From state of the art hi-tech digital designs to hard working multi-tasking models, there’s a shower to suit all budgets and bathroom styles.
At the top end of the scale, the most sophisticated models add a whole new dimension to showering turning it from a functional routine into a decadent multi-sensory experience. Options to look out for on high end models include drencher shower heads, massage jets, colour therapy and luxurious metal finishes to the shower casing itself, turning it into a real statement piece.
If your budget doesn’t stretch to these top of the range models, don’t worry, there are now literally hundreds of designs currently available for under £300.00, with many are well below this.
Many showers offer the flexibility of both an invigorating, full on soaking experience and a calmer rain forest soft spray shower all in one unit.
- First check what type of water system you have in your home.
- Gravity fed systems are the most common. This is where you have a cold water tank in the loft and a hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard.
- If you have a gravity fed system, you will most probably need a pump to boost your shower’s performance.
- The most usual place for the pump to be housed is in the loft, above the shower.
- Power showers come with built in pumps and there’s a fantastic range of styles to choose from.
- You shouldn’t need an additional pump if you have a mains fed water system.
- If you’re in doubt about any of the above, check with a registered CIPHE plumber.
What kind of showering experience do you want?
A fixed rain shower head is great for walk-in or larger shower enclosures. They provide you with a fantastic luxury spa type experience. Many rain showers now come with additional functions, including light changing options, aromatherapy and in-shower music!
An adjustable handset on a riser rail is ideal when you don’t want to get your hair wet. This design also allows you to adjust the height of the shower which is a real bonus in a family bathroom.
The Perfect Partnership
Many showers now combine the best aspects of both the above shower types with a fixed drencher head at the top of the shower bar and a smaller shower head on a flexible hose on an adjustable bracket below.
Making Your Shower Family Friendly
Whatever type of shower you choose, I would always recommend that you chose one with a thermostatic valve to avoid the risk of scalding.
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