What’s The Best Electric Shower
We highly recommend the Triton Seville 10.5kW Electric Shower, and here’s just 10 reasons why.
- This shower is designed and built by Triton, a reputable british shower manufacturer with over 40 years in business.
- A shower engineered by industry experts and complies with British Electrotechnical Approvals Board safety standards.
- Modern attractive design and easy to use rotary temperature control system
- Complete kit includes Triton electric shower, shower head & hose, Riser rail with soap dish & fitting brackets, and installation instruction manual.
- Great value for money, 2 years parts & labour guarantee and Triton customer support.
- Easy to fit as a brand new installation with electrical cable and water entry points, or as replacement for existing shower.
- Comes with a scale resistant shower head providing 5x different spray patterns; Jet, Blast, Spray, Rain, Drench.
- Powerful yet economical built in water heating elements.
- Clear temperature controls and three main power settings: high, economy and cold
- Awarded top 4 to 5 star ratings by 907 happy customers.
We’ve put together this short buying guide covering the different types of home showers available. This short yet informative guide covers the four main types of home showers, and after much reviewing and shortlisting we reveal our top recommended electric shower.
Home Shower Buying Guide
Things to Consider
Objectively speaking, showering is a utilitarian activity – step in, get wet, lather soap, rinse off, step out and dry up. But for most people, there’s more to it than that.
A shower can be many things – a way to invigorate yourself at the start of the day or relax in the evening, a cool escape in the hot summer, the means to soothe a sore, tired body or simply a space in which to belt out your favourite tunes while shampooing your hair!
Before buying a shower there are a few factors which will influence your choice:
- Household water pressure
- Type of water boiler
- Desired water flow
- Personal aesthetics
Types of Showers
In this section, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the 4 main types of shower available today – power showers, electric showers, mixer showers and digital showers.
Trition Seville Electric Shower
Electric showers – sometimes called “tankless” or “on demand” showers – forego the traditional hot water tank, instead heating water with an internal heating element and powered by electricity.
These are by far the most popular kind of home showers. All that’s required is cold running water. (This has also made electric showers popular on campgrounds and in caravans.)
Because water is only heated as it’s used, a good quality electric shower can reduce your energy bill and reduce wear and tear on your boiler. There are a couple of caveats – namely that the water flow may be weaker than with other shower types (though this can be resolved by choosing a model with an integrated pump) and that limescale buildup can impede the function of electric showers – as such, they may require regular cleaning.
Please resist the temptation to install an electric shower yourself – the high electrical consumption (as much as 10+ kW) means the shower must be wired to its own circuit with its own fuse unit. Always hire a qualified electrician to ensure safe and efficient installation of your new shower. Also consider a thermostatic electric shower – they allow for greater control of water temperature.
Expect to pay around £100 for a decent quality model.
Triton Thermostatic Power Shower
A power shower combines hot and cold water to create the desired temperature. But they have something else going for them (other than the two words of their name rhyming) – power showers utilize an integrated pump. This allows for a greater flow of water and maximizes your ability to control the temperature and pressure.
Power showers are well-suited to homes which suffer from very low water pressure – in fact, they’re designed to work with low-pressure and gravity-fed plumbing systems, transforming what would otherwise be a weak, boring shower into a refreshing experience! Though the integrated pump makes power showers easier to install than using a separate pump, bear in mind that the increased water flow will result in a higher water bill.
Most models start at roughly £150 and climb steadily in price.
Stylish Mixer Shower
Of all the shower types, mixer showers are the simplest. They combine hot and cold water using your house’s existing water pressure. As long as the water pressure is sufficient, a mixer shower will produce a satisfyingly strong flow. That being said, ensure the mixer shower you choose is designed for your household pressure. A pump can always be used to boost flow rates. Remember – a mixer shower requires an immersion heater or hot water boiler to preheat the water.
Some mixer showers allow flow and temperature to be controlled by adjusting the bath taps in your tub – particularly convenient if you live in a house divided amongst those who love to bathe and those who prefer to shower.
A busy household would be best served by a thermostatic mixer shower – unlike a standard shower, the thermostatic feature results in the showers waterflow being cut off if another tap is turned on (rather than allowing the water to become shockingly cold or dangerously hot).
This would be your cheapest option for a shower, with prices starting at around £20 and climbing as high as £300.
Galaxy Digital Shower
The digital revolution has infiltrated another part of our lives: the bathroom. A digital shower utilizes a processor box containing a thermostatic control which mixes hot and cold water to a precise temperature. Some models feature an LCD panel on the processor box.
Digital showers – really a term for the processor box itself, which can be used with electric and mixer showers – can be mounted out of sight. Models which operate via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth can be controlled from up to 10 metres away with your smartphone or other wireless device. Some digital showers feature indicator lights or touchscreens to notify you when the water has reached the desired temperature.
Digital showers are the most expensive option with prices starting around £300 for a decent model and in excess of £2,000 for the most elaborate.