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Five tips to help you kit out your bathroom

Jargon busting tips for choosing your fittings


Bathroom and shower jargon can be confusing

Bathroom and kitchen fittings company, Grohe, has rounded up the top five terms you need to know when choosing fixtures and fittings for your bathroom. 

Choosing bathroom fittings can be a daunting experience, especially if you don’t understand the jargon. Grohe’s UK training manager Michael Gray explains the key terms to help you choose the right features for your home.

Below, we round up their top five jargon busters.

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1. Thermostatic Mixers

A thermostatic mixer is a mixing valve that blends hot and cold water to help control temperature and pressure fluctuations and offers protection against scalding – something to consider if you have little ones.

2. Exposed shower systems

This is when the shower controls are mounted on to the shower rail so the valve doesn’t need to be fitted behind the wall. Having an exposed shower system means you can have both an overhead shower and a hand held shower spray.

3. High and low pressure systems

Water pressure is measured by bar ratings. High pressure systems, which are rated one bar or above, have a pump fitted, using a combi boiler or unvented water cylinder. 

Low pressure systems, which are below one bar, typically have a cold water tank in the loft and hot water cylinder in the airing cupboard. 

The water pressure in your home will affect the type of shower you go for. You can find out more about what type will suit you in our guide to how to choose the best shower

4. Monobloc basin mixer

Also known as basin mixer taps, monobloc taps are for basins with only one tap hole. Hot and cold water controls are often built in as part of the tap’s body.

5. Fixed head

An overhead shower mounted to a shower arm or fixed into the ceiling. These can’t be height adjusted.

Our own A to Z bathroom jargon buster also includes useful information on power showers, electric showers and water-saving shower heads. 

We’ve carried out extensive research to help you choose the best shower for your home. Find out whether you should get an Aqualisa, Bristan, Mira or Triton shower in our best electric and power shower brands review based on our survey of over 700 Which? members.

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