Before you start hunting for the best electric shower for you, it is important to understand a little bit about how they work and the differences between the various models out there, so that you can make a fully informed decision.
Electric showers take cold water, pass it over an electric heating element in the unit, then mix it back in with a little cold water in order to reach your set temperature.
Unlike mixer showers and power showers, electric showers only require a cold water feed. This makes them a popular option with those who have small hot water tanks, who want hot water on demand (no need to wait for the water to heat up) and for anyone looking for a quick and non-disruptive route to installing a new shower.
Electric showers are connected directly to your mains feed, as opposed to relying on a hot water feed from your boiler, for example. They also work well for those with combi boilers, although they can be used with other types of boiler too.
In order to choose the best electric shower for you, it is also important to consider these points:
- You will need a flow rate of at least 8 litres per minute
- At mains entry, water needs a minimum running pressure of 1 bar
- Static pressure of your water must not exceed 10 bar
Check out our guide to choosing a shower to ensure you select the right model for you.
Which is the Best Electric Shower?
1. Mira Showers 1.1746.008 Sport Max
Superior technology and stable water temperature
Showerhead functions: Four | Dimensions: 7.5 x 21.5 x 35.8cm | Wattage: 10.8kW | Weight: 3.7kg | Colour/Finish: White/Chrome
A great example of how far electric showers have come in recent years. The 1.1746.008 Sport Max from Mira Showers not only looks sleek and contemporary but it also boasts and whole host of impressive features to ensure it performs well.
It has a large 110cm showerhead with four different spray functions as well as easy to clean nozzles to keep it clear of limescale.
Perhaps the most notable feature though is its Airboost technology. By activiating this function, the water flow is increased by up to 30% — yet no more water is used.
Those with young children will be interested in the Mira Sensi-flo technology which aims to prevent the risk of scalding by responding instantly to temperature fluctuations. In addition to this, phased shutdown flushes hot water from the tank to make it safe for the next user.
This is also an electric shower that should outlive many other models, thanks to built-in technology that is designed to reduce the build up of limescale by up to 50%
2. Bristan BL3105 B Bliss 3 Electric Shower
Sleek design with handy digital temperature display
Showerhead functions: Three | Dimensions: 19.5 x 7 x 30.5cm | Wattage: 10.5kW | Weight: 2.62kg | Colour/Finish: Black
If you are after the best electric shower for a contemporary bathroom then the Bristan BL3105 B Bliss 3 Electric Shower may well be the product you have been searching for.
This is the perfect solution for those replacing an old electric shower as its footprint has been designed to cover existing installations, matching the electric and water inlets, as well as the fixing holes, providing the old model is from a UK brand.
The digital display and touch-button power make using the shower a breeze, whilst the warm-up function features a flashing light that indicates when the desired temperature has been reached — ideal for chilly mornings.
This is a shower that has a temperature stabilising device although professional installation will ensure this.
Safety devices such as the thermal cut out and pressure relief should reassure those with young children, and the built-in soap tray and integral hose retainer are handy extras.
3. Mira Showers 1.1634.156 MIRA AZORA
Seriously stylish dual-head electric shower
Showerhead functions: Single | Dimensions: 36.7 x 23.3 x 10cm | Wattage: 9.8kW | Weight: 7.8kg | Colour/Finish: Frosted glass
This beautiful electric shower from Mira is a real showstopper. With its frosted glass finish and dual showerheads, this is a stylish step up from your average electric shower, although this is reflected in its higher price tag.
The Mira Azora Dual features thermostatic temperature stability along with an array of other high tech features, including Clearscale technology that offers a 50% reduction in limescale build up, Sensi-flo technology to prevent scalding and phased shutdown to flush hot water from the tank — a feature to look out for in order to ensure the next user isn't scalded.
You can divert between the two heads, opting for either the 200mm overhead shower or the 90mm handset, making it ideal for family bathrooms where practicality is key.
4. Triton T100xr
Inexpensive yet stylish and reliable
Showerhead functions: Five | Dimensions: 21.2 x 30.9 x 9.5cm | Wattage: 9.5kW | Weight: Unspecified | Colour: Chrome/White
With its simple, slimline design and very reasonable price tag, the Triton T100XR offers plenty of features for those after a great, easy-to-install electric shower.
Along with the all-important phased shutdown, operation is simple thanks to the push button control.
The showerhead features an impressive choice of five spray patterns, while the curved chrome riser rail and 110mm diameter head bely the lower price of this model.
For those retrofitting an electric shower, the replacement installation trim offered separately means installation should be seamless — plus the unit has been praised by those who already have it in their possession for how simple and fast it is to fit.
In short, this is a highly rated electric shower, offering good flow rate and consistent temperature. Don't be put off by the lack of fancy technology — sometimes simple is best.
5. Aqualisa QZE10501 Quartz Electric shower
Stylish and high performance
Showerhead functions: Five | Dimensions: 46 x 26.5 x 14cm | Wattage: 10.5kW | Weight: 3.3kg | Colour: Graphite, Silver or Gloss White
The Aqualisa Quartz Electric not only boasts good looks, but it also performs exceptionally well.
Operation is through a simple push button, with temperature controlled via a 'smooth glide' dial. The 105mm showerhead features a pleasing five spray patterns, ranging from invigorating jets to gentle bubbles and it is also available in a choice of three contemporary finishes, including graphite, silver and gloss white.
Safety shouldn't be an issue thanks to Aqualisa's 'Over Temperature Protection' feature that protects users from selecting temperatures that are too hot, quickly overriding the selection and stabilising it — ideal for those with young children in the household. Phased shutdown is also included.
How to Choose the Best Electric Shower
Different features will attract different people when it comes to choosing the best electric shower.
Families with young children should look out for showers with safety features that prevent the shower from being set at dangerously high temperatures or that automatically correct the thermostat when pressure changes.
It is also a good idea to look out for models with 'phased shutdown'. This is a feature that means the shower runs for several seconds after being turned off in order to get rid of any hot water remaining in the unit and protecting the next user from being scalded. All the models here have phased shutdown.
Although electric showers were once thought of as being less attractive than power showers or gravity fed models, this is no longer the case — as our round up shows, there are plenty of stylish and contemporary options out there, although admittedly they do tend to cost a little more than the more basic models.
Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Editor. She is at the end of the DIY renovation and extension of an Edwardian cottage.
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