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Cheap Power Shower Head Designs In Chrome and White

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Electric power shower units and heads by Triton, Mira, Aqualisa, Bristan and others; replacement power shower head styles; thermostatic and manual electric shower models; pumps for low water pressure problems; where to buy units and heads in the UK – at Home Walk In Showers we offer the information you need to choose the best electric shower power within your budget.

In a previous post entitled: The Best Electric Shower UK Residents Can Buy Online we offered information on how these showers work, why they are energy efficient, how to have hot water on demand and what models are best to buy in the UK and about how much you can expect to pay. In this post we offer more specific information on the difference between a POWER shower versus other designs and how to find white and chrome shower heads from a variety of the top companies that offer cheap yet high quality products, as well as some really affordable solutions from less known manufacturers. But first…one of the questions most frequently asked is:

What’s the difference between a shower unit that’s labeled POWER versus a regular electric shower?

The main difference is that a regular electric design will operate only if your water supply has sufficient pressure to activate the heating element and allow for a constant temperature control. If you have pressure that fluctuates or is often low, then you will need a means to increase the flow so that it’s constant. The power units offer a solution because they have a built-in pump that maintains the pressure at a flow rate of about 14 liters per minute and the best ones will also be thermostatic, which means the temperature is controlled and will not allow accidental scalding. The designs that also offer adjustable maximum temperature controls will be good for homes where there may be children who require a lower water temperature than that of the adults, or in bathrooms that are used by elderly or handicapped individuals who may not be able to adequately select an appropriate temperature.

Triton Aspirante

The Aspirante model in the Triton Power Shower collection is a model that includes all these features and is available in chrome. There are also two sub-designs with the same features but with outer aesthetic features that include white fascia and chrome or a simple plain white unit with a matching white showerhead. We recommend the AS2000X model because it’s very affordable at just under £110.

Replacement Power Shower Head

If you just need to get a replacement power shower head, you can go to places like Shower Spares UK who carry the Triton heads starting at about £23 and going up to just under£35. They carry parts and replacement heads for the top brands be they Triton, Gainsborough, Aqualista, Meynell, Trevi, Mira or Sirrus.

Mira Event and Vigour by Kohler

The Kohler Mira power shower models range in price from the cheap Mira Vigor for around £130 to the Mira event xs power shower for over £200. let’s take a closer look at the cheaper Vigour model since we understand you’re on a budget. This unit will offer quality while being affordable and also gives you the necessary temperature control you need including a max temp override just in case.

The only cautionary note we wish to add is that of all the Mira power showers this is one of the few that is GRAVITY FED, which means it does not require a mains water system with high pressure. Therefore, it is not to be installed into a none gravity fed water source since the pressure will be too much. You need one or the other….a built-in pump or high pressure mains water source, not both.

Aqualisa Aquastream

We really love the Aqualisa power shower units in chrome, but since we’re talking about cheap models to buy on a tight budget, unfortunately the best thermostatic power shower system that includes a low voltage pump, with a 10 to 18ltr per minute water supply, and has a great satin chrome shower head, costs about £350. Although it may be one of the BEST, it is not the cheapest electric thermostatic power shower solution. The newest top model Aquastream power shower designs by Aqualisa cost between £320 and £350 through places like Plumb Warehouse UK, and although we highly recommend the quality these units offer in terms of gravity supplied hot water systems, it is clear to see that they are not the cheapest products on the market. However, if you need just a shower head for one of these designs, try Shower Spares UK where you can find a list of products by year manufactured and by model and make. The showerheads are called handsets in the Aqualisa lines, and are not cheap either. They start at about £53 and go over £100. You can also get replacement hoses, rail ends and even slider rails should you need these parts.

Bristan Thermostatic

As stated, Aqualisa is a luxury liner of power models that you may not be able to afford, so we suggest some other products like the Bristan Thermostatic Power Shower designs…. And specifically 1000 model is the most affordable one that retails for around £160 and offers a pump and temperature control. You cana lso get the next step up in the collection which is the 1500 model, and costs between $190 and about £230 depending on whether you choose matte chrome or plain white styles. The features of the Bristan Power Shower 1500 include a mixing valve as well as a pump, a sleek unit that can be surface mounted and good temp control with multi function settings that are adjustable. The Briston showers are all available online and you can try places like Home Supply UK for good prices.

Newteam Showerforce

There are a few less well-known makers of electric power shower models, like the ones crafted by a company called New Team. Their collection of Showerforce power shower designs offers UK homeowners a very reasonable alternative to the expensive units. For example the NT 1000 XT model (made by the Newteam power shower company) is retailing for under £140 and is available through online dealers in the Uk like the Tap Store. There are a few different designs in white r chrome finishes and the most expensive one in chrome is just £160. The prices we’ve mentioned include VAT and delivery within the UK.

Gainsborough Affordable Models

One final note: If you’re looking for cheap power showers, one of the companies that manufactures the least expensive showers of all types is Gainsborough. Perhaps because of the way the engines are engineered in all their compact units, they are sleek, well designed and affordable. The Diplomat is one of the Gainsborough power shower models to keep in mind. B&Q has them for just over £200.

A Little Extra Help

If you need information on other shower and bathroom items like shower panel ideas, shower base units in faux or cultured marble, bathroom light fixtures or even funky vessel sinks and vanity mirrors, check out our related topics. At Home Walk In Showers we do the research so you can quickly and easily find all the products you need to enjoy your wetroom or walk in shower area.

The Best Electric Shower UK Residents Can Buy Online

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Electric power shower by Mira, Triton, Gainsborough, Aqualisa, Creda, Bristan and others; available online for UK buyers who seek the best electric shower deals – that’s what Home Walk In Showers brings you this week to help you choose the shower head and heating system that best suits your open wetroom space or your walkin shower enclosure. Here are the top shower designs by a variety of manufactures and a brief review of each, including what prices you can expect to pay and where to shop online for good deals.

Mira Electric Showers UK

Mira is a division of Kohler and carries a variety of very popular lines including the Mira Jump, Aqualista, and the newest wireless digital models called the Mira Platinum. The most affordable model is the simple Mira Go, an 8.5 kw electric shower, which retails for about £169 in the white and chrome design and for just over £180 in the satin chrome finish. The features of this affordable unit are basic touch button controls, a nozzle made of rubber for easy cleaning and the energy efficient Eco settings that are useful in summer when less hot water is needed. As with many of the Mira products, the “Go” model is available online at Argos or you can shop in person at places like B&Q or Homebase.

Why Buy Electric Shower Designs

If you don’t have a centrally heated water system in your home, the electric designs allow you to have instant hot water while showering. But first, the two most frequently asked questions:

  • How do they work?
  • Isn’t having electricity and water together a dangerous combination?

1. Here’s how they work:

There’s a heating element inside the showerhead or device through which the water passes and is heated only when you require the water. There is no energy wasted to heat a stored supply of hot water that may go unused. One benefit is that the hot water supply is “on demand” and therefore always available. It will not run out like what sometimes happens when you have a tank.

2. Regarding safety:

The easiest way to explain how safe and reliable they are for home use is to compare their functions to an electric kettle where a protected and waterproof element heats red hot and warms the water without it being a dangerous way to make tea. Similarly, a coil or element heats up electrically in a showerhead or device and as the water passes over the element it is heated. The device or showerhead does not have exposed electrical wires that come in contact with the water and therefore there is no real danger – just a simple means to take a refreshing warm or hot shower at any time of the day or night, even if someone just showered before you. The hot water will not run out, and the temperature can be regulated to suite each person. It’s safe, efficient, and very convenient.

How is An Electric Power Shower Different?

The main difference between a basic electric shower and a power shower design is that the latter has a pump that is built-in to help with water pressure and to have a steady flow and therefore a constant temperature. They may also mix hot and cold water, however there are two basic styles to choose, and they are:

  1. the Manual control, which will not make allowances for changes in flow or temperature unless you do so yourself
  2. the Thermostatic control, which allows exactness of flow, up to fourteen liters/min., and excellent temperature control based on your selection.

If good control in a budget price range is what you’re after, you may want to consider something like Mira Vigour Thermostatic electric power showers that sells for under £240.

Affordable Triton Electric Showers

One of the best selling Triton electric shower models is the affordable and stylish, all chrome, T80Z design that retails for around £187. The features that make it good value are such things as the double sensor which automatically monitors the heating level, and the push button control. It has little extras like an easy clean showerhead and easy grip control, and is offered in 3 different power ratings from 8.5kW to 10.5k. It also comes with the Triton 2 year guarantee and is sold through online distributors such as PlumbWorld.

One of the newest and most innovative designs by Triton, and therefore one of the most expensive, is the Triton T300si model, which is a wireless electric shower, and retails for around £320. Aside from its sleek all chrome look and the absence of wires, the T300si features a dial with temperature control, a showerhead with five spray styles, push button controls with an economy setting. The wireless power operates even from a distance of 10 meters, so the source can be discretely hidden in a ceiling panel or wall.

Triton t80si

One of the most popular designs is the Triton t80si electric shower and the reason it’s so well-liked is because it solves a serious problem – low water pressure. How? Because it has an integrated pump to regulate unreliable water pressure sources. It’s unique in that it can be attached to a tank of water, which may be the only source for the shower, that is just 8 centimeters from the shower device! It also offers the same great features as most other models, including push button and temperature controls, variable spray showerhead that operates in three positions and the 8.5kW rating. How much does it cost? Just over £200 when on sale at PlumbWorld.

Gainsborough

The other affordable and popular design in the UK is the Gainsborough electric shower, and it’s a good choice if price is a prime consideration, since models like the 8.5kw Satin Chrome design cost just over £100 and there are other designs that are somewhat basic but functional for as little as £70 to £90.

For other deals on the top selling and best rated Mira sport electric shower, Redring models, Aqualisa designs and the really cheap Creda electric shower units, which only cost about £60, try going to the online outlets for Argos, HomeBase, PlumbWorld, Marshal Ward and even Amazon UK.

If you’d like ideas on how to create wet rooms or walk in showers, how to decorate bathrooms that have shower enclosures, how to find bathroom vessel sinks and copper basins for a good price, or where to buy beautiful bathroom sets, accessories and shower curtains, please go to related topics. At Home Walk In Showers we offer suggestions and advice so that you can focus on creating your shower and bathroom space within your budget.