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How Do I Choose the Best Shower Mixer?

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In order to choose the best shower mixer, you may want to consider factors such as convenience, the type of shower you have, and how much you would like to spend. There are two basic types of shower mixers, which can be broken up into the categories of manual and automatic. Manual shower mixers are typically less expensive, while automatic models can maintain a desired temperature without any need for adjustments. Automatic shower mixers can also be either mechanical or electronic, and some models even have wireless, digital remotes that you can use to choose between a number of settings. Another factor to consider when looking for the best shower mixer is water pressure, since some units require a certain level of constant pressure to operate properly.

The first choice you need to make when looking for a shower mixer is whether to select a manual or automatic version. Manual shower mixers tend to be less expensive, but they typically require frequent adjustments to keep the water at a constant temperature. When someone else in the house flushes a toilet or turns on a dishwasher, it can change the amount of hot or cold water available to your shower. Depending on the water pressure, and the type of water heater in your home, you may then need to change the settings on your shower mixer to avoid being scalded.

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If budget is less of a concern than convenience, you may want to consider an automatic shower mixer. These devices are also referred to as thermostatic shower mixers, since they are able to automatically regulate water temperature. After you set your preferred temperature, any changes in water pressure or availability will automatically trigger this type of mixer to adjust the amount of cold and hot water provided to the shower head. More complex versions are also available, with additional features such as wireless remotes and digital displays.

Shower mixers are also available in exterior-mounted and recessed versions, so that is another choice you will need to make. In some cases, this can be a stylistic or aesthetic choice, though certain showers are specifically designed for one or the other. If your shower requires a recessed mixer, then you will need to choose one that fits those specifications.

Some shower mixers also require a certain amount of water pressure to operate. To avoid purchasing a shower mixer that will not work in your home, you may want to find out how much water pressure you have before you begin shopping. Some thermostatic shower mixers have built-in pumps so that they can be used even in homes with very low pressure water. If you live in such a home, you may want to consider purchasing that type of shower mixer.

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