Best Electric Showers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 10, 2020
Electric showers make the showering experience pure bliss since you do not have to spend time switching between cold and hot temperatures trying to find the one that's comfortable. The best electric showers can do much more than that though, from memorising that temperature to letting you choose between different flow rates. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Kit Contents
Power
Flow Rate
Placement
Connection Inlet
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Warranty
 
PROS

The toiletry tray will let you store shampoos, conditioners, and such, all while keeping them easily accessible. The IPx4 protection housing means you can press the touch buttons with wet hands without worrying about electrocution. The LCD screen lets you set the temperature with 0.5-degree increments.

CONS

The chrome-plated elements scratch easily. 

OUR VERDICT

The Bristan BL3105 should be put inside expensive shower stalls where cheap products will only ruin the space's posh vibe. This sleek device is not only attractive but also functional and powerful, keeping the flow rate high even when the temperature is low.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

Electric Shower, Riser Kit, Toiletry Tray, Hose, Multi-Mode Showerhead 

Power

10.5 kW 

Flow Rate

5.6 l/min 

Placement

Wall (mounting hardware included) 

Connection Inlet

15mm 

Controls

LCD screen with touch panel and dial, Eco Mode, Cold power touch button, High power touch button, Warm up mode 

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The Low Pressure indicator will notify you when the pressure is reduced. The anti-twist hose will eliminate kinking. Its 1-metre length will let you reach any body part without moving. You can choose between five different spray patterns to make the showers quick, pleasant, or thorough. 

CONS

The riser kit does not stabilise the showerhead. 

OUR VERDICT

The Showers MOMT014G Martinique adopts separate temperature and flow settings, letting you customise the showering experience. With its phased shutdown, LED indicators, and power controls, the product is easy to recommend to most customers with decent wiring.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

Electric Shower, Riser Kit, Soap Dish, Hose, Multi-Mode Showerhead

Power

10.5 kW 

Flow Rate

Not listed 

Placement

Wall (mounting hardware included) 

Connection Inlet

15mm 

Controls

Mechanical panel with LED indicators and dial, Eco Mode, Cold power button, High power button

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The device remembers the temperature you've used the last time and starts at that temperature, so you do not have to fiddle with the settings every time you step into the stall. The single-mode rub-clean handset will allow you to remove limescale build-ups with ease.

CONS

The showerhead has only one mode. 

OUR VERDICT

The Bristan SM395 will be able to keep the flow rate consistent even with pressures ranging from 0.7 to 10 bars. The multiple electrical cable entry points will let you easily replace existing electric showers without drilling new holes. You can also adjust the riser rail's fixing bracket.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

Electric Shower, Riser Kit, Hose, Single-Mode Showerhead

Power

9.5 kW 

Flow Rate

5.1 l/min 

Placement

Wall (mounting hardware included) 

Connection Inlet

15mm 

Controls

Mechanical panel with 2 dials, Eco Mode, Cold power button, High power button 

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The easy-click switch will let you easily go from one spray pattern to the next. The nozzles are easy to clean. The delayed shutdown solution will be minimising limescale build-ups. The Over Temperature Protection feature will override and stabilise the temperature when you've selected a setting that's too high. 

CONS

The installation process is quite fiddly. 

OUR VERDICT

The Aqualisa QZE8521 comes without unnecessary controls and needless settings. Even children will be able to operate the smooth-glide dial, setting the desired temperature without having to waste time figuring out the controls. Plus, the long hose and showerhead make this product excellent for tall people.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

Electric Shower, Riser Kit, Hose, Multi-Mode Showerhead

Power

8.5 kW 

Flow Rate

Not listed 

Placement

Wall (mounting hardware included) 

Connection Inlet

15mm 

Controls

Single "smooth-glide" control with LED indicator

Warranty

2 years 

PROS

The Clearscale™ tech makes the product especially attractive to people who live in regions with hard water. The rub-clean nozzles are easy to maintain. With multiple cable/water entry points, you can replace the old electric shower without adding entry points.

CONS

The device is relatively noisy. 

OUR VERDICT

The Mira 1.1788.010 delivers everything but power. The price makes the product more than attractive enough and the temperature dial lets you increase and reduce the temperature with 0.5-degree increments, enabling you to customise and optimise the showering experience.

detailed parameters
Kit Contents

Electric Shower, Riser Kit, Hose, Multi-Mode Showerhead

Power

8.5 kW 

Flow Rate

4.5 l/min 

Placement

Wall (mounting hardware included) 

Connection Inlet

15mm 

Controls

Mechanical panel with 2 dials, Eco Mode, Cold power button, High power button 

Warranty

2 years 

Bristan (BL3105)

Posh and Polished

The Bristan BL3105 has been designed eye-catching, long-lasting, and suitable for most installations. The sleek LCD screen with its touch controls looks smooth and elegant, unlike most mid-range electric showers that incorporate mechanical panels. The chrome-plated elements make the product look posh and polished, though you'll have to treat them with care since these elements are susceptible to scratches, damaging the high-gloss finish and losing the sleek appearance.

Using the touch controls, you'll be able to access and manage the device's numerous settings. The temperature display will not only tell you the water's temperature but also let you set the desired temperature with 0.5-degree increments. As nice as that is, the Warm up mode is much more impressive and convenient though. With this mode, you can set the temperature you want and when the device reaches that temperature, the on/off button will stop flashing, eliminating cold starts and making sure that you're able to start the day the way you see fit, with the showerhead blasting water with the right temperature.

Aside from these two, there's not much separating this sophisticated device from most mid-range electric showers. You can go with the Eco mode to conserve energy and water. The cold power touch button and the high power touch button will streamline interactions so that you're able to switch between cold showers and regular ones with one press of a button.

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Practically no Maintenance Demands

Despite the sophisticated tech, this product is not at all demanding maintenance-wise. The anti-limescale mechanism will make sure the water continues to run for a few seconds after you turn the stream off to flush away any hot water from the shower. This solution will be reducing limescale build-ups, prolonging the product's lifespan. When necessary, the performance indicator will flash 'CL' to tell you when to clean the external filter and handset. You won't have to scrub anything here. The build-ups can be normally wiped off the nozzles with ease.

You shouldn't face any installation challenges either. The device can use existing holes and fixings, staying in the same spot as the previous shower. Plus, the brackets on the riser rail can be adjusted, letting you cover the existing drill holes in the tiles.

Bottom line, the Bristan BL3105 is not necessarily cheap but the controls, easy maintenance, and sleek aesthetics more than justify the elevated price.

Bristan (BL3105) Bliss 3 Electric Shower in the use

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Triton (MOMT014G)

Luxurious Enough

The Triton Shower MOMT014G Martinique Luxury is not as luxurious as the previous entry on this list but noticeably more luxurious than what you're usually able to afford within this price range. Sure, the mechanical controls with dials do not look as sophisticated as touch buttons with an LCD screen but the LED indicators that come with these mechanical controls add a certain contemporary and maybe even high-tech touch to the device, separating the product from cheap electric showers.

Naturally, we're not suggesting that these indicators are the only contributors here that differentiate the device from the cheap pack. The showerhead alone hosts enough advantages to make that distinction. First things first, the large head comes equipped with five spray patterns, so you'll be able to switch between jet, blast, spray, rain, and drench.

As you'd imagine, the jet setting will let you rinse targeted parts, usually reserved for cleaning different items rather than yourself. The blast is what the jet is when you add more nozzles to the mix, perfect for taking quick yet efficient showers. The spray one is that standard setting that we're all used to, so there's not much to address here. The rain pattern is awesome, especially if you're one of those types who likes standing in the shower for 20+ minutes contemplating the choices you've been making lately and what the future holds for you. Last but not least, the drench setting will make sure that you're, well, drenched, so you'll always be coming out nice and clean from this setting.

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The Hose is Open to Manipulation

Though the showerhead does not look especially expensive, the chrome-plated hose makes up for the product's shortcomings in the aesthetics department, along with the tube that supports the riser kit. This implement does not support/stabilise the 'head as much as they usually do though, so you won't be able to choose any position you want and secure the showerhead in that position. On the upside, you'll be able to manipulate the hose the way you see fit. The anti-twist mechanism makes sure the nose does not kink and its 1-metre length does not restrict you in the slightest.

The device comes equipped with separate temperature and flow controls, so you'll be able to optimise and customise the experience even further. Before concluding this review, the product will present very little maintenance challenges, mostly thanks to the phased shutdown that does wonders reducing limescale build-ups.

In short, the Triton Shower MOMT014G Martinique Luxury can keep its name, the product's more than earned that.

Triton (MOMT014G) Electric Shower in the use

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Bristan (SM395)

Chrome for the Win

The Bristan SM395 is affordable before anything else, which is quite brilliant since the product does not look cheap at all. Sure, the mechanical control panel with two dials does not scream and ooze sophistication but the chrome-plated riser kit, hose, and showerhead are certainly able to add elegance points, making the product look polished and attractive enough for the swankiest bathroom settings.

Besides, we're not here to criticise mechanical controls. Sure, they look basic but they get the job done, with the first dial letting you switch between Eco Mode, Cold Power Mode, and High Power Mode and the second adjusting the temperature with ~3-degree increments, nothing to write home about but enough to make the water temperature comfortable for most people. The fact that these three modes are there in the first place is already impressive, considering the budget price bracket.

Using the Eco Mode, you'll be able to conserve water and make sure that the energy bills do not skyrocket when you start using this device initially. The High Power Mode, on the other hand, will compensate when the pressure is low and keep the flow rate high enough when the standard high pressure alone won't be cutting it. The Cold Power Mode does precisely what the name suggests, enabling you to take cold showers without screwing with the temperature settings.

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No Need to Drill New Holes

The people behind the product had to make sacrifices though, that goes without saying. From where we're standing, the biggest sacrifice is the fact that the showerhead has only one pattern, which is a shame since it can be fun switching between different patterns to customise the showering experience. Somewhat offsetting this downside is the fact that this electric shower is able to memorise the temperature that you've used the last time and start at that temperature, so you might not be able to customise the experience but you'll definitely have no problems keeping the experience consistent.

Normally, these showers are a hassle to install. Here, that's not the case. First, the product incorporates multiple water/electrical cable entry points. Add to that the adjustable riser rail fixing bracket and you'll be able to replace most existing electric showers. Plus, its versatile footprint covers most fixing holes, letting you install the device without drilling any new holes.

To sum up, the Bristan SM395 makes things easy for you, keeping the showering experience consistently comfortable.

Bristan (SM395) Smile 3 Electric Shower in the use

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Aqualisa (QZE8521)

Keeping Things Simple

The Aqualisa QZE8521 keeps things simple and we can get behind that since most people will not be using the twenty different settings that electric showers sometimes feature anyway. The only area where the model is not keeping things simple is the installation part, with the product's unique footprint making the installation process quite fiddly and sometimes requiring you to drill new holes.

That's about it though. Aside from that, the product is all about simplicity and elegance, with chrome-plated tubing, hose, and controls. These parts stay the same but you can choose between white, graphite, and all-chrome finishes to make sure the device fits your bathroom style.

Now, finally addressing the simplicity part, the controls here are reduced to one dial and an on/off button. The dial glides smooth, so you won't have to apply excessive force to change the temperature. There's an LED indicator around the only button that tells you when the temperature is hot or cold, which is nice but not really necessary thanks to the company's Over Temperature Protection mechanism. To make sure the experience remains safe, this mechanism prevents you from selecting especially hot temperatures, quickly overriding and stabilising the temperature at safe levels before you're forced to suffer the consequences of your questionable temperature-selection decisions.

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Showering Bliss for All

We're not saying that you won't be able to customise anything but the temperature here though. On the contrary, the showerhead that comes equipped with five different spray patterns will let you do precisely that. You can go from an invigorating and concentrated Inner setting to the relaxing Outer pattern, choosing the showering bliss that suits you best. The easy-click switch will make sure you're not facing any challenges selecting between these patterns and the easy-to-clean nozzles will minimise the showerhead's maintenance demands.

In fact, the product's maintenance demands will be low across the entire board, courtesy of the delayed shutdown mechanism that will be flushing away residual hot water, running seven seconds after the unit's turned off to minimise limescale build-up. What won't be low is the 105-millimetre showerhead that will make sure even tall people are able to stand comfortably under the 'head.

In other words, the Aqualisa QZE8521 will prove the right fit for those customers who don't care for unnecessary gimmicks and numerous questionable settings.

Aqualisa (QZE8521) Electric Shower in the use

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Mira (1.1788.010)

0.5-Degree Increments

The Mira 1.1788.010 is not the most powerful electric shower on this list, let's get that out of the way first. You can choose between 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5 kilowatts, that's available to you. But between these models, the flow rate remains the same, around 4.5 litres per minute. That's not bad and not much less than most electric showers but not great either. On the upside, you can select from 3 flow settings, something that most modern showers won't let you do.

From the controls' standpoint, the product keeps things relatively simple but not at all basic, which is what we're usually aiming at here. There are two dials. The first dial will let you choose between the 3 flow settings that we've mentioned above: Low, Eco, and High. Needless to say, the Low Mode reduces the flow, the Eco Mode makes the device energy-efficient, and the High mode ditches that efficiency to let you quickly shower without wasting any time.

There's nothing necessarily interesting or unique about these flow settings but, fortunately, we cannot extend the same sentiment towards the second dial. Using this dial, you'll be able to set the desired temperature, which is nothing new but the difference here is that the device lets you select the temperature with 0.5-degree increments, something that's normally reserved for expensive, high-end electric showers.

Review of Mira (1.1788.010) Electric Shower

Flexible Fittings

Mira Clearscale™ tech is great at reducing limescale build-ups, resulting in longer-lasting and better performing shower. The issue here is that this tech also makes the device relatively noisy but not so much that it'd break the product.

Plus, one would argue that we haven't even addressed the best thing about this product, which is the fact that the device features multiple cable and water entry points, so you'll be able to replace previous electric shower without adding new entry points. The device accepts them from left and right. The fittings are pretty flexible too, enabling easy installation and adjustment and letting you conceal existing holes to keep the stall aesthetically pleasing.

Last but not least, the showerhead comes fitted with three spray patterns, letting you customise the showering experience and switch things up from time to time to make sure the experience remains always enjoyable.

Long story short, the Mira 1.1788.010 is not among the best electric showers we've looked at but the product has enough going for it to replace most existing showers and improve the experience.

Mira (1.1788.010) Electric Shower in the use

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What Is an Electric Shower?

We've been making various appliances smart to make our lives less complicated, which is necessary since the stress levels are on the rise. With these developments, it was only a matter of time before we would start approaching showers since that's the place we normally go to, to relieve stress and, when not, that's the place we go to every day anyway. It is hard to relieve stress though when you're forced to fiddle with different dials and handles, wasting minutes trying to find the right temperature.

That's where electric showers come into play. These showers let you quickly and easily find the right temperature. Plus, once you've found it, the device will memorise the temperature, so you can start your day at the right temperature from the get-go. In addition to that, these showers will usually let you select the flow rate and choose between different modes to make the experience comfortable and relaxing for all needs and preferences.

The showerheads that come with these electrics showers are usually pretty good to begin with but you can look into these separate ones too. You can (and should) also look into shower mats to prevent any injuries and accidents.

What Features to Compare

Kit Contents

Electric showers are comprehensive packages that usually include the main setup (the box that connects the cables and such), the showerhead, the hose, the riser kit that supports the 'head, and, sometimes, toiletry trays and such to hold shampoos, conditioners, and other beauty and health products. More often than not, showerheads come adopting multiple spray patterns so that you're able to customise the experience and switch things up occasionally. Do not forget to pay attention to how easy/hard are the nozzles to clean 'cause you'll be doing that quite often to make sure the flow is consistent and unobstructed.

Power

As you'd imagine, the device's productivity/potency is determined primarily by its power output. Generally speaking, electric showers fluctuate between 8.5 and 10.5 kilowatts, the numbers that will tell you the maximum flow rate and pressure capacity.

Flow Rate

Things are pretty straightforward here. When the maximum flow rate is high (above 5 litres per minute), you can rest assured knowing that the device will be able to deliver, so you won't be standing there forced to rinse and scrub extensively only to make the shower useful.

Placement

You place these devices onto walls, that goes without saying. Things are great when the boxes come with multiple entry points (both cable and water) since then you're able to replace existing electric showers without fiddling with cables and tubes. Normally, the kits include the hardware necessary to install these showers, so you should be able to do so with ease and little effort.

Connection Inlet

The inlet's length will only be determining the issues with installation, so most products are packing 15-millimetre inlets since these are the standard ones, enabling straight installation.

Controls

Expensive, high-end digital showers come equipped with sophisticated controls, sometimes even adding LCD screens with touch buttons. These screens display various settings, including the current temperature, mode, flow rate and so on. More often than not though, these showers are armed with basic dials, dials that let you change the temperature with ~2-degree increments, switch between flow rates, and so on. Sometimes, there are extra modes and buttons that let you immediately switch from the desired temperature to cold showers and back, so that you do not have to fiddle with the settings when you need that occasional alertness boost in the morning.

Fun Facts About Showers and Showering

- Though there are numerous benefits to them, people do not like taking cold showers (due to obvious reasons). In fact, the average temperature that people normally choose fluctuates around 42 degrees Celcius (108 degrees Fahrenheit).

- We're wasting too much water. To be more precise, the amount of water that's used in 5 minutes, provided that the flow rate and the pressure are somewhere around standard, is 75 litres (20 gallons). That's especially unfortunate considering the fact that the average amount of time people spend in the shower stall is ~8-10 minutes, with women usually taking more time than men.

- Interestingly enough, according to multiple sources, more men take daily showers than women, 70% to 57% respectively. These numbers vary though, with some studies suggesting that 58% of people shower every day, without putting any emphasis on the individual's sex.

- People do not forget to wash their hair, religiously so. In fact, most people use shampoo 5-7 times per week, which is not only more than necessary but is also fuelling the ~billion-pound health and beauty industry.

- Many get pensive in the shower stall but that one is hardly surprising. About 67% admit to using the time in the shower to dream, plan, and reflect and that's more than understandable considering the showers' therapeutic nature. Try to name any place that's more suited for pondering the past, present, and the future.

- Croon as you clean? You're in the majority then, along with 63% of people that like to occasionally turn the stall into the stage, singing their heart out like no one's listening (probably because, indeed, no one is listening). A shower stall is a private place and, with the water dampening the sound, it is the best place to practise hitting those high notes without anyone judging you.

- Though the place is private, you don't have to be alone there. Those who have partners are usually not against showering with their significant other, as 73% will happily admit to.

- Men can be lazy, we know that. Apparently, 45% of ladies say that men aren't pulling their weight when it comes to keeping the stall clean. You could make an argument that men use fewer products, thus are less likely and less prone to contribute to the issue but you could also spend that time scrubbing, rinsing, and polishing, so choose wisely.

- The numbers are not clear here but it comes as no surprise that most people prefer to step out of the shower to dry themselves, right? First, shower stalls are usually limited space-wise, so you might not be able to comfortably wipe yourself. Second, there's usually no place where you can hang a towel, so you have to step outside to grab one anyway. After doing so, going back there only to wipe yourself clean makes very little sense.

- Our homes are shrinking, we know that. With them, the shower stalls are shrinking too, and 48% of people admit that they would love to have a larger, more comfortable stall, maybe even with a high-end electric shower device.

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Publish Date: 2020-03-10 11:06:43