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Shower styles: A comprehensive guide

If you’re fond of a shower and are thinking about upgrading to a new one – or are in the middle of a renovation or self-build project – there’s a lot of choice when it comes to styles.

With everything from smart showers and power showers to more traditional varieties, it might seem overwhelming when it comes to deciding what’s right for you. With this in mind, we’ve subsequently given an overview of the main types of showers below, along with some specific examples of these, for clarity and inspiration.

If you’re on the lookout for the perfect shower, then read to the end of the blog to get the lowdown on what’s out there – and what might be the right shower for your home.

Factors to consider when buying a shower

Before you consider the style of shower you want for your home, it’s important to first confirm what will actually work in your property. The key things to consider here include:

  • The plumbing system
  • Water pressure (low or high)

There are various things to consider when it comes to choosing a shower for your home.

The type of shower you’re able to install will ultimately depend on what your answers are to these points, as some showers won’t work with low-pressure systems, for example. So, clarifying this at the outset is crucial before you begin looking at specific products.

Older properties tend to have gravity-fed or vented systems (with a cold-water tank in the attic and a hot-water cylinder usually located in the airing cupboard) which are compatible with power, electric, digital and mixer showers. Gravity-fed systems work with low-pressure showers, while high-pressure showers work off unvented or combi-boiler systems, where the mains supply produces the hot water. Electric, mixer and digital showers work well with this system.

If you have a cold mains supply, however, then electric showers are the only compatible type, as these heat the water instantly on-demand using the electric power supply and don’t rely on a boiler.

How to choose the right shower for your bathroom

Once you know what system you have in the house and the water pressure, you can then think about your design preferences, along with the features that are important to you. For example, temperature-control, size and cost – plus, if you have a budget, then you’ll need to stick to this.

The following points should be considered when it comes to choosing your ideal shower:

  • Cost – what’s your top budget for the shower and how flexible is this?
  • Style – this should be considered both in terms of the general look of the shower kit and its spray style, for example.
  • Size – do you want something discreet, or would you prefer a more eye-catching shower?
  • Position – how large or small your bathroom is will affect placement of the shower.
  • Height – who will be using the shower and how high or low does it need to be?

The Eliseo Ricci Exclusiv Round Rigid Riser Shower has a rainfall showerhead and will provide an immersive experience.

Different types of showers

Rain head/rainfall-style showers: Perfect if you want a complete immersive showering experience, rain head or rainfall showers give complete coverage while you wash, with the water flow mimicking that of a rainfall. Ideal if you want to recreate the luxury effect of a spa in the comfort of your own home, these deliver something extra-special and are a popular choice with many people.

With an elegant brushed brass finish, the Eliseo Ricci Exclusiv Round Rigid Riser Shower will bring luxury to your bathroom both in terms of aesthetics and functionality. It also comes with a choice of two handle designs and has an exposed bar valve arm and that all-important round rainfall showerhead.

The Triton Host Multi-outlet Digital Mixer and Circular Accessory Pack.

Digital showers: Similar to mixer showers, digital showers like the one pictured above use the latest technology to give you more precise control over water temperature, blending hot and cold water to deliver the perfect level of warmth. Boasting sleek, contemporary designs, digital showers have the added benefit of ensuring that the water temperature remains consistent, regardless of any external actions, such as a toilet flushing. You can also choose from a range of standard showerheads, including rainfall styles.

Electric showers: A more energy-efficient option and ideal if you want instant hot water when you shower, electric varieties heat cold water on demand – and only what you will actually use. They therefore offer a flexible solution as you can shower at any time of the day or night without needing to wait for the water to heat up. An added bonus is that you can install electric showers in any home, no matter what water system you have, as they aren’t dependant on this.

The Triton Aspirante Electric Shower is available in a range of finishes – including the brushed steel pictured here – and has a slimline design and easy-to-use illuminated soft-touch buttons.

Power showers: If you prefer a stronger water flow when you wash then the power shower is a good choice as this uses a pump to force water over the heating element to deliver a more impactful experience. This boosted water flow is great for giving you a more energised shower along with a more thorough wash.

 

You can also enjoy the benefits of temperature-control with the power shower too, as the thermostat feature ensures that any external actions such as flushing a toilet or using a tap elsewhere in the house doesn’t affect this. This subsequently makes the power shower a good option for busy households and our showers at Bathshack are also all electric, making them more energy-efficient.

Shower towers: With a sleek, elegant aesthetic, shower towers deliver on all fronts, with a stylish look along with great functionality. The Eliseo Ricci Monsoon Waterfall Shower Tower in Chrome is a good example of this, with its smooth, curved shape and minimalist design. Also available in black, it features thermostatic control, along with two body jets and a rainfall showerhead, while a separate handset is also provided.

The Eliseo Ricci Monsoon Waterfall Shower Tower in Chrome has a sleek, elegant appearance and comes with thermostatic control.

A high-performance product, shower towers incorporate all the key elements in one tall column, including showerhead, valve, controls and pipework, so is ideal if you like the modern, minimal aesthetic. Reminiscent of something you would find in a spa, the shower tower will instantly elevate your bathroom and is an increasingly popular choice with many homeowners. These showers also feature precise controls – and you can choose from a variety of water outputs, for added convenience.

Traditional showers: For a classic aesthetic, the traditional shower has everything you need and will deliver timeless elegance along with functionality to your home. At Bathshack, all our traditional showers come with rainfall showerheads to give that luxury spa-like experience, while many are also supplied with detachable handsets which are handy for rinsing and cleaning your shower.

The Eliseo Ricci Balmoral Thermostatic Rain Shower with Diverter is a traditional-style shower.

Traditional showers offer a more classic aesthetic for your bathroom.

Concealed shower kits: If hiding the shower components is important to you from an aesthetic viewpoint, then a concealed shower is a good choice and will bring a contemporary, minimalist look to your bathroom. Concealing all pipework and valves behind your tiles, these showers are available in a variety of finishes and at Bathshack, all our concealed shower kits also have rainfall showerheads.

The Round Triple Thermostatic Concealed Mixer Shower Kit has a modern, minimalist look, with the shower pipework and valves hidden behind the tiles.

Accessible showers: Quick and easy to install, with straightforward settings and flexible fittings so you can adjust things to your preferred height, accessible showers are great on all fronts and have easy operation at their core. You can enjoy temperature-control for a safer showering experience, while there are a range of styles and finishes available, including sleek and modern as well as more classic white showers.

Whether you prefer an electric or a mixer shower, a rainfall shower or one with a detachable head, our accessible showers at Bathshack are very versatile.

Find your perfect shower at Bathshack

At Bathshack we supply a wide range of high-quality shower kits and complete bathroom shower systems, with top brands including Triton, Hudson Reed, Eliseo Ricci, Kiimat and Mira. We also provide a range of shower accessories, including everything from shower valves and baskets to shower seats, shower heads, handsets and more.

What’s more, our expert team is always on hand to give advice and help you choose the shower that suits your style preferences and bathroom space. So, if you’re looking for a new shower, we have everything you need …

To view our full range of showers, visit bathshack.com. Alternatively, if you have any questions, just email our team at info@bathshack.com, call us on (028) 9077 0188 or use our online chat.