look to shake up your bathroom’s style?
Allowing you to take charge of the temperature and flow of your shower, your controls can be either exposed (the entire valve is on display) or recessed (it's hidden and built into the wall). They are also available in five different valve types. These are:
Controlling your shower with a single valve, the single level mixer is available in surface mounted or recessed design, and works with all water systems.
A bar mixer has controls on either side of the valve so that you can create your perfect shower. They are surface mounted and work with all water systems.
A concentric mixer has a single dial on the front of two valves (hot and cold water) giving you better control and a higher flow of water than single lever options. You can choose between a surface mounted or recessed design for your concentric mixer and it's suitable for all water systems.
The same as a bar mixer control, the diverter allows you to switch between having the water flow from the fixed showerhead to the flexible shower head. Bar mixer diverters are surface mounted and suitable for all water systems.
With a single dial, a sequential mixer adjusts temperature only as it offers a constant water flow. You can choose between surface mounted and recessed designs and sequential mixers are suitable for all water systems.