With or without fittings?
If you already have good shower fittings such as a thermostat, then shower systems without fittings are the right choice for you. For existing fittings , filter "Components" above, then simply choose the desired version without a thermostatic mixer or shower fitting.
For a replacement or complete refurbishment you should opt for a system with fittings. That way, you can be sure that everything is perfectly coordinated. The majority of shower systems have fittings.
When it comes to shower system fittings, you can choose from a single lever mixer, two-handle mixer or a thermostatic fitting. Thermostats are pretty much the standard nowadays. They offer several advantages. Water never comes out of the mains too hot or too cold since good thermostatic fittings always deliver water at the desired temperature. If you have small children in the home, this can prevent them from scalding themselves.
Shower systems with a single lever mixer are also relatively popular. We have become accustomed to this technology: we often find them on washbasins or at the kitchen sink. This makes it easy to set the right temperature. Those who prefer things more retro can regulate their shower with a two-handle mixer, although this can make it harder to set the right water temperature. Style is key.
Concealed or exposed fittings?
With exposed shower systems , all of the components are visible – from the shower rail to the fittings. These are perfect for speedy wall mounting.
This is not the case with concealed shower systems. Only the handle, hand shower and overhead shower can be seen with these.
Which system is best? One size does not fit all here.
Concealed shower systems look more elegant. They are more difficult to install, however, since all of the technology is hidden away in the wall. That's not something which can be done immediately. Larger renovations are required to achieve this. Tiling included.
If you already have an exposed system then exchanging them is relatively easy. You simply replace the old shower rail with a new one.