Shower ownership is on the rise with more of us choosing luxury or water-saving showers. But how do you pick one that you’ll be happy with in years to come?
Shower ownership has risen significantly over the last two decades to 23.8 million households or 90%, according to AMA Research.
The growth has been helped by sales of higher value products such as large rainfall shower heads, digital shower controls and minimalist wet room areas. We’re also more interested in sustainability with water-efficient showers in greater demand.
But your experience could vary significantly depending on the type of shower you buy. Read our full review of the best electric and power shower brands to help you make a decision you’ll be happy with.
Which type of shower should you buy?
There are four types of shower you might want to consider – electric, power, digital or mixer. The water pressure and type of boiler in your house are two practical factors that will influence your decision, but there are several other things to think about.
Electric showers, for example, are typically cheaper to buy and only need a cold water supply, so you won’t have to put up with freezing cold showers if your boiler breaks down. But while power showers use a lot more water, they tend to offer more consistent temperature control and good flow even if you have low water pressure.
Go to our full guide on how to choose a shower if you’d like more information.
Best and worst shower brands
The brand of shower can also make a big difference to performance. We’ve surveyed shower owners about their showers, to find out which are the best and worst brands. We found that the best electric shower brand got a customer score of 80% and the worst just 55%.
Our survey includes leading power shower brands like Aqualisa and Mira. Our top brand scored five stars out of five in every category but one, whereas the bottom brand only got three stars for build quality and two stars for how quiet its showers are during use.