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How to choose the best power shower

All the facts you need to find the right power shower

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Friday 10th November 2017

Chief among the cardinal sins of bad showers is low water pressure. At its worst, it can turn what should be invigorating and reviving into something akin to standing underneath a leaky gutter. If this sounds familiar, then you will understand all too well how frustrating it can be to shower without decent water pressure.

Showering can become a chore, spending much longer than you’d like under an insufficient trickle as you struggle to rinse out shampoo from your hair. Thankfully, we don’t have to put up with low water pressure and unsatisfying showers, thanks to the modern marvels that are power showers.

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What is a power shower?
A power shower is one that combines water from your hot and cold water supplies, in the same manner as a mixer shower would. The difference between a mixer and power shower is that a power shower then uses a pump to boost the pressure, which can make a big difference to those with low water pressure.

If your home has a cold-water tank in the attic that supplies water to a hot water tank in your airing cupboard, then you could need a power shower. These plumbing systems can result in low water pressure, which then needs a helping hand in order to provide a luxurious showering experience. This helping hand is provided by an electric pump, which is usually contained within the shower unit.

If you have a combination boiler (where water from the mains is heated by the boiler as it is required) or a pressurised system (where your hot water tank is fed directly from the mains, rather than a cold-water tank), then you won’t be able to install a power shower, but you can install an mixer or digital shower.

Watch our video to learn which Mira Shower type is best suited to your water system.

Power shower vs electric shower
A bathroom conundrum that baffles most people is the difference between a power shower and an electric shower, the common misconception being that they’re one and the same. In reality, for all they have in common, they serve different purposes. For one, electric showers only take water from your cold-water supply and then heat that to the required temperature. As the water is coming directly from the mains, the pressure usually doesn’t need to be boosted by a pump. While an electric shower will be suitable for any bathroom and plumbing system, a power shower can only be installed in the specific circumstances outlined above.

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What is the best power shower for me?
Once you’ve established that your plumbing system is compatible with a power shower, the next step is to choose between a thermostatic or a manual model. A thermostatic shower will keep the pressure and temperature of your shower constant, even if someone uses a faucet or flushes a toilet somewhere else in the house. So, if you live with someone who tends to wait to do the dishes until you’re in the shower or if you have children or elderly people who could be injured by a sudden leap in shower temperature, thermostatic showers might be the best power showers for your home. All three Mira power showers are available in thermostatic and manual option.

Find your perfect Mira power shower. Alternatively, if you fancy a powerful shower, that isn't a power shower? Mira mixer showers come with our Mira Magni-flo™ technology which delivers up to 3x more water flow even at low pressure. It's a great low pressure solution and provides a clean contemporary look for your bathroom.