Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

A shower pump is the perfect addition to any bathroom if you have been suffering from low water pressure and are in need of a more refreshing shower. What do you really know about shower pumps though? Are you prepared for any potential problems and issues, or are you jumping in head-first?

Shower Pump Problems (FAQ) – 101 Guide to Everything You Need to Know

This guide has been created to give you more guidance, and to help you understand more about shower pumps, how they work, and the issues that might need to be fixed down the line.

So, if you want the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about shower pump problems, you better be ready to read below. 

Why is My Shower Pump Not Working? 

There are so many different reasons why your shower pump might not be working, and practically every reason is listed here in this guide for you to look through.

It could be anything from limescale to a leak caused by an excess of pressure or loose seals. Therefore, you should have no problem finding out what the problem is, as well as the potential solutions. 

A Leaking Pump 

If a pump is leaking, that usually means that there is an issue with the seals. These deteriorate over time, and so leaks tend to indicate that they need to be replaced. However, there could be several other causes for the leak in your pumps, and more of the symptoms can be found further down in this FAQ. 

A Cold Pump 

When you install a shower pump, it is important that you do not let it get cold or frosty as this can affect its functionality. The best way to avoid this is to protect it with insulation. By doing this, you keep it safe from the frost and also prevent it from getting cold. 

Noisy Shower Pump Problems

You should expect some noise from your shower pump because they are not silent installations in any way, but excessive noise can prove to be a problem.

It could mean that the pump is jammed, and therefore the impellers are not able to rotate correctly. Generally, this is caused by limescale, seals that have become stuck, or an electrical issue. 

If the pipes are not flexible, it can cause a large increase in noise, and the same goes if there are no anti-vibration feet attached to the base. Improperly connected or placed piping may also create extra noise, as does pipework that has not been supported correctly. 

Airlocks 

This is quite a common problem, and they can end up restricting the flow of water quite substantially. In order to remove the air from the pump, you will need to bleed the system – which is actually quite easy to do. You can find instructions in the next question, below. 

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How to Bleed a Shower Pump? 

Before you start, make sure you shut down the electrical supply for the pump. Then, turn on the shower and ensure that it is completely emptied of water before switching it off again. You can then vent the pump directly by removing the connection pipes.

Blocked Pump Filters 

This is really common in hard water areas because there are more limescale and mineral deposits that build up and end up clogging shower heads and pipes. However, it can also affect the filters on your pump and restrict the water flow.

You don’t necessarily need a professional to come and fix it, and if you feel confident enough you can save a little cash by doing it yourself. Make sure the service valves have been switched off and that the electrical supply has been disconnected.

Once this has been done, you can remove the filters and clean them carefully; removing any limescale and debris. After replacing them, you can reconnect everything and go back to use as normal. 

Can a Shower Pump be Used with a Combi Boiler?

No, you cannot use a shower pump with a combi boiler. This is because they rely on mains pressure, which can be great in some situations, but also means it cannot be used with a shower pump. This is because there is no hot and cold tank, and so it can’t work with a pump because it would need separate hot and cold lines. 

Can a Shower Pump Freeze? 

Yes, a shower pump is just like any other piping system in your home – if it gets too cold it will end up freezing. This can be really damaging for a shower pump, and it should never be allowed to get too cold.

As we mentioned earlier in this FAQ, installing insulation around the pump should help to prevent freezing and rapid temperature drops. When you put the installation in, ensure there is a ventilation system to also prevent overheating. Ideally, a professional should undertake this task. 

How to Make a Shower Pump Quieter

There are a couple of ways you can reduce the amount of noise produced by your shower pump. The first, is with an anti-vibration mounting pad.

This offers you the perfect level of noise insulation, working to absorb motor noise and vibrations from the shower pump. You can also get a sound absorption mat, and this works in a similar way, as well as being an incredibly cheap solution. 

How Does a Shower Pump Switch on?

As soon as you start your shower and the water starts flowing, the pump will get to work. It needs water passing through its system so that it can boost the pressure and push the water out in a powerful stream.

The increased pressure also works against gravity as it travels upwards, which is why your overall pressure from the shower heads are massively improved. 

Further Reading: Tips for Increasing Shower Pressure

How to Connect a Shower Pump? 

The process of connecting your shower pump can be complicated, and we actually have a detailed step-by-step for how to connect your shower pump up that you can read through.

However, we do strongly recommend that you have an electrician and plumber come out to do the work for you so that you know it meets safety standards and has been installed correctly. 

What is a Positive Shower Pump? 

These have been designed to be fed by gravity, and it needs at least a metre of distance (also known as a head) between the bottom of the cold-water cistern and the pump. The gravity feed will then serve to kick-start the pump, pushing water to the shower. 

What is a Negative Shower Pump? 

These are for use in a situation where it will be located at an equal level to, or above, the cold-water tank. This is so that it can take water from the tank and feed it to the shower, and the fact that it is such a compact pump makes it popular for use in bungalows. Plus, the position of the hot water cylinder doesn’t matter either. 

What’s the Difference Between Positive and Negative Pumps? 

The positive shower pumps are gravity fed, and they need a specific amount of distance between them and the cistern. The negative versions are able to be placed at an equal level to the tank, and are also designed to be used in smaller spaces. It all depends on your home and plumbing system. 

Why Does My Shower Pump Pulse?

While it may feel like the issue is with the actual shower pump, it is usually actually caused by a blockage in your plumbing system. This clog will cause a decline in the overall flow rate, creating a pulsing movement in the pump. It can be really difficult to determine exactly what is causing the issue, but here are some of the most common ones:

  • Limescale 
  • Blocked shower heads
  • Blocked filters 

If it is not caused by any of the above, you should call a plumber out to investigate and figure out where the issue is within your plumbing. It is the safest bet for your home, and for your pipework. 

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Shower Pump Does Not Start 

There could be several reasons why your shower pump is not starting up, and most of them are best looked at and repaired by a plumber. Here are some of the main issues that could be occurring if your shower pump won’t start up:

  • It has been installed too far away and so cannot operate correctly
  • There is a blockage that is causing a drastic decrease in pressure
  • There is air in the pipe, and it needs to be bled 

Shower Pump Too Powerful 

Too much power, or flow, can actually become a major issue, even though it may not seem that way when you are taking a shower. How can it be an issue though? The three main problems caused by a shower that is too powerful can be found below:

  • A flow that is too strong can end up damaging the plumbing system
  • It can waste a lot of water, leading to much higher water bills than you were expecting 
  • It can use stored hot water way too fast, leaving none for the rest of the household

If you want to try and fix this, the best thing to try is partially closing the isolator valves on the outlet slide of the pump. Just make sure you do not restrict the flow on the inlet side.

Shower Pump Burning Smell 

A lot of the time, the burning smell is caused by a blockage in the filters. This is because the clog will cause the pump to essentially work against itself, causing the motor to overheat.

Unblocking and cleaning the filter, as well as rinsing any debris from the hose, should get things working normally again. However, you should also get a professional out to inspect the motor and make sure that things are working correctly.

Shower Pump Broken 

If your shower pump is no longer working and you can’t figure out what the problem is, there is only one course of action you can take. You need to call a plumber. They will be able to assess the situation and tell you what’s wrong with your shower pump, as well as fix it for you. 

Shower Pump Buzzing 

A buzzing or humming sound is a strong indication that your shower pump is jammed. If you live in an area with hard water, the most likely cause is limescale clogging up the machine, but it could also be due to a broken impeller. Sadly, no matter the cause, this particular issue almost always ends in the pump being completely replaced. 

Shower Pump Blowing Fuses 

There are a couple of reasons why a shower pump might be blowing a fuse. The first, and most common, is that you might be running too many electrical appliances at once, and the system simply can’t cope with the amount of power required. 

However, it could also be that there is an electrical short or fault within the pump that needs to be looked at by an electrician. Additionally, you could be using the wrong fuse for the pump. Make sure you use the exact fuse the manufacturer tells you to if you want it to work correctly.

Using one that is too powerful will cause it to short because it was not made to deal with that level of current, and one that is not powerful enough will not be able to work hard enough to get the pump working. 

Also Read: How to Fit a Power Shower

Shower Pump Comes on Randomly 

This can also be described as your shower pump turning itself on and off, so one moment it will be working fine, and then the next it’s not. This tends to be an issue seen in the higher end models, but that’s not a bad thing in any way.

The reason it does this is because the pump detects a leak in the system and shuts down before any further damage can occur. If this happens, you should check the system for leaks quickly, and possibly call a plumber out to fix it. 

Shower Pump Doesn’t Start Straight Away 

Sometimes, this is down to a faulty flow switch, and replacing it will be more than enough to get things working normally again. It is also the cheapest choice, so definitely worth trying before anything else. 

However, it is most likely due to there being incorrect space (or head) between the pump and the tank. While this is something you can fix yourself, the safest and most accurate option is to call out a plumber to do it for you. 

Shower Pump Hose Leak 

Leaks need to be dealt with quickly so that you can minimise damage to your home, as well as get things working correctly again quickly. Sometimes, wrapping PTFE tape around the leak will keep it secure, and there is also PTFE sealant that you can try. 

However, unless you are an expert, DIY jobs don’t always last as well as they could, and severe hose leaks may require professional attention. 

Shower Pump Jammed 

If your shower pump is jammed, there are a few things that could be causing it, and you can find them listed below:

  • Limescale has built up and caused a severe blockage 
  • The seals on the pump have become stuck and jammed it
  • The impeller is broken and unable to turn properly

Unfortunately, the prognosis for a jammed shower pump is not usually a good one, and you will often find that the whole thing needs to be replaced. 

Shower Pump on But No Water 

If there is no water, it is usually because there is a blockage that is causing a massively reduced flow through the pipes, sometimes blocking it completely.

This is often because of limescale, but it could also be due to air in the pump that needs to be vented (as described in the “Airlock” section of the FAQ). By clearing the blockage or bleeding the system of air, you should find free water flow returns to your pump. 

Shower Pump Replacement 

If your pump needs to be replaced, you’re going to need to start getting quotes from qualified installers. Generally speaking, you can expect a high-quality shower pump with twin impellers to be around £350 without the fitting cost. In total, you should have £500-£700 set aside so that you can pay for both the new pump and the installation costs. 

Shower Pump Running Dry 

Usually, the main symptom of this is the pump turning itself off every time you go to start it. The reason this happens is because most pumps actually have a protection system in place to prevent damage to the pump if the water supply gets interrupted.

Fixing this involves venting the system of air, something we explain in more detail at the start of this FAQ under “Airlocks”. 

Shower Pump Pulsating 

A pulsing pump means that there is either a lack of water or lack of pressure. So its important to remove the head and and flush any air stuck in the pipes and make sure it is clean so that they can get the pressure back to normal.

How Long Should a Shower Pump Last?

Generally speaking, you can expect your shower pump to last for longer than the guarantee period. They tend to be quite reliable pieces of kit for your bathroom, and the average lifespan for a pump is eight years.

As a handy side note, you will find that most manufacturers will be happy to extend the guarantee by an additional year; and, in many ways, it’s a very reassuring feature. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you learn more about the ways in which you can fix (or prevent) issues with your shower pump. From how to deal with the noise and the temperature, to the ways in which you can solve pulsing and general technical issues.

It’s always good to be fully informed before you have your shower pump installed, and you can never go wrong with a little extra knowledge.

What did you think of our shower pump problem FAQ? Were all your questions answered, and more? Are there places that we fell short? We love hearing from you, so let us know in the comment section below. 

How To Remove Mould From Your Shower (Including Silicone & Grout)

How To Remove Mould From Shower (Including Silicone & Grout)

There is nothing worse than mould in your shower, and as someone who has lived in homes with poor ventilation in the bathroom, I have a personal vendetta against it.

Not only can it cause serious health issues, but it is also unsightly and can leave your bathroom smelling awful if it gets really bad.

It can feel a little overwhelming, and sometimes it seems like a problem that will never go away.

How To Remove Mould From Shower (Including Silicone & Grout)

However, it doesn’t have to be like that, and this is why we have created this epic how-to guide for ridding your shower from mould – including the silicone and the grout. It’s time to say farewell to your mould crisis and hello to a fresh-looking shower. 

How to Remove Mould from the Drain and Walls 

The shower drain tends to be the main place that mould gathers, but you may also find that it creeps up on your shower wall or shower tiles. It might seem frustrating, and maybe even a little daunting, at first, but the way to get rid of it is actually pretty simple.

However, since we are using a lot of bleach here (and throughout the guide), please remember to wear gloves and old clothes (if it splashes, it will leave discoloured spots) while ridding the shower of mould. 

#1 Mix up a bleach and water solution, and make sure there is more water than bleach. Although not too much, because you want it to be relatively strong. Then, pour it into an empty spray bottle.

#2 Spray the solution around the drain and on top of the mould before leaving it to sit for around 10 minutes.

#3 Take a coarse brush and start to scrub the mould away. Hopefully, it will have started to fade a little beforehand to make the job a bit easier on you. For the really tight spots, you might need an old toothbrush or something similar so that you can reach. 

before and after drain cleaning

#4 Rinse the solution and mould away, and you will be left with a sparkling drain. You can use this same method for your tiles and shower walls as well. Just make sure the bleach solution isn’t too strong if you are using it on walls. 

How to Remove Mould from Shower Grout 

This is the first place you will find mould growing because it is porous and holds water for much longer. This method of mould removal uses bleach, so if you have coloured grout, it would be best to use one of the natural methods that we go through later on.

#1 Mix up another batch of the bleach solution (one part bleach, two water) and pour it into the spray bottle.

#2 Spray the mixture onto the affected grout all over the shower. 

#3 Using a brush, preferably nylon, scrub the grout and get the mould off. 

#4 Rinse the grout, and watch the mould and dirty water wash away, leaving everything looking clean and new. 

How to Remove Mould from Shower Silicone 

When trying to remove mould from shower silicone, the process can be a little difficult because of the way the silicone dries and its positioning. So, we have a quick list of things you are going to need before you start our tried and tested method:

  • A basin or bowl to mix the solution in 
  • Bleach 
  • Baking soda 
  • Clingfilm 
  • Paintbrush 

#1 Spoon some baking soda into the bowl and slowly pour in the bleach, mixing it until you get a paste-like consistency.

#2 Take the paintbrush and use it to apply the paste to the mould on the silicone. You can also use rubber gloves if you don’t have a brush to hand. 

#3 Do your best to cover the paste on the silicone with clingfilm, although this can be a bit tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect. Once this is done, leave it for between one and two hours.

#4 Remove the clingfilm and clean the paste away with warm water. If the mould is gone, the job is done, but if it still remains, you will have the start the process again. 

Health Risks

Mould is really bad for your health, especially the black mould that grows in bathrooms. For those with asthma and allergies, it can cause serious breathing issues that can lead to hospitalisation if they are exposed to it for a prolonged period of time.

This is because the mould spores disrupt lung function, making it harder to breathe, as well as irritating the throat – causing coughing and shortness of breath.

Black mould is even able to cause asthma, which can be quite terrifying, and WHO has attributed a significant number of child asthma cases to exposure to black mould in damp conditions.

Even for those who are otherwise healthy, the mould exposure does increase the risk of chest and lung infections, which can cause serious illness. It’s not good for your body to breathe it in, so the best thing is to remove it as soon as possible.

This is also why ventilation is so important, and if you are not able to keep your windows open a crack in the bathroom, or you don’t have any windows in the room, it is worth investing in a dehumidifier.

This will suck the excess moisture from the air and help to prevent the growth of mould and mildew. 

Products: Natural DIY

You’d be surprised by how effective natural products can be when you are cleaning mould from your shower. We have a couple of top solutions that we strongly recommend you try when mould removal duty calls, and you can find them both below.

White vinegar: This amazing natural cleaner is fantastic for cleaning mould, and also acts as a disinfectant. It’s something you should always have in your cupboard for cleaning, and it can be used neat or mixed with water to create an effective spray.

Baking soda: This is also an incredibly effective method for mould removal, and after turning it into a paste with some water, just let it sit on the mould for 20 minutes before using a brush to scrub all the mould away. You can also mix it with white vinegar for something a little stronger.

Borax: Mixing this with a large amount of water is a cheap and easy way to get rid of mould naturally. All you really need to do is scrub the solution onto the area and then wipe away afterwards to get rid of the mould. It’s very effective on tiles and grout.

Clear ammonia: This can be sprayed onto the mould and then left to sit for a couple of hours. Afterwards, it just needs to be wiped away. Remember to only ever use clear ammonia, and to never mix it with bleach as the fumes are toxic.

Hydrogen peroxide: Again, this is a spray, leave for a few hours, and wipe away solution. You should use 3% hydrogen peroxide, and it can be mixed with white vinegar for an extra kick when tackling serious mould on your shower walls.

Further Reading: How to Descale Your Shower 

If you don’t fancy making natural remedies at home, there are quite a few that you can find on the web, each of which contain natural ingredients and no harmful chemicals. We have two of our favourites below for you to take a quick look at. 

Ecozone Bathroom Spray

This particular bathroom spray is made with natural ingredients and no chemicals, so you don’t need to worry about any harsh chemicals coming into contact with your shower.

It is able to cut through limescale effortlessly, and despite using natural plant extracts within its formula, it is also able to destroy mould easily.

Free from allergens and artificial preservatives, it’s a great solution to use if you suffer from asthma or allergies but desperately need to clean your bathroom.

Cruelty-free, made in the UK, and completely vegan-friendly, it comes at an incredibly affordable price and is sure to change the way you clean for good. 

Surethem Mould Cleaning Spray

This particular natural cleaning spray has been specially designed to tackle black mould – the main form that you will find lurking in your bathroom.

The ingredients are all natural and organic, with no nasty chemicals, so you can have peace of mind while also enjoying a clean shower that looks and smells amazing.

It is ready to use, so there is no need to dilute it, and the spray bottle means that application to the affected areas is quick and easy.

It can be used on walls, ceilings, tiles, and practically every bathroom surface for widespread application, and for a litre bottle, the price is quite reasonable. 

Products: Shop Bought 

There are times when mould situations call for something more powerful than the natural solutions, and it is in these cases where the shop bought chemical cleaners are most effective. There are loads of them on the market, leaving you spoilt for choice when finding the one that works best for you and your situation.

We have been through a number of ways in which chemicals such as bleach can be helpful when the mould is really tough to get rid of. Below, you will find two of our top picks for your consideration. 

HG Mould Remover 

A good and trusted brand, this particular mould remover has been designed for black mould, making it exceptionally effective when you are trying to rid your bathroom of it.

The formula is foam, which makes it very easy to apply, and it can be used on silicone seals, grout, plaster, tiles, stone, and essentially every other bathroom surface that needs to be freed from mould.

It only takes 30 minutes to work, and will even help to control re-growth – keeping your bathroom cleaner for longer.

Using it is incredibly simple, and it comes at a superb price for a 500ml bottle. 

Cillit Bang Black Mould Remover 

Probably the biggest cleaning name out there, we all know Cillit Bang, and this particular cleaner has been made to remove black mould.

The strong chemical formula is able to obliterate the mould in your bathroom, without leaving any stains behind, and it will even work to remove them from your shower room walls and surfaces.

The results are visible within a matter of seconds because the solution works incredibly quickly to break the mould down, and there is no need to scrub it in; you just rinse it off gently with a cloth.

It comes in a pack of three bottles, making this an incredible bargain you won’t want to miss out on. 

How to Clean a Shower Curtain 

How do you remove mould from the shower curtain though? While they can be incredibly cute (I have a small collection of printed shower curtains), they can also be massive mould traps that need some serious cleaning and maintenance to prevent them from getting ruined and smelling.

However, the process of removing mould is not necessarily a hard one, and we have two excellent methods for getting the job done. The first of these is by using a baking soda and vinegar solution to remove the mould in question, the steps for which are below:

#1 Remove the shower curtain from the shower.

#2 Place it in the washing machine with a couple of bath towels (these prevent creasing and act like sponges for scrubbing the curtain).

#3 Add half a cup of baking soda alongside your usual washing tablets and start the cycle.

#4 Once it reaches the rinse stage, stop the machine and add half a cup of white wine vinegar and then allow the cycle to finish.

#5 Remove the curtain from the machine and hang it out to dry. The mould should be gone. If not, you can repeat the process a couple of times.

You may find that the baking soda and vinegar method isn’t quite enough though, and in cases like this, you can try our next method. This one uses bleach, which means it is a lot more powerful and so likely to be effective on curtains that are severely mouldy. Here are the steps for you:

#1 Place the curtain in your washing machine with some bath towels, for the same reason as the first method.

#2 In a basin or bucket, mix a solution of a half cup of bleach and a quarter cup of your regular laundry soap. Then, fill the rest with water. Put it to the side, and move onto the next step.

#3 Start the wash cycle, and once the machine has filled with water, you can add the bleach solution. The reason this is done is so that your towels don’t get ruined by the bleach.

#4 Once it has finished washing, hang it out to dry, and the mould should be gone.

Further Reading: Old Shower DIY Makeover

It should be noted that for really bad mould growth you may need to wash it twice this way for the mould to go. If it still remains after two washes with a bleach solution, lay the curtain on a flat surface and scrub it off by hand.

Should this fail, you may be better off purchasing a new curtain and throwing the mouldy one away. You can look at the next section for a few ideas. 

Anti-Mould Shower Curtains and Mats 

Your shower curtain is naturally susceptible to collecting mould, as is the mat you use on the shower floor. While both of these should be kept clean at all times, it’s always worth investing in ones that are mould resistant so that you don’t have to worry so much about their maintenance.

To help you get an idea of the products on offer for you, we have selected our favourite shower curtain and shower mat for you to look at so that you can get some ideas. 

ANSIO Shower Curtain

This polyester shower curtain is ready to hang from the moment you open it, and it is really simple to install. While this particular one is solid white in colour, you can also pick up curtains with gorgeous patterns if you want to mix things up a little. 

Measuring in at 180cm x 180cm, it offers full coverage of your bath or shower, allowing you to wash without splashing water everywhere.

Additionally, it has been designed to be resistant to both mould and mildew, meaning that the maintenance is lower, but that it is also much easier to clean.

For all of this, the price is exceptionally good as well and will fit into any budget comfortably. 

TowelsRus bath Mat 

Shower floors can get really slippery, which poses a threat to your safety and can also make your experience a pretty stressful one. This mat is here to stop all of that, and it is secured to the floor of your bath or shower using a set of suction cups. 

It is made from rubber, which is comfortable under your feet, and the non-slip surface means that you won’t fall over when you are half-asleep and trying to bathe in the morning.

It is incredibly easy to clean and maintain, as it just needs to be washed in warm water, and it is also resistant to mould and fungus – so you don’t have to worry too much. Long-lasting, it comes at a great price and with excellent levels of reliability. 

FAQ's

Q: Is black mould in shower dangerous?


A: yes, not just black mould but all mould is dangerous in the shower and can make you sick in many different ways. 

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has helped you learn all about the ways you can rid your bathroom from mould and mildew, leaving it looking fresh and new so that you can really enjoy your bathroom again.

There are so many handy pieces of advice that you can follow, but we have also gathered some of our favourite natural and chemical products for you to look at.

This is to help you figure out which methods are going to work best for you, but also show you some of the most reliable mould killers on the market so that you can get rid of everything faster and more efficiently.

What did you think of our mould removal guide? Did it contain everything you needed to get your bathroom looking spectacular again, or are there tips you would have liked to see included here? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below. 

Buy The Best Power Showers: Top 10 UK Review Guide

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Low water pressure in your bathroom got you feeling down?

Then you're in the right place. Welcome to our best power showers guide.

What do you want from a power shower? Well, POWER is one of the key factors here. You want it to be able to pump out that water regardless of your water pressure. Durable, well-designed, easy controls, with an excellent selection of features. 

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Allow us to make that happen to you. We’ve taken 30 of the best power showers in the UK and spent over 50 hours putting them through our rigorous testing process to weed out the weak and leave you with the top performing models, including those from Mira and Aqualisa. 

Why? Well, we know you deserve the best power shower there is. Offering excellent performance and UNBEATABLE PRICES. Part of our guarantee is bringing you a whole variety of models to choose from. 

Which one stole the show? We have to be honest and say the Aqualisa Aquastream really blew us away. It offers peak performance and some great features you’re going to want to try out. 

Not sure our editor’s pick has the kind of power you need? Allow us to wash away those worries with a really diverse and high-quality selection of the best power showers you are sure to love.

Best Power Showers[In Order]

1. Editors Pick: Aqualisa Aquastream Power Shower

Powerful, reliable, durable, are three words that can be used to describe the exquisite power shower from Aqualisa. It really boosts the water pressure in your shower, giving you the opportunity to really enjoy it instead of suffering through barely a trickle of water.

Features
  • Size: 16 x 18 x 32cm 
  • Style: Thermostatic Control
  • Flow Rate: 10L, 18L
  • Spray Patterns: 4
  • Finish: Chrome 

Thanks to the thermostatic control, you will find that it maintains a constant temperature at all times and through all conditions.

To do this, it dynamically adjusts the combination of hot and cold water to offset those usual changes (no more shrieks as the temp changes). 

It comes with four different spray patterns, allowing you to tailor your shower according to your needs. This even includes an eco-mode, which helps you save water by using less water. You can switch between modes using a handy pull ring on the head. 

Looking to adjust the flow? That’s no problem. You can choose between two flow rates, one of which is 10L per minute and the other being 18L per minute. Alongside the fully adjustable head height, you can have the perfect shower in no time at all. 

An important thing to note is that this shower can only be used on a gravity-fed system and cannot be used on a high-pressure one. So, before you buy make sure you have the right system in your home for this power shower to get the job done.

Installation is nice and easy, and it won’t take long to get things going. Just make sure to set aside a couple of hours to familiarise yourself with the system and the instructions. Furthermore, it’s just an exceptional looking model that will certainly add some spice to your bathroom setup. 

  • Maintains a constant temperature no matter the condition to keep you a priority 
  • Boosts that pressure high so that you get the shower you deserve
  • Choice of flow rates so that your shower is tailored to your needs
  • Four spray patterns that make every time you step into the shower a new adventure
  • Simple installation that will leave you weeping for all the right reasons

Not sure this is quite the power shower for you? We get that, so why not let us shower (I crack myself up) you with a few more options that might be more to your liking? Check out our runner up from Mira below.

2. Runner Up: Mira XS Event Power Shower

Powerful, reliable, durable, are three words that can be used to describe the exquisite power shower from Aqualisa.

It really boosts the water pressure in your shower, giving you the opportunity to really enjoy it instead of suffering through barely a trickle of water. 

Features
  • Size: 11.5 x 21 x 31cm 
  • Style: Thermostatic Control
  • Flow Rate: 14L
  • Spray Patterns: 4
  • Finish: Polished

Looking for a good time? That’s something this shower can practically guarantee every time you step inside. The way this model increases water pressure ensures powerful jets of water are hitting your body at all times, leaving you feeling clean and relaxed. 

The thermostatic control means that it remains at a consistent temperature, so if you’re tired of that one person who turns the tap on while you’re showering (we see you, don’t try to hide) you can rest easy knowing that your shower won’t be ruined again. 

The pump installed in this model is both reliable and powerful, taking water from the hot and cold water supplies in your home before combining them in the pump so that you can avoid low pressure and keep a steady flow rate, which is pretty nice at 14L per minute. 

The fact that there are four fantastic spray patterns for you to choose from means that you can benefit from a soothing shower that is perfectly customised to suit your needs at the time. As for the controls? Well, they’re easy to read and access for minimal effort and maximum chill. 

The showerhead on this power shower is also easy to clean, with silicone spray nozzles that simply need to be wiped down after use to prevent the potential build-up of limescale and other mineral debris in the showerhead (that hard water life, eh?). 

  • Understated design that just screams modernity for a subtle look
  • Thermostatic controls to keep the temperature steady for your comfort
  • Four different spray patterns so that you can enjoy the shower of your dreams
  • Provides a steady flow rate that ensures you can shower just the way you deserve
  • Easy breezy cleaning that’s sure to keep limescale at bay

Like what you see but don’t have the cash? We get that, and that’s why we’d like to present you with an equally powerful option that comes at a lower price. For those on a budget, allow us to present you with the Mira Vigour below.

3. Budget Pick: Mira Vigour Power Shower

Classically designed, this power shower is sure to liven up your morning. Connecting to gravity-fed systems, it hooks up your hot and cold water before combining them to really pump out the power and fix those low-pressure problems you’ve been having. 

Features
  • Size: 25.4 x 53.4 x 78.4cm 
  • Style: Thermostatic Control
  • Flow Rate (Per Min): 14L
  • Spray Patterns: 5
  • Finish: Polished

The flow rate is steady at a very nice 14L per minute, keeping things consistent so that you don’t have to worry about losing pressure. What’s more, you have five spray settings to choose from - never say we don’t leave you spoilt for choice. 

What we really appreciate is the thermostatic control. This means that you won’t experience a fluctuation in temperature, even if the pressure drops a little or someone decides to switch a tap on. It keeps things steady and consistent (we all need at least one constant in life, right?). 

The controls do not get easier than this, and you will find that they are all located on one simple dial on the main body of the shower. No more where that thing-a-ma-jig when you’re trying to chill, you can just kick back. Oh, and there’s a soap tray, we always like one of those.

If you’re part of the #JustHardWaterThings group, you’ll understand the need for a showerhead that is easy to clean and maintain. Limescale-be-gone with this model, and you just wipe down the silicone nozzles after use to prevent those nasty little minerals from congregating.

  • Affordable price with a stylish design that doesn’t scream cheap
  • Thermostatic control because you’re the king (or queen) of the shower
  • Five spray patterns because you’re worth it, and your body deserves it
  • Steady flow rate to ensure that you’re always having the time of your life
  • Easy to clean and easy to install because life’s too short for hassle

Affordable doesn’t have to mean cheap, and this model from Mira certainly proves that point. However, if you’re still not feeling completely satisfied with our top three, we’re sure the rest of our excellent choices will be more suited to you. Make sure you check them out below.

4. Bristan Hydropower Thermostatic Power Shower


If you’re looking for a terrific power shower, but refuse to splurge, you should definitely check out the Bristan Hydropower Thermostatic Power Showers.

Although it may be a little more costly than some of the alternatives, this product delivers everything consumers will ever need to experience the most relaxing shower of their lives.

The unit is capable of delivering up to 10 litres of water flow per each minute, which will undoubtedly satisfy all consumers.

Features
  • Size: 11.0cm x 6.5cm x 25.5cm 
  • Style: Thermostatic Control
  • Flow Rate (Per Min): 10L
  • Spray Patterns: 3
  • Finish: Gloss White


With the push of the Eco button, you’ll be able to cut down on your home’s water usage and begin saving money instantly.

The unit also comes with a temperature control, which guarantees you’ll be able to achieve the optimum temperature.

This is one of the best electric power showers with pump, so you won’t need to make any additional purchases. Below, you’ll find additional pros and cons associated with this product.

Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Delivers a sufficient amount of hot water
  • Temperature controls for optimization
  • ECO mode helps the consumer save money
  • Very stylish and will look great in most bathrooms
  • Comes with its own pump
  • Handset is equipped with three spray options

Cons

  • A little bit loud


All in all, the Bristan Hydropower Thermostatic Power Shower is a terrific value and will undoubtedly satisfy the mass majority of households.

The installation is easy, the unit is stylish and it can pump out a suitable amount of hot water. Despite being a tad bit loud, it is still one of the best models on the market.

FAQ's

Q: Does this need hot and cold water, or will cold water supply do ?


A: This shower is a power shower and needs a cold feed and a hot feed. It has no element inside, just a high pressure pump and thermostatic valve. 

5. Triton Thermostatic Power Shower


Everyone will want to acquire a power shower, which will be sure to serve his or her needs for many years to come.

If you fall into this category, you should definitely explore the Triton Thermostatic Power Shower.

This unit is fairly affordable and the price tag is definitely justifiable, thanks to excellent features and an extensive 1-year warranty on parts and labour!

Take note that this isn’t a power shower combi boiler and will require access to hot and cold water supply lines. Still, it is equipped with an internal pump, which helps to enhance the water flow rate to 14 litres per minute.

This helps to make this unit one of the most, if not the most powerful electric shower on the market.

Features
  • Size: 21.5cm x 11.4cm x 35cm 
  • Style: Thermostatic Control
  • Flow Rate (Per Min): 10L
  • Spray Patterns: 1
  • Finish: White

Also, the unit is more than suitable for household, which experience low-pressure levels.

For added customisation and to ensure that the unit fits your bathroom’s style, you will be able to choose from two cool colour schemes. The unit’s adjustable riser rail is also equipped with a soap dish for added convenience.

Pros

  • Comes with a 1-year guarantee
  • Adjustable riser rail is also fitted with a convenient soap dish
  • Anti-kink hose is manufactured from stainless steel for better longevity and durability
  • Automatic shutoff turns unit off in event of water supply failure
  • Temperature dial allows for easy adjustments
  • Capable of delivering 14 litres of waters per minute

Cons

  • Slightly noisy


Although this unit is slightly noisy, it is still one of the best electric power showers with pump.

For the price and thanks to the massive benefits, this is undoubtedly one of the better power shower units on the market! Be sure to check it out for yourself right now.

FAQ's

Q: what are the entry points for water?


A: The hot and cold water entry can be from the top of the unit or from the bottom of the unit. Also entry can be made from the rear of the unit at the top entry point using the supplied elbows.

Q: Will this work directly from mains water supply?


A: The power shower gets its supply from the hot water tank feed and does not heat the water up like normal electric showers. 

6. Bristan Hydropower 1000xt Power Shower

There are many consumers that will desire to save a bit of money, when selecting a power shower.

If you fit this mould, you will definitely want to check out this Bristan Power Shower. The unit is affordable, very sleek and will always deliver a satisfying, pleasurable shower.

First and foremost, this unit is equipped with a single start and stop button, as well as a temperature dial.

This combination helps to make the unit effortless to utilise and entirely uncomplicated. Even your children will be able to figure it out, without being repeatedly instructed.

Features
  • Size: 23cm x cm x 23cm 
  • Style: Thermostatic Control
  • Flow Rate (Per Min): 10L
  • Spray Patterns: 2
  • Finish: White

The unit is designed for low pressure, gravity systems and cannot be utilised with others. It is capable of delivering pressures between .1 and 1.0 bars, which will be more than enough for most households.

The handset can be configured to three different functions and can be rubbed clean, without a struggle.

Although this will not work as a power shower combi boiler, it is long lasting and capable of delivering plenty of power.

Pros

  • Installation isn’t overly difficult
  • Very good value for the money
  • Sleek, stylish and easy to use
  • Temperature dial for easy customization
  • Delivers water pressures between .1 and 1.0 bars
  • Handset offers 3 modes and is effortless to maintain
  • Long lasting and very durable

Cons

  • Only works with low pressure gravity systems


When it comes down to it, this is an excellent power shower, which will deliver a good performance each time you switch on the shower.

It is affordable, very stylish and will deliver up to 1 bars of pressure. With this in mind, there really isn’t much that you won’t like about this unit.

If it is compatible with your current plumbing system, it is well worth examining in greater detail right now.

FAQ's

Q: Is this just cold water feed please ?

A: No this product requires hot and cold feed, if you would like more info please feel free to check the fitting details on the bristan website.

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At the end of the day each model featured here will serve you well, but our best power showers pick has to be the Aqualisa Aquastream but we wont hold it against you if yo decide to go with any of the other great power showers featured here

Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know if you have any questions.

Shower Wall Panel Review – Choose the Best Panels for Your Shower Room

Shower Wall Panels? Complete Buyers Guide – How to Choose and Fit

Has the time come for a complete bathroom renovation, or perhaps you just need to fix the shower up? Whatever your reasons, it is important to know what you’re getting and that you are purchasing the best shower wall panel for the job.

To help you figure out which path to take, we have taken the time to create this detailed guide on shower wall panels.

It’s a complete buyer’s handbook on how to choose them, the various types, and everything in between.

We even have a little FAQ at the end to answer all of your most pressing questions, as well as some of our favourite models we have reviewed for you to check out

After renovating my bathroom last year, I felt like I would have benefitted from an article like this one. So here it is for you...

Shower Wall Panels? Complete Buyers Guide – How to Choose and Fit

What are Shower Wall Panels Made of? 

There are actually three main types of material for shower wall panels, and while you may find others out there, the three we go through in this section are certainly the best for the task. 

PVC

This is usually the cheapest type of shower wall, and so is perfect if you are on a budget. This is because it is one of the most common synthetic plastics and can be reformed into numerous shapes – making it a versatile material to use.

These shower walls are also the lightest of the main three, due to the absence of a solid mass in the core; instead using what is known as a vertical cuboid construction.

Their low price does not affect the overall quality either, and you will find that they are just as reliable as some of the higher end products on the market.

They can be used in both residential and commercial environments

Acrylic 

If you are searching for a very slim shower wall panel, acrylic is usually the one you want as they can be up to 5mm thinner than their counterparts. However, due to their dense construction, you will also find that they are heavier than the PVC panels on the market, and this is also due to the fact that the core is solid.

One of the benefits of acrylic is that they can come in a range of bold colours or be semi-transparent, giving you a little more variety when decorating your bathroom. They are just as durable and hygienic as the PVC models, but the increased weight and the material can mean that they are more expensive to buy and deliver. 

Further Reading: Shower Enclosures for Low Ceilings

Laminated 

These are also known as MDF shower wall panels, so when you are searching for the laminated models, you might have this name pop up instead. These are the thickest and the heaviest walls on the market, and in many ways, they are the best one to go for when you are renovating your bathroom.

However, this does mean that they are usually more expensive to buy. The core of this particular type of wall also has a high-pressure laminated backing on both sides, which makes it incredibly waterproof.

You can pick from a massive selection of designs as well – everything from a marble effect to bespoke images that you supply to the manufacturer. It’s an incredibly versatile shower wall panel that really allows for your personal touch. 

What Surfaces Can Bathroom Wall Panels be Fitted on? 

Shower wall panels are often some of the easiest items to fit in your bathroom, and this is mostly because they are quite simple to fit on surfaces that might be deemed slightly uneven. They can also be fitted directly over existing tiles and wall coverings, which makes them hassle-free and a lot less stressful to install in your home.

Of course, a smooth and plastered wall remains the best surface. However, if you are fitting them in a commercial building, then you may find that they need to be attached to batons or to the stud wall.

However, the tradesman that you hire to do the work for you will be more knowledgeable on the topic. If you plan on undertaking a commercial task yourself, we strongly recommend you do thorough research in methods and regulations before you start the job. 

What are the Benefits Over Tiling? 

A lot of the debate over tiling vs panels is down to personal preference, because there are some that like to have a traditional tile in their bathroom, and others that prefer the easy maintenance that comes with shower wall panels.

There are some benefits to using the wall panels over tiling though, and we have listed each of the reasons below for you to consider:

  • Shower wall panels have no grouting and so are 100% waterproof (timesaver) 
  • They tend to be cheaper as they are sold on a per square metre basis 
  • They are quicker and easier to install than tiles (ooh another timesaver) 
  • You can install them over existing wall and tiles, as well as wonky surfaces(timesavers keep on coming here)
  • The installation process itself is cheaper, even if you hire a professional to do it 
  • They need less maintenance and won’t discolour as time passes
  • You can panel your entire bathroom or just specific areas of it 
  • You can panel your floor and ceiling too 
  • Many shower wall panels come with your own design (Probably not a pic of yourself here please) 

Things to Watch Out for: A Watertight Seal Most of the Time 

No matter which material you choose for your shower wall panel, they are going to be waterproof, and that is one of the big factors that draws people in.

You just have to be careful and ensure that the areas where the panels join are fully sealed to prevent any water from seeping through – especially when it comes to the corners. A lot of the time you can use regular sealant(though we suggest some great ones here) or some sealing strips that will help keep everything nice and watertight.

If you are using trims and joints, make sure that they are from the manufacturer of the panels to ensure that they not only fit properly, but that they also work as intended. Every corner and joint needs to be done, and there is no such thing as over-sealing in order to protect your walls. 

Things to Watch Out for

Size and Format 

You will find that you can buy the shower walls in either a panel format of strips, each of which is equally easy to install, with the strips being better suited to small areas that are in need of panelling.

Generally speaking, the average width for the wall panel will be around 1000mm, although there are some brands that will offer you something thinner than 600mm, and others that even go up to 1300mm or more. It all depends on the brand you choose.

Typically, the height ranges from 2000mm to 2400mm, as this is the standard height for most bathroom walls. It is possible to get taller panels custom made if needed. If you are just doing your shower, you shouldn’t need more than two (maybe three) panels and a joining trim.

Further Reading: Guide for Descaling Shower

Styles and Finishes

There are now a huge actually number of designs and styles available for shower wall panels, with the market really evolving over the past couple of years as tech and capabilities develop.

Even If you go with cheaper models and brands, you wont find yourself limited in terms of what you can get for your money

Brick designs are really popular at the moment as are monochrome, but all down to personal taste so you may be looking for bold and bright colours (if this expresses your personality, go-for-it).

As we mentioned earlier, you can even get some manufacturers to print a bespoke image on the panels for you to really personalise it, imagine what you can achieve here.

For many, the extra expense is worth it to create their dream shower, and honestly, the results can be amazing. 

Tile & Brick Effect Bathroom Wall Panels 

As we already mentioned, these are really exciting because they take away from the flat design of the wall panels and add a new dimension to them; creating the illusion of real tiles or brick on your wall can be super effective. We have a few example that we reviewed coming up shortly.

Can You Fix Accessories to Bathroom Wall Panels?

This is such a big question, and the reason it is not in the FAQ section later on is because it is probably one of the top things that customers ask manufacturers before they buy.

The short answer is that yes, you can definitely fix accessories to the shower panels without issue. They have been designed to take things like the shower valve, riser rail, or a soap holder so you won’t have any issues with that. 

However, if you are looking to attach heavier items (like a shower chair or grab rails), it is strongly advised that you install them onto a load bearing wall instead of the panel so that the weight can be fully supported without any risk.

So, there are some restrictions to the accessories you can fit, but the standard ones will be able to be installed without issue. 

Products for Your Consideration

We are committed to finding the best shower wall panels UK for you, and that is why we have gathered a few of our favourite products for you to look at. Our top five are listed below for you to browse through at your leisure.

3 D Natural Brick Design

Offering a realistic design that complements the aesthetics of any bathroom, you have the luxury of being able to choose from six different 3D natural brick designs when you select this shower wall panel. 

Made from PVC, they have been digitally printed to ensure the best possible QUALITY and are also waterproof and beautifully sealed to prevent damage as well as mould growth. There’s no need to worry about grout, all you need to do is attach it to the wall and you’re good to go. 

The tongue and groove fittings hint towards a much higher-end price tag, but you will find that these panels are highly affordable. Lightweight for your convenience, installation is simple, and you will find that the light feel of the panels doesn’t compromise the quality or integrity. 

The matt finish on these 10mm thick panels retains that realistic look and feel - steering away from the often cheap-looking gloss finishes that many budget panels provide. 

Sparkle and Marble  Effect

Who doesn’t like a touch of glamour? A sparkle and marble effect can feel unachievable on a budget, but these wall panels bring your dreams of sophistication to life - all without breaking the bank or leaving your bathroom looking cheap and tacky. 

It uses a simple tongue and groove fitting that doesn’t just make installation easy, it also ensures a watertight seal that requires no grout and no hassle. Maintenance is a breeze too, just wipe down the panels to keep mould and mildew away effectively. 

Made from PVC, it has a matt finish that still retains a glorious sparkle effect, and there are several designs to choose from. Suited to most standard bathrooms and with an excellent thickness of 10mm, it remains lightweight without skipping out on the quality. 

We all deserve to have a bathroom that makes us feel good and relaxed, so why not allow yourself a taste of luxury? 

Modern Carbon Effect

Bringing a sense of modernity and style to your bathroom space, the carbon effect is subtle and yet has a massive impact on the overall feel of the room. It uses the usual tongue and groove fittings to create an interlocking system that is fully sealed to protect your walls. 

This waterproofing also means that you are reducing the risk of mould and mildew, with the only maintenance needed being a quick wipe of the panels when you have finished your shower. While they come with a grout line that could fool a plumber, the real thing is not needed. 

The panels themselves are the perfect size to fit any standard bathroom, bringing the walls to life effortlessly. They are also 10mm thick, which keeps them lightweight during installation while also offering an excellent level of protection. 

Why not take the time to give your bathroom a more contemporary feel with these stunning shower wall panels? 

Grey Matt 8mm Concrete Style

It might not sound like the best style, but in reality, concrete can have the most exceptional aesthetic impact on a bathroom space. It creates ripples on the walls that are reminiscent of some tropical cave, making these panels something your shower NEEDS, and FAST. 

The tongue and groove fitting mean that installation is effortless and quick, so your shower is ready for use in no time at all. Thanks to its water resistance, there is no need for grout either, saving you the messy part of the job and leaving you with nothing but a perfect finish. 

A thickness of 10mm is standard, providing a lightweight feel without compromising the integrity and durability of the panels. They are also the ideal size for standard bathrooms, lining up against the walls perfectly. 

Their low maintenance combined with how easy they are to install means that you are guaranteed a result that not only impresses you, but that pesky mother in law.

Executive Grey Tile Effect

For many, the executive bathroom is a concept that exists only in dreams. For you, it’s about to become a reality. This executive grey tile effect shower gives you the sense of importance you know you deserve, and at a low price you can easily afford. 

Simple installation? You’ve got it with these panels, locking together comfortably in a tongue and groove style that doesn’t just make life easier for you - it also keeps your bathroom water resistant and free from mould and mildew spawning under the panels. 

This is because the locking mechanism creates a fully sealed finish that doesn’t require you to mess around with grout. Making these panels low maintenance as well as lightweight and easy. Plus, their 10mm thickness means that you’ve got plenty of protection and a nice finished look. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the best way to clean shower wall panels? 

Can you put wet wall panels on top of tiles? 

What is the best adhesive for shower panels? 

Is there a waterproof paint for shower walls?

What is the best wall covering for a bathroom?

Can you cut shower wall panels?

To Conclude

Hopefully, this has been an informative adventure through the world of shower wall panels. Teaching you all about the do’s, don’ts, and everything in the middle.

Plus, the products that we have specially chosen and listed here should hopefully be an excellent guide when looking at which panels to buy, and which are going to work with your home and design plans.

We only pick the ones we trust and love, so you have our guarantee that you are getting a reputable and excellent quality result. We can’t wait to hear about your dream bathrooms and the panels you have chosen.

What did you think of our guide to shower wall panels? Did it tick all the boxes or leave you wanting more? We love hearing from you, so please feel free to leave us a message with your thoughts and feelings in the comment section below. 

Best Rainfall Shower Heads for a Great Showering Experience

Best Rainfall Shower Heads for A Great Showering Experience
Best Rainfall Shower Heads for A Great Showering Experience

Who doesn’t dream of showering under a waterfall in some tropical paradise? We’ve all been there in our minds, but what if you could bring that same feeling to reality? 

Now that we have your attention, allow us to introduce you to the rainfall showerhead - your tropical getaway nestled comfortably in your home shower. 

The question is, what should you be looking for in a rainfall showerhead? Well, you want it to offer excellent flow rates, have an excellent power level, and feel just like falling rain on your body. 

To help you make the right choice, we took over 30 of the best rainfall showerheads and spent well over 20 hours testing them to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. With top brands such as Grohe included, you’re in safe hands with us. 

Our testing process includes ensuring that there are plenty of models that fit a range of budgets, but also have the power to provide you with a relaxing and invigorating showering experience


Which of these rainfall showerheads was crowned the winner? The Hiendure 16 inch Stainless Steel model was our top pick, and you’ll understand why as soon as you read our detailed review. 

Not feeling convinced by our editor’s pick? Well, allow us to rain a few more options on you. I know, I’m hilarious, and it just gets better as you go through our guide to the best rainfall showerhead. 

Best Rainfall Showerheads [In Order]

Editors Pick: Hiendure 304-grade Stainless Steel 16 Inch

Serene, sophisticated, calming, these are just some of the words that can easily describe this wonderful rainfall shower.

The falling water feels as gentle as falling rain, and yet it retains the power to clean your body without feeling like there’s a lack of water pressure. 

Features

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Type: Rainfall
  • Settings: 1
  • Shape: Square
  • Size: 16-inch
  • Finish: Polished

It does only have one setting, rainfall, but this doesn’t detract from its versatility or ability to leave you feeling relaxed. The wide circumference of the showerhead is enough to fully immerse you in what you will find is a unique experience (and one you’ll want again and again).

The actual showerhead is fully adjustable, allowing you to tilt it according to your needs so that you are always comfortable. Want the water to run over you while you chill on the shower bench? No problem. Want to stand directly under the water? Easy as. 

Made from polished stainless steel, the finished look has a mirror effect that is sure to improve the aesthetics of your bathroom. When that oh-so-picky grandmother comes to visit, you’ll find she’s speechless once she sees this gorgeous fixture in your shower. You’re welcome. 

Cleaning and maintenance are simple tasks, with clear rubber nozzles that just need a quick wipe after every use. While this is great for keeping limescale at bay as well as other minerals, the fact that the nozzles are clear also means it doesn’t detract from the aesthetics. 
  • Stylish design that fits in comfortably with any bathroom aesthetic 
  • Adjustable showerhead so that you can adjust it according to your needs
  • A rainfall feeling that somehow feels light yet cleanses your body thoroughly
  • Wide circumference to cover your whole body and leave you feeling relaxed
  • Quick and easy to clean to make life easier for you and stop limescale

While this model is what we would call the creme de la creme of the rainfall showerhead world, it might not be quite the right choice for you. Why not see if our runner up from Grohe can sprinkle a little clarity on the situation for you.

Runner-Up: GROHE Euphoria 10.5” Rainfall Shower

This beautifully crafted showerhead is easy to install thanks to the universal connection, and will leave you feeling more than impressed with the results.

It offers you that Herbal Essences-esque escape, one that we all sorely need when the world is turning upside down.

Features

  • Material: Chrome
  • Type: Rain, Massage
  • Settings: 3
  • Shape: Square 
  • Size: 10.5-inch
  • Finish: Polished

It features three spray settings, each of which has been designed for ultimate relaxation. The Rain Spray is soft and soothing, the Jet Spray is massaging and ideal for shampoo, and the Smart Rain Spray offers a little more power while remaining very calming. 

Where are the controls for this? All you need to do is reach up and twist the delicate knob in the centre of the showerhead. From there, you have full control over which setting is activated so that you can tailor your shower to meet your needs. Never say we don’t give you good things. 

The polished chrome finish and slimline profile gives it a modern and minimalist feel. With a 5-year warranty included in the price, you’ll feel even more relaxed because you know you’re covered and that Grohe is confident in their product. 

Cleaning has never been easier, and for fellow hard water sufferers it comes as a relief to know that you can benefit from an easy wipe-down system. Finish your shower, give the silicone nozzles a wipe, and you’re helping to prevent limescale and mineral build-up. 

  • Gorgeous chrome finish that will leave your bathroom looking truly divine 
  • Three fantastic settings to choose from so that you can make the most of it
  • Excellent circumference to leave you feeling as though you’re out in the tropics
  • Easy controls that take a mere moment to reach and adjust according to your liking
  • Hate cleaning? No problem, it’s never been simpler than with this showerhead

While we love this stylish runner up, we know it might not be quite the tropical escape you were hoping for. If this is the case, make sure you check out the rest of our fantastic models below and see if one of them works miracles for you.

Best Waterfall Shower Head From Trusted Brand – Hansgrohe

Sometimes we just need a way to escape, to visit distant lands and experience what nature has to offer.

We might not be able to do that every day, but a waterfall shower head is the perfect way to bring all of that to you. We have the best one on the market for you to look at below. 

The Good

Measuring in at 12” is the perfect size for just standing still and allowing the water to surround you. 

The head is also adjustable, so that you can reach the angle that is just right for you, and it is suited to homes that have high water pressure due to the extra features and functions – the waterfall being the highlight of these. It comes down in a cascade, targeting the neck and back for relaxation.

It’s ideal if you want to unwind, and it works to massage the tense areas of your body while also transporting you to a serene world that is unlike any other.

You also have the choice to use the rainfall setting, or the rainfall with air feature – which creates a lighter and more luxurious flow. It is also easy to clean and maintain thanks to the silicone nozzles, which makes it quite convenient.

The Not So Good

There have been no negative comments or reviews from customers for this product so far. 

Our View

This moderately priced shower head is a good mid-range model that will look absolutely fantastic in any home. With a dazzling finish that any guest or resident is sure to love.

With no negative reviews so far, it has shown itself to be a reliable and effective shower head that will meet all of your expectations and more. Made to last, and with an excellent array of features, you are sure to find the perfect setting for your shower time escape. 

Best Monsoon Shower Head for Small Shower – KES

A monsoon simply screams tropical as the feeling of warm rain surrounds you and you listen to the steady beat as it hits plants and structures outside.

Travelling to exotic lands is not always possible, and that is where a monsoon shower head comes in. Have a peek below, they are so worth it. 

The Good

This shower head has a stunning chrome finish that provides your bathroom with a cool, metallic, look – sure to be admired by both you and those who visit your home. 

The 8” head is ideal for most showers, fitting in nicely and working well in homes that don’t have a great amount of space. The swivel ball on the head allows for the angle to be adjusted while you wash for the perfect clean.

The instant clean technology means that it is never any hassle and it will always keep itself in good condition for you, and it attaches to a standard connector arm for simple installation.

The monsoon setting is ideal for those who want to get away from the stress of life for a little while, and it will also massage the neck and shoulders. It has a setting for every situation, and every mood. 

The Not So Good

Some customers have noted that limescale will still occur in hardwater areas, and so it may not always be able to self-clean. 

Our View

This monsoon shower head comes at a very low and reasonable price, so it fits in nicely with practically any budget.

While there are some who have noted that limescale still occurs in hardwater areas, this is not totally unexpected, and the cleaning required is still quite minimal when compared to other shower heads.

Plus, it offers a beautiful monsoon downpour as well as a variety of other settings to make your evening a peaceful one. 

Best LED Rain Shower Head – Hansgrohe

Why not add a little something extra to your shower? A set of LED lights could be just the thing to really set the mood and provide you with even more relaxation while you wash.

If you think this could be the type of shower head for you, check out the reviews for our favourite model. 

The Good

This LED shower head is wall-mounted for your convenience, offering quick and easy installation that allows you to choose the ideal position for it within the shower. 

Measuring in at 12”, it provides more than enough space for you to stand underneath and get covered in water, and it is best suited to a home with high levels of water pressure. Additionally, you have three spray settings to select.

The standard rain setting is great for a tranquil shower, and the rain air setting has a lighter and more relaxing feel – just like you are standing outside in heavy rainfall.

The third setting is a waterfall, transporting you away to distant lands for an immersive and calming experience. With a line of LED lights to really set the mood, it is a fully customisable way to get yourself clean. 

The Not So Good

Some customers feel that the price is a little high. 

Our View

This shower head does come at a higher price than most, and one that you might not necessarily expect from a shower head. However, it also offers you an amazing experience unlike any other, as well as lighting that helps to keep things relaxed while you stand under the water.

There are a number of different settings for you to select at will – from light rain to a cascade – so that you are able to shower just the way you like to. It’s a great choice, and well worth the extra expense. 

Best Rain Shower Head for Hard Water – Artbath

Hard water areas can be really frustrating, especially as limescale seems to build up so quickly.

As a result, you need a shower head that is good quality and easy to clean, something we have provided for you here.

Take a look at the reviews below and see if this is the one for you. 

The Good

With a very slim and modern design, this shower head encapsulates everything that makes a shower room beautiful, and you will feel as though you are in the lap of luxury when you stand underneath it. 

Measuring at 12”, there is more than enough room to stand under it and be surrounded by water. Plus, it has an adjustable swivel head so that you can angle it according to the way you stand.

It fits standard pipes with ease, and there is an anti-lime scale cleaning system installed that helps to prevent the build-up of lime over time – making it easier for you to clean and maintain.

It is also suitable for homes with low pressure, and there is more than one setting so that you can enjoy different forms of rainfall in order to find the ultimate form of relaxation. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative customer reviews for this model of shower head so far.

Our View

This rainfall shower head comes at a reasonable price, making it relatively affordable and good for a range of budgets and households. With no negative reviews from customers, you are practically guaranteed an excellent and good quality model.

It has a great selection of settings, as well as being ideal for homes with hard water, and the installation process is an absolute breeze. In many ways, it has everything you need and a little bit more. 

Best Adjustable Rain Shower Head  - iBath

Affordability is an important aspect to take into consideration, especially when you are buying something like a rainfall shower head.

This model is sure to have everything you want and need, so it’s worth taking a moment to flick through the reviews below and see what you think.

The Good

This shower head measures in at 8”, which is one of the standard sizes for the smaller models, and is ideal if you have a small bathroom or a shower with limited space. 

The durable stainless-steel material and chrome finish adds some glamour to the design, and it is sure to give your bathroom the lift it needs to be truly inviting. Plus, it is incredibly easy to clean and maintain.

It can be wall or ceiling mounted for your convenience, and if you want to adjust it while you are standing in the shower, then the swivel head allows for just that.

Made to provide you with a shower that feels just like rain falling on you, the pressure is perfectly suited to just about any home, and it has been created to give a more relaxing experience. 

The Not So Good

There have been no negative comments or complaints for this product so far. 

Our View

This highly affordable rainfall shower head comes at a budget price that you simply won’t want to miss. It is a great size that will fit most showers excellently, and with easy installation as well as cleaning and maintenance.

It’s flexible and versatile, with no negative reviews so far. Made to last, this cheap and practical addition to your bathroom will add some luxury and style without breaking the bank. 

Further Models of Rain Shower Head

Here are some further models of rain shower head for you to look at, just in case the ones above do not quite meet your requirements.

Best Rain Shower Head with Handheld Spray - KTIP

This gorgeous 9” rainfall shower head is made from chrome, giving it a great finish that really stands out. The arm attaches naturally to and standard hose, providing you with a more flexible shower that allows for handheld use if and when it is needed.

With the ability to rotate 360-degrees, it reaches any and every angle effortlessly. Working even with low pressure, you can experience the feeling of gentle rain over your body, keeping you clean and offering you a little relaxation.

If a waterfall is more your speed, you can change it to the high-pressure setting – offering more power while you are getting yourself clean. All of this comes at a great price as well, making it an affordable budget model. 

Best Design Rain Shower Head – Vado 

Slim and modern, this square rain shower head has everything you need for a stylish and minimalist look.

Attaching itself nicely to the existing hose, it is easy to install and covers a good amount of space within the shower – making it ideal for those who are tired to cramming themselves under a tiny standard head. 

The chrome finish really adds to the overall aesthetic, and it has two functions that you can use.

The water blade setting offers a lighter flow of water without compromising the pressure, whereas the cascade mode leaves you feeling like you are in a tropical monsoon. With a great guarantee and a reasonable price, it might just ne what you were looking for. 

Buyer's Guide

What is a Rain Shower Head? 

You might be wondering how it is different from a standard shower head, and there are actually a couple of ways. It tends to have a much wider circumference with a flatter head, and the rubber holes are spread apart to allow the water to fall in a manner that is quite different from your classic shower.

This is because the rain shower head is designed to mimic rainfall or waterfalls – depending on the setting that you have it on. It offers a more varied and relaxing showering experience that tends to range from a light drizzle to torrential rain.

The wider head also means that you get more coverage while washing, which means less moving around and extra time to just stand still and relax. 

Why Use One? 

There are a few reasons why you should use a rainfall shower head, some of which are practical, and others that appeal more to the quality of the décor in your home. Why not take a look at our handy list and see if they are going to be right for you? 

Low Water Pressure 

If the water pressure in your home is weak in any way, a rainfall shower head is an ideal solution. This is because it mimics rainfall, which means that it does not need the same level of pressure as a regular shower in order to achieve the same result.

It doesn’t mean you get a weak shower either, the wide coverage and the way in which the water falls mean you can enjoy a really thorough wash with a good amount of pressure. 

Efficient Coverage and Variety 

Due to the wider head, it is able to cover a much larger area than a standard shower head. This means that you don’t need to cram your body under a narrow area just to get washed.

Instead, you can take your time and enjoy the water. There are also a great variety of streams for you to choose from, so you can pick a light rainfall or go all the way to waterfalls and monsoons. 

Relaxation and Luxury 

The way in which things like waterfall shower heads work is by creating a sensation that isn’t too harsh on the skin and leaves you feeling more relaxed. It’s a whole new showering experience and really brings you back into nature, giving you a sense of tranquillity and allowing you to really unwind before or after a hard day. 

Aesthetic 

They also look wonderful, giving your home a more luxurious feel – especially since you will often find rainfall showerheads in five-star hotels. It’s also the perfect way to make your guests feel a little jealous. We all like to show our homes off a little after all. 

What’s the Installation Like?

While the installation of your rainfall shower head can vary massively depending on the manufacturer and the design, there are a couple of general points that can be made about it.

Usually, the installation process is actually very simple, despite the fact that these shower heads often appear and sound a lot more complex than a standard one. In fact, you should be able to install it yourself and without professional help with no issue, allowing you to get under the waterfall that much faster. 

What Features Should You Look For?

There are some features that are more important than others, and we have collected some of the main ones that you should be looking for when you do go to buy a rainfall shower head. 

Spray Quality 

There are some shower heads, usually the higher-end models, that use new technology to create an even more immersive experience.

They add air to the water droplets, which gives the feeling of being under a waterfall when you are washing – transporting you to a whole new location while you wash. Some also produce very realistic raindrops, it all depends on what you want and enjoy. 

Type of Shower Head 

There are two types for you to choose from – wall-mounted or ceiling -mounted – and you need to pick the one that will work best in your home. Of course, this all relates to the way it fits in your shower as well as the positioning of the shower arm (if there is one). 

Style of Shower Head 

By style, we mean the colour and material because you want something that matches the design of your bathroom.

Rainfall shower heads come in a whole variety for you to choose from, so whether you want bronze or chrome, there is one out there for you. Many of them also come in different colours for an even better selection. 

Durability

You need a shower head that is made from good-quality materials so that you know it will be able to last through years of use.

If you go with a brand you know, and trust, will usually yield the best results, as well as being willing to spend a little more. Cheap doesn’t always mean poorer quality, but it does tend to have a greater chance to be. 

What are the Three Main Benefits of Rain Shower Heads? 

Above everything else, there are three main benefits to having a rainfall shower head in your home, each of which we have listed for you below:

Relaxation

They offer you a really calm and relaxing showering experience so that you can make the most of your time and just take some time to chill out at the end of a long day – or in preparation for one. 

Easy to Clean

Most rainfall shower heads have silicone nozzles, which makes them much easier to clean and maintain. Less risk of blockage, all while saving you time and effort. 

Aesthetic Value 

As we have mentioned before, they look absolutely amazing, and they will give your home visual appeal that everyone is sure to be jealous of. The perfect touch of luxury and finesse. 

What to Look for When Buying the Best Rain Shower Head

Before you do go and buy your shower head, there are some things you need to look for when you are browsing the aisles in your local bathroom store. So, if you want the best rain shower head, take a look at these little details. 

How Much Water They Use 

Most of the time, these shower heads use the same amount of water as any other, it is just spread across a greater area.

However, if you buy a waterfall or monsoon shower head, you can expect these to use a lot more because of the increased pressure and demand for water in order to maintain the illusion that you are experiencing one. So, you can have a rainfall showerhead without wasting water – just watch out for the available nozzles. 

Spray Nozzles

We have mentioned the different settings you can get before, but what you may not realise is that there are shower heads available that allow you to flick between a whole range of spray nozzles to allow you to adjust the strength and type.

The more you have, the better, as you can customise your cleansing according to the way you feel and the strength you want. 

Size

You need to make sure that it is actually going to fit inside your shower stall, both in terms of the height and the width of the head, so make sure that you measure everything carefully and accurately before you buy one.

While all rainfall shower heads are wider than standard ones, they do come in a variety of widths so that you can find the perfect fit for your shower. You will find that the sizes tend to be 8”, 10”, and 12”, and while there may be some that are larger or smaller, these are the norm for rainfall shower heads. 

Price

Contrary to what you might think, a shower head as luxurious as this doesn’t necessarily come at a high-end price. In fact, you will find that they come at a whole range of prices, and we have made sure to include at least one from each bracket in the product sections below.

So, you don’t need to be incredibly wealthy to have a little pizazz in your bathroom. 

To Conclude

We hope that this guide has helped you to find the best rainfall shower head for you, and the shower head reviews have given you a hand determining which of these is going to be the best choice for your bathroom, as well as going to give you the best showering experience.

As always, we have made sure that the models we pick come from reliable brands that promise quality, as well as a good selection of prices so that everyone can benefit from the joy that this kind of shower is able to bring.

Whether you want a waterfall shower head for that relaxing feeling while you cleanse, or fancy the tropical feel that comes with a monsoon shower head, we have exactly what you need right here. Your shower will never be the same again.

What did you think of our rainfall shower head guide? Are there any that you would have liked to see or recommended? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

Discover the Best Bathtub and Shower Drain Hair Catchers

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Clogged plughole in your bathroom?

It's the long, thick, clogs of hair you’re pulling from the drain like a shark on a fishing line. 

It SMELLS. It's GROSS. 

Well, say goodbye to your hairy situation with a brand new shower drain hair catcher. You heard us, you never have to pull up those long beasts again. 

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We’ve taken over 50 hair catchers and spent a good 30 hours testing them and putting them through their paces. Why? We want to find the best drain hair catcher on the market that actually works and present it to you in a neat little package. Guess what? We did it. 

Yes, we found models that are kind to your budget, remove hair efficiently, and that stand the test of time. Whether you’re looking for OXO or LEKEYE, we have you covered with a detailed analysis of how they panned out. 

But which drain hair catcher did we think was best? Well, the simple answer is that LEKEYE stainless steel catcher really caught our eye and certainly stood out from the rest. 

If you’re not feeling convinced by our editor’s pick, there are plenty of other options that can get you out of a tangle and leave your drains free from those pesky hairs.

Best Drain Haircatchers [In Order]

Editors Pick - LEKEYE Stainless Steel Drain Hair Catcher

Sleek and modern are two words you can use to describe this snazzy drain hair catcher. Made from stainless steel, it brings a sense of style to any bathroom.Seriously, it makes it look SUPERIOR.

Features

  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Type: Strainer 
  • Detachable: Yes 
  • Weight: 121g 
  • Size: 10.92 x 10.92 x 10.92 cm
  • Suitable For: Bath, Shower 

Made from two parts, the installation is easy and takes a matter of seconds. No fiddly-what’s-this, just a quick snap on the drain and you’re done. It’s so easy a toddler could do it (although it might take them a little longer). 

Cleaning? No problem. This model of drain hair catcher is so simple to clean you’ll be emailing me to ask me why you didn’t buy it sooner. Simply pick it up, wipe it down, flush the hair, and you’re good to go for another round of showering or bathing. 

The drain holes have been carefully designed to allow the water to pass freely without letting the hair sneak past alongside it. 

A little bonus feature? A whopping 1-year warranty that will keep you feeling at ease. While this stainless steel drain protector is made from tough stuff, you know you can be confident in your purchase when the manufacturer feels the same way.

  • Made from stainless steel for durability during every shower or bath 
  • Quick to detach so that you can clean it easily 
  • Easy cleaning, just wipe clean and get back to it, making your life easier 
  • Innovative design that makes installation a breeze with two very simple parts
  • Catches all those pesky hairs effortlessly so that your drain remains clear and free

Not sure you are convinced by our editor’s pick? That’s alright, we know these hairy (hehehe) situations can leave you feeling stressed. That’s why we have a great selection of other models that you can peruse at your leisure. The perfect one is right here.

Best Shower Drain Hair Catcher UK - OXO

OXO isn’t just a great brand, they have also stolen top spot for both of our favourite drain catchers.

If you are looking for nothing but the best, you don’t need to go much further.

Just take a look at the reviews below, and you’ll see why we love this particular model so much. 

The Good

This particular drain cover comes in grey and is made from silicone, which makes it an incredibly flexible piece of kit to have, as well as one that is incredibly easy to clean. 

The stainless-steel top is also resistant to rust, which is quite handy. The material is water resistant for simpler maintenance.

The edges of the drain protector secure themselves to the edge of the shower drain so that it remains in place while you wash, and the dome shape accommodates all types of drain.

The gaps are large enough for ample water flow while running, but will also capture hair and debris efficiently. 

The Not So Good

Some customers felt that it did not stick quite as well as it could have.

Our View

This drain hair catcher comes at an amazing price, offering you a way to protect your drain without spending a great deal.

While there are some who felt it did not stick quite as well as expected, this is very rare, and the majority of customers have found this to be an excellent purchase. Designed to be versatile and make life easier for you, it could be just what your bathroom has been looking for. 

FAQ's

Q: What dimension is this, does it fit most drains? 


A: 7.2 centimetres. Is captured perfectly in bath plughole on a standard bath. 

Q: Which way up should the shower drain be placed?


A: The mesh is slightly concave so as suggested, dome side up is best.

Best Shower Drain Hair Catcher UK - OXO Easy Clean

Another one of our top models from OXO, this shower drain catcher is a little different from the one above, but just as excellent to use.

Take a moment to flick through the reviews below to see what you make of it, and maybe even end up sticking one in your online shopping basket. 

The Good

This particular shower drain hair catcher is flat, so it sits nicely over the top of your drain in order to catch hair and debris.

The flat design means that it won’t get in your way when you are washing, and it has been designed for standard drains while also being made from rust proof stainless-steel.

It is able to catch hair incredibly effectively, and can do this without disrupting the normal flow of water through the drain. The rim is made from non-slip silicone, which both ensures that it doesn’t move while in use as well as protecting you from potentially slipping on it while in the shower. 

The Not So Good

Customers have noted that it is not suitable for sunken drains.

Our View

This shower drain hair catcher comes at a great price, and from a brand that is both trusted and reliable.

While some have stated that it is not suitable for sunken drains, this does tend to be the case for flat covers, and the basket versions or domes are recommended here instead. Otherwise, it is fantastic at what it does, and will keep your drain free from hair clogs for years to come. 

Further Models of Drain Catcher 

Here are some further models of shower drain catcher for you to look at, just in case the ones above do not quite meet your requirements.

Best Walk-In Shower Drain Hair Catcher - Aofmee

This long drain catcher will slide into your existing drain quite nicely as it will fit all standard sizes.

The two sealed rings work with the overall design to catch hair and debris without disrupting the flow of water, so you can rest easy knowing that while it works, you have no need to worry about a flooded shower.

The stainless-steel top hardly sticks out of the drain, which is good for all showers – including walk-in models – and it is resistant to both rust and mould for easy maintenance.

It wipes clean, only needs to be emptied once a week, and comes at an incredibly affordable price. 

Best Hair Catcher for Shower Drain in Chrome – Danco

If you are looking for a drain catcher with a chrome finish that matches the rest of your décor, then look no further.

The stylish design means that it will look like your regular drain, and when it is slipped in it is completely flat for your comfort and convenience.

There is a cone-shaped net attached to the bottom of the drain that catches hair and debris that falls through, with two spare baskets included so that you always have one to hand.

Once full, all you need to do is tip the contents out and wipe it clean, and it won’t disrupt the flow of water either. 

Best Hair Catcher for Large Shower Drain – Joy Old Elf

This particular shower drain catcher is great for larger drains because it is able to stretch over them for full coverage due to the fact it is made from silicone.

As a result, it is also really easy to wipe clean, and the thick rims ensure that the protector stays in place once you have positioned it.

The holes are wide enough to ensure that there is good water flow at all times, but small enough that hair and debris are unable to escape through them.

It comes at an incredibly low price, and makes for a really simple solution. 

Best Hair Catcher for Flat Shower Drain – Veroda 

This is one of the cheapest covers for shower drains we have ever come across, and despite this, you will find that it does a fantastic job.

If you are looking for a hair catcher that is completely flat, then this is an excellent choice as it sits comfortably over the shower drain so that it can catch hair and debris in order to ensure a good and steady water flow while you wash.

It is also wider than the drain to ensure that any sneaky pieces are prevented from escaping, and the robust design means that it will last you quite some time. It’s also easy to remove and clean when full. 

Best Flat Shower Drain Hair Catcher – Slip-X Solutions

Another great solution for those who want a shower drain catcher that is flat, this particular pack comes with two – ideal if you have two bathrooms, or you just want to be able to switch them out regularly.

The fit nicely over standard shower drains, and are secured to the shower floor on each petal (as they are shaped like flowers).

The gaps are excellent for ensuring good water flow through the catcher, while also preventing hair and debris from getting into the drain.

Once full, they just need to be removed and wiped off in order to get them clean, making them very efficient. 

Best Pop-Up Shower Drain Hair Catcher – Umbra

This pop-up shower drain hair catcher is shaped like a starfish and comes in a great variety of colours for you to choose from. You can even pick up a pack of 12 if you feel like you will need them.

The five suctions cups on the edge of the catcher mean that it will remain secured over your shower drain at all times -preventing hair and debris from getting stuck down there while also ensuring a regular flow of water.

The silicone they are made from isn’t just flexible either; it is water resistant and easy to clean, preventing the growth of mould, and also being free from the risk of rust. 

Best Standing Shower Drain Hair Catcher – Umbra

This particular drain catcher isn’t just very affordable; it is also multi-functional. It can be used as a drain stopped if needed (such as when you are in the bath) as well as a drain catcher in the shower.

All you need to do is push the top down to close it, or push it up in order to allow catching and water flow.

The small gaps ensure that hair and debris are caught effectively, and it fits very comfortably over standard shower drains.

It is incredibly easy to clean once full, and once that is done, you can slide it back in and allow it to work its magic once more. A really great little find for every bathroom. 

Best Square Shower Drain Hair Catcher - TRUSTMI

We don’t all have round drains, and so there are times when a square drain catcher is needed. Enter our top pick, this beautifully designed grate in matte black that is sure to suit the aesthetics of your home perfectly. 

It slots into a standard drain easily, providing you with a square top that sits flat in your shower – so there is no risk of stubbed toes when you are washing. 

The grate itself is wide enough to allow for normal water flow while the shower is running, but it will also ensure that all hair is caught as it makes its way down. Once full, it is easy to clean and put back in the drain.

Buyer's Guide

Where to Buy Shower Drain Hair Catcher

There are loads of places you can buy shower drain catchers, and plenty of options if you prefer to buy physically instead of online. Most hardware and bathroom stores will have a  supply of them as well as a small range.

You might even find them in supermarkets, although the variety is likely to be very limited in comparison. Honestly, you will probably find the best selection is online because you will be able to find so many different types, shapes, and sizes.

You can head over to manufacturer websites, but places like Amazon are also able to offer free delivery and great buyer protection. It’s part of why we choose them for our product listings, and you can check out all of our favourite picks later on.

Also Read: Tips for Maximising Shower Room Space

How to Clean Shower Drain Hair Catcher

Cleaning your drain catcher is a really simple and quick task – all it takes is a few steps, and you are good to go. We have listed them for you below:

  • Make sure the water has finished draining, and the catcher is not soaked 
  • Remove the drain catcher (it’s easier and more pleasant when dry)
  • Tap against the side of the bin to remove the hair and debris 
  • Remove any remaining hair with your fingers
  • Rinse the catcher thoroughly 
  • Put back in or on the drain 

How Do I Unblock My Hair in the Shower?

It’s always awful when your shower ends up blocked with hair, but there are plenty of ways to get rid of it – each of which we have listed below for you to flick through:

  • Drain unblocker. This is usually the most effective route to take, and we even have an excellent guide to the best drain unblockers on the market that you can read. 
  • Plunger and tools. This method works very well for smaller blockages, and as long as you plunge with vigour, you will find it loosens up quite quickly. Other tools, like wires and snakes, can be lowered into the drain to pull the blockage up. 
  • You can also pour boiling water down, or a solution of white vinegar and baking soda if you want to take a more natural approach. 

Once your drain is unblocked, remember to take a preventative approach and invest in a shower drain catcher to stop more hair clogs from occurring. 

Things to Consider Before Buying a Good Shower Drain Hair Catcher

Before you decide to buy your drain hair catcher, there are a few things you should take into consideration to make sure that you are buying the right one for your situation and shower. 

What it’s Made of?

You should always check to see which materials have been used to make your drain catcher. Silicone ones are the best for versatility and easy cleaning, whereas stainless-steel models will not rust and tend to be incredibly durable. The material is an essential factor to keep in mind. 

The Design 

Is it a flat drain catcher, a basket, or a dome? The design is incredibly important because it can impact its effectiveness in your shower.

Sunken drains need a basket, regular ones are best with flat catchers, and raised drains have domes as their top choice. Similarly, you should check for a seal as this will ensure no hair gets through and that the catcher stays in place. 

Easy Cleaning 

You should pick up a cover that is easy to clean and low maintenance, as this will save you time and effort as well as reduce the risk of bacteria and mould growing. Most of the models we have listed in the product section below are easy to clean and maintain for your convenience. 

Also Read: Great Shower Enclosures

To Conclude

Hopefully, this guide has been able to help you discover the best bathtub drain hair catcher for you, and the shower drain catcher reviews have ensured that you are able to find just the right drain catcher for your shower.

The great thing about hair catchers for the shower is that they are all pretty cheap, so every model on our list will be able to slip into your budget quite comfortably.

We understand the importance of going with a reputable brand as well, which is why we have chosen the ones that come from big names and have a good rapport among customers. We have models for large drains and small drains, as well as for those who prefer flat covers and those who want pop-up ones.

No matter your preference, we have just what you’ve been searching for. What did you think of our shower drain catcher guide? Are there any that you would have liked to see or recommend? We love hearing from you, so make sure to leave us a message in the comments below. 

9 Best LED Colour Changing Showerheads: Light Up Your Shower

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Our showers are our havens. But what could make this tranquil space even more relaxing? You heard it here first, LED Showerheads.

Yes, we’ve got the perfect bathroom addition for you, and it’s here to transform your showerhead and your bathing experience. 

Best-LED-Colour-Changing-Showerheads

Yes, we hear you. Why would you want an LED showerhead? Aside from the fact that it looks IMPRESSIVE, it is also incredibly calming and can help you to unwind after a long day. Loosen up those shoulders and let the shower take you to a whole other plane of existence.

There’s a lot of LED showerheads on the market, so we have taken the time to test over 40 models and have spent a good 50 hours doing so. Putting them through rigorous testing to ensure that you are getting quality, functionality, and a good price that leaves you impressed.

We do the hard work so that you don’t have to, helping you source a top model that will leave you wanting more after every shower. Every light serves a purpose, and you can read about how each colour can positively impact you below. 

Is there a best LED showerhead though? The Rovtop High Pressure Head certainly left us feeling boneless by the end of its testing period, and in terms of relaxation that’s a great sign. 

Not sure our editor’s pick is going to be the right match for you? Allow us to shine a light on some of the other LED showerheads we have on offer (did you laugh? I did). 

Best LED Colour Changing Showerheads [In Order]

1. Editors Pick - Rovtop High Pressure 7 Colour LED Head

If you’re looking for a soothing array of colours to wind down after a long day, we have quite a treat for you. With seven incredible colours to choose from, you will be left feeling relaxed and refreshed (or you might never want to leave the shower, it could go either way).

Features
  • Power Source: Water
  • Light Colours: 7
  • Controls: Automatic 
  • Size: Standard 
  • Material: Plastic 
  • Water Saving: Yes 


The filtration system on this showerhead is a dream, softening the water and removing impurities so that your hair and skin are able to benefit from a healthier glow. Additionally, it can readjust the pH balance of the water so that it’s gentler on your body (farewell dry skin).

No batteries? No problem, this showerhead is powered by the water flowing through it, making it a better choice in terms of the environment and your energy bill. Did we mention it also saves up to 30% of your water, keeping that water bill nice and low? Yeah, it’s true. 

It might be made from plastic, but it is one tough little device. Not only is the installation a breeze, but it is also resistant to corrosion and will stand the test of time. Furthermore, it is made from ABS plastic which means it is environmentally friendly and gentle on your skin. 

Offering a great boost to the water pressure, you’ll find the massaging spray offered by this showerhead to be more than accommodating. Plus, it has a really subtle design that will blend in nicely with the aesthetics of your home, creating a gentle atmosphere you can be proud of. 

  • Seven magical lights that will leave you feeling calm and soothed 
  • Automatic controls so that you can focus on relaxing 
  • Quality filtration system that softens water for healthier hair and skin 
  • Water-saving features that ensure you use 30% less water every shower 
  • Easy installation and powered by water to save you money on your energy bill

We’d like to see you try and find a showerhead that’s more relaxing than this model. Of course, there are plenty of other fantastic LED showerheads to choose from below, but we think you’ll find that this is the cream of the crop.


2. VeeBath Square 8-inch 3 Colors Changing LED Shower

If you are remodeling your bathroom, you have a big task ahead. There are many decisions to be made.

However, if you want your shower to have a stylish and sleek look, you need to consider a new colorful showerhead. The VeeBath is truly great showerhead, which is embedded with tons of features.

To start off, this is a very affordable product that should fit into any budget. Harsh water buildup is a big problem with most showerheads, but this is something you do not have to worry about with this product.

This showerhead is designed to prevent lime scale buildup, plus the chrome finish really adds eye appeal.

The VeeBath showerhead is integrated with three different color changing LEDs including red, green, and blue.

The nozzles are very easy to clean, so maintenance should be very simple or nonexistent.

The square showerhead measures in at 8” L X 8” W, which is significantly larger than most models. The ½” BSP connection should make this product easy to install, since the standard showerhead connection is ½”.

Pros

  • 5-Year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Very affordable
  • Chrome plated finish looks great
  • Designed to resist harsh water buildup
  • 3 Color changing LEDs
  • ½” BSP connection makes the installation process a snap
  • Constructed out of durable ABS plastic

Cons

  • Does not provide the best water pressure level


Overall, the VeeBath square showerhead will provide your family with unlimited hours of lighting effects, while you are showering. It is virtually maintenance free, which every homeowner can definitely appreciate.

FAQ's

Q: Will this fit a standard shower hose?

A: Yes this is just a standard fitting shower head. 

3. UKayed Showerhead Color Changing LED Lights

Remodeling a bathroom can be hard, because there are so many different accessories that you have to choose from.

With that being said, the UKayed showerhead is a great product that you cannot pass up, because it is embedded with color changing LEDs that will offer unlimited hours of lighting effects. 

This is one showerhead that will not break the bank, but do not let the low price tag deter you from investing in this model.

The LEDs will actually change based on the water temperature. If the temperature is 25 degrees or lower, the green LED will be displayed.

If the temperature is 26 to 35 degrees, the blue LED will be displayed. However, if the temperature registers at 36 degrees or above, the bold red LED will emit beautifully throughout the shower.

The UKayed showerhead does not require electrical hardwiring or batteries. Instead, the LEDs operate on high water pressure and alternating temperatures. 

This showerhead is equipped with a standard 1/2” connector, which should make installation a breeze, since models are equipped with a ½” connection.

Simply just unscrew your old showerhead and screw on the new one. Yes, the installation process is that simple and quick. This product is constructed of heavy duty ABS plastic with a sleek chrome plated finish.

Pros

  • Will not break the bank
  • LEDs colors are based on water temperature
  • No hardwiring or batteries required
  • Easy installation
  • Durable chrome plated finish
  • Constructed out of ABS durable materials

Cons

  • Requires a high water pressure to function properly


If you want to give your bathroom a unique makeover, this is one showerhead that you should not pass up. The UKayed is a very stylish and will provide you and your family with unlimited hours of auto-changing lighting effects.

4. IceMoon Colorful 7 Colors LED Showerhead

If you are interested in turning your ordinary shower into a work of art, you should definitely consider the IceMoon showerhead.

This model is integrated with 7 different color changing LEDs including red, blue, green, yellow, purple, aqua, and orange. You will have the option of showering with the luminous effect on or off. 

The LEDs have a lifespan of around 30,000 and when considering its low price tag, you cannot pass the IceMoon up.

The installation process is very quick and easy, plus you can use it as a replacement or first-time installment.

It does not require a battery or electric power to function, since it actually works by using the water pressure to turn on the LEDS.

The very durable ABS shell is layered with a chrome finish that will endure the test of time. The showerhead measures in at 3.2” L X 1.65” W. 

When combining the showerhead and handle, the length will be 8.9”. You can remove the front of the showerhead, by rotating it in a counterclockwise position, if you need to access the water outlet body.

Pros

  • Extremely affordable
  • Constructed out of heavy duty ABS material with a chrome finish
  • Easy installation process
  • 7 Color changing LEDS
  • Operates off of water pressure (no electrical hardwiring or batteries required)
  • LEDs will last up to 30,000 hours

Cons

  • Light effect is more like a blinking disco ball


Overall, the IceMoon showerhead will provide you and your children with many hours of fun and exciting shower time. For the price, you will not beat this model, so be sure to keep it on your list of prospects.

Buyer's Guide

What Are They

Before rushing any further, you should take the time to learn all about the LED showerhead. What is it? Well, the showerhead is nothing more than a traditional showerhead that is fitted to a shower mixer or electric shower , but there is a major difference.


This type of showerhead can light up your bathroom, since it is equipped with LED lights. These lights are available in an abundance of different colors, including red, blue, green, and many more.

Different Types

At the end of the day, each and every one of the factors above should be considered. By comparing all of these factors, you will ultimately come to a much more informed decision and will end up with a product, which will serve you better.


Below, you will be able to find reviews for the best Led shower head on the market.

  • Handheld – As the name suggests, handheld showerheads are those, which can be held in your hand. They generally attach to the wall, but come equipped with a detachable mechanism. If opting for one of these models, it is absolutely pertinent to examine the cord length. A longer hose is always better and will provide you with added freedom in the shower.
  • Overhead Rainfall – The sprinkler setup is much different. These models are normally square, but they may also be circular. They go above the user and sprinkle the water downward. These setups can be immensely beneficial and can be very relaxing. Just remember that a lot of overhead rainfall shower heads do not usually produce a significant amount of pressure.
  • Traditional – The traditional showerhead attaches to the wall and can be adjusted by the user. When adjusted, you will be able to switch from different streams and pressures. Although these units might not be entirely innovative, they’re great, affordable, and usually deliver a brilliant performance.

How They Work

So, how precisely do these showerheads work? Colour changing showerheads do just that. They utilize batteries and LED lights to add color and lighting to your bathroom’s shower.


Generally, they come with a switch, which gives you the ability to turn the unit on and off, at your beck and call. Some of the more costly and more innovative models can actually switch on and off, as the water does.


Other models do not require a battery, and simply use the pressure of the water to engage the lighting effects.

Different Colours

If you’re a fan of a specific colour, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be able to find colourful showerheads in a wide array of different colors.


The colour changing lights are available in almost any shade imaginable and shopping around will help to ensure that you’ll be able to obtain the specific one that you desire.


Of course, some of these models will actually switch from colour to colour and this can deliver additional benefits.

Chromotherapy Benefits And Lighting Effects

Whether or not you know it, colours can be very impactful on the viewer. This is also true, when it comes to colourful showerheads.


By installing a specific tone in your bathroom, you will be able to reap the benefits associated with the color choice. Below, you will find a breakdown of the various colours and their benefits.

  • Violet – Works in a meditative manner. Can soothe your body, organs and muscles. Violet can also calm your nervous system.
  • Indigo – This shade of blue delivers tranquility and is capable of relieving various types of pains, including headaches, muscles cramps and migraines.
  • Green – Green lights can provide you with harmony and a sense of calmness. This color helps to relax the viewer, as well as other detoxification properties.
  • Yellow – Yellow actually provides the user with a sense of freedom. It can enhance the viewer’s metabolism, while also improving their nervous system.
  • Orange – This colour pushes alertness onto the viewer. It can help you combat depression and discontent.
  • Red – Red can provide the viewer with a sense of courage. It can improve the viewer’s circulation.


When it comes down to it, these showerheads can be very beneficial for a variety of different reasons. By selecting a showerhead, which changes in colour, it is possible to benefit from each of these.


However, sticking with a solidarity colour can be very helpful, if you wish to combat a specific problem or ailment.


Now that you’ve learned all about these showerheads and their benefits, it is time to look at some of the top products on the market. Below, you will find comprehensive reviews for the market’s very best colourful showerheads.



Leave A Comment

Do you have any experiences with the above showerheads? Or perhaps you’ve experimented with another product, which hasn’t been explored above? If so, we want to know about!

Please feel free to leave us a comment and let us know about choosing the best led showerhead. While you’re at it, you should be sure to check out our Best Power Shower Guide right now!

Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

Welcome to our best shower glass cleaner guide. It can feel impossible when trying to remove water marks from your shower glass, never mind the constant streaks and smears.

So the big question is, what should you expect from a good shower glass cleaner?

What is the Best Shower Cleaner? Top Tips How to Clean Shower Glass

Well, you don’t want any smears or water spot marks left behind, and you will want it to be powerful enough to banish grime and grease. But how can you guarantee it will work? 

Well, you’ve got us to help out with that part. We’ve taken the time to test over 70 different shower glass cleaners and spent over 40 hours putting them through our rigorous testing process. With top brands such as Cramer and EcoGurus included, you’ll find the perfect fit.

All of this is because we want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money. Imagine the feeling of satisfaction when you wipe down the glass and see through it clearly. You can have that, and it will fit perfectly into your budget.

But which shower glass cleaner stole the show for us? Well, Cramer Professional took the title with their professional glass cleaner. It’s one we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Better still whilst you can order this on Amazon, we have it available with 25% off. YAY

Feeling less than convinced by our editor’s pick? Allow us to clear that up for you by presenting you with a whole selection that you will find it hard to say no to.

Best Shower Cleaners [In Order]

Editors Pick Cramer Professional Glass Cleaner

German nano technology. That got your attention? Good, it should because this is some seriously advanced cleaning solution. It uses completely natural ingredients combined with this cleaning tech to eliminate grease and grime, leaving shower glass sparkling like a fine wine.

Features

  • Surface: Shower
  • Size: 750ml
  • Application: Daily
  • Eco-Friendly: Yes
  • Dirt Repellent: Yes
  • Warnings: Do not use on Limestone/marble

The fact that it doesn’t contain any of the nasty chemical ingredients found in most supermarket brands means that even the most eco-conscious cleaner can use this product without guilt. After all, nature is the best at removing unwanted grease and grime. 

The beading effect found in this spray means that it is dirt repellent to keep your shower glass cleaner for longer. Furthermore, it will get rid of any mould and mildew on other shower surfaces in one fell swoop (so there is no need to worry about those gruesome green tiles).

Got toughened safety glass installed? This isn’t a problem for Cramer, which will cut through those stains without a second thought and with no damage to the surface. It’s easy to use, just rinse off and squeegee to see the world clearer than ever before.

While it’s tough on dirt, it’s actually very gentle on any coatings on your shower glass. Leaving them perfectly intact while also being cleaned thoroughly. German engineering doesn’t get better than this, let me tell you.

  • A clean so powerful you’ll be blown away when it cuts through dirt and grime 
  • Environmentally conscious? This spray cleaner has you covered 
  • Smoother finish than the backside of a newborn babe
  • German nanotechnology that’s definitely as cool as it sounds 
  • None of those commercial nasties and recommended by the top cleaning gurus

I can see clearly now the grime is gone. I can see everything through that glass. Want to see as clearly as we do? Well, this is the only shower glass cleaner you’re going to need in your cleaning supply kit. Check out the others if you like, but this really is the best. 

wet & forget shower clean

Wet & Foret shower cleaner spray. Using this shower cleaner is exceptionally simple. Once you have had a shower, turn the nozzle on the spray bottle to the ‘on’ position.

Once this is done, you can begin to spray a light mist over all of the wet surfaces, including the glass enclosure simply once a week.

After that you just leave it, there is no need to scrub or rinse. It removes limescale from the glass and helps to prevent a build-up of it in the future.

Ecogurus limescale remover

Ecogurus daily shower cleaner. This nifty cleaner works in the same manner as the other supermarket brands. Spray a light mist after showering each time and leave it.

There is no need for scrubbing or rinsing at any point. However, do not over apply it as this could cause streaking to occur.

It will prevent the build-up of limescale and other soapy scums, and will also leave the glass of your enclosure sparkling. Plus, like all the other brands, it is very reasonably priced.

Make Your Own Daily Shower Spray 

Now we can get into the ways in which you can create your own daily shower spray, which is especially good if you want to avoid the chemicals found in supermarket brands.

Plus, using natural ingredients is much kinder to the environment, and often just as good at keeping things clean and free from bacteria. So, how do you make this amazing spray? Just follow the instructions below:

  • Take half a cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, a teaspoon of dish soap, and a tablespoon of dishwasher powder, before mixing it all in a spray bottle. 
  • Once all the ingredients are in, fill the rest of the bottle with water and screw the cap on. Then, shake it very gently to combine the ingredients without causing them to foam. 
  • Store it away from sunlight, as the sun can cause the hydrogen peroxide to lose its cleaning attributes. 

Deep Cleaning for Showers

There are going to be times when a deep clean is what your shower glass needs, because life doesn’t always give us the option to maintain things on a daily basis.

When this happens, you are going to need to put in a fair amount of elbow grease, and you will also find that your squeegee and cloths will not be enough to get it back to a perfectly clean state.

A lot of this is because soap scum will have gathered on the glass, which can cause mold in the shower and this is not something that wants to go away without a fight. So, what can you do to deep clean your shower?

  • Use a magic eraser sponge or dryer sheets to gently scrub the glass and get rid of both soap scum and hard water stains. Many people swear by these two items, and they are able to work wonders on several areas in the home – including stained paintwork. 
  • Spray the door with white vinegar to break down the soap scum and water stains on the glass. Then, rinse it off and wipe down afterwards to prevent streaking. You can repeat this several times to get really stubborn areas. 
  • Use a bathroom cleaner that contains chemicals from the supermarket. These will work really quickly on the scum, and break it down easily. Often, you only need one application, and if your shower glass is in a really bad state, you might want to save a little time by using these. All you need to do is spray, scrub, rinse, and dry.

A Natural Alternative 

Going for the natural solution can be beneficial for a few reasons. The first is that it is cost-effective, mostly because you are likely to have the ingredients in your cupboard already. Even if you don’t, they cost hardly anything to buy and will last you a long time.

Secondly, they work really well and tend to be gentler on your glass than chemicals. Finally, it is kinder to the environment and far less damaging than using supermarket cleaners. So, here are our top natural alternatives: 

#1 White vinegar

It is the most popular home cleaning ingredient, but for a reason. It has antibacterial properties, disinfects, and is able to break down pretty much any kind of grime that dares to invade your home.

You can fill a spray bottle with pure white vinegar if you have a really tricky area to clean, or you can dilute it with water if you don’t something quite that strong.

Once you have applied it to the glass (leave it for a few minutes on stubborn areas), take a soft sponge and gently scrub the area. Then, rinse it off with warm water, and you’ll be left with a lovely clear pane. 

#2 Baking soda

This is another formidable and popular product for cleaning in the home, and it really is a force to be reckoned with. If you mix it with water and create a paste, you can make a scrub that will see scum and grime go running in no time.

Apply the paste to a soft sponge and then use it to really scrub the glass. Afterwards, rinse it with white vinegar, then warm water, and you can have shiny clear glass. 

Long-Term Solutions for Cleaning Showers

This refers to protecting your shower glass in the long-term, especially if the idea of regular maintenance is not something you feel you can commit to. Obviously, you will still need to clean your shower, but the added protection takes some of the stress away.

It can also prevent scum and watermarks from forming because they won’t be able to stick to the glass. Why? Because of the shower screen protector that you can install.

Usually, these kits come in packs where you gently rub the protector onto the glass after you have finished cleaning it. These then work for an allotted period of time (depending on the manufacturer) to prevent the growth of scum and watermarks on the glass.

You can buy both chemical and natural products as well, giving everyone the chance to choose something they are comfortable with. Application, maintenance, and reapplication tend to be very easy as well. 

Further Reading: Sloping Roof Shower Enclosures

Cleaning Those Pesky Metal Tracks 

The tracks, or rollers, at the bottom of your shower doors, are the perfect place for grime and bacteria to grow and thrive. Plus, they are so often forgotten about that they can become quite filthy very quickly.

They can be really hard to clean, and this is much of the reason they get neglected, but it certainly isn’t an impossible task. Here are a few quick and easy steps: