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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Safe Shower Head

Practical and safety advice from our product team

  • Tuesday 13 June 2023
  • 4 minute read
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Upgrading your bathroom accessories can refresh your bathroom without a complete renovation.

Swapping your showerhead and hose can improve your bathroom’s look and provide a better showering experience.

Discover how to choose the right showerhead in our guide, watch the video and learn more about the different Mira showerheads to find the right option for your home.

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Why is it important to choose the correct showerhead?

Not all showerheads and hoses suit every shower, especially electric ones. Electric showers heat cold mains water as it passes through the heating element. Using a flow-restricting showerhead or hose on an electric shower can cause the unit to overheat as water takes longer to pass over the element. It may also cause back pressure, which can damage the shower unit.

However, at Mira, our showerheads and hoses are compatible with any shower in our range, making it easier to find the right accessories. You can also use them as replacement parts on showers from other brands but always check the hose diameter matches, especially for electric showers.

What are the different types of showers?

Explore the different types of showers to find out which system is compatible with your home and best suits your needs.

Electric showers

Electric showers are popular in many homes, as they heat water from your cold mains supply on demand using an electric heating element inside the unit. This means you’ll only use the hot water you need without waiting for your boiler to kick in, saving time and energy.

Mixer showers

Mixer showers combine hot and cold water from your mains supply to achieve the perfect temperature. Choose a thermostatic mixer shower to ensure a consistent temperature, even if someone turns on a tap elsewhere in your home.

Digital showers

Digital showers are one of the most innovative choices for your bathroom. Like mixer showers, they combine hot and cold water to create your ideal temperature. They also feature thermostatic technology for consistent temperatures while showering. They have additional smart features like warm-up mode, in-app controls and customisable presets.

Power showers

Power showers are similar to mixer showers, combining hot and cold water for the ideal temperature. They are best suited to low-pressure or gravity-fed systems, as they use a pump to boost water flow. At Mira, we offer thermostatic and manual power showers to suit your preference.

Dual and double showers 

For ultimate luxury, choose Mira dual and double showers. You’ll get two showerheads for an improved showering experience: an overhead deluge head and a hand-held, detachable option for convenience. We stock dual showers across our ranges, whether you’re looking for electric, mixer or digital showers.

How to find the right showerhead

Once you’ve determined your shower type, explore the different types of showerheads available at Mira to find compatible accessories. We offer single-spray and multi-spray options in various sizes and designs to fit your bathroom.

Single-spray showerheads

Single-spray showerheads have one spray pattern but come in various configurations. The Mira Beat and Mira Nectar showerheads have a 90mm round spray face, while the Mira Honesty has a 110mm spray face with a cubist design.

Multi-spray showerheads

Multi-spray showerheads let you adjust the water spray pattern for an enhanced showering experience. If you’re looking to upgrade from a single-spray showerhead to a multi-spray option, discover our award-winning Switch showerhead, featuring four unique spray modes which can be changed at the push of a button. Alternatively, the Mira 360 showerhead features Flipstream™ technology, letting you adjust the spray by flipping the showerhead.

Questions about showerheads

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about showerheads, including whether they are universal and if you can replace a showerhead yourself.

Are showerheads universal?

Not all showerheads are universal; however, Mira showerheads are. They can be installed on any shower, whether replacing an existing showerhead or installing a new unit.

Can I replace a showerhead myself?

It’s easy to replace a broken showerhead with a Mira model. Simply unscrew the old showerhead and install the new one. If you’re also replacing the hose, learn how to fit a shower hose in our guide.

 

To keep your showerhead working its best, follow our top tips for cleaning and descaling your showerhead.