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What are the different types of showers?

General 20 September 2016 Share this

To many people, a shower is just a shower. But there are, in fact, a few distinct types.

Electric showers

These types of showers use cold mains water only for the water supply. The water enters the shower and, as the water is passed through the internal heater tank (or heating element), it heats the water up, therefore providing instant hot water (very similar in concept to a kitchen kettle). This fact is also why these showers are sometimes called instantaneous electric showers. For this reason, electric showers will never run out of hot water, which is handy if you have a few people living in the house and everyone wants a shower one after the other. Furthermore, any problems with your boiler will not impact the performance of an electric shower.

You can view our range of electric showers here.

Popular examples of electric showers include the Mira Jump 8.5kW and the Mira Sport 9.0kW.

Pumped electric showers

These showers are designed for installations where the pressure of the mains water supply is low or unreliable. Pumped electric showers work on the same principle as standard electric showers (above), but run from cold water tanks, not the mains supply into the home. These showers also contain a small pump which boosts the supply to give a better showering experience in poor flow areas.

A notable model is the Mira Elite QT 9.8kW.

Mixer showers

One of the major types of showers, mixers use separate hot and cold water supplies, and blend both to provide the water at the temperature you demand from it. A cartridge inside the shower regulates the temperature as desired, and come in either manual or thermostatic varieties. Mixer showers can be installed on gravity fed systems (where the water is taken from hot and cold tanks), combination boilers, or on a pump (which also takes water from hot and cold tanks). They are generally very stylish in comparison to other types of showers, providing a contemporary look to your bathroom, as well as having longer lifespans as well. Mixer showers also come in certain variants: exposed (where they are fixed onto the surface of the wall) or recessed (also known as built-in or concealed, where the main valve body is hidden behind the wall, leaving only a small portion of the shower showing). Bar mixer showers are of the exposed type but are more slim-lined horizontal versions, hence the "bar" name.

You can view our range of mixer showers here and bar mixer showers here.

Popular mixer shower ranges include the Mira Element EV, Mira Coda EV and Mira Excel EV - a favourite for UK consumers and installers alike.

Digital showers

A variation of the standard mixer shower (above). These operate on the same concept but the main body of the shower is generally located away from the actual showering area, for instance in the loft. A waterproof digital controller is then used to operate the shower body remotely - including temperature and flow rate - from within the showering area. Modern digital showers are generally very advanced, and boast other features such as timekeeping and precise temperature control alongside being stunning focal points.

You can view our range of digital showers here.

Best-selling digital showers across the UK are the Mira Platinum (which has taken the UK market by storm), as well as the Mira Vision.

Power showers

Another variation of the standard mixer shower (above). Power showers use water on gravity fed systems, which supply hot and cold water from the tanks. The valve mixes the hot and cold water to achieve the desired water temperature, like standard mixer showers, but the inclusive pump boosts the flow of water to become a powerful and invigorating shower. With a power shower it is important to have reasonable sized water tanks - at least 40 gallons, otherwise the water may run out mid-shower!

You can view our range of power showers here.

Popular examples of power showers include the Mira Vigour and Mira Event XS.

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