An electric shower is one of many types of modern showers that you can purchase. Depending on your own requirements, budget and practical considerations (such as water pipe positions, water pressure, etc.) then you can generally choose between four broad shower categories: mixer shower, power shower, digital shower and electric showers.
Electric showers are then usually divided into thermostatic and non-thermostatic models.
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The Triton Seville is priced fairly low (around £60) but offers some great features. The Seville range is available in 4 different power ratings: 7.5kW, 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.5kW. However, the price difference is minimal so we would go for the higher power model.
This model has 5 shower head spray patterns ranging from jet to drench and it has two simple rotary controls for temperature and heat setting (including cold only). With it being a more budget model it does not have a stop/start button or phased shutdown but it does have multiple cable and water entry points or easy installation.
This is not a thermostatic shower but this is to be expected at this price. The Triton does include a rising rail kit with soap dish as well as an adjustable shower head holder.
Overall, this model is reasonably priced and has all the features needed from a basic shower. A highly recommended best buy electric shower!
The most obvious difference is the stylish and modern chrome effect finish to both the main unit and shower head, certainly an improvement over the standard white finish. The unit also has push buttons for power settings and shutdown alongside the rotary temperature dial.
This Creda model also has phased shutdown to prevent limescale build up and a temperature stabiliser (not thermostat) to better control the water temperature. The Creda also has 3 different spray settings for the shower head, which is probably all you’ll need.
Not only does the Creda All Chrome look good it also has the power and features to match. It is expensive when compared to budget models but this is justified by the ease-of-use and quality finish.
The Martinique is certainly a step up from the Seville with push buttons replacing the power selector and a large stop button above these making it one of the best 10.5 kw electric showers available.
The shower head (with 5 different spray patterns) and the riser kit are pretty much identical to the Seville model. However, the Martinique does include phased shutdown for preventing limescale build-up and temperature stability control. As with the Seville, multiple cable and water entry points allow for easy installation.
The Martinique costs around £50 to £60 more than the Seville but does have button control and those useful extra touches. A good value for money shower for those looking for the important additional features.
The Mira Advance ATL is the only thermostatic temperature controlled model in this group review and is one of the best Mira showers. Although this shower has a lower power rating than the other models reviewed, expect to pay around £250 for this model.
Apart from the thermostatic control what else does the Mira Advance offer? Well, this is a great unit for those who want peace of mind for themselves or other shower users. The “ATL” in the model name actually stands for Advanced Temperature Limit which allows you to select from 8 different maximum temperature settings.
The buttons are not only large but also backlit and the temperature control dial “clicks” between the different temperature settings, all making it easier to use. The riser bar on this Mira thermostatic electric shower is also different from a lot of other models as, because it has a friction bracket, the shower head can easily be moved, even with one hand. As you would expect at this price, the Advance ATL has 4 different spray head patterns plus phased shutdown.
There is a lot of thought gone into the safety aspects of showering with this Mira electric shower. If this is high on your buying agenda then the Advance ATL not only has the safety side covered but also has all the features you ever really need in a shower.
There are several things you need to consider when choosing which model to buy:
The power rating basically determines what flow rate you will get from your shower, so the higher the rating, the greater the flow of hot water from the shower will be. Electric showers are generally rated between 8.5 – 10.5 kW (kilowatts).
We have all probably been in the shower when someone in the house turns a tap on and the shower suddenly runs scolding hot. A “temperature stabilised” unit will go some way to controlling the temperature but to have a constant temperature you need a “thermostatic” shower that can control the water temperature to with a couple of degrees. This is definitely a feature worth paying for.
Shower head spray patterns
Some shower heads come with 3 to 5 different spray patterns ranging from a standard shower to “drench” or “jet” patterns. Many electric showers though are not full power showers and in reality, you may be disappointed by the shower’s “jet” spray. A nice-to-have feature in our opinion.
Push button start/stop
Some models have an on/off button whereas other will rely on you turning the heat or power dial. On/off buttons are useful as you can keep your previous settings.
Water and electric installation points
If the shower is intended to be used as a replacement then having multiple water and electrical access points will be beneficial as this saves having to spend money on re-plumbing and re-wiring. This is not so important for new installations.
Phased shutdown function
This is not really a function you will notice in everyday use. if hot water is left in the main shower unit than this can cause limescale on the pipework (think of your kettle) and shorten the lifespan of your shower unit. The phased shutdown will run the shower after you stop it until all the hot water is out of the unit.
Different power settings and modes
Certain models have different heat setting and power modes such as high flow rate, cold only mode and eco water saving modes. Once you have your ideal setting, you’re probably unlikely to change much but it gives you the option to set up to your requirements in the first place.
Shower unit finish
Most shower units come in a white finish. As the prices increases, you can find models with stylish and modern chrome effect finishes.
Electric showers are relatively easy to install as essentially your only need power and a cold water supply, as the unit heats the water rather than relying on your home boiler. This makes them very economical as it only heats the water “on demand” and no hot water is wasted (as may be the case in a separate hot water tank). Also, its worth remembering that electric showers can still be used even if your boiler breaks down.
Electric showers are also pretty cheap; a basic model from one of the well-known electric shower brands will cost around £50. However, you must also factor in the professional installation costs. To see what is the best electric shower on the market, check out our guide below to see how the models compare.
Apart from the installation costs, electric models also tend to have a weaker water flow when compared to other types of showers. There can also be a problem with limescale build up if hot water is left in the shower unit, although this can be prevented with phased shutdown functions.