Showers are an essential part of any modern bathroom. The look and style of a shower is a personal thing but, the performance of your shower is not. A good shower is a pleasurable experience that starts your day on a high. The main decision to be made is usually the size of shower required but, in modern houses this is often dictated by the space available. They are also available in a wide range of shapes and colours.

Mixer Showers

Mixer showers take a hot and cold water feed and mix them to obtain the desired temperature at the shower head. These assume that you have a hot water tank with enough hot water in it and a suitable head of water to provide the required pressure.

Electric Showers

Electric showers use an electric heating element to to heat water on demand, as it makes its way to the shower head. The heating element requires quite a significant amount of power to do this and installation will require a seperate, high current power supply. Electric showers can also reduce the flow of water slightly on its way to the shower head.

For this reason, many also feature a pump. It should be noted that these pumps can be noisy, so the location of them with respect to bedrooms is importnant. Reliability can also be an issue.

Power Showers

Power showers use a regular water supply and pumps the water though to give greater water pressure and a stronger shower jets. Power showers can only be used with tank fed cold water and tank fed hot water, and cannot be used with direct mains fed water or a combi boiler.

Shower Trays

Shower trays come in a range of materials:

  • Acrylic - The cheapest option and less hard wearing. Can also flex if not well supported.
  • Enamelled Steel
  • Cast Resin
  • Stone - Limestone, Marble, Quartz and Granite are options.

Cast stone shower
This is a traditional cast stone resin shower tray. They are typically available in a range of colours and sizes and usually have a non-slip floor.

Super slim shower tray
This super slim shower tray by Matki is designed to be almost level with a tiled floor for a seamless wet room look.

Shower Heads

Vertical drop shower head

There are various types of shower heads. This picture shows one that drops water straight down. We are not keen on these as they make it harder wo wash of the soapy water. One that fires water out at an angle is better in this respect.

Angled shower head
This is angled shower head a better solution in our view, even more so because this shower head has rubber jet surrounds, to enable it to be descaled easily. Shower heads like this also come with adjustable spray patterns but this added complexity is not really justified and a simple, single spray pattern is effective and less prone to leaks.

Shower Accessories

Soap Holder

Magnetic soap holder
If you want to use a bar of soap in the shower, then a magnetic soap holder is the only solution that we have found which avoids making a huge mess and soggy soap. Ideally, this would be placed somewhere closed to hand but somewhere that doesn't get splashed when the shower is being used.

Storage Rack/Shelf

There is no escaping the need for somewhere to keep bottles for shampoo, etc.

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