How Do I Choose the Best Electric Shower?

Solomon Branch

Electric showers work by heating only the water that comes through your shower head. This allows you to save money and allows you to take a shower even if your hot water heater is not working. To choose the best electric shower, you need to consider what how powerful you want the shower to be; what kind of shower head you want; and if you want any extra features, such as wireless technology or special, water-saving shower heads. Typically, the more features the shower has, the more expensive it can be.

A shower head in an electric shower.
A shower head in an electric shower.

Power ratings vary from shower to shower, but the more powerful the shower, the better it will be able to heat the water and produce a more powerful stream. The best electric shower will have a range of power settings, which can be helpful if you live in a climate that has a change of seasons. For example, you can set the power level to a lower rating in the summer time because the water coming through the pipes is naturally warmer, saving you money and creating a more pleasant water temperature.

High-quality electric showers have a range of power settings that the bather can adjust.
High-quality electric showers have a range of power settings that the bather can adjust.

The type of shower head can also vary quite a bit between different electric showers. An adjustable head that allows you to alter the power of the stream can be nice if you want a softer or harder spray. A water-saving shower head can also help save money, although it might not offer as strong a stream. Shower heads on movable riser rails allow you to adjust the height of the shower, which is helpful if multiple people are using the electric shower.

The best electric shower will have advanced features, such as memory settings that remember a setting for each individual user, wireless controls, LCD displays, and push-button settings, which allow you to press one button for a specific temperature. A more feature-rich shower tends to cost more, however. In addition to additional settings, a high-quality shower will also be easy to clean, as electric showers tend to get a lot of buildup of lime and other minerals on the heating element, causing them to quit working. The best electric shower is one that offers a warranty of two to three years, as that usually indicates it will not get the mineral build up as easily.

If you are unsure of what brand would be the best electric shower for your needs, consulting non-biased online review sites is helpful. Talking to professionals that install them, such as plumbers or electricians, is also helpful, particularly if they don’t sell the showers themselves. Electric showers are available at plumbing supply stores, shower and bath specialty stores, and online.

An electric shower uses less electricity than an electric water heater.
An electric shower uses less electricity than an electric water heater.

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