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Shower Kits & Valves: How to Pick the Perfect Shower
Buying a shower is not as simple as it may seem: you’ll have to decide whether you want a manual or thermostatic shower valve; a concealed or exposed valve; or an electric or power shower.
Whilst there is a lot to decide, this shouldn't be a tricky decision; to help, Splashdirect has put together a buyer’s guide:
Concealed Vs. Exposed Valves:
Put simply, shower valves are the visual part which controls the water flow and temperature. They are available in a variety of styles which will suit all tastes, but there are two specific types: exposed and concealed.
- On concealed shower valves, only the controls are visible as the water outlets and pipes remain hidden behind a panel. Therefore making them ideal for modern, minimalist bathrooms.
- Exposed shower valves, on the other hand, are more visually prominent as their entire body is fixed to the wall, with the outlets and other pipes entirely visible.
Manual Vs. Thermostatic Shower Valves:
As their name implies, manual shower valves are entirely controlled by the user: the user sets the water temperature and as soon as this changes the user must manually alter it to the required temperature.
Thermostatic shower valves, on the other hand, are unaffected by the actions of others so are able to keep the water temperature constant. Therefore, if a tap is turned on whilst you're showering, you won’t notice.
Thermostatic showers are, therefore, ideal for family bathrooms as you won’t experience any sudden change in water temperature which can lead to nasty scalding.
Electric Showers Vs. Power Showers:
It’s a common mistake to confuse an electric shower with a power shower because they both offer an invigorating jet. There are, however, some key differences to bear in mind:
- Power showers have an integrated pump to provide a powerful flow of water at all times. Whereas electric showers are entirely dependent upon your existing system, so they can’t create a powerful flow on their own.
- Electric Showers only require a cold water supply because they heat the water directly. Power showers, on the other hand, require both a hot and cold water supply.
Buying a Shower Set:
If you need to replace an entire shower, or install a new one, often one of our shower sets is the easiest solution. This is because they include a shower handset, shower rail and most come with a shower valve to complete a mixer shower setup.
If, however, you want to opt for the ultra-modern experience, then we’d recommend going for a shower column or tower as they incorporate fixed heads, handsets and jets to create the ultimate experience.