There’s nothing more energizing than to wake up with a shower in the morning or relax with one after a long day. Since we depend on our showers so much, it’s no surprise you want to make sure yours is the best it can be. And if you noticed some shower problems, like for instance, the water pressure is too low, the water is cold when someone uses the downstairs tap or the flow is weak and trickling, you know that the time has come to make some changes to improve your shower bath functionality.
Choosing from the popular bathroom vanities or wash basins available can be an exciting task, but shower mixers and showerheads are the type of appliance you never think about until you do. Then, when you need a replacement, you realise you’ve fallen into a hidden world of water pressure, sizing and functionality. If you wander in this frightening new world wondering what to choose, you might need some guidance to steer you in the right direction.
Choosing the Right Shower Mixer
Whether you’re installing a new shower mixer or you’re replacing your existing one because it’s leaking, choosing a high-quality shower bath mixer that will last long is essential. Buying a new shower mixer is a great opportunity to add some features that can improve the functionality of your shower. Check out the different types of mixers available.
In-wall Mechanical Mixer
With a single lever or knob used to control both hot and cold water on one axis and the flow of water on another, these practical shower bath mixers have gained huge popularity, and for the right reasons. These shower mixers can suit any shower bath, and they’re pretty easy to control one-handed. The wide range of available models offers you a chance to display an elegant touch on the wall. The smooth architecture of the range comes with an attractive ergonomic contour. Whether you opt for a square or round backplate, thick or thin handle, the style options you can choose from are countless, so you can easily find one to match your bathroom decor.
In-wall Mixer with Diverter
If you have a shower over a bath or you’re installing one, a diverter will help to divert water to the shower or the bath spout, depending on your wish. These shower mixer taps allow you to choose between taking a shower or filling your bathtub. When using diverter shower mixers, you need to adjust first the water temperature before activating the diverter and sending water to the showerhead or the bathtub.
Installing a diverter shower mixer might add some functionality and also save you some money as compared to having a separate shower mixer for your bathtub and your shower head. You can choose from a stunning collection available online, with classic, simple lines and angles that bring a sense of modern classicism to any bathroom.
Thermostatic Progressive Shower Mixer
This architectural tapware provides the perfect balance between technological innovation and quality engineering. The compact progressive mixers allow you to precisely control the water flow and temperature simultaneously in just one movement. These shower mixers are suitable for both new installations or retro-fit tapware upgrades. The placement options are endless, whether side by side or vertically stacked, it’s completely up to you. They also offer incredible energy and water-saving benefits. When turned on, they deliver low pressure, cold water, and turning the dial increases the water pressure and introduces warm water until hot water flows at the final position.
Choosing the Right Shower Head
Showerheads are available in a plethora of types, styles and sizes, and the one you usually depend on your showering preferences, as well as the overall aesthetics of your bathroom.
Fixed Shower Head
These showerheads are mounted permanently to the wall of the shower unit. These are the most commonly used types of showerheads, available in a wide variety of styles to choose from, along with modern features such as an adjustable spray pattern and flow strength. Available in square, round, oval or rectangular shapes, this style is usually best for smaller shower enclosures.
Handled Shower Head
These practical handheld pieces are connected to the wall by a flexible tube or hose, allowing a range of motion. Handheld showerheads most often hang on a fixed-mount bracket, which can hang low or high on the wall depending on your needs. Very versatile in shape and style, these shower heads are ideal for bathing children and pets, and they make cleaning the shower and tub easy.
Ceiling-Mounted Shower Head
A ceiling-mounted shower head might be a perfect choice for larger bathrooms with walk-in showers, adding a real touch of luxury and style. And since it’s placed right over your head, with this type of showerhead you don’t have to adjust your body position while taking a shower. There’re also lots of different styles available, for both contemporary and traditional bathrooms. Round, square or rectangular, they all offer a unique shower experience.
Materials & Finishes
When choosing a shower mixer and shower head for your bathroom, make sure you opt for a high-quality material that is durable and easy to clean. The sturdiest models are usually made from metal, such as steel or solid brass. Stainless steel is known for its strength and durability. As a material, it’s hard-wearing, resistant to corrosion and staining. This material is also perfect for bathroom accessories which may get wet often, such as soap holders.
Solid brass is an alloy metal made from copper and zinc. It’s a strong and durable metal that is resistant to rust and corrosion, which is why it’s a highly popular material for bathroom fixtures and accessories. It’s also a very decorative option since a variety of finishes can be applied to cater to many bathroom aesthetics. When it comes to finishes, the following are the most popular choices:
- Oil-rubbed bronze
- Brushed or polished chrome
- Brushed or polished nickel
- Polished or antique brass
Make sure that you choose the same finish for both your shower mixer and head and, if possible, match with your other bathroom accessories.