Efficient, convenient and space-saving, Showers are an incredibly popular modern bathroom essential, but there are many different types of showers to choose from. Let’s take a look at the options:
To put it simply, a bath/shower mixer is a bath tap with a shower attachment. Found on freestanding baths, the hose and spray are combined with a mixer tap. The water temperature is adjusted through the taps, and what’s great about bath/shower mixers are that they don’t require any additional plumbing, so they are very cost effective.
If you have a smaller bathroom (and therefore don’t have space for a physical shower independent of a bath) then this is a great option. Though remember, these types of showers often don’t provide great water pressure – and it can sometimes be tricky to get the temperature just how you want it.
Manual Shower Mixers
The hose and spray are attached to a wall-hung unit that features a temperature control. The temperature control works by combining the hot and cold water supply. Whilst very popular and cost effective, these showers need to be at a suitable height to help with water pressure. The hot and cold water supplies also need to be plumbed in correctly for the manual shower mixer to work.
Similar to manual shower mixers, these also consist of a wall-hung unit. However, what’s different when comparing the two types of showers is that the thermostatic mixer features a built in stabiliser that adjusts the water temperature automatically.
They’re more expensive than manual shower mixers, but we always recommend these if you have children or are elderly. They’re a lot safer in this regard – because they regulate the temperature – and are therefore invaluable.
With electric showers, the water supply is taken from the mains cold water supply. Like mixer showers, they have built in temperature and pressure controls that can be adjusted. These work well in rooms such as an en-suite as they supply instant hot water independent to the boiler system. If the boiler were to stop working properly, you would still have one shower in the home that will have hot water.
They are connected to an electric pump and – as the name suggests – produce a more significant spray force than any other type of showers.
With this type of shower, the pressure and water temperatures can be adjusted for optimum control. The downside of power showers is that they are not great for water consumption. Whilst most showers use a lot less water than baths, power showers can use as much as baths.
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