Buying A Mixer Shower – What You Need To Know

It’s important to note when buying a new shower, that there are three different types of shower technology – electric, mixer and digital – each with its own benefits, plumbing requirements and installation needs. One of the most popular types is the mixer shower, as they are incredibly hard-wearing, easy to maintain and usually modern in design.

Mixer Showers – Suitable For All Households

Mixer showers blend hot and cold water together to create a flow of water at your desired temperature. Your home’s household hot water system will determine which type of mixer shower you get – whether it’s gravity-fed, combi or high pressure. There are mixer showers specifically designed to work perfectly with each type of system – take a look at our Ambassador range, for example. In homes with low-pressure (gravity-fed), a pump may be required to increase the water flow from your shower.

Thermostatic Mixer Showers – Safer and More Comfortable

Today, most mixer showers are thermostatic. Thermostatic showers automatically adjust to maintain a constant water temperature even when water is being used elsewhere. This means, gone are the days when the shower would run freezing cold just because someone flushed a toilet, so no more nasty pranks between siblings! On a sensible note, this feature is an important safety one, especially in households with young children or elderly people.

Mixer Showers & Limescale

Mixer showers are more resistant to limescale, which makes them ideal for homes in hard water areas. For example, our Ambassador range of mixer showers features an integral bi-metallic thermostatic coil which is resistant to limescale build-up. Not only does it improve the performance of your shower by allowing more water to pass through, but it will also prolong the life of the shower.

Mixer Showers – Exposed or Concealed?

Mixer showers are usually available in 2 different styles: exposed or concealed. Exposed showers have the pipe work mounted on the surface of the wall. They are easier to install, and therefore usually cheaper, however, they do take up more space and are therefore not ideal for smaller showering enclosures.

Concealed mixer showers (sometimes called recessed showers) have the shower valve and pipe work positioned in the wall to give a neater and more minimalist finish. In order to have a concealed shower installed, there must be a cavity or space behind the wall. It is a more complex installation, compared to an exposed shower, so the labour costs may be slightly higher.

Stylish and Contemporary Designs

For those looking for a stylish and modern looking shower, you can’t really go wrong with a mixer shower. They usually come in stylish chrome designs that complement most bathrooms, so there’s bound to be a mixer shower to suit you.

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