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Wake Up To An Invigorating Shower

A shower becomes a big part of our daily life. It wakes us up in the morning and lets us have a quick wash before we head to work. It’s far easier for families due to its ease of use and speedy nature. It lets us relax after a long, hard day or after a particularly tough exercise session. Having a shower has become an essential need in modern day Britain, but a terrible shower can completely ruin the experience. It’s important to choose a shower that’s going to be consistently invigorating and make you look forward to using it every time. The industry is constantly improving the showering experience, and thanks to the expertise of our buyers, we continue to feature the widest range of high-quality showers from the best shower manufacturers to ensure customers get to enjoy that experience time and time again.

Shower Buying Guide

Adding an extra shower to your home won’t just ease the pressure during the morning bathroom rush, it will probably increase the value of your home too. Modern homes tend to be built with at least two bathrooms or shower rooms for every three bedrooms, and there’s a lot to be said for never having to wait to use the loo or have a shower. So where do you begin on your shower purchasing journey?  This guide will get you started!

What Shower Do You Need?

The majority of showers work perfectly on all plumbing systems within the home, however there are some types that will require a certain type of system. We have created a very handy infographic to help you choose the correct shower for your home, saving you a headache later

The Ultimate Electric Shower Guide

When it comes to choosing a new shower for your home, or even replacing an old one, you could just pick one that you like the look of. But is it really that simple? Over on our blog we have a guide that explains the ins and outs of choosing a shower. Whether that's an electric shower, a power shower or a trendy digital shower

What Type of Shower Pump Do I Need?

So you know you need a shower pump but you just don't know what type you need? Then this will be the perfect place to begin. We have carefully prepared a handy guide to help you choose the correct shower pump to suit all your showering needs. 

Adjustable head – Allows the user to move the shower head up and down to a position that suits them.

BAR – A unit of measurement for water pressure; 0.1 bar is approximately equal to one metre height of water pressure. Taps and showers are measured by the minimum recommended BAR pressure required for them to function.

B.E.A.B – British Electrotechnical Approvals Board

Body Jets/Body Sprays – Small water sprays mounted to the shower wall, usually in multiples.

Centrifugal Shower Pump – Water is moved in and out by centrifugal force. The direction of the flow out is at right angles to the direction of the flow in. When the pump is activated, water flows in onto the impellers and these push the water out at high speed. They are generally quieter and more efficient than regenerative pumps.

Combi-Boiler – Hot water is heated by the combi-boiler directly from the cold mains supply when requested, such as when you turn a hot shower on. There is no requirement for a separate hot water cylinder.

Concealed Shower/Built-In Shower – This type of shower conceals all pipework behind bathroom tiling, with only the operating controls on show. Concealed is a good choice for those who want a minimalist look.

Digital Showers – In a similar way to mixer showers, digital showers mix hot and cold water inside the valve to get a desired pre-set temperature. Temperature and flow rates can be set at the touch of a button, while safety features ensure the water never gets too hot.

Eco Shower – Applies to any shower that has an economy setting in order to reduce water and power usage.

Electrical Heating Element – Refers to a component within an electric shower that is used to heat the water, similar to a kettle.

Electric Showers – Cold mains water is heated by an element within the shower (the Electrical Heating Element) to deliver water at a selected temperature. As the shower doesn’t used any stored hot water, electric showers are ideal for households where there is a limited hot water supply. You can use the shower whenever you wish and still get the same results.

Exposed Shower/Exposed Valve – Shower controls are exposed and mounted on the tiling, as well as the showerhead, hose, clamp bracket and slide bar. These are easiest to install, but may not be suitable for small showering areas as they take up more space.

Fixed Showerhead – An overhead showerhead at a fixed height.

Flow Regulator – A device that reacts to variable inlet pressures in order to control flow at a constant rate. Fixed flow regulators have a range of predetermined flow rate settings. Variable flow regulators are manually adjustable to provide different flow rate settings.

Gravity-Fed System – Also known as a low pressure system, it consists of a cold water storage tank in a loft and a hot water cylinder that’s usually in an airing cupboard. The greater the height of the cold tank above the shower, the great the pressure. Mixer showers, pumped digital showers, power showers and electric showers are all suitable for this system.

Handset – A showerhead this is attached to a flexible shower hose.

Kilowatt Rating – This is the measurement used for all electric showers. The higher the kilowatt rating, the faster the water will heat up and the more powerful the flow rate will be. Lower ratings mean less electricity is used to heat the water, so they’re cheaper to run. Available in 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.5kW.

Mixer Showers – Hot water is blended with cold water to reach a desired temperature, which is adjusted manually. They tend to flow faster than electric showers. They are suitable for use with combi-boiler and gravity-fed systems.

Negative Head Shower Pump – Used for situations where the shower pump is to be sited either above or at the same level as the cold water tank. It literally ‘sucks’ the water from the tanks to operate the shower.

Positive Head Shower Pump – This ‘pushes’ the feed of water to the shower. It relies on a gravity feed of water to kick start the impellers to pump hot and cold water. It requires a minimum head of at least 500mm between the base of the cistern and the shower head.

Power Shower – Similar to mixer showers in that they mix hot and cold water to reach a desired temperature. However, they produce a more impressive spray due to an internal pump that boosts water flow.

Pressure Relief Device – A safety device intended to prevent excessive pressure build-up within an electric shower heater.

Regenerative Shower Pump – The flow in and flow out go in the same direction as the axis of rotation of the impeller. Water is propelled around the casing surrounding the impeller blades and the energy created is used to draw more water into the pump. They are generally cheaper and easier to install than centrifugal pumps.

Riser Rail – A vertical bar that allows height adjustment of a showerhead.

Shower Hose – The flexible pipe that connects the showerhead to the shower control.

Single Impeller Shower Pump – Can only pump one water supply: either hot or cold, but is used with hot water in most installations. Its single blade drivers the water to the shower mixer and is generally sited between the mixer valve and the shower head.

Thermostatic Showers – Have an inbuilt thermostat that is designed to compensate for variations in water temperature and pressure. For example, if someone uses water elsewhere in the house the shower will remain at the pre-set temperature.

Twin Impeller Shower Pump – Tiny impellers are fed by either the cold or hot water supply to deliver both hot and cold to the shower mixer at an equal flow rate. It is ideally sited in an airing cupboard in order to reduce noise. 

Shower In Style

Showers don’t have to be ugly to be functional, not at all. In fact, with constant developments and new innovative technology emerging in the industry, showers are becoming even more attractive and stylish. This means that you can take pride in your shower and make it a focal point of your room if you are so inclined. Whether you want a regular shower in a certain colour to match your tiles, or you want a fixed head shower with a minimalist look to keep the attention on the rest of the room; we’ve got you covered. Plumbworld stocks a wide range of varying designs in different colours to ensure everyone can find the perfect shower for their bathroom at an affordable price.

Quality You Can Rely On

As most showers are used over three times a day, making sure you buy something that is reliable is certainly a priority on most people’s list. For many years, we’ve worked with the biggest and best shower manufacturers to ensure we can bring you the most comprehensive range of quality showers on the market. With showers from renowned brands such as Mira, Triton and Aqualisa available, you know you’re in good hands from the start. Plumbworld also has a dedicated range of Architeckt showers for those people on a limited budget who don’t want to compromise on style and reliability. Unlike many own-brand showers from other retailers, these are designed to withstand the test of time thanks to a high-quality construction in the valve cartridge and other integral components. Buy with confidence from Plumbworld and don't settle for an inferior shower.

A Shower For Every System

Buying a shower is never a simple thing. You first have to work out what shower will be compatible with your plumbing system at home, then you have to work out which will be the best to suit the requirements of you and your family. Mixer showers are ideal for most systems and provide a strong flow rate which can be increased by the addition of a shower pump. Digital mixer showers are also available and can be pumped or standard; these are often more expensive than the regular mixer shower. Power showers can be a good substitute for a mixer shower as it essentially has a built in pump to provide a more forceful spray; additional noise, however, is usually a trade off. An electric shower will suit virtually all systems as it only requires a cold mains supply and heats the water internally. The drawback is with wiring as some higher kilowatt versions require cabling to be upgraded. If you’re still struggling to work out which shower is right for your system, take a quick look at this shower guide we’ve produced to help you out.

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