Q: What's the difference between a power shower and a powerful shower? A: Find out below in this incredibly informative power shower buying guide.
When asked “What type of shower would you like?”, the answer is almost always guaranteed to be “a power shower!”. However, with lots of different types of shower available, a “power shower” might not be exactly what you're looking for. Instead, it's probably a more powerful shower you're after. The difference between the two may be just 3 little letters, but your choice of shower can make a massive difference to your overall experience.
In this buying guide, Mira Showers—the UK’s No. 1 shower manufacturer—takes the mystery out of power showers and helps guide you through your powerful shower options.
Power showers explained
Power showers can often be confused with electric showers. Although similar in design to an electric shower with its white exterior (the Mira Sport, for example), an electric shower only uses a cold water supply and heats your water by running it over the built-in element.
A power shower works in a very different way. It takes water from both your hot and cold water supplies and mixes them together to create your desired temperature. Within a power shower is an integral pump which is designed to increase the water flow and improve your showering experience. Therefore, power showers are often used when homes have a low pressure or gravity fed water system. Power showers deliver a consistently strong water flow and therefore require a plentiful supply of water.
Handy hint: Find out which water system you have in our article "Do I need a shower pump?".
Spot the difference: The Mira Sport, on the left, is an electric shower, whereas the Mira Event XS, on the right, is a power shower
What are your power shower options?
There are two main types of power shower: manual and thermostatic. Let's look at 2 examples:
Manual power shower
The Mira Event XS manual power shower features separate flow and temperature controls, giving you greater ability to adapt your shower settings and personalise your experience. Plus, it also comes with a 4 spray showerhead which offers you greater coverage.
Thermostatic power shower
The Mira Event XS thermostatic power shower goes one step further, offering you thermostatic temperature control which prevents fluctuations in temperature when the water pressure changes. Thermostatic power showers are ideal for bathrooms that are shared with elderly relatives or children, helping to make showering safer for the whole family.
Perfect for family bathrooms, the Mira Event XS thermostatic power shower offers precise temperature control
What are the alternatives to power showers?
Power showers actually work in a similar way to a mixer shower (taking water from hot and cold supplies and mixing together) and therefore a mixer shower provides a great alternative to a power shower. For example, the Mira Agile EV mixer shower (pictured below) is the perfect powerful solution. Not only does it have a stylish and minimalist design, it delivers a sensational showering experience. All Mira mixer showers come with Mira Magni-flo™ technology, patented by Mira Showers, it is proven to increase water flow by up to 3 times when compared to similar mixer showers, even when water pressure is as low as 0.1 bar.
The Mira Agile EV thermostatic mixer shower comes complete with Magni-flo™ technology, proven to increase water flow by up to 3 times when compared to similar mixer showers
Alternatively, digital showers are ideal if you have a low pressure water system. A digital shower works in the same way as a power shower or mixer shower, however, they go one step further in electronically controlling your water temperature.
The Mira Mode digital shower is available as a high pressure option (for combi boilers) or a pumped option for gravity fed home water systems. If your water pressure is low, and you have a gravity fed system, Mira Mode will ensure a powerful performance. Better still, Mira Mode comes in single and dual outlet options, with the dual outlet featuring a luxurious 200mm deluge showerhead as well as a 4 spray showerhead, for added flexibility. There are 12 different Mira Mode options available, including the Mira Mode shower and bath, which features a stylish bath filler.
Handy hint: Find out if you have low water pressure.
There are plenty of options when it comes to digital showers. The Mira Mode is available in single or dual outlet versions
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Now that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision, why not shop the range of Mira Showers available at Victoria Plum?