There really is nothing worse than a shower that is more of a trickle than a proper stream. That’s why I always recommend EVERY house gets a proper shower that can give you an invigorating wake-up each morning.
The best showers are able to provide not just a steady flow and temperature, but also have different settings depending on whether you want a mist or a massage. Here are my tips for choosing a good shower.
How to Choose a Shower
Let’s start with the basics – the type of shower. An electric shower should heat water itself. This means you don’t need to heat extra water – you only heat the water you use. This also means when you come home from a long trip you can have a shower straight away!
The downside is that electric showers usually don’t provide the same strength of flow as power or mixer shower. So if you’re looking for a model that can give you a massage as well as a clean, a power shower is probably the right option.
These aren’t the only options when it comes to types of shower though. Others include:
- Eco Showers. As the name suggests, these limit water usage regardless of the pressure in your household. This prevents water wastage by up to 50%, although power will be more limited.
- Digital showers. These are becoming more popular in modern bathroom, as they are easy to install and the control panel doesn’t need to be next to the shower. In effect, the shower can come from the wall or ceiling, so you don’t need to see any plumbing.
- Thermostatic. A thermostatic shower can maintain a constant temperature even if a tap is turned on elsewhere. This isn’t just a comfort thing – it’s vital if you have children or old people living in your home, who may not be able to quickly get out of the way of a blast of hot water.
You also need to think about the brand of shower you want to buy. As with any appliance or home product, make sure you read reviews. Brands such as Aqualisa, which produce the Aquastream range, are great for power showers, while other companies such as Triton specialise in electric showers.
Please note: I’ve heard several reports of Aqualisa power shower problems, however the plumber in the link provided seems to have fixed this. Check out the link for a guide to getting maximum power.
The right type of shower depends on your home’s water system as well as your personal preferences. High pressure water systems are usually signified by a hot water tank without a cold water tank. If you have a cold water tank, you probably have a low pressure system. Make sure you get a professional to check which system you have before you buy a shower though.