The Best Mixer Showers For A Luxurious Showering Experience

Experience pure showering bliss with our handpicked selection of luxury mixer showers.
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Unlike other systems, a mixer shower uses both a hot and cold water supply and delivers it through the shower head. Although they are designed to work with any plumbing system, it’s important to note that some may have minimum water pressure requirements.

Compared to electric or power showers, a mixer shower is available in plenty of attractive designs. Most modern styles include brass components that have been chrome-plated for a desirable, luxurious look and feel. Even if you had the best-rated electric shower, it’ll never have the same effect because you’ll have to hide the heating elements with plastic housing.

Another benefit of choosing a mixer shower is that it’ll work with both low and high water pressures. For example, the Mira Excel (which we highly rated) can function from just 0.1 bar, which is very impressive and can make a big difference for those with low water pressure.

To assist you in selecting a mixer shower, our handpicked selection lists top-performing showers, chosen based on our first-hand experience installing and using a range of models. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Best Overall: Bristan Quadrato Mixer
GROHE Euphoria Thermostat
Best Quality: GROHE Euphoria Thermostat
Mira Excel Variable Mixer Shower
Best For Low Pressure: Mira Showers Excel Variable
Bristan Zing Cool Touch Bar
Best Value: Bristan Zing Cool Touch Bar
Hausbath Thermostatic Mixer Shower
Best All-Rounder: Hausbath Thermostatic Mixer Shower
Solepearl Thermostatic Shower System
Best Value Runner-Up: Solepearl Thermostatic Shower System

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Mixer Showers

Compared to other shower systems, mixer showers are often the most expensive and it’s worthwhile spending your time to find the best. Therefore, to assist with your research, the recommendations within this article are based upon our research, experience of installing a range of mixer showers as well as multiple factors. Some of the factors that were considered include the shower head, ease of installation, design, minimum water pressure requirement, build quality, technology, warranty and value for money.
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As you can see in the above photo, we recently installed the GROHE Euphoria (which we rated as the “Best Quality” mixer shower in this article). Not only does it look and feel high quality, but the showering experience it provides is best described as luxurious and it was certainly worth the money we paid.

Below are other mixer showers that we’ve installed and tested recently within our Airbnb properties. As you can see, both of the showers follow the latest trend, which is of course a stylish black finish as opposed to chrome.

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The Best Mixer Showers

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1. Best Overall: Bristan Quadrato Mixer

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The Bristan Quadrato is a popular mixer shower set that’s available as an adjustable or fixed kit. It has been designed to work with both low-pressure or gravity-fed systems as well as high-pressure systems via a combi boiler.

Included within the complete set are the shower, rigid riser shower kit, hose, handset, wall fixing kit and instructions.

Pros
  • Thermostatic shower system
  • Minimum of 0.5 bar and maximum of 5.0 bar
  • Modern styling with a high shine chrome finish
  • Choice of a fixed or adjustable head
  • Rainfall style shower head
  • Includes a 5 year manufacturer warranty
Cons
  • Rainfall isn't adjustable (a very minor drawback)

Overall, the Bristan Quadrato is a modern and stylish mixer shower that ticks every box. The kit uses high-quality parts and is designed to be easy to install without any pipe alterations to existing units.

2. Best Quality: GROHE Euphoria Thermostat

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GROHE are a premium shower brand in the UK that is well-known for its luxurious designs. The Euphoria model is a great example that provides a constant water temperature and effortless transition between the bath and shower. In terms of the recommended water pressure, the brand advises a minimum of 1.0 and a maximum of 5.0 bar.

The brand offers this system with either a fixed head or wing grip and the optional extra of a Bluetooth shower speaker.

Pros
  • Dedicated maximum temperature setting
  • Systematically designed to save water and energy
  • Robust and high quality chrome finish
  • German engineered for maximum performance
  • Includes a 5 year manufacturers warranty
Cons
  • One of the most expensive mixer showers within our roundup

As with any shower systems produced by GROHE, they do come with a premium price tag. However, it’s a worthwhile investment because it’s built to the highest standards and is also one of the most stylish systems available.

3. Best For Low Pressure: Mira Showers Excel Variable

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Mira is another popular brand in the UK and their Excel mixer shower is by far the most expensive. However, for the additional cost, it uses high-quality components and is designed to be easy to install with multiple water entry points.

The brand also claims that it’s able to provide up to 3 times more flow than other mixer showers at low pressure.

Pros
  • Minimum water pressure of 0.1 bar
  • Patented Magni-flo technology for more water flow
  • Separate temperature and flow controls
  • Includes a 4 spray shower head
  • Desirable thermostatic system
  • Suitable for all plumbing systems
  • Ceramic flow control that resists limescale
  • Easy to fit and maintain
Cons
  • Relatively expensive when compared to the alternatives

If you are able to stretch your budget, the Mira Excel mixer shower offers superior quality. The clever Magni-flo technology also ensures that homes with low pressure can still achieve high water flow, which is very desirable.

4. Best Value: Bristan Zing Cool Touch Bar

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If you require a cheaper alternative that’s still made from a reputable brand, the Bristan Zing Cool Touch Bar is the best option. It’s available as a standard fit or a more expensive alternative designed for an easier installation.

Included with the kit are the shower, wall fixing kit, adjustable riser and instructions for installing the system. In terms of the operating pressure range, the brand states that it will operate at a minimum of 0.2 bar and a maximum of 5.0 bar.

Pros
  • Thermostatic mixer system
  • Patented "Cool Touch" technology
  • Separate temperature and flow control dials
  • Suitable for low and high water pressure systems
  • High shine chrome finish
  • 5 year manufacturers warranty
Cons
  • Very basic and doesn't provide the luxury look and feel

Overall, the Bristan Zing Cool Touch Bar is the best affordable option if you wish to buy from a reputable brand. It’s also great for those who suffer from low water pressure because it can operate at just 0.2 bar.

5. Best All-Rounder: Hausbath Thermostatic Mixer Shower

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The Hausbath is a complete mixer shower set that includes a thermostatic mixer, square rainfall and handheld shower head, hose and metal riser. The brand also provides a ten year after-sales guarantee, which is a testament to the quality.

In terms of the pressure requirements, this mixer shower requires a minimum of 0.5 bar with the brand stating 1.0 bar provides optimum performance.

Pros
  • Brass construction that has been chrome plated
  • Ceramic disc valve for a smooth handle operation
  • Easy to fit with standard connections and adjustable fixing points
  • Outlet water temperature between 20 and 50 degrees
  • Supplied with everything you require in the box
Cons
  • Requires at least 0.5 bar of pressure to provide a luxury showering experience

Overall, the Hausbath Kit is an excellent all-round mixer shower that’s easy to install with a modern look and feel. The 10-year guarantee also provides complete peace of mind that the components are built to last and it won’t disappoint.

6. Best Value Runner-Up: Solepearl Thermostatic Shower System

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Another affordable thermostatic mixer shower that’s worth considering is the Solepearl system. Although as a brand they aren’t well-known, their mixer shower ticks all the boxes and is ideal for those looking to keep costs down.

In terms of its construction, it has been built to a much higher standard than similar-priced alternatives. This can be seen by its chrome-plated brass mixer bar body and the fact that it’s backed by an impressive 10-year warranty.

Pros
  • Desirable thermostatic system that prevents fluctuation in water temperature
  • Large 8 inch shower head with 72 nozzles
  • Backed by a 10 year warranty for peace of mind
  • Easy to install as a replacement
  • Available in a chrome plated or antique brass finish
Cons
  • Not backed by a reputable UK brand
  • Design isn't as "luxury" as the alternatives

To conclude, the Solepearl thermostatic mixer shower is a great option to consider if you are on a tight budget. It does a great job of looking far more expensive than it actually is and it certainly won’t disappoint.

Mixer Shower Buying Guide

A mixer shower delivers water flow to the shower head from the hot and cold water supply. The system requires no electricity and is available in a range of luxury designs to suit your home décor.

Almost all expensive homes or hotel bathrooms will use a mixer shower as they provide a luxury look and feel. Unlike an electric or power shower, they don’t need to hide the heating elements within a plastic housing. There is also a wide offering of high-quality designs available to best suit your requirements.

To help you make an informed buying decision, we have produced the below guide regarding mixer showers.

Benefits of Mixer System

Mixer showers are a great addition to any home and are available in multiple designs. Some of the main benefits of choosing a mixer shower system include:

  1. No electricity required –  Reduces installation work and costs.
  2. Will function in a power cut – As there is no electrical heating element.
  3. Stylish designs available – No need for unattractive plastic housing.
  4. Suitable for all plumbing systems – Many can run from low and high water pressures.
  5. Thermostatic or manual – Most people choose thermostatic for safety.
  6. High flow rate – This provides a more luxurious showering experience.

Water Pressure Requirements

An important factor to consider before purchasing any mixer shower is the water pressure. Some systems can run from as little as 0.1 bar whereas others need at least 1.0 bar of water pressure to run at its optimum performance. If you choose an incorrect system, you will be left disappointed with the water flow coming from the shower head.

Installation

Depending upon the system that you choose, installing a mixer shower is one of the easiest systems to install. However, if you are replacing an electric shower, you will need to plumb in a hot water supply, which can extend the installation time. All the UK mixer showers will use standard connections and many include multiple water entry points.

Shower Heads

Many people have certain preferences when it comes to the shower head of the mixer shower. Most fixed designs will have the desirable rainfall effect but others prefer a handheld unit, which is more versatile.

Construction

The majority of mixer showers will use brass components with high-shine chrome plating. The main reason is that the brass components will not rust and the chrome plating provides the luxury finish, which is also easy to clean.

Conclusion

Mixer showers are the best option if you are trying to build a luxurious bathroom. They don’t require unattractive plastic housing and there are several different designs that you can choose from to best suit your requirements.

All of the recommendations above are suited to a range of budgets and plumbing systems. We advise that you choose a system that provides optimum performance based on the water pressure of your home to avoid disappointment.

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