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Make a splash with a new shower

Ensure an invigorating showering experience by investing in a new model to suit your needs

If your shower is more of a disappointing dribble than a refreshing deluge, it could be time for an update. There are a range of different types of shower available, which, depending on the suitability of your hot water system, can make your morning routine a much more enjoyable experience. As well as the latest showers, we’ve gathered together some sleek and sophisticated enclosures to help transform your bathroom.

Types of shower

Mixer showers take water from both your hot and cold water supplies, mixing them to reach the right temperature. Mixer showers generally flow faster than electric showers and you can make the flow even more forceful by adding a pump. Digital mixer showers are very accurate when it comes to temperature control, and often have some great features. Mixer showers are ideal for homes which have plenty of hot water.

Electric showers only take water from the mains cold water supply, heating the water when you turn the shower on, by passing it over a heating element inside the shower. When you shower, you don’t use up any stored hot water – so electric showers are ideal for homes where the hot water supply is limited. They’re always ready to use at any time and the higher its kilowatt rating, the better an electric shower is likely to perform.

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