Which Shower is Best for My Bathroom?
This is where we can help! In our graphic below we’ve explained which showers would work for your type of water supply, including everything from combi boilers to gravity fed and mains only water systems.
Once you’ve seen which shower would work with your water flow, you can see what type of shower fitting you need, according to the wall your shower is going to be installed on. Then, in the information below, we’ve provided some expert tips for making sure your fitter will be able to fit your shower when you get it home.
The different types of showers
Mixer showers have a fast water flow rate which makes them an ideal shower for most people. They work by mixing hot and cold water sources to meet the temperature you’ve specified on your mixer shower taps. If you love super high pressured showers, the fast flow rate can be boosted even more using a pump.
For low pressure gravity water systems, if your water tanks aren’t far enough apart to give you your desired water pressure, there might not be enough pressure from gravity alone. If this is the case we would recommend steering clear of waterfall shower heads as the low pressure won’t provide a good rainfall shower experience. Instead, go for a thermostatic shower with a simple shower head, which will help to provide a good spray of pressure through a smaller surface area. Alternatively, a separate pump will help to increase your water pressure and you can choose whichever type of shower head you like!
Mixer showers are also great for mains pressure water systems and combi boiler systems as these already provide high water pressure.
Like a mixer shower, digital showers mix supplies of separate cold and hot water to create your precise perfect temperature. And whilst they sound really clever and potentially complicated, they’re actually really quick and easy to install.
Choose from pumped versions for extra power or high pressure digital showers if you’ve already for amazing water pressure.
Electric showers work by heating water inside the shower itself using a heating element. The water is fed from your mains cold water supply so all you have to do is turn the shower on! This makes electric showers great for any type of water pressure.
Other added benefits to electric showers include:
If you have more than one bathroom, an electric shower will always provide you with hot water that won’t run out or weaken if someone else is using another shower or just running the a tap.
If your heating system fails, you will still be able to get warm in the shower! An electric shower doesn’t run on your central heating so will work even if your boiler breaks.
Top tip: if you already have an electric shower and want to replace it with a new one, you’ll need to check what type of wire it’s wired up with. Generally the thinner the wire, the less voltage it can handle, so make sure you don’t buy a new electric shower and attach it to a wire that only takes a small wattage – it will only frazzle it! If you’re unsure, ask your fitter who can quickly take a look for you.
Concealed showers are modern and minimalistic with the shower fittings hidden behind the wall. These types of showers not only look great but they’re deceptively simple to access. You can quickly and easily access the controls in around 30 seconds with front access beneath the shower taps, without the need for lots of tools and without even touching the tiles around your shower.
Choose from different sized shower heads, a waterfall head and square or round shower valves. You can even have a concealed shower with body jets so you can enjoy a spa shower experience from the comfort of your own home.
Do bear in mind that if your fixing wall is made out of brick, your fitter is highly unlikely to take the brickwork out to fit your shower components behind the wall. Concealed showers are more suitable for use on interior walls, including stud walls and partition walls (not the walls used for the external walls of your house). If you do need to fit a shower to a brick wall, you may need to choose an exposed shower (don't worry though, we have similar designs that are just as modern and beautiful!).
Exposed showers are fitted outside the wall which saves problems later down the line as you do not have to take a wall out to install it. Exposed showers also have a choice of different sized heads and shapes of shower heads, including square or round designs.
Advice about which type of shower to buy
If you want to double check anything before you buy the shower you’ve got your eye on, feel free to ask our experts for advice. We’re always happy to help and would rather you ask and get the right shower first time, so you can start enjoying it as soon as possible! To speak to a showers specialist, call our customer services team on 0333 004 6333.