Which Shower Valves Are The Best Choice For Your Bathroom Design?


When choosing a shower for your bathroom you probably never imagined that your shower valves and shower heads would be such a difficult decision, there are so many options available, so how do you know which shower valves are the right choice for you design?

Basically there are three shower valve options available, the exposed, the dual exposed and the concealed.

Exposed Shower Valves

The exposed shower valves are very stylish and blend in beautifully with any bathroom design. These are long valves that have a dial on either end. The valve can be cylindrical or square depending on your preference.

Exposed Shower Valve

Square Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve

The one dial will manage the water pressure while the other manages water temperature. The advantage to this is that you can control your temperature, there is nothing worse than playing around with two taps trying to find the desired temperature when showering.

Dual Exposed Shower Valves

Dual Exposed Shower Valve

Dual Exposed Thermostatic Shower Valve

The dual exposed shower valves also give you two controls, one for pressure and the other for temperature but these shower valves are usually a round valve that has a lever or cross head tap that controls the pressure and behind that you’ll find another lever to manage temperature.

These shower valves can be a little bulky, but they do look fantastic in any bathroom design.

Concealed Shower Valves

The concealed shower valves are my personal favourite and are the perfect choice for a modern bathroom design. These shower valves are a plate that mounts to the shower wall with either two or three knobs on the plate.

Concealed Shower Valves

Dual Concealed Thermostatic Shower Valve

If you have chosen the plate with two knobs you can mount it vertically or horizontally with the knobs either next to each other or one below the other. One knob controls pressure and the other temperature, the same as the other thermostatic shower valves.

If you choose the plate with three knobs you’ll have one knob to control temperature, one to control the pressure on your shower head and the third is used if you have a second shower head or shower jets in the shower.

Whichever shower valves you choose for your shower remember to ensure they blend in with all your other bathroom items, such as your taps. You want to have the same style carried throughout the space leaving it with a picture perfect finish.

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I don’t know about you, but I cannot mention the number of times I’ve had a shower using separate hot and cold water taps, leaving me either scorched with hot water or screaming as the water temperature suddenly changes to freezing.

While adults can usually manage this temperature variance, I always worry about my children. Especially the younger ones when they want to shower rather than bath. Using separate hot and cold water taps when showering is not only inconvenience, but the one reason we all use a shower is to save water and you can waste so much water as you stand there trying to get the water to mix to the perfect temperature.

If you think about it, there is nothing pleasant about showering like this. The water can change from one minute to the next and while showering the last thing you need is someone in the home turning on the kitchen tap, this can leave you either burned or frozen.

Shower Valves

The solution to this problem is the use of shower valves. Shower valves come in a selection of choices from exposed thermostatic valves to concealed options with cylindrical or square options to choose from.

The exposed shower valves are usually a long product which is mounted to the shower wall, there are two controls one on either side of the valve, the first controls the water pressure, while the other controls the temperature. You know how much time you can save using shower valves, you turn the dials to the required temperature and pressure and you’re in the shower without the risk of the water changing temperature constantly.

Exposed Shower Valves

Exposed Shower Valves

The concealed shower valves are modern and sophisticated and are displayed on your shower wall as a chrome plate with either two or three controls. These controls are the same as the exposed shower valves in that they manage pressure and temperature. If you choose the concealed shower valves with three dials, the third dial is used if you have a second shower head or shower jets in your shower.

concealed shower valves

concealed shower valves

Using shower valves makes your showering experience easier and more enjoyable and I would recommend them for any family bathroom ensuring that younger children can shower with ease without the fear of them being burned.