The latest high-tech shower trends

A guide to finding the best shower technology for your bathroom

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With advances in bathroom technology, there are many new features to choose from when replacing shower fittings. Use this guide to find the best options for your space.

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Pressure power

Running off a cold water system to provide piping hot showers when needed, the Galena 9.8kW electric shower from Mira combines modern design with the latest thermostatic technology. Featuring separate power and push-button on/off temperature controls, it has Sensi-flo technology to prevent scalding in the event of a loss of water pressure, or if the hose becomes blocked, by switching off the heat. Three new finishes include black flock-patterned glass (shown), and there are five spray settings. (H)37x (W)23x(D)10cm, it costs from £510.

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Swivel action

A stylish multi-spoked design, this chrome Star showerhead from the Aqua Floe collection is supplied with a swivel to allow adjustment, and comes complete with a wall-mounting arm. Measuring (dia.)23x(D)32.5cm, it costs £77.95 from Better Bathrooms.

Statement design

If you’re after a striking finish, the Hudson Reed Domino thermostatic shower panel comes in this bold red shade, as well as black, white and chrome. Suitable for all systems with a minimum two-bar pressure, it features anti-scald protection controls and has a fixed main head, as well as a removable, multifunctional handset. Three different settings allow you to change the water flow to suit your mood. Measuring (H)116x (W)29x(D)38cm, and with a 20-year guarantee, it costs £613 from Ultra Finishing.

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Spa experience

Creating a fantastic waterfall effect, the Sangha showerhead, £3,139 from CP Hart, is part of the Elemental Spa range by Dornbracht. It is built into a Corian housing and measures (H)12x(W)62x (D)42cm, with a maximum flow of 21 litres per minute – perfect for a total drench showering experience. Available in a chrome or matt platinum finish, the collection also includes a Spa slide bar and straight handshower, (W)24cm with a 125cm shower hose.

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Designer credentials

Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and Luis Vidal + Architects, the innovative and award-winning Mood collection from Noken includes this three-way digital thermostatic shower column. Space-age in form, it has an electronic temperature and flow indicator, with eco function settings including teeth, face and hand modes that can be customised to ensure the water flow is just right. Measuring (H)114x(W)30x(D)55cm, it requires three-bar pressure and comes in white, £5,093, or chrome, £4,819, from Porcelanosa.

Well-lit showering

The Axor Lampshower, which fuses light and water using low-wattage LED technology, can also be used as a light only, when the shower function is turned off. This Lampshower with a wall-mounted arm, (dia.)27.5x(D)38cm, costs £1,500 from Hansgrohe. A ceiling-mounted version is also available.

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Traditional choice

The perfect design for a classic bathroom scheme, this Le Thermo Grand exposed shower is available in an attractive brass finish, with elegant white ceramic controls. Complement the shower with retro- style wall tiles, add a freestanding bath, and you have the perfect relaxing bathing experience. For a more contemporary take, the model is also available in silver nickel and chrome finishes, and the shower rose comes in three sizes: (dia.)20/25/30.5x(D)45cm. It is priced from £1,740 at Catchpole & Rye.

Simple update

If you don’t have the budget for a whole new system, then the MyCity handshower offers a single or triple jet function and an eco-choice control that limits the water rate to 5.7 litres per minute. Available in a range of chrome and colour combinations, there’s something for every scheme. Prices start at £30 for the (H)10x (W)7cm single jet option from Laufen.

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Illuminating style

This contemporary Luce 180 shower includes LED lighting, which helps to provide a stunning and unusual focal point in any bathroom. Measuring (dia.)18x (D)30cm, with a chrome finish, it needs minimum 0.6-bar pressure and costs £499 at Bathstore.

Versatile option

A minimalist’s dream, the Essential Hydromassage shower column ensures safe showering for all. It is controlled via thermostat, and a four-way diverter allows you to effortlessly switch between the overhead rose with rain function, the pencil-style handset, and the upper and lower jets. Made from stainless steel, the simple design belies its powerful showering performance. The Essential Hydromassage shower column requires three-bar water pressure and it measures (H)148x(W)20x (D)7cm. Prices start from £806, from Roca.

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Over-bath solution

If you have a small bathroom but still want to enjoy an invigorating shower, then an over- bath shower is a good compromise on a walk-in design. This simple yet stylish Sillaro 2-in-1 bar mixer shower has a fixed head and a two-way diverter to switch quickly between the overhead shower rose and the hand-held unit. (H)118x (W)26x(D)53cm, it comes in a chrome finish and costs £278 from Cooke & Lewis at B&Q.