Busting 5 myths about digital showers

Although digital showers have been around for some time, it is only in recent years that their high tech features have begun to capture the imagination of UK homeowners. To help you tap into the growing market, Steve Saunders, Senior Technical Manager at Triton, discusses the most common misconceptions. 

  1. They’re unsuitable for combis

To make specification easier, manufacturers are constantly innovating to ensure your customer can have their preferred shower, regardless of the hot water system. As a result, there are now some digital mixers which have been specifically designed to be paired with a combi boiler. Look for a product which comes with a range of flow limiters so you can tailor performance based on the output of the boiler. For those working on new build properties, this will also ensure that the unit will meet Part G of the Building Regulations.

  1. There’s nowhere to house the mixer processor

We all know the mixer box has to be housed somewhere close to the shower zone and digital units offer total versatility when it comes to location. Certain wired versions can be sited anywhere up to 10m away from the wall mounted remote control (and the same distance for wireless options), so it’s easy to find a convenient place they can be installed: in an airing cupboard, in the loft, under a bath – you name it.  There are even pumped options which deliver silent operation, so it won’t wake the whole household if located near a bedroom.

  1. They need as much space as a built-in mixer

Another common reason for not choosing a digital shower is that the tiles have already been fixed in place and pipes cannot be recessed to supply the outlet. In this situation a digital mixer can be extremely useful. Far from needing walls to be chased out or disturbing expensive tiles, the ability to choose from a variety of shower arms provides a huge amount of freedom. For example, by fitting a ceiling mounted shower head, or taking the water delivery pipe through the ceiling with a riser rail, you could carry out what could be days of work in just a few hours.

  1. They’re unreliable

When it comes to showers programmed via a remote, one worry for homeowners is what would happen if the control were to fail. Aside from reassurance that digital models have been making their way into homes for almost a decade, when all’s said and done, a digital mixer is still a mixer. With that in mind, make sure the manufacturer of choice offers a comprehensive guarantee and after sales support so you can provide a solution that’s built to last.

  1. They blow the budget

The latest, most technologically advanced products can come at a price. However, when developing our new HOST wireless digital mixer, we wanted to ensure affordable style for all. You can surprise clients with the £400 starting from price, with the option to customise the package with controls in various finishes. There’s also an opportunity to customise the package with different fixed heads and wall or ceiling mounted shower arms to coordinate with both ultra modern and more traditional schemes.
To find out more about the benefits of this evolving technology, visit tritonshowers.co.uk