Best Electric Shower 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

There are so many reasons why an electric shower may appeal to you and your home. They’re generally budget-friendly, easy to install, and perfect in rooms where it would be too complicated to fit an entire shower system.

They are also pretty reliable when it comes to delivering consistent hot water and keeping an even pressure. While all the ones in our rundown are top performers, there are plenty out there which are big letdowns, and you should avoid.

So, to find the one for your needs and bathroom, we have compiled a list of the best electric showers and given you a detailed buying guide at the bottom of the page in case you don’t know where to begin looking.

The Best Electric Showers – Our Top Picks

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Mira Showers 1.1746.008 Sport Max
  • Power: 9.0kW, 10.8kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 21.5 x 35.8 cm
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Triton Enrich White
  • Power: 8.5 kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Flow Rate: 8l/min
  • Dimensions: 30 x 21 x 11cm
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Mira Decor Dual
  • Power: 10.8 kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Flow Rate: 4l/min
  • Dimensions: 33.2 x 22 x 97.4cm
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Best Electric Showers

Aqualisa Quartz XTE

A brilliant shower for any families or busy households, the Quartz has won a host of awards which ensures it is one of the best out there.

We can see why – there are plenty of features which makes it well worth the price tag. Push button controls make it simple to use, and the LED lighting ensures an attractive design. The shower head comes with five different patterns, which is perfect if you have a particular way in which you love your water to be.

The OTP system ensures very high temperatures can’t be selected, which is great if the whole family will be using it. There is also a delayed shutdown feature which flushes away the leftover hot water, which will keep limescale at bay and also ensure you don’t get a cold blast of water next time it is turned on.

It is one of the quietest when running, and even the shower head is top notch thanks to the five selectable spray patterns. The fitting is easy enough, and the overall usability is just as simple. No wonder it has been awarded Best Buy titles and tops a whole host of other review pages.

We like

  • Design
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Good price

We dislike

  • Could say that the shower head design lets it down a bit

Final Verdict

Stable heat and pressure, and very stylish design - there is little more you could ask of it

+ Specifications

  • Power: 9.5kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Dimensions: 49.2 x 34 x 15.4 cm

Mira Showers 1.1746.008 Sport Max

Showers use a lot of water, and these showers also use electricity. If you’re concerned about not just keeping costs down but also keeping energy usage down to help the planet, then this model is packed with technology which can help you get the most out of it without using up precious resources.

Airboost technology increases the flow by up to 30 percent without using any more water, and you can also flick to the eco setting so you get the exact pressure and experience you want.

Not only is there an eco friendly setting, but the shower head is efficient too. It is nice and large at 110mm and four sprays, with good water pressure given out, meaning you’ll probably be stood under there for less time than with some other models.

Furthermore, Clearscale technology reduces the likelihood of limescale by up to 50%, so it’ll be longer before you have the thoroughly clean the shower head and you won’t find yourself standing there with an underwhelming amount of pressure.

When you do ramp up the power, the noise also gets a boost, but it isn’t so loud that it becomes uncomfortable. Mira is a quality brand, and this piece of kit shows that off well.

We like

  • Airboost option makes a big difference
  • Shower head is nice size
  • Simple to keep clean

We dislike

  • On the louder side

Final Verdict

Plenty of extra features to get the water just how you like it, and it isn’t a bad price for such a great item

+ Specifications

  • Power: 9.0kW, 10.8kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 21.5 x 35.8 cm

Triton Enrich White

If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful, yet don’t want to be let down by poor performance, you’d probably think that going for one of the lowest priced showers around would be a big mistake and you need to invest that little bit more.

Well, we will have to prove you wrong there. This Triton Enrich may well be just over £50, but its performance would put it in the range of ones over double the cost. For not much more than the absolute cheapest ones around (under £50), you get a huge upgrade in performance and style.

It is great if you are replacing an old unit, as there are multiple cable entry points. This gives you flexibility when installing as you can adapt it to your bathroom layout or any old fittings/holes. It can, of course, also be installed as a brand new first shower, and would be ideal in a rental property.

There is an eco setting which can help keep your bills down, and a high and low setting will help when you want to have a long relaxing shower or a quick powerful get-up-and-go wash. It isn’t the prettiest, but for the money, it is as good as you could possibly get and more.

We like

  • Price
  • Easy to fit
  • Good range of settings

We dislike

  • Shower head isn’t the best

Final Verdict

We were very surprised at just how good this shower was - proof that you don’t have to spend a fortune for quality

+ Specifications

  • Power: 8.5 kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Flow Rate: 8l/min
  • Dimensions: 30 x 21 x 11cm

Mira Decor Dual

Clean and contemporary while giving you a great level of choice when it comes to how you like your shower, this Mira is for those who love a bit of style.

The 90mm handset with its wide spray coverage is great when time is short, or you’re just having a quick body shower. But there is also a 200mm deluge head for a bit more of a power-shower feel. Many of you out there will probably only get a chance to relax when you’re in the bathroom, so it is the perfect way to enjoy a peaceful few moments.

Separate flow and temperature controls give you the choice of heat and force. When you are done, just press the off button, and then the settings will remain in place for when it is next turned on.

It comes in three finishes – White, Warm Silver and Black Onyx – so there is an option for every bathroom. Cleaning it is easy thanks to the flat surfaces, and clearscale™ technology reduces the risk of limescale by up to 50%.

We like

  • Flexible fitting
  • Aesthetics
  • Easy to care for

We dislike

  • One of the pricier picks

Final Verdict

One of the pricier options, but the perfect mix between the convenience of an electric shower and the style of a built-in traditional

+ Specifications

  • Power: 10.8 kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Flow Rate: 4l/min
  • Dimensions: 33.2 x 22 x 97.4cm

Triton Seville

Available in four different power levels, this is a shower which will suit everybody’s needs.

We have chosen to review the 10.5kW model because it isn’t that much more than the 7.5kW model if it is an appropriate fit for your bathroom. It features multiple cable and water entry points which makes it a fab choice if you are replacing an existing electric shower kit.

The shower head gives out a lovely amount of water and is easy to clean with a simple wipe after use.

It is great value, with all models coming in well under £100. The head only gives out one spray pattern, so if you’re fussy about this kind of thing, you may want to replace it at a later date. But it is a very popular model, and many reviewers still say it is surprisingly efficient despite being on the basic side.

We like

  • Cost
  • Build is substantial

We dislike

  • Shower head is very basic

Final Verdict

There are a few which are just as good available for a bit less cost, but this model feels strong and is easy to take care of which makes it worth the investment

+ Specifications

  • Power: 7.5kW, 8.5kW, 9.5kW, 10.5kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Flow Rate: Min 11 l/min
  • Dimensions: 58 x 26 x 17 cm

Bristan CHE95 W

With a choice of two pressure powers, there is a good chance that this particular shower model will be able to fit perfectly into your home.

Bristan is pretty much the biggest name in the tap world, and they supply hospitals, schools, hotels as well as estimating that they are in approximately every 1 out of 4 homes in the UK. So there was a lot of pressure riding on this review.

Thankfully, it passed with flying colours. It is easy to fit, with a one push water connector and a multitude of water entry points in case you are replacing an old unit.

The shower head flow isn’t amazing, so don’t expect to be able to recreate the Herbal Essences advert. But it is simple to use, and is overall a quality item for the price bracket. The instruction manual contains in-depth installation instructions as a bonus, in case you are confident and equipped enough to do the job yourself.

We like

  • Clean design
  • Good instructions
  • Plenty of installation points

We dislike

  • Seems to deliver a bit less pressure than it advertises

Final Verdict

A good price, and a reliable overall unit

+ Specifications

  • Power: 8.5kW, 9.5kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Dimensions: 10 x 19.5 x 30.5 cm

Redring Pure

Redring is another big name in the bathroom tap world. This is one of the cheapest on our list but still deserves its place as it is great value for money.

It is perfect for those of you who are conscious about cost but still want something worth your while and are concerned about the look of the shower. The 600mm riser rail gives you plenty of room to adjust the height of the shower head, so the entire family or household can easily fit comfortably under the water jets.

You also get a 1-metre long anti-kink hose, which solves the common issue where the tube usually twists all around itself when you go to put it back. The shower head is only a single mode model, but it gives good coverage so will ensure you can get all of the suds washed out of your hair sufficiently.

We like

  • Easy to fit
  • Clean design
  • Price

We dislike

  • Notably on the basic side

Final Verdict

Our budget pick, and while there are a few out there which are better for not much more money, it is still a reliable and clean looking model

+ Specifications

  • Power: 7.5kW, 8.5kW
  • Power Levels: 3

Bristan BL3105 B Bliss 3

One of the most stylish black showers if this is what you’re looking for, the BL3105 is bang up to date.

There are a digital display indicator and touch button power selection where you can pick one of the three power level settings. Warm-up mode will show a light flashing until the water is warmed up to the desired temperature and ready to use, so you’ll never have a nasty shock under ice cold water in the morning.

It has been designed to cover existing installations, so if you currently have a UK shower installed, you should be able to swap them cleanly thanks to the large choice of fitting holes. Anti-limescale technology reduces the risk of build-up by flushing the system through with cold water after use. There is also a visual reminder for when you need to clean the external filter and handset.

Safety is a top priority – the temperature will remain consistent even if a tap is turned on elsewhere in the house, to prevent scalding, and the digital temperature display will mean you have no nasty surprises and can adjust it if a family member likes their shower hotter/colder than you do.

Other reviewers have commented that the temperature can fluctuate a little when in use. It can be set to one level, and change up and down during the shower. This unreliability may put a few people off, but in our mind, it is a great looking shower with plenty of clear controls to make it worth a shot for the cost.

We like

  • Design
  • Clear controls and display

We dislike

  • Temperature can change in use

Final Verdict

A lovely price for the style and modernity

+ Specifications

  • Power: 8.5kW, 9.5kW, 10.5kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Dimensions: 19.5 x 7 x 30.5 cm

MX Group Inspiration QI

Wired for both left and right wiring terminals, this is a shower which should be able to fit seamlessly into any bathroom.

There are detachable corner units for easy plumbing access, when fitting and in case anything goes wrong. The start-stop selection makes it easy to pick up where you left off, and there is a visual temperature indicator which will help you get the perfect spot.

The colour options are the icing on the cake – it is available in full chrome, full gold effect or white and chrome, so there really is a choice for most people. It is a nice price, and despite MX Group not being one of the biggest names in the shower world, this is still a reliable and impressive unit.

We like

  • Effective shower head
  • Available in some ‘out there’ colours

We dislike

  • Buttons are a little stiff to operate (although you could see this as a good safety feature)

Final Verdict

The design may not be for everyone, but it offers great performance and a very reasonable price

+ Specifications

  • Power: 8.5kW, 9.5kW, 10.5kW
  • Power Levels: 3
  • Dimensions: 59 x 26.2 x 13.4 cm

Help and Resources

Electric Shower Buying Guide

How To Find The Best Electric Shower For You

There are a couple of things to think about. The style is an important one if you want your bathroom to look pristine, and there are several shapes and colours all available, which can make a real difference.

Then there are more technical things, such as the fitting and installation, and the control type. The former point is discussed below and best decided by a professional if you aren’t sure, and the latter gives you choices such as dials and buttons, as well as digital displays.

Also, check which kind of water system you have. Those with a combi boiler will probably have a high-pressure system, and those with a cold tank and separate heater will likely have low pressure. Electric showers usually regulate pressure well, but you may have to look into which particular showers can cope with your system as the power has to match the bars.

Installation

You should always get a professional to do this. An electric shower needs to be connected to both your cold water supply and your electric supply, and the two don’t mix very well unless you know what you are doing. It will also have to be hooked up to an on/off switch, which you can use if you want to cut off the power or water to the device.

Because of the complicated nature of the fitting, you should hire an electrician who is Part P qualified. They will be registered on a competent persons scheme such as ELECSA or NICEIC, and are experienced in dealing with electrics and plumbing.

You may want to find someone who can advise you before you buy. Depending on the layout of your bathroom and the pipes, certain shower models may be unsuitable.

Power

Showers usually come between 8.5kw to 10.8kw in power. The higher this number, the hotter and more powerful your shower will likely be.

Triton recommends that you have at least 1 bar of pressure for a 7kW shower, rising to 1.5 bar for a 10.5kW model. You also need to check the cabling and power circuit. A 32A fuse or circuit breaker is needed for a 7kW shower and at least 45A for a 10.5kW model.

Cabling will also need to be looked into. Triton suggests a 6mm cable for a 7kW shower, and one of around 10mm for a 10.5kW model.

Design

Traditionally, electric showers were far off being stylish. They were once large white bulky boxes, and the shower heads were very basic. Along with their growing popularity, however, they are becoming much more fitting to today’s modern bathrooms.

Look out for newer designs from Mira and Bristan if you are bothered by style just as much as performance. The heaters are usually slimmer but just as effective, and there are plenty of colours available other than white.

Price

A digital shower can be bought for as little as £55. Generally, some real bargains can be found too, as those at the lower end of the price scale can still be great performers.

The price can go up to over £300. These ones will likely have more features, such as a digital display, safety locks, maximum temperature and anti-limescale technology included. They could also have better quality shower heads which offer a few spray patterns, more than one head, or longer shower pipes.

Set a budget and you may be surprised about what you can get for your money, but also be aware that if you want high-tech specs to make your electric shower resemble a power shower, you will have to pay for them.

FAQ’s

Why Is An Electric Shower A Good Idea?

You may want to look into an electric shower for several reasons:

  • Low cost – They can be cheaper to buy than a shower set which replaces your entire tap, especially by the time you have bought all of the components
  • Eco-Friendly – They work as a self-contained unit, heating and pumping the water as required. It only needs to be connected to the cold water supply, so doesn’t use hot water from the boiler, meaning that is kept for heating your home
  • Pressure – An ordinary shower only gives out as much power as there is water pressure in your home. As electric showers are self-contained, you can control the pressure they give out
  • Installation – They are great for bathrooms where there hasn’t previously been a shower, and therefore installing a new one would be an expensive feat. If you are fitting a new bathroom, you may also wish to have just an electric shower and connect it to the cold water for a cheaper and easier job

How Does An Electric Shower Work?

Some of the cold water which enters the tank is quickly heated up, like what would happen in a kettle. The hot water is then mixed with the cold entering the tank to provide the water at the temperature you have selected via the thermometer.

It will mean that if your current shower fluctuates between temperatures and also jumps to an extreme temperature if the kitchen tap is turned on or washing machine starts, it will be a thing of the past.

What Are Some Brands To Look Out For?

We have only featured the very best in our list. You will see names such as Mira Showers, Triton, Bristan and Aqualisa.

These are the main names – and they don’t have a heap of competition. But you may also be able to find some other brands and even some own-brand models from hardware or plumbing centres.

Always research a brand before buying to ensure they are reliable and that other people have had good experiences with them, especially when it concerns a major purchase such as this.