LAST UPDATED: 13th Jan 2019

Best Electric Showers in 2019

BEST CHOICE

Grohe Euphoria 180

BEST VALUE

Triton Seville

PREMIUM PICK

Mira Agile ERD

Electric showers are amazingly useful devices. They can heat water instantly, and you do not require a boiler to do so. However, there are some important things you should know if you plan on buying one. Electric showers can be better or worse just like any other product. Some manufacturers produce high-quality devices, other may produce low-quality items. That depends on many factors, but it is important that your electric shower works properly and persistently.

If you buy a low-quality device, then there is a chance it will stop working properly, and you will be without hot water (which is an absolute nightmare - trust me!). You definitely want to avoid such an outcome, so make sure to keep this in mind. It is better to pay a higher price and get something that has a real value and ability to work in the long run, than settling for a cheap device with lesser features.

Prices for a brand new electric shower can range anywhere from £40 for a basic model to £500 or more for a more premium option. But how do you pick one with such a broad range? We have created the ultimate buyer's guide to help you find the best electric shower for you! Enjoy!

Our Best Electric Shower Picks

The Grohe Euphoria 180 shower system is attractive and sleek. It adds an instant designer feel and style to any bathroom. It is made from brass with a great chrome finish. Its swivel arm and rotating showerhead means you can position the Grohe Euphoria to in whatever way you want. The Grohe Euphoria system is very easy to install and comes with the SafeStop button making it suitable for homes with children.

Being a Grohe product you benefit from the ability to set your desired temperature with Grohe TurboStat and the water will stay just how you like it even in the event of the the supply fluctuating. The GROHE EcoJoy feature lowers water usage but at the same time guarantees complete showering satisfaction. The easy-to-use GROHE SafeStop feature limits the water temperature to a maximum of 38˚C. This is great for giving children independence in the bathroom, but of course can be raised for adults if required.

Key Features

  1. 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  2. Scratch resistant and easy to clean
  3. Water saving technology
  4. Balanced spray flow
  5. Anti-scalding technology

Specification

  • Brand: Grohe
  • Model: 27420001
  • Weight: 6.52 Kg

PROS

  • Easy to adjust temperature
  • 5 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Has a rain like shower head
  • Ensures temperature is maintained with Thermostat

CONS

  • Cannot use the normal shower head as well as the "rain" like shower head simultaneously (unlike the Mira Agile ERD)
  • Expensive

The Mira Sport 9 kW comes in at number 2! It features Mira's Clearscale technology which means that it's dual element heater tank runs at cooler temperatures. This was designed to cut down limescale build-up by up to 50% thus resulting in a cleaner handset and unhindered performance. It has a variable stabilised temperature knob and push button controls which work on a “set and forget” basis, so you can just push the “start” button for your next shower and your settings will be remembered. This shower also has a power light indicator tells you when the unit is on and running. It is also quick and easy to install. You’ll find cable entry on both the left and right sides of the unit. As well as this, water entry can either be from the top, bottom, back or side(s) of the unit. This shower comes complete with Mira's Opti-flo technology which enables optimum flow performance all year round.

Key Features

  1. Clearscale Technology
  2. Manual temperature control
  3. Set and forget controls
  4. Quick & Easy Installation
  5. Opti-flo technology
  6. Phased shut down

Specification

  • Brand: Mira Showers
  • Model: 1.1563.003
  • Weight: 3.52kg

PROS

  • Mira's Clearscale technology cuts down limescale build-up by up to 50%
  • Quick and easy installation with several entry points and multiple water entry points
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Anti-scalding technology for added safety
  • 4 Shower head patterns
  • Robust safety feature of phased shutdown

CONS

  • It isn't as powerful as other units out there

The strength this shower will provide shouldn’t be an issue with this Triton Martinique model as it runs at a cracking 10.5kW power level! It has a variable stabilised temperature knob and push button controls which operate on a “set and forget” mode, so you can just push the “start” button for your next shower and your settings will be remembered - pretty clever right? The shower head has five spray patterns with an adjustable holder on the riser rail. In addition to this, this shower system has a phased shutdown, whereby it continues to run for a few seconds after shut down. This is in order to both reduce limescale build up, as well as safety for the next user (by removing any preheated water).

Key Features

  1. 5 Shower Head Spray Patterns
  2. Push Button Start/Stop ('Set and forget' settings)
  3. 2 year full parts & labour guarantee (UK only)
  4. 3 Power settings (Cold, Economy, High Power)
  5. Phased Shutdown (Limescale Resistant Shutdown)
  6. Low Pressure Indicator

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: MOMT014G
  • Weight: 2.92kg

PROS

  • Benefit from a 2 year full parts & labour guarantee
  • Robust safety feature of phased shutdown
  • Plenty of spray patterns
  • Slimline Technology
  • Simple push-button power controls

CONS

  • Not suitable outside the UK and therefore the warranty only covers the UK.

The Triton Seville 9.5kW electric shower is a simple shower system that can pretty much any match or go with any bathroom style. It features controls that are easy to use and parts that can be conveniently put together and installed. It is also simple enough to maintain to keep it functioning properly.

The rise rail that is included offers an adjustable shower head holder as well as a soap dish for added convenience. To put your mind at ease, the Seville comes with a 2 year guarantee on parts and labour (UK only). If you’re looking for an affordable, simple electric shower, the Triton Seville 9.5kW might just be the right choice for you.

Key Features

  1. Rotary power control: Cold, Economy & High Power
  2. Rotary Temperature control
  3. 2 year full parts & labour guarantee (UK only)
  4. Easy clean shower head with single spray pattern
  5. Includes a white/chrome riser rail kit with soap dish and adjustable shower head holder

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: MOSV09SG
  • Weight: 2.6kg

PROS

  • Easy to clean
  • Very simple to use
  • Excellent price point
  • Benefit from a 2 year full parts & labour guarantee
  • Multiple cable & water entry points for easy replacement

CONS

  • Not suitable outside the UK and therefore the warranty only covers the UK.
  • We have seen that the Eco setting may still be too cold for some users

The Triton T80gsi shower system offers an easy fit installation as the water inlet swivels. This allows water connections on the right or left to match to existing connections, which is perfect if it is being used as a replacement.

The controls on this model are similar to the other Triton models, with the usual three power options: cold, high and eco. The push-button start also means you can leave your temperature settings exactly how you like them permanently, as opposed to the common rotary power facility that exists with other models. And unlike other models, this unit offers stabilised temperature control. The shower head offers five spray patterns, allowing you to enjoy a spa-like experience when showering.

Key Features

  1. 5 Shower Head Spray Patterns
  2. Push Button Start/Stop ('Set and forget' settings)
  3. Rotary power control: Cold, Economy & High Power
  4. Rotary Temperature control
  5. 2 year full parts & labour guarantee (UK only)
  6. Easy Fit Installation

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: SFX8008GSI
  • Weight: 3.04kg

PROS

  • Benefit from a 2 year full parts & labour guarantee
  • 'Set and forget' temperature settings allowing you to simply press a button to take a shower
  • Plenty of spray patterns for a great shower experience
  • Easy fit installation

CONS

  • Not suitable outside the UK and therefore the warranty only covers the UK.
  • No phased shut down as with the Triton Martinique model and other premium models.

The stylish and contemporary Mira Agile ERD shower comes complete with a separate deluge "rain" like shower head and regular hand shower massively increasing coverage and performance. Unlike the Grohe Euphoria 180, both the shower head and the deluge can be used simultaneously, dramatically enhancing your shower experience. The thermostat facility keeps showering safe for all the family by ensuring the temperature is stable throughout your shower. This shower comes complete with Mira's Magni-flo technology, which gives up to 3 times more flow than similar mixer showers - even at low pressure, which is pretty impressive. Both the temperature controls and the flow controls are separate unlike most lower tier showers which is very handy, thus allowing you to fine tune and build your perfect shower experience. To top this all off, it comes with a 5 year manufacturer's warranty for peace of mind.

Key Features

  1. Thermostat temperature control
  2. Mira's Magno-flo technology
  3. Separate temperature and flow controls
  4. 5 Year manufacturer's warranty

Specification

  • Brand: Mira Showers
  • Model: 1.1736.403
  • Weight: 4.3kg

PROS

  • Has a rain like shower head that can be used simultaneously
  • Ensures temperature is maintained with Thermostat
  • Magno-flo technology gives up to 3 times more flow than similar mixer showers
  • Easy to adjust temperature
  • Easy to clean
  • 5 Year manufacturer's warranty for peace of mind

CONS

  • Expensive

At number 7, the sleek and modern Triton Collection II 9.5 kW shower is one of Triton's more premium models. It has all the great Triton features we've mentioned. Like the variable stabilised temperature knob and push button controls which operate on a “set and forget” mode, so you can just push the “start” button for your next shower and your settings will be remembered. As well as the five spray patterns with an adjustable holder on the riser rail. In addition to this, this shower system has a phased shutdown, whereby it continues to run for a few seconds after shut down. This is in order to both reduce limescale build up, as well as safety for the next user (by removing any preheated water). It isn't the best performer on the list but it looks absolutely beautiful and is fairly easy to install.

Key Features

  1. 5 Shower Head Spray Patterns
  2. Push Button Start/Stop ('Set and forget' settings)
  3. 2 year full parts & labour guarantee (UK only)
  4. Phased Shutdown (Limescale Resistant Shutdown)
  5. Low Pressure Indicator

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: RECOL209GSWHT
  • Weight: 3.46kg

PROS

  • Benefit from a 2 year full parts & labour guarantee
  • Robust safety feature of phased shutdown
  • Plenty of spray patterns
  • Slimline Technology
  • Beautiful design
  • Strong flow rate

CONS

  • Not suitable outside the UK and therefore the warranty only covers the UK.
  • Fairly expensive

This Aqualisa Quartz 9.5 kW electric shower, though not usually popular compared to the usual name brands, is quite a decent unit. It is built with several safety features. These include the delayed shut down technology, that flushes away leftover hot water making sure the next user has no issues. It also features an anti twist hose to remove the risk of loosening during your shower. Another great safety feature is the Unique Over Temperature Protection (OTP) system, which ensures dangerously high temperatures cannot be selected during a shower. As well as these, this model comes with Harmony Electric shower head with 5 spray patterns and comes in a choice of several finishes: graphite/chrome, all chrome or white/chrome.

Key Features

  1. Push button controls with LED lighting
  2. Unique OTP system
  3. Delayed shut down
  4. 5 Spray Patterns
  5. 2 year guarantee

Specification

  • Brand: Aqualisa
  • Model: QZE10501
  • Weight: 2.1kg

PROS

  • Benefit from a 2 year guarantee
  • Robust safety feature of phased shutdown
  • Plenty of spray patterns
  • Set and forget' temperature settings allowing you to simply press a button to take a shower

CONS

  • We have seen that of the users that do unfortunately get issues, a commonly occurring issue among them is that the on/off button seems to fail.

The GROHE NTempesta 100 9.5 kW is quite the unique electric shower, in that it is one of the few I have ever seen the base model as white and grey! That being said it comes in 3 colours: White/Night-time Grey, White/Frosted Granite and White/Sandstone. In addition to these fancy colours, this model features 3 spray patterns as well as GROHE DreamSpray technology which delivers a constantly powerful but evenly dispersed water flow. The shower head features a shock proof silicone ring designed to help prevent damage if it were to fall - it happens! This shower also comes with a warranty but here's how it works. For the Hand Shower, Rail and Hose you get a 5 year warranty. But on the Electric Shower unit you get just a 2 year warranty. While they are still covered for at least 2 years, it leaves me feeling uncomfortable about this product.

Key Features

  1. 3 Spray Patterns
  2. 2 Years Manufacturer's Warranty
  3. GROHE's DreamSpray technology
  4. Seperate Power and Temperature controls
  5. Push Button Start/Stop

Specification

  • Brand: GROHE
  • Model: 26179000
  • Weight: 3.16kg

PROS

  • GROHE's DreamSpray technology provides a powerful yet even water flow
  • Has Push Button Start/Stop which allows for 'Set and forget' settings
  • 2 year warranty on the electric shower
  • 5 year warranty on the hand shower, rail and hose

CONS

  • The 5 year warranty is only for the hand shower, rail and hose which is quite disheartening. Nonetheless there is still a 2 year on the electric shower unit itself.
  • We have seen that of the users that do unfortunately get issues with this product, a commonly occurring issue among them is that the on/off button seems to fail.

The Triton Kito 10.5kW is one of the higher end Triton showers and is quite similar to the Martinique but the Kito has a chrome design. It has all the great Triton features we've mentioned. Like the variable stabilised temperature knob and push button controls which operate on a “set and forget” mode, so you can just push the “start” button for your next shower and your settings will be remembered. As well as the five spray patterns with an adjustable holder on the riser rail. In addition to this, this shower system has a phased shutdown, whereby it continues to run for a few seconds after shut down. This is in order to both reduce limescale build up, as well as safety for the next user (by removing any preheated water). It isn't the best performer on the list but it looks absolutely beautiful with it's chrome design and is fairly easy to install.

Key Features

  1. 5 Shower Head Spray Patterns
  2. Push Button Start/Stop ('Set and forget' settings)
  3. 2 year full parts & labour guarantee (UK only)
  4. 3 Power settings (Cold, Economy, High Power)
  5. Phased Shutdown (Limescale Resistant Shutdown)
  6. Low Pressure Indicator

Specification

  • Brand: Triton
  • Model: TESKIT01CH
  • Weight: 2.96kg

PROS

  • Benefit from a 2 year full parts & labour guarantee (UK only)
  • Robust safety feature of phased shutdown
  • Plenty of spray patterns
  • Slimline Technology

CONS

  • Not suitable outside the UK and therefore the warranty only covers the UK.
  • No temperature cut-off point

Electric Shower Buyer's Guide and FAQs

Features To Look For In Electric Showers

We have all had issues with a shower at some point or other. Whether it be a shower that has a very weak water flow; one that can’t hold a stable temperature; the ones that never get nearly as hot enough to keep you from freezing - shivering with half the shampoo still in your eyes! A shower simply shouldn’t be like that. Ever. Let's face it, a good shower can really get you ready for the day. But what really is a "good" shower? Here are some features to look out for:

Strong Water Flow - This one seems obvious but some people are actually content with a small drizzle of water. To me and hopefully to you the reader, a powerful water flow really makes a shower a good one - or at least helps it feel like a good one! Usually the factor that determines the "power" is the kW. You will tend to see showers ranging from around 7.5kW to around 10.5kw +. That being said the higher the kW the more expensive it will be to run, so keep that in mind.

Temperature Stabilisation - When it comes down to finding a good electric shower, this feature is quite important. You don't want a shower that will go cold every time a tap in another room is run or the toilet is flushed. Some electric showers are capable of keeping the temperature within 1-2 degrees during those instances. That being said, it is usually the better, more premium models, that are better equipped for this.

Phased Shutdown - I like this as a feature because it means that there is no water being stored for the next user. A simple thing really but it means the next person to shower is not scalded if, like me, you like very hot showers and your partner does not! As well as a safety feature, this also helps combat limescale by reducing it's build up. You will notice that the cheaper electric showers will not have this feature included.

Some kind of Warranty or Guarantee - Another fairly obvious one but still, definitely worth a mention. Typically ALL products (though obviously not disposable ones!) not just electric showers, offer some kind of warranty. But the tricky part is finding out what is actually covered. For example, some electric shower companies will offer a shorter period of cover for the electric shower unit itself but a longer term for the hose or shower head for example. So before you purchase, be very sure to check the warranty conditions with a fine tooth combe!

Push-Button Power Controls - Some people might be quite surprised at this but hear me out! Most electric showers people use tend to have the standard rotary power option which means every single time you want to shower you have to set it to the right power level every time you shower. However, if you have separate push-button power control you will have a separate control (usually rotary as well) that you can permanently leave as is. Meaning that you simple push a button to have a shower, which is a lot more convenient. Even though this is quite a simple thing, the large majority of the more premium models will have this feature as opposed to the more budget options available.

Common Features - Apart from those few listed above that I find are a must, these are some more common features that most or all electric showers will have every time:

  • Soap Dish included,
  • Easy-to-clean finish, some descriptions may say something like "rub-off finish" etc
  • Varying amounts of Shower patterns (though the premium options typically have 5),
  • 3 Power Settings (Cold, Eco, High) etc.

Quite often these very basic features/inclusions are over hyped, but to the experienced buyer, these are to be expected. In fact, it would be hard to find an electric shower without these things!

Best Electric Shower FAQs

Q: How do Electric Showers work?

A: Electric showers heat water on demand when you turn on the unit to take a shower. It takes water from the mains cold water supply and passes it over a heating element inside the electric shower unit. Thus heating the water as you need it.

Q: How do I install an Electric Shower?

A: Every electric shower product includes an installation manual but be warned you will need someone who can mount the unit, connect it directly to the fuse box, connect it to the water supply etc. In order to get your electric shower installed you can do one of the following:

  • Hire a Plumber that is Part P certified
  • Hire an Electrician for the electrical parts of the job and hire a plumber for the water supply work.
  • Use a bigger company to handle both aspects.
  • Post a job listing on MyBuilder to see who can do both (This is what I did)

When we got our electric shower installed, we noticed that many electricians in our area couldn't/wouldn't do any kind of plumbing or even mounting of the electric shower. Or they would say they would outsource it to someone else they knew of. But the problem with this is that we were quoted a much higher price in total, because of course he has to profit on outsourcing the plumbing job doesn't he? In the end we thought let's try posting an add on MyBuilder to see what we get and we found that there were many certified "handymen" that could handle this kind of job. The guy we ended up hiring used to fit bathrooms for a big retail company which was perfect as he had done this many times and could do both without any issues. And because he was doing all of the job AND we listed the job on MyBuilder we ended up saving money.

Q: What is Part P certified? Why is it important?

A: On the 1st of January 2005, the government introduced various new building regulations one of which was the Part P (which is part of a group that runs part A through to part P). The Part P regulation states that most domestic electrical work must be notified to the local building authorities, that being said if the work is carried out by a “competent person” (someone that is registered with the Part P scheme) there is no need to do this.

By law as a homeowner or landlord you must be able to prove that all electrical installation work meets Part P. Otherwise you will be committing a criminal offence! That being said, the electrician (or Part P certified person you choose to hire) will arrange for you to receive a certificate that confirms the work meets Building Regulations, so be sure that they provide something like this - especially if using a 3rd party website to find an electrician.

Q: How do I get a better water flow?

A: Generally the higher the kilowatt rating (kW) you choose, the better the power and flow will be. Before all these modern electric showers existed, to reach higher temperatures, the electric shower needed more time to heat it up and, and therefore released the water at a much slower rate and flow. To combat this, higher kilowatt systems were introduced which meant that the water could be heated faster and water could be released at a much faster rate.

As mentioned in the post previously, most showers range from 7.5kW at the lower end upto 10.5kW and above. My own electric shower is 8.5kW which is more than enough for a good shower, in my opinion.

Q: What is the required water pressure to operate an Electric Shower?

A: For an electric shower to operate it will require a minimum 'maintained pressure' of between 0.7 - 1 bar. A ‘maintained pressure’, sometimes known as the ‘running pressure’, exists when other draw offs (taps being run etc) are being used.

Q: How much does an Electric Shower cost to operate?

A: This question depends on several factors. An obvious one being that it depends on how much you pay for your electricity. Let's take British Gas for example, who at the moment charge 14.72p per kWh (Kilowatt hour). The other factor is that everyone spends varying amounts of time in the shower. According to Statista, the average amount of time spent in the shower is 5 - 10 minutes. This works out to roughly 1.227p - 2.454p. The last factor depends upon the kW of the electric shower unit. So to get the final figure you would do 1.227p or 2.454p times the kW of the prospective electric shower that has caught your eye - let's say for example it's 8kW. That works out to about 10p - 20p per shower for a 5-10 minute shower. For the Professors out there, if I have that wrong please let me know!