The Best Shower Pumps For Boosting Your Morning Routine

Transform your morning routine into a luxurious affair with our shower pump recommendations.
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The lack of water pressure from your shower can make showering a fairly dull experience. Fortunately, shower pumps offer a straightforward solution to this problem and as you’ll see by many of our recommendations, the pumps can boost your shower’s water pressure up to 3.0 bar and this is certain to make a big difference to your showering experience.

To assist you in selecting a shower pump, our handpicked selection lists top-performing pumps, 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.

Bristan ST PUMP20TN Shower Pump
Best Overall: Bristan ST PUMP20TN
Salamander CT50 Xtra Shower Pump
Best All-Rounder: Salamander CT75 Xtra
Stuart Turner Monsoon Shower Pump
Best For Performance: Stuart Turner Monsoon
Stuart Turner Showermate ECO Pump
Easiest To Install: Stuart Turner Showermate ECO Pump
Grundfos STR2 Shower Booster Pump
Best Budget: Grundfos STR2 Shower Booster Pump
Arley Cyclone Booster Shower Pump
Best Budget Runner-Up: Arley Cyclone Booster

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Shower Pumps

As we own several properties (Airbnb’s/Rentals), we’ve installed multiple shower pumps over the years. Whether it’s to improve the pressure to a satisfactory standard or to provide a more luxurious showering experience, each time we’ve installed a shower pump, they’ve certainly make a huge difference.

To keep up our commitment to testing and reviewing the latest shower pumps (for this article), we regularly upgrade the pumps where possible. Below are some photos of the most recent shower pumps we’ve installed and tested.

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During our testing, we judged the pumps on their performance, ease of installation, construction quality and the supplied hardware. However. as well as our testing and experience, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included their performance, construction and hardware quality, ease of installation, compatibility, noise and vibration outputted, warranty and value.

The Best Shower Pumps

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1. Best Overall: Bristan ST PUMP20TN

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By far one of the most popular shower pumps on the market is by the reputable Bristan brand. It’s available in four different models that include a 1.5 bar twin, 2 bar single, 2 bar twin and a negative head shower pump.

In terms of all of the shower pumps that are offered by Bristan, they are only compatible with gravity-fed systems only.

Pros
  • 1.5 or 2.0 bar pressure options
  • Single, twin or negative head shower pumps
  • Backed by a 5 year manufacturers guarantee
  • Includes outlet/inlet connections and fixing kit
  • Fully automatic mechanism
Cons
  • Only suitable for gravity fed systems

To conclude, the Bristan ST PUMP20TN is a premium shower pump that’s available in a selection of configurations to best suit your requirements. It also comes with a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty for complete peace of mind. Compared to any of the alternatives, it’s certainly the best shower pump for gravity fed systems.

2. Best All-Rounder: Salamander CT75 Xtra

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Salamander is a popular brand within the shower pump industry and for good reason. The CT75 Xtra is a 2.0 bar twin impeller pump that’s been designed to run with limited vibration and noise output.

In terms of the compatibility of this shower pump, it has a regenerative, positive head that’s suitable for conventional and multi function showers. It also comes with AV couplers and a hose kit to make the installation go smoothly.

Pros
  • Compact design for an easier installation
  • Reduced vibration and noise output
  • Continuously rated pump
  • 2.0 bar twin impeller
  • Brushless motor drive
  • Backed by a 3 year guarantee
  • WRAS approved
Cons
  • After installing this pump, we found it to be slightly more noisier than other pumps

Overall, the Salamander CT75 Xtra is well-designed, easy to install and perfect for those looking for a highly effective yet quiet shower pump. It isn’t the cheapest but you do get what you pay for with shower pumps.

3. Best For Performance: Stuart Turner Monsoon

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If you require maximum performance in the form of 3.0 bar pressure, the Stuart Turner Monsoon is a great option to consider. The twin impeller mechanism can output 3.0 bar of pressure whilst remaining quiet during operation.

According to the brand, this particular model is only suitable for positive head applications and is constructed from a range of high quality brass pumps and plastic housing.

Pros
  • Powerful 3.0 bar pressure
  • Relatively quiet operation
  • WRAS approved
  • High quality brass construction
  • Peripheral design that’s easy to install
  • Continuously rated performance
  • Backed by a 5 year guarantee
Cons
  • Most expensive within our roundup

Although expensive, the Monsoon shower pump by Stuart Turner is the ultimate model that won’t disappoint. It’s also backed by an impressive 5 year manufacturer’s guarantee for complete peace of mind.

4. Easiest To Install: Stuart Turner Showermate ECO Pump

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Another shower pump by the reputable Stuart Turner brand is the Showermate ECO, which is one of their mid-range models. As with the Monsoon pump above, it’s only suitable for positive head applications and the twin pump can boost the hot and cold water supply of any positive head mixer shower, individual shower, bath or tap.

Pros
  • WRAS approved
  • Backed by a 3 year guarantee
  • High quality plastic construction
  • Supplied with 15 mm flexible hoses
Cons
  • Only suitable for positive head applications

Overall, the Stuart Turner Showermate ECO is a powerful shower pump that’s developed by one of the best in the business. It’s powerful, easy to install, relatively quiet and generally ticks all the boxes.

5. Best Budget: Grundfos STR2 Shower Booster Pump

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The Grundfos shower pump is a relatively affordable option that’s continuously rated and uses a regenerative impeller design. In terms of its performance, the brand states that the pump provides up to 1.5 bar of pressure.

Pros
  • 1.5 bar pressure output with a twin impeller design
  • Auto-resetting thermal cut-out
  • IPX2 water ingress protection
  • 3/4 inch hose and pump connection sizes
  • 3 metre long power cable
  • Backed by a two year warranty
Cons
  • Additional noise when compared to other shower pumps

Overall, the Grundfos STR2 is an excellent all-round shower booster pump that provides great pressure and is backed by a two year warranty. Unlike similarly priced alternatives, it offers far superior construction quality as well as additional functionality.

6. Best Budget Runner-Up: Arley Cyclone Booster

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One of the cheapest shower pumps that’s actually worth buying is the Arley Cyclone. It has a 1.5 bar twin impeller design that’s made in the UK and comes with a 12 month warranty for peace of mind. Although it’s a budget option, it’s still WRAS approved and tested to ensure it provides optimum performance from the public mains water supply.

Pros
  • Powerful yet quiet operation
  • Automatic switching
  • Supplied with an installation kit
  • Manufactured in the UK and backed by a 12 month warranty
Cons
  • Not as high quality when compared to the premium alternatives

To conclude, if you are on a tight budget and looking for a powerful shower pump, the Arley Cyclone is a great option. Unlike similarly priced alternatives, it’s made in the UK, WRAS approved and comes with a 12 month warranty.

Conclusion

All of our recommendations are manufactured by top brands in the UK and are WRAS approved. We strongly recommend choosing a pump that provides 1.5 bar or more pressure as this ensures you will see instant results.

If you are noticing excessive vibration from your shower pump, we strongly recommend investing in an anti-vibration mat. These mats can make a huge difference and also reduce the noise coming from the pump.

For further information regarding any of our shower pump recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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