Digital mixer showers are at the peak of digital showering technology with more features than you can shake a stick at. One of the most common features incorporated onto a digital mixer is in fact a heads up display which offers a read out of temperature, flow rate and any additional settings in use. Alongside the display you’ll often find intuitive, easy to use buttons that allow you to adjust temperature and flow in small increments to ensure you get the perfect combination to suit your preferences. Many digital showers offer profiles which you can save your settings to; this allows each family member to have a different setup just for themselves. Due to advancements in technology, the digital control unit can actually be moved outside of the shower to create more space in the enclosure. This also has the benefit of letting you setup the shower before you step in and better yet, many showers will let you know when it has reached your desired temperature. This makes it much safer to step in when the temperature has been reached as you avoid any shocks from freezing cold water or boiling hot water. Digital mixer showers are truly at the pinnacle of showering luxury.
There’s even an option for those who have a low pressure, gravity fed system which comes in the form of a built in pump. Much like a power shower, a digital mixer shower can have an inbuilt pump which increases the water pressure and consequently ups the flow rate. This provides a much more invigorating shower without having to compromise on the technology included.
Just like the regular mixer shower, the digital version also offers a choice of a thermostatic valve which has many benefits. A thermostatic valve is able to provide a consistent temperature throughout the duration of your shower; as well as this it also boasts fantastic safety features and higher levels of efficiency which make for a top quality showering experience. The thermostatic valve comes into its own when there are fluctuations in temperature or pressure caused by people flushing toilets or running taps. When it detects these alterations, it quickly adjusts the mix of hot and cold water to ensure temperature and flow remains stable. It does this so quickly that you won’t even be able to notice – that’s how good it is. Arguably the biggest benefit of a thermostatic valve is in fact safety; knowing you and your family are safe when showering provides peace of mind. If by chance your cold water feed fails, the valve will automatically kick in a safety feature which shuts the shower down and prevents hot water coming through. This prevents unmixed hot water coming through the shower head and burning/scalding the user; an extremely beneficial feature.
Digital Showers Explained Further...
Digital showers are the latest technology innovation in shower design. They come in pumped or unpumped either as electric or mixer models.
This video explains what a digital shower offers:
The water in a digital shower passes through a small processor box, which blends hot and cold water to the desired temperature.
The processor box can be installed out of sight rather than in the shower enclosure itself. The water flows to the shower head via the riser rail, the wall or the ceiling. This also means you don’t have to drill through existing tiles.
This video explains in more detail how a digital shower works:
Digital shower control units also allow you to program and save your preferred water temperature so you don't have to fiddle around with the temperature control while you're in the shower or get told off by other family members for leaving it set too hot or too cold.
If you buy a wireless digital shower, the control unit can be positioned up to 10 metres away allowing you to switch it on and get the shower to the correct temperature before you get in. You can also position it any height, which is useful for wheelchair users, children and the particularly tall or short amongst us!
Pros of digital showers:
- Available in mixer or electric configurations
- Can often be installed without the need for re-tiling
- Greater control over temperature and flow
- Bragging rights!
Cons of digital showers:
- Usually not as powerful as a mixer shower with stand alone pump on low pressure systems