The difference between shower panel vs. shower system

SHower Panel vs. Shower System

A new, contemporary shower design could be very satisfying, offering a luxurious experience. If you decided to install a new shower, you have several options. It is important to choose the right shower type in order to enjoy the best benefits and performance. You will also need to evaluate what shower type is more suitable for your home’s plumbing system. There are three main different plumbing systems: combi boiler system, pressurized system or gravity system. There is a shower type that suits better each of these plumbing systems.

Shower panel

A shower panel comes in different available configurations and consists of a panel fixed to the shower wall that attaches to the existing protrusion of the shower head. A typical shower panel features a combination of body sprays, handheld shower and overhead shower head (that could be rain or standard).

Shower panels have the advantage that they are easy to install. They only need a pipe for hot/cold water. They make an inexpensive alternative to customized showers that require additional plumbing and multiple valves. For a combination tub/shower units, some panels also come with a tub spout. The downside of the shower panels is that you can’t arrange the heads and sprays the same way as you would with a custom shower system.

What are the different shower systems?

Shower systems are more complex than shower panels. There are several different types of shower systems: digital, electric, power showers, water saving airdrop, mixed showers, and thermostatic showers. Shower systems come with different functionalities as their heads and shower handsets can be multifunctional or single.

Different modes are included in multifunctional shower heads, from a relaxing massage to a refreshing drench setting. The type of plumbing system installed in your home will determine the type of shower system you can choose, as mentioned above. The type of shower fitting you plan to install in your shower room or bath is also a factor to consider when you choose your shower system.

Manual mixer showers

Most people are familiar with the manual mixer shower system. In this shower type, as the name suggests, the existing hot and cold water is combined within the unit.

Thermostatic showers

Thermostatic shower systems provide complete temperature control. They take water from the existing supply, similar to a manual mixer shower. However, they incorporate a pre-set thermostat that keeps the temperature of the water constant, unlike the normal mixer unit.

Power showers

A power shower system is also using water from both the hot and cold water taps, similar to a standard mixer shower. The difference consists in that the power showers feature an additional booster pumps with the role to create more shower pressure.

Electric showers

Electric shower systems are typically used in households where hot water is in short supply. They heat water taken from the cold water supply.

Digital showers

A digital shower features the newest shower technology, allowing more control over the temperature. Users can set their chosen temperature on a wireless digital shower panel. Digital shower systems are programmable, giving complete control over both water flow and temperature.

Water-saving airdrop showers

Airdrop shower systems are designed to reduce water usage by sucking air into the water. They provide a truly invigorating and refreshing shower experience.