Best Electric Shower Reviews UK 2018: Top 10 Compared

Last Updated On September 21st, 2018

You might be surprised to learn that Americans have never heard of an electric shower unless they’re regular travellers. The technology isn’t used in the U.S. because they violate the country’s electrical codes, although poorly-wired ones are fairly common in Central and South America, here in the UK we have good quality control and safety.

That’s the Americans’ loss; even though electric showers may have a weaker flow than the ones connected to boilers, they’re energy-efficient because they only heat the amount of water you’re going to use, they can get you in and out of the shower in a jiffy, and they can even be used in areas like garages or poolside that don’t have heat or hot water.

Electric showers also prevent the terribly annoying experience of having your relaxing hot shower suddenly turn cold because someone has turned on the hot water elsewhere in your house. That’s because the water you’re washing with is heated inside the shower unit itself, and doesn’t go anywhere near the home’s boiler.

The best electric shower will deliver a wonderful experience, but the quality and performance of these units can vary widely. In reality, many issues sometimes reported have nothing to do with the shower itself; they’re due to poor cold water flow in the home or apartment or improper wiring. However, there are many variables to consider when deciding which electric shower to use in your bathroom and they will play a large role in whether your time under the showerhead is enjoyable or an ordeal. We’ve considered all of them, and here are our findings.

Top 10 Best Electric Showers Comparison Table

Shower NameSpray PatternsPower SettingsSizeOur RatingPrice

Mira Jump

438.5KW

££££

Triton Seville 8.5kW Electric ShowerTriton Seville

538.5kW

£

Mira Sport 9.0kW Electric ShowerMira Sport

449.0kW

£££

Trueshopping Stainless Steel Thermostatic Modern Bathroom Shower Tower Panel ColumnTrueshopping

24NA

£££££

Mira Sport Max

4310.8KW

££££

Triton Martinique 10.5kW Electric ShowerTriton Martinique

5310.5kW

££

Creda 53557581 10.5kW All Chrome Electric ShowerCreda 53557581

3310.5kW

£££

GROHE NTempesta 100, 9.5 kW Electric ShowerGROHE NTempesta 100

339.5 kW

££

Triton Kito 10.5kW Electric ShowerTriton Kito

5310.5kW

£££

Triton Collection II 9.5 kW Electric ShowerTriton Collection II

539.5 kW

£££

What You Need To Consider

top 10 best electric showersBefore going any further, it’s important to note that electricity and water can be a dangerous combination. If you’re not sure what you’re doing, don’t try to install a brand-new electric shower yourself; a qualified electrician who is registered with one of the Government-approved schemes will be sure to keep to the Building Regulations and install your shower safely. Replacing an existing unit with another is a much simpler task that most can handle on their own.

The most important factors in choosing an electric shower are safety and power. You can be sure about safety by purchasing a unit manufactured by a reputable company like Mira or Triton. Power ratings are a different matter since most companies offer a selection of showers that operate at the common ratings between 7.5 and 10.5 kW. The higher the rating, the more water the shower will be able to heat – but the more it’s likely to cost. If a number of people will be using the shower in succession, or you’re a fan of long, luxurious sessions under the showerhead, a higher-rated unit will be worth the extra expenditure. Also, think about the pressure of your home’s water supply – if it’s low, you should think about a pumped or powered electric shower which can increase the water volume dramatically.

Electric showers come complete with showerheads, so take a close look at the heads supplied with the models you’re considering. Most people consider multiple spray patterns, the ability to adjust water flow, and a showerhead that can swivel when in the cradle desirable. A head that’s easy to clean, needless to say, is also a major plus.

A brilliant feature on many higher-end models is the constant temperature control provided by so-called thermostatic technology. Even though you’re not dependent on the boiler for your supply of hot water, the use of mains water in another room can still trigger a sudden drop or rise in your shower’s temperature. Thermostatic showers ensure that the water temperature remains within a few degrees of its setting. The best power shower will also feature phased shutdown, which runs cold water through the entire system after you turn off the hot water to cut down on the inevitable buildup of limescale.

best electric showersInstallation is one aspect most people don’t consider until after they’ve made their purchase. These units attach to the wall by a riser rail, and a long, adjustable rail will give you maximum flexibility to use already-drilled holes. It will also allow you to easily change the height of the showerhead later on. Another positive is a shower with several entry points for power and water, which will make installation much simpler.

Many newer models have additional functions which certainly aren’t necessary, but are definitely nice to have. Digital controls provide full control over temperature and flow settings, LCD screens display information like the current water temperature, and some electric showers will even have memory settings so you can easily save your preferred flow speed and temperature for later use.

Finally, there are the considerations you’d have in mind for any type of shower: anti-kink hoses, noise, colour and finish – and naturally, the final cost. We’ve taken all of these into account in choosing our top 10 best showers you can buy, so you can spend less time comparing and shopping and more time enjoying that relaxing hot shower you’ve been craving ever since you began reading.

Let’s get to it.

Top 10 Electric Shower Reviews List

1. Mira Jump Multi-Fit Electric Shower

Mira Jump

First on the list is the Mira Showers Jump. This company is known for their exclusive Mira Clearscale technology and the Jump is no exception. The showerhead and coils are treated with Clearscale thus reducing limescale build up by 50%. This significantly increases the life of your electric shower and also helps in lessening maintenance costs.

Another great thing about the Mira Jump is the fact that it’s so easy to find a place for it in your shower. This is because the water hose and electrical cable can come from either the left or right side of the unit. This makes it the perfect replacement for your old showerhead because you can use the existing connections when you install it.
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2. Triton Seville 8.5kW Electric Shower

Triton Seville 8.5kW Electric ShowerWe’re now on to “real” electric showers that work from your mains water, and our first product is a lower-powered, lower-priced model from a great British company. An 8.5kW shower isn’t going to be as robust as one that’s, say, 10.5kW. But in many homes it’s more than enough to get the job done. The Triton’s two dials control power (with three settings) and stabilised temperature, there are five showerhead spray patterns with an adjustable showerhead holder, plus a chrome and white riser rail with integral soap dish. There are also five water and wire entry points for easy installation, meaning the Seville can be easily used to replace an older electric shower. The company does make five higher-level models, but this one checks all the boxes for a basic, reliable electric shower.

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3. Mira Sport 9.0kW

Mira Sport 9.0kW Electric ShowerWe’re partial to Mira and Triton products because of their proven track record, and this Mira 9.0kW unit is as good as you’d expect. It’s obviously more powerful than the Triton we’ve just examined (9.0 vs 8.5kW), but it also has a dual element heater tank so it operates at lower temperatures. Why does that matter? The cooler operating temperatures mean there will be less limescale buildup, a particular benefit for those who live in areas where limescale water conditions are a big problem (like many sections of London). There are the usual two control knobs with four operating modes including Eco, four spray settings and an adjustable showerhead holder on the riser rail with integrated soap dish. The Sport isn’t optimal when it comes to entry points with just two for power (but six for water), but it’s a very good performer.

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4. Trueshopping Stainless Steel Thermostatic Modern Bathroom Shower Tower Panel Column

Trueshopping Stainless Steel Thermostatic Modern Bathroom Shower Tower Panel ColumnWow, that’s quite a name – and this isn’t even an electric shower. However, it’s a stunning shower panel for a modern bathroom whether you favor a traditional shower or an electric one. Don’t worry about the “Trueshopping” label; this slim unit is actually manufactured by Hudson Reed and is of very high quality. The stylish chrome panel is slim and contemporary with a fixed rainshower head, two inset body jets and a hand shower, and the thermostatic function maintains temperature extremely well. It requires 2 bar of water pressure which shouldn’t be an issue for most – and it’s simply gorgeous. Just remember this is an addition to a shower, not a shower itself.

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5. Mira Sport Max

Mira Sport MaxIf you’re looking for a powerful and multi-functional electrical shower, the Mira Sport Max is your best bet. Unlike the Mira Sport which is only 9.0KW, this one is 10.8KW. Obviously, it is a lot more powerful than it’s little brother. But that’s not the only thing that the Sport Max brings to the table. It is also equipped with the Mira Sensi-flo technology which helps prevent the risk of scalding by maintaining the water flow in the event that the pressure of the mains supply fluctuates.

Aside from this, the Sport Max also boasts of the Mira Air Boost technology which allows you to experience 30% more flow without consuming more water. This ensures a more relaxing shower each time without having to worry about your water bills hiking up. Of course, it also comes with the Mira Clearscale technology.

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6. Triton Martinique 10.5kW

Triton Martinique 10.5kW Electric ShowerLots of oomph. The strength of your shower shouldn’t be an issue with this slimline Triton model that runs at a 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. There are five sprays on the showerhead with an adjustable holder on the riser rail, plus phased shutdown. The only negative is that there are only two entry points; the positive outweighing that is that the Martinique is sold at a surprisingly low price level. One important note: any electric shower with a 9.5kW or higher power level may require an independent circuit and 10mm cabling. Be sure to consult a qualified electrician if necessary.

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7. Creda 53557581 10.5kW All Chrome

Creda 53557581 10.5kW All Chrome Electric ShowerAnother unit made in the UK, this attractive chrome electric shower provides lots of power, temperature stabilisation, an eco mode, memory settings and phased shutdown, although there are just three spray settings on the limescale-resistant showerhead and there are only single entry points for electricity and water. It’s a beautiful unit at a decent price, though, and we’d be likely to choose it if we were of a mind to favor form over function.

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8. GROHE NTempesta 100, 9.5 kW

GROHE NTempesta 100, 9.5 kW Electric ShowerThe German-made GROHE NTempesta is one of the few electric showers we’ve looked at that is white and grey rather than white and chrome (although the shower hose is chrome-plated), so you should factor that into your decision-making. However, it’s a good performer at the 9.5kW level, and getting up and running is easier than with many comparable units because of the six entry points and the company’s “QuickFix” adjustable brackets, which let you match this shower to holes from previous installations. There are two control dials and three spray settings, but no soap dish or advanced features.

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9. Triton Kito 10.5kW Electric Shower

Triton Kito 10.5kW Electric ShowerNear the top level of Triton’s electric shower models, the Kito is very similar to the Martinique we’ve already discussed, simply adding phased shutdown to the Martinique’s list of features. The bigger difference is one that you’ll notice as soon as you look at the Kito: its all-chrome design with contrasting black trim. The price difference between the two models isn’t great – but the look of your bathroom will definitely be taken to a new, modern level with the Kito.

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10. Triton Collection II 8.5kW

Triton Collection II 9.5 kW Electric ShowerWe close by checking out Triton’s top level model (which incidentally is also available at a 9.5kW power level). The Collection II has all of the great Triton features we’ve mentioned several times. But there’s a very different (and elegant-looking) minimalist control panel with a slim smooth-action temperature control knob and backlit soft-touch buttons surrounding it to handle power, on/off and other functions. You also can choose from five shower finishes (black gloss, white gloss, gun metal, brushed steel and sand), and the water inlet swivels 180° to accommodate connections from any angle, in addition to multiple entry points. This isn’t quite the best performer on our list, but those concerned with beauty and ease of installation would consider a good choice.

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Come On In – The Water’s Fine!

Electric showers aren’t for everyone. But they’re a wonderful solution to a bevy of possible problems, including “not enough hot water,” “cold hot water,” or simply no hot water at all. When installed properly they’re perfectly safe, and the features available on many of today’s best power showers keep the flow going strong and the temperature stabilised at ideal levels.

The key considerations are the existing strength of your mains water flow (which will let you decide what power level you need to shop at), whether limescale is a major issue in your area (which tells you whether you need phased shutdown and limescale-resistant fixtures), and the comfort and design features (like shower spray settings and colors/finishes) which will make you happy – rather than apprehensive and resigned – when you step into the shower every morning. Just bear in mind our caution about high power levels potentially requiring some additional electrical work in older homes.

We’ve done our best to provide all of the relevant facts and electric shower reviews to let you shop with confidence for the best shower to meet your needs. So it’s time to stop staring at the sales copy and pretty jargon on plumbing fixture websites – jump in and get wet!

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About the Author

Highly experienced with home appliances through his previous jobs, Bradley wanted to make a difference by helping UK consumers make sense of the jargon and easily pick the cream from the crop. He does the hard work so you don't have to!

Leave a Reply 10 comments

Neil Eaton - May 1, 2017 Reply

Hi, i found the the shower reveiws very helpful ,there was no mention of how quiet or noisy these showers were, im looking to by an electric shower mains water fed with no integral pump . any help on this matter would be very helpful. yours c.n. eaton

    Bradley Hobbs - March 6, 2018 Reply

    Hi Neil,

    I apologise for the delayed response. I’m glad you found my review useful. Did you manage to find the right electric shower for you? Since you mentioned you don’t have an integral pimp, I highly recommend the Triton Seville or the Mira Sport Max. These two models have safety features in place which stabilise the temperature of the water in case of a fluctuation in the mains supply.

      Michael Fewlass - May 1, 2018 Reply

      Hi, Bradley I am after a shower for my flat in Bridlington, I hear the Mira Sport Electric Shower 10.8kW 1.1746.004 is a decent 1 but there has been mixed feedback regarding it. There is also the Mira Sport Max Airboost Electric Shower, 10.8 kW 1.1746.008, which is the best electric shower would you say, not just in these 2 models but other makes & your reasons why, regards..

        Bradley Hobbs - June 29, 2018 Reply

        Hi Michael,

        The Mira Sport and the Mira Sport Max both have great reviews and are highly recommended by both ourselves and other sources. They are very reliable and we’re a big fan of the dual element heaters.

        Bradley

Rashid Shaikh - March 16, 2018 Reply

Hi,
Can I replace my existing shower with the one with integral pump (pumped shower) to increase the presuure and maintain temperature? My point is can I just buy that pumped shower and someone will be able to fit it? Thanks.

RS

    Bradley Hobbs - June 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi Rashid,

    Is it connected to the mains? For technical questions, it’s always a good idea to discuss it with a plumber first.

    Bradley

Shay - June 7, 2018 Reply

Hi Bradley,

Thank you for doing this review. It is really helpful as we are currently shopping for a good electric shower.
Can I ask for your thoughts on the Aqualisa Quartz 10.5kw electric shower. Id really love to hear an experts view on these as i was just about to buy one.
Many thanks, Shay

    Bradley Hobbs - June 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi Shay,

    Unfortunately, we haven’t done any research on that one yet. Our lists are updated regularly though so we might look into that one in the future. Till then you can’t go wrong with our top 10 choices.

    Bradley

Megan - August 18, 2018 Reply

Hi, I wonder if you could help. I need a new shower. I have spent hours online reading about different kinds of showers and how they work and I have decided that, due to my current system, my new shower needs to be electric. The trouble is I can’t find any decent looking ones. They all seem to consist of a rather ugly plastic box with a basic hose and head on a rail. Then I see the Trueshopping tower shower on your list, I’d love it but it’s not electric, why list it? Can you somehow use it with an electric shower? Also, is it possible to replace the hose and head on electric showers to something more attractive and luxurious as in the digital/mixer/thermostatic variety? Or do you have to stick with the hose and head they come with? Many thanks

    Bradley Hobbs - August 20, 2018 Reply

    Hi Megan
    I also did search a lot before I decided to use an electric shower two years ago. I have to admit that those designs look a bit poor with the plastic cover but there are no other options mainly because of safety reasons. However, the mentioned showers still look way better than the one I’ve got. Triton Collection seems to be more modern and elegant for the bathroom. You definitely can replace the hose and shower head if you want to. The Trueshopping tower shower is not the electric one. Thank you for pointing it out. I will update the post soon.

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