There's more to a shower valve than what meets the eye, with a wide range of options that add additional features and an even wider range of options for styles to match your taste. Not only do they look great but they also perform brilliantly as well. If you have a bathroom that's right on trend, these valves will fit right in. In this guide we'll be looking at the choices you have and whether they will be right for you.

Where to Start?

There are plenty of choices out there so doing a little research beforehand will pay off when picking the right shower valve for your system in order to get the most from your specific shower. Here are some factors you will need to take into consideration when buying.

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Number of Outlets?

The number of outlets means the separate controls for different functions such as a shower head, a tap or shower handset. Some valve dials will house a diverter which will enable two outlets to be controlled by one dial however you will only be able to use one at a time.

Concealed or exposed?

Concealed shower valves have a much neater appearance which is ideal for modern settings where minimalism is key. They hide a lot of the mechanism behind the wall in a cavity leaving only the controls and display panel viewable.

Exposed valves are easier to install and can look fantastic in the right bathroom, but they tend to look more at home in traditional environments. They do happen to be less expensive than concealed valves though, so keep this in mind if you're on a tighter budget.

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Minimum water pressure

One of the key things you need to look out for when purchasing a modern shower valve is the minimum water pressure rating. Each valve will feature one and this will display the amount of pressure your water needs to be at for the shower to function correctly. The rating will normally be higher for valves which feature a diverter as there is more for it to cope with so greater pressure is needed.

If you don't have enough pressure for the valve you want, don't panic as you should be able to get around the issue by installing a water pump. We recommend talking to a qualified professional at this point however as this isn't work you should undertake yourself.

Modern Vs. traditional

There are two main classes of styles - modern and traditional. If you have a modern setup, then a sleek, stylish shower valve will really enhance the look whilst a more traditional style would suit interiors with a classic feel or period theme. Whether you want a bar valve, concealed or an exposed valve there are loads of items to choose from, so it's just a matter of personal preference.

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