How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electric Shower (Is It Expensive?)

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The thing is, it can be really hard to estimate how much something is going to cost when the internet is packed with conflicting information.

It’s good to have a rough idea of how much its going to cost to install an electric shower, so that you can put it aside in advance.

How Much Does it Cost to Install an Electric Shower

To make life a little easier for you, we decided to put together this ultimate guide to shower installation pricing, where to find the person for the job, and the few cases where you might not need anyone at all. You can finally be financially prepared for your upcoming shower installation.

How to Find a Reliable Electric Shower Installer

This is an important question, and a common one when people are searching for a professional to install their electric shower. The best option is to find someone who is a member of one of the self-certification schemes that we have listed below:

  • BRE Certification
  • British Standards Institution
  • ELECSA
  • NAPIT Certification
  • NICEIC Certification Services

You can find skilled and competent workers that meet these standards from your local council’s building control.

Additionally, before they undertake any work, it is essential that they agree to ensure that the installation complies with building regulations and that they take full responsibility for this.

They must also provide you with the BS7671 certificate. This will need to be produced should you want to sell your home so that you can prove that any and all electrical work was carried out safely.

Otherwise, you will need someone to come and check over the work for an additional fee, and you will be liable for any changes that need to be made.

Why Go with a Professional?

The reason you go with a professional is that they are qualified and certified to install the electrical part of the shower. This is a legal requirement, and if you decide to forgo the electrician part, you at least need the local building authorities to come and inspect it.

This tends to have a set fee (this really depends on your local council), and you will need to have any repairs fixed by a certified professional or checked again. If it goes right, you have saved a little cash, but if it goes wrong it could end up being way more expensive.

Your chosen professional will also be
Part P certified, and this is a particular qualification that can be held by both plumbers and electricians - hence you can get someone who is able to perform both parts of the job.


Without this certification, they cannot install an electric shower. There are some cases where the Part P is not required, which we go into detail about later.

Replacement vs New Fitting

There is a pretty big difference between these two installations. If you are just replacing an old shower, all the cables, electrics, and piping are already in place. Therefore, the job is much simpler and tends to involve removing the old unit and then installing the new one.

If you are looking for an entirely new fitting, you can expect higher costs because it will not have any existing wiring or cabling, and this needs to be installed by a professional.


Therefore, the material costs will be higher alongside the labour costs because the work will take longer. The next section shows a good approximate breakdown of what to expect.

A Breakdown of What to Expect

We forget that the installers are often multi-skilled as both plumbers and electricians for this particular job (otherwise, it would certainly cost you more). 


While the price can vary according to who you decide to work with, this is a good breakdown of the kind of price you can expect to pay, depending on the work that has been done.

Job Description

Labour Costs

Material Costs

Replacing the existing shower with a similar unit with no need for a cable upgrade.

£175

£85+

Same as above, but with the need for a cable upgrade (the cost next is in addition to the above).

£125

£50

Installing a new electric shower with no existing wiring or cabling.

£250

£150+

Replacing a pumped electric shower.

£300

£85+

What about power showers? I know this guide is all about the electric shower process, but as power showers are up there as one of the most popular types, it is good to have the rough price breakdown here. It’s good for comparison, and also helps you decide which one you want.

Job Description

Labour Costs

Material Costs

Installation of a new power shower.

£350

£150+

Replacing an existing power shower.

£120

£150+

Generally speaking, you will find that a power shower costs double an electric shower to run. For example, an electric shower would cost around 20p for ten minutes, and a power shower would come in at double that - 40p. There are pros and cons to each, but that’s for a different guide and another day.

Ok, I hear you, but why are the materials so expensive? If you buy the new shower yourself, you will be taking money off your bill. Materials usually refer to the new unit being purchased, and sometimes they may also need to add new cabling and piping.


Picking up your own unit means you have the opportunity to price match and find something that suits you.

Additionally, a new shower unit can cost anywhere between £50 (not recommended to spend this little) and upwards of £300. 


It really depends on what your budget is like and how much you are willing to spend on your new unit. If you aren’t too bothered about price matching, just get it added to your bill.

Do You Need an Electrician for a Replacement Shower?

This is an interesting one. As mentioned already, you need an electrician (or a plumber that is Part P certified) to install and check any new cables or spurs.


However, if you are switching your old electric shower for one that is the same in terms of power level and does not need new cables, you don’t actually need a plumber or an electrician to come and do the work.

The important thing to remember here is that the new shower must have the same power level as the old one, and nothing can be done to the existing cables. 


If any cable work is required, or the shower is more powerful, you will need to call a certified professional out. When you’re swapping for like though, you could save money by just doing it yourself.

How to Install and Fit an Electric Shower

In need of a new electric shower? Has the old one malfunctioned, or are you making a change from the traditional boiler-operated models?

Regardless of why you want an electric shower, the big question remains: how do you install and fit an electric shower?

How to Install and Fit an Electric Shower

This guide is here to answer all your questions with detailed visual guides, as well as answering some of the most frequently asked questions on the topic.

How to Prepare to Install an Electric Shower

There are a couple of things to remember when you are preparing to install your electric shower:

  • They have a minimum water pressure requirement in order to work, and will also have a minimum flow rate on top of that
  • Check your measurements for the handset and the height of the shower box. Can the whole family use it?
  • Clean the area before you install so that you don’t risk cluttering the place further, slipping on soap, or making toothbrushes manky.

What Kind of Electrical Requirements are There?

The electrical requirements are a little complicated, but nothing that you can’t get your head around. The cable and fuse sizes will vary according to your home and the type of shower you are looking to buy. Therefore, we would recommend a 10 sq mm cable as this means you are less likely to need to replace it in the future. Look at it as the universal shower cable.

The electrics will need to be connected to a separate fused electrical supply. You will also need a ceiling double-mounted pole switch for safety (the long cord in your bathroom near the shower). This turns the supply to the shower on and off quickly when needed.

What Kind of Plumbing Requirements are There?

The plumbing requirements are very simple. You will need a mains plumbing supply, and it should ideally have a 15mm pipe (diameter) for the best fit. Other than that, nothing else is needed from the plumbing side of the process.

Are Some Electric Showers Easier to Install Than Others?

Yes, some electric showers are definitely easier to install than others. The simplest ones have multiple entry points for the pipe to be fitted, allowing for a more flexible installation process that requires a lot less fiddling around. Similarly, swivelling water connections are ideal, and they should have plenty of room for the spanner to be placed and used.

The Experts Explain........

Pouse Around the House: Installing a Mira Go Shower

Are you wondering what kind of rules and regulations there are for installing an electric shower? The thing with this video is that the creator takes the time to talk to the viewers about the importance of ensuring that you either hire an electrician for the electrical part, or you adhere to building regs and have an authorised inspection if you do it yourself.

People often forget that
you need electrical experience to install one of these showers safely. It’s one of the longest and most detailed videos, but he takes you through every single step in a clear manner, explaining what he is doing and why the entire time.

If you have questions about the kind of tools being used, he answers them, and the level of detail means that even beginners can try their hands safely and with clear instructions. He also goes through the replacement process as well as installation, reminding viewers that they are likely to need to rearrange existing cables if they are replacing their electric shower.

Plumber Parts: How to Change an Electric Shower

This video offers a clear and concise look at the shower installation process. The creator is careful to go through the most important safety steps before the video begins - switching off the electrics and the water before you get started. Wondering what to do with old screw holes from the previous shower? White silicone is the answer, and it is mentioned in the above video guide.

It does help that this particular video has a little humour injected into it, and this can make it easier to remember the key instructions you need to follow. The key things this video drills into your mind are:


  • Always use a qualified electrician if you are not comfortable
  • Remember to be safe and switch electrics/water off before starting
  • Always read the manufacturer’s instructions, they are all different!
  • Test for leaks and that it is functioning before you say you are done

Triton Showers: How to Install the T80Z

This video is quite short, but it is packed with important information that is explained in a calm and careful manner. It goes through the importance of remembering to check that the shower you are installing is the same kilowatt rating as the old one, and that the water pressure is adequate for the model that you would like to fit in your home.

It takes you through a detailed look at how to remove the old electric shower and install the new one, pointing out key locations (such as the water supply, key cables, and where to place your screws) so that you have a clear view of what you are doing. While it covers a specific shower, a lot of this information is relevant to shower installation in general.

It even shows you how to remove the existing shower kit and fit a new one - things like the showerhead holder and soap tray - to give you a more extensive guide that helps you with every aspect of the process.

BathroomsDotCom: Installation Procedure for a Bristan Shower

The nice thing here is that he provides an easy installation option - one where you can install the pipe on the left or the right-hand side, which also means that if your pipe is coming in from the ceiling you don’t need to worry. He goes through the process in a calm manner, using simple layman’s terms that everyone can understand.

Like pretty much every installation guide, he reminds viewers of the importance of reading the manual before you start work. He also showers viewers how to drill cleanly into tiles carefully and without breaking them, a part of the process that causes many stress and concern when they are trying to install an electric shower.

He also shows and explains how to cut piping to fit into the shower so that you can fit it better. Additionally, he shows you how to trial-fit the shower without the pipe locking into place. For novices, this is an important tip because many of us aren’t entirely sure we are doing things right the first time.

Plumber Parts: Installation and Replacement

Another one that starts by reminding us of how to proceed safely, it is important to remember that your safety comes first - as does that of your home. He goes through each of the steps concisely, not spending too much time waffling, and instead getting straight to the point.

He also takes the time to show viewers where every part of the shower is located, and which ones you need to be focused on for each step.

Additionally, there are some tips on how to drill tiles effectively and without causing any damage. It’s one of the shortest videos on shower installation out there, but it answers the key questions that people have: how do I install an electric shower?

What kind of drill bit do I use? How do I remove an old electric shower? How do I connect the water? All of this and more is answered quickly and yet without compromising the quality of the video.


Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this electric shower installation guide has been helpful. Each of the videos that we have chosen provides a fantastic visual insight into how you can install your electric shower effectively and while remaining safe.

Written guides on the topic are fantastic, but sometimes we need a closer look so that we know what we are doing.


If after reading all of this, you think you need to hire the professionals then we have written a guide "How Much does it Cost to Install and Electric Shower" so you know before you hire, what ball park figure you would be looking at spending.

Want to know more about shower care and installation? You can check out our series of informational guides that cover everything you’ll ever need to know.