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Kids Back at School? Time To Clean Up!

Well, the summer holidays are now well and truly over – the kids are back at school and already getting ready for harvest festival and thinking about Halloween at the end of the month. So, now that the summer craziness has subsided, don’t let the Back to School Blues get to you – it’s the ideal time to have a good tidy up and complete some of the tasks you weren’t able to do over the summer.

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The bathroom lends itself perfectly to an autumn renovation. After a busy summer of kids running in and out, jumping in the shower to wash off sand and dirt, it’s not difficult for a family bathroom to suffer and be in need of a little TLC. And now the kids are back at school, there are fewer distractions around to allow you to really crack on and get some work done. And what better place to start than with the bathroom shower?

Cold Weather Problems

Autumn is a sensible time to buy new showers. Many older showers tend to struggle in the winter so it makes sense to upgrade before the cold weather kicks in. This is because the incoming water becomes much colder, and as a result, electric shower flow rates will typically decrease as the shower struggles to heat the water to the usual desired temperatures.  If you think your shower is coming to the end of its life, it may be simpler to upgrade now.

Electric Showers – great for all budgets

So, if it’s an electric shower you’re after, you can find some fantastic bargains at the moment that will really make an impact on your bathroom design. Our new range of GSX electric showers currently start from only £79.99 – not likely to blow anyone’s budget. But this is a limited time introductory offer so you’ll need to act fast! Check our website for full details.

The GSX range prides itself on sophisticated gloss white finishes and chrome detailing making them ideal for any style of bathroom – either contemporary or more traditional. There are 3 models available, varying in price and features, so there’s bound to be something to suit every home. Our GSX showers come with 8.5kW engines – our most popular engine size – and every model has four heat settings, adjustable spray patterns, and family friendly height-adjustable rails. All of the features can be found on the Gainsborough website.

Mixer Showers – sophisticated and stylish

Or perhaps you’d prefer a stylish mixer shower for an instant bathroom refresh? We love our Ambassador range of mixer showers – there’s one designed specifically for each type of plumbing system, whether gravity-fed, high-pressure or combi-boiler. And whether you prefer exposed or concealed designs – there’s a style to suit you. What’s more, the Ambassador range is currently on offer – reduced from £152.00 down to £120.00 so snap yours up today!

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Give Your Bathroom A Facelift With A New Electric Shower

You may have seen in our recent posts that we’ve just launched our brand new GSX electric shower collection. We think these stylish showers are perfect for bathroom facelifts and refurbishments. And with our new showers starting at only £79.99 (until 23rd September 2012), so even if you’re on a tight budget, a smartened-up bathroom could be only a few clicks away.

Most of us would love to give our bathrooms a facelift (it’s one of the most popular rooms on wish lists), but as we all know, small jobs can easily escalate into large (and expensive) work. One thing that doesn’t have to cost the earth is your new shower, and it can really make a huge difference to the look and feel of your bathroom.

If you’re replacing an electric shower, you may find that one of our GSX range is a perfect replacement. A qualified plumber and/or electrician should find a straightforward replacement simple and fuss-free. If you’re installing a brand new shower, you will need a Part P registered electrician to fit the shower.

Electric showers can be a great choice for anyone looking for a ‘greener’ option. Unlike a conventional mixer shower that relies upon a reserve of stored hot water, electric showers only heat water as it is required. It also means that should there ever be a problem with your boiler, your shower will not be affected.

Like with any big purchase for your home, it’s important to spend a little bit of time to think about who will be using the shower and what their requirements are. For example, if the shower is for a family bathroom, you’ll want something that’s easy to use and is as safe as possible:

GSX Plus – Great For Families

Something like the GSX Plus would be ideal for a family bathroom – it has illuminated push buttons which are easy to use, and provide instant feedback. It also has some key safety features to provide peace of mind – the intelligent automatic heating setting switch down ensures no-one will shower at excessively high temperatures (essential for children and vulnerable users) – and the phased shut-down safety feature flushes residual hot water from the system once the shower is switched off, making sure the next user is protected from a hot water ‘spike’. These features mean that everyone from the kids to visiting parents and in-laws can shower safely and with reassurance.

GSX Plus Shower

GSX Plus Shower

Plus, the adjustable height rail means the shower head can be moved to suit all members of the family – from the biggest to the smallest! The introductory price for the GSX Plus is £99.99.

GSX Deluxe – Ideal For Bathroom Upgrades

Are you looking for a bit more luxury in your bathroom? While it may be our top-of-the-range shower, the GSX Deluxe will by no means blow your budget. Until 23rd September, the GSX Deluxe is priced at £119.99, and you get a lot for your money! An LCD screen features a multi-function display including the shower temperature, duration and heat setting. The display will also indicate if the water pressure drops or there are any other error messages. The chrome handset has three spray patterns, to allow the user to pick a pattern to suit their mood – whether it’s a 60 second shower before heading off to work, or something a little more relaxing to wind down at the end of the day.

GSX Deluxe Shower

GSX Deluxe Shower

GSX – Best For Those On A Budget

If you want to upgrade your bathroom, but only have a limited budget, the GSX shower, could be the perfect choice for you. Although it is the basic model in our new range, its features are by no means basic! From 4 heat settings (including a full cold setting – perfect for a hot summer’s day or after exercise), to a low pressure warning light indicator and 3-spray shower head, the GSX is a great investment at only £79.99 until 23rd September.

GSX Shower

GSX Shower

All of our GSX showers are available with an 8.5 kW engine, which is our most popular engine size across all of our electric shower ranges, and they each come with a 2 year parts and labour guarantee – to give you complete peace of mind. They’re all finished in a combination of stylish white and chrome to complement all types of bathrooms – whether contemporary or traditional.

Guarantee and Reassurance

Although these days it’s possible to pick up an electric shower when you’re out shopping for groceries, we still believe it makes sense to buy from a specialist manufacturer (like us!). As well as offering the best deals (we only sell online to keep our prices low), as well as free next working day delivery, and we can also offer guarantees as well as technical aftersales support. Our website also has some fantastic troubleshooting advice if you ever encounter a problem with your shower.

So, hopefully we’ve made your life a little easier now, and choosing the perfect electric shower should be a breeze! But if you do need any more advice, take a look at our website – it’s packed full of useful information.

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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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Showering Savvy – How To Choose Your Perfect Shower

Showers were once considered a luxury, but today are regarded as necessities by many of us. Now while we all love a good soak after a stressful day, it’s the invigorating, get-ready-for-the-day shower that most of use prefer to jump into in the mornings. However, if you’re thinking about investing in a new shower, it’s definitely worth taking a bit more time to make sure your future morning showers give you the desired deluge you want rather than a disappointing drizzle.

There’s so much to think about when buying a new shower – so many different styles and technologies,  so it can really help to break down the areas you need to consider one by one. Please see our handy infographic later on in this post for more help.

What Do You Want From Your New Shower?

Will it be a family shower that needs to accommodate the morning rush? Is it a secondary shower – for an ensuite, cloakroom or annexe perhaps? Either way, you’ll need to make sure your hot water system can cope.

There are 3 main groups of showering technologies – electric, mixer and digital. If you’d rather not use your home’s hot water system (i.e. from an immersion heater or combi boiler), then an electric shower is your best option as it provides hot water on demand. Electric showers are available with different power outputs, depending on your requirements and any wiring that is already in place. Our electric showers start from £61.99, so they’re an excellent choice if you’re on a budget or simply looking to give your bathroom a facelift.

If you’re happy to use your home’s hot water system, however, then you’ll be able to choose a mixer or digital shower. These types of showers vary enormously in their styling and functionality, but your final choice will be determined by the type of plumbing system your home has. If you’re in any doubt at all, it’s always wise to seek professional advice – it can save you a lot of problems, and money, later on.

Take a look at our handy infographic below – it should guide you through to your perfect shower.

Choosing The Perfect Shower

Plus, our ‘Help Me Choose‘ section on our website explains exactly how gravity-fed, combi-boiler and mains-fed (high pressure) plumbing systems work, and even better, will then suggest the most suitable showers for you.

What Do You Want The Shower To Look Like?

Once you’ve got your plumbing system sussed and decided what type of shower you want, the next thing to consider is the look and feel of your new shower. Most showers are now quite contemporary in their styling, but it’s probably best to avoid anything that is too radical looking. Make sure you choose a design that you feel comfortable with and won’t look outdated in a couple of years. Technologies change all the time, but when it comes to aesthetics, it’s always best to opt for simple, clean lines and stylish chrome finishes that will endure the test of time and look great in both traditional and modern bathroom schemes.

Customer expectations of the ‘showering experience’ have grown and manufacturers have responded to this extra demand by integrating new and improved features and embracing digital technology. Digital showers have very sophisticated technology and are great for all the family.

Who Is Going To Use The Shower?

Accessibility and safety should be two key factors you consider when buying and installing a new shower if you’re hoping to use it for many years to come. It’s important to think about how your own needs might change. Families with young children need super-safe, easy to use showers – so features such as push buttons and height adjustable handsets will allow the whole family to shower in comfort. Similarly, older users need to consider reduced mobility and should go for a shower with simple, solid controls that won’t leave them struggling with temperature or flow controls.

Where Should You Buy The Shower From?

These days, you can buy a cheap new shower in your shopping trolley on your way round a supermarket, but it is worth checking out specialist manufacturers, particularly those you can buy direct from. They can offer you quality aftersales support, and this shouldn’t be sniffed at – you never know when you may need some technical assistance with your shower. Buying online can be a convenient way to buy a  new shower – there’s no need to leave your house and you can order at any time of the day. Plus, with extra ‘goodies’ like our Free Next Working Day Delivery, you can have your new shower in no time!

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Top Five Benefits of Combi Showers

It’s hard to imagine a daily routine that doesn’t feature a hot shower. Most houses these days have modern hot water systems allowing an instant supply of hot water. In particular, combination boilers used in conjunction with mixer showers have become increasingly popular in the UK because of the wide range of benefits they offer. These types of mixer showers are commonly referred to as combi showers. Here are our top five benefits of combi showers.

1.) Combi Boilers are Efficient
Modern combi boilers only heat water when required, and so can be considered more energy efficient than some hot water systems. Because of this, combi boilers provide an instant and constant supply of hot water which results in an enjoyable showering experience when using a combi shower. Plus, combi boilers don’t require special tanks for storing hot water which saves space in the home.

2.) Easy to Install and Maintain
Generally, combi showers are easy to install and maintain. They don’t require pumps to increase water pressure and achieve an excellent and reliable shower performance.

3.) Great Range of Features
Most modern combi showers features thermostatic temperature controls. These eliminate sudden temperature fluctuations when water is used elsewhere in the house and prevent scalding – particularly handy if there are young children or elderly relatives using the shower.

4.) Stylish Designs
Combi showers are available in a range of appealing designs. It’s possible to choose from exposed and concealed models which offer two completely different styles of design. Exposed combi showers features the valve and pipework on top of the tiles or wall, whilst concealed combi showers provide a neat and elegant finish with the value located behind the wall. Combi showers commonly are finished in stylish chrome, which should complement any bathroom.

5.) Prices to Suit All Budgets
There should be a combi shower to suit all budgets. For example, our Ambassador combi shower is available at £120.00, down from £152.00, and comes in both exposed and concealed designs. Plus, all of our showers are conveniently available to buy on our website, and all come with free next working day delivery.

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Which Shower Is Best For You?

Buying a new shower can be a difficult task if you don’t know where to start. You may be looking for a shower as part of a bathroom or home refurbishment, or you may need a new shower as your current one has broken in which case you need to find a suitable replacement.

There are many different types of shower available, so it can be tricky to know which is the right shower for you. Showers can vary depending on which type of water system is used, the power type used, as well as the design and appearance.

The most important thing to note is that there are two main types of shower available: Electric and Mixer. The type that you choose may depend on the plumbing available in your bathroom so check what shower you currently have, and also speak to your plumber to get their advice on your options.

Electric Showers

An electric shower uses cold water which is passed through a heating element and then supplies hot water at your desired temperature. Electric showers usually come in three power types 8.5kW, 9.5kW and 10.5kW. The strength of shower you go for will depend on the power cables you have currently (higher wattage requires larger cables). The higher the wattage, the faster the shower is able to heat the water meaning that the flow rate will be stronger on a higher wattage shower. However, it’s also important to bear in mind that as the temperature is increased, the water flow becomes slower. This is because the water must pass over the heating element for a longer period of time, which ultimately slows down the flow rate. 

Electric showers are generally an economical and eco-friendly choice, as they only heat the water that is required, so this makes them appealing to many people. They are a fantastic choice for families as they provide hot water instantly, day or night.

Our Electric Showers

Our popular cse range of electric showers is currently on offer (May/June 2012). These satin chrome showers give a contemporary twist to the traditional electric shower design.

Choose from the following showers:

  • 8.5 cse – our most economical shower in the range;
  • 10.5 cse – our most powerful in the range;
  • 9.5 cse – for a middle of the range choice.

Mixer Showers

Mixer showers use water from both your hot and cold water supplies. They combine the two and blend them to reach your desired temperature. You control the flow and temperature with a dial or handle. Although mixer showers are usually the simplest type of shower to use they do require a good supply of hot and cold water, so may not be the best option for larger families. The type of water system in your home (low-pressure/gravity fed, combi boiler or high-pressure) can play an important factor is deciding which model you choose.

Many people prefer mixer showers over electrics as the shower valve which is mounted on the wall is often smaller and neater than an electric shower box. There are also options to have concealed mixer showers, where the shower valve and pipe work is concealed in the wall to give a neater and more stylish finish. Concealed mixer showers need to be mounted on a wall which has a cavity or space behind, such as an airing cupboard.

Our Mixer Showers

The Ambassador mixer shower is one of our best-selling models, and we have options for low-pressure, combi boiler or high pressure household water systems. Take a look at our range of mixer showers.

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Refurbishing Your Bathroom? Make Sure You Choose The Right Shower

This time of year is a popular one for bathroom refurbishments. The May Day Bank Holiday weekend is coming up, and a lot of people will use the extra day off work to do some home improvements. The bathroom is a common room to choose, and you’ll see that many bathroom showrooms and DIY stores have some great offers leading up to the Bank Holiday weekend.

Refurbishing your bathroom needn’t be a massive headache. With some prior planning and organisation, it can be a task you really enjoy. And think about how satisfying it will be when you have a lovely new bathroom at the end of it!

Romantic Style Bathroom

Rather than just redecorating your bathroom, refurbishment implies replacing the physical components of the room – bath ,sink, toilet and of course, the shower. Many stores sell fully-kitted bathroom suites that definitely make life easier, but may be an expensive way to buy. You’ll find that with a bit of extra effort and some clever research, you can save yourself some money by sourcing items from different suppliers, and get the bathroom that you really want!

Before you start the process, have a look in magazines and on the internet for the type of bathroom you want. Take the time to visit some showrooms to get inspiration. Think about the decoration – the colour of the walls, the type of flooring (e.g. tiles, lino, wooden boards). Do you want a particular theme in the room, and do you prefer certain colours?

Modern Style Bathroom

Once you’ve decided on the style and decoration, it’s time to think about the “hardware” of the room. This is usually one of the most difficult stages of the whole process. Depending on your skills and knowledge on plumbing and electrics, you may need assistance for this. It’s always best to do as much research as you can to save the most time and money. For example, when choosing a new shower, you have to consider much more than just the look, design and price of the shower. You need to think about the hot water system that is currently installed in your house and make sure that the shower you pick is compatible.

Firstly, do you want to use the household hot water system to heat the shower? If so, the next step is to find out what system you have as there are different showers designed for different systems. By picking the right shower for your water system, you can ensure that the shower will operate to its best performance. If you have a combi boiler, for example, then you should look for combi showers, which are optimised for these boilers. A combi boiler operates so that hot water is always available when required. Combi boilers are popular with new build properties as they are smaller than traditional boilers and therefore take up less space. They are commonly located in the kitchen. Those with gravity-fed hot water systems should look for gravity-fed showers, while those with high pressure systems should look for high pressure showers.

TT07 Concealed Mixer Shower

A stylish chrome concealed mixer shower is a great addition to almost any style of bathroom

If you prefer not to use your hot water system, for example, if you have a small hot water cylinder, then you may want to look at electric showers. Electric showers are extremely convenient for families and large households as they heat cold water instantly, so you don’t need to worry about running out of hot water or waiting to heat it up. Electric showers are also a good option for a second bathroom or en-suite bathroom.

Once you have bought your new bathroom suite, it’s time to get on with the installation. Depending on where you bought the products, you may be offered a fitting service or you may wish to use the services of a plumber. When installing electric showers from new, or upgrading or downgrading a previous electric shower, it may be necessary for a Part-P registered electrician to fit the new shower.

Whatever you decide to do with your bathroom refurbishment, have fun shopping this weekend!

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How To Choose Between Electric and Mixer Showers

Choosing a suitable shower system for your home can be a challenge. Do you know the type of water system in your home and how it works? Some homes have hot water tanks which store hot water for staggered use. Others have combination boilers which provide hot water on demand. Before choosing an electric or mixer shower, it’s important to decide whether you want to use your hot water system or not to supply water to the shower.

Some households have plenty of hot water on demand and a good level of water pressure, whereas other store their hot water and as such, it may run out quickly. By taking all of this information into account before buying a shower, you can choose the best shower for your household.

Electric Shower

A typical electric shower

If you’d rather not use your hot water system, then an electric shower is the best choice for you. Electric showers connect to your cold mains fed water supply and heat this water instantly and on demand. This means that electric showers are ideal for large families and busy households, particularly when there is not a large hot water tank. Having an electric shower means that there is no waiting for the hot water tank to heat up – you simply turn the shower on and away you go! Electric showers are available with different electrical power ratings, so it may be necessary to check that your current electricity supply, cable and fuse size are compatible with the requirements of the shower before buying one. A Part P registered electrician may need to install the shower depending on whether it is a replacement shower or not.

Mixer shower

A typical concealed mixer shower

On the other hand, if you are happy to use your hot water system then a mixer shower is the best choice for you. Mixer showers are compatible with almost any water system, including gravity fed systems, combination boiler systems and other high pressure systems. A mixer shower blends hot and cold water from different sources to reach your perfect temperature. This means there’s no endless tap-twiddling to get the right temperature.

Furthermore, thermostatic mixer showers automatically adjust to maintain a constant temperature even when a tap or another water source is turned on elsewhere in the house. This is an important safety feature to prevent users getting an unpleasant shock from scalding hot or freezing cold water as well as making showering much more convenient!

Mixer showers come in a range of designs, both exposed (with the valve and pipework mounted on the tiles) and concealed (where everything is fitted in a cavity behind the tiling). Exposed showers are easier to install and more flexible in terms of positioning, whereas concealed showers give a neater finish but are more complex to install. Before buying a shower, make sure you consider installation costs in your budget.

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Friday Poll Time!

We’ve not run any polls on our blog so far, so we’d thought we’d introduce our first one to you today in a post. We’ll be running a different poll each month, on a range of varied topics relating to showers so make sure to look out for them!

We’d love to get your feedback  so please vote and leave your comments.

Here’s our Poll for April (a couple of days early). For our first poll we thought it would be interesting to find out what type of showers our readers have in their homes. If you have more than one type of shower, you can tick multiple choices.

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