The art of showering has come a long way in the last decade or so, many couples setting up home today will never have experienced some of the problems which were encountered in the past. One of the biggest difficulties was the uneven pressures of hot and cold water, which most, if not all households experienced. Getting the balance just right with the hot and cold tap on the shower could be frustrated by the simple action of someone flushing the toilet or turning on a tap.
With modern technology the shower mixer valve absolutely ensures that the water taken from both hot and cold supplies is evenly blended to create the perfect temperature every time, importantly the shower mixing valve also ensure that the pressure remains the same, even in the event of someone turning on a tap, of flushing the toilet in another part of the home.
Another great advance in showering is the thermostatic mixing valve. This shower valve ensures that it mixes the hot and cold water within the valve to the required temperature perfectly every time and users can be sure that they have a safe and enjoyable showering experience without the fear of scalding; the thermostatic mixer valve will also shut off rapidly in the event of a hot or cold supply failure to prevent scalding, or a suddenly unwanted experience of very cold water.
To make your decision easier, below you will find a range of concealed and exposed shower mixing valves together with a selection of roses, kits and many other showering accessories. The choice is yours, but we are always here to help.
When it comes to mixer showers there are 3 options to choose from which include manual, thermostatic or digital. Thermostatic and digital mixer showers come with options with both high- and low-pressure valves. Manual mixer’s only come with the option for a high-pressure shower valve.
Manual mixer valves are typically used for filling baths rather than for use in a shower as they are not regulated with a thermostat for scalding etc. We would highly recommend opting for a model that will have a thermostat included for safety if the budget allows.
Thermostatic mixer shower valves are by far the most commonly used mixer valve in the UK. This is largely due to their safety features as they are fitted with a thermostat to regulate the temperature.
Finally, we have digital showers. This type of mixer shower can give any bathroom a very modern feel. There are benefits to selecting a digital shower such as not having to play with settings to find your perfect temperature with complete control of temperature and flow rate giving complete control of you whole experience.
Typically, mixer showers come with both flow and thermostats in one valve however there are premium valves that offer separate flow and thermostat valves. This type of shower valve is perfect for large overhead shower heads with multiple spray options such as the Hansgrohe Rainmaker Select 580. This also offers flexibility with the layout of your shower with many combinations to suit your individual taste.
There are also many options when it comes to finding a more accessible shower valve that can make life simpler for people with arthritis or are less abled. The Crosswater Kai Lever Single Outlet Thermostatic Shower Valve for example offers touch select. Another consideration when it comes to mixer showers is whether to opt for an exposed or concealed mixer shower. This choice can largely come down to style preference.
Exposed showers are quick and convenient to fit and do come with slide rail kits or dual heads shower also known as shower pipes. Exposed showers are ideal for a doing a bathroom on a tighter budget as exposed showers tend to be cheaper than concealed. Another benefit for installing an exposed shower in your bathroom is that if part of the shower breaks its far easier to repair or replace a component.
Concealed showers are a more popular choice offering greater variety and flexibility. All pipework is hidden behind your wall contributing to a clean minimalist vibe in your bathroom. Concealed solutions can also allow you to arrange your shower in any way that suits. Are you particularly tall, prefer the controls to be lower or closer to the shower entrance to avoid getting soaked when turning it on then a concealed mixer shower is the solution is for you.
Another benefit with concealed mixer showers is that they can be made up from different components to create a bespoke solution from shower valves and heads. Check out Hansgrohe’s high quality range of concealed mixers for help selecting your shower.