Showers are like mattresses: they are non-negotiable in a household. You want to make sure you make the right choice, the first time.
With this handy guide from Cefito, you’ll have no trouble building the bathroom of your dreams. Let’s look at the factors that might impact your buying decision, and how you can make the best choice for your home.
1. Bathroom layout
What sort of space do you have in your bathroom? Is it a square room, or do you have nooks and turns? Where are the pipes? What about the ventilation? If you’re designing your own home, you'll need to consider how far your water will have to travel and when you want air to vent. These factors will impact shower placement, which will in turn impact every other fitting. Don’t forget: the bathroom is one of the busiest areas in your home and will fulfil many different purposes, so you want a layout that allows for smooth traffic flow. This may mean choosing a smaller shower, or a shower in an unconventional shape (such as a corner shower) to make the most of your space.
2. Water pressure
Did you know that different showerheads will affect your water pressure? Some showerheads are designed to lower water pressure and help save water and energy, while high-pressure showerheads increase water flow and maximise pressure. What you choose will depend on the water pressure of your home, your energy needs, and your preferred shower experience. For low-pressure lovers, a rain shower is a great choice. For increased pressure, you’ll want finer and fewer holes, or you might prefer a handheld option.
3. Shower valve
How much control would you like over your shower? There are two gears, here. You have the choice of a pressure balance valve (with a single handle that controls temperature and water volume) or a thermostatic shower valve (with two handles that control both temperature and volume). A pressure balance valve has a lower initial cost and requires less maintenance, while a thermostatic valve will prevent fluctuations in temperature.
4. Power shower vs electric shower
You might think water and electricity don’t mix – and you would be right! However, you won’t need to worry about an electric shower. Electric showers come with a closed unit that contains a heating element, so you can never run out of hot water. You can precisely control the temperature, and a pump will increase the water pressure for a powerful shower. The drawbacks? An electric shower may cost you more in energy and water, up to 3-5 times more than a regular shower, according to Explain That Stuff.
5. Shower price
At the end of the day, many purchase decisions come down to price. When considering how much you are willing to spend on a shower, consider these questions:
- How much will this model cost over time in energy and water?
- Is this the last shower I want to buy?
- What will the maintenance be like?
- Will this shower still meet my needs if my circumstances change?
- How much can I afford to spend?
6. Future-proofing your bathroom
Whether you have children, you’re planning for children, or you’re simply getting older, your bathroom will need to accommodate changes to your circumstances. This may mean adding guard rails, choosing wider doors, or opening up the space to cater to mobility issues. You might need enough room to accommodate a shower chair or an extra person such as a partner or carer.
Choosing your shower head is easy with Cefito. In fact, we have a wide range of products to suit all your bathroom needs, at every step of the renovation or building process. Check out Cefito showerheads today.