When it comes to choosing the right shower for your bathroom, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of factors there are to consider. From water systems to shower systems to showerheads, there’s a lot to understand!
So, we’ve put together a guide on choosing the right shower where we answer some of the most asked questions, including: ‘what are the different types of water system?’, ‘what are the different types of shower?’ and ‘what is the best shower for low water pressure?’.
When it comes to choosing the right shower, water systems play a substantial role. So, before you dive into picking out your shower system and design, you need to understand what type of water system your home has.
Combi boilers are one of the most common types of water system, especially in modern houses. They have a high-pressure system where cold water is heated and pumped through the house on demand.
Choosing the right shower for a combination boiler is more simple as thermostatic mixer showers, digital showers and electric showers all work well with this type of water system.
Typically featured in older homes, gravity systems have a cold water tank and a hot water cylinder. You’ll often find the cold water tank in the loft, and the hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard.
Gravity systems are low-pressure systems, and the distance that the water needs to travel from the tank to the showerhead affects your water pressure. The further the water needs to travel, the greater the water pressure will be.
If you have a gravity system and are experiencing low water pressure, you can always install a booster pump to improve it.
Thermostatic mixer showers, electric showers and digital showers can all be used with a gravity system. However, electric showers may be your best option if you do need that extra pressure boost.
With an unvented water system, you have a hot water storage tank and a cold mains water supply. The cold water flows into the hot water storage tank where it is then heated and stored under pressure. Alternatively, the water can be heated on demand by a combination boiler.
Unvented water systems tend to provide a powerful, high-pressure shower. So, you’re unlikely to need any additional booster pumps. We recommend using a thermostatic mixer shower or a digital shower if you have this type of system.
Next, we’ll take a look at the different types of shower so you can find one that works best for your home and your household.
When you’re choosing the right shower for your home, a thermostatic mixer shower is an excellent option to consider.
Thermostatic mixer showers are one of the most popular and safest types of shower you can buy. Its thermostatic valve keeps your water temperature consistent, regardless of anybody else using taps or flushing toilets at the same time. As a result, you are protected from sudden changes in water temperature which eliminates the risk of scolding (or feeling freezing!). This safety measure makes thermostatic mixer showers ideal for households with children, the elderly or vulnerable people.
If you have an unvented water system, combination boiler or gravity system, a thermostatic mixer shower can be installed in your bathroom.
One of the great things about electric showers it that they heat water on demand using a heating element inside the shower unit. In turn, they are more efficient (and therefore economical), and you shouldn’t run out of hot water whilst showering.
However, you need to think about space when choosing the right shower as electric showers tend to be rather bulky. You’ll also need to make sure you have a strong electrical supply; otherwise, the flow rate may suffer.
Electric showers can be used with combination boilers or gravity systems, and are a great option if you are suffering from low water pressure.
Digital showers are an increasingly popular choice, especially in modern bathrooms. They are relatively easy to install during a renovation, and they offer you the most control over your shower.
When using a digital shower, you can choose the exact water temperature you want before you step into it. This can often be done using a remote control or a smartphone, which is extremely convenient. Once you’re in the shower, you should have access to a touch control to alter the temperature if needed.
You can install a digital shower system with any water system, making it a strong contender when choosing the right shower for your home.
If your home water system is leaving you with a low-pressure shower, we would recommend an electric shower. Changing your water system can be costly and a challenge, so fitting an electric shower is a viable solution as it uses electrical power to improve the water force.
Choosing the right shower design for your bathroom and your household is crucial, especially as you’re going to commit to that design for years to come.
First, you’ll need to decide whether you want a bath with a shower, or a separate, stand-alone shower unit.
Stand-alone showers work well if you’re tight on space as they take up less floor room. However, if you’re keen for a bathtub, you can save space by adding a shower to your bath. Adding a handheld showerhead to a bathtub is especially useful if you have young children to bathe, pets to bathe or if you want to rinse the tub conveniently. If you do opt for a stand-alone shower, you’ll need to consider what sort of enclosure you prefer.
Self-contained shower enclosures take up slightly more room but are entirely waterproof. However, for a more minimalist and modern look, you can create a shower enclosure with glass panels, a door and a shower tray. And, if you have the room, you could design a ‘walk-in’ shower with no door, and just a wall or glass panel separating the shower space. You’ll just need to ensure that the tiling on both your walls and floors are waterproof.
For stylish, modern and practical shower enclosures, Aquadart is a stand-out brand. Their shower enclosure designs are top-quality, and their attention to detail is second to none.
Shower tiling is an important step in choosing the right shower design because you need to ensure your tiles are waterproof and properly sealed. Both porcelain and ceramic tiles can be installed in showers; however, porcelain tiles do have a lower water absorption rate, giving them an advantage over ceramic.
Another step in choosing the right shower is to decide on a showerhead. There are a few options to decide from when choosing the right shower head, including handheld, handheld on a rail, wall-mounted and ceiling-mounted.
Handheld showerheads are a practical choice, providing you flexibility. Many people will install a handheld showerhead as a secondary showerhead, to use as and when it is needed. For a more luxurious shower experience, you should consider a ceiling-mounted showerhead. These showerheads are often found in luxury hotels and are designed to give you a relaxing shower. Larger, ceiling-mounted showerheads are frequently referred to as ‘rain showers’ because they are designed to emulate the feeling of standing under a natural downpour. Grohe offers some amazingly sleek and high-quality rain shower heads that look stunning in any bathroom.
Choosing the right shower is more than just the aesthetics; it’s about understanding your water system and what shower systems would be most suitable.
At Inter Ceramica, we offer a bespoke bathroom design service, so you can eliminate the stress of choosing the right shower for your bathroom. We’ll work with you to design a stunning bathroom with the perfect shower that you’ll love. So, please do get in touch if you have an enquiry!