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A guide to choosing your smart digital shower
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A guide to choosing your smart digital shower

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 4 years ago 6 min read

With so many digital or smart showers on the market, you may be wondering which is right for you. With our easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you through the main features and benefits of each one, so you can make the right choice.

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The benefits of digital & smart showers

Thinking of switching to a digital or smart shower? You’re not alone. Many people are discovering the joy and ease of use that a smart or digital shower brings. No matter how big or small your bathroom may be, we have the digital or smart shower solution for you.

Benefits include:

  • Easy-to-use controls—no fiddling and fine-tuning with knobs or dials
  • Reliable, thermostatic temperature—enjoy the same experience every time
  • Built-in safety features—keeping you and your whole family safe

Mira Platinum

Simple, fuss-free controls are the hallmark of digital and smart showers

Some questions to ask yourself

Before considering which shower is right for you, you may want to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who will use your shower? Just you? You and a partner? You and a whole family?
  • What style do you want? Contemporary (up-to-date looks) or more traditional?
  • What’s your budget?
  • What features do you want? Do you want just easy control over temperature and flow, or do you want to be able to programme a pre-set experience or integrate with your smart home system?

You may also want to familiarise yourself with bathroom electrical safety before having a digital or smart shower fitted.

A quick introduction to digital & smart showers

What is a digital shower?

The main difference between a digital shower and a common mixer shower is the use of electrical power to control elements such as water temperature, flow and your choice of outlet. In most mixer showers, these aspects are controlled manually using a dial or lever mechanism, however with digital showers it is more likely you will use a push-button control. Some even have displays and LEDs so you can see exactly what temperature your water is, and some can be operated via remote control, so you could even switch your morning shower on from the warmth and comfort of your bed.

Digital showers also shouldn’t be confused with electric showers. The main difference between these two is that electric showers use electricity to power a heating element which produces hot water, as opposed to controlling aspects of your shower.

Mira Mode

Some digital showers can be operated using a remote control or even your phone

What is a smart shower?

Taking the concept of a digital shower a step further, a smart shower allows you to fully control every aspect of your showering experience, including temperature, flow, duration and outlet, from your phone or even through voice activation when paired with a smart home system such as Amazon Alexa.

The capabilities of a smart shower are much greater than those of a digital shower, with many different applications and uses that can help keep family members safe and make your home work “smarter”, by aiding more efficient use.

For example, if you wish to keep a close eye on your water consumption you could set your shower to run at a lower pressure and for a shorter duration, to help cut costs on your bills. You could also set a maximum shower temperature for your children or elderly relatives, so you know they’re safe or programme a showering sequence to aid recovery after fitness sessions or sports.

Some digital showers and smart showers can also be used to fill your bath, providing the perfect depth and temperature every single time.

Aqualisa Optic Q Smart concealed shower with adjustable handset and wall head gravity pumped

The Aqualisa Optic Q Smart shower comes with a proximity sensor which wakes up when you come close to it

Which digital or smart shower is right for me?

Digital showers aren't exactly new. Many models like the Aqualisa Quartz have been around a while. However, we'll be looking at a new breed of showers with advanced capabilities.

So you can discover which digital or smart shower is right for you, we’ve created these handy guides, highlighting the main features of our most popular digital and smart shower systems.

Mira Mode digital shower

Mira Mode digital shower

From Mira Showers, the UK’s No. 1 showering manufacturer, the Mira Mode digital shower recently won a Red Dot Design award for outstanding design. Offering you incredible control and luxurious showering, Mira Mode comes in a choice of rear or ceiling fed water supply. Plus, with pumped options for gravity fed water systems (typically low pressure), as well as a regular option for combi boiler and unvented water systems (high pressure) you shouldn't need an additional shower pump. To discover whether you need a pumped shower, find out which water system you have with our handy guide.

Download an app to your phone and you can personalise your shower experience including temperature and duration. If using a with bath filler, you can even programme up to 10 different customised bath settings.

Browse the full range of Mira Mode digital showers.

Mira Platinum digital shower

Mira Platinum digital shower

The Mira Platinum range features wireless control (an additional controller can be used up to 10 metres away) allowing you to fine-tune your experience, whilst Warm Up mode starts your shower, pausing it at the perfect temperature until you step in. Additionally, a digital display will help you to keep track of time. As with Mira Mode, there is a range of options for different water systems, so make sure you find out which water system you have before you buy.

Discover the full Mira Platinum collection at

Aqualisa Q digital shower

Aqualisa Q digital shower

Aqualisa is one of the UK's foremost brand names when it comes to digital shower technology. We're proud to stock the Aqualisa Q, one of Aqualisa's newest and most innovative smart mixer showers.

My Q™ allows you to store and save your favourite showering experiences, so you can enjoy them time and time again. You can also select from a variety of pre-set experiences such as "Eco" or "Sport" mode, to suit your circumstances. A proximity sensor reduces the flow when you step away (for example, when shampooing your hair), helping to reduce water consumption, whilst the full colour HD display and menu system is easy to use.

Check out our comprehensive range of Aqualisa digital showers.

Shop digital & smart showers

The digital and smart showers featured in this guide form just a snapshot of our full range. Head to our digital showers and smart showers sections now to find your perfect shower.

Discover more about smart bathrooms

Looking for more info? Head to our smart bathrooms hub to find out everything you need to know or read our introduction to the smart home.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Buying guides | 4 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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