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
- Some questions to ask yourself
- A quick introduction to digital & smart showers
- What is a digital shower?
- What is a smart shower?
- Which digital or smart shower is right for me?
- Mira Mode
- Mira Platinum
- Aqualisa Q
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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.
- 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
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?
How advanced do you want your showering system to be?
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.
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.
The SmarTap smart showering system integrates seamlessly with Amazon Alexa for voice activation
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
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
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 VictoriaPlum.com.
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.
SmarTap smart showering system
February 2021 update: Sorry, but we no longer supply SmarTap products
SmarTap is a revolutionary new smart showering system that allows you to completely customise and control every aspect of your bathroom experience. Where it differs from a digital shower is the ability to integrate seamlessly with a wide range of popular smart home systems, including Amazon Alexa and Google Home. This means you could even control your shower using voice activation (see video below).
SmarTap can also be controlled iOS or Android app, or by using the simple on-wall controls. It can be used to create personalised sequences for different family members.
Another feature in which SmarTap stands apart is the ability to run up to 3 different outlets simultaneously. Using an extra controller, you could use SmarTap to control a bath filler or basin tap. Imagine walking in from a long hard day to discover your perfect bath ready and waiting for you. With SmarTap, this dream is now a reality.
Find out more about SmarTap and its incredible capabilities.
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