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How To Choose A Shower

Push-on mixer:
The hose section of this shower connects to the bath taps providing an over bath type of shower and can be used as and when required. The temperature is controlled by adjusting the hot and cold water supply from the bath taps.

Positives – This type of shower is cheap and easy to install.
Negatives – With this type of shower adjusting the temperature is inconvenient and the hose connection is easily dislodged. The spray section is low down.


Bath/shower mixer:

This type of shower usually forms part of the taps design. There is normally a hot tap, cold tap and flow adjuster to activate the shower. The temperature is controlled by the hot and cold taps and this type is most suitable for use over a bath.

Positives – This type of shower is cheap and can be installed with minor plumbing skills by just changing the taps on the bath to the mixer.
Negatives – With this type of shower adjusting the temperature is inconvenient. The spray section is low down.

Manual mixer:
This type of shower allows for the hose and spray sections to form a wall unit. The hot and cold water supply is connected via a single valve where temperature and pressure are controled by one or a variety of knobs. This type of shower allows for use over a bath or a shower enclosure.

Positives – It’s height being a wall unit allows for easy adjusting of the temperature and the use of a shower enclosure creates a dedicated environment for these types of shower.
Negatives – This type is more expensive and will require the hot and cold water supplies to be plumbed in.

Thermostatic mixer:
This type of shower allows for the hose and spray sections to form a wall unit. The hot and cold water supply is connected via a single valve however with these types of shower there is a thermostat to self-adjust the water temperature preventing overheating.

Positives – Having the temperature controlled by the unit makes it very convenient and having a thermostat allows for water to be used elsewhere in the house without affecting the shower.
Negatives – These types of shower are usually the most expensive.

Power shower:
These types of shower are capable of altering both water pressure and temperature inside a single unit. They are also connected to a powerful electric pump giving the extra pressure that makes this type. To be fitted there must be a water supply from a cold water cistern and a hot water cylinder.

Positives – A very convenient type of shower as the water pressure and temperature can be adjusted easily. These types of shower are becoming ever more popular especially since the release of new pumps that can work on cistern/cylinder and combination type boilers.
Negatives – An inexperienced plumber may not install correctly sized waste pipes (It is best to use a 50mm/2in waste pipe) making the removal of waste water slow.

Electric shower:
These types of shower form a wall unit plumbed into a mains cold water supply. The water is heated electrically and controlled along with pressure via a set of knobs on the shower unit. The mains pressure needs to be at least 0.7kg/sq cm (10lb/sq in).

Positives – There are some models that have a stabiliser for the temperature which allows for water to be used elsewhere in the house without affecting the shower.
Negatives – The control of these types of shower only allow for the option of high temperatures at less pressure, or lower temperatures at a greater pressure. During the Winter season the spray is often weak when the mains water is colder. This problem is combated in some models which are available with a winter/summer setting. You will need an electrician as well as a plumber so costs will be higher.

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