The 6 Best Electric Showers, And Most Powerful (2020 Guide)
Our 10-minute guide to the best electric showers on offer in the UK covers EVERYTHING you need to know before making a purchase. And in our review, we’re only focusing on units that offer the most power.
We’ll be covering the best electric showers from top brands in their 2019 range.
The Best Electric Showers
If you’ve ever had a boiler installed, you’ll know they’re not cheap. Typically, you’d expect to pay £2,000-£2,500 for a mid-range boiler, in a medium-sized property.
The Triton electric shower doesn’t rely on the boiler to heat water. Instead, it uses an internal element. And, that means your boiler isn’t being used.
The less it’s used? The longer it lasts. So, by buying an electric shower like the Triton Seville, you’ll be saving a tonne of cash on boiler repairs, or even worse, a replacement.
Triton Seville Reviews
The first thing you’ll notice if you search for the Seville, is the incredible amount of online reviews it’s amassed since it was first launched.
I’m not sure about you, but when I buy anything online, I always check out what these reviews have to say. Of the 1,000+ reviews online (yes, over 1,000!), the majority are positive. And that’s pretty-much because the Triton comes straight from a UK brand that’s reliable
The Triton Seville is cheap, and at 10.5kw, it’s powerful too.
The problem with cheap electric showers (and the most expensive ones, for that matter), is the installation area they need isn’t very flexible. There are fixed points that need to be secured, and that means installing in a new area, or matching up to existing pipework is a lot harder than it needs to be.
Triton have incorporated 5 entry points for both cables and water feeds. That means whether your plumber is fitting this in a new area (a extension for instance) or swapping out an old shower, the installation is easy. And, an easy installation means that it’s going to cost much less than a complex installation.
Ease Of Use
There’s literally nothing complicated about the Triton electric shower. You’ll get a number control dial on the front of the control panel, move from 1 to 2 to increase the temperature (and so on); that’s it.
If you’ve bought the 10.5kw version mentioned here, there is a chance it might be too powerful, and that’s not a problem either. There are 3 flow rate settings on the control panel here. Most stick to the highest flow rate setting. However, you’ve also got the option to switch to ECO mode, and for rinsing, there’s even a cold setting.
Included in the purchase is a flexible shower hose and head. The head allows you to switch between everything from a light spray, to a concentrated blast; there are 5 settings in total.
The Triton 10.5kw includes:
- Electric shower
- Warranty details
- Rail riser kit (inc. brackets)
- Installation manual
- Shower hose
- Soap dish
The RRP of the Triton Seville 10.5kw is just over £100. However, there are plenty of online stores offering it on deal for much less. And, that’s mainly because these stores sell an absolute tonne of them. They buy them in huge bulk, and pass on the savings to us.
Who Should Buy The Triton Seville 10.5kw?
With the Seville, you’ll get a high flow rate thanks to the 10.5kw output. But, you’ll also be taking much of the daily strain away from your boiler. And, that’s thanks to the internal heating element. That means your boiler will last longer. And let’s face it, replacing a shower is much cheaper than replacing a boiler.
If you have strong electrical output and you’re looking for the best CHEAP electric shower, this is the one for you.
Next up, we’ve got the Bristan Bliss 10.5kw electric shower. If you’re looking for a unit that’s more modern looking than the Triton, and have a little more budget to play with, this is one of the best electric showers on the market.
Bristan Bliss Reviews
You’re going to struggle to find any electric shower with the volume of reviews that the Triton Seville has. And, although the Bliss from Bristan doesn’t have that volume of reviews, they are positive.
Like Triton, Bristan are one of the most well known electric shower brands in the UK.
And just like Triton, Bristan has made sure that the installation of the Bliss, is easy. Assuming your existing shower incorporates standard UK fittings, the Bristain Bliss should bolt straight onto the current electrical and water inlets.
It’s suitable for mains pressures of 0.7 bar to 10 bar.
Ease Of Use [And Design]
Where the Bristain Bliss differs from typical electric showers is its design. Straight away, you’ll notice how much better it looks than a traditional white unit offered elsewhere.
Beyond that, you’ll get 3 flow settings to flick through. They’re the same as the Seville, being cold (for rinsing), ECO and hot.
But, you’ll get a temperature indicator. And, that means you can see (rather than freeze yourself by feeling) the temperature of the water; you’ll know when it’s ready.
Like the Triton, you’ll get multiple spray options from the shower head. But, there’s also a built in water pressure sensor. Like a normal thermostatic shower, that means if there’s a drop in water pressure when your washing off, you won’t be frozen or scalded; temperature is going to stay constant.
Included in the purchase of the Bristan Bliss is a complete package:
- Electric 10.5kw shower
- Riser kit
- Hose retainer
- Soap tray (built-in)
- Rub clean handset
- Adjustable brackets (top and bottom)
You’ll be able to choose from both black and white, and the purchase is inclusive of a manufacturer’s warranty.
The RRP of the Bristan Bliss electric shower is nearly double that of the Triton Seville. However, like a lot of bathroom products, you’ll regularly find them online for less.
Anything connected to water, or a heating system, is affected by limescale. That’s a build-up of mineral deposits, that come from water. This can block dishwashers, boilers and even showers.
The Bristan Bliss comes with a unique phased shut down feature. That means that all hot water is flushed from the shower, before the unit turns off. That reduces the build-up of limescale, prolonging the life and efficiency of the shower.
Who Should Buy The Bristan Bliss 10.5kw?
If you need a powerful shower like the 10.5kw Triton, have more of a budget to play with and want something that looks modern, the Bristan Bliss is for you.
Sure, it’s not the cheapest electric shower on the market, but it certainly deserves its price tag. And with integrated features such as the phase down/flush-out, it protects itself and that means you won’t need to invest in an expensive replacement any time soon.
The Mira Sport Max 10.8kw is the perfect middle ground between the Triton Seville and the Bristan Bliss. It’s not digital, but it offers a slightly more modern design when directly compared to the Seville. And, it’s got the biggest kW output of all the showers on this list; it’s powerful.
At my time working in a bathroom/plumbing merchants we sold a tonne of Mira Sport Max showers, and here’s why.
Mira Sport Max Reviews
The volume of reviews online is like that of the Seville from Triton, and like the Triton, they’re positive. Build-quality is certainly one of the main reasons people use the Mira brand over many other cheap electric shower brands on the market.
You’ll need an electrical supply rating of 45 amp, and 15mm inlet connector.
More importantly, the adjustable riser covers any holes left by a shower kit installed prior; no expensive bills for a tiler to come and patch up your bathroom, ready for your new shower to be fitted.
Ease Of Use [And Design]
Like the Seville, the Sport Max from Mira is super-simple to use. You’ll get individual push buttons for low, high and eco modes, and a control dial to adjust temperature. And, it’s a pretty-big one, so you’ll be able to adjust the temperature to be super-specific.
You’ll get a “larger than most” shower head included in your Mira Sport Max purchase. It’s 110mm with 4 spray adjustments. The nozzles are easily to clean with a simple rub, and a quick wipe will remove any limescale build-up so it doesn’t get blocked up (leading to you needing a replacement).
More importantly, there’s Opti-Flo technology that’s unique to Mira. That’s going to stop the water scalding or freezing you if the hose or showerhead gets blocked, or there’s a sudden fluctuation in water pressure.
As we’ve mentioned, Mira isn’t a cheap brand, but they’re well known for being sleek looking and incredibly reliable.
Expect to pay over £220 for the Sport Max, although the RRP is actually over £300.
Like the Bristan Bliss, there’s a function to try and combat limescale build-up with the Mira Sport Max. The Mira Clean Scale keeps the unit, hose and showerhead free from the majority of limescale. That means evenly distributed water temperature, longevity for the shower unit, and improved efficiency throughout its life.
Who Should Buy The Mira Sport Max 10.8kw?
If you don’t want to go full-on digital with something like the Bristan Bliss, but the Seville is a bit too boring, the Mira Sport Max is a great middle ground. And, the fact it’s 10.8kw means it’s the most powerful electric shower on this list.
There is a slightly cheaper option in the Sport Max range from Mira. They’ve current got a 9kw Sport Max on offer. The RRP is similar, but it can usually be found slightly cheaper than the 10.8kw equivalent.
And, although both the 9kw and 10.8kw come with preventative measures to combat limescale and prolong their life, you do have some insurance; Mira currently offers 2 years warranty on all of their electric showers.
The Triton Martinique 10.5kw is the next step up in terms of both design, and price. It’s not digital like the Bristan Bliss, and not as expensive as the Mira Sport Max.
Triton Martinique Max Reviews
You’ll find that most Triton electric showers have a tonne of online reviews. Obviously, nothing is going to compare to the Triton Seville, with over 1,000. But, the Triton Martinique doesn’t just have positive reviews online, it has hundreds of them.
And, that’s something that you’re just not going to find if you’re looking for cheap electric showers from no name brands.
Your plumber will need to fix this to your cold mains and connect using 15mm compression fittings.
There’s an adjustable riser kit, and that means you can install it to cover up existing holes in tiles, if you’re swapping out an old shower.
Ease Of Use [And Design]
The Triton Martinique is similar in operation to the Seville, it just looks a lot-lot sleeker. You’ll get a push button for starting/stopping the shower and the normal 3 power settings; cold rinse, ECO for summer and high for winter.
The shower heads on all Triton showers are known for being versatile, and the Martinique isn’t any different. You’ll have 5 spray settings and that means anything from a soft spray, right through to a power shower type setting to clear up the mess your kids have left behind.
As we’ve mentioned, this is the next step up from the Seville, so don’t be expecting to pay the same price. Triton electric showers start at around £100, with this one having an RRP of £175. That said, it’s rare that showers sell for their actual RRP.
Have a shop around, and you should be able to shave off a couple of notes in comparison the Martinique’s RRP.
You’ll notice the Bristan Bliss has a shutdown feature that flushes the hot water from the shower, before turning off. This is important, and something a lot of even the best electric showers don’t have.
But, the Triton Martinuque does. It’s this shutdown procedure that helps flush out limescale particles from the shower system. Without doing this, the hose and showerhead become blocked quickly. Not only does this mean that temperature isn’t spread evenly throughout the shower head, it can mean the shower’s working overtime to deliver water, wearing out sooner than it should.
So, this feature doesn’t just improve efficiency and operation, it prolongs the life of the shower too.
Included with the purchase of the Triton Martinque you’ll get:
- Chrome hose and shower head
- All brackets and fixings to fit the riser rail kit
- Soap dish
- Installation instructions
- Warranty information
Who Should Buy The Triton Martinique 10.5kw?
All Triton electric showers currently have a warranty of 2 years, something you won’t get with cheap brands.
At 10.5kw, it’s one of the most powerful electric showers on the market. So, if you’re looking for a non-digital electric shower, but don’t have the budget for the Mira Sport Max, this could be the next best option from a well known brand.
Let’s start by making sure one thing’s clear; this isn’t the most powerful shower on the market. If you’re looking for the most powerful electric showers, you need to be heading for the 10.5kw and 10.8kw examples on this list.
If you can deal without that tiny bit of extra power and flow rate, the Triton Collection 2 is definitely a good choice. It’s minimalist design makes this one of the best looking showers in the UK.
Triton Collection 2 Reviews
Naturally, there are dozens of Triton Collection 2 reviews online. Quite a lot less in comparison to the likes of the Seville, but that’s a given, as it’s not as cheap, or as generic in terms of design.
Of all the best electric showers on the market, the Triton Collection 2 is one of the easiest to fit. They’ve incorporated their Swivel-Fit technology. And, that means that there’s a 180 degree swivel. That makes fitting the shower easy, as the water inlet can be on the left or right – so the it’s flexible in terms of the installation area that can be used.
Ease Of Use [And Design]
As we’ve already mentioned, the 9.5kw Triton Collection 2 is one of the coolest looking showers for those that don’t have upwards of £500 to play with. You’ll also be able to pick it up in a range of colours from Gun Metal, Riviera Sand and Steel Effect, all the way to White and Black.
You’ll get a low profile and slimline shower unit, and use it with integrated soft press power buttons.
The hose and shower head are easy to rub clean, and that means you’ll get consistent water/heat distribution. And, you’ll have 5 spray patterns to choose from.
When the unit recognises low pressure at the shower head (which could lead to heat increases/reductions), there’s a warning indicator on the shower.
The RRP for the Triton Collection 2 currently sits around the £260 mark. However, like many of the other top electric shower brands online, there are regular deals to be had, so make sure you shop around.
Like many of the other best electric showers in the UK, you’ll get a phased shut down. This helps to remove limescale from the shower unit. That means it’s going to work more efficiently and last longer, thanks to a reduction in limescale build-up.
With The Triton Collection 2, you’ll get:
- 2 Year manufacturer’s warranty
- Hose and showerhead
- Adjustable top bracket
- Riser rail kit
- Installation guide
There are 100s more showers from top brands such as Triton, Bristan, Mira and Aqualisa we could add to this list; but we’ll round it out with the Bristan Glee 10.5kw electric shower.
The Glee is essentially, a step down from the more popular (and more expensive) Bliss. On the RRP, you’ll be saving £40, and most of that saving comes down to a simpler and more traditional design.
So, if you like the look of the Bliss, but would prefer to save a few quid and have a shower that’s easier to use in the process; the Glee is for you.
Bristan Glee 10.5kw Reviews
Let me tell you right now, the reviews online for the Bristan Glee aren’t bad, but they’re probably the worst in this list. Most of the disappointment from the reviews from temperature control unit failing. I believe this issue has now been rectified by Bristan, so the Glee is much more reliable.
The installation for the Bristan Glee needs to have access to 0.7 bar – 10 bar of mains water pressure. Bristan make installation easy, by ensuring that the footprint of the unit will cover up any holes used for fixing on your old shower.
Ease Of Use [And Design]
Whilst the Bristan Glee looks similar (i.e. stylish!) like the Bliss, it’s much easier to use, even if your face is covered in shampoo. That’s thanks to the easy to use dials and knobs on the front of the shower. You’ll be able to flick between flow rate settings, as well as between cold, ECO and hot.
There are 3 modes of adjustment on the shower head, enabling you to get that perfect spray. And for easy cleaning, Bristan have made sure this is “rub-free”.
The RRP here drops from the Bliss (over £200), to under £200. But, there are plenty of discounts available online, so you’ll usually be able to get it slightly cheaper.
You’ll get the phased shut down system with the Bristan Glee. As the shower empties out remaining hot water after you turn it off, this removes limescale. And, no limescale means no blockages. That’s going to lead to a shower that’s energy efficient and lasts and long time.
You’ll get everything you need for a smooth installation including:
- Glee shower
- Hose and showerhead
- Riser kit
- Warranty information (2 years parts and 1 year labour, as with all Bristan electric showers)
Who Should Buy The Bristan Glee 10.5kw?
If you’re loving the style of the Bliss but want the extra 1kw of power and the more generic design in terms of controls, the Glee is the best electric shower for you.
And, in the process of buying it, you’ll have a few extra notes left in your pocket too!
Which Electric Shower Brands Should You Buy?
Still not sure which shower you want to buy?
There are a tonne of cheap electric showers available online. The problem? Most of them have awful build quality and are a far-cry from the most powerful showers on the market.
You may (or may not) like our top picks for the best electric showers mentioned above, for aesthetics, or otherwise. And, we’re not forcing you to purchase any one on our list.
However, if you make sure you stick to the companies on our best electric shower brands list below, you’ll be definitely be on the right track.
I’ve combined this list from my experience, as well as from data taken from the Which? homeowners survey that asked consumers about their experiences, and which electric shower brand they thought was the best.
Unlike many industries, there’s not a tonne of brands offering quality electric showers. And, that’s why we’ve limited our “top” list, to just 4.
The 4 Best Electric Shower Brands In 2019
What KW Electric Shower Do I Need?
The higher the KW output of an electric shower, typically, the higher the flow rate.
There are scenarios where the flow rate needs to be improved, and you’d be better suited to buying a low KW electric shower (such as an 8KW).
This would be the case if you have:
- Weak electrical output in your property
- Low mains water pressure
There are electric showers available with an integral pump.
For weak electricity output, you’d want to buy a small electric shower, and utilise a pump. For those with low mains pressure, you’ll be able to get away with a larger electric shower (such as a 10.5KW), and the integrated pump helps boost the flow rate.
If you want maximum power, head for our list of the best power showers.
Electric Shower Installation Costs
So, now you’ve chosen your new shower, it’s time to get it installed. But, how much does electric shower installation cost?
This isn’t an easy figure to put a number on. For a start, labour rates vary throughout the UK. Typically, swapping out an existing unit with a new one, would cost in the region of £150-200.
However, if the job holds a higher level of complexity, or it’s a fresh install (i.e. there’s no pipework), the cost is going to spiral quickly; you could be looking at £400.
These costs are for labour only, so the cost of the electric shower needs to be accounted for separately.
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