Many people consider the shower to be the single most important feature in the bathroom and considering its daily role in the life of most families, this is completely understandable. It’s responsible for waking you up in the morning and relaxing you after a stressful day. In some respects your day can either be made or broken by the shower. That’s why it’s so important to choose a shower that leaves you feeling invigorated every time you step out. With the industry continually developing, Plumbworld have linked with the biggest shower manufacturers to ensure customers have access to the best and widest selection of showers possible.
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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!
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Mira Showers - Mira can trace their history back as far as 1921 where they began as Walker Crosweller & Co Ltd of London. Fast forward to today and they have grown to be one of the best known and innovative shower manufacturers in the world.
Triton Showers - Triton have been at the centre of British bathrooms for more than 30 years. Starting from humble beginnings in a garage in Atherstone, Triton have risen through the ranks to bring the UK some of the most innovative showers available.
Aqualisa Showers - Famous for launching the first ever Digital Shower, Aqualisa have continued to produce showers of the highest quality since their launch in 1977.
Grohe - Grohe is the largest manufacturer of sanitary fittings in Europe and their name is synonymous around the world. With a rich history dating back as far as 1911, it is easy to see why their broad range of shower systems are so popular.
Architeckt – The popular Architeckt range of products started life in 1999 and have since offered a wide range of quality showers to those looking to add some finishing touches to their bathrooms.
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 Showehead – 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.