In part one of how to choose the right shower we looked at the various types of domestic water systems. Here in part two you’ll find out about shower heads, shower enclosures, electric showers and how to ensure a safer showering experience.
Shower heads are available in a wide range of styles including hand held on a flexible hose, fixed either to the wall or ceiling with an arm, and shower panels which include body jets for an invigorating experience. The flow and temperature of the water is controlled with a thermostatic valve, which again come in a variety of designs including exposed, concealed and bar styles.
When choosing a shower think about your needs. If you have young children, hand held showers on a flexible hose provide an easy way to keep them clean, and a hand held shower ensures much easier cleaning around the bath or shower. This type of shower head can be fitted to a slide rail, which allows you to adjust the height.
For a contemporary look opt for a wall mounted or ceiling mounted fixed shower head that provides a refreshing shower; for added wow factor choose one with colour changing LED lights. For a designer look to the bathroom, a shower panel is perfect. Shower panels incorporate a large shower head, body jets and a hand held shower.
If possible it’s always better to have a separate bath and shower enclosure. But don’t try and squeeze in an enclosure if you don’t have the space for it. Shower enclosures come in an array of sizes and designs such as quadrants, sliding doors, bi-fold doors, hinged doors and walk in showers.
Walk in shower enclosures are ideal for creating a sleek, modern look, and feature a spacious showering and drying area. For the ultimate in showering, a shower cabin is ideal as they boast an array of features including body jets, lighting, seats, a large shower head, music and even steam generators for a spa-like feel.
Electric showers have a lower flow rate compared to mixer showers; this is because they take water from the mains cold water supply, which is then passed over the heating element inside the unit to provide hot water on demand. Electric showers also feature a more bulky design compared to mixer showers, and they need a high capacity electric supply that runs directly from the fuse box on a dedicated circuit.
However, the main advantage of an electric shower is that you will not run out of hot water and you can enjoy a warm shower whenever you like. Compared to mixer showers, electric showers are more affordable and economical on water usage. Electric showers are now also available in more stylish designs and are ideal for an en-suite or second bathroom.
Shower in safety
If your shower suddenly turns very cold or very hot it’s not only annoying but is dangerous too. Extremely hot water causes serious scalds so make sure to opt for a thermostatic shower valve with a built-in anti-scald device, which will compensate for any water fluctuations.
These fluctuations in temperature happen when the pressure between the hot and cold water is not balanced. If the toilet is flushed the flow of the cold water is reduced causing the shower to turn too hot, or if someone uses the hot tap the shower will then run cold.