What are the different types of showers available for my bathroom

Posted on 15 June 2020

Showers are more than just somewhere to wash – they’re a therapeutic space for relaxing and unwinding too. They rejuvenate the body and mind, leaving you refreshed and revitalised. So, it’s important to spend time selecting the right type of shower to suit your needs. With so many different showers on the market, choosing one isn’t easy. Not only do you have to choose the style you want, but you need to make sure it’s suited to the plumbing system in your home. At Quality Bathrooms, we supply and fit all types of showers in Scunthorpe, Gainsborough, and Epworth Brigg. 

Electric showers

Electric showers are highly versatile, requiring only a cold-water feed to work. They can be connected directly to your mains water supply, unlike mixer showers which require a  feed from your boiler. Electric showers are easy to install and can be used in any domestic water system. They work by heating the water up quickly over an electrically charged heating element before it flows through the showerhead. Electric showers come with a range of other benefits, from the ability to provide hot water at any time to good energy efficiency.  

Hot water at any time

Power Shower ScunthorpeThe biggest benefit of electric showers is that they ensure that hot water is available at all times. There’s no waiting around each morning because someone in your household has used all the hot water. This was common in the past when water was heated centrally via a boiler and then transported around the house through pipes. Electric showers operate differently, heating the water inside their control box right before a shower is taken.


Electric showers are one of the most energy-efficient options, making sure water is only heated when it is needed. Many conventional boilers have to heat a whole tank of water when someone wants to have a shower, potentially wasting a significant amount of energy. When you install an electric shower in your home, only the water you use will be heated. This can help you to make great savings on your energy costs. 

Mixer showers

Another type of shower you may want to consider is a mixer shower. These showers connect to both the hot and cold water supplies in your home, mixing the hot and cold water before sending it to the showerhead (usually a lot more powerfully than electric showers). The flow and temperature of the water can be controlled either via a shower valve or by adjusting the bath taps. Whichever method you choose, it will give you the power to pick whatever temperature you require. 

Mixer showers are suitable for households that have combination boilers and gravity-fed and high-pressure heating systems. Thermostatic mixer showers are usually the most popular option due to their ability to eliminate temperature fluctuations. Thermostatic temperature control options make this shower type suitable for the whole family. 

Stylish contemporary designs

Mixer showers aren’t just functional – they’re also very stylish. One of their big advantages is that they come in a wide range of designs to suit most bathrooms. So, even if you’ve done your bathroom in a particular style, that doesn’t mean you can’t install a mixer shower – there are various different designs available to choose from. One of the most common is the modern chrome design which its shiny and minimalist appearance. 


Power showers

Wetroom Installation ScunthorpePower showers are similar to standard mixer showers, combining hot and cold water from the taps to reach the desired temperature set by thermostatic controls. They are usually installed in properties that have low-pressure water systems (such as gravity systems), with hot water readily available in a water storage cylinder. 

Power showers boost water pressure from the tap to improve your showering experience. If your electric shower isn’t powerful enough, installing a power shower may be a good solution. These showers use a booster pump to force water over the element, heating it to produce a stronger flow of water from the showerhead. A stronger flow of water can make the experience much more enjoyable, giving you a much more luxurious feeling than a standard electric shower. Power showers do use more water than other options, but many of them come with eco options, enabling you to use as little power as you need. 


Choose from plastic and brass pumps

There are two types of pumps available – plastic and brass. Plastic pumps are reliable and significantly cheaper than brass pumps; however, they can be somewhat noisier during operation. They’re also more likely to need maintenance than brass pumps. Brass pumps are more expensive, but they’re a lot more robust and quieter when in use.

Digital showers

Digital showers are a more recent invention than other shower types, making them the ideal choice for those who enjoy installing the latest technology in their properties. What sets them apart is that they allow you to set a precise temperature with just the quick touch of a button. They’re easy to control, and there’s no waiting around for the water to reach the right temperature. Digital showers work like mixer showers, taking hot water directly from your boiler, and there are options available for all water systems and boilers. Some of them are compatible with smart devices too. 

Digital showers are the peak of bathroom technology, with control panels displaying factors like flow rate and water temperature. You can adjust water temperature very precisely, and some even let you create profiles for everyone in your household. This provides a custom shower experience, making showering even more enjoyable.   

Contact Us

Choosing a new shower can be overwhelming, with options available to suit various needs, preferences, and boiler types. We can provide you with the expert advice you need to select the right shower for your home. We supply and install high-quality all types of showers in Scunthorpe, Gainsborough, Epworth Brigg, and the surrounding areas.  So if you are looking for a new shower then email us here. Or Alternatively  give us a call on 01724 375019 and speak to one of our friendly advisors.

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