Many British households suffer from low water pressure. So, what are your options when it comes to choosing a suitable shower?
If you live in an older property with a cold water tank in the loft space, chances are you may experience low water pressure in your home. This isn’t usually a problem when it comes to using your toilet, basin or bath, however, it can have a negative impact on your shower.
If you pick a shower which isn’t suitable for a low pressure water system, instead of the raging torrent you’ve been dreaming of, you could be left with a disappointing dribble. So, what can you do to ensure you get the best shower for your system?
How do I know if I have low water pressure?
So, what is water pressure? And how do you know if you have low water pressure?
First off, it is always a good idea to identify the water heating system you have in your home using our handy infographic below.
If you have a combi boiler or unvented system, you’re unlikely to experience any issues with low water pressure. However, with a gravity fed system, you may run into problems if you don’t buy a shower suitable for your water pressure.
To find out what water pressure is like in your home, we’d highly recommend hiring a plumber. However, a simple way of seeing whether you might be suffering from low water pressure is to measure the flow rate from your existing shower.
If your flow rate is less than 10 litres per minute, you may have what is considered low water pressure.
Now you’ve gone through these steps and identified an issue with low water pressure, what can you do about it?
Fit a shower pump
One of the most popular ways to boost your flow rate is to fit a shower pump. We stock a wide range of high quality shower pumps from single shower models to designs that’ll power up your whole bathroom. Head to our shower pump buying guide to find out more.
Of course, your other option is to purchase a shower which is suitable for low pressure water systems. To help you on your way, we’ve picked out 5 of our most popular low pressure showers below.
1. Orchard Low pressure thermostatic exposed mixer shower
With thermostatic temperature control, dual outlets for complete flexibility, plus cool touch technology which helps prevent burns and scalds, this highly contemporary shower from Orchard Bathrooms is a great option for low pressure water systems.
Operating at a minimum water pressure of just 0.2 bar, this shower is ideal for family bathrooms with an adjustable riser rail and overhead outlet. A great way to start your morning!
2. Mira Event XS manual power shower
Another way to boost your flow without having to fit a separate pump is to install a power shower. Whilst power showers may look just like electric showers, there is a big difference between the two. Whilst an electric shower only requires a cold water supply, heating just the water you need, a power shower has an in-built pump which boosts the flow of both the hot and cold water supplies.
The Mira Event XS is one of the most popular power showers on the market and comes complete with a compact white plastic casing, easy-to-use controls and a 4 spray pattern shower handset. It comes in a thermostatic or manual version.
If this is the best option for you, find out which tradesperson is best for fitting an electric shower.
3. Ideal Standard Alto thermostatic shower system
If you’re looking for a simple solution for your bathroom or ensuite, the Alto shower system from Ideal Standard is, well, ideal! Optimised for use with low pressure water systems (minimum requirement: 0.1 bar), this exposed thermostatic mixer shower offers precise control over temperature, a cool touch body to prevent accidental burns and an adjustable riser rail. Plus, for added peace of mind it comes with Ideal Standard’s reassuring 5 year guarantee.
4. Bristan 1901 concealed thermostatic mixer shower with slider rail
When it comes to quality, Bristan showers have an excellent reputation and you’ll find several designs which are suitable for low pressure water systems.
If you’re planning a traditional bathroom, there are several vintage-inspired Bristan showers to choose from, including this one from their 1901 range. With a minimum water pressure requirement of 0.2 bar, it comes with exquisite Edwardian detailing, plus a sleek, unobtrusive concealed valve, with simple controls.
5. Aqualisa Q concealed digital shower pumped with slider rail and wall arm
If you’re looking to bring your bathroom right up to date, why not switch to a digital shower? The Aqualisa Q range includes a variety of pumped showers, which are suitable for use with low pressure gravity fed water systems from just 0.01 bar.
The stylish Q lever control with high definition colour display offers a completely customisable showering experience. You can simply choose from pre-set programmes or create your own.
Looking to save water? Eco mode reduces flow and temperature, whilst family mode restricts showering time to money-saving 7 minutes. A unique proximity sensor also reduces the flow when you step away from the shower—to shampoo your hair, for example.
With so many digital and smart showers on the market, find out which is best for you with our handy guide.
Advice on showers and water pressure
Whatever type of shower you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of helpful advice by reading our shower buying guide. You can also find out more about water pressure and discover whether you need a shower pump with our expert articles.
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