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Tips for Choosing the Right Shower

Planning a new Bathroom? Perhaps you are Renovating? There are a number of things to consider when choosing the right shower.The most important consideration is your water pressure. If it is low, then you must choose your slide shower and accompanying mixer (tap) very wisely. Some are designed specifically for low water pressure and will give you a good flow of water despite pressure issues.

As a rule of thumb, low pressure requires a SINGLE-function shower head. Mains pressure can also use a MULTI-function head. A multi-function head is one that can be adjusted with the little lever for different spray patterns. Because of how they work, these don’t perform in low pressure areas.

The next consideration is the look of the handles and showers. If they are too modern in an older bathroom, they can make the rest of the fittings look old-fashioned. Try to match the style with the decor.

And once again, remember that you get what you pay for! Cheap can often mean low quality. As you don’t want to be replacing your shower every year, it can often be better to spend just a little more to start with.


Water conservation is important.  All showers and taps have a Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) rating, which is from zero to six. The higher the WELS rating, the more water-efficient the product is. In the past, showers used up to 25 litres per minute, but now they can perform to the same level of satisfaction at 9 litres per minute or less. Most are configured to offer 3-star ratings, which is 9 litres per minute. This is a good rating to look for.