There are three main types of shower which can be installed in your home, each of which has its own practicalities and benefits. When making your decision, you’ll need to take into account a number of factors, such as boiler type and water pressure, as well as personal preference. Each type of shower and the pros and cons which come with it are outlined below:
Electric showers are a sensible, power-saving product. They heat water from your cold water supply as and when required, saving on unnecessary water heating and power usage. The main downside is that their flow tends to be weaker than that which you might get from other shower types. Electric showers may also change temperature considerably if water is being used elsewhere in the house, though some come with a built-in thermostat to help control this.
‘Mixer’ refers to the fact that this type of shower uses water from the hot and cold supplies, which means that hot water will already need to be available. The flow rate tends to be better than that of an electric shower. Sometimes these showers are designed specifically for high or low pressure water systems, though you’ll need to double check when making your purchase.
Power showers combine hot and cold water in the same way as a mixer shower. The advantage is that they also use a pump to ensure that the water flow is strong, which makes them a good choice for low pressure water systems. The disadvantage is that water usage is higher, and they can cost a lot to purchase and install.